Fans left hanging when ‘Vegas’ cashed in its chips


Akron Beacon Journal

Q. We loved Vegas with Dennis Quaid and would like to know how the story played out. We saw a blurb suggesting it would not be renewed, but did not see a final resolution.

The first-season finale, made before CBS decided not to renew the show, left some story lines open in case the series continued.

In brief: Ralph (Quaid) and Vincent (Michael Chiklis) defeat the vicious Porter Gainsley (Michael Ironside), and Ralph turns him over to the FBI. Ralph gets back his job as sheriff, while Vincent is still planning to rule Las Vegas, so their conflict is not over. And the romance between Jack (Jason O’Mara) and Mia (Sarah Jones) hits another rocky patch when he tries to propose to her, only to find her in a compromising situation with Tommy (Enver Gjokaj).

Q. Why was the wonderful show Golden Boy canceled? It had a terrific ensemble cast led by Theo James, smart and entertaining episodes and a unique theme.

Golden Boy was given a good shot, put in the Tuesday 10 p.m. slot following the successful NCIS and NCIS: LA. In fact, CBS kept the police drama in that slot longer than at first planned, bumping former occupant Vegas to Friday nights.

But as the Hollywood Reporter noted, its ratings were “solid but not the breakout critical hit the network had hoped for.” CBS, which ended up winning the prime-time season on the strength of its returning shows, could afford to be choosy. Of its much-touted new shows in 2012-13, only Elementary will be back for a second season.

Q. Every time I hear the commercial for Nasonex, the bumblebee doing the voiceover sounds exactly like Antonio Banderas. Am I right?

Banderas has indeed given voice to those commercials. He has also voiced Puss in Boots in various Shrek movies as well as the companion Puss in Boots film.

Q. I missed the last episode or two of Bates Motel and wondered if A&E will repeat them.

A&E has some episodes of the show, starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as mother and son Norma and Norman Bates, including the finale of the 10-episode first season, on its website, You need to access them via your cable or satellite provider; the site has instructions. The episodes are also available through Amazon Instant Video and on iTunes, including in HD, for a fee. You might also want to check the On Demand channels from your program provider.

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