Las Vegas is an American television series that was aired on NBC from September 22, 2003 to February 15, 2008. The show focuses on a team of people working in the fictional Montecito Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show is a faced-paced drama hat follows the elite Las Vegas surveillance team in charge of maintaining security of one the city’s largest Casinos. The acting, while good, is nothing that deserves an Emmy. But what makes this show so popular is that it doesn’t pretend to be anything more than what it is; an action packed sexy drama set in “Sin City” were anything can and does happen!
Las Vegas background history
The series originally centered round a strict ex- CIA officer, named Ed Deline who became the President of Operations of the Montecito, and looked after the day to day operations of Casino. After his departure from the series in Season 5, former Marine Danny Mc Coy (Josh Duhamel), Ed’s former protégé, has become the Montecito’s new President of Operations.
Other characters that work with McCoy include current Head of Security and Surveillance, and former Head Valet, Mike Cannon (James Lesure) who plays an integral role in investigations due to his engineering degree from MIT. Danny’s childhood friend and ex-fiancée, Mary Connell (Nikki Cox), worked at the Montecito first as Event Director then got promoted to Hotel Manager in the third season until finally leaving in the fourth season.
Samantha Jane “SAM” Marquez (Vanessa Marcel), a businesswoman and self-proclaimed “best casino host in the world,” has one goal: to get high rollers to play at the casino.
Ed’s daughter Delinda Deline (Molly Sims) serves as the Entertainment Manager, and runs all the food and beverages in the casino. She is currently living with Danny after previously having a romantic connection with him early in the first season.
The ownership of the casino has changed quite a bit with A.J. Cooper (Tom Selleck) as the sixth owner. TNT has been airing reruns of the series since early 2008.
Las Vegas guest stars
Soon enough, however, creator Gary Scott Thompson and his writers realized they needed to make ”Las Vegas”’ hustlers, visitors, and Elvis impersonators more than background noise for Duhamel’s trysts. So the series pumped up the guest-star quotient.
With the turn of this year, when people as diverse as Paris Hilton, Sean Astin, Dennis Hopper, and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath began showing up, either as themselves or as thinly disguised versions of themselves.
Las Vegas ratings
The king of the police procedural shows is still going strong, as, after 8 seasons Las Vegas is not only still on the air, but one of the most viewed shows. It stays fresh because it “It forages into new territory all the time.” Las Vegas stars William Peterson, Marg Helgenberger, and George Eads. It keeps viewers intrigued by combining forensic science with interesting cases and just enough personal details to make us care about the characters.
One reviewer notes, “It is fascinating watching the characters look for clues and then process the information at the criminal lab.” Also, recent cast changes have heightened viewer.