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CBS TV series VegasNetwork: CBS
Episodes: 21 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: September 25, 2012 — May 10, 2013
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jason O’Mara, and Taylor Handley.

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TV show description:
This TV series is based on the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid), a fourth-generation rancher tasked with bringing order to Las Vegas in the 1960s. It’s a gambling and entertainment mecca that’s emerging from the tumbleweeds.

Ralph Lamb wants to be left in peace to run his ranch, but Las Vegas is now swelling with outsiders and corruption which are 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.

This begins Lamb’s clash with Vincent Savino (Michael Chiklis), a ruthless Chicago gangster who’s moved West and plans to make Vegas his own. (The character is based on real-life crime boss Marcello Giuseppe Caifano.)

Lamb has two deputies who help him keep law and order. His diplomatic and even-keeled brother is Deputy Jack Lamb (Jason O’Mara). Deputy Dixon Lamb (Taylor Handley) is his charming but impulsive son.

The ambitious Assistant District Attorney, Katherine O’Connell (Carrie-Anne Moss), grew up on the ranch next to the Lambs and also lends a hand in preserving justice.

Series Finale

Episode #21 — Sons of Nevada
After Porter Gainsley’s bombing of the Tumbleweed and attempt on Katherine’s life, Lamb and Savino decide to team up to take out their common adversary once and for all. To prove his commitment to the task, Lamb hands over the tapes with the recordings from the bug in Savino’s phone, and then the mobster and former sheriff get to planning their assault on Gainsley.

Since the ranching mogul is too heavily protected at his home, they decide to target him at a livestock auction, but that plan goes awry when Dixon shows up and holds Gainsley at gunpoint. A firefight breaks out and Lamb is forced to save his son and flee, giving Gainsley time to regroup and amass more artillery for the coming war.

When Jack is ousted as interim Sheriff by more of Gainsley’s men, he and Dixon join forces with Lamb and Savino, and together they craft a plan that involves using Jones the hitman to put Gainsley in a corner. Jones plays his part well and leads Gainsley and his thugs into a trap, where Lamb gives him his freedom as a reward.

After an intense firefight, Lamb gets the drop on Gainsley and decides to arrest him instead of killing him, setting the proper example for his son and staying true to his morals.

In the end, Lamb gets his Sheriff job back, putting him at odds with Savino and his plans for growth in Vegas yet again.

Meanwhile, Jack plans to propose to Mia, but his plans are derailed when she breaks up with him after finding out about the bug he planted in Savino’s phone.

Tommy pursues Mia even harder, and the two wind up spending the night together. After Gainsley is taken into custody, Jack goes to Mia’s place to fight for her, but is crushed when he discovers Tommy there with her — in nothing but a bath robe.
First aired: May 10, 2013


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jerry May 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm

After nearly 30 years in the TV Ratings business of sales and analysis, the East & West Coast audiences just don’t make a show. Not knowing the data, I’m sure the ratings are higher in the top DMA’s than the smaller cities. Plus, the advertisers (thus networks) want ONLY VIEWERS AGED 18-49, OR 18-34. 25-54 COUNT ONLY FOR NEWS. Add to this the actual lack of those watching traditional TV (as opposed to tabs/phones/laptops, etc, and there you have it…another quality show bites the dust.


Denis langevin May 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Love this show. I can’t believe they are cancelling it. Hope it’s not for more dumb ass reality show. CBS had more shows I watch than any other network and slowly they are killing them. What a bummer!


Sal Sgroi May 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm

This was one of the best shows on TV. I enjoyed it very much. The cancelling of this show shows that network bigwigs just like management of corporations knew when they have a good thing. The original Tuesday night line up for programs was the best they ever had and now they have destroyed it. I sure they will replace it with some STUPID show like they always do. Great actors seem to always get SCREWED while CRAP actors always remain on the air, go figure.


Ken Derlatka May 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I was seriously questioning the I.Q. levels of those making decisions at CBS, but now that I see that you cancelled all 3 of the only good shows that you network had this past season, i see that the I.Q. levels of those involved in decision making are too low to be recordable. I don’t know what plans you may have for your fall lineup, but if it’s anything like the rest of the crap on your schedule this past season, then I won’t be watching your network.


Ruby Anne May 12, 2013 at 1:44 pm

For crying out loud you guys!! Why would you cancel Vegas? It is a GREAT SHOW —
do you not know how much so many of us hate the crap you put on? PLEASE…I suppose another reality show is in the offing — This is another indication of the sad decline of a once great culture that understood and appreciated good writing and drama.
Goodbye TV!


Marty Cline May 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Are you outta your mind. This is one fantastic on the edge of your seat show


Dennis May 12, 2013 at 11:45 am

What…….are you guys nuts! This is one of the four top shows on television, other than reality crap and I wanna be a star crap! Please do yourselves a favor… this bad decision.


Shar May 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

Enjoyable entertainment. Really enjoyed . What CBS? Not enough blood and guts?


davidborowski May 12, 2013 at 10:29 am

The show should get another season. It shows the other young people the unvarnished and truth about the early days of the city.


davidborowski May 12, 2013 at 10:27 am

The show should given another season. Resolve issues Show the kids that did not grown up in she shadow of the start of the very early days. It shows the truth in a bit a unvarnished and honesty way.


joe May 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

great show,to cancel is a big mistake


Master Don May 12, 2013 at 1:57 am

Vegas is a very good TV show. I say fire the CBS executives instead. They have a tract record of not making good decisions. Looks like they are keeping their record intact. Maybe they want to make room for a Pakistan version of “Dancing with the Stars” or bring back “Gilligan’s Island” but this time they all are stranded on a plane that never lands and the plane has snakes on it.


Deb May 12, 2013 at 1:57 am

It is a real shame that this show was cancelled. I rather enjoyed it. Dennis Quaid and the rest of the cast were incredible. I sure do hope another station picks it up.


Anonymous May 12, 2013 at 1:55 am

Vegas is a very good TV show. I say fire the CBS executives instead. They have a tract record of not making good decisions. Looks like they are keeping their record intact. Maybe they want to make room for a Pakistan version of “Dancing with the Stars” or bring back “Gilligan’s Island” but this time they all are stranded on a plane that never lands and the plane has snakes on it.


downtown May 12, 2013 at 1:51 am

Should be given another season; it’s better than the “idiot shows” out there.


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