American Dreams

NBC HITS JACKPOT AND 'DREAMS' BIG AS NETWORK RENEWS HIT DRAMAS 'LAS VEGAS' AND 'AMERICAN DREAMS' FOR 2004-05

BURBANK, Calif. -- January 30, 2004 -- NBC has renewed two of its hit dramas - "Las Vegas" (Mondays, 9-10 p.m. ET) and "American Dreams" (Sundays, 8-9 p.m. ET) -- for the 2004-05 season, it was announced today by Jeff Zucker, President, NBC Entertainment, News and Cable Group.

"These two dramas have maintained strong 18-49 adult appeal and both deliver terrific, creative programs," said Zucker. "'Las Vegas' is the season's top-rated freshman drama and provides flashy, high-octane entertainment while 'American Dreams' has multi-generational appeal with its socially relevant storytelling and ingenious use of contemporary musical guest stars."

"Las Vegas" is television's number one new drama of the season in the key demographic of adults 18-49, averaging a 4.6 rating, 11 share. That puts "Las Vegas" solidly ahead of such new and established dramas as "The O.C.," "24," "NYPD Blue," "Cold Case," "Alias" and "Joan of Arcadia," despite a rugged time period that includes competition from CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond" and ABC's "Monday Night Football." In overall total viewers, "Las Vegas" is averaging 12.3 million persons.

"American Dreams" is averaging a solid 3.2 rating, 8 share among adults 18-49 and 8.6 million viewers overall and has surged this month to its two highest 18-49 ratings since premiere week.

"I'm pleased to be picked up early for next season," said Gary Scott Thompson, executive producer of the series. "It helps us going into the second season where we hope to do even bigger and better numbers. Jeff Zucker and NBC have been huge supporters of the series from the beginning and continue to be. We appreciate that very much."

"This week a lot of people in our industry got calls. Nominations for this. Awards for that. Me, I got the best call I could imagine - NBC's President called to say that he wants us to come back and be a part of the NBC family for a third season," said Jonathan Prince, executive producer of 'American Dreams.' "That we get to continue doing the best job I've ever had the good fortune to do. Working with the most talented and passionate cast, crew, directors, and writers I know... and with a "Bandstand" soundtrack you can dance to. So me? I give that phone call a 98."

"Las Vegas" features Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee James Caan ("The Godfather," "Misery") stars as Ed Deline, the President of Operations for the Montecito Resort & Casino. With his protégé, Danny McCoy (Josh Duhamel, "All My Children") an ex-U.S. Marine and Las Vegas native, they deal with card-counting cheaters, costly streaks of random luck and rival casinos stealing their big-money players. Rounding out the cast is Danny McCoy's longtime, savvy friend -- and director of special events -- Mary Connell (Nikki Cox), the all-knowing valet Mike Cannon (James Lesure), sleek pit boss Nessa Holt (Marsha Thomason), elusive former competitor Samantha Jane "Sam" Marquez (Vanessa Marcil) and Molly Sims as Ed's only daughter, Delinda.

Thompson also serves as executive producer along with Gardner Stern (NBC's "Law & Order," "NYPD Blue"), Scott Steindorff ("The Human Stain"), Justin Falvey ("Undeclared") and Darryl Frank ("Taken") for this series from NBC Studios and DreamWorks Television.

NBC's nostalgic drama "American Dreams" features today's top musical stars transforming themselves into popular contemporary artists from the 1960s. Just a few of these include Ashanti, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Usher, Nick Lachey, LeAnn Rimes, Third Eye Blind and Kelly Rowland.

Teenager Meg Pryor (Brittany Snow) strains against her "good girl" image and yearns to embrace the mores of her more experienced teenaged friend, Roxanne (Vanessa Lengies), as they achieve their goal of becoming dancers on Dick Clark's locally produced "American Bandstand." Meanwhile, the events of the chaotic 1960s continue to unfold as Meg's brother JJ (Will Estes) fights a controversial war in South Vietnam and the era's ever-evolving musical scene infuses the series with an unmistakable backbeat.

Emmy nominee Gail O'Grady, Tom Verica, Ethan Dampf, Sarah Ramos, Jonathan Adams and Arlen Escarpeta also star. Rachel Boston also stars as a JJ's fiancé.

Dick Clark ("American Bandstand") and Jonathan Prince ("Wilder Days") are the executive producers. "American Dreams" is from NBC Studios and Universal Television.

American Dreams, its name and logo are a trademark and copyright of NBC Studios and Universal Television.

American Dreams is a Dick Clark Productions and Universal Network Television production in association with NBC Studios (818-840-4444).

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