Omar Benson Miller doesn’t travel like a typical tourist. The former CSI: Miami star carries no guide books or maps and doesn’t ask the hotel concierge for advice. In Weekend Fix, a new series from Esquire Network, Miller navigates various cities with the help of his phone.
Each episode shows Miller and his buddy, L.A. fashion designer Andres Izquieta, hitting only places that were recommended on social media. At 10 p.m. Wednesday,tune in to see the guys do Miami like locals. Among the activities on the off-the-beaten-path itinerary: rolling cigars in Little Havana, preparing a Cuban coffee at Cafe Versailles and shooting AK-47’s at Lock & Load gun range in Wynwood. “I really enjoyed getting off the beach and exploring,” says Miller, who also made time to tuck in to the trendy SoBe eatery Baoli.
“It’s amazing what you can find if you really look.” Miller, who pitched the idea for this show to the cable network, thinks the interactive nature of Weekend Fix is going to kick off a trend.
“I’m not a fan of travel and food shows in general because I think a lot of the time I feel like they’re talking down to you,” says Miller. “Andres and I are more into the inclusive approach. We do a whole lot of stuff in a short period of time and you get to experience it right along with us.”
The Detroit-born, California-raised 36-year-old is definitely seems to be having more fun than your average actor since his crime drama CSI: Miami ended two years ago.
“That show was totally scripted because it needed to be to develop the characters and tell a story,” explains Miller. “But with reality televison, there’s a real freedom. You can really stretch out.”
Next up: back to scripts with HBO’s upcoming Ballers, produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. Miller plays an arrow-straight football player in the ensemble comedy series, filming right here in South Florida.
So if you spot the baby faced actor around town, feel free to ask for travel tips.