dr. vegas ongoing thread

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  1. Patrick Sun

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    Can TV viewers handle yet another show based in Las Vegas? This time, a doctor has an office located in a casino. Rob Lowe's the doctor, and Joey Pants is the guy who runs the casino, with help from the security chief played by Tom Sizemore, and eye candy hostess/dealer played by Sarah Lancaster.

    What's the over/under for the number of aired episodes before this show gets canned? I say 6.
     
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    I predict that this will be the first show that gets cancelled. I go with 4 episodes.
     
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    I want to be optimistic, because I really do like Joey Pants a whole lot, but there's not much room for mediocre performance on the CBS schedule and Medical Investigation has a two-week head start.

    It's mildly amazing to me that Rob Lowe gets a show every year and they're promoted like he's been a star at some time within the past twenty years. Seriously, look at his IMDB listing; the guy has been milking St. Elmo's Fire since 1985, and even when he was supposed to be The West Wing's star, he got bumped down to supporting character awful quick.
     
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    I'm going to give this show the once over just because a) the premise seems interesting (medical office in casino) and b) Rob Lowe. I find it creepy that Tom Sizemore is in it and I wonder what the production will do when he goes back to prison for violating his parole (provided the show isn't cancelled before his court date).

    From the free Blockbuster CBS promo thing it seems to me that Lowe is sleepacting his way through the pilot. Hope I'm wrong, though.
     
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    To anyone who has seen the film Latter Days, Steve Sandvoss, who played Aaron in the film, is suppose to be in this ep.
     
  6. Patrick Sun

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    I find Amy Adams to be very easy on the eyes (she's dr. vegas's mouthy nurse). Felt a little bad about Sarah Lancaster's character getting sexed up to attract a whale at the blackjack tables.

    Just can't imagine this show coming up with interesting storylines week-in/week-out.
     
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    I caught about two minutes of it at the half way mark and it was like "Secondary Buffy Characters: The Reunion" with Rack and The Mayor and Tara's Sister. Odd.
     
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    I turned it off after 15 minutes- It was dreadfull. It reminded me of that other Vegas show on NBC also horrible
     
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    Pretty amazing cast but they need better writing. Rob Lowe needs less makeup too.
     
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    We have Dr Vegas, Las Vegas, CSI, Father of the Pride- has there ever been another time when there were so many shows set in Vegas on during the same season?

    The only other show I can think of right now is Robert Urich's Vegas. I know there must have been others.
     
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    Wasn't 'Taxicab Confessions' out of Vegas too?

    I can't really fault anyone for setting a show there. They run in streaks, and Vegas is growing really fast. Would it be any different if it took place in Atlantic City?

    With all of the 'fun' going on there, it is hard to take anything coming out of Vegas seriously, so it sets a lighter tone to the show. I don't think of it as a 1 hour drma, but more a dramedy or a comudrama. They both sound weird.

    Glenn
     
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    What's sort of amusing is how much disdain the management of casinos is shown for the people who win money at their casinos at times.
     
  13. Pat Ashmore

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    Sarah Lancaster was the main reason I checked this out.
    Unfortunately, she wasn't utilized enough(even if she is just a dealer).
    Friday night is a tough night to grow a show.
    I don't think it has a future either.

    Hopefully, Sarah will come back to Everwood somehow.
     
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    10/1/04

    The only good thing about this episode was seeing dr. vegas get punched in the kisser.

    I think Tom Sizemore isn't acting, just playing himself, in light of his real life troubles.

    Joey Pants has been marginalized in his role on this show. Too bad.

    Sarah Lancaster appears to be the convenient blackjack dealer everytime the focus is on a blackjack table.
     
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    Last spring (before hearing about this show), I said to my wife, "They really need to make a medical show set in Vegas. That could be really good!" I was pleasantly surprised to hear that one was coming, especially when I saw the cast. I like Lowe and Pants, and Sarah Lancaster's eye candy factor outweighs any character or acting limitations. A very tall pretty blonde with a commanding presence is just about my ideal. I have a hard time figuring out how they will use her as a main character though.

    The pilot wasn't bad, but this one really let me down. As a boxing fan, I found that whole story line to be absurd and poorly acted. I also didn't like the "wild girl from India" story line. On the plus side, I like the dark edge to the doctor and how it wove into the card counting story line. I also like the spunky nurse. I hope they tone down Joey Pants' overacting and the general comic relief.

    Chris
     
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    10/15/04

    Well, the 3rd episode has come and gone, and it wasn't half-bad. Ripped from a plot that already aired on "Las Vegas" as few weeks ago, Fisher Stevens shows up as a dying man going through a to-do-before-I-die list and on the list is showing up in Vegas. The dialogue/discussions were character-driven and sets up dr. vegas to take some chances with his own life.

    Billy makes a save on a little girl who found the bottom of the casino pool. This causes him to think about seeing his own little girl in Hawaii, life being short and all.

    Surprisingly, Vic helps Veronica with her homework in existentialism (man deals with the pain of life through habit - goes to why people gamble). Tommy gets mad at Vic for being taken in by a whale that lives it up at the casino without spending a dime (after the whale gets some bad treatment after exhibiting some bad behavior himself towards Veronica). Tommy has Veronica fired, but Vic re-hired her, causing more friction between Tommy and Vic. Later Tommy gets all explosive about spending so much on the whale, Vic finally quits.

    Fisher's dying man character gets Billy up in the air to do sky-diving, gives Billy that "life flashing before your eyes" experience. Later dying man has an large bet at the blackjack table and he dies during the hand. Gaming had the table roped off until they decide how to handle it.

    Acting on the "life is short" angle, both Billy and Alice finally act on their urges after dying man clues them in on their feelings. Billy leaves for Hawaii in search of his daughter.

    Alice become the stand-in for dying/deadman to finish the hand of blackjack. Tommy offers an apologize basket of muffins to Vic to get him to come back and work for him. Vic knew exactly where Tommy got the muffins from (having need of the baskets in his line of work to smooth out ruffled feathers). It appears Tommy and Vic have patched things up between them.
     
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    10/22/04 "All In"

    The fallout of Billy and Alice knocking boots, and then the allure of a Texas Holdem Smackdown success keeps Billy from choosing Alice's trip to Tahoe over the rush of winning a poker tourney. Looks like Billy got busted twice in one night.

    Veronica's subplot was so-so, didn't really do much for me. I did recognize the dude trying to get the time of day from Veronica has the guy from "Remember the Titans" (the linebacker).

    Also, the chick from "The L Word" shows up as a tough female poker player.
     
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    Good episode, especially for a poker fan like me. I was a little surprised that there weren't any real poker celebs in cameo roles. Only a passing reference to Phil Ivey. It seems like they've dialed back the comedy too, which I felt was very awkward in the second show.

    Chris
     
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    I hated the way Billy would throw his cards away because it looked like a few cards got exposed with the "cool" card toss.
     
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    10/29/04

    "Malucci from ER" shows up as the son of a childhood friend Tommy's, and he's pretty much an inept scam artist, who gets caught cheating twice on the floor, and even steal prescription pads from Billy's office when Alice brings him up to give him some pain relief for his "bad" back. The prescriptions get sold to junkies looking for oxycontin, and the police/DEA get involved. Billy takes the heat for the theft of the pads, and saves Alice from a black mark on her record. Alice decides that she can work at the office because of her feelings for Billy. Will we see Alice again?

    Veronica's dad gets drunk at Tommy's casino, and Billy finally convinces Veronica to detox her dad after an unsuccessful attempt to deliver him to a detox center. Billy has to go through the process of detox, and the dad sloughs off much of the help given by Billy and Veronica, and Veronica finally lets her dad live his life, she finally decided to stop enabling him and show him some tough love.

    Tommy confronts "Malucci" about his actions (stealing the pad, etc), he denies them, so later Tommy gets him arrested for his criminal actions.

    I just have no idea how they can continue to have Veronica's personal life bleed into this show because it just doesn't seem realistic for the head cheese to have to deal with "lowly" card dealer's problems.

    Billy just couldn't be who Alice wanted him to be at this time. Alice is also pretty inflexible, so she's not blameless in this mess of a failed relationship.
     

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