New CBS drama Vegas starring Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid is inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a fourth-generation rancher tasked with bringing order to the wild style Las Vegas of the 1960’s.
Retro crime dramas such as Magic City are in vogue at the moment of course, but this show brings a special thrill to Crimezine. Chiklis starred as hard hitting Vic Mackey in The Shield, whilst Quaid is as well known for his debauched off-screen antics as he is for films such as The Rookie, Traffic and Wyatt Earp.
Ralph Lamb (Quaid) wants to be left in peace to run his ranch, but Las Vegas is now swelling with outsiders and corruption, which is 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.
The Vegas story has been tackled before, most notably in the Martin Scorsese film Casino, starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci; a tale that was based on the hard hitting book by Nicholas Pileggi; which was in turn based on the real life story of mob associate Frank Rosenthal, who ran the Stardust, Fremont and Hacienda Casinos for the Chicago mob in the 1970’s and 80’s.
Crimezine understands that no one ever asks to borrow a pen from Joe Pesci these days…Chortle.
Take a trip to Vegas on CBS Tuesday nights at 10:00pm