But will Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and company be wasted on procedural formula?
With many new TV shows, there is what I want it to be, and there is what it actually is. Sometimes, what it is turns out to be good enough on its own; at other times, the gap between expectations and execution is too wide for me to accept, fairly or unfairly.
On paper, CBS' "Vegas" couldn't be more appealing to me. It has Dennis Quaid, one of my favorite movie actors, facing off against Michael Chiklis, one of my favorite TV actors. It has cowboys going up against wiseguys, and a setting — Las Vegas in the early '60s, just as a cow town is about to turn into a monument to sin — that evokes Michael Mann's classic '80s series "Crime Story." And one of its producers is Nicholas Pileggi, whose book "Wiseguy" was the basis for "Goodfellas."