CBS Vegas (2012-2013)

Scoring CBS Vegas in 2012

CBS Vegas

In 2012, I had the opportunity to score the television show CBS Vegas (2012-2013). It was an exciting project for me, especially considering the success it enjoyed in terms of ratings at that time. Although the ratings were outstanding compared to today’s measurements, unfortunately, they weren’t enough to keep the show on air for CBS. Nonetheless, I was happy to be a part of it.

During that same period, I was also working on scoring the sixth season of the acclaimed series, “Mad Men“, as well as an indie film called “Are You Here.” Needless to say, it was a busy time for me as a composer. Juggling multiple projects can be challenging, but I took it as an opportunity to showcase my versatility and dedication to my craft.

Are You Here

Demanding Network Schedule

One of the most demanding aspects of working on CBS Vegas was the network schedule. Each week, I had to produce anywhere between 20 to 35 minutes of music, unless we were preempted, which rarely happened. Meeting these deadlines and creating music that enhanced the storytelling was both a creative and logistical challenge, and very different to the schedule I had with “Mad Men”.

My involvement with CBS Vegas began when I reached out to James Mangold, who directed the pilot episode. I had previously worked with him as music editor on his second film, “Copland,” which was released by Miramax in 1997. Our collaboration on “Copland” must have left a lasting impression, as I was asked to score a couple of scenes for CBS Vegas. The resulting music became the basis for the overall score in the series.

Overall, despite the show’s cancellation, it was a rewarding experience to contribute to the music of CBS Vegas and be a part of the creative process behind the scenes. It’s these opportunities that fuel my passion for composing and keep me motivated to take on new projects in the future.

Check out the video below, “Recap”

About CBS Vegas

During the 1960s, Las Vegas began to emerge as a mecca of gambling and entertainment, attracting outsiders that included mobsters looking for a piece of the action. When a casino worker is murdered, the mayor remembers local rancher Ralph Lamb’s turn as a military police officer and asks him to look into the crime, setting off a clash between Lamb and Chicago gangster Vincent Savino. As sheriff, Lamb is joined by his two deputies, his brother, Jack, and his son, Dixon, in the fight to keep order in his city and keep Savino’s corrupting forces at bay.


Select Writer Credits:

  • Nicholas Pileggi … (creator) (15 episodes, 2012-2013)
  • Greg Walker … (creator) (15 episodes, 2012-2013)
  • Nick Santora … (written by) (5 episodes, 2012-2013)
  • Katie Wech … (executive story editor) (6 episodes, 2013)
  • Seth Hoffman … (written by) (3 episodes, 2012-2013)
  • Steven Levenson … (written by) (4 episodes, 2012-2013)
  • Vanessa Reisen … (written by) (4 episodes, 2012-2013)
  • Jim Adler … (written by) (3 episodes, 2012-2013)
  • Ashley Gable … (written by) (1 episode, 2012)
  • Matt Payne … (written by) (1 episode, 2013)
  • Jessica Queller … (written by) (1 episode, 2013)

Selected Cast:

  • Dennis Quaid
  • Michael Chiklis
  • Carrie-Anne Moss
  • Taylor Handley
  • Jason O’Mara
  • Sarah Jones

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