Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis To Star In CBS Drama Pilot

The duo will headline a potential TV series about Ralph Lamb, the Sheriff of Las Vegas during the '60s.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

The currently untitled Ralph Lamb project at CBS has landed two veteran actors for the potential series; which almost instantly catapults it into one of the frontrunners for a fall pickup.

CBS has signed deals with Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, both of whom will star in and co-executive produce the show based on the true story of Ralph Lamb; a rodeo cowboy who became the longtime Sheriff of Las Vegas during the '60s and '70s. Quaid will play Ralph Lamb, while Chiklis will portray a Chicago mob fixer named Johnny Savino who comes into direct conflict with Lamb.

The real Ralph Lamb served as the Sheriff of Las Vegas for18 years and he is credited with modernizing the police department with a modern crime lab and bringing together the city's first SWAT team. But Lamb is best remembered for his cowboy like persona, which often including riding his horse whenever possible in addition to Lamb's very public stance against the mobsters who controlled Vegas at the time. Infamously, Lamb once roughed up Chicago mobster Johnny Rosselli in full view of the public before arresting him; which only added to Lamb's legend.

For over 30 years, Quaid has been best known as a film actor, with appearances in dozens of movies including "The Right Stuff," "Enemy Mine," "Innerspace," "Wyatt Earp," "Dragonheart," "Frequency," "The Alamo" and "The Day After Tomorrow."

Chiklis portrayed the iconic rogue cop, Vic Mackey for seven seasons on "The Shield" before going on to the ABC superhero series "No Ordinary Family," which ran for a single season. Prior to that, Chiklis also had roles in both "Fantastic Four" movies, as well as roles in "Eagle Eye," "Seinfeld," "Wiseguy," "Miami Vice" and a starring turn in "The Commish."

The Ralph Lamb project is being scripted by "Goodfellas" writer Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker, with James Mangold attached as the director of the pilot.