The epic drama, according to press notes, "is about 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, is offered a lucrative but questionable deal by his bitter adversaries, the Samuels, to purchase thousands of acres of sugar fields, he's faced with a tough choice: Should he cash out of the sugar business and focus solely on rum, which would please his impulsive natural son, Frank, or protect the family legacy that he built from the ground up by not selling, and side with his adopted son, Alex, who mistrusts the Samuels and still sees value in sugar."
Rita Moreno will play the matriarch of the family, Amalia, who "sees to the normal inter-personal conflicts that occur within an extended family and bridges the gap between the three generations hosting the family's large music-filled cookouts and lively dinners."
Set to star alongside Moreno are Jimmy Smits (Anna in the Tropics, television's "NYPD Blue" and "The West Wing") and Hector Elizondo (The Great White Hope, Sly Fox, television's "Chicago Hope").
Rita Moreno earned her Academy and Golden Globe Awards for her portrayal of Anita in the film version of West Side Story. She received a Grammy Award in 1972 for her performance on "The Electric Company" album for children, based on the long-running television show of the same name. Her Emmy Awards acknowledged her work in "The Muppet Show" and "The Rockford Files." In 1975 Moreno won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her work in The Ritz. Her recent stage credits include the London production of Sunset Boulevard and Terrence McNally's Master Class for Berkeley Rep.
Her album, "Rita Moreno," based on her successful nightclub act, is currently available. "Cane" will air on the CBS network this fall, Tuesdays at 10 PM (ET/PT).