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SHOOTING STARS: ‘Clean House’ finds another fine mess in Las Vegas

  It may not be the messiest home in the whole U.S.A.
  But it’s definitely a contender in the Style Network’s “Clean House: The Search for the Messiest Home in the Country.”
  That explains why cameras will be at the Winzer family’s southwest Las Vegas home this week, capturing the clutter — and what happens to it — including Saturday’s open-to-the-public yard sale at the Winzers’ home, 3030 S. Mann St.
  “The story in Vegas struck us as being a good candidate,” says Renée G. Simon, Style’s vice president of current programming.
In part, that’s because of the tough 2008 Sean and Laura Winzer and their two children faced — losing their home to foreclosure and losing Sean’s mother to cancer.
  Late last year, the family moved into Grandma’s house, which is “extremely cluttered” with things she had accumulated since she moved there in the ’70s, Simon explains. And because Laura Winzer suffers from asthma, “she can’t do the hard labor” of clearing out decades of detritus.
  “There are so many unique aspects” to their story, Simon points out.
  The Las Vegas episode is one of seven shooting before the multi-episode search airs in late May, after cleaning up cluttered abodes from Baltimore to Honolulu.
  Although “every story is different,” Simon says, “the process is the same” — identifying the worst aspects of the clutter, identifying key items family members just can’t live without, staging a yard sale to get rid of the rest and “cleaning, painting and organizing” what’s left.
  The show’s advance team arrived at the Winzers’ over the weekend and cameras start rolling Wednesday, Simon explains. Host Niecy Nash reports for duty Thursday and Friday. designer Mark Brunetz and yard-sale diva Trish Suhr also join new go-to guy Eugene Long for the transformation, which continues through the big reveal March 3.
  The Las Vegas visit is the “second to the last episode” before the show focuses on “the messiest home,” Simon explains. “It’s almost like a countdown — if you think this one’s messy, wait’ll you see …”
  Start your cameras: NASCAR zooms back to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, with TV cameras inevitably following the action.
  Friday night, QVC will be inside the speedway’s Neon Garage with “For Race Fans Only,” with announcer Darrell Waltrup and car owner Richard Childress expected to appear, reports Jeff Motley, senior director of public relations for the speedway.
  On Saturday, ESPN2 provides coverage of the Sam’s Town 300, while local Fox affiliate KVVU-TV, Channel 5, returns for another edition of “NASCAR Saturday Night.” And on Sunday, Fox covers the Shelby 427 Sprint Cup race; cable’s Speed channel plans several shows throughout the weekend.
  Fight nights (and days): The ninth installment of Spike TV’s “Ultimate Fighter” goes into its final week of action in Las Vegas. (Until July’s live finale at the Palms, that is.)
  Subtitled “Team United States vs. Team United Kingdom,” this season’s UFC-connected competition drew more applicants than ever, notes Andrea Richter, co-executive producer of the series, which returns to Spike April 1. In Britain, 300 wannabe fighters attended an open call; the U.S. counterpart, in Chicago, drew more than 700.
  “We broke records,” Richter points out. Some 70 prospective fighters made it to Las Vegas for the show’s casting week. “More guys know what this can do for their careers,” she says. After all, “several (‘Ultimate Fighter’) alumni have become belt holders,” which seems ample reason “to give up their lives for six weeks.”
  Vanishing act: Showroom legends Siegfried & Roy reunite onstage, for one night only, Saturday at Bellagio during the Keep Memory Alive benefit for the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute.
  And ABC will be there to capture footage for the network’s upcoming “20/20” special, “Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Returns,” which is scheduled to air March 6.
  Anchored by Elizabeth Vargas, the special will include interviews with illusionists Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn (conducted here earlier this month) and will focus on their triumphs as Strip headliners — and the Oct. 3, 2003, tiger attack, which almost killed Horn, that ended their showroom careers.
  Calling all foodies: The Food Network plans an upcoming made-in-Vegas project (as yet untitled) featuring competing teams racing through local culinary meccas as they compete in “the ultimate chowhound smackdown.” (Maybe they should call it “The Amazing Food Race.”)
  Interviews will be conducted March 3 and 4 (time and location to be determined) with two-member foodie teams (co-workers, friends, family members etc.), from bakers to caterers, chefs to critics.
  If you’re interested in participating in the unpaid April shoot, e-mail photos and contact information to Julie Goldman at Goldman & Associates at Julie@GACasting.com. And, as always, stay tuned to Shooting Stars for more details …

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