“MAYANS M.C.: SEA­SON 1”

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Sev­eral weeks be­fore FX be­gins tele­vis­ing the show’s sec­ond round, this suc­ces­sor to “Sons of An­ar­chy” makes its home-video de­but. Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Kurt Sut­ter’s saga of mo­tor­cy­cle gangs on the Cal­i­for­nia-Mex­ico bor­der con­tin­ues to in­clude some fa­mil­iar names and faces from the ear­lier drama, but largely, this show weaves its own saga as J.D. Pardo (“Rev­o­lu­tion”) plays a just­paroled ex-con­vict re­turn­ing home ... and pos­si­bly join­ing the Mayans, for­mer ri­vals of “An­ar­chy’s” SAMCRO biker club, as he tries to rec­on­cile with his fa­ther (Ed­ward James Ol­mos) and Mayans-mem­ber brother (Clay­ton Car­de­nas). Sut­ter de­vel­oped this pro­gram with fel­low ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and cre­ator El­gin James, a mu­si­cian whose own ex­pe­ri­ences with the gang cul­ture help inform the show. Sarah Bol­ger, Michael Irby, Carla Baratta, Richard Cabral and Danny Pino also are among the cast reg­u­lars. ★★★ (Not rated: AS, N, P, V)

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