"Viva Laughlin" was a
re-make of the Golden Globe-nominated BBC mini-series "Viva
Blackpool," about an ambitious entrepreneur who dreams of
opening up a casino in Laughlin, Nevada.
Lloyd Owen played the entrepreneur, Ripley Holden, whose
investment in the casino suddenly falls through. Needing an
investor, he approaches his rival, wealthy casino owner Nicky
Fontana (Hugh Jackman), but Fontana wants to own the casino
himself, and Ripley turns down the deal. Ripley becomes
embroiled in a murder investigation after the body of his
ex-business partner is found at his casino. Eric Winter played
Peter Carlyle, the detective in charge of the investigation.
The musical/drama/thriller was adapted by Bob Lowry and Peter
Bowker (creator of the original series), who also served as
executive producers alongside Hugh Jackman, John Palermo, Paul
Telegdy and Gabriele Muccino.
The series was greenlit and given a thirteen-episode order on
May 14, 2007, but was cancelled on October 21, 2007, after only
two episodes had aired.
Lloyd Owen as Ripley Holden
Mädchen Amick as Natalie Holden
Melanie Griffith as Bunny Baxter
Eric Winter as Peter Carlyle
Ellen Woglom as Cheyenne Holden
D.B. Woodside as Marcus
Carter Jenkins - Jack Holden
Hugh Jackman - Nicky Fontana
P. J. Byrne - Jonesy
1. The Pilot
2. What A Whale Wants
Complete 1-2; 1 DVD
9.5 out of 10
Wide Screen in English, no subtitles, no commercials.