The reality onslaught began with MTV’s The Real World: Las Vegas (2002), introducing America to the Palms, the crazy club scene and a sexual magnetism that has become synonymous with New Vegas. Meanwhile on E!, the short-lived series Vegas Showgirls: Nearly Famous (2002–03) attempted to capture the Old Vegas flair.
In the aught years, Las Vegas became hotbed of reality TV. Audiences were introduced to the gripping world of car sales in King of Cars (2006-07, A&E) and the many assets of poolside servers in Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel (2008-09, TruTV). Bravo’s Top Chef raised the stakes by placing its 2009 season at the M Resort, while King of Clubs peeks behind the curtain at the family-owned Palomino strip club (2009-10, Playboy).
Many E! reality shows have featured episodes in Sin City: Keeping Up With the Kardashians (2007-10), Denise Richards: It’s Complicated (2008-09), The Girls Next Door (2005-09) and Kendra (2009-10) have made Vegas their favorite weekend getaway.
In a city full of hot weather, women and winners, cameras continue to roll. Holly Madison is filming a reality show (Holly’s World, E!). Shows based around the exploits of Tao and Badda Bing have been proposed, and even now, the Travel Channel is accepting résumés for a new VIP-host contest-based show. Check Craigslist for your chance at fame.
– Patrick Moulin