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Show runner confirms cancellation of Sin City-based drama; cliffhanger ending probably won't get resolved.
Feb 28, 2008
Confirmed: Las Vegas leveled
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Late last week, reports began hitting the Web saying that Las Vegas was not exactly tight with Lady Luck. The NBC drama was reportedly the first victim of the poststrike era, and was being cancelled part of the way through its fifth season. Earlier this week, show runner Gary Scott Thompson confirmed the news to TVGuide.com...

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Caan chooses to bow out while Cox is cut.
Feb 28, 2007
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 ...

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Reports say Las Vegas craps out, showrunner for vampire drama gets stake in heart (metaphorically, of course).
Feb 22, 2008
Trouble for Vegas, Moonlight?

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 ...

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New polls shows that Mr. and Ms. Average Viewer don't want big brother watching their tube.
Apr 01, 2006
Survey says FCC is dead wrong

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 ...

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Cop drama from Las Vegas creator and sci-fi series on deck.
Jan 19, 2007
Pilots accelerate at CBS, Fox
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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 ...

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Mustachioed Magnum will be master of Montecito.
Apr 11, 2007
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 ...

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It's time once again for TV upfronts, when networks converge to host a series of presentations in which they bombard advertisers, press representatives, and others with exciting news about the upcoming season. Whispered gossip fills the air, series pickups and cancellations are announced, and network presidents wax poetic over the undeniable greatness of their latest small-screen creations. We want to make sure you've got the goods on all of this important news, so we'll continue to update these pages as new information is revealed. Keep checking back, and by the end of the week you'll have the fall season memorized!
May 10, 2006
2006 Upfronts
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Fall schedule announced! The NBC upfront took place Monday, May 15; this section will be updated as announcements are made.

Renewed Shows

The Apprentice (to return midseason)

The Biggest Loser

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Crossing Jordan (to return midseason)

Deal or No Deal

ER

Las Vegas

Last Comic Standing

Law & Order

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Medium

My Name is Earl

The Office

Scrubs (to return midseason)

New Shows Picked Up

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 ...

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Gary Scott Thompson will run the James Caan drama and create new shows for the peacock.
May 26, 2006
Vegas creator makes NBC deal

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.

This week you've got a lot of viewing to do as season two of The Office hits shelves alongside Smallville season five and the third season of Las Vegas. Expand your mind with the FX reality series Black. White., or have some laughs with Stella. For those of you who missed the second season of Grey's Anatomy, you'll be able to catch it on DVD this week with time to spare before season three premieres on the ABC network.
Sep 06, 2006
September 12, 2006 DVD Releases
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NBC series feeds need for corporate synergy with celebrity restaurant tie-in.
Dec 09, 2005
Wolfgang Puck is new ingredient in Vegas

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 ...

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This fast-paced, sexy drama follows the elite Las Vegas surveillance team charged with maintaining the security of one of "Sin City's" largest resorts and casinos. Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee James Caan ("The Godfather", "Misery") stars as Big Ed Deline, the head of the surveillance team for the Montecito Resort & Casino. With his protégé, Danny McCoy (Josh Duhamel, "All My Children") an ex-U.S. Marine and Las Vegas native, they deal with card-counting cheaters, costly streaks of random luck and rival casinos stealing their big-money players. If the typical job-related pressures weren't enough, Big Ed recently found Danny in bed with his only daughter, Delinda (Molly Sims, MTV's "House of Style"). Rounding out this cast of high rollers is Danny McCoy's longtime, savvy friend -- and soon to be director of special events -- Mary Connell (Nikki Cox, "Nikki"), the all-knowing valet Mike Cannon (James Lesure, "For Your Love"), sleek pit boss Nessa Holt a.k.a. "The Ice Queen" (Marsha Thomason, "Black Knight") and elusive former competitor Samantha "Sam" Jane (Vanessa Marcil, "Beverly Hills, 90210").moreless