Vegas TV shows lacking ratings

Nov 8, 2004 11:45 PM

Two television series based on our city have been pulled by the networks, though one will return to air the last six of the 13 episodes ordered by the network. Rob Lowe’s CBS series "Dr. Vegas" was yanked after dismal ratings in its Friday night spot while NBC’s "Father of the Pride," the breakthrough animated series based on Siegfried & Roy’s big cats, was pulled after its ratings plummeted from its August debut once it faced real competition. The series will return in December and then should vanish into magical history. Don’t fret, there’s another new series based on the night club Ice starting to air on cable this week and I’m hearing talk that "The Casino," the disastrous look at the owners of the Golden Nugget, will be returning with entertainment chief Joe Leone as the focal point. Isn’t Halloween over?

Speaking of entertainment directors, didn’t Boyd Gaming honchos have to smooth the ruffled tail feathers of its booker, Terry Jenkins, with the booking of "Havana Night Club — The Show" for a 12-week engagement at the Stardust? Friends of Jenkins are telling the Full Monti that he turned down the troupe and that Siegfried & Roy representatives went over his head to get the gig. I hear once it was signed that the producers started negotiating with the Sahara representatives to make the Sahara its permanent home starting in late January.

Connie Francis, who has been playing the Station properties in recent years, makes her return to the Strip New Year’s weekend at the Sahara. And, while the ink was drying on this deal, her representatives were trying to work another deal for late January at another hotel before the Sahara dates were announced.

Your humble columnist has found another life ”¦ I think that makes a dozen. Monti Rock III is going back on the road to be master of ceremonies of a fantastic live performance tribute show starting the Shirelles, Platters, Coasters, Drifters, Marvelettes and Temptations. All I can tell you is that I’ve been around the original groups and this "Motown & Oldies Forever" troupe is sensational and with "Legends in Concert" found John Stuart at the helm, it should be. Check out www.celebrityimages.com for the dates ranging from Los Angeles to Brooklyn as it’ll be a hoot.

Congratulations to the six new inductees into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. The induction ceremony was the best yet, especially the duet sung by Jack Jones and Clint Holmes. Burlesque star Tempest Storm, I have to admit, looked better than I did, and the Patti Page medley was great. With the future of the Tropicana in doubt, isn’t time for another hotel to step to the plate and find a home for the hall of fame?

Around Town: Spoke to some workers putting the final touches on KA, the new Cirque show at the MGM Grand, and they keep saying it’s "unbelievable." The show starts previews Nov. 26 ... At age 25, young crooner Matt Dusk sure has nerves of steel working the massive Hilton with a six-piece band ... Check out Vinnie Favorito downtown at Binion’s. He’s a comic that shouldn’t be missed and deserves on spot on the Strip ... One of my favorite group’s, Three Dog Night, plays the Silverton Thanksgiving weekend ... A Tribute to The Mill Brothers is being shopped around town, but so far no takers ... Alicia Keyes will be the New Year’s attraction at Aladdin/Planet Hollywood ... Former Aladdin PR chief Tyri Squyres is the new director of corporate communications of Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air ... One-time Riviera entertainment director and current "The Sopranos" cast member Steve Shirripa has signed a deal to star in a television comedy based on his book, "A Goomba’s Guide to Life." The book is about stereotypes of Italian-Americans ... Marla Letizia’s Mobile Billboards is the first private company in the city to display the official logo of the Las Vegas Centennial Celebration, donating more than $500,000 worth of driving time in the next 15 months ... The king of funk, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, holds court at Rain at the Palms on Sunday ... New Year’s Eve at the Fremont Street Experience will have a classic feel with BTO and Morris Day and The Time performing ... Teatro lounge at the MGM Grand is undergoing drastic changes and will become a Euro lounge by the end of the month. The venue remains open during construction ... Gambling images, including the Las Vegas skyline, have been turned down as the possible theme of the Nevada state quarter that goes into circulation in January, 2006.

The 13th annual Magical Forest at Opportunity Village will be up and running Nov. 24 thru Dec. 30 on its campus at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. The Magical Forest is the signature event of the not-for-profit agency that serves people with intellectual disabilities to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of their families. It celebrates the nostalgia of the holiday season with an authentic carousel, a gingerbread ballroom display, a snow slide, nightly parades and reindeer games. More than 3 million lights adorn its winter wonderland which is filled with 10-foot candy canes, decorated trees, elaborate displays and nightly entertainment. Celebrating its 50th year, Opportunity Village is the largest private provider of vocational training, employment, advocacy and recreation for people with disabilities in Nevada. Hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. nightly. Call 259-3741 to become a volunteer or for information.