Set in 1960s Las Vegas, the series centers on Sheriff Ralph Lamb (Quaid) and his dealings with Chicago mobster Vincent Savino (Chiklis), who moved west to set up his own operation. The Lamb character is based on a real-life former rancher who served as Sheriff of Clark County from 1961 to 1979.



     Vegas was a drama television series that ran on CBS from September 25, 2012 to May 10, 2013. The series starred Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis. The series was co-created by Las Vegas chronicler and Casino screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, who also wrote the pilot.

     Vegas received a 22 - episode full season on October 23, 2012. CBS later reduced the order to 21 episodes. On March 7, 2013, CBS announced that Vegas would move to Friday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET, beginning April 5, 2013.

     CBS canceled Vegas on May 10, 2013.




  • Dennis Quaid (the Right Stuff, Frequency)as Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a local rancher with service in the military police during World War II. Lamb is pressed into duty as Sheriff of Clark County when the Mob begins aggressively taking hold of the Las Vegas gambling industry.
  • Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four, The Commish) as Vincent Savino, manager of the Savoy Hotel, which is run by the Chicago Mob. An expert in gambling, Savino previously ran casinos for the Mob in Havana before being sent to run the Savoy. While being a high ranking mob associate and close to Chicago mob capo Angelo LaFratta, he is not a made man due to being a quarter Irish on his father's side,
  • Carrie-Anne Moss (Matrix Trilogy) as Katherine O'Connell, the Las Vegas Assistant District Attorney.
  • Jason O'Mara (Terra Nova, The Good Wife, Life on Mars)as Deputy Jack Lamb, Ralph's younger brother who serves as his deputy.
  • Taylor Handley as Dixon Lamb, Ralph's son. His youthful exuberance makes it difficult for Ralph to trust his judgment at times.
  • Sarah Jones as Mia Rizzo, the Savoy count room manager responsible for skimming funds for the Mob.







001 - Pilot 
002 - Money Plays
003 - All That Glitters 
004 - Legitimage  
005 - Solid Citizens  
006 - The Real Thing  
007 - Bad Seeds  
008 - Exposure  
009 - Masquerade 
010 - Estinto  
011 - Paiutes  
012 - From This Day Forward  
013 - Road Trip  
014 - The Third Man  
015 - Two of a Kind  
016 - Little Fish  
017 - Hollywood Ending  
018 - Scoundrels  
019 - Past Lives  
020 - Unfinished Business  
021 - Sons of Nevada  


Building a 1960's Las Vegas for the series.  

A combination of star power and a world-class crew base built a 60s downtown Las Vegas set for the show Vegas to be film in California. Crews have built a 200-foot set at Santa Clarita Studios in LA County, recreating period Las Vegas.

As the real Las Vegas has changed so much since the 60s, the show’s pilot actually filmed in New Mexico, drawn by the state tax credit, but stars Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis wanted to film in Los Angeles once the show was commissioned to series. Ironically the show doesn’t actually qualify for the California TV filming incentive, but it benefits from LA’s strong crew base.

Santa Clarita Studios was the only suitable space in LA County. Greg Walker is a Writer and Executive Producer on Vegas and spoke to the LA Times: “This was the only physical space that we could find that had a stage that could connect with 200 feet of street. Another reason we liked being out here was the proximity to all the ranch land.”

Vegas costs up to $3.5 million (US) per episode to produce and the period set took nearly two months to build. California is still the number one choice for comedy TV productions – most of which involve studio shoots – but faces a continuing exodus of drama projects to other parts of the US.
























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