Premiere Date and Time
: Tuesday, September 25, 10pm
Time Slot Competition
: Boston Legal
, Law & Order: SVU
: Jimmy Smits, Hector Elizondo, Nestor Caronbell, Eddie Matos, Rita Moreno, Lina Esco, Polly Walker
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add The Sopranos
familial sensibilities, exchange oil for sugar and rum, and you will get something that roughly resembles CBS' new adult drama Cane
. If the similarities seem too good to be true, they aren't. Originally pitched as a “latino Godfather
comes equipped with a huge ensemble cast lead by veteran Jimmy Smits, and a plot straight out of Mario Puzo's style manual – if such a thing ever existed.
The Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning Smits stars as Alex Vega, the good brother of a classic Cain and Abel rivalry. Alex is the adopted son of the family patriarch Pancho, played by the incomparable Hector Elizondo, and is the force of steadfastness in the family operation, which finds itself on the verge of a huge change.
The family business is based in sugar and rum, and like all good mafia-tinged plots, the family has an adversary, the Samuels. They come to Pancho with an offer that will ultimately divide the family and begin a slippery slope for the two brothers who will find themselves vying to implement an agenda.
The deal is simple, the family can sell off its sugar fields to the Samuels, for a fat profit, and stick with the rum business. With his strong sense of legacy, and a hunch that sugar has a future that the Samuels are wise too, Alex resists the sale. Enter Frank, Pancho's biological son.
Frank, played by Nestor Carbonell (Lost
), is considerably more unstable than Alex, and is more the type to go for a quick buck. In his mind, the Samuels are taking a burden off their hands, leaving them focus on their rum soaked futures.
The brothers' pasts are marred by acrimony, and their personal lives seem to be on a collision course. Will the family fall apart in the flames of the brothers heated feud?
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- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV
(Photo courtesy of CBS)