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CBS drama features "Vinny Cerrato"



Have you ever heard of the CBS drama called "The Defenders?" Yeah, me neither. But if you were watching the early stages of this week's episode, you would have heard this line, verbatim, issued by a very serious-looking law-enforcement officer:

"Vinny Cerrato, you're under arrest for arson."

Say what?

Ok, technically the episode seems to star a character named "Vinnie Cerrato," not Vinny, who was set up for some sort of arson case (that unwittingly became murder) due to his financial obligations to a friend and a threat against his wife, which caused him to help burn down his own business. This leads to an early interview with detectives, seen above, complete with lines like this:

"Do you fish a lot, Mr. Cerrato?....How's business these days?"

But in the end, the Cerrato character turns out to be noble, and he breaks down in tears as he accepts a two-year plea arranged by his lawyer, Jim Belushi.

"If I had been man enough to say no..." Cerrato says through tears, as Belushi consoles him.

I'm sure there's some sort of deeper message about the Redskins here, but I'm not exactly sure what it is. I do know, though, that the program won its time slot among adults ages 18-49, which could lead to many cheap jokes about Vinny Cerrato and winning. And, tragically, IMDB lists the episode as "Nevada vs. Cerbone." The CBS site lists the correct title, "Nevada vs. Cerrato."

(Via @mojo25.)

By Dan Steinberg  | October 14, 2010; 2:37 PM ET
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Comments

Heard of it? Sure. Watched it? Uhh, no.

Jim Belushi sucks, and I was watching Hellcats on DVR.

Priorities man.

Posted by: tha_prophet | October 14, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The lead writer of "The Defenders" is a 'Martin Schottenheimer'...

Posted by: 4-12 | October 14, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Big tv week with this and then the Caps T-Shirt in that death penalty comedy.

Posted by: Sam6753091 | October 14, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Name dropper!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | October 14, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

La revolucion lives on

VIVA!

Posted by: jbanks979 | October 14, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

A well-deserved nod. After all, didn't Vinnie torch the Skins?

Posted by: sparman | October 14, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

A well-deserved nod. After all, didn't Vinnie torch the Skins? Wait - does this mean we can have the real Vinie arrested?

Posted by: sparman | October 14, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if anyone will remember this...but a movie a while ago 3 Ninjas, had the main bad guy named Daniel Snyder....this was before Snyder bought the Skins ironically tho

Posted by: jbk1186 | October 14, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

After reading that article, if you can call it an article, can I please get 2 minutes of my life back?

This is supposed to be a sports page.

Posted by: mebail | October 14, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

After reading that article, if you can call it an article, can I please get 2 minutes of my life back?

This is supposed to be a sports page.

Posted by: mebail | October 14, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Vinny is okay.

He just has no clue how to be an NFL GM.

Posted by: artsnsportz | October 14, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

No, he's not.

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 15, 2010 2:37 AM | Report abuse

After reading that article, if you can call it an article, can I please get 2 minutes of my life back?

This is supposed to be a sports page.

Posted by: mebail | October 14, 2010 9:30 PM

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No.

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 15, 2010 3:55 AM | Report abuse

After reading that article, if you can call it an article, can I please get 2 minutes of my life back?

This is supposed to be a sports page.

Posted by: mebail | October 14, 2010 9:30 PM |

No, you may not.

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 15, 2010 5:23 AM | Report abuse

Steinberg, always seeking the approval of cool Mike Wise. Clowns all of you. Make your own camp Steinberg.

Posted by: WhoSays | October 15, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Sparman,

Good one. LMAO.

Posted by: Charles_Day@comcast.net | October 15, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

its a funny thing how cerrato has dug a hole that will take the skins years maybe a decade to climb out of.

Posted by: andreas_drexler | October 15, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Should be arrested for passing on Desean Jackson and taking Devin Thomas and Fred Davis ahead of him!

Posted by: billymac1 | October 15, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Dan, the whole point of this was what again, exactly?

Posted by: ExPatYankee | October 15, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

The lead writer of "The Defenders" is a 'Martin Schottenheimer'...

Posted by: 4-12 | October 14, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse
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Now that is comedy.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | October 15, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

What's Borat doing there?

Posted by: thor2 | October 16, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

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