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Executive produced by Tony and Emmy Award winner Hugh Jackman ("The Boy from Oz," "X-Men"), CBS's "Viva Laughlin" is a mystery drama with music about eternal optimist and freewheeling businessman Ripley Holden, whose sole ambition is to run a casino in Laughlin, Nevada.  Occasionally using upbeat contemporary songs to accentuate the drama and humor and advance the story, "Viva Laughlin" is based on the hit BBC show "Viva Blackpool."

On "Viva Laughlin," Ripley (Lloyd Owen, "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles") is the ultimate gambler with an infectious personality who is on the brink of making a killing... just as soon as he opens his casino that's nowhere near completion. When his financing suddenly falls through on "Viva Laughlin," the fearless and tenacious Ripley approaches his enemy - dashing, sarcastic, wealthy casino owner Nicky Fontana (Hugh Jackman) for help. Though the odds are stacked against him, Ripley doesn't miss a beat, even when he becomes embroiled in a murder investigation after the body of his ex-business partner is found at his club on "Viva Laughlin."

At home, Ripley uses his dry wit to adjust to the demands of his family on "Viva Laughlin:" his gorgeous wife, Natalie (Madchen Amick, "ER"), wants more attention; his teenage daughter, Cheyenne (Ellen Woglom, "The O.C."), wants his approval; and his son, Jack (Carter Jenkins, "Surface"), wants to help him at work. All of this adversity would defeat a lesser man, but for the outgoing and passionate Ripley on "Viva Laughlin" there's no such thing as bad news, only deals to be struck and wagers to be won in the intoxicating neon glow of Laughlin, where the cards are on the table, romance is in the air and lively music is on the stage.

Eric Winter ("Wildfire") and D.B. Woodside ("24") also star on "Viva Laughlin."

"Viva Laughlin" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, Seed Productions, and CBS Paramount Network Television in association with Sony Pictures Television.  Golden Globe Award nominee Hugh Jackman, John Palermo ("X-Men: The Last Stand"), Bob Lowry ("Huff"), Paul Telegdy and Peter Bowker ("Viva Blackpool") are executive producers. Gabriele Muccino ("The Pursuit of Happyness") directed the pilot for "Viva Laughlin."

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