Fall Television is officially here! But being only a few days into the new season, Amber West and I have decided to wait a week before reviewing any of TV’s newest programs; however, in the meantime, we’re going to review and/or repost a couple of shows that complement next week’s selections…
That’s right; today’s Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday focuses on television series that complement the new CBS dramas we’re reviewing next week—Elementary and Vegas. Any ideas as to which shows we’ve picked for today? Amber’s revisiting her review of the BBC’s Sherlock, and I’m going to review NBC’s former hit and TNT’s current daytime rerun favorite, Las Vegas.
Las Vegas… how I love Sin City—insanely huge hotel resorts with masterful architecture, massive shopping centers, elaborate Broadway-style shows, and the casinos…
Back in 2003, Las Vegas premiered on NBC, a television series focusing on the ins and outs of running one of the large casino/hotels in the city known across the world today for gambling. Running the fictional Montecito, at least for the first few years of the program, was a former CIA operative, Ed Deline (James Caan). “Big” Ed ruled with a stern fist and nobody messed with him—a perfect role for the former Godfather family member.
The rest of the team consisted of: ex-Marine Danny McCoy (the adorable Josh Duhamel, Fergie’s husband and Transformer’s star), Ed’s right-hand man, who supervised the daily operations of the Montecito; valet turned security engineer, Mike Cannon (James Lesure, Men at Work); casino host, Sam Marquez (Vanessa Marcil, General Hospital and the “real” 90210); Big Ed’s daughter, Delinda Deline (Molly Sims, the gorgeous US model), also the entertainment manager and food and beverage coordinator; special events coordinator, Mary Connell (Nikki Cox, Unhappily Ever After); and pit boss, Nessa Holt (Marsha Thomason, White Collar).
Over the years, the Montecito changed ownership a few times… Monica Mancuso (Lara Flynn Boyle, Twin Peaks), Casey Manning (Dean Cain, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), and A.J. Cooper (Tom Selleck, who doesn’t need any introductions) all took turns. But unlike the guest-starring ownership roles before him, Selleck officially joined the cast in 2007, following James Caan’s departure.
With Las Vegas, there was love—Danny first dated Mary and later Delinda; Sam was kind of/sort of married to Casey, even if she refused to admit it; and Mike fancied the concierge, Piper. There was drama—an owner, I won’t say who, literally flew off the roof of the hotel; the Montecito was bombed; and the casino floor saw its share of scams, crooks, and robbery attempts. And, there was entertainment—Criss Angel, The Black Eyed Peas (I’m pretty sure this is how Duhamel and Fergie met), Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Mark McGrath, etcetera. Heck, the series was so popular while on the air, that NBC did cross-over episodes with another of its hits, Crossing Jordan a few times. These episodes with Jordan Cavanaugh (Jill Hennessy) and Detective Woody Hoyt (Jerry O’Connell) were particularly fun.
But then, all of a sudden, the show was cancelled. Why? Oh, I’m sure it has something to do with the network’s greed for huge ratings. But, I’ll say it again—Las Vegas was fun to watch. My guy and I both loved watching each week. And while I’m still angry that NBC’s decision meant never resolving the cliffhanging season five finale, at least TNT recognizes the greatness and airs it every day in mini-marathon style.
All things considered, I really kept tuning in to Las Vegas for the characters… I loved Big Ed, Danny, Mike, Sam, and Delinda (Mary got on my nerves with her whining; Nessa didn’t stay around long; and A.J. didn’t get much of a chance before cancellation). If asked to compare how I felt about the Las Vegas cast with a show on air today, I immediately think of my love for the Bones cast—not just the two stars, but every last one of them. For that, I must award Las Vegas with the MacTV rating.
Despite the fact that new episodes of Las Vegas aren’t airing any more, it is still worth a watch. Luckily for us, the series lives on every afternoon on TNT. Check it out—it’s perfect television for those days when we’re hanging around, cleaning, folding laundry, or just taking it easy. However, for those who don’t like a series ending on cliffhangers, consider yourself warned.
Did you watch Las Vegas? How would you rate it? If not, are you interested now? I’d love to hear from you!
Now click over to Amber’s blog and re-read her thoughts about the BBC’s Sherlock as she prepares for next week’s review.
And of course, come back next week when Amber and I take on two of the new 2012 CBS dramas—Vegas and Elementary.
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A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:
GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV): It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech