TV Fact #112 – February 1st, 2015:

Before production started, “Miami Vice” (1984-1989) was briefly considered to film all or most of the exterior filming in Los Angeles, and pass it off to viewers as urban Miami. This is an approach that was actually put in practice two decades later during the filming of “CSI: Miami” (2002-2012). In the end, many episodes of “Miami Vice” were filmed in the South Beach section of Miami Beach, an area which, at the time, was blighted by poverty and crime.

In fact, some street corners of South Beach were so run down that the production crew actually decided to repaint the exterior walls of some buildings before filming. The crew went to great lengths to find the correct settings and props with Bobby Roth, a director of several “Miami Vice” episodes, recalling, “I found this house that was really perfect, but the color was sort of beige. The art department instantly painted the house gray for me. Even on feature films people try to deliver what is necessary but no more. At Miami Vice they start with what’s necessary and go beyond it.” This led to some real life charity.

“Miami Vice” is to some degree credited with causing a wave of support for the preservation of Miami’s famous Art Deco architecture in the mid-1980’s to early 1990’s. Quite a few of those buildings, among them many beachfront hotels, have been renovated since filming, making that part of South Beach one of South Florida’s most popular places for tourists and celebrities.

A little art, a little charity…”Miami Vice” scores on several marks.

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