Las Vegas Review TV REVIEW SEASON PREMIERE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28th
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If Las Vegas took itself seriously, it would probably really suck.
Fortunately, it manages to walk the line between melodramatic spy thriller and quirky pleaser, and the two hour season premiere is a perfect case in point.
We start off with what seems to be a fourth-wall-breaking monologue by the Machiavellian Sam (if you don't know what I mean, check out "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," probably the most famous example of the talking to the audience technique of narration). she gives us a recap of the events of the finale, including the bomb, the shooting, the robbery, her own kidnapping... and then tells us it's far too much for an hour. It's got to be two.
It's cute, and stays that way, from the now-preganant Delinda proving she can keep a secret even when puking her guts out over the Montecito carpets to the officer investigating Mary's Dad's shooting whose dialogue comes straight out of a pulp fiction novel.
Mary is totally absent (cast member Nikki Cox has left the show), but Delinda has straightened her hair and looks astonishingly like her former rival for Danny's affections...
The other cast member who's departing, sadly, is James Caan, apparently to get back into features. Which brings us to...
...my biggest reason for watching Las Vegas tonight, in two words: Tom Selleck.
I have to admit, it took me a long time to bring myself to watch Friends so I could see Selleck in his recurring role. I find the show just that painful that without the incentive of seeing "Magnum PI" again, I was not about to tune in.
He was hilarious on Friends, though, and I developed a much greater appreciation for Courtney Cox along the way. I've always liked her in movies but didn't see much in her Monica character until I saw her interact with Selleck as her beau.
And Magnum itself always walked that line between serious action/drama and comedy, so we know that he's a good fit for the crowd at the Montecito.
Good thing, because now he OWNS it. I can't wait to see what happens between him and Sam - even in his first scene, a billionaire introducing himself as "Just Cooper," on his horse, signing the papers that would give him full control of the casino without a word or twitch - well, you can see Sam may have truly met her match this time.
Mary I won't miss much. She seemed to have been a little out of place from the start - a country girl without the stuff to make it in Sin City.
But Caan I will miss. Unless, as I hope, Selleck makes the loss a little easier to take.
Worth a look; a good time to get in since everything's getting a good shake-up.