Vegas on TV

Here’s where to catch Vegas on your TV, Nov. 1-7

In the spotlight this week is Breakdown, a seriously intense 1997 thriller in which Kurt Russell searches for his wife who was abducted in our spooky Western desert environs by even spookier trucker baddie J.T. Walsh and his villainous cronies. Look for scenes filmed across the Nevada desert landscape, including at Nelson’s Landing. And cheer on Russell in a strong performance as a man whose desperation memorably ratchets up with every scene. 

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Vegas on TV

Here’s where to catch Vegas on your TV, Oct. 25-31

In the spotlight this week, Malcolm in the Middle: Vegas. We think we loved him. But what were we so afraid of? We were afraid we weren’t sure of a love there was no cure for. And we were never cured of David Cassidy here in Vegas, where he stalked our stages, most notably in EFX at MGM Grand and At the Copa with Sheena Easton at the Rio. We lost this singular, if troubled, talent in 2017 at only 67 years old. But in this replay episode of Malcolm in the Middle — the opener of season five from 2003 — you can enjoy the Partridge Dude’s impish sense of humor as he does an over-the-top sendup of his image playing Vegas crooner Boone Vincent. It’s a hoot.

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Vegas on TV

Here’s where to catch Vegas on your TV, Oct. 18-24

In the spotlight this week, Very Bad Things: Though we’d never claim the title of this pitch-black comedy as a marketing slogan, it’s an apt description of what develops in this vicious 1998 thriller that is more or less The Hangover in hell. A cast including Jon Favreau, Cameron Diaz, Christian Slater, Jeremy Piven, Daniel Stern and Jeanne Tripplehorn topline this tale — about a third of which was filmed here — in which a group of party-hearty pals invade Vegas for a bachelor party. However, when a prostitute is killed, bodies begin piling up and buddies turn on each other as a coverup escalates. But hey — we do get to enjoy scenes including the merriment on Fremont Street and the vistas of Red Rock Canyon.

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