×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Dr. Vegas

Rob Lowe is a very attractive man, and Joe Pantoliano has been really, really good playing wiseguys in lots of movies and TV shows. And with that, we conclude most of the nice things that can be said of "Dr. Vegas," an ill-conceived medical franchise providing further evidence that some things that happen in Vegas really <I>should</I> stay in Vegas.

With:
Dr. Billy Grant - Rob Lowe Tommy Danko - Joe Pantoliano Vic Moore - Tom Sizemore Veronica Harold - Sarah Lancaster Alice Doherty - Amy Adams

Rob Lowe is a very attractive man, and Joe Pantoliano has been really, really good playing wiseguys in lots of movies and TV shows. And with that, we conclude most of the nice things that can be said of “Dr. Vegas,” an ill-conceived medical franchise providing further evidence that some things that happen in Vegas really should stay in Vegas. Yes, the Strip is hot right now thanks to NBC’s second-year series, but given the limited thought that went into this premise, is every occupation there — “Meter Maids Vegas?” “Podiatrists Vegas?” — inherently interesting? Don’t bet on it.

To their credit, the producers have considerably improved on the initial pilot, which was significantly reworked, resulting in arbitration over the writing auspices. Even so, the show still feels a couple of cards short of a full deck — an updated doctor franchise sort-of like “Marcus Welby, NV.”

Sharing one trait with its more polished timeslot rival “Medical Investigation,” Lowe (like Neal McDonough in that NBC show) plays a caring doctor who is estranged from his wife and misses his kid. Beyond that, this latest CBS drama is a bit cartoonish, from Pantoliano’s sneering casino impresario to Tom Sizemore as the gruff security guy to Lowe as the doctor who lives above a casino and dresses like he’s ever ready for a night on the town.

You’ve heard of Doctors Without Borders? This is Doctors Without Smocks.

As the casino’s house doctor, Lowe’s Dr. Billy Grant (who goes to a doctor named Billy, by the way?) will invariably encounter all kinds of exciting types who pass through those doors. In the pilot, these range from a pop star with a problem to a would-be scam artist who has gotten a minor dose of the “Goodfellas” treatment.

Billy likes to gamble, but he has principals, even if it’s not entirely clear what they are at the outset. The second episode better reflects some of this ambiguity, as he wrestles with whether to let a big-money fight proceed despite an injury suffered by the challenger.

In terms of sex appeal, Billy flirts with his pretty nurse (Amy Adams, who won’t be sticking around), but for some reason no one pays much romantic attention to a cocktail-waitress-turned-blackjack dealer (Sarah Lancaster) who’s almost as pretty as Lowe is.

Lowe might not have been treated especially well on “The West Wing,” inasmuch as he started out as one of its ostensible stars, then receded behind the furniture much of the time. Yet if he has the oomph to carry his own show, this vehicle — the equivalent of a flashy sports car with a couple of flat tires — doesn’t appear to be it.

Viewers have warmed to some surprisingly bland material in recent seasons, so who knows, maybe “Dr. Vegas” won’t end up being rushed away on a gurney before the November sweeps.

Anything’s possible, but let’s just say the odds don’t look very good.

Dr. Vegas

CBS, Fri. Sept. 24, 9 p.m.

Production: Filmed in L.A. by CBS Prods. in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producers, Jack Orman, Steve Pearlman, Lawrence Bender, Kevin Brown, Mark Sennett; consulting producer, Ira Steven Behr; producers, Jim Michaels, Lance Gentile, Rob Lowe, Mike Salamunovich; director, David Nutter; writers, Jack Orman, John Herzfeld.

Crew: Camera, Philip Holahan; production design, Steve Wolff; editors, Phil Sgriccia, Mark Manos, Elena Maganini; music, Blake Neeley; casting, Shaner Testa Casting. 60 MIN.

Cast: Dr. Billy Grant - Rob Lowe Tommy Danko - Joe Pantoliano Vic Moore - Tom Sizemore Veronica Harold - Sarah Lancaster Alice Doherty - Amy Adams

More TV

  • A.P. BIO -- "Melvin" Episode 208

    'AP Bio' Canceled After Two Seasons at NBC

    “AP Bio” has been canceled at NBC. Series creator Mike O’Brien shared the news with fans on Twitter, writing that “This has been my favorite project of my life.” In the single-camera comedy, Glenn Howerton portrayed a disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar who lost out on his dream job and was forced to return to Toledo, [...]

  • James Holzhauer $2 million

    'Jeopardy!' Champion James Holzhauer Hits $2 Million Winnings Milestone

    This current “Jeopardy!” player has just won over $2 million on the popular game show. Who is James Holzhauer? The 34 year old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas has hit a “Jeopardy!” milestone by becoming only the second person in the show’s history to win over $2 million in regular season play. Holzhauer won [...]

  • Kanye West Shares a Memory of

    Kanye West Shares a Touching Memory of His Mother in Letterman Interview

    In a preview of David Letterman’s interview with Kanye West, which begins streaming next Friday, May 31, the musician’s wife Kim Kardashian West, tweeted a clip of him sharing a touching memory of his mother, Donda, who died in 2007 after a surgical procedure. While his wife looks on smiling, West answers Letterman’s question about [...]

  • CNN Lays Off Some Health Journalism

    CNN Lays Off Some Health Journalism Staffers

    CNN has laid off a handful of staffers from its health-journalism unit after deciding to place its health, climate and Southeastern newsgathering operations under a single aegis. ” As part of the normal course of business, our newsgathering team made a small restructure earlier this week that ultimately impacts 6-7 employees within CNN’s Health Unit,” [...]

  • Henry Ian Cusick

    'Lost' Star Henry Ian Cusick Signs With Buchwald (EXCLUSIVE)

    Henry Ian Cusick, best known for playing Desmond on the hit ABC series “Lost,” is signing with talent agency Buchwald for representation. Cusick also starred in the CW sci-fi/drama “The 100” and was most recently seen in the Fox series “The Passage.” His other notable television credits include “Scandal,” “24,” “Fringe,” “The Mentalist,” “Body of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content