It's a line that reinforces my impression of Cane as a Cuban-flavoured Dallas without the camp. It's all too serious, too slow, too familiar to make much of an impact.
Still, there's a lot of material to be mined here, and a lot of underused characters whose stories are bound to be told in future episodes. Pancho's wife Amalia (Moreno, West Side Story) is barely a presence in the pilot, and the Duques' other son, Henry, and the Vegas' three kids all have hints of potentially explosive melodramas of their own. To be more successful than the pilot, though, the series will have to mine those stories in more unexpected ways.
Cane airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on CBS or Global in Canada, premiering September 25.