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 ...Read more
When the writers' strike ended a few weeks ago, Hollywood finally let out a collective sigh knowing that it could stop lying around the house and get back to work.
Well, most thought they would get back to work.
One bit of bad news about the lifting of the strike is that studio executives also went back to work--and part of their jobs is to cancel television shows. All eyes are on the mighty axe, which has apparently already been brought down on a few programs behind closed doors.
Yesterday saw reports of NBC's Bionic Woman being shut down for good, and today it looks like another NBC program will join it. Las Vegas, which concluded its fifth season less than a week ago, has been canceled, according to TVGuide.com. As is ...Read more
On March 15, the FCC reached decisions in hundreds of thousands of backlogged indecency complaints it had received since 2004. The commission slapped almost $4 million dollars in fines on various networks, with CBS getting the lion's share at $3.6 million. A new poll says the despite the brouhaha, most Americans don't want the Feds to control their TV.
The media group Television Watch, a coalition of individuals and organizations that oppose government control of TV and promote tools such as parental education instead, conducted the nationwide survey with Reed Research between March 24 to 26. The poll asked TV viewers who they want in control of what's on TV--individuals or the FCC.
Despite a huge spike in indecency complaints--NBC show Las Vegas received 140,000 in January 2006 alone--it turns out most people want themselves, not Uncle Sam, deciding what they watch. The survey shows ...Read more
CBS has picked up two pilots, including a drama from the creator of NBC's Las Vegas.
Protect and Serve revolves around cops living in the Los Angeles suburbs who deal with the stress of police life on and off the job. Las Vegas creator Gary Scott Thompson is executive-producing.
CBS's other pilot order was for The Captain, a comedy about a young writer whose life changes when he moves into a legendary Hollywood apartment building. John Hamburg, who wrote the two Meet the Parents movies, penned the script and is on board to direct and executive-produce.
Meanwhile, Fox has given the green light to Them, a sci-fi drama pilot based on the graphic novel, and NBC has handed out cast-contingent orders to two comedies.
Them centers on an agent who, with extraterrestrials infiltrating the human race, is dispatched ...Read more
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 ...Read more
Fall schedule announced! The NBC upfront took place Monday, May 15; this section will be updated as announcements are made.
The Apprentice (to return midseason)
Crossing Jordan (to return midseason)
Scrubs (to return midseason)
20 Good Years
This new comedy from the cocreator of The Cosby Show follows the adventures of two friends who finally realize that life doesn't last forever. John Lowry and Stanley Friedman are an odd pair to be buddies. They're polar opposites in every way and have a hard time seeing eye to eye. The one thing they can agree on is that they only have ...
Las Vegas creator/executive producer Gary Scott Thompson has inked a new two-year deal with NBC Universal Television Studio.
Under the seven-figure pact, Thompson will continue to run the series during its upcoming fourth season while also focusing on developing new projects.
Vegas is a fast-paced drama starring James Caan and Josh Duhamel that follows the surveillance team at Las Vegas' Montecito Resort and Casino. It begins its fourth season in the fall, nestled on Friday nights between Deal or No Deal and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck has opened his latest restaurant at the fictional Montecito Resort & Casino on the set of NBC's drama Las Vegas, and as part of the deal, he and his restaurant will be featured on the show beginning January 9.
Las Vegas creator and executive producer Gary Scott Thompson said Puck's company helped finance the cost of building a real-life restaurant for the show--the latest addition to the Montecito set, which already features a casino floor, lounge, club, sports book, and reception area. Luxury automaker Aston Martin is among the other advertisers that have been featured on Vegas, in exchange for helping to finance replicas of their real-life businesses on the enormous Montecito set that occupies six soundstages at Culver Studios in Culver City.
Thompson said he did not know whether Puck or other advertisers had to pay additional product-placement fees to NBC or commit to ...Read more