In the TV movie, set to air Monday night, the "Alive" and "Creator" star plays Tony, an Italian-American heir to a California vineyard, caught in the middle of a long-standing family feud.
Spano's "City of Hope" co-star Tony Lo Bianco plays his uncle in the movie, while "Everybody Loves Raymond" actress Patricia Heaton plays his already engaged love interest.
"Could you tell we had a good time making it?" Spano asked United Press International in a recent phone interview, adding it was Tony's "passion for life" that attracted him to the role.
"It was a blast. When you go to work every day, work with terrific people and have fun in a beautiful location like Vancouver Island, it's like a blessing."
Asked if he ever felt uncomfortable trying to woo Heaton away from David Hunt-- her on-screen fiancé, real-life husband and co-executive producer -- Spano replied with a laugh: "It's not like we had to do any love scenes, it was just kissing, but I remember David saying to me early on: 'It's fine. It's fine. Just no tongue.'"