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    American Casino (DSC, Fridays @ 8pm)

    Anyone planning to watch this? I have the TiVo season pass already set.

    It premieres tomorrow at 8pm Eastern on Discovery (Fridays @ 8). It's by the same guys who created American Chopper and American Hot Rod. And it covers the guys who own and operate the Green Valley Ranch in Vegas.

    http://media.dsc.discovery.com/fansi...cancasino.html

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    I'll be watchin' with ya bossman I've been seeing previews all night tonight for it and preset my DVR for the season as well. Should get interesting once The Casino starts on FOX to see the differences between the two. Since going to Vegas last year, I'm all about the casino stuff and will be gladly watching both.

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    There was an article I read about "The Casino" that said they were filming "American Casino" in another part of the casino at the same time at one point, and had to avoid each other's cameras.

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    June 4, 2004 -- WHO would have thought that a reality show about a casino (which is basically "The Restaurant" in a Las Vegas gambling joint) could be so riveting?
    I say this because "The Restaurant," which was such a smash last year, tanked faster than the Andrea Doria this year. People, it seemed, were tired of real reality and were ready for fake reality of "The Bachelor" again.

    But "American Casino" is a really, really good reality show.

    I forced my family to watch the show with me (amid many moans and groans and "not agains") and within minutes everyone stopped complaining that they had to help me do my homework.

    This Discovery Channel series is about the Green Valley Ranch (which sounds more like salad dressing) a "boutique" hotel/casino which is what Las Vegas calls a place with "only" 200 rooms.

    Small as Green Valley Ranch Resort, Casino and Spa is (compared to the other joints), it still is a $3 billion casino company which seems like a gigantic boutique to me.

    For the show, the cameras rolled 24/7 following the staff, who work for brothers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, the COOs (along with Steve Cavallaro) and principal shareholders.



    Green Valley, their newest operation, has grown from a business that their dad started in 1976 with one bingo parlor. The business now includes 12 casino/hotels and 12,000 employees.

    The first two episodes are taken up by the power struggles the corporate idiocy, the incompetence and super competence of the casino's staff, which is probably not much differect than every other corporation in the world.

    There's Wayne Shadd, the PR guy who is worried about the new VP, Joe Hasson, who has to warn Shadd about hiring models for their huge Super Bowl blowout without seeing them first. Joe is scared what could happen. He should be.

    There's James Fricker, the daring pastry chef and his staff. (Pastry chefs daring? You, er, bet.)

    There's Michael Tata, director of hotel operations, who is like every awful boss you've ever had, and Ninya Perna, the hotel manager who gets treated like doo doo by Tata.

    And there's the tension. When the pastry chef was building a gigantic sculpture resembling a large Venetian glass statue completely out of sugar (for an Epicurean event for all the other chefs in Las Vegas), we were all on the edge of our seats especially after a giant crack develops.

    When Tata tells Perna that basically her dogs would be better off dead if she has to go home for a half-hour to feed them, you want to smack the guy.

    When the food doesn't show up at the casino's big slots tournament for the high-roller "slot sluts," we found ourselves cringing.

    And when the second show ended and there wasn't a third show on the preview DVD, everyone in my house started moaning and groaning. Again.

    This time, it was because there wasn't more to watch.


    http://nypost.com/entertainment/22306.htm

    She gave it 4 stars

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    I found this show very, very good. It really made me look foward to the Casino, especially due to the fact that the Casino is backed by Mark Brunett. I found that drunk guy so funny when the security gaurd was reading him his rights he kept going blah, blah, blah. I was very happy for that woman who won close to $150,000. My jaw hit the floor when the pastry chef's design fell. I also loved the happy faces on the people watching the Superbowl.

    The show all in all was very good and the hotel looked amazing.

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    Wow, this is a really good show. Finally watched my TiVoed episode last night. Even my wife, a confirmed reality-show-hater, loved it after I grudgingly got her to watch it.

    That GM is going to have trouble with that marketing director.

    That sugar design was incredible. Even more incredible was the fact that he made 2 more smaller versions in the 24 hours he had left, even though he was on his third day with no sleep!

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    My stomach lunged when that beautiful sugar sculpture crashed to the floor! But I loved the chocolate one even more. My husband inquired "Anybody ever EAT those things? Can you eat them? What do they do with them after the banquet?" Good question. Wouldn't mind taking a BIG chomp outta that!

    I found myself intrigued with the goings-on of the chefs in the kitchen. Never realized how exciting that work would be.

    I'm really looking forward to another episode!
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    They've about got me convinced after one episode that I need to stay at GVR if/when I make it back to Vegas! I think it also gave me a real inspiration that I'd like to follow through with what I've been saying for years and go to culinary school....the entire pastry chef saga had me on edge and was just great! Definitely, definitely need to learn how to do stuff like that cause all the works that they were putting together for the showcase were amazing.

    I'm not sure what's up with the new GM and the marketing dude, but they need a good heart to heart something fierce. Mr. Marketing needs to just quit worrying so much about things and just do his best, but at the same time the new GM really should open up a little bit more (he just seems very stiff and unpersonable to me).

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    The GM was dry, but he was even dry on the phone to his kid "you take 4 and divide it by the denominator and then multiply that by the square of the numerator" - there was no "how's your day going, kiss your mom for me, I miss you!"

    My wife thought it was a little strange that the executive chef at the end was congratulating his team, and saying stuff like "we did it". He didn't do anything but supervise everyone else. The pastry chef did all the work!

    I really wanted to be the marketing guy when he HAD to go check out the talent. And the whale concierge was pretty funny, too, but I think he came on a little too strong, and scared those guys off.

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    I thought I'd had some bad bosses, but I never worked for an [mod edit] like Tata. Man, that guy's like the caveman of bosses. He's Nurse Ratchet. He's Douglas Neidermeyer.
    He's Kevin Spacey in Swimming With Sharks. He's an Abu Graib prison guard.
    He needs to learn the difference between tough and abusive.
    Last edited by John; 06-15-2004 at 11:27 AM.
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