Vivica’s Magic Men

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Sea­son 1 Life­time (*131) 20:50 Re­al­ity

Ac­tress-turned-TV-pro­ducer Vivica A Fox is bring­ing sexy back to the smallscreen with her re­al­ity show Vivica’s Magic Men (2017-cur­rent). The show (which is called Vivica’s Black Magic in the US) fol­lows the 52-year-old’s new busi­ness: an all-male ex­otic dance ser­vice. And she has “some ex­pe­ri­ence” with the in­dus­try – her break­through role was play­ing feisty ex­otic dancer Jas­mine Dubow, Cap­tain Steven Hiller’s (Will Smith) wife in sci-fi movie In­de­pen­dence Day in 1996 (al­though au­di­ences never saw her danc­ing). So where did the idea for her busi­ness (and TV show) come from?

It wasn’t ac­tu­ally In­de­pen­dence Day. In 2015 movie Choco­late City, Vivica played sin­gle-mom Kathrine to col­lege stu­dent Michael (Robert Ri’chard) – Michael worked as an ex­otic dancer in a night­club to make ends meet at home. Choco­late City, com­bined with raunchy 2012 com­edy Magic Mike got Vivica think­ing about the gap in the mar­ket. “Who­ever comes up with an idea to in­clude mi­nor­ity groups in an ex­otic show will hit gold,” she ex­plains. “We wanted ev­ery­one to be rep­re­sented.” Throw her act­ing pro­fes­sion into the mix and she ap­proached Life­time net­work with a pitch for her re­al­ity show. “The ex­ecs im­me­di­ately bought eight episodes,” Vivica says. “I was ex­cited!”

The show starts from the ground up, with Vivica au­di­tion­ing her dancers and putting them through dance ses­sions that in­clude bal­let, hip-hop and tap. Vivica jokes that “the fi­nal eight must have stage pres­ence, good bod­ies and the best moves”. They’ll need them – she’s al­ready plan­ning on tak­ing them around the US on tour “and get­ting a res­i­dency in a Las Ve­gas club”.

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