Tom Selleck checking in to NBC's Vegas

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Former Magnum, P.I. star Tom Selleck is in discussions to join Las Vegas as the new leading man of NBC's fast-paced light drama.

He would play the smart, powerful, fun-loving new owner of Montecito Resort & Casino, a new character designed to fill the void left by the recent departure of James Caan.

Caan, who played the head of the casino's surveillance team for four years, recently left the series, saying he wanted to return to features.

Vegas was picked up for a fifth season in February and is slated to begin production on its order soon. The show also is looking to add a beautiful female concierge in the wake of the departure of costar Nikki Cox. Caan and Cox left amid news that the NBC renewal was contingent on budget cuts.

Josh Duhamel also stars on Vegas, with Molly Sims, James Lesure, and Vanessa Marcil rounding out the cast.

Selleck's starring role on Vegas would mark his first regular gig on a drama series since his Emmy-winning turn on Magnum, P.I., which ran on CBS for eight seasons until 1988.

He followed that up with memorable recurring roles on Friends and Boston Legal.

Selleck also has had success with the Stone Cold series of original movies for CBS, with the latest installment, Jesse Stone: Sea Change, slated to premiere in May. He also is a member of the voice cast of the Walt Disney Co.'s animated feature Meet the Robinsons.

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