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NBC Offers Kingpin Disc Set

18 Feb, 2003 By: Holly J. Wagner

NBC is taking preorders for its DVD release of the first six episodes of the series “Kingpin,” launched Feb. 2 in the hope of luring cable network viewers with a “Sopranos”-like plotline on network TV.

The hourlong show airs Tuesday nights on NBC and repeats Fridays on Bravo. It stars Yancey Arias and Bobby Cannavale as Mexican brothers ruthlessly climbing to the top of their family's drug cartel.

ShopNBC.com is taking orders for the three-disc set at $44.95 plus $7.95 shipping and handling, with the caveat that shipping will take eight to 10 weeks. The set features cast interviews, never-before-seen “explicit” footage, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Spanish language sound options.

It's uncertain how much use the Spanish-language track will get, as groups including the National Council of La Raza and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) have criticized the show as racist and reinforcing negative stereotypes.

“'Kingpin,' which portrays Hispanics as drug dealers, murderers and unpatriotic American citizens, opens the door to more negative feelings toward Latinos in our community,” a LULAC press release stated.

NBC plans to air the series with the Spanish language soundtrack on its Telemundo network next month and reportedly has plans to offer the discs through retail channels at an unspecified date.

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