All bets are off for NBC’s Las Vegas as the network decided to cancel the series in order to make way for newcomers in the coming year.
While many fans have been greatly disappointed with Las Vegas since James Caan left the show last year, some felt that casting Tom Selleck breathed new life into the series that follows a team of people working in the fictional Montecito Resort and Casino in Sin City. Whatever the case may be, the 7 million viewers who tuned in each week clearly weren’t enough to please execs at NBC. The network has nixed the idea of resuming production of the drama despite the fact that its last episode “Three Weddings and a Funeral,” which aired February 15, ended with a “to be continued” cliffhanger.
According to show creator and executive producer Gary Scott Thompson, Las Vegas was a casualty of the writers’ strike and that the decision to pull the plug on the show was driven by the high cost of restarting production on the series, which boasts an elaborate casino set.
Driven by the abrupt cancellation of Las Vegas, fans have launched “Save Las Vegas: Operation Baby Booties,” a campaign demanding a proper resolution for the series, specifically Danny (Josh Duhamel)and Delinda’s (Molly Sims) pregnancy, and Cooper’s (Tom Selleck) ownership fight for the Montecito.
This crusade to save the show is fueled by LasVegas-TheSeries.com, which urges supporters of the series to either donate money to buy baby booties to be shipped to NBC or buy them and mail them to network co-chairman Ben Silverman.
“We deserve more,” declared the campaign organizers. “We deserve a real ending to the series we have followed for all these years. We aren’t going to allow NBC to think they can dump us so easily.”
In line with the loose ends, there is also speculation about a two-hour movie to wrap-up the series, though according to Thompson, everything is up to the network.
“We had talked about that earlier. At the end of the day, that’s NBC’s decision. It’s a monetary decision. You know, I sold my soul to get a Season 5, so I didn’t have a soul left to sell. We fought an uphill battle from day one. We were the little big show that could,” he told TV Guide.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TV Guide, LasVegas-TheSeries.com
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