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Maloofs to host TV series

Dec 14, 2004 5:14 AM

Maloof televison’s initial on-air offering will be reality-based on a concept brought to them by television wrestling maven Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey, best remembered as the older brother on the Fred Savage hit TV show, "The Wonder Years." The entrepreneurial themed program will premiere on Spike TV early next year based on the philosophical principals of the Maloof family that have enabled them to "amass a billion-dollar family empire."

Each week a different struggling family business will be "exposed" to "The Maloof Touch" and will be "assisted" in transforming their businesses into a more flourishing enterprise. Family businesses will be invited to various Maloof holdings for an "inside look" at how a successful business is run and learn important business lessons. The Maloof’s along with a team of business experts will retool the business and then the series will follow these families as they return and apply the lessons they’ve learned. The program is being done in association with the company that did "The Restaurant" and "The Office" series.

With about 300,000 anticipated visitors, New Year’s Eve along the famed Las Vegas Strip will be pure dynamite with a $500,000 fireworks and $100,000 laser show. The eight-minute show-in-the-sky will begin at 11:59 p.m. with a second by second numbered countdown starting at 11:59:50 from the ten participating hotels along the Strip followed by the extravaganza set to a soundtrack written by Clint Holmes and arranged by Pat Caddick. If permits can be approved, the show will open with a B-1 bomber flyover. Dubbed "America’s Party 2005: Celebrating 100 Year of Neon," the ten rooftop locations are the Excalibur, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, Bally’s, Flamingo, Venetian, TI, Stardust, Circus-Circus and Stratosphere. Fireworks by Grucci have created and are staging the massive custom-designed aerial display.

A long-time friend of "Puff, The Magic Dragon," Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary is undergoing chemotherapy for a form of leukemia, but a full remission is expected within a few months, the group’s publicist told the Associated Press. No other details were released. The trio, comprised of Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Travers, were scheduled to begin a spring 2005 tour on Feb. 18 with a weekend date at The Orleans Hotel and Casino, but it has been cancelled as the hotel representatives reportedly were told that it would be "sometime" before she was ready to perform.

Thirteen local nonprofit organizations will receive a portion of the proceeds from the first Holiday Magic Las Vegas outdoor festival continuing through Dec. 22 on the grounds of the JW Marriott in Summerlin. The event, created by Ken Henderson and Tom Carroll, has transformed the hotel’s exterior courtyard into a winter wonderland featuring a gingerbread village, costumed characters, an old-fashioned carousel, craft areas and, of course, celebrities. Hours are from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 to 10 p.m. weekdays.

At age 62, Wayne Newton continues to get as many dates under his belt as possible. The Stardust officially announced his return engagement, Jan. 24 - Feb. 9 to be preceded by Chicago Jan. 19-22 and Steve & Eydie from Jan. 12-15. Newton plays the Hilton Hawaiian Village New Year’s Eve and then heads out in the wee small hours to Lake Tahoe for a Jan. 1 night engagement!

I have some great news: Connie Francis has assured her local producers she’ll be at her best when she celebrates 45 years in the business at the Sahara Dec. 30 — Jan. 1. And, she’s bringing the ultimate drag queen Kenny Kerr with her as her opening act. Now that’s old Vegas personified. Also, I’m hearing one of the local nice guys, Bob Anderson, is coming home for a local gig starting next month. He’s a sweetie and a great impressionist and singer. I can’t wait to get my arms around him.

The Aussie Angels at the revitalized Hilton are heating up the Shimmer Cabaret, so I’ve been told as you know they’re not exactly my cup of tea. They’re cute as a button, and from being an expert, are all real. Check them out as they’re act keeps changing nightly.

Catastrophe struck a few days ago and I had to put the city’s most recognizable wheels — the Rock Mobile — to rest in a local junkyard. Saying goodbye wasn’t easy as I removed his plates. But I did learn lesson that you have to drive carefully in this town because there are some crazy drivers out there. My next car arrives in a few days and I’m looking for a theme. Send me your thoughts of what it should be. The winner will have a night on the town with Monti Rock III.