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.

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


What do you think? Do you like the Vegas TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?

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  1. Keith says

    Great show. I fell in love with Mia. Now I feel like Jack … I may never see her again. Jokes aside my wife and I loved the show. It was a fresh change to the other options on. Just another example of one of the three “nut works” and their lack of commitment. If a show is not an instant success it is a failure. Great job CBS. I have a great idea for a show. Give us a modern cop show where we can see lots of forensics and one where the only story line is the victims and we can figure out the ending just in time to realized we just wasted 45 minutes of our life watching them act out what we just heard on the news earlier. Now that is a show!

  2. George b says

    A great series…really need to give it a chance… of my favorite shows and the best new show of the season…..deserves another season…….renew it for another season

  3. The Cook's says

    At least give the show one more season and see where it goes…… It really is a good show that is just getting started. Make the right choice CBS and give Vegas a chance.

  4. Bob Armstrong says

    Another example of short sighted thinking by network executives. They didn’t give this show time “to grow legs”. They almost made the same mistake with Cheers and MASH, and instead of learning, they just commit the same errors. Great show, great cast, great plot. Pity!

  5. Bob Piche says

    I think cancelling is a mistake, both my son and I watch and think it is a great show with a great cast.

  6. Theresa Romano says

    Why on earth would they cancel that show? Vegas is on of the best shows. I love it.
    There are other shows on that they should have cancelled but certainly NOT Vegas!
    Please bring it back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. bjmulti3 says

    Big hit. I have found this series very entertaining. I never knew that Dennis Quaid was such an entertaining personality. Older viewers who experienced the actual history of Las Vegas relieve the birth of the gambling mecca. Younger viewers have no idea and cannot imagine how it is to live the dreams and beauty that was Las Vegas.

  8. deborah perkins says

    Best new show for a long time! Can’t believe it’s been cancelled. Superb acting and loved the story line. Please bring it back!!!!

  9. Adewree says

    Best show on tv. Great characters, and writing. Followed show as it moved in progamming schedule. Uncommoningly good show. Never missed an episode, renew this Show!

  10. cary knight says

    Michael Chiklis has another horse shot out from under him? What did this guy do wrong? I quality acting a crime these days? Chiklis has starred in other vehicles but none as well crafted as “Vegas”.
    Hopefully a network with a greater appreciation for quality like maybe TNT, TBS or USA will recognize that “Vegas” deserves to be on the air.

  11. Bruce Graycar says

    I found today that the Vegas show was cancelled what a mistake. I have 10 people in my office and 9 people watch it. Just because it quality acting with a great plot and was not another CSI copycat is no reason to get rid of it. I have every channel out here and 95% of the shows are not worth watching!!!!!!!!!!!! Wake up

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