always in season in Las Vegas. Especially on St. Patrick's
This year, however, St. Patrick's Day becomes a red-letter
day at the Golden
Nugget for another reason: the end of principal production
on "The Casino."
Fox reality drama, which debuts in June, will capture
additional background footage and pick-up shots following
Wednesday's official finale, according to executive producer
But "people are starting to go home Thursday"
following 45 days -- and nights -- of action at downtown's
came here early and started with a few cameras,"
Bruce recalls. On Feb. 2, however, "The Casino"
expanded to round-the-clock coverage of new Nugget owners
Timothy Poster and Thomas Breitling, staffers and an ever-rotating
18 camera crews followed "The Casino's" cast
of real-life characters, shooting about 270 hours of footage
for each hour-long episode.
about average for a reality series, explains Bruce --
who's worked with "The Casino" executive producer
Mark Burnett on such reality hits as "Survivor"
and "The Restaurant."
current "Casino" has more in common with the
latter, Bruce comments -- although he likens it to "
`The Restaurant' times 10."
all, "in `The Restaurant,' you had one room and one
building," unlike the expansive Golden
Nugget, where cameras followed characters from guest
rooms to gaming tables and everywhere in between.
one sense, Bruce comments, the show "is like `Love
Boat' in a casino -- who are the guests, who are the gamblers?"
he says. With Poster and Breitling as the captains and
hotel staffers as the crew, individual "Casino"
episodes will be "more geared to the guests, hence
the `Love Boat' analogy."
because a never-ending stream of guests provides constant
variety, "The Casino" could become a long-running
reality version of "Law and Order," with owners
Poster and Breitling anchoring the drama.
coming soon to a casino near you: the syndicated "The
Luck Show," which will test contestants on their
knowledge of Vegas trivia and table games. As always,
stay tuned to Shooting Stars for more details.