Return To ‘Vegas’ For Another Year
Saturday, March 3, 2007 7:21 PM | By Errol Lewis
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — While NBC has enough problems on its schedule with such low-rated fare as “30 Rock,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” the network can at least smile at the fact that they have one constant player on their schedule. The network has decided to renew gambling drama “Las Vegas” for a fifth season.
“Vegas,” which premiered in September 2003 revolves around an elite surveillance team who oversee the behind-the-scenes action going on in one of Vegas’ premiere casinos and hotels. The series stars Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo, “All My Children”) and Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, “General Hospital”).
“The cast and producers have consistently given us what we want from ‘Las Vegas’ – pure entertainment – and we’re looking forward to another fun ride next season with the show,” said Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.
Not returning for the series’ fifth season will be James Caan, who plays Ed Deline, and Nikki Cox, who plays Mary Connell.
“I’ve had a wonderful four years, worked with great people and made friends for life working on ‘Las Vegas, ‘ but I’m eager to return to where my heart is, which is film, and due to the show’s schedule, I missed some great opportunities to do that,” Caan said in a statement. “I wish the show and everyone involved with it continued success.”
Cox’s departure is due to an apparent budget cut the show will undergo to be able to produce a fifth season. Cox is said to be “very sad and shocked,” according to her spokesperson.
For the season “Vegas” is averaging 9.0 million viewers and a 2.8/8 in Adults 18-49, up 8 percent over NBC’s average the year before. The program ranks #1 in its Friday 9:00 PM timeslot.
The series also stars Molly Sims and James Lesure (“Alias” and “NYPD Blue”).