They’re almost ready for your close-up, Mr. Wolfson.
News that Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson would be the central figure featured in a docudrama tentatively titled “LVDA” must have some wags at the Regional Justice Center going on diets and heading back to the gym to shed a few pounds — just in case they’re needed as extras.
But don’t call it a reality TV series.
“I would prefer that you refer to it as a docudrama,” Wolfson said, keeping his sense of humor Thursday during a smart aleck’s phone call. “… A reality series is scripted. This is not a reality show.”
Investigation Discovery General Manager Kevin Bennett said in a media release, “TV viewers have seen the fictionalized version of crime procedurals in Las Vegas, but for the first time ever, cameras will roll on these real stories of the justice system.”
Filming is set for this fall with the first episode scheduled to air in 2016.
Of course, Wolfson’s not the first member of the family to smile for the camera. His wife, former District Judge Jackie Glass, was the star of “Swift Justice With Jackie Glass” a few years ago. Now it’s Wolfson’s turn.
“I’m excited that the Investigation Discovery Channel has picked it up and green-lighted six episodes,” he said. “It will give the office a chance to show the great work we do in Clark County to deliver justice.”
STUPAK STREET: A plan by the son of late casino maverick Bob Stupak to have a street named in honor of the creator of the Stratosphere is going forward after a recent show of support from the CEO of American & Entertainment Properties, which owns and operates the iconic hotel and gambling property.
“I’m enthusiastic about it,” Nevada Stupak said after receiving the thumbs up from American CEO Ned Martin. “I’m glad that there’s a willingness on their part to honor the history of the tower.”
Stupak is in the process of working with Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin to complete the paperwork necessary to change the name of Baltimore Avenue, which skirts the casino property, in time for the 20th anniversary celebration of the Stratosphere next April.
TOP THIS: After reaching the height of his profession, magician Lance Burton is adding “moviemaker” to his list of accomplishments with the Sept. 24 premiere of “Billy Topit Master Magician” at Brenden Theaters inside the Palms.
As you’ve come to expect with anything associated with Burton, local charities will benefit from the premiere.
LUCKY DUCKS: For some reason, the sight of thousands of yellow rubber ducks just cracks me up. On Sept. 19 at Town Square, the 15th annual Las Vegas Lucky Duck Festival is set to get quacking with proceeds to benefit the Foundation for Positively Kids.
GOOD EATS: And a good cause, too.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and CRAVE restaurant at Downtown Summerlin has chosen Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada as its charity. The restaurant will encourage customers to “round up” their checks with all proceeds benefiting the childhood cancer charity.
ON THE BOULEVARD: NV Energy set up a fine and informative display at this week’s Clean Energy Summit 8.0 at Mandalay Bay. From the look of the booth, you’d almost think the utility wasn’t getting roasted by the summit’s panelists and its founder, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid. … Take a look at electrical contractor Bombard Renewable Energy for a successful example of a Nevada company riding the clean-energy wave.
BOULEVARD II: They’re getting old, but I’m the one who needs the glasses: The annual Las Vegas High reunion is set for Sept. 26 at The Orleans. … Review-Journal staffers have just finished their annual drive to help provide school supplies to students at Williams Elementary. … Station Casinos is busy heaping supplies on the youngsters at Whitney Elementary with more schools to come.
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