Cane (TV series)

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Cane
Cane (TV show - cast shot).png
Genre Drama serial
Created by Cynthia Cidre
Directed by Christian Duguay
Sanford Bookstaver
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Cynthia Cidre
Jonathan Prince
Jimmy Iovine
Polly Anthony
Location(s) Miami Beach, Florida
Cinematography Rick Bota
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) ABC Studios
CBS Paramount Network Television
El Sendero Productions
Interscope Records
Once A Frog Productions
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 25 – December 18, 2007 (2007-12-18)

Cane is an American television drama created by Cynthia Cidre, who also served as executive producer alongside Jonathan Prince, Jimmy Iovine, and Polly Anthony. The pilot was directed by Christian Duguay. The show chronicled the lives and internal power struggles of a powerful and wealthy Cuban-American family running an immensely successful rum and sugar cane business in South Florida.[1]

Produced by ABC Studios, CBS Paramount Network Television, El Sendero Productions, Interscope Records, and Once A Frog Productions, the series premiered on September 25, 2007 airing on Tuesday nights at 10:00/9:00c on CBS, following The Unit.[2][3] The series premiere of the show brought in 11 million viewers, the best in its time slot since 1999's Judging Amy.

Plot[edit]

Starring Jimmy Smits, this epic drama chronicles the external rivalries and internal power struggles of a large Cuban-American family running an immensely successful rum and sugar business in South Florida. When the family patriarch, Pancho Duque, is offered a lucrative but questionable deal by his bitter adversaries, the Samuels, he's faced with a difficult choice: Should he cash out of the sugar business and focus solely on rum, which would please his biological son, Frank Duque? Or should he protect the family legacy that he built from the ground up by refusing to sell? This would involve siding with his son-in-law, Alex Vega, who despises the Samuels and foresees multi-billion dollar profits from future ethanol contracts.

Alex's and Frank's approaches to business are as different as their approaches to life. While Frank focuses on chasing women, Alex is devoted to his beautiful wife, Isabel Vega. Married to him when she was just 17 years old, Isabel chooses not to involve herself in the family business, focusing instead on raising their three children, who are determined to forge their own paths outside the family. Will family allegiance come first or will their secrets and acrimonious conflicts over love, lust and money lead to their downfall?[1]

Cast[edit]

Jimmy Smits portrays Alex Vega in the lead role as the Duques' adopted son and chosen heir to the family's sugar and rum business. Smits is also a co-executive producer of the show. Héctor Elizondo and Rita Moreno star as Pancho and Amalia Duque, the family patriarch and matriarch. Nestor Carbonell was cast as Frank Duque, the impulsive firstborn son. Other Duque children are portrayed by Paola Turbay and Eddie Matos as Isabel Duque Vega, Alex's wife and mother of three children, and Henry Duque, the youngest son of Pancho and Amalia, respectively. Alex and Isabel's children are played respectively by Michael Trevino, Lina Esco and Samuel Carman as Jaime, Katie and Artie Vega. Oscar Torre played Santo a Cuban refugee who was Mr.Vega's bodyguard. Polly Walker and Ken Howard appear as Ellis and Joe Samuels, members of the Duques' rival family, and Alona Tal rounds out the cast portraying Rebecca (King) Vega, Jaime's wife.

Casting[edit]

Casting for all of the principal roles on the show took place from February to March 2007. Jimmy Smits was the first actor to be cast in February 2007 while also serving as producer under his production company, El Sendero Productions.[4] In order of casting, Nestor Carbonell, Eddie Matos, Rita Moreno and Michael Trevino were chosen to play their respective parts in February whilst Hector Elizondo, Samuel Carman, Alona Tal, Lina Esco and Paola Turbay joined the cast in early March. Polly Walker was the last to join the cast a few weeks before HBO aired the last episode of Rome.[5][6][7][8][9]

Cancellation[edit]

Due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, Cane completed its first season on December 18, 2007. On February 8, 2008 The Los Angeles Times reported that the effects of the writers strike "could spell sudden death for such programs as NBC's Bionic Woman and CBS' Cane, industry executives predicted."[10] It was also reported by USA Today that Cane would be "gone for good."[11] On February 14, 2008, CBS released a statement declaring that Cane is still on "hiatus to accommodate the mid-season launches of Big Brother, Jericho and Dexter." [12] In an April 2008 interview, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler called the drama's chances for renewal "a real long shot."[13] On May 14, 2008, CBS officially cancelled the series.[14]

Production[edit]

Conception[edit]

The series began development when Polly Anthony, an Interscope Records executive, and Jonathan Prince pitched the idea of a "Latino Godfather" series to CBS entertainment chief, Nina Tassler. Tassler then suggested Cynthia Cidre, an Emmy Award-nominated screenwriter, pen the script for the pilot. Although initially reluctant since she had already written about her Cuban-American heritage several times in her career, Cidre warmed up to the idea believing that her previous Latin-themed projects were ahead of their time and that she should return to her roots.[15]

The project was inititally titled, Los Duques (The Dukes) or Untitled Cynthia Cidre Project, when commissioned in January 2007[16] but was later renamed Cane in May 2007.[17] Christian Duguay agreed to direct the pilot in March 2007.[18] The series was picked up and given a thirteen-episode order on May 14, 2007.

Broadcasting history[edit]

The series premiered on CBS on September 25, 2007 as announced on July 18, 2007 by the network.[19] The pilot episode was leaked to BitTorrent websites in the same month to the chagrin of studio executives. Cane was unaffected by the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike as all the episodes had been written before the strike started.[20]

International distribution[edit]

Country TV Network Air date
Australia Australia Network Ten Wednesdays 9:30
New Zealand New Zealand TV3 (New Zealand) Mondays 11pm
Brazil Brazil Warner Channel Mondays 10pm
Mexico Mexico Warner Channel, Azteca 7 Mondays 10pm, Wednesdays 11pm
Canada Canada Global
Croatia Croatia HRT Mondays 8:40pm
Hungary Hungary TV2 Fridays 20:15
Finland Finland Nelonen Tuesdays 9pm
Lithuania Lithuania TV3 Mondays 10pm
Latvia Latvia Fox Life
Norway Norway TV2 January 31, 2008
Poland Poland POLSAT, Universal Channel
Portugal Portugal Fox Life, RTP1 Fridays 17:40, Fridays 12:30 am
Estonia Estonia Fox Life
South America (orthographic projection).svg South America Warner Channel
United Kingdom United Kingdom ITV3 Thursday 27 March 9pm
Iceland Iceland Skjár 1 The first episode will air on March 3, 2008
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Telemundo Sundays 8pm
Slovenia Slovenia POP TV Sundays 10pm
Denmark Denmark TV2 Sundays 3pm
France France Serie Club Mondays 8.45pm
Belgium Belgium RTL TVI Sunday 5.00pm
Republic of Ireland Ireland RTE 2 Friday Approx. 1am
South Africa South Africa SABC 3 Mondays-Wednesdays 9pm
Switzerland Switzerland TSR 1 Wednesdays 12pm

Episodes[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Code
1 "Pilot" Christian Duguay Cynthia Cidre September 25, 2007 (2007-09-25) 101
Facing health problems Pancho decides it's time to step down as head of the family business Duque Rum and Sugar. He must choose between his first-born son and his adoptive son which could create a rift in the family.
2 "The Work of a Business Man" Sanford Bookstaver Cynthia Cidre October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02) 102
As he begins his duties at Duque Rum, Alex makes a proposal for an ethanol refinery to the Senator, despite the fact that Frank is opposed to the idea. He must also deal with the outcome of events regarding the murder of Quinones.
3 "The Two Alex Vegas" Peter Markle Peter Noah October 9, 2007 (2007-10-09) 103
Alex devises a business scheme that forces Frank to choose between his own family and the Samuelses.
4 "Family Business" Andrew Bernstein Anne McGrail and Peter Noah October 16, 2007 (2007-10-16) 104
Alex goes head-to-head with Pancho, and later Isabel, in the family's first major split since he became CEO. Meanwhile, Pancho reveals a secret he has been keeping from his family, and Alex's past actions with Quiñones come back to haunt him. Guest stars Kristin Cavallari, Nicole Scherzinger.
5 "Brotherhood" Sanford Bookstaver Michael Foley October 23, 2007 (2007-10-23) 105
Alex is in for some serious trouble when Senator Barnes resigns and their ethanol deal hangs on the line. Not only that, but the police begin to zero in on him and Santo about the Quinones murder.
6 "A New Legacy" Paul Holahan Nicole Mirante October 30, 2007 (2007-10-30) 106
Business starts to get rough when Henry is beaten up by his club's investors and Alex has to take over to defend him. Meanwhile, Pancho goes out on the quest for a new master blender for Duque rum.
7 "One Man is an Island" Alex Zakrzewski Bruce Rasmussen November 6, 2007 (2007-11-06) 107
Alex comes up with a plan to save Duque Rum and finds incriminating evidence against the Samuelses in the process. Meanwhile, Pancho reveals the truth about his daughter's death to Frank. Guest star Alicia Keys.
8 "All Bets Are Off" Karen Gaviola Dailyn Rodriguez November 13, 2007 (2007-11-13) 108
Joe frames Ellis for his illegal purchasing of Cuban land. Meanwhile, Alex learns that the future of Duque rum is in jeopardy after a massive gambling debt of Frank's is discovered.
9 "The Exile" Jesús S. Treviño Joe Hortua November 20, 2007 (2007-11-20) 109
Alex's plan to bring down Joe for his illegal land deals falls apart, and instead the Duque Rum trucks are hijacked by mobsters. When Pancho learns of everything that Alex's been up to, he forces him to step down as CEO of the company.
10 "Time Away" Sanford Bookstaver Peter Noah November 27, 2007 (2007-11-27) 110
Alex goes on a gambling trip to the Caribbean with Ramon and his crew that initially makes him feel very comfortable with the Cuban gangsters, until the trip turns violent.
11 "Hurricane" Leon Ichaso Bruce Rasmussen December 11, 2007 (2007-12-11) 111
As a hurricane strikes, Alex and Frank are held at gunpoint by looters in the Duque home. Meanwhile, Isabel gets trapped in an elevator and Santo protects Artie during the storm.
12 "The Perfect Son" James Whitmore, Jr. Cynthia Cidre December 11, 2007 (2007-12-11) 112
As Jamie is about to get married, Ramon and his gang handle security outside the event after Alex is tipped off that Joe Samuels has plans to disrupt the wedding.
13 "Open and Shut" Felix Alcala Peter Noah December 18, 2007 (2007-12-18) 113
When Alex is framed for the murder of Joe Samuels, he takes matters into his own hands and begins to investigate the case himself.

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

In the following table, "Rating" is the estimated percentage of all televisions tuned to the show, and "Share" is the percentage of all televisions in use that are tuned in.

season1: #58 2007 8.9

# Title Rating Share 18-49 (Rating/Share) Total viewers
1 "Pilot" 7.5 13 2.9/8 11.12
2 "The Work of a Business Man" 6.0 10 2.5/7 9.24
3 "The Two Alex Vegas" 6.0 10 2.4/7 9.10
4 "Family Business" 5.8 10 2.2/6 8.50
5 "Brotherhood" 5.4 9 2.0/5 7.98
6 "A New Legacy" 5.5 9 2.0/5 8.06
7 "One Man is an Island" 5.1 9 1.9/5 7.83
8 "All Bets Are Off" 5.1 8 1.8/5 7.29
9 "The Exile" 5.1 8 2.0/5 7.64
10 "Time Away" 4.3 6 1.6/4 6.46
11 "Hurricane" 5.4 9 1.9/5 8.00
12 "The Perfect Son" 5.3 9 2.0/6 7.83
13 "Open and Shut" 4.9 8 1.8/5 7.19

References[edit]

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