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Welcome to the Montecito Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, where you can do anything you want, but Ed Deline and his crack surveillance team will be watching. Just remember: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Josh Duhamel ...  Danny McCoy 106 episodes, 2003-2008
James Lesure ...  Mike Cannon 106 episodes, 2003-2008
Vanessa Marcil ...  Sam Marquez 106 episodes, 2003-2008
Molly Sims ...  Delinda Deline 106 episodes, 2003-2008
James Caan ...  Ed Deline 88 episodes, 2003-2007
Nikki Cox ...  Mary Connell 88 episodes, 2003-2007
Mitch Longley Mitch Longley ...  Mitch Sassen 63 episodes, 2003-2008
Marsha Thomason ...  Nessa Holt 47 episodes, 2003-2005
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Montecito Casino and Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. Ed Deline (Caan) and Danny McCoy (Duhamel) work on the surveillance team of the casino. Since we are talking about Las Vegas, there is a lot of work to be done: looking for cheaters, hosting and protecting the famous and the "whales", and taking personal care of those who win too much. Written by rsilberman2 (aka rsilberman)

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Fast. Furious. Fun.

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USA

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English

Release Date:

22 September 2003 (USA) See more »

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Casino Eye See more »

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Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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The location of the fictional Montecito has changed from season to season. Some of the first episodes were taped at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, which is located at the intersection of Tropicana and the Vegas Strip (next to New York, New York, and across from the MGM Grand). (They closed down the strip on at least one occasion at that block to film a car scene.) Because of its similarity to Mandalay Bay, many of the show's visuals place the Montecito at the southern end of The Strip, albeit usually across the street from Mandalay Bay on the airport side of Las Vegas Boulevard. The exact location and rotation of the building, seems to vary a lot within this area, indeed, the CGI zoom shots of the building exterior in the season two episode, "Montecito Lancers", shows the building in three slightly differing locations for three different shots. Many of Mandalay Bay's interiors and exteriors (including its wave pool) have been used as Montecito exteriors, although the actual set of Montecito is located at Culver Studios, in Culver City, California, so the interiors are a replica of the Mandalay Bay. These studios are where Gone with the Wind (1939) was filmed. During the first season of the show, many of the Montecito's suites overlooked various parts of the middle part of the Strip, placing the hotel near where the Venetian, the Flamingo, or the Mirage are currently, before the more consistent location at the southern end of the Strip was finalized. In season three, Ed Deline's office appears to be in the middle of the strip, overlooking Harrah's, Caesar's Palace, the Mirage, and the Venetian, which puts the Montecito near where Treasure Island is located. This is inconsistent with the flyover shots of the Montecito, which would place Ed's office over two miles away. Closer examination of the window scene, shows that the Mirage's marquee over their driveway has been edited to read "Montecito". In season four, episode two (at around thirty-four minutes) there is a scene in Ed Deline's office, where again we can see an overview of The Mirage and Caesar's Palace. Again, it's a confirmation that Ed Deline's office would be where Treasure Island is located. According to an episode that originally aired in December 2005, the Montecito is located about 1.5 miles from the Wynn Las Vegas. It's possible that this distance is in a straight line, as opposed to actual driving distance. This distance is inconsistent with long shots, that place the Montecito near the airport and Mandalay Bay, but is in line with season three's visual references noted above. Other episodes show aerial shots of the Montecito, that make it appear to be situated at the corner of Giles Street and Reno Avenue, about half a mile from the Mandalay Bay. In the opening credits for the show's later seasons, the final clip ends at the front of the Montecito. On the DVD release, you can see the Mandalay Bay sign for a split second before the CGI switch to Montecito. See more »

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In the title sequence, pit boss Nessa Holt (Marsha Thomason) dramatically deals out a Jack of Hearts at a full Blackjack table. However, the chip box is locked on that table, therefore the table is closed and no one would be able to play. Surely the "Ice Queen" and Vegas' greatest pit boss should know that. See more »

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A solid, mindless guilty pleasure set apart by it's fast pace and a giddy shamelessness
3 January 2005 | by liquidcelluloid-1See all my reviews

Network: NBC; Genre: Guilty Pleasure/Drama; Content Rating: TV-14 (for violence and some sexual content); Classification: Contemporary (Star range: 1 - 4);

Season Reviewed: Seasons 3+

When dividing genres into sub-genres you come up with all sorts of interesting combinations of show gimmicks. We have shows differentiated by a movie star actor in the lead role, the time period they are set in and now, with "Las Vegas", the city in which it is set. You could call it a locational show. It later continues with the short-lived "Hawaii" and the misbegotten "LAX". Created by Gary Scott Thompson, "Las Vegas" takes us on a cathartic trip to that exotic city in the sand.

Despite the promos touting the star of the show is being the city itself, "Vegas" is set almost entirely in the walls and grounds of the Montecito casino centering around the head of security (James Caan), security agents (Josh Duhamel and James Lesher) and the event coordinators dealing with wacky guests and packed conventions. The team is often found using some microscopic gadgets and wild "CSI" techniques to spot cheaters, chasing down and/or beating up thugs, stripping off their clothes at the drop of a hat or lounging by the pool.

If you want to think while watching TV you will probably be repelled by the tedium before the halfway mark. "Las Vegas" isn't particularly dramatic, or exciting or humorous. It just is. It runs on the "Baywatch" engine, actually. It is a light and sound show. Anyone could do it. It's fluid digital effects are a notch cheaper than the state-of-the-art "CSI". They recall Thompson's equally vacuous film "The Fast and the Furious".

Yet, the show presents itself without a sense of self-importance. It has the giddy shamelessness of a pubescent teenager that hasn't yet discovered premium cable. Ironically, that is what sets it apart. Unlike the dull-as-dirt lifeguard exploits of that former series, "Vegas" is a lot less conversation and a lot more action. So to speak. The stories are absurd, self-contained and gimmicky. "Boston Public" absurd. While it doesn't evoke an emotion it is light-weight enough, goofy enough and (as cliché as it may sound) sexy enough to work as a solid guilty pleasure. It is the perfect show for those that want something to sit and let their eyes glaze over at after a long day at work. The Monday night time-slot suits it to a T.

The show still has those network mandated restraints that pull us in but quickly leave us unsatisfied. Watching it you'll just have to get used to the fact that this is another one of those shows where two people in the throws of passion are always going to be interrupted by someone walking in on them or one of them having a substantive revelation about the plot. If the stories where more compelling I wouldn't mind, but as it is that pesky plot is always getting in the way. To often, the show lazily brings in an obvious musical guest star to take over the closing duties with a concert (such as Mark McGrath) and do lots of self-referential mugging for the camera. While sometimes an episode jump-start, this autopilot scriptwriting dangerously recalls the high camp way the "Full House" gang always used to wander into a Beach Boys concert.

I'd be lying if I said that the sight of Nikki Cox in this show doesn't make my heart skip a beat. For the first time she is not bending over backwards paining to be funny and the buxom young actress (able to make even the worst shows sustainable) actually looks comfortable in the role. I also like Vanessa Marcil's cold Sam. Babe-magnet Josh Duhamel fills the leading man role well; as does likable Lesher. Their buddy chemistry is the most fluid and authentic thing in the show. The fun thing about the "Las Vegas" world is that they transcend the show and can easily be plugged in anywhere. It seems appropriate to do some cross promotion and stick the characters in a football promo. They've even done the now rare network (syndication unfriendly) cross-over episode (with NBC's inexplicable hit "Crossing Jordan").

Beautiful people in scantly clad outfits, silly plots and a decent amount more character development than you'd expect. You may feel dirty the next morning, but "Las Vegas" is an appropriately shameless guilty pleasure without any false conceptions about itself. Fast-paced and well pitched for the slack-jawed Monday (or Friday) night masses. I wish it was more extreme - more absurd, more risqué and much more fun - but as it stands it's not a bad thing.

* * ½ / 4


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