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‘Supernanny’ coming to the rescue of Vegas family

Who’s minding the kids? This week, it’s “Supernanny” Jo Frost, whose ABC series — in which the unflappable Brit transforms misbehaving offspring — visits Vegas.

Glitter City long has been a hoped-for destination, admits Laurz Segal, the show’s production manager.

“Las Vegas was on our wish list,” she notes.

Because “Supernanny” only goes when they’re called by desperate parents, however, show officials had to wait until a Las Vegas family “wrote in for Supernanny’s help,” Segal explains. In the Las Vegas segment, “big surprise — the father works in a casino.”

Frost is scheduled to turn up Wednesday; production continues on the episode through June 19. It will air sometime during the show’s fourth season, which is expected to begin this fall.

Rolling the dice: The independent feature “Yonkers Joe” rolls into its second week, with casino action scheduled at downtown’s Plaza (playing itself) and the Rampart Casino (doubling for an Atlantic City casino).

The tale of a dice hustler (played by Chazz Palminteri) who reconnects with his mentally challenged son (Tom Guiry), “Yonkers Joe” originally was set entirely on the East Coast, according to Las Vegas-based producer Trent Othick.

But Othick suggested to writer-director Robert Celestino that shifting some of the story to Las Vegas would “up the stakes,” he notes. After all, “these are small time hustlers,” Othick explains. “This isn’t ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ — this is ‘The Grifters.’ “

And “Yonkers Joe’s” gritty crew, which includes such aces as Michael Lerner and Linus Roche, just added another winner: Emmy-winning actress (and Oscar-winning filmmaker) Christine Lahti, who’s been cast as the title character’s girlfriend.

Lahti met with producers about the project months ago — and “canceled some summer plans” to participate, Othick reports.

Quick hits: Two visiting TV productions illustrate Las Vegas’ something-for-everyone diversity. “Giada’s Weekend Getaway” arrives Saturday for a three-day shoot hosted by Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis. And Canada’s CHUM Television focuses on the Miss Exotic World pageant for the hourlong documentary “Bump and Grind,” with scheduled stops ranging from the Fremont Street Experience to — ahem — the Strip.

Infomercial, please: The Henderson Fire Department and a local shooting range provide backdrops for a law enforcement infomercial produced by Las Vegas-based Buzzell Films and promoting Global Assets TAC Group, a special operations training and security consulting firm.

Jonathan Seti handles production duties on the project; directing is Jonpaul Lewis, whose award-winning short “Jack the Ripper” recently screened at a Cannes Film Festival showcase.

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

 

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