Now I’m not saying I’m the world’s biggest fan of the NBC series Las Vegas, but I have to admit, the show was usually worth watching whenever I stumbled across it while channel surfing. Now it appears as if last week’s episode was the show’s final episode, ever, because NBC has cancelled Las Vegas, effectively ending the show in its fifth season. At least, according to TV Guide.
Sources confirm to me exclusively that NBC has opted not to renew the show for a sixth season. Consequently, last Friday’s episode? Yep, that was the series finale. Hope it was satisfying!
NBC had hoped this season’s cast shake-up — Thomas Magnum replacing Sonny Corleone — might re-energize the show, but instead, it led to a double-digit ratings decline. Of course, the Friday time slot didn’t help.
Again, it’s not like I’m a big fan of the show or anything, but I kinda liked it whenever I ran across it. The show always had that breezy, “nothing really matters, just enjoy the 60 minutes” vibe about it. In a TV landscape filled with gritty and serialized TV shows, sometimes a mush-head TV show like Las Vegas was just what you needed to get through the day.
Alas, fans of the show won’t even get a proper finale, and that’s really the big shame. Of course, they could just do a 2-hour TV movie in the near future…