The Casino On Fox's The Casino , two jerks gamble on the idea that they can turn Las Vegas' old Golden Nugget into a gushing moneymaker and… The Casino On Fox's The Casino , two jerks gamble on the idea that they can turn Las Vegas' old Golden Nugget into a gushing moneymaker and… 2004-06-14 Reality TV Thomas Breitling Timothy Poster Mark Burnett Fox
TV Review

The Casino (2004)

The Casino | NO DICE Viewers leave empty-handed from Burnett's ''Casino'' crapshoot
Image credit: The Casino: Sophie Olmstead
NO DICE Viewers leave empty-handed from Burnett's ''Casino'' crapshoot
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Start Date: Jun 14, 2004; Genre: Reality TV; With: Thomas Breitling and Timothy Poster; Network: Fox

On Fox's The Casino, two jerks gamble on the idea that they can turn Las Vegas' old Golden Nugget into a gushing moneymaker and a hit reality show. The latter, at least, is impossible when the chief drama is whether their cocky young lounge singer will deign to sing Billy Joel tunes on request. I haven't been less caught up by false Fox suspense since Kiefer Sutherland made it all the way to 23 hours-plus on ''24'' and then...just sat there and cried.

Since ''The Casino'' is created by ''Survivor''/''The Apprentice'' king Mark Burnett, you'd think that the Enshriner of Endurance could whip up excitement. Instead, Burnett relies on flashy visuals (neon signs! spinning roulette wheels! whirling slot machines! blue-haired ladies!) and the old gambling-show standby -- making fun of garish high rollers -- for some minimal amusement. But Burnett's two pink-faced protagonists, Nugget owners Tim Poster and Tom Breitling, are number-crunching, flair-lacking nerds. If ''The Casino'' came to Vegas to gamble, it'd have gone bust after its first week.

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Originally posted Jul 01, 2004 Published in issue #773 Jul 09, 2004 Order article reprints
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