Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
Is it a procedural, or is it not a procedural? This question has come up twice at today’s ongoing CBS TCAs: Once in the case of the drama Elementary, the network’s new take on Sherlock Holmes updated to contemporary New York, and later at the panel on the ‘60s period drama Vegas. It’s a natural question given the collective body count of CBS’ hit procedurals, including the various CSI’s, NCIS, Hawaii Five-0, etc. In both cases, the producers claimed that their new series would go beyond the standard procedural by delving into character and story.
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Earlier, Elementary executive producer Rob Doherty said he “respects” shows that are specifically procedurals” but “they’re not my bag, it’s not what I like when I tune in.” He said that his series is more interested it the “intricate pieces of Origami” that go into the creation of the mind of Sherlock Holmes.
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And, for Vegas, executive producer Cathy Konrad echoed those sentiments, saying she was happy CBS was not placing this drama, based on the true-life character Las Vegas sheriff … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Welcome to the 1960s, Las Vegas style. CBS has put in development Ralph Lamb, a drama project set in the early ’60s from Goodfellas writer Nicholas Pileggi based on the true story of Ralph Lamb, a cowboy-turned-Las Vegas sheriff in the ’60s and ’70s. CBS TV Studios, which is producing the project, has assembled a formidable feature team. James Mangold (Walk the Line) is on board to direct. He will executive produce with his producing partner Cathy Konrad and another film producer, Arthur Sarkissian (Rush Hour). Pileggi will co-write the script with TV writer Greg Walker (Without a Trace). Pileggi originally developed the project as a movie at MGM with Sarkissian who got the rights back when MGM went through bankruptcy.
Ralph Lamb was Clark County’s longest-serving and most famous sheriff who was in charge for two decades — from 1961 to 1979. Known as the cowboy sheriff as he was often seen riding his horse, Lamb modernized the department, brought in a modern crime lab, assembled the city’s first SWAT team and oversaw the merger of the Las Vegas and the county law enforcement agencies into the Metropolitan Police Department. But he was probably best known for his tough stance on the Mafia, which still controlled most of the casinos at the time. He famously roughed up Chicago mobster Johnny Rosselli in public and sent him to jail. After making bail, Rosselli’s was never head from again until his corpse was found floating in a 55-gallon oil drum off Miami 10 years later. There has been speculation that that if mobsters were causing too much trouble, Lamb’s men simply killed them, but Lamb has denied such murders have ever occurred. Read More »