NBC has renewed the show Las Vegas, despite rumors that this would be the final season. However, when the show returns next fall, it won’t include original cast members James Caan and Nikki Cox.
Caan wants to return to his first love: film, saying that he has missed “some great opportunities,” due to his schedule on Las Vegas.
“I've had a wonderful four years, worked with great people, and made friends for life working on Las Vegas, but I'm going to return to where my heart is, which is film,” Caan said in a statement to the press.
Cox’s departure was allegedly dictated by budget cuts, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"I'm very sad and shocked," she said in a statement to the magazine. "I wish them all the best, and I had a great time working on the show."
Loyal Las Vegas viewers have seen Cox’s character, Mary, have less and less screen time the last two years, as her romance with the show’s leading man ended.
What are your thoughts on The Montecito surviving, without Big Ed at the helm?
UPDATE: I’ll be participating in a press conference call with Las Vegas star Molly Sims (Delinda Deline) and executive producer/creator Gary Scott Thompson on Tuesday, March 6. E-mail me at email@example.com with any questions you have for them, and I’ll do my best to get them answered. Or simply leave your questions in the comments section of this post.