Slick, stylish, and fast-paced, Las Vegas
is a high-tech hybrid of 1970s' Vega$
and 1980s' Hotel
. Set in the fictional Montecito Resort and Casino, the show revolves around surveillance expert and ex-Marine Danny McCoy (Josh Duhamel
, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton
). McCoy reports to the president of operations and ex-CIA operative "Big" Ed Deline (the inimitable James Caan
). If Duhamel is the show's charisma, Caan is the gravitas. The attractive cast is rounded out by Vanessa Marcil as casino host Sam Marquez, Nikki Cox as event coordinator Mary Connell, James Lesure as valet Mike Cannon, Marsha Thomason as pit boss Nessa Holt, Cheryl Ladd as Deline's wife Jillian, and model Molly Sims as Deline's daughter Delinda.
From the start, Las Vegas has attracted a diverse array of guest stars, from musicians, like Little Richard ("New Orleans"), to movie stars, like Sean "Samwise" Astin ("You Can't Take It With You"). Even "Mr. Las Vegas" himself, Wayne Newton, puts in an appearance ("Pros and Cons"). Other notable guests include Elliot Gould ("Jokers and Fools"), Jean-Claude Van Damme ("Die Fast, Die Furious"), and Alec Baldwin ("Hellraisers and Heartbreakers"), hot off his Oscar-nominated turn in The Cooler.--Kathleen C. Fennessy
All 23 episodes from the first series of the American television drama, set in the glamorous and dangerous world of the Las Vegas casinos. Ed Deline (James Caan) is the tough, ex-CIA head of the Montecito Casino surveillance squad, assisted by ex-marine Danny McCoy (Josh Duhamel). Together they ensure the security of one of Vegas' most high-profile casino resorts. In this series, Danny hunts down a loan shark responsible for the murder of an old marine buddy, Ed uses vigilante methods to track down a gang of rapists operating in the Vegas hotels, and Danny and Ed have to work fast after thousands of counterfeit $100 bills flood the Montecito. Episodes are: 'Pilot'; 'What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas'; 'Donny, We Hardly Knew Ye'; 'Jokers and Fools'; 'Groundhog Summer'; 'Semper Spy'; 'Pros and Cons'; 'Luck Be a Lady'; 'Year of the Tiger'; 'Decks and Violence'; 'Blood and Sand'; 'Hellraisers and Heartbreakers'; 'The Night the Lights Went Out in Vegas'; 'Things That Go Jump in the Night'; 'Die Fast, Die Furious'; 'New Orleans'; 'You Can't Take it With You'; 'Nevada State'; 'Sons and Lovers'; 'The Strange Life of Bob'; 'Family Jewels'; 'The Big Bang' and 'Always Faithful'.