HGTV to feature valley homes

Everyone knows Las Vegas’ real estate market isn’t as torrid as it used to be.

But it’s still hot enough for HGTV’s “National Open House,” which is scheduled to begin a five-day shoot Tuesday.

Eight homes in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas will be featured in two episodes of the show, which compares home values in different markets, explains segment producer Ally Weinberg of Pietown Productions.

“When we decide on cities, we look for a lot of growth,” Weinberg says, “and Vegas has obviously shown, in the last several years, a lot of growth.”

And although that growth has slowed considerably, she adds, the show intends to explore “how people are riding what’s going on in the real estate market.”

On “Edge”: By definition, a 20-something guy is always a Vegas kind of guy.

Which explains why 22-year-old talk show host Jake Sasseville is shooting the lucky 13th episode of his late-late-night show on location this week in Glitter City.

The weekly New York-based show, debuting Feb. 14 following ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in 40-plus markets (including Las Vegas), showcases Sasseville’s sassy sense of humor, which he’s honed in the four years since his launching his show on a local-access cable channel in Lewiston, Maine.

Sasseville’s here to participate in a panel at this week’s National Association of Television Program Executives conference and exhibition, but he’ll also be shooting on the Strip “to showcase the vitality of Vegas,” he says. (Local headliners Penn & Teller and Wayne Brady have been invited to participate.)

As for Vegas’ allure, “especially when you’re 21 years old, where do you go?” Sasseville says. “You go to Vegas.”

“Design” time: With thousands of interior designers flocking here for this week’s Winter Market at the World Market Center, it makes sense that Bravo would hold an open casting call there from noon to 5 p.m. today and Tuesday for “Top Design’s” second season.

But that’s not the only reason, according to casting director Nick Gilhool.

“We did a lot of research into places other than New York and L.A. that were considered interesting and intriguing design centers,” he explains. “The sophistication of Las Vegas has gone through the roof” in the past decade.

For the 10-episode show, casting officials are “looking for a range of experience and expertise” in the show’s 12 competitors, from “stars at the best schools” to established designers. And, of course, “fun, interesting people everyone would watch.”

If that’s you, bring your portfolio to the call — and check out full audition information online at

Carol Cling’s Shooting Stars column appears Mondays. Contact her at (702) 383-0272 or e-mail her at ccling@

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