Episodes: Eight, six unaired (hour)
TV show dates: October 18, 2007 – October 21, 2007
Series status: Cancelled/ended
Performers include: Sebastian Tillinger, Lloyd Owen, Madchen Amick, Eric Winter, Carter Jenkins, P.J. Byrne, D.B. Woodside, Ellen Woglom, Melanie Griffith, Robb Conner, Missy Doty, Catherine Ferrino, Brock Kelly, Reuben Tafoya, and Jenny Mollen.
TV show description:
Freewheeling businessman Ripley Holden (Lloyd Owen) is the ultimate gambler who’s on the verge of great success, just as soon as he can open his own casino in Laughlin, Nevada.
When his financing suddenly falls through, Ripley approaches his enemies for help – dashing and wealthy casino owner Nicky Fontana (Hugh Jackman) and his second-in-command Marcus (D.B. Woodside). Things start to get a little tricky for Ripley when the body of his former business partner is found in his club.
At home, everyone wants Ripley for something; his gorgeous wife Natalie (Madchen Amick) wants his attention; teenage daughter Cheyenne (Ellen Woglom) wants his approval; and son Jack (Carter Jenkins) wants to help him at work. Through it all, Ripley’s passion and eternal optimism endure.
The series features a mix of humor and contemporary songs that move the drama along.
Episode three – Takin’ Care of Business
Ripley discovers that cheaters are stealing from the Viva and decides to take matters into his own hands. He hires better security guards to catch the culprits, make an example of them and to prevent others from doing the same.
The episode did not air.
Episode four – Magic Carpet Ride
Titles of other unreleased episodes include “Need You Tonight,” “Would I Lie to You,” and “Fighter.”
What happened next?
There’s been no news of any plans to revive the series or characters.
Behind the Scenes
|•||The series’ ratings were dismal and many critics called it “the worst new show of the season.” CBS abruptly cancelled it after two episodes had aired.|
|•||Though he may be hard to recognize, series star Lloyd Owen previously played Indiana Jones’ father on ABC’s The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.|
|•||Actor Hugh Jackman is one of the series’ executive producers.|
|•||The musical-dramedy was based on the popular UK series Blackpool.|