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Monday, October 01, 2007

Las Vegas premiere: Hello, Tom Selleck!


Friday’s two-hour season premiere of Las Vegas adhered to its Elvis theme song. One could never accuse this show of needing “a little less conversation and a little more action.” It was action-packed from start to finish.

Delinda survived the explosion and shared the news with Danny that she’s pregnant. Sam survived the kidnapping and attempted rape by pushing creepy billionaire Vince out of a plane at 15,000 feet to his death. A Montecito employee robbed the casino, and Ed busted him. Mary’s pedophile dad took three bullets to the chest, courtesy of Mary and Ed. Consequently, Ed, Jillian, and Mary are all on the run from the cops. And the Montecito has a new owner with a passion for cowboy boots, A.J. Cooper, aka Tom Selleck.

Cooper made quite an impression on his first day. We first saw him on a horse, riding the range, before writing a check for $241 million to buy the Montecito. He gave away a fleet of cars and $3 million dollars in cash and let a card cheater go, after making him lose all his ill-gotten winnings. His management style couldn’t be more opposite of Ed Deline’s.

Selleck’s character is eccentric, shaking things up with his “Anything Can Happen” campaign. He doesn’t yet have the effortless chemistry with Josh Duhamel and company that James Cann and Dean Cain did, but I think that’s because his character is supposed to be adversarial with the team at the onset. Cooper is trying to decide if he wants to fire anyone. Cooper came across as a bit cold to the employees, but it worked for him because his character is supposed to be intimidating. He was. Even marine Danny was rattled.

Fans were worried about the future of Las Vegas when news broke last year that Caan and Nikki Cox were leaving the show. Based on the premiere, I’d say that Las Vegas is in good shape. The trademark humor is still intact. From Mike’s fetal development lecture, to Delinda’s morning sickness and growing boobs, to Sam’s fast-talking, there were plenty of laughs. The best line of the night though went to manicurist Polly, who with her broken English, managed to bust an inside joke about Rosie O’Donnell. While giving Selleck’s character a manicure, she told him the Montecito needed a makeover, “like Rosie O’Donnell.” (O’Donnell once rudely went off on Selleck during an appearance on her talk show for his support of the NRA.)

My only beef with the show was the way Ed’s exit was handled. Making him a fugitive is a hard pill to swallow, considering he now has a grandchild on the way that I’m sure he and Jillian will want to see. Couldn’t Ed and Jillian have retired to a golf community somewhere instead?

Next week looks to be even better, as Mike and Danny vie for the top-dog job. It looks like Mike is the frontrunner at this point, but Cooper is a former marine, as is Danny, so they share that bond.

After Friday’s premiere, Josh Duhamel chatted with fans at NBC.com. If you missed it, check out the transcript here.

What did you think of Selleck and the new sheriff in town? Did you feel a huge, gaping hole with Ed and Mary gone? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

19 comments:

Lacey said...

I loved it! I thought Tom did a great job. I agree with you Tube Talk Girl that he wasn't supposed to gel immediately with the cast. He's supposed to intimidate them.

I thought he was cool, but he does have heart. Otherwise, he would have pulled a Monica. He didn't toss the cheater or have him arrested. I think he'll be good. And i don't miss Mary and her big boobs.

Miles said...

Put me down as missing Mary and her big boobs. :)

Honestly, though, she didn't have anything to do the last couple seasons, so I guess it was time for her to go.

Ryan said...

I'm gonna miss Ed but I think Cooper is going to be just as good.

I wish Sam would slow down the talking though. Damn. I can barely understand her half the time.

Anonymous said...

Loved the show! I love Sam and I felt so sad for her. How horrible was that watching tiny Sam get the crap beat out of her? Ugh! Then all those flashbacks of Vince due to Sam's PTSD. Props to Delinda for trying to be a good friend and help her.

tube talk girl said...

Yeah, that beating scene was brutal. Why didn't she have any bruises? HMMM......

I loved that she went to therapy, but in true Sam fashion, avoided talking about the real issue. I hope she gets another session. The doc is hot!

Anonymous said...

I think she didn't have any bruises that we could see since it looked like he was hitting her in the back. I thought it was weird though that she was always holding her arms ..but then I realized that was the shows way of telling us that she was still hurting physically as well as mentally.

The therapy sessions were great. Vanessa Marcil did such a great job in those scenes. They were typical Sam sarcasm but then she could switch it to vulnerable in a heartbeat like at the very end when he again asked her about the place.

Good stuff. I hope this isn't the end of the story either.

Anonymous said...

I have been a huge fan of the show since season 1.I love James Caan and was really upset about his leaving.I was nervous about Selleck joining the cast.Now, after seeing the premiere, I feel Selleck fits in perfectly.He appears to be such a pro.It's like he does this acting thing in his sleep.Cooper is a great character.Can't wait till next week.

Jenny said...

Sam is my favorite and I hope they don't just drop this storyline like they did her fortune storyline.

I think Mike is way underrated, too. Love him! How funny would it be to see Mike working for him?

vince said...

I thought Selleck was really good. He seemed so cool, like Ed, but less threatening.

I'm anxious to find out more about his back story.

mark said...

I hated the way Ed exited. He just waved at the camera? Come on. I agree with you TTG, there is no way he'd just not be a part of the grandkid's life.

As for Mary, eh...I won't miss her. She's basically had no storyline in years.

Jenna said...

Selleck is still cool. He's got something about him. Remember on Friends when everyone wanted to be like him?

Anonymous said...

Loved the opener.That Selleck is one cool dude. I'll miss Caan (but not Mary).

Selleck seems to fit right in. He has such a presence about him.I'm curious about what he will do next week.

mason said...

Count me in for "can't wait for next week" too. The season premiere is always tough b/c they have to tie up cliffhangers from the previous year. I think we'll really get to see how he's going to fit in this week.

Anonymous said...

The first half of the show felt kind of rushed, like they were trying to hurry up and wrap up Ed's leaving to get to Cooper's arrival. I wish they would have given Caan more of a send off.I must admit, I really like Selleck playing Cooper.He gave the whole second half of the show a more polished, smart, sexy, understated feel.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Ed and Danny had a great relationship in the beginning either. I'm thinking Cooper will loosen up as the season goes on. I really like Selleck playing this character.

Terri said...

I agree with "anonymous" that I think Cooper will loosen up as time goes on.

Ed hated Danny at the onset, when he caught him in bed with Delinda. He lightened up as time went on.

Missy said...

It bugged me that they didn't address the Danny/Ed fight from last season. Remember when Danny hit him because he was spying on him and Delinda? They just dropped it.

Anonymous said...

Vegas rocks. It's always been one of my favorites! I was totally upset when I heard Caan was leaving and I thought they would cancel the show. I'm so glad they decided to do season 5 even without Caan. I did enjoy the season opener. I am not familiar with Tom Selleck, but I rather enjoyed his playing Cooper. Also, I think Mr. Selleck is a rather attractive older man! Danny has Delinda, and I think Sam needs to hook up with Cooper!

tube talk girl said...

Sam and Cooper? Noooo. There is too much of an age difference there. Casey needs to come back from the dead. No one is really buying that he was done in by a giant squid are they? I think he just faked his death to get out of paying the back taxes!

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