The world of rum going prime time

While public television has been concentrating on a documentary about the history of beer in America and the upcoming "The Wine Makers" reality show set in an "Apprentice" mode, commercial TV has had something else in mind.

CBS has put "Cane" on its fall schedule. It deals with the conflicts of a Cuban-American family running a rum and sugar business. And, it will give plenty of work to Hispanic actors. Jimmy Smits (above) heads the cast, backed by such veteran actors as Rita Moreno, Hector Elizondo and Nestor Carbonell.

The characters will be multi-generational versions of two families who are rivals in business.

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