Instead of focusing on the women's challenges and successes, producers want to convince us Jennifer Harman plays high stakes poker at Red Rock Resort and Golden Nugget and that an argument with her husband about a $12,000 loss is fresh and notable. Or, that (Wikipedia-less) Lana Fuchs commits more time to shooting guns, calling herself God and arguing with a former but self-reported current entertainment reporter perhaps better known for being the object of Vince Neil's ...ummm.. attention.
Honey Boo Boo on the same TLC network is more watchable. Side note: Does TLC still stand for "The Learning Channel"? Those in search of stomachable Vegas reality TV can pass on Sin City Rules. In fact, come back Monday for VegasChatter's "Best Show" reveal.
Runner-Up: Surf the Musical
When Planet Hollywood announced an untested, completely original, born and bred in Vegas Beach Boys musical, reaction was hesitantly excited. Expectations placed it in the extremes of real fun show or total wipeout.
Producers spent years securing the rights to 30 Beach Boys songs and landed a recognizable-to-BB-aged-fans name in Adrian Zmed. It seems the same effort and time wasn't put into a plot that stumbled over the singing and dancing. A story whose problems we couldn't label as too much drama and not enough musical or the other way around.
Unfortunately, the two stars of the show, a gorgeous, enormous five-panel video backdrop and the highly entertaining, super talented yet underutilized Nikki Tuazon, couldn't overcome weak Beach Boys solos and shallow harmonies. Surf the Musical, a bold production with lofty goals was too stretched to survive, wiping out less than a month after we reviewed its opening night.
[Photos: Hollywood Reporter; VegasChatter]