Las Vegas is all things to all people. So it seem fitting that the Palms, former Vegas home of MTV’s “The Real World,” is now playing host to a totally different kind of reality show: “Bachelorette Party.”
Oxygen Media’s upcoming eight-episode series follows brides-to-be enjoying VIP fantasy weekends with their “besties” as they bid a fond farewell to bachelorette life.
Each week’s episode will introduce audiences to a new bride-to-be and her friends, as the Palms’ VIP team “pulls out all the stops for an over-the-top celebration,” according to Oxygen Media’s news release announcing “Bachelorette Party.” Among the featured entourage: Palms executive Jon Gray, VIP hosts Elliot Wronski and Jason “JROC” Craig and Gray’s assistant Erin Ketner, who “go to great lengths to make the future brides’ wishes come true ... proving that nothing is impossible in Las Vegas.” (At least according to this publicity release.)
Elsewhere in Las Vegas’ reality-TV realm, “The Real World,” continues its upcoming season at the Hard Rock Hotel — although MTV cameras are expected to follow the regulars to The Venetian today for a gondola ride and shopping excursion. (Recent side trips also have included the Fremont Street Experience.) History’s “Pawn Stars” keeps on rolling at downtown’s Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. And ABC’s “Supernanny” has a Las Vegas film permit to shoot from Wednesday through the end of the month at a private residence and Durango Park.
Pyramid power: Despite its Las Vegas setting, CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” doesn’t often venture from Southern California for location filming.
This week’s an exception, though, with the long-running show — now in its 11th season — returning to its official hometown today and Tuesday at the Luxor. The location trek’s featured cast member: detective Jim Brass, alias actor Paul Guilfoyle (pictured), who’s expected to share scenes with a couple of guest bad guys. (In addition to the Luxor, “CSI” officials have a Clark County film permit to shoot in the vicinity of Giles Avenue and Ali Baba Lane — directly east across the Strip from the Luxor, affording a prime pyramid view.)
As for why “CSI’s” making a rare Vegas visit: no giant pyramids in Southern California. Sometimes there’s just no substitute for the real thing.
Devil in the details: The horror thriller “Resurrection: Wrath of Seduction” has reached the halfway point in its four-week Las Vegas shoot.
And while the movie takes advantage of “the billion-dollar backdrop of the Strip,” this week’s location is about as far from the Strip as you can get: a cave in the southwest part of town, according to Jeff Ross, the movie’s co-writer, director and supervising producer.
“It’s a very foreboding, ominous type of location,” Ross says — making it ideal for “Resurrection’s” tale of demonic doings in contemporary Las Vegas, involving a fallen-from-grace priest on a journey of redemption.
Given the movie’s Las Vegas locale, there’s a mob subplot — and a romantic subplot — plus cameo appearances by such locals as Holly Madison and Louie Anderson, with Las Vegans Rocky Fain and Jaime Lynch in the leading roles, Ross notes.
Other “Resurrection” locations range from the Riviera and College of Southern Nevada to Blue Martini and a local law office.
Overall, Las Vegas “represents the most hip, happening city in the world,” Ross observes. “There are a lot of reasons for (shooting) it here.”
Quick hits: Las Vegas’ resident bad boys of magic, Penn & Teller (pictured), are off to London next month to shoot their very own TV special, “Penn & Teller: Amaze Us.”
This week, however, “Amaze Us” camera crews will be here to capture background footage of Las Vegas landmarks and the duo’s permanent home at the Rio, the aptly named Penn & Teller Theater. P&T last performed in London in July, creating a buzz for their TV presence in the U.K. for the first time since a series in the mid-1990s.
P&T’s fellow Rio regulars, the men of Chippendales, will be in the Dutch TV spotlight this week for “Beau’s World” (or, as it’s known in the Netherlands, “De Wereld van Beau”), as host Beau learns how to be a Chippendales dancer.
As a result, the shoot will feature not only the troupe’s Rio stage home but a variety of other locations, depicting Beau training at a local gym, getting a salon makeover and tanning session — and, naturally, taking part in a Chippendales audition.
And watch out for The Burger King: The hamburger chain’s costumed namesake is expected in town Friday as part of an Internet promotion dubbed “King of the Road.” During November, King has been traveling cross-country, handing out video game prize packs to folks “just for being awesome.” (At least, that’s what their promotional website claims.) Check out http://the-burger-king.tumblr.com for footage of previous stops in the Midwest — and, we presume, the promo’s upcoming Las Vegas visit.