Vegas Preview: A Look At CBS' Drama Starring Michael Chiklis And Dennis Quaid

By Kelly West 3 years ago discussion comments
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We saw the somewhat friendlier, more dad-like side of MIchael Chiklis in No Ordinary Family, but from the sound of his role in CBS' upcoming drama series Vegas, we might be seeing a bit more Vic Mackey in this character, except without the badge. Dennis Quaid will portray the law in this series, which is set in the 60s in Las Vegas.

Based on a true story, Vegas has Quaid playing the newly appointed sheriff of Las Vegas who's set up to go head-to-head with Michael Chiklis' character Vincent Savano, a Chicago gangster who's set up shop in Vegas and looking to run the show there. Quaid as the "good-guy" is certainly easy to picture, as is Chiklis in what could be another great, gritty, dark role.


           Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis star in VEGAS, a drama inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a fourth-generation rancher tasked with bringing order to Las Vegas in the 1960s, a gambling and entertainment mecca emerging from the tumbleweeds.  Ralph Lamb (Quaid) wants to be left in peace to run his ranch, but Las Vegas is now swelling with outsiders and corruption which are intruding on his simple life.  Recalling Lamb's command as a military police officer during World War II, the Mayor appeals to his sense of duty to look into a murder of a casino worker – and so begins Lamb’s clash with Vincent Savino (Chiklis), a ruthless Chicago gangster who plans to make Vegas his own. 

Assisting Lamb in keeping law and order are his two deputies: his diplomatic, even-keeled brother Jack (Jason O'Mara) and his charming but impulsive son, Dixon (Taylor Handley).  Ambitious Assistant District Attorney Katherine O'Connell (Carrie-Anne Moss), who grew up on the ranch next to the Lambs, also lends a hand in preserving justice.  In Vegas, two powerful men – Lamb and Savino – are engaged in a fierce battle for control of the budding oasis, and for both of them, folding is not an option.  Nicholas Pileggi, Greg Walker, Cathy Konrad, Arthur Sarkissian and James Mangold, who also directed the pilot, are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

CBS has Vegas set to air on Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. this fall. Here's the video the network released to show us a bit of what's in store...



Nothing like starting with a shot of a man staring down an oncoming car. Of course, that moment gets spoiled later on in the video with a behind-the-scenes look of the car skidding to a stop. Great stunt though! And Carrie-Anne Moss certainly does look stunning dressed up in glamorous 60's attire. I'm not sure I'm entirely sold on the tension between Quaid's Lamb and Chiklis' Savino, but that may be more a fault of the trailer than an issue with the show. We'll have to wait and see how the pilot looks.

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