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Strip Scribbles: Two new L.V. shows lose investors; ‘The Bachelor’; Chinese New Year

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Las Vegas twins Emily and Haley Ferguson are back to work at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas after competing in Season 16 of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”

Season 16 of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’

Season 16 of ABC’s “The Bachelor” was filmed partly in Las Vegas. Emily Ferguson of Las Vegas is pictured here. Launch slideshow »

Las Vegas Twins on ‘The Bachelor’

Las Vegas twins Emily Ferguson and Haley Ferguson on ABC’s “The Bachelor.” Launch slideshow »

“Angels” who finance Broadway shows and Strip productions can be unreliable. Executive producers who fund Hollywood movies also earn notoriety for their inability to come up with money on deadline. It’s a major problem in show business, and now it has hit two new Las Vegas productions simultaneously.

I’m reliably told that one major show from Los Angeles that has a planned spring opening here has been delayed because financing fell out. Now producers are hurrying around pitching it again to New York and West Coast investors.

Then a new show that opens this month here has lost its overseas investor, and the star who funded the development has retained a Las Vegas producer to help replace the necessary funding to ensure the show’s continuation after curtain up.

To be clear: There’s nothing wrong or problematic with the shows. Unfortunately, investor money dried up last minute at the worst possible time.

EMILY’S ROSE: The latest episode of ABC’s “The Bachelor” with Ben Higgins turned awkward Monday night, but our Marquee at the Cosmopolitan cocktail server twin Emily Ferguson did wind up with a rose.

However, Ben had to have two rose ceremonies during the location filming in the Bahamas and simultaneously sent home this season’s mean girl, Olivia. Ben also ditched Leah and a third blonde, Lauren, in Episode 5.

Emily was given an immunity rose after she stressed to Ben how much she wanted to continue the quest for his love. Would producers dare bring back her ousted twin sister, Haley, to confuse Ben on a future episode to test his feelings for Emily?

Meantime, filming must have wrapped as Emily and Haley are now back at work at Marquee as of Monday night. They’re tightlipped about the outcome, but presumably since they’re both back to work, neither one of them ended up with Ben.

Clydesdale Makes Super Bowl Bet

Fez the Budweiser Clydesdale, Dalmatians Chip and Angel and South Point General Manager Ryan Growney on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at South Point. Launch slideshow »

UNUSUAL BRONCOS BET: While Dave Oancea, aka Vegas Dave, is reveling in his $2 million win from betting on the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl 50, we learned of an even more unusual bet.

Fez, one of the Budweiser Clydesdale horses here for the opening of Beer Park Las Vegas at Paris Las Vegas, had his own $2 ticket on the Broncos. Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was at South Point where the horses were stabled during their visit and captured Fez and Dalmatians Chip and Angel at play.

Fez even walked through South Point to place his $2 on the Broncos to win with South Point General Manager Ryan Growney and sports book boss Jimmy Vaccaro.

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Emily England.

RESCUING PUPPIES: Emily England, who is one of the stars in “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace and half of the brother-sister duo “The Skates of Hell”, left work and driving along Flamingo Road saw two pit-bull mix puppies running on the streets. She stopped her car and picked them up so that they wouldn’t get hit.

She called her friend, “Absinthe” aerial artist Cadence Alexia, and they took them to a 24-hour vet. There were no dog tags or microchips. The Animal Foundation was the only shelter willing to take them, so the girls dropped them off the next day. Emily wanted to ensure that they were adopted or transferred to a no-kill shelter, so she called back the next day. A couple had come to claim them but didn’t have the $130 for each dog to get them out from the shelter.

Emily and Cadence got in contact with the young owners, met them at the shelter, and the “Absinthe” stars paid for one puppy each to be rescued out of the shelter and reunited with their owners. Said Emily: “I have had my own dog, Prince, for over 15 years, and he’s the love of my life and has traveled all over the world with me. I know how important animals are to people, and it was nice to be able to help this couple out.”

DESERT ATTRACTION: The new Park nestled between Monte Carlo and New York-New York will become an oasis on the Strip with Mojave Desert landscaping surrounding the pathway to the new T-Mobile Arena. MGM execs have set an April opening for the space, which will feature monumental shade structures, theatrical lighting, water features and meta-quartzite stone sourced from a local quarry. They selected trees such as acacias and honey mesquites to provide shade.

Rather than waiting years for plant life to mature, The Park was designed to be fully grown on opening day, so the landscape team explored Southwest nurseries and chose the more than 200 trees and 3,000 ground covers to be transported and placed here. Colorful blooms also punctuate planters. Flowerings plants such as pink hesperaloes, yellow damianitas and purple salvias are throughout the Park.

Water features will pay homage to the history here when we were once a green oasis in the desert with natural springs. Visitors will be able to walk between a double water wall, which will stand at 8 feet at its highest point, before strolling past water tables programmed to allow water to bubble and splash.

MR. HUDOCK GOES TO WASHINGTON:When CNN’s Washington, D.C., bureau team headquartered at the Wynn Las Vegas for the last Republican debate here, Steve Wynn’s PR executive Richard Nick Hudock had the assignment of working with them.

Richard must have performed well because he’s been offered and accepted a new position on the PR team at CNN and now heads east from the Wynn. Congratulations, Richard: It’s well deserved. We wish you much success, and our big thanks for assisting with so many of our stories at Wynn and Encore.

GRAB A SLICE: Happy National Pizza Day! In honor of the celebration, Pizza Rock at Green Valley Ranch and Little Tony’s at Palace Station are offering guests 10 percent off any pizza if you dine in and mention National Pizza Day to your server.

Year of the Monkey at Venetian and Palazzo

Lion and dragon dancers perform in front of the Venetian during Chinese New Year celebrations at the Venetian and Palazzo Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. The Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey, began Monday. Launch slideshow »

YEAR OF THE MONKEY: The weeklong celebration of the Year of the Monkey kicks off with the Chinese New Year VIP cocktail reception at AmeriCAN in the Linq Promenade tonight. After the reception, the Chinese New Year in the Desert Opening Ceremony takes place at the fountain stage at 7.

Mandarin Oriental hosted a Yusheng Toss on Monday to start its celebrations with guest of honor Dr. Kate Zhong, senior director of Clinical Research and Development for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health; former Mayor Oscar Goodman; Senior Vice President of Entertainment and Development of MGM Resorts International Rick Arpin; Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Fidelity National Financial Ventures Peter Sadowski; Mandarin Oriental General Manager Cliff Atkinson; and Mandarin Oriental executive chef David Werly.

The toss brings good luck and fortune, health and happiness for the New Year. Guests tossed a traditional dish of ingredients that represent a happy life: raw fish for abundance, shredded carrots for blessings and good luck, green radish for eternal youth and white radish for prosperity. A lion dance and champagne reception followed in the hotel’s tea lounge.

Today, a dragon parade is at MGM Grand and at Bellagio on Wednesday. This year, the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens feature Chinese children topiaries made from 5,000 flower stems and monkeys gathering peaches below and atop a towering 14-foot mountain. The magnificent dragon in the main lobby measures 229 feet.

The nearby Shops at Crystals has transformed its flower carpet into a magical forest overseen by a 12-foot-tall, golden-coated monkey atop a bed of gold coins. The Lunar New Year also is celebrated at Crystals by watch master Harry Winston’s limited-edition handcrafted timepiece of a whimsical money, while Tourbillon has etched monkeys onto its luxury watches. Gucci has a rare keychain of a monkey adorned with gold and pearls, and LaLique has holiday ornaments of three wise monkeys in gold luster crystal.

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Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.

Follow Las Vegas Sun Entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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