Poker face: Selleck eyes NBC's 'Vegas'

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Emmy winner Tom Selleck is in discussions to join NBC's "Las Vegas" as the fast-paced drama's new leading man.

He would play the smart, powerful, fun-loving new owner of Montecito Resort & Casino, a new character designed to fill the void left by the recent departure of the show's star James Caan.

Caan, who played the head of the casino's surveillance team for four years, recently left the series to return to features (HR 2/28).

"Vegas," from NBC Universal TV Studio and DreamWorks TV, was picked up for a fifth season in February and is slated to begin production on its order soon. The show also is looking to add a beautiful female concierge in the wake of the departure of co-star Nikki Cox.

Josh Duhamel also stars on "Vegas," with Molly Sims, James Lesure and Vanessa Marcil rounding out the cast.

Selleck's starring role on "Vegas" would mark his first regular gig on a drama series since his Emmy-winning turn on "Magnum, P.I."

He followed that up with memorable recurring roles on NBC's hit comedy "Friends" and, most recently, on ABC's dramedy "Boston Legal."

Selleck also has had success with the "Stone Cold" series of original movies for CBS, with the latest installment, "Jesse Stone: Sea Change," slated to premiere in May. He also is a member of the voice cast of the Walt Disney Co.'s animated feature "Meet the Robinsons."
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