Picks and Pans Review: Resurrection Blvd.

updated 07/03/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/03/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Showtime (Mondays, 10 p.m. ET)

Showtime describes this new show as "the first dramatic series to predominantly feature Latinos both in front of and behind the camera." It sounds like just what TV needs, particularly in light of CBS's failure to find a fall slot for the Latino drama American Family. But judging from the June 26 pilot, the ethnic factor is about all that's different about Resurrection Blvd. If the opener weren't 36 minutes longer than a standard one-hour episode, they couldn't have crammed in all the clichés.

Stern patriarch Roberto Santiago (Tony Plana)—a man of the ring, like his father and grandfather before him—grooms middle son Carlos (Michael DeLorenzo) to be a boxing champion. But Carlos pounds a street punk for messing with his teen sister Victoria (Marisol Nichols), and the hood strikes back with bullets that put the fighter out of commission. So Alex (Nicholas Gonzalez), Roberto's premed-student son, decides to quit school and pick up the boxing torch—sort of like The Godfather's Michael Corleone, except this family tradition is legal. Get ready for familiar lines like "All right, let's see what you got," "Stop it—he's gonna get killed!" and "Go on out there and do what you gotta do."

On the plus side, the cast is strong down the line. With better scripts, Resurrection Blvd. could rise up swinging.

Bottom Line: Needs more training to be a contender

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