HAVANA Cuba will air the award winning U.S.
television drama the Sopranos and ongoing series Grey's Anatomy
beginning this week, the Communist youth newspaper, Juventud
Rebelde, said on Sunday.
HBO's The Sopranos depicts the life of a New Jersey Mafia
boss and his family and will be broadcast by state-run
television Tuesday evenings, while ABC's Grey's Anatomy, which
follows the lives of doctors working in a hospital, will be
broadcast on Thursdays.
Juventud Rebelde said the new offer demonstrated the state
television's "proven rigor in the selection of dramas of high
ethical quality and powerful presentation."
Despite Communist Cuba's 50 year ideological confrontation
with the United States, its nemeses's movies, music and
television programs remain wildly popular and U.S. movies
dominate the television and theater offer.
The Sopranos, which concluded in 2007, and Grey's Anatomy
are not the first U.S. television series to be picked up on
DVDS, brought to Cuba and broadcast.
House, Friends, and Everybody Loves Raymond have entered
Cubans' living rooms, and the forensic series CSI is a huge hit
on the Caribbean island where programming is weighted heavily
toward educational, variety and children's programming,
propaganda, Latin American and Cuban soap operas and sports.
Cuba has four national television channels and various
provincial stations, all government operated. Satellite
television is prohibited and a cable system provides some
international channels, such as CNN, to the tourism industry
(Reporting by Marc Frank, Editing by Jackie Frank)