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CBS’ ‘Vegas’ Vs. ‘Elementary’ And What Makes A Procedural: TCA

By | Sunday July 29, 2012 @ 3:00pm PDT

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 »

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Greg Walker Teams With Olé For CBS Detective Drama, Richard Shepard To Direct

By | Tuesday September 13, 2011 @ 3:05pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Former Without a Trace and The Defenders showrunner Greg Walker has sold a second drama project to CBS this season. Red on Red, from CBS TV Studios and Richard Shepard and Sean Furst and Bryan Furst’s Olé, is based on the book by Edward Conlon. It centers on a young hungry detective who is asked to inform on his new partner who is a legend in the NYPD. Walker is writing the script, with Shepard attached to direct. The two are executive producing with Sean & Bryan Furst. This is one of two sales Olé has made under the two-year deal with CBS Studios the company inked in June. It has sold another detective drama to CBS penned by Jennie Snyder-Urman (90210), who wrote Olé’s CW presentation Danni Lowinski last season. The untitled show is about a divorced husband-and-wife detective team in Miami who reunite to solve cases.

For Walker, this also is the second drama project at CBS/CBS Studios this season. He also has Ralph Lamb, which he is co-writing with Goodfellas writer Nicholas Pileggi. James Mangold is attached to direct the show, which is based on the true story of Ralph Lamb, a cowboy-turned-Las Vegas sheriff in the 1960s and ’70s. Red on Red is the first fiction book by Conlon, a detective with … Read More »

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CBS Teams With Nicholas Pileggi For 1960s Vegas Drama Helmed By James Mangold

By | Thursday August 11, 2011 @ 3:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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