If Las Vegas hasn’t already added “reality TV capital of the world” to its claims to fame, maybe it’s time to make the title official.
After all, where else could MTV, History and DIY share the spotlight with such different shows?
MTV, for example, returns to the Palms — where “The Real World” kicked off the Glitter City reality boom in 2002 — for a new series focusing on “Jersey Shore’s” Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio, the Palms’ resident celebrity DJ.
Cameras are expected to follow Pauly D as he spins, shops and otherwise makes himself at home around town for the next few weeks.
Home base: The first season of History’s “American Restoration” debuts on DVD on Tuesday. But production on the show’s second season is in full swing — at the new downtown headquarters of Rick’s Restorations.
For the past two months, the 1½-acre campus — complete with warehouse workshops and a boneyard where everything from beat-up bumper cars to mechanical gasoline pumps awaits restoration — has been home to the show, which launches its second season in January.
Other than “a week off for Thanksgiving” next week and “a week off for Christmas” next month, “we’re always filming,” says Kelly Dale — whose husband, Rick Dale, served as “Pawn Stars’ ” restoration expert before getting his own History spinoff.
From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, cameras roll as Dale and his crew renew battered bits of Americana that represent memories, Rick says. “And they’re usually good memories. They spark people’s happy spots.”
“Crash” course: Last week, “Bath Crashers.” This week, “Yard Crashers.”
After shooting in Henderson last Thursday and Friday, “Yard Crashers” is expected to move to a private residence in the Enterprise area today and Tuesday.
New host Matt Blashaw leads the on-camera yard makeover crew for the two episodes, which should air early in the show’s seventh season, according to coordinating producer Jody Pribyl of Big Table Media.
Look for all three “Crashers” series (“Kitchen Crashers” rounds out the trio) to continue frequent Southern Nevada visits, Pribyl says — in part because “we’ve developed a great crew of talented technicians” based in Las Vegas, she notes.
Big Table officials “intend to be there in 2012,” she promises. “We’re very happy to be shooting there.”
Doc talk: Two documentaries continue production — and continue searching for participants.
The locally based “Wassup America?!” will spend the next two Tuesdays “filming interviews of stories/solutions about the economy,” reports director Marko Sakren .
The documentary focuses on “helping to create jobs across the country,” he explains.
To that end, “Wassup America?!” also is auditioning performers for an improv troupe that will travel cross-country next spring, providing music and comedy sequences to go along with the documentary’s interview content.
The production is seeking “regular citizens as well as actors and filmmakers” for the project, Sakren says. If you’d like to audition (or be interviewed), send a photo and resume, plus an email explaining why you want to go on camera for the project, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A visiting documentary, meanwhile, addresses a seeming contradiction: How can Sin City also be the wedding capital of the world?
That’s the question “Luck Be a Lady” hopes to answer during one-week-a-month shoots for the next few months, according to the production’s Kevin Silva. He’s still seeking, and interviewing, couples who got married in Las Vegas; if you’re interested, email him at email@example.com.
Carol Cling’s Shooting Stars column appears Mondays. Contact her at (702) 383-0272 or ccling@reviewjournal. com.