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Yesterday introduced you to the "crazy" family of Los Vargas coming soon to a mun2 near you. But, if
finding mun2 in your channel lineup following the antics of a retired boxing champ and his extended family ain't your cosa perhaps today's preview of another upcoming Reality TV show is.
Travel Channel has just greenlit production on a new hidden camera show, Street Cred, starring Las Vegas' Penn Jillette. The premise is that cameras will scour the country secretly searching for and filming the best street performers America has to offer. The former apprentice for Apprentice, former street performer (aha) and current Penn and Teller co-star, Penn Jillette, will then drop a $10,000 tip into the cups of the best.
The newest Las Vegas based , Los Vargas, is set to premiere on Sunday, January 26 at 9 p.m. on Telemundo sister station mun2. Los Vargas may resemble its host city in name to the naked eye, however, it translates not to "Las Vegas" but rather "The Vargas." As in the family of retired boxing champion Fernando Vargas.
The Hispanic reality show follows Vargas and his family -- his wife of 20 years, four children and father-in-law -- as they balance homelife with the champ's pursuit of opening his own gym and training the next world's greatest.
Cold Justice is still a couple weeks away (and not set in Las Vegas, anyway) while midnight Bounty Hunters are tough to catch regularly. One sports gambling show has debuted to a giant pan of dud while another is on its way. So, what's a Las Vegas reality TV freak to do? Look for more shows, that's what.
Luckily For better or worse, there's no shortage lately.
One guy from Pussykat Tattoo Parlor and his sidekick randomly travel around the city in search of... you guessed it... bad ink they can fix. These punk rock dudes are seemingly extremely lucky with a great eye in finding the world's absolute worst tattoos. They find one poor sap who tattooed a wedding proposal on his leg right before his sweet Nina was deported and never heard from again. Another put a monkey on his stomach using his belly button for a butthole. In a tat ripped from the
headlines movies, a woman with "NO REGERTS." Then we see a guy with a Patrick Swayze tat. On his ass. Dude. The winner so far, though, is a the bikini clad suntanner with Pamela Anderson's mug below a gigantic back scorpion and above her ass crack. The scorpion gets approved while Pam must go.
Did someone really think a Pam Anderson tramp stamp was a good idea? Worse yet, unless she paid five bucks at a fly-by-night Hep-C carnival, what artist let her walk out their door with that buttface of a tattoo? Yeah, we're skeptical that at least some of these jobs weren't quickly and badly inked in the offices of TV producers.
Even with our doubts on authenticity, Bad Ink earns a slightly positive entertainment value over replacement TV. Assuming the final fixes are real, there is some talent on display. At the very least, camera crews venture into some Vegas spots that haven't been widely filmed, namely lots of Artisan with some
coincidentally sister property Rumor and Peppermill thrown in. So, while we haven't set a DVR season pass, we've tuned in to watch a lot, lot worse.
Bad Ink airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on A&E. You can catch previously aired full episodes online. As for the validity of their punk rock status, that's at least real. You can watch clips of their band, The Vermin, shout out a song titled FU Too and playing in several venues around Vegas, including BB King's and the Double Down on YouTube.
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Since Southland was cancelled and we realized Franklin & Bash was still on the air, you'll have to forgive us for not paying too much attention to new show announcements from TNT. Even reality TV that we've repeatedly admitted we're
boo-boo crazy for.
But, the words "Las Vegas" still perk up the eardrums, regardless if we're paying attention or not. And, TNT's upcoming real-life crime series Cold Justice has a Vegas connection that got us to sit up and rewind the airing of a recent promo.
On those rare occasions Saturday Night Live is still funny, the laugh meter inevitably starts to drop off after the first 30 minutes. So, forgive us 1) for not being out researching Las Vegas on a recent Saturday night and 2) channel surfing round about midnight. But, sometimes, those midnight munchies uncover the most curious of finds.
In what appears to be a seen only in Vegas reality TV show, cameras follow Sin City Bounty Hunters as they chase down fugitives. Retired law enforcement officer Adam Brooks leads a team that claims close to 800 cases closed since 2008.
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Suckers for Reality TV. VegasChatter and any Vegas-based show sitting in a tree. You know the drill. We eat, sleep, and drink it. Last year, we even pitched a casino reality show starring Binion's. It seems TLC
stole focused that idea into a show solely shot at the downtown casino.
Casino Confidential premieres Thursday, April 4 for an initial six-episode run. The show promises to capture stories of "unruly high rollers, all-night party goers, and bachelor parties gone rogue" from the perspective of casino staff. Judging by the below trailer, the show looks two parts American Casino and The Casino, one part Binion's storied past, and marinated with plenty of Vegas Strip.
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We've talked plenty about our local Pawns Stars over the past few years. We told you what it was actually like in the store, called them out for their ridiculous debit card, and advised you on what "open 24 hours" means in real life, among other
There is once again plenty of new energy surrounding the shop now that the show is in the midst of new episodes. What's amazing is that a simple show about selling garage clutter has produced three spin-offs on the History Channel, including American Restoration, Cajun Pawn Stars, and Counting Cars -- two of which are based here in Vegas.
The success of Pawn Stars brought a new avenue for tourism to Las Vegas and brought attention to locally-owned businesses. With the new shows about Vegas shops now currently on-air alongside Pawn Stars, we expect the trend to continue in 2013. As you'll see, even those who haven't developed separate television shows are seeing their businesses benefit greatly from their appearances on Pawn Stars.
Want to meet one of these local celebs? Here's a fan's guide to finding them:
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Between royal bashes, fantasy football bashes, Beso bashing, and big beautiful women bashing, there are a lot of Vegas bashes that go down publicly and privately. But in the words of AC/DC, who's got the biggest bashes of them all? A bunch of reality show
has-beens celebrities want you to know they do.
The Vegas Bash, an annual event somehow in its fifth year, is every reality show fan's dream come true: an opportunity to meet and mingle with hundreds of former reality TV show cast-members from Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race, Road Rules, Real World, Frank the Entertainer, The Mole, For The Love of Ray J, Tough Love and many other shows we've never heard of for a household that admittedly watches too much reality TV.
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Pawn Stars fans should recognize Danny "The Count" Koker, owner of Count's Kustoms and the buddy Rick calls when he needs to bring in a car expert. History Channel will now be showcasing him in his own vehicle, Counting Cars where Koker and his team will tell the stories behind old cars before restoring and flipping them for profit. Cut from the same mold as another Pawn Stars Restoration spinoff but we're guessing with a bit more testosterone.
Counting Cars premieres Monday, August 13 and then revs into a permanent TV slot Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Will the Pawn Stars formula produce another success or is History Channel risking going to the well once too often? We're leaning toward giving 'Cars' the edge. Looking around the Pawn Stars roster, would fellow expert and Tropicana headliner Murray Sawchuck be next in line?
Speaking of risking overexposure, Koker fans can follow the man @DannyCountKoker, the car shop @CountsKustoms, the tattoo shop @CountsTattoo, the
Vince Neil rock club Feelgoods @VampdVegas, or on Facebook.
We're just going to come out and say this -- we love Vegas Stripped, the new reality show on the Travel Channel. It gives you backstage access to the inner-workings of the casinos and hotels in Las Vegas with stats and figures to back it up -- i.e., how many drinks the casino will have to sell, and at what price, in order to break even at an event. For a hotel and Vegas geek, like us, this show is heaven.
The first two episodes, which aired last night, took place at South Point,. The first episode centered around the hotel hosting the wild and crazy Fetish & Fantasy Ball. For a place that typically hosts cowboys and rodeos, this is certainly a new venture for them. But, before we delve into this, let's show you some numbers provided by "Vegas Stripped":
· South Point spends "tens of millions dollars each month" in operation costs
· There is 2,200 employees at South Point
· The hotel has 2,100 rooms
· The casino has 2,000 slots
· The equestrian center has 1,200 climate-controlled horse stalls
Just two weeks ago, Pawn Stars announced they were spicing things up, but could even more changes be in store for the shop in 2012? A vague commercial started airing over the weekend depicting the now famous Gold and Silver sign and teasing a night shift of new characters.
As we learned the hard way, the showroom is open until 9pm daily when it turns the keys over to the after hours window. While the mysterious ad clearly hinted at a new focus on what goes down overnight, did it mean a new half-hour installment is on the way for Pawn Stars? Or, will new characters be inserted into the existing show?
This weekend while you are home for the holidays hanging your stockings with care, decking the halls, trimming the Christmas tree, conspiring by the fire, riding in a one-horse open sleigh and putting the final touches of marshmallow fluff on your gingerbread houses, take a moment to think about your dear mother and ponder this question, "What would happen if Mom and I were put up in a house in Las Vegas together and went out partying every night?"
You probably couldn't imagine a worse scenario, right? But for a certain group of mothers and daughters who party together this is actually the premise for a new reality show from VH1 called, Mama Drama.
Grantland tipped us off to the show in the 2012 Reality Draft Prospectus for their Grantland Reality TV Fantasy League, saying that it will begin airing on January 1 at 10pm. Except there is nary a trailer of the mamas causing drama to be found. There is, however, a still photo and some more details from Hollywood Reporter: