‘Promised Land’ explores the American dream with a diverse cast

A new ABC series provides further proof network television opens up for more primetime variety.

“Promised Land” features two families of Mexican descent who share the American Dream. One family has just immigrated to California wine country, while the other has been in Sonoma for decades.

The stars are familiar faces. Bellamy Young played the fictional First Lady of the United States in Scandal, while John Ortiz is a native of Bushwick and has lived in Brooklyn for over 40 years.

He has dozens of credits stemming from 1993’s “Carlito’s Way,” starring Al Pacino and Sean Penn.

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In “Promised Land,” he’s the patriarch Joe Sandoval, and his character boasts that he pours “heart and soul into every bottle” he makes.

The young man who had just reached Sonoma wanted to follow in his footsteps, promising that “the house, the vineyard, one day, it will all be mine”.

“Those plots are interwoven, playing together in a very interesting way,” Ortiz said.

Young plays his ex-wife, who tells him, “play nice Joe. I’m just the mother of your three kids.”

The performer said there was a fight between those kids for control of Joe’s company.

“It’s like ‘Game of Thrones’ taking place on a vineyard,” Young said. “That’s all, who will be there, who will get there, who can, who can rise to the top?”

In keeping with the tradition of her previous series, there’s a lot of notoriety here.

“It’s flashy and fun, plot and ambitious, but it’s also a story I’ve never seen on television,” Young said. “I often see the pursuit of the American Dream, it’s often politicized, and this is an immigrant story about people. So I love that we’ll all be able to see ourselves. in these characters.”

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Ortiz has been a working actor for 30 years and has appeared in Academy Award-nominated films such as “Silver Linings Playbook” opposite Robert De Niro. among many others, but this was the first time he was offered the lead role.

“This is, feels special, feels different, and it’s not just the size of the role,” he said. “It’s really because of the story and the people around me who care deeply about this project.”

The producers of “Promised Land” have committed to having Latinx staff and employees behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera, further proof that Hollywood’s lack of diversity may be finally changing.

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