Such a fresh yet obvious idea should have been an instant classic, but CBS killed the show while it was getting off the ground.
My wife and I typically avoid CBS because of their obsession with broadcasting dead bodies. You know, procedural cop shows.
It turns out viewers felt the same way, but for what I'd presume are different reasons. If you're a MAD MEN viewer like me, you watched VEGAS for the aesthetic peek into last century. Unfortunately the show was a little cheap in this department, or should I say, not as dedicated to production design. Therefore viewers like me were being tricked into watching VEGAS: CSI. On the other hand, viewers who wanted grisly CSI fare were seeing lame old school murder mysteries. Lose/lose.
The show must have been aware of this casting backfire because faster than you can say 'Vegas Resort Fee' one Sarah Jones was introduced as 'Mia Rizzo'. Talk about a weapon. Jones was intense, beautiful, strong, and yet vulnerable. She played a mobster's daughter who was in love with the Sheriff's brother. An extremely well written character that many actresses would shine in, sure, but boy oh boy did Sarah Jones hit the jackpot.
Once Mia became a series regular my wife and I went from thinking VEGAS was 'okay' to Must See Mia TV. Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis were solid and entertaining, but Mia was one of several supporting actors that did some serious lifting.
Hollywood rarely writes for smart women -- so please be patient Sarah Jones. You did a terrific job --
-- and that script will find you.