Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | 6 p.m.
Vegas Stripped at South Point
Six glamorous Las Vegas housewives are set to star in a new reality TV series produced by the creative minds behind “Pawn Stars” and “American Restoration,” both also shot here in Las Vegas.
They are real housewives, but this isn’t intended to be “The Real Housewives of Las Vegas” following in the footsteps of Bravo’s “Housewives” franchise in Beverly Hills, Atlanta, Orange County, New York, New Jersey and Miami. Despite rumors of such a Las Vegas show floated by multiple production companies, Bravo program chief Andy Cohen has shot down talk of a Las Vegas-based “Housewives.”
However, I can exclusively reveal that “Vegas Moms,” or its alternate title “Vegas PTA,” is a go. The pilot has been shot here secretly and quietly over several months by the same crews who film “Pawn Stars” with Corey, Rick and Richard Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell and “American Restoration” with Rick Dale at his downtown factory. Both are History Channel hits.
The Leftfield Pictures executives based at a 16,000-square-foot, full-scale TV facility in New York City also produced “Vegas Stripped,” a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of South Point that aired on the Travel Channel.
Leftfield Pictures prides itself on “content as king”: “Superior casting and storytelling leads to the success of any project regardless of budget. Our attention is focused on projects and stories that achieve compelling character-driven pieces or laugh out loud comedies. “
I learned about the new Las Vegas glamour girls show when reality TV cameras recently filmed the wedding of Tom and Shannon Love at the M Resort. SBE head honcho and Sahara owner Sam Nazarian was the best man. Also attending: 2011 Mrs. Nevada Amanda Kouretas and her husband and Carey Kennedy and her husband.
“It was an over-the-top, Las Vegas-styled bash with all the stops pulled out. It got crazy but perfect for the show because there were stripper poles, go-go dancers, a naked girl covered in strategic sushi and a ‘little people’ couple who did a pre-wedding run-through for the actual bride and groom,” I was told. “All weddings should be fun like this one instead of formal and stuffy.
“This is Las Vegas, after all, and this one was as lavish as could be. It was all set up like a nightclub, and all the stunning Vegas girls filmed there were fantastic.”
“Viewers will have all their thoughts and fears about Vegas confirmed as this is the Entertainment and Party Capital of the World, but these housewives really show how to be smart, yet sexy.”
In fact, the housewives cast features three Nevada pageant princesses: Amanda, April Swartz, Mrs. Nevada 2009, and Francine Sanchez, Mrs. Las Vegas 2011. The other ladies are Shannon, Carey and Mickey Norton. They are all sworn to secrecy, but I managed to pry some information.
“The six of them are Las Vegas moms. It is not a ‘Real Housewives’ show,” I was told. “It is ultra sexy and fun. But they are still moms and homemakers. Yes, there’s crazy stuff and there’s drama, and they live amazing lives. The six of them have a long history together as friends, and their kids all play and know each other. They work at schools as room moms and are involved in Las Vegas charities.
“The show is inspirational and relatable, and it’s an invitation for viewers to come along for the ride in Las Vegas. It is the antithesis of ‘Real Housewives’ if you want to make that comparison. First of all, they are moms, and as often as you’ll see them in Wal-Mart or a Dollar Store, they know when to put on the glitz and shop at Neiman’s and go all-out with super sex appeal when it’s party time.
“They have kept silent about the show while others have talked about their hoped-for ‘Real Housewives’ projects, but none have resulted in go-aheads. They were filming long before any of the other female ensemble shows even began being talked about.
“This one is now ready to, go and shooting will start again in the next few weeks as school gets ready again. The new series will air this fall.”
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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