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On TV tonight: ‘Vegas’

FIN01_VEGAS_Peoplead_FN_R03_BV09_BW1_Trim.JPG “Vegas,” 10 p.m. KGPE (Channel 47.1): This new crime drama is one of three new series launching tonight. The other two are the FOX comedies “Ben and Kate” and “The Mindy Project.”

“Vegas,” a series based on a true story, takes a look at the early days of the Nevada gambling center with the main focus being the efforts of rancher-turned-sheriff Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid). He’s a guy who would rather take care of his farm but gets pressed into helping out the growing community.

The series has good odds of surviving because of the two lead actors.

This is the first regular series role for Quaid and he brings a good ol’ boy grittiness to the performance that will make the character a favorite. Equally as entertaining is Michael Chiklis as mob boss Vincent Savino. Very few actors can play likable bad guys the way Chiklis can and he’s in prime form with this show.

CBS has had good success with 10 p.m. dramas and this looks like the next winner for the network.

Responses to "On TV tonight: ‘Vegas’"

Ray Arthur says:

I’ve been looking forward to this since the not-soon-enough death of Chiklis’ terrible, “No Ordinary Family!”