Two new TV programs plan to give city a 'reality' check

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LAS VEGAS -- No stranger to the silver screen, Las Vegas is becoming a favored locale for TV shows, as well.

There's already the NBC drama "Las Vegas," starring James Caan, which features some scenes purportedly shot at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

And Jay Leno wrapped up a week's worth of "Tonight Show" tapings in Le Theatre des Arts at Paris-Las Vegas in May.

Now, GSN, formerly the Game Show Network, is getting into the act with its hidden-camera genre "Vegas Weddings Unveiled," described as "a half-hour, semidocumentary-style show."

Set to debut at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time on June 18 and to be hosted by Darva Conger ("Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?"), the weekly series will "infiltrate" real Las Vegas wedding chapels, wedding limousines and other city "hot spots" where couples tie the knot.

The purpose, according to a GSN statement, is "to reveal the spontaneous atmosphere of weddings in the gaming capital of the world."

Speaking of Las Vegas-based reality TV, "The Casino" is set to debut on June 15.

The show, which will air on the Fox network Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time for 13 weeks, is a behind-the-scenes, around-the-clock look at the inner workings of the Golden Nugget Las Vegas and the daily dramas that involve its staff, its guests and its new owners, Tim Poster and Thomas Breitling of Poster Financial Group.

Las Vegas will hit the small screen again on June 30, when the Travel Channel airs the World Poker Tour championship tournament that took place April 23 at the Bellagio.

To contact reporter Amy Baratta, send e-mail to [email protected] .

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