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"Vegas" to make its debut on CBS

Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid in CBS' new drama "Vegas."
Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid in CBS' new drama "Vegas."

(CBS News) CBS' new drama "Vegas," which stars Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, is set to premiere Tuesday night.

The show is based on the true story of rodeo cowboy-turned Las Vegas sheriff Ralph Lamb (Quaid) as he goes head to head with fictional Chicago mobster Vicent Savino (Chiklis) in the 1960s.

In the show's pilot episode, Savino becomes the new general manager of the Savoy, a swanky casino on the strip. He has his first run-in with Lamb when Lamb is investigating the murder of the governor's niece.

Assisting Lamb in upstanding the law are his brother Jack Dixon (Jason O'Mara), his son Dixon Lamb (Taylor Handley) and Assistant District Attorney Katherine O'Connell (Carrie-Ann Moss).

Chiklis said in an interview with CBS This Morning, "Vincent Savino is a guy who was raised in corruption and is trying to liken himself to a phoenix and come out of that, although that's very difficult because you get dragged back into the mire. It's a theme we've seen in film before, in particular 'The Godfather' franchise."

"Vegas" debuts on CBS at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The drama isn't the only show with a series premiere Tuesday night - Fox's new comedies "Ben and Kate" and "The Mindy Project" are airing at 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. respectively.