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A while back, we did a little Q&A with Vegas resident (and one-time “boy bander”) Jeff Timmons. He told us of his plans to open a new male revue on The Strip sometime in the future. After a nationwide tour to stir up interest, Men of the Strip has returned home and is ready to become a reality. As in,”reality TV."
A few days ago, we caught wind of a rumor that Jeff Timmons and his hard-bodied Men of the Strip all-male revue had returned to Las Vegas, supposedly to settle in. We figured they’d be announcing the location for that planned residency any day. Instead, they're here to film segments for an upcoming docu-series. And, the male revue is still, apparently, looking for a home. Or maybe not, depending on how cynical you are towards the reality aspect of these TV shows. (We're talking to you, Pawn Stars).
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Syfy viewers might recognize a couple of familiar Las Vegas faces on the new show Wizard Wars debuting March 4. The new magic-themed reality show will pit two-person teams of magicians against each other in a unique competition. Unlike open-format TV talent shows, this one has a twist. Competitors will try to one-up each other by creating tricks based upon the same item.
Magician and Wizard Wars creator Rick Lax said some of the more unique items that tricks were created around included a human skeleton and pink footie pajamas. Lax came up with the idea based upon meet-ups he routinely had with magician friends where they would do various tricks with the same prop. He figured the process of perfecting these tricks might be just as interesting as the end result, and Syfy agreed.
Everyone’s favorite business reality show is coming to Las Vegas to find new participants. Shark Tank features business pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs to a panel of potential investors, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. The show has been on ABC since 2009 and has just entered syndication so, if you get on, you might see yourself on TV for years to come.
How can you vie for a spot? Shark Tank will be holding open auditions at 3 p.m. on February 20 inside Veil Pavilion at Silverton.
TV shows about Vegas or gambling? Sign us up! The new Esquire Network just debuted a TV show about the latter called “Horseplayers”. The series takes us inside the world of horse betting. Besides profiling the life of people that bet on the ponies, “Horseplayers” reveals their betting strategy while featuring beautiful video of different horse tracks. The show's characters seem to be stereotypes of horse bettors. These stereotypes are real and exist for a reason. You can see snippets of the series below and even more here.
Much of the show is filmed on location at race tracks across the country, but as it evolves, you’ll see Las Vegas enter the picture. In fact, the series will be recording scenes for a future episode at Treasure Island January 24-26 when TI hosts the annual National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s National Handicapping Championship (NHC). The NHC is the culmination of a year-long series of NTRA-sanctioned tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino racebooks, off-track betting facilities and horse racing and handicapping websites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals.
You may remember "Money Talks," the docu-drama based on sports bettor Steve Stevens. It was supposed to begin airing weekly on CNBC last year. We speculated that the show may never hit the TV screen as Steve Stevens was alleged to be a fraud and criminal by Wager Minds. Well, we were right and wrong.
After low ratings for the premier episode of "Money Talks" in September, the show was never seen again even though it was scheduled to begin airing in December. After a few weeks of speculation, it's been revealed that "Money Talks" will begin airing March 19. That's right in time for March Madness, one of the busiest times of the year for Las Vegas sportsbooks. Seems like a good time for a pick seller to have a glorified infomercial run.
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.
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Every decade has their share. Some, like The Beatles, inspire LOVE and a legacy. Others yield punchlines, or are forgotten altogether. (Let’s hear it for LFO - Lyte Funky Ones... anybody?) After the inevitable break-up comes the solo careers of varying success and, sometimes, a fun reunion with all (NSYNC) or most of the original remaining members (this summer's Monkees tour minus Davey Jones). The really lucky ones continue to re-invent themselves, building on their songbook with new material. Or, sometimes they just head off in an entirely new direction. Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees has done all of the above. And, like the boy band he founded, Jeff still manages to keep temperatures rising.
Before there was a man in skinny jeans walking across the Grand Canyon or a dude jumping out of a balloon from the edge of the earth there was Evel Knievel.
Evel Knievel was the world's most famous daredevil from the 60s into the 1980s. One of his most iconic stunts was jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace. This was kind of a big deal back in the day. With all of the interest in modern day daredevils, the Discovery Channel is looking back at his life.
We've been fans of Skin City Body Painting and their creative team of artists for a while now. And, next year, the viewing masses will get a glimpse into the the incredible work being done in this growing field.
The Vegas shop, around since '06, is helping to bring a new reality competition to GSN called, SKIN WARS. The eight-episode series "seeks to find the most talented and versatile body painters in the country."
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.
We love us some reality television, but we really love when that reality television comes to Las Vegas and highlights gambling. It looks like we may be getting an hour or two of just that later this summer.
"Saint Hoods" premieres Friday, August 2 on Discovery Channel and looks at the life of bookies in the mob world from Boston while "Money Talk$" is strictly about sports betting and based in Vegas. "Money Talk$" is scheduled to premiere September 10 on CNBC.
10 years ago was the glory days for gambling on TV. We all remember when poker was booming and poker shows were all over TV from the Game Show Network to ESPN. Like much of what's popular in mainstream culture, popularity waned (with a nudge from Black Friday), but we may be getting to the point of where gambling is beginning to be accepted again. Maybe. Here's a preview of "Saint Hoods" as well as a more detailed description: