22. Vegas (CBS)
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jason Oâ€™Mara, Taylor Handley
Premiere date: September 25
The pedigree behind the pilot episode of the new CBS crime-drama Vegas is quite impressive: James Mangold, the director of Cop Land (1997) and 3:10 to Yuma (2007), calls the shots while actors Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis embody character co-written by Nicholas Pileggi, the screenwriter best known for penning the Martin Scorsese flicks Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995).
Right off the bat, Vegas should grab any mob movie fan's attention, especially when you take into account its gangster premise, that of a lawman (Quaid) cracking down on a mobster (Chiklis) who has relocated from Chicago to Las Vegas in the 1960s. Could this be Sin City's answer to Atlantic City's seriously gangster Boardwalk Empire? A betting man would say no, but we shall see.