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Strip Scribbles: Las Vegas is in the spotlight for new reality TV shows

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Palms owner George Maloof and Jenny McCarthy at the Fourth Annual Midsummer Night’s Dream at Palms Pool & Bungalows on Aug. 14, 2010.

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No less than three, maybe four, reality TV shows have Las Vegas in their sights. VH1 is already shooting “LaLa’s Full Court Life” at the Palms with LaLa Vazquez Anthony and Kevin Hart. LaLa, the sassy 33-year-old wife of New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, filmed celebrity chef Kerry Simon’s PJ Sunday brunch yesterday at Palms Place. There are reliable rumors of a second reality TV series to film one-time Palms President George Maloof on the property.

Meantime, I’ll be filming an episode of a new, as-yet-untitled tattoo series involving a Las Vegas artist who is known for redoing bad tattoos. When it comes to ink, this artist can remove or redesign tattoos that need to be changed when relationships go bust or the significance is no longer applicable. If you want to have your tattoo removed or altered on national television this Friday, contact producers at SharpEntertainment.com.

A&E also has given a green light to a bucket-list fantasies come true shoot with a famous director-camerawoman and one of our city’s top party hostesses, and footage will be shot at The Riviera and Bagatelle.

Tropicana headliner magician Murray Sawchuck is featured on tonight’s Season 2 premiere of “Four Houses” on TLC. Filmed here, it pits four homeowners to learn who has the best house in town. Murray predicts mayhem and magic.

And VH1 wraps its eight-episode “Model Employee” on Wednesday when the new “Face of Mandalay Bay” is selected and wins a year-long $100,000 advertising and promotion contract.

BRITNEY CONTRACT: There was weekend Internet buzz that Britney Spears wants to tour again and simultaneously book dates around her open alternate weekends in Las Vegas. Insiders at Britney’s camp are adamant that shows here are a go and will take priority over any contract wrangling to include tour dates. All that remains now before the official announcement for Britney’s residency is locking down all the dates of the two-year deal.

A NICE GOODBYE: Former Riviera President Andy Choy has made it clear to friends and associates that he wasn’t fired from the job last week as headlined elsewhere. I reported that he’d been let go in a management shakeup that brought in Diana Bennett and Scott Meinki from Paragon Gaming to run the property. A pal of Andy’s told me: “The reorganization was mutually agreed upon and his departure totally amicable.”

NEW FOOD OFFERINGS: Already there’s word that Scott plans to bring in a leading restaurant consultant to spruce up Riviera’s food offerings. The Riv is nearly 60 years old and a true Las Vegas classic. If a makeover is in the cards, it should play up that history, as it’s now one of the only remaining original pieces of Strip history.

Roy Nelson Prepares for UFC 161

UFC heavyweight and Cimarron-Memorial grad Roy Nelson hits a bag at Gold's Gym, 7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Monday, June 10, 2013 in this file photo. Launch slideshow »

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NEW EXPO: A two-day UFC fan expo July 5 and 6 will lead into UFC 162 at MGM Grand Garden Arena with Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman battling for the middleweight championship. UFC President Dana White will be a first-day guest speaker before this year’s Hall of Fame inductions with Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar.

Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg get their own Q+A, and Fox Sports 1 anchor Jay Glazer will reveal UFC details for the network premiering in August. After UFC 162 weigh-ins, Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes will chat with fans. The 300,000 square feet of exhibit space will host the largest lineup ever of fighters.

NEW STRIP MINI-MALL: Plans are shaping up for construction this fall on a mini-mall courtyard on the Strip. Small retail stores and quick-snack eateries are planned for the pedestrian walkway frontage area of Bally’s between the Strip and its front-entrance valet parking.

NEW DESIGNER STORE: Fashion brand designer Vince Camuto is rapidly expanding domestically and internationally, and now his next store will open at Fashion Show next month. He will present his original Vince Camuto collection, plus, styles from two new lines: VC Signature and Two By VC.

NEW RECORD: Steve Wynn’s stepson Nick Hissom will release his debut single “If I Die Young” on July 1 through iTunes and other digital retailers. Nick , who celebrates his 21st birthday at Tryst in the Wynn on July 4, is the son of Steve’s wife, the former Andrea Hissom. The single is a collaboration with Tom Schleicher and Downtown Drive, who co-wrote Justin Bieber’s “Believe,” and producer Mick Schultz. Nick says the song is partly an ode to a friend he lost to cancer this year and about being innocent, carefree and growing up.

2012MDW: Nick Hissom at Tryst

Paris Hilton and Nick Hissom at Tryst in Wynn Las Vegas on Sunday, May 27, 2012.
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NEW CARS: Want to look like a high roller and arrive in style like one to check into your Las Vegas hotel? Hertz will make that fantasy come true with its new Dream Cars program here. You’ll be able to cruise the Strip in style in a Ferrari or Lamborghini or be like James Bond in an Aston Martin. No word yet on the insurance fee.

NEW YEAR: Congratulations to the cast and crew of “Vegas! The Show” celebrating its third anniversary Wednesday at Saxe Theater in Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood. There will be a cake presentation before curtain up.

NEW TICKETS: Boxing fans are predicting Tuesday’s 10 a.m. ticket sale for Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Canelo Alvarez will sell out faster than any other in recent history. The mega-bout is set for Sept. 14 at MGM Grand. Floyd has an unblemished 44-0 record and will fight undefeated Mexican superstar Canelo in the super welterweight world championship unification battle. Tickets ringside will sell for $2,000, with $350 for nosebleed seats.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Ian Bagg and Matt Fulchiron headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand through Sunday.

Haven’t had enough EDC? XS at Encore has a triple lineup with Afrojack, Diplo and Carnage, while Chuckie is at Marquee in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

It’s the fourth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, and while that trial continues in L.A., Las Vegas gets ready to celebrate his life with Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay. Plus, our Counter Intelligence column with startling news of chef and restaurant shakeups, a Star Surveillance wrap-up of visiting celebrities and the ever-tasty Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors feature.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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