Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 | 4:02 p.m.
Rio magician headliners Penn & Teller know how to keep busy.
On the heels of Teller’s new side gig co-directing “The Tempest” at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Penn Jillette has signed on to host a new hidden-camera show for the Travel Channel.
The network announced today that it has green lit production for “Street Cred,” an original pilot that follows Penn as he scours the country for America’s best street performers. The magician, comedian and former street performer will team up with undercover experts to seek out the show’s unwitting contestants through hidden cameras, rewarding the best with a $10,000 tip.
The half-hour pilot is produced by High Noon Entertainment and was green lit along with two other pilots for the network: “Booze Traveler,” which explores cocktail customs and culture around the world, and “Great Escape,” which follows escape artist Steve Santini as he explores iconic and perilous tourist destinations across the globe.
Jillette also is competing on Season 3 of “Rachael vs. Guy” on the Food Network for a grand prize of $50,000 to donate to Opportunity Village. The cooking competition premiered Monday.
Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.