'Promised Land' Episode 1: Antonio plans a coup against Joe, in league with his mom
ABC premiered a brand-new drama and family politics is already in full swing as the succession of the business comes into question
Spoilers for 'Promised Land' Episode 1 'A Place Called Heritage'
It's Monday night and ABC just had its premiere of the newest family drama 'Promised Land' and well family drama is right as the Sandovals are one complicated mess. The show follows the Sandoval family who owns a ginormous vineyard in California's Sonoma Valley making them one of the biggest producers of wine in the nation.
'Promised Land' will see the patriarch Joe Sandoval fight internal and external forces that threaten his business. There are two sides to a coin and one will see the Sandovals living the American dream while the other will see two immigrants strive to achieve theirs as both of them intertwine in surprisingly close proximity. Featuring talented actors like John Ortiz, 'Promised Land' explores family dynamics as it blurs with business affairs. So read on to know a family plot that's brewing in the ABC drama.
The first episode of the series introduced us to Joe Sandoval(John Ortiz)and his complicated and extensive family. He is married to Lettie Sandoval (Cecilia Suárez)with whom he shared a biological son as well as a stepson. He also has three other children with his ex Margaret (Bellamy Young). Veronica(Christina Ochoa)one of the daughters is in line to be the next CEO of Heritage House Vineyards, the family wine company. The episode sees him meet with Margaret as two of his investors who were supposed to buy shares go AWOL. She knows them and reveals that she bought those shares as we learned that the small vineyard that Joe expanded into a booming business belonged to her father. She wants his company and warns him that she will buy it right out from underneath him as she believes he stole the land while he's firm that it was his hard work that grew it so much.
We also see the Sandovals come together to celebrate the return of Antonio(Tonatiuh), Joe's prodigal son with Margaret, who's back home from New York after he found major success selling tequila and knows the ropes of the alcohol business. But it turns out the father and son aren't on good terms as Joe pushed him away long ago. Joe is regretful and attempts to reconcile with him asking him to join Veronica in running the business when he hands her the reins. Antonio agrees later on but we learn that he has ulterior motives.
Turns out he is in cahoots with the mother he claims to have no contact with and is scheming with Margaret to take over the business. Studying the whole family's shares he forms the plan to use his 5% stake to help her seize control if she can manage to get together the other 46%. Seem like the son isn't in the forgiving mood and never was as Margaret says the family will regret the day they turned their back on him. A plan is afoot and looks like Joe needs to watch his back as he's about to get stabbed from behind.
'Promised Land' returns with a new episode on Monday at 10/9 C on ABC. You can stream it on Hulu as well.