Tom Selleck checking in to NBC's Vegas

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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Sorry to see Jimmy go but maybe Tom can pick up the pieces. They still need to dump "Nipple B!tch" she is the worst, WORST actress on TV.
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I agree with justajunkie: 'This could be the best thing ever or it could all just go horribly wrong.' I certainly will miss Ed too but am waiting to see what Selleck will do with the role.
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i will miss Cann but can't weaght to see what Selleck can do with this new part the only one that could never be replaced Nikki Cox she is just so hot.
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I love Tom Selleck but he can't replace James Caan!
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Mary (Nikki Cox) was never a good character, did not like her at all, so I'm very happy to see her go. I liked James Caan as Ed, but I think Tom Selleck will be even better.
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I have always like Tom Selleck. I grew up watching Magnum, P.I. (oops just told my age) and i would like to see him on TV again. Im gonna miss Ed and Mary but the show must go on.
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Wow! This could be the best thing ever or it could all just go horribly wrong. But that's just how I see it.

One thing's for sure, I'll miss Ed.
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No one can replace Ed Deline...I won't stop watching Las Vegas becuse of Caan's and Cox departure but I can tell you right now it will effect viewership.
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Ed deline bored me - hopefully tom's role will be a new start for the show
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YES! What a great idea! I love Tom Selleck! He hasn't been on TV nearly enough in recent years.
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Tom will bring some class to the show; I do love me some Tom Selleck.
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As someone who does not watch Vegas but remembers Magnum, I'll be sure to check out series 5 - so a good hook for those like me!
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No one can replace Ed Deline.
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Tom is cool
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Maybe Tom will bring some fresh life to las vegas!! im looking forward to seeing him...but i sure will miss James Caan
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Perfect casting. Still sad to see James Caan leave. He was like the heart of the show.
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If Tom's character, is any bit like the one he played in Boston Legal, I'm sure it's gonna work out
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YES!!!!! Of course I am going to miss James Caan as Ed Deline. But I just absolutely love Tom Sellack. Man that guy is hot hot hot.
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good choice great choice
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I think Selleck would bring an elegant, dramatic performance. Good job with the casting!
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WOW! I didn't see this coming, it would be nice to see a harder edged Selleck. Hard shoes to fill, Caan rocked as Ed Deline.
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