Sky has just announced a triple whammy of forthcoming crime/thriller shows from the States.
Vegas stars Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point) and Michael Chiklis (The Shield) in a Boardwalk Empire-type trip back to old days in Vegas. Quaid is former Las Vegas sheriff Ralph Lamb, tasked with bringing order to the new gambling mecca that wise guys like Vincent Savino (Chiklis) want to carve up. It's a Mad Men era crime caper from Goodfellas writer Nicholas Pileggi.
Meanwhile, Sky Atlantic is also lining up for early 2013 a Kevin Bacon (Mystic River) thriller called The Following. James Purefoy (Rome) will also star as notorious serial killer Joe Carroll, who escapes from death row to begin a new killing spree. Bacon is former FBI man Ryan Hardy, who – with overtones of Red Dragon/Manhunter – is a psychologically scarred agent who once caught Carroll and knows him better than anyone else. Natalie Zea – of Justified fame – will play Carroll's wife.
Finally, Elementary, the CBS contemporary New York spin on the BBC's Sherlock, will arrive on Living this autumn. Johnny Lee Miller (Trainspotting) is Holmes alongside Lucy Liu (Charlie's Angels) as Joan Watson.