×
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

  • Pete Davidson Sits Out Final 'Saturday

    Pete Davidson Sits Out Final 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches of 2018

    Just hours after “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson posted a message on social media that said he “really [didn’t] want to be on this Earth anymore,” he was absent from the final 2018 live sketches of the late-night sketch comedy show. But although Davidson did not take part in the sketches or appear [...]

  • Pete Davidson photographed by Peggy Sirota

    Pete Davidson Posts Unsettling Message, Deletes Instagram

    UPDATED: “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson posted a disturbing message Saturday morning stating he doesn’t “want to be on this earth anymore,” then deleted his Instagram account. In the post, Davidson wrote, “I’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last. all [...]

  • Disney Channel Fires 'Andi Mack' Actor

    Disney Channel Fires 'Andi Mack' Actor Arrested for Plotting Sex With Minor

    Disney Channel has severed ties with “Andi Mack” actor Stoney Westmoreland following his arrest for allegedly trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old. “Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series ‘Andi Mack,’ was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said in a statement Friday. “Given the nature of [...]

  • Russian Doll

    TV News Roundup: Natasha Lyonne's 'Russian Doll' Sets Netflix Premiere Date

    On Friday’s roundup, Netflix announces the premiere date for “Russian Doll” and Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Brexit” film has a premiere date on HBO FIRST LOOKS Showtime has released a new teaser for the upcoming comedy series, “Black Monday,” which will premiere Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series stars and is executive produced by Don [...]

  • Vanity Fair Review

    TV Review: 'Vanity Fair'

    There’s something comforting about the predictability of a period piece novel adaptation in the Masterpiece Theater tradition. Knowing the story, or even just the rhythms of the genre, there are rarely many surprises. The women will toss off witticisms and cry careful, pretty tears; the men will steel their jaws and declare their love, ideally [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content