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The E! channel has been running episodes of this series here and there since Memorial Day when they did a marathon. Surprised there's not a topic for it already. I looked it up and it ran from 2003-2008. I'd never seen the show before, but since I had nothing better to do that day, and since I'm kind of obsessed with all things Vegas, I thought I'd check out a few episodes and was surprised at how entertaining I found it in a cheesy fluff kind of way. I think I watched most of season 3 that day. Today, E! is doing an every episode ever marathon, so I've been watching from the beginning. Anyone else like this show? Ed, Danny, and Mike are my favorite characters. I'm looking forward to seeing the entire series even though I'm sure I'll have to DVR several episodes.

They sure went guest-star heavy in this first season, but it doesn't seem out of place or forced, given the show's premise. Incidentally, just how many times has Wayne Newton appeared in Vegas-themed shows or movies???

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Season three gets wacky when Lara Flynn Boyle joins the cast as the new owner, Monica Mancuso

Watch out for episode 9 of season three titled Mothwoman.  If you blink in one season, you miss one of the most hilarious knock offs of a series character ever!!las-vegas.thumb.jpeg.086945947709be3cb4fb99fbd8437b65.jpeg

 

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I used to watch this in the late 2000s when TNT aired reruns during the day.  Now that I've lived in Vegas and worked on the Strip for several years I'm loving rewatching these episodes and catching all of the references.  Also digging all the overhead shots of Vegas and what the Strip looked like over fifteen years ago.

So I've got plenty of DVR space cleared out and I plan on watching the entire thing again.  Totally like a modern-day Love Boat in a way.

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1 hour ago, screengem said:

Watch out for episode 9 of season three titled Mothwoman.  If you blink in one season, you miss one of the most hilarious knock offs of a series character ever!!

I actually saw that episode during the Memorial Day marathon, haha. It was the 3rd or 4th episode I watched and I didn't know the characters yet. But I DID blink and miss it the first time! When I turned my head back to the screen and realized what was happening, I was like, "wha---what???" I had to rewind the DVR to see what just happened. It was the weirdest thing I'd ever seen. Was LFB's character not well received? Did she want to leave the show? It was just such a bizarre way to get rid of her, including the way she chose to act out the...flight, lol.

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I think that Lara Flynn Boyle's character was killed off in epic TV fashion early in that season in time for sweeps ratings because of her contract.  It seems that Las Vegas, in particular, was a drama constantly trying to reinvent itself.   See below an analysis from the Hollywood Reporter

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Character departures, "Las Vegas" style, are as colorful as Sin City itself. Consider the following ways the show has dispensed with its heroes and villains:

* Ed Deline (James Caan) and Mary Connell (Nikki Cox): Both the Montecito Resort & Casino president of operations (Caan) and special events director (Cox) went into hiding -- Deline because he was accused of killing Connell's father.

* Jean-Claude Van Damme (as himself) died while attempting a motorcycle jump for a movie he was filming in town.

* Gold-digging Montecito owner Monica Mancuso (Lara Flynn Boyle) was blown off the roof of the casino by a strong gust of wind and died after crashing into a shoe store below.

* Casey Manning (Dean Cain), another former Montecito owner, was both poisoned by botulism and then roughed up by a giant squid while on a fishing trip.

"Las Vegas" characters are involved in all manner of shady dealings -- including cheating and murder. Fortunately, the real-life city isn't worried about any possible negative portrayals. "It's almost like a free commercial for Las Vegas," says Ed Harran, production manager for the Nevada Film Office.

His only complaint is that the show only films a fraction of each season in his home state.

"If you're a Nevadan, when you see the show you know there's no trees like that over here. Sometimes they shoot exteriors and you can tell it's California," he says. But when the show is in town, "It has a good impact on our economy," because of the use of local crews and equipment.

"It's also a good impact on tourism," he adds. "They had an episode where they featured some guys at a bachelor party driving on a bus to a topless donut shop. And we got, I think, 50 phone calls over the next week, all from out-of-town guys asking where they could find that donut shop."   

Home Game: When it comes to DVDs, the sales are respectable, while the content skirts the edge

"Las Vegas" (NBC) Seasons in the Sun: 4. Ka-ching? Currently, DVD sales for all seasons combined have been around 500,000 in North America, according to Lea Porteneuve, vp publicity for Universal Studios Home Entertainment. That's "a number we're really happy with," she says.

The Bottom Line: From the outset, NBC Universal and the creators of "Las Vegas" have considered the series' addictive DVD sets as some of the best advertising for the show itself. In a few ways, the DVDs offer less than the telecast -- some of the original music is missing, for example. (Music supervisor Jennifer Pyken oversees the replacement cuts, though, "So that I know the music stays in sync with what we want.") But in other ways, the DVDs offer more -- the "uncut and uncensored" first season ups the amount of bare flesh in the poolside scenes.

Global Bet: The instant recognition of Las Vegas doesn't guarantee international sucess for its namesake show.

It's fair to say that, other than Los Angeles and New York, Las Vegas is one of the few American cities with an instantly recognizable image around the world. But as for NBC's "Las Vegas" -- which currently airs in approximately 165 countries in addition to the U.S. -- the picture is mixed.

It's been a hot ticket in Australia for the past four seasons on Seven Net, where it garners a 20% share in the 18-49 demos in a competitive time slot. But while in countries like France and Spain it outpaces other American dramas like "Nip/Tuck" and "Law & Order," Germany's Kabel Eins has had less luck -- and had to shift its time slot recently.

"We had hoped it would do better because it's a terrific show, and it's getting 2%-3% audience share in the new time slot, but unfortunately it didn't take off the way we thought it would," said a Kabel Eins spokesperson.

She added, "Maybe it's too American for the Germans."

 

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When it left the initial syndication to be all but unavailable except at very high prices. When  it showed up on Saturday morning on E it seems the original Elvis opening credits were replaced by generic TV theme.  With all of the musical guest spots they had over the seasons I would guess that those remain intact.

For a wacky sort of crime show it could turn dark at a moments notice.

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I've finally gotten to the end of season 2 and just started season 3, and I still have 51 episodes left on my DVR from last week's marathon, lol. I had planned to do a good binge watch this weekend, but other things got in the way. Anyhoo…

This show is just fun. I'm glad I stumbled onto it. Does anyone know why the actress who played Nessa didn't come back for seasons 3 and on? I was really starting to enjoy her character. Did she ever guest in any future seasons?

Also, this show sure is boob-heavy, lol. Especially for a prime-time drama. I would assume it originally aired at 10pm to be able to get away with that. Which leads me to wonder...I don't know how casino employees typically dress, but I would expect a casino host (is that really a thing?), the director of special events, and the manager of the restaurant to at least wear business suits. But Sam, Mary, and Delinda (Mary especially) almost always are in the most low-cut revealing tops they can find. Maybe that's normal in Vegas, just strikes me as funny, especially as Danny, Mike, and Ed are always in suits. 

I love the redesign of the Montecito starting in season 3. The giant waterfall in the middle is cool, even though I doubt something like that would ever work in real life, lol.

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On 6/26/2020 at 5:16 AM, screengem said:

"Las Vegas" characters are involved in all manner of shady dealings -- including cheating and murder. Fortunately, the real-life city isn't worried about any possible negative portrayals. "It's almost like a free commercial for Las Vegas," says Ed Harran, production manager for the Nevada Film Office.

His only complaint is that the show only films a fraction of each season in his home state.

"If you're a Nevadan, when you see the show you know there's no trees like that over here. Sometimes they shoot exteriors and you can tell it's California," he says. But when the show is in town, "It has a good impact on our economy," because of the use of local crews and equipment.

 

Much less then run away from shady they seemed to play it up, I remember the fantasy cast in the 60s episode and musings in the real time episodes where they dreamed about taking cheaters and card counters out to the desert to deal with it the old school way. Sam and Polly would proudly mention their work as prostitutes and even offered to put in more work for special clients. And Big Ed may have started a spy but he sure acted like a gangster at the end.

33 minutes ago, Giuseppe said:

I've finally gotten to the end of season 2 and just started season 3, and I still have 51 episodes left on my DVR from last week's marathon, lol. I had planned to do a good binge watch this weekend, but other things got in the way. Anyhoo…

This show is just fun. I'm glad I stumbled onto it. Does anyone know why the actress who played Nessa didn't come back for seasons 3 and on? I was really starting to enjoy her character. Did she ever guest in any future seasons?

Also, this show sure is boob-heavy, lol. Especially for a prime-time drama. I would assume it originally aired at 10pm to be able to get away with that. Which leads me to wonder...I don't know how casino employees typically dress, but I would expect a casino host (is that really a thing?), the director of special events, and the manager of the restaurant to at least wear business suits. But Sam, Mary, and Delinda (Mary especially) almost always are in the most low-cut revealing tops they can find. Maybe that's normal in Vegas, just strikes me as funny, especially as Danny, Mike, and Ed are always in suits. 

I love the redesign of the Montecito starting in season 3. The giant waterfall in the middle is cool, even though I doubt something like that would ever work in real life, lol.

I think that Marsha Thomason  was just a victim of budget cuts. With the  real daughter Delinda and Mary/Danny  triangle being a continued story and Sam being a more out there character Nessa as just the Goddaughter of Big Ed just couldn't compete. Maybe if she was with Mike like Piper was later she would have had a unique role beyond the forth woman, but I don't think they were ready to tie down all of their leads in the first years of the show.

Just watching Sam's short stint as owner last weekend telling Ed to get in a suit and tie and his push back was a hoot. Wiki says it started on Monday before a transfer to Friday at 9 before finally finding a permanent home at 10 on Friday. But I mostly saw the show on TNT on the daily marathon when I was off work but really in order as I woke up for work at zero dark thirty and watched while getting ready to go to work when it was shifted to Third Watch's graveyard before cancellation time slot..

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I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this show. It was fluffy, fun and entertaining without dragging me down. 

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Loved it then. Love watching in repeats now. I thought it was a great show. Too bad it ended on a cliff hanger because they thought that they were going to get another season. 

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Glad I’m not the only one who stumbled upon the marathon a couple weekends ago!  I miss night time soaps like this.  And I’m a total Vanessa Marcil fangirl (Brenda Barrett 4eva!!!!).   I recorded them all and am working my way through them.  

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1 hour ago, Mariana Renata said:

Any links where I can watch it?

There are a bunch of episodes on youtube here but it's not the best quality and doesn't look like it's the entire series. I can't find it streaming anywhere, which is a shame since E! doesn't appear to be airing any more episodes anytime soon. This seems like the kind of show that would be in perpetual re-runs on a couple different networks.

I didn't realize there was different theme music for the opening titles in the original run--an Elvis song as someone upthread mentioned. Hearing it via the youtube link, I prefer the syndicated music. It seems to fit the show better. Plus, I'm just not an Elvis fan, haha.

On 7/5/2020 at 5:05 PM, Raja said:

I think that Marsha Thomason  was just a victim of budget cuts. With the  real daughter Delinda and Mary/Danny  triangle being a continued story and Sam being a more out there character Nessa as just the Goddaughter of Big Ed just couldn't compete. Maybe if she was with Mike like Piper was later she would have had a unique role beyond the forth woman, but I don't think they were ready to tie down all of their leads in the first years of the show.

That's a shame if that's really the reason she didn't come back. They could've played up Nessa's and Delinda's sister relationship more, since Nessa was effectively Ed's adopted daughter. Instead, it seemed Nessa and Delinda hardly ever interacted, much less behaved like sisters who grew up together. I loved the episode where Nessa fell for the amnesiac "employee" who turned out to actually be a a hitman who had lost his memory after his last job. I thought they were so cute together.

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1 hour ago, Giuseppe said:

 

That's a shame if that's really the reason she didn't come back. They could've played up Nessa's and Delinda's sister relationship more, since Nessa was effectively Ed's adopted daughter. Instead, it seemed Nessa and Delinda hardly ever interacted, much less behaved like sisters who grew up together. I loved the episode where Nessa fell for the amnesiac "employee" who turned out to actually be a a hitman who had lost his memory after his last job. I thought they were so cute together.

They grew up together? I assumed from the bio that since Ed was CIA he was away from home and Nessa was his daughter on deployment.

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I was binging the episodes so maybe some things I misinterpreted, but I would swear I watched a scene where either Delinda or Nessa said something about growing up together. And I thought Ed took Nessa in after her father was "killed", so it'd make sense that the two girls would've been around each other a lot. But I could be wrong.

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2 hours ago, Giuseppe said:

I was binging the episodes so maybe some things I misinterpreted, but I would swear I watched a scene where either Delinda or Nessa said something about growing up together. And I thought Ed took Nessa in after her father was "killed", so it'd make sense that the two girls would've been around each other a lot. But I could be wrong.

I think that is right. 

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And just as I was about to go to sleep  it turns out that the USA Network had been marathoning Las Vegas today just like E! did a couple of weekends ago.

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It’s funny I was just watching today - omg Sonny Corleone! - and found it addictive.  I had to DVR them because I was getting a lot of phone calls.  He aged well - a very handsome older man.

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USA doing another marathon today. Season 2 episodes.

I feel like Sam's character changed a bit between seasons 2 and 3. Seems like in season 3 she became a lot more...I don't know...snippy? Deadpan? Nonchalant? Uncaring? She just seems to be missing a bit of the warmth she had in the first two seasons. The writing overall seems off after season 2. I wonder if there was a writing regime change between the seasons, or maybe it's just in my head.

I watched "Mothwoman" again the other day, and the ridiculous-ness of Monica's death really makes me laugh. They could've made it seem a lot windier on the roof...as it was, nobody's hair was even blowing before it happened. And a strong gust wouldn't have carried her a mile down the strip, but whatever, lol. 

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I wonder if they are testing intrest for the Peacock app?

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Look like I just missed another early Sunday block of episodes on E! I have never seen anything scheduled like this show.

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I caught it today, it was a nice way to pass a rainy Sunday morning.  According to my cable guide they will run a handful of episodes almost every morning this week.  It is an odd schedule.

Monica’s death was so random and bizarre (was it a wink at all the 90s controversy of LFB being very thin?) the aftermath was quite funny though - they dumped her ashes in the toilet and applauded awkwardly.

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If I am following the E! strategy it seems as if they are putting a show in a block and running the series once, sometimes with an extended marathon thrown in probably to space it right. And then they rotate another show in for the same treatment

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7 hours ago, Raja said:

If I am following the E! strategy it seems as if they are putting a show in a block and running the series once, sometimes with an extended marathon thrown in probably to space it right. And then they rotate another show in for the same treatment

Looks like they are doing another marathon right now. Season 4 episodes.

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To add to the scheduling weirdness, there was a marathon on Bravo today.  Season 5, and I missed the whys and hows, but Ed is gone and Magnum PI takes his place.  Never liked Tom Selleck so I just couldn’t get into it.

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16 hours ago, Kiki777 said:

To add to the scheduling weirdness, there was a marathon on Bravo today.  Season 5, and I missed the whys and hows, but Ed is gone and Magnum PI takes his place.  Never liked Tom Selleck so I just couldn’t get into it.

It was one of those story arcs where the show turned very dark. Beyond his wife wanting Ed to retire, Ed was really gone for the same reason Mary was gone

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