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It's an alphabet-soup week on location this week, with NBC, ABC and MTV among the TV networks making Vegas visits.
NBC's "Race to the Altar"
continues its merry May stint in the wedding capital of the world, focusing on engaged couples competing for a dream wedding to be broadcast live during the show's finale.
So far, the reality-based series -- scheduled for a summer prime-time run -- has dangled competing couples from cranes over The Venetian's trademark canal (in a challenge titled "To Have and To Hold") and made a splash at the Mandalay Bay pool.
This week's challenges include a rooftop stunt and more competition at various Venetian locations (including the now-closed Guggenheim Las Vegas museum space), along with possible treks to Red Rock Canyon and Lake Las Vegas.
Broadcaster and model Lisa Dergan hosts the show, which is produced by NBC Studios, TWI and LMNO Productions.
MTV, meanwhile, checks in today and Tuesday to shoot segments for "Urban Myths," exploring a trio of Vegas tales.
Today, the show interviews former Gov. Bob Miller, who's expected to debunk "dead pool" betting at local hospitals, according to show researcher Terry Anderson of Plum Productions.
Next, it's off to the Palms (where MTV's "The Real World" filmed last year). There, officials will 'fess up to pumping oxygen into the casino atmosphere. On Tuesday, the show continues its inquiry at the Oxygen Experience on West Lake Mead Boulevard. (It's MTV's second visit to the local oxygen bar; co-owner Patte Purcell reports the dating show "Dismissed" shot there six months ago.)
Concluding the week's MTV inquiries: a wedding chapel visit (An exact location had not been determined at press time.) to explore the burning question of "whether it's legal to marry your sister," Anderson explains.
ABC Sports, meanwhile, arrives Friday at Caesars Palace for a three-day stint in connection with the Michael Douglas and Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament, a two-hour special to be telecast in July.
The charity event, benefitting the Motion Picture and Television Fund, makes its first Vegas visit following five years in Southern California, according to Rob Liano, feature producer for Saul Goode Entertainment, which is producing the coverage with Pithey Communications Inc.
In addition to the host -- who's expected to be accompanied by his wife, new Oscar-winner (and new mom) Catherine Zeta-Jones -- scheduled participants include Clint Eastwood, Andy Garcia, Martin Sheen, Sylvester Stallone, Greg Kinnear, James Woods, Haley Joel Osment and Alice Cooper. (Now there's a pair to draw to.)
In addition to tournament footage, the show is expected to feature a montage of parties and other events to be held at Caesars.
The golf tournament itself takes place at Cascata, the Boulder City course (complete with cascading waterfall) owned by Caesars' parent company, Park Place Entertainment.
Also on tap today and Tuesday: "Lance Burton's Guerilla Magic," which is scheduled to return to the Fremont Street Experience to shoot additional scenes for a one-hour Animal Planet special focusing on street magic.
Catching up on weekend activity, the Goo Goo Dolls were scheduled to cruise the Strip Friday night for "Sympathy," a new music video expected to go into immediate rotation on VH1, according to producer Karl Lee of TBJ Entertainment. (The "TBJ" stands for the video's director, Anthony "Tony" Bongiovi, rocker Jon Bon Jovi's brother.)
Comedy Central's hidden-camera prank show, "Trigger Happy TV" -- with British comedian Dom Joly -- was scheduled to wrap up its latest Vegas visit over the weekend on the Strip and at the Fremont Street Experience.
And on Sunday, a variety series from Japan's Nippon Television Network was expected to be on location inside the Clark County Government Center's landmark pyramid to capture footage of Las Vegas-based Dick Franco in action, juggling ping-pong balls -- with his mouth.