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The Mike & Carla Morning Show

The Mike & Carla Morning Show

“Poker Face” is the new detective series from “Knives Out” writer Rian Johnson. It’s getting some great reviews – and it was filmed partially in Laughlin, Nevada, at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino!

The New York Times calls “Poker Face” “the Best New Detective Show of 1973!”

It’s done like an old school “case-of-the-week” murder mystery series. It follows Natasha Lyonne (Nicky, from Orange is the New Black) as Charlie Cale, a casino worker on the run who gets tangled up in mysterious deaths of strangers along the way.

Charlie is a human lie-detector who is quick to call BS. She’s a cocktail waitress in a Las Vegas casino, living in a trailer and hiding out, because of a reputation for cheating in poker. Turns out, it’s suspicious to have a 100% accuracy read for bluffing. Her unusual talent draws the interest of a seedy casino boss, Sterling Frost Jr, played by Adrien Brody, for a revenge plot. And the antics begin!

Peacock released the first four episodes this week. They say the show isn’t really built for bingeing – but in a good way. Episodes will come out weekly, which makes it better for appreciating the show’s meandering pace and an all-star roster of guest stars.

Guest stars include John Ratzenberger, Tim Meadows, Ellen Barkin, Judith Light, Chloë Sevigny, and Simon Helberg, among others. Their faces, as with most everything about Poker Face, are familiar and fun, and the show is that much better because of them.

After watching the first few episodes of “Poker Face.” it definitely feels very reminiscent of Columbo. Each episode begins by showing the crime being committed, then following Charlie as she hunts down the perp. The difference is that she isn’t asked to investigate. Instead, she was kind of there all along, often working a job that somehow put her in the killer’s life.

I look forward to watching more episodes, and continuing on as Peacock releases them – it’s a fun series!

Here are some movies and TV shows that were based and/or filmed in Las Vegas – did they do a decent job of portraying the city?

-Carla Rea


  • CSI Las Vegas

    Producers, and some cast members of the original series would stop by the Clark County Coroners Office in Las Vegas each year, to look at cases.

  • GLOW

    “GLOW” is a Netflix series that makes the list of Las Vegas TV series because of its third season. It’s a comedy/drama centered around women’s professional wrestling in the 1980s. The first two seasons were filmed all around L.A., the third season brought the cast to Las Vegas, where the original series was also filmed.

  • Casino

    Probably one of the most iconic “Vegas” movies ever.

  • Ocean's Eleven

    What do the original “Ocean’s Eleven” and the remake have in common? Beautiful actors!  The 1960 version: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Angie Dickinson. The 2001 version: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts. 

  • The Hangover

    “The Hangover” was actually filmed almost entirely in Las Vegas. Bradley Cooper (Phil), Ed Helms (Stew), and Zach Galifianakis (Allen) wake up after a bachelor party in Vegas with the bachelor missing, and their memories of the night completely gone. Sound familiar?


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