Feb. 02, 2003
60 min.
NBC TV Network

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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.

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01x06 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 …

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The show had 1 season and 6 episodes air in 2003.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A full weekly series was planned. But low ratings for this miniseries caused those plans to be cancelled.
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