Brian Jones/Las Vegas News Bureau
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 | 6:58 p.m.
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Three intriguing TV stories make headlines today:
Talk show titan Jerry Springer and yours truly “judge the judge” when former Mayor Oscar Goodman films the pilot of his new Las Vegas-based courtroom show “Vegas Night Court With Oscar Goodman” at the Las Hilton tomorrow afternoon. Filming will take place in the legendary Elvis Presley Showroom, and the Sin City icon promises to have his sexy Las Vegas showgirls on his arms and a martini in hand.
His new TV deal comes on the heels of his appearance on CBS’ mega-hit “CSI.” It will feature real court cases and a gallery filled with celebrities and notables, which is where the cameras will find us to give the “verdict on Oscar’s verdicts.” “I couldn’t be more excited to make my way back to the courtroom,” Oscar said. “There’s no city in the world like Las Vegas, and there won’t be a show quite like ‘Vegas Night Court With Oscar Goodman.’ ”
It’s produced by Wayne Jeffries, manager of History Channel’s “Pawn Stars,” and five-time Emmy-winning producer and director Jerry Kupcinet, who is credited for creating the courtroom TV show genre with “Judge Judy,” “Judge Joe Brown” and “Cristina's Court,” which won the first Emmy Award in the Court Show category.
Oscar was admitted to the Nevada Bar Association in 1965 representing several colorful figures from alleged organized crime families and served three terms as Las Vegas Mayor, from 1999 through 2011.
New ‘Sauce Boss’ sidekick
Self-described loudmouth Sous Chef Che Gravy was let go from the Bellagio but will turn up as the “Sauce Boss” sidekick to “Chef Roble & Co.,” which premieres on Bravo on Dec. 4. Che admits that his big attitude is the reason why he can’t hold down a steady job, but his pal Roble Ali came to his rescue with a second chance -- and now it’s landed them a new TV series.
From a doggie wedding in the Hamptons to a Bollywood-inspired birthday party, this series follows Roble, Che and the grill team as they set up a high-end catering company, create world-class cuisine and produce jaw-dropping events for New York City clients and celebrities including Vanessa Williams, Rachel Dratch and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss.
“The two chefs grew up together in upstate New York and attended the same culinary school. Che sure keeps it entertaining in the kitchen since you never know when he’s going to break out one of his food raps,” one of the producers of the new culinary docu-drama told me.
In the premiere episode, Roble meets his first client, a glamorous New York socialite who wants a creepy, carnival-themed birthday party, and he wonders if he’s bitten off more than he can chew with her list of demands including a live monkey and only being allowed to serve red, white and black foods. Roble’s older sister Jasmine and Che come to the rescue.
Roble was hired by Tao and Lavo nightlife mogul Noah Tepperberg to be the executive chef and design the menus at Avenue, a popular gastro-lounge, and Stanton Social, both in New York City. Roble has catered for President Clinton, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bono, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga and Jay-Z.
DJ Pauly D’s show
“Jersey Shore” star DJ Pauly D has begun filming his new Las Vegas-based reality TV series just as he promised in our exclusive interview at GhostBar in the Palms when he returned from Italy location episodes of “Jersey Shore.” He’s been here this week shooting segments and wound up filming one sequence in a VIP booth until 5 a.m. at Insert Coin(s) in Fremont East District Street downtown.
It’s the first major celebrity TV shoot since the unique spot opened six months ago. He played many of the 60 classic arcade cabinets and 40 video game consoles that line the dance floor with video DJs and tattooed schoolgirl uniformed servers -- all to be featured on Pauly’s new show.
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