Vegas (TV series)

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Vegas
Vegas tv logo.jpg
Genre Period drama
Created by Nicholas Pileggi
Greg Walker
Starring Dennis Quaid
Michael Chiklis
Carrie-Anne Moss
Taylor Handley
Sarah Jones
Jason O'Mara
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 21 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Greg Walker
Nicholas Pileggi
Arthur M. Sarkissian
Cathy Konrad
James Mangold
Dennis Quaid
Michael Chiklis
Editor(s) Mark S. Manos
Cinematography Kramer Morgenthau
Production company(s) CBS Television Studios
Happy Valley Films
Tree Line Films
Arthur Sarkissian Productions
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 25, 2012 (2012-09-25) – May 10, 2013 (2013-05-10)
External links
Official site

Vegas is an American period drama television series that ran on CBS from September 25, 2012 to May 10, 2013.[1] The series starred Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis.[2][3] The series was co-created by Las Vegas chronicler and Casino screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, who also wrote the pilot.

Vegas received a 22-episode full season on October 23, 2012.[4] CBS later reduced the order to 21 episodes.[5] On March 7, 2013, CBS announced that Vegas would move to Friday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET, beginning April 5, 2013.[6]

CBS canceled Vegas on May 10, 2013.[7]

Synopsis[edit]

Set in 1960s Las Vegas, the series centers on Sheriff Ralph Lamb (Quaid) and his dealings with Chicago mobster Vincent Savino (Chiklis), who moved west to set up his own operation. The Lamb character is based on a real-life former rancher who served as Sheriff of Clark County from 1961 to 1979.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Dennis Quaid as Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a local rancher with service in the military police during World War II. Lamb is pressed into duty as Sheriff of Clark County when the Mob begins aggressively taking hold of the Las Vegas gaming industry.
  • Michael Chiklis as Vincent Savino, manager of the Savoy Hotel, which is run by the Chicago Mob. An expert in gaming, Savino previously ran casinos for the Mob in Havana before being sent to run the Savoy.
  • Carrie-Anne Moss as Katherine O'Connell, the Las Vegas Assistant District Attorney.
  • Jason O'Mara as Deputy Jack Lamb, Ralph's younger brother who serves as his deputy.
  • Taylor Handley as Dixon Lamb, Ralph's son. His youthful exuberance makes it difficult for Ralph to trust his judgment at times.
  • Sarah Jones as Mia Rizzo, the Savoy count room manager responsible for skimming funds for the Mob.

Recurring cast[edit]

The Chicago Mob[edit]

  • James Russo as Anthony "Red" Cervelli, Savino's right-hand man.
  • Michael Reilly Burke as Rich Reynolds, the corrupt district attorney.
  • Michael Wiseman as Johnny Rizzo, Mia's father. Rizzo has a dangerous temper, but is a major money maker for Chicago.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original U.S. air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" James Mangold Nicholas Pileggi & Greg Walker September 25, 2012 (2012-09-25) 14.85[8]
In 1960 Ralph Lamb, a cattle rancher, is temporarily appointed sheriff when the actual sheriff has gone missing and a young woman is found dead in the desert. Vincent Savino, a crime boss from Chicago begins running the Savoy, a new casino, attracting Las Vegas' biggest high rollers. 
2 "Money Plays" Gary Fleder Greg Walker & Nick Santora October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02) 12.11[9]
Ralph investigates the murder of a craps dealer. Mia Rizzo, a member of Savino's mob family back in Chicago is hired as the new count room manager. 
3 "All That Glitters" Greg Beeman Seth Hoffman October 9, 2012 (2012-10-09) 11.78[10]
Johnny Rizzo, Mia's hot-headed father, who has a gambling problem, causes trouble for Savino's business. An Olympic boxer is found dead in the street with his head bludgeoned. 
4 "(Il)Legitimate" Matt Earl Beesley Ashley Gable October 23, 2012 (2012-10-23) 10.80[11]
The Milwaukee Mob goes after Savino, when he sets his sights on a local casino. Ralph makes a surprising discovery during a murder investigation. 
5 "Solid Citizens" Roxann Dawson Jim Adler October 30, 2012 (2012-10-30) 10.75[12]
Savino appeals to his wife to move to Las Vegas. Ralph investigates the kidnapping of a casino board member's son. 
6 "The Real Thing" Alex Zakrzewski Vanessa Reisen November 13, 2012 (2012-11-13) 10.41[13]
Ralph and Savino work together to find out who has been making fake gambling chips that are being used at the Savoy. Savino endorses George Grady, a mayoral candidate running against Ted Bennett. 
7 "Bad Seeds" Jeff T. Thomas Greg Walker & Nick Santora November 20, 2012 (2012-11-20) 10.12[14]
After the Milwaukee mob Vegas guys are found dead on a farm weeks after their disappearance, the Milwaukee mob sends Mr. Jones back to rid Vegas of the Chicago mob, specifically Savino and his crew. Johnny and the Chicago mob Don travel back and forth to broker a deal with Milwaukee to prevent Savino's death and to prevent the Chicago mob's interest in Vegas from being wiped out completely. In the meantime, Vegas Mayoral election results are in. Ralph is officially elected the sheriff of Las Vegas by default. 
8 "Exposure" Duane Clark Seth Hoffman & Steven Levenson November 27, 2012 (2012-11-27) 9.35[15]
Ralph investigates the murder of an air force doctor, who may have been killed for knowing about the use radiation at his air force base. Johnny Rizzo hires Diane Desmond, the new singer for the Savoy, who was formerly Savino's mistress. 
9 "Masquerade" Paul McCrane Jim Adler December 11, 2012 (2012-12-11) 10.33[16]
A showgirl is killed after being raped, the case affects Katherine personally. Savino tries to please an oil business high roller, during his stay at the Savoy. 
10 "Estinto" Anthony Hemingway Vanessa Reisen & Nick Santora December 18, 2012 (2012-12-18) 9.82[17]
A construction worker working for Savino is found dead in a cement mixer. Dixon goes undercover at the Savoy to find who has been stealing merchandise from there. Ralph disagrees with Jack's relationship with Mia Rizzo. 
11 "Paiutes" Christine Moore Steven Levenson & Greg Walker January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08) 10.92[18]
Ralph is abducted and has flashbacks to a call from a sports book across town. A card cheat victimizes the casino. Savino has problems of his own when his bank loan mysteriously disappears. Laura and Katherine continue their secret meetings. 
12 "From This Day Forward" James Whitmore, Jr. Story by: Seth Hoffman & Nick Santora
Teleplay by: Seth Hoffman
January 15, 2013 (2013-01-15) 11.27[19]
An old flame of Ralph's shows up at the sheriff station looking for help and sparks fly. Dixon and Jack investigate a murder that is quickly tracked back to a divorce ranch outside of town. D.A. Reynolds tips off Savino about the case mounting against Rizzo which launches a rat hunt. 
13 "Road Trip" Frederick E. O. Toye Nick Santora January 29, 2013 (2013-01-29) 11.23[20]
Dixon investigates the attempted poisoning of a rising singer (Lili Simmons). Ralph and D.A. Reynolds scramble to relocate the escaped murderer Jones. Savino and his men become stranded in the desert after their car breaks down. Rizzo abducts Jack in an attempt to keep him away from Mia. 
14 "The Third Man" Matt Earl Beesley Vanessa Reisen & Jim Adler February 5, 2013 (2013-02-05) 10.25[21]
Jack must hide his involvement with Rizzo's death from Mia, as well as Sheriff Lamb and the DA. Dixon investigates a grand theft auto ring. Savino encounters an issue with his entertainment lineup. 
15 "Two of a Kind" Jerry Levine Jessica Queller & Steven Levenson February 19, 2013 (2013-02-19) 9.52[22]
Dixon is assigned to watch over a rising Hollywood actress who is in town shooting a movie. Jack and Ralph investigate the murder of a traveling salesman. Savino begins blackmailing Jack with the knowledge of Rizzo's death, forcing Jack to confess to Mia and Ralph. 
16 "Little Fish" Paul McCrane Seth Hoffman April 5, 2013 (2013-04-05) 7.59[23]
FBI agent Byrne stops Sheriff Lamb from pressing charges against a pimp in order to get information on Savino instead. 
17 "Hollywood Ending" Michael Chiklis Vanessa Reisen April 12, 2013 (2013-04-12) 7.20[24]
Lamb, Jack and Katherine gather evidence using the phone tap in Savino's office making District Attorney Reynolds very nervous. Dixon and Yvonne arrive in Los Angeles to visit Violet at a movie studio. Yvonne auditions her singing voice at a big Hollywood party. Mia is shocked when her presumed dead mother, Lena, arrives at the Savoy. 
18 "Scoundrels" Christine Moore Matt Payne April 20, 2013 4.32[25]
Dixon is booked for battery on a rising film starlet with whom he had previously had a fling. Sheriff Lamb, Jack, and D.A. Reynolds pursue a theory that the starlet's movie producer Barry Silver is behind the affair as a way to belittle Dixon in the eyes of his starlet. Meanwhile Savino, along with Mia and her newly reacquainted mother, at the Savoy are tasked with recovering a significant watch stolen off a Savoy high-roller by a deceased conman. 
19 "Past Lives" Roxann Dawson Katie Wech April 26, 2013 (2013-04-26) 7.50[26]
Sheriff Lamb and Jack investigate the murder of a Savoy craps dealer and a suspect takes Mia hostage. Savino plots to play dirty with Gainsley when The Tumbleweed Casino reopens. Yvonne questions her new relationship with Dixon when her ethnic background becomes an issue. Mia and Jack reignite their romance. 
20 "Unfinished Business" Rosemary Rodriguez Steven Levenson & Greg Walker May 3, 2013 (2013-05-03) 7.38[27]
Lamb and Jack investigate the murder of Milton Krill, Porter Gainsley's attorney, in what looks like a mob hit. As they investigate Gainsley's past, Katherine suspects Gainsley killed Ralph's wife, Marilyn. Katherine is run off the road landing her in the hospital. Enraged, Lamb attacks Gainsley and is removed from office by the governor. Lamb goes to Savino for help. Savino finally manages to strongarm Gainsley out of the Tumbleweed. The night before Savino plans to reopen the Tumbleweed a bomb blows it up. Savino vows vengeance against Gainsley. Mia is torn between her job with Savino and her dating Jack. 
21 "Sons of Nevada" Duane Clark Nick Santora & Greg Walker May 10, 2013 (2013-05-10) 7.20[28]
Savino and Lamb decide to team up to take out Gainsley. Lamb turns over the taped recordings of Savino to prove his commitment to the new partnership. Savino and Lamb target Gainsley at a livestock auction but the plan is thwarted when Dixon turns up unannounced. Lamb is forced to turn to Jones for assistance. Jones pretends to switch sides in order to trick Gainsley, in return for his own freedom. Lamb decides to arrest Gainsley rather than killing him, to set an example to Dixon. Gainsley is turned over to the FBI, despite Savino wanting to kill him himself. Jack proposes to Mia, but is devasted to find Tommy there wearing only a towel. 

International broadcasts[edit]

Country Network(s) Series premiere Timeslot
 Australia Network Ten October 14, 2012 Sunday 9.30pm
 Portugal TVSéries October 10, 2012 Wednesday 11pm
 United Kingdom
 Ireland
Sky Atlantic[29] February 14, 2013 Thursday 10:00pm
 Canada Global Television Network[30] September 25, 2012 Tuesday 10:00pm ET/PT initially but Friday 9pm from April 5, 2013
(may be simsubbed over CBS in some areas)
 New Zealand Prime (New Zealand) February 28, 2013 Thursday 8:30pm
 Philippines JACK City on BEAM Channel 31 [31] October 20, 2012 / November 15, 2012 9:00pm (special pilot screening) / Thursday 9:00 pm (regular)
 Turkey Fox Crime March 18, 2013 Monday 11:00pm
 Bulgaria Fox March 7, 2013 Thursday 9:00pm
 Israel Yes March 23, 2013 Saturday 9:00pm
 Poland Filmbox Extra January 01, 2014 Wednesday 9.00pm
 Germany Fox Channel March 06, 2014 Thursday 9:00pm

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