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Vegas rolling on without Caan, Cox

NBC's casino drama Las Vegas is set to return for a fifth season in the fall without two of its stars, James Caan and Nikki Cox.

Caan wants to return to movies, while Cox's departure is said to stem from budget cuts. The show boasts a large ensemble cast and has moved from Mondays to Fridays, where viewership levels are lower.

Caan, Oscar-nominated for his turn as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather, made his first foray into TV series with Las Vegas, in which he plays the surveillance boss at a casino.

"I've had a wonderful four years, worked with great people, and made friends for life working on Las Vegas, but I'm eager to return to where my heart is, which is film, and due to the show's schedule, I missed some great opportunities to do that," Caan said. "I wish the show and everyone involved with it continued success."

In a 2005 Playboy interview with Playboy, Caan was less than enthusiastic about the show, saying that he never watched it, and that it sometimes strained credibility.

As for Cox, who plays a comely casino hostess, she said she was "very sad and shocked...I wish them all the best of luck and had a great time working on the shows." Cox recently married comedian Jay Mohr.

Las Vegas ranks as the top program in the 9 p.m. Friday slot among adults 18-49, averaging a 2.8 rating/8 share in the demo and 9 million viewers.

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They can find a myriad of actresses with fake chests and teeth to replace Cox. This is her third show with the same tired presentation. Caan will be woven back in whenever needed. As long as Delinda is around, her daddy will show up when least expected.
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I am very saddened to hear about the major changes with Las Vegas for next year. James Caan, of course IS Las Vegas, but I've enjoyed every character on the show. I loved Nikki Cox's character Mary in previous seasons, but this year, the writers let us down. I don't believe it was Nikki's fault. I loved the relationship with her and Danny in the past and I, too, wanted them to get back together or at least have the typical attraction that always made you want more for them. I liked Delinda, just not with Danny. Their relationship came out of NOWHERE! They were sex partners in the very beginning of the show, but that was it and then all of a sudden last year they were IN LOVE? Where DID that come from? I'm saddened that the show will lose both characters and I'm not sure I will continue with it next year. Time will tell.
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is this official??

or are this just rumours?

Can't believe it, Las Vegas without Ed isn't Las Vegas anymore. And well I always hoped Danny and Mary would get back together.
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The whole reason I ever watched this show was for the Mary/Danny storyline!! I have always hated the "Delinda" character, and hoped the writers would kill the relationship between her and "Danny". Although Nikki's Cox role was not good this season, seeing her leave the show is really disappointing, I see no other reason the watch the show.
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I cannot believe James Caan is leaving is the Core of the Show. Nikki Cox, well it really doesnt matter if she is in it or not..she is a really boring character. I love the show, so i presume Danny will take over Ed's job, and mike take Danny's job. IT WILL NOT BE THE SAME.
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Las Vegas without Ed is a tragedy - without Nikki Cox is another thing.
They could've hired another actress to play Mary though, I still would prefer Danny and Mary together than Danny and Delinda.
IMHO the 2 most annoying characters in TV today are Delinda and Mike - the used to be valet turned security person. He's boring and agravating.
But I guess, when all's said and done, what Las Vegas is desperately in need of is some decent writers who know how to develop characters.
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I think the biggest mistake they made with Las Vegas is changing the nite to Fridays. I used to watch every episode, but have watched hardly any this season, except when there are reruns on other program I watch. There are too many good shows on same time Friday Nights
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Las Vegas was better in the first 2 seasons. After that, it seemed to lose it's way a lot. Ed hasn't been as cool for a while and the writers have no idea what do do with Mary. The show will survive as long without them as with them, I just don't think that's too many more seasons unless they add some new writers. It's a big cast, they can lose or gain a few but they have to get back to season one quality writing!
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what is the show without Ed
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I'm sorry to see Mr. Caan leave but I can't say that I'm surprised at Ms. Cox's dismissal. It never seemed like the writers knew what to do with her character.
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Can the show really go on without Ed Deline???



Really can't picture it.
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I can't believe the show will be the same without Nikki Cox. They should have fired Molly Sims. She couldn't act her way out of a paper bag.
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I'm sorry to say that the series that I loved started to loose it near the end of the second season, rallied for a while, then went totally off the deep end by the end of third season. I do watch it, but only because nothing else is on. And, frankly, without Jimmy Caan, I doubt I'll tune in at all for the fifth season. So much talent and potential wasted.
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I am very sorry to hear that the show is going to continue without Ed... :(
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the show is nothing without ED
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Whattttt???? I love the show but it will not be the same without Caan - Ed rules!!!!! However, Cox's character was getting very boring especially in recent episodes. I'm still gonna miss her but not as much as James!!! This show is very fun now I hope they don't cut Sam too!!!
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It's crap that they are leaving , i loved the danny/mary story line and think they should bring it back ,but for one thing its not las vegas with with ED!!!!!!!!!!!! the show is gunna blow with out james caan.
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I hate to see Caan go,He is such an intricate part of the show. The father no one seems to have. I've liked him in everything I've seen him in. He will be truly missed. To bad about Nicky she was lots of fun. I hope to see them both in other things real soon.
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Well its sad to hear caan is going to leave...but honestly coxs character was useless...
her screen time this season was low(and to be honest i didnt miss her)
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Well if its budget cuts. There goes the show.
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Cancel the show.....No James Caan.......he adds the balance needed to make the show interesting. The shows sponsors need to hear from the public of their disgust for Caan gone.
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I'm sorry to hear James Caan is leaving, he's a class act. But I also regard Josh Duchamel very highly, and I think it's time he stepped up to the lead role. Loss of a main character does not spell the demise of a show. ER has trucked along very nicely without Clooney, Edwards, Wyle etc. It's the quality of the writing that will ultimately decide the fate of the show.



I like Nikki Cox, but after it became evident that the Danny/Mary thing wasn't going to happen, her role became somewhat redundant, and Sam and Delinda usually have stronger storylines. I think they will bring some of the supporting cast forward. Sarasvati should become a croupier!
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Goodbye season 6. If the new season starts w/o them, expect to see the series finale halfway into the season... Or, it could just end this season... Either way, sucks w/o them both. Caan had the acting, the Mary/Danny side of the storyline was good. Whatever, I'll still watch it since this show was the original show that got me hooked onto TV downloading...
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glad to see nikki cox getting the boot but can't see show lasting without caan - not a massive loss to tv
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Wtf?? Las Vegas without Caan means nothing!!
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OMG !!! James Caan is *Las Vegas* without him there will be no more for me :-(
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Good, no more having to look at Nikki Cox's NASTY chest. Breastbone is NOT the same as cleavage.
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I will not miss Nikki Cox. I liked the character of Mary in the first & second seasons and even rooted for her & Danny to end up together but lately she's been getting on my nerves. So I'll be glad when she's gone.

As for James Caan..I think it will be strange without Ed but I am open to change. It wouldn't be a horrible thing if they focused on Danny & Mike as the bosses. I'll still watch the show.
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Cann leaves, the show will die. He is the only actor in this large cast that has energy and talent.
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I didn't watch much of season 3 but season 4 has been great. I think it'll suffer without Caan but Nikki Cox pretty much has a minor role in the show and remember when Nissa left? The show didn't suffer at all.
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cox out is a great thing; i couldnt stand that woman but without caan i'm not sure if it will be any good.
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If they remove key characters it'll never be the same again. :(

Somewhat like "House" without Hugh Laurie playing Dr. House...
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Sadly this new is a clear indication of the further storyline of this season. At least I think so.
Caan leaving will leave a huge hole.
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Vegas will not be the same :(
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Cool, maybe now they can finally get Don Johnson to take over from Cann.



That would certainly get media interest.
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As much as love Nikki Cox (and have since Unhappily Ever After) the show could still go on without her, but without James Caan this show won't even be worth watching.
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I used to watch Las Vegas but I got tired of it this season and I can see the end is near. No Caan and No Cox, the show is on it last legs.
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vegas without cox! unheard of!
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Well Kiss this shwo goodbye no james cann or nikki cox oh well i wont watch any more to bad they moved it to fridays that was a mistake wasnt it.
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Nikki Cox was more of a supporting part in the last series anyway.

They could just have it that Ed retires, as he is getting on a bit, but still have the odd cameo appearance. It would make sense, as Delinda is still going to be in the show. It seems a natural progression for Danny to step up into his position.

I don't know how well it will cope though with only having 4 lead stars.
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I really don't think the show can live without Caan. He was the backbone of the Montecito. RIP Las Vegas =(
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the show was amazing the last series was good bad not as good as the previous seasons and without caan the show will not do as good.
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I think the show will tank in their next season and be cancelled after that. It's gotten a little cheesy and I hardly watched the last 2 seasons. I don't think it will be able to go on without these 2 characters.

Obviously if Cox was cut due to budget cuts... the show is in trouble.
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Been watching the show forever- it's not gonna be the same without Jimmy and Nikky. And what about Danny? I was still hoping he and Mary will end up together.
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Im kinda hopeing they do another cross over with crossing jordan,
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Will miss them both.

Nikki made a great foil for Josh Duhamel.

Nobody can touch Jimmy Caan as Ed Deline. The show may tank without both of them.

Who knows?
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cgurl88 I totally agree with you Caan is the show.
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I'm not sure why I watch this show, but I do look forward to watching Nikki Cox when I do watch it.
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I've never seen this show, I'm not interested in it, but Nikki Cox is soooo cute
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I stopped watching a few episode ago. The only reason I watched was 'cause of Caan.

It got a little too soap opera-ish for me lately.

Hope to see him in some good movies soon. :)
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