The nominal protagonist in this seamy, violent tale of a Mexican drug-trading family was Yancey Arias as Miguel Cadena, the Stanford-educated heir apparent to the Cardena criminal dynasty. Together with his icy, coke-addicted wife, Marlene (Sheryl Lee), Miguel coolly guided the destinies of his worldwide family business, eliminating enemies, friends, and loved ones alike to maintain his empire.
Last Episode01x06 Gimme Shelter Aired: Feb. 18, 2003
Tension mounts as the government starts to crack down on the drug cartels. Miguel attempts to protect his wife and son by sending them off to …
Series Fun Facts
- Steven Bauer was originally cast as Chato Cadena and publicity photos were distributed of him in the role. But Bauer was replaced with Bobby Cannavale.
- Production designer Bernard Hides asked for an evergreen, leaf-bearing tree on one of the sets. Someone brought him a "Bottle Tree" (Brachychiton Populneus), an extremely common plant from…
[show]Production designer Bernard Hides asked for an evergreen, leaf-bearing tree on one of the sets. Someone brought him a "Bottle Tree" (Brachychiton Populneus), an extremely common plant from Australia. Hides was asked if he was familiar with this variety and he replied that he had never seen a plant like it. Hides is a native of Australia and lived there most of his life.
- After Steven Bauer was fired, Melanie Griffith called NBC and offered to make an appearance in the miniseries if Bauer was rehired. Bauer is Griffith's ex-husband.