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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series is far less risque than the city itself, but is nevertheless meant for adults. Female characters all look like models, several characters sleep around, alcohol is plentiful, and weapons pop up regularly. Admirably, the show's fictional casino strictly prohibits underage gambling.
What's the story?
In LAS VEGAS, casino president Ed Deline, played by James Caan (Brian's Song, The Godfather), and his young head of security, Danny McCoy (Josh Duhamel), are tough guys -- but they're more like good cops than gangsters. They look out for the casino, its employees, and its guests, solving crimes and minor mysteries each week. Other main characters include a sexy and savvy female casino host whose job is to woo the rich and famous and a cool pit boss (who, in a bit of encouraging casting, is played by a young black woman, Marsha Thomason). Colorful guests and performers present new laughs and challenges each week -- from run-of-the-mill con-men to a diva who is stalked and a movie star who accidentally dies while doing a motorcycle stunt off the casino roof. Guest stars have included Jean-Claude Van Damme, Paris Hilton, and Paul Anka.
Is it any good?
If Fox produced this show, you might expect more sex and violence and less-than-admirable main characters. Luckily it's NBC, and viewers get the fabulous Caan in the lead role, plenty of good-natured humor, and a show that's stimulating without being an assault to the senses. But though many scenes in Las Vegas won't offend anyone in your family, kids and teens won't find anything of special value here either.