'Vegas' review: Period drama, crime show and Dennis Quaid try to coexist on CBS

"Vegas" is among the more ambitious pilots CBS has put on the air in several years. It re-creates a bygone era with style (and impressive set design), it stars Dennis Quaid in his first-ever series role and it gives nearly equal time to Quaid's good guy and Michael Chiklis' mobster.If that's the show we're going to get week to week? Great. But CBS' track record with shows outside its procedural wheelhouse in recent years is spotty at best -- "The Good Wife" has been a notable exception, but even it has a sturdy trial-of-the-week structure on which to hang its more serialized elements. The worry here is that the procedural elements -- which come to the fore in the second half of Tuesday's (Sept. 25) series premiere -- will overwhelm the deeply detailed world the first half of the premiere spent creating.Only more episodes will tell us which side wins, or if the show's producers,...



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