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'Miami Vice' coming to COZI TV

Sonny and Tubbs are back in action.

Beginning March 1, reruns of the glitzy 1980s crime drama "Miami Vice" will be broadcast on COZI TV, the digital channel owned by NBCUniversal. Catch it on Ch. 6.2 in the Fort Lauderdale-Miami TV market.

If you've missed seeing those light-colored suits, pastel T-shirts and South Florida backdrops, the digital channel will feature a marathon of episodes from 1 to 5 p.m. March 1. Then the show will regularly air at 11 p.m. weekdays and 8 and 9 p.m. Saturdays.

The NBC show, from 1984-1989, turned Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas into household names. They played James "Sonny" Crockett and Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs, detectives who investigated South Florida's underbelly of drug lords, mobsters and prostitution rings.

Shot exclusively in South Florida, the program has been credited for putting the region on the international map. The show also influenced fashion. The characters' unshaven faces and use of loafers without socks became hot fashion trends at the time, and their pastel-colored wardrobe became associated with the cluster of Art Deco buildings.

"The show heralded a new era of tough-talking-yet-fashionable good guys who were on the right side of the law," Meredith McGinn, senior vice president at COZI TV, said in a release.

"Miami Vice" also airs on El Rey Network, a collaboration between filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and the Univision network. The show airs at different times in both the Fort Lauderdale-Miami and West Palm Beach TV markets on DirecTV Ch. 341, Comcast Ch. 120 and Dish Ch. 253.

For folks who prefer their "Miami Vice'' in Spanish, TeleXitos, which is owned by the Telemundo Television Group, runs dubbed episodes at 9 p.m. weekdays. TeleXitos, seen in South Florida on Ch. 51.2 or Xfinity Ch. 229, launched in November from Miramar and is dedicated to airing dubbed action-adventure films and TV shows.

johnnydiaz@sunsentinel.com

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