• Publication date: January 15, 2010

Sibling Rivalry Never Tasted So Sweet Will Two Sons Destroy Their Father�s Empire?

�Cane� (2007) redresses the classic late-night soap opera formula popularized by shows such as �Dallas� (1978-1991) and �Falcon Crest� (1981-1990) into a modern, Latino-influenced take that resembles works such as �The Godfather� (1972) and �The Sopranos� (1999-2007).

�Cane� (2007) redresses the classic late-night soap opera formula popularized by shows such as �Dallas� (1978-1991) and �Falcon Crest� (1981-1990) into a modern, Latino-influenced take that resembles works such as �The Godfather� (1972) and �The Sopranos� (1999-2007).

Jimmy Smits of �L.A. Law� (1986-1994) and �The West Wing� (1999-2006) notoriety depicts Alex Vega, the adopted son of Pancho Duque, the wealthy patriarch of a lucrative sugar cane and rum enterprise. Aging, Pancho has decided to leave the estate in the hands of Alex, much to the chagrin of biological son Frank. Frank, romantically involved with a member of a rival family, the Samuels hopes to sell the sugar cane portion of the business and instead focus on the more glamorous rum endeavor.

However the Samuels� dream to acquire the Duques� sugar cane division is far from innocent: with a government plan to wean the country from crude oil to ethanol cane producers stand to make billions of dollars. While Frank is aware of this potential moneymaker he is not quite convinced; complicating matters is his relationship with the Samuels, which makes him far from impartial.

Nevertheless, Alex is well aware of Frank�s plans and the government�s aspirations; he holds firm to his adopted father�s wish to keep the cherished family business. Though adopted Alex is incredibly close to the Duques and married into the family via Isabel, his beloved wife since the age of 17. This is a somewhat awkward arrangement since he married a girl thought of us as own sister.

As Pancho�s health deteriorates the family takes the necessary steps to survive. With sales of the company�s rum falling flat Frank introduces the idea of producing beer as well, an option that Alex strongly dislikes and views as low-class. The family also becomes entangled with the law when protection of its interests inevitably leads to murder and illegal land acquisitions. Safety is another concern, and the Duques must reach out to shadier elements to ensure a smooth operation.

�Cane� was well received by critics and audiences alike and noted for its unique portrayal of Latinos. Unfortunately the program found itself caught in the midst of the 2007 Writers Guild of strike and was canceled in 2008. Still, the show has staying power and devoted fans hope for its return. Aside from great story telling and fascinating characters the series features an appearance by R&B sensation Alicia Keyes.