American television would not exist without Las Vegas.
Let’s not dwell on the “factual basis” of this assertion, but rather, let’s focus on a new TV series coming up in September, “Vegas,” on CBS.
We saw the ad for “Vegas” and thought the show looked pretty “meh,” but as a Las Vegas blog, we are obligated to unconditionally support any effort entitled “Vegas” until it is later independently verified to be “meh.”
All the atomic testing in Nevada during the 1960s has clearly inspired the graphic designers at CBS.
“Vegas,” not to be confused with the late ’70s series, “Vega$” (which starred Robert Urich and featured a dollar sign in its name), will star Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) and Dennis Quaid (“Jaws 3-D” and possibly other feature films).
Bonus Vegas-based TV series trivia: That other “Vega$” was the first TV series to be produced entirely in Las Vegas.
“Vegas” takes places in the 1960s, and is touted as having been inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb. So, we’re thinking this is going to be super historically accurate. Especially the part where bad guys get punched in the face during each episode.
We’re thinking the Emmys could use a new “Best Furrowed Brow in a Drama” category.
Quaid plays Lamb, and Chiklis plays Vincent Savino, a “ruthless Chicago gangster.” According to CBS, “two powerful men and engaged in a fierce battle for control of the budding oasis, and for both of them, folding is not an option.”
At the very least, it’ll be fun to see how the Las Vegas of the early 1960s is portrayed. (Hint: It was a little different.) Set your Tivo and let us know what you think.
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The Pulse of Vegas blog is the official Las Vegas blog of Caesars Entertainment, the folks who run a bevy of Las Vegas hotels. It received the inaugural “Most Valuable Las Vegas Blogger” award by CBS Local/KXNT News Radio.