Here’s where to catch Vegas on your TV, Oct. 25-31
All listings are subject to change, and are Pacific time. Also check for listed programs on streaming and on-demand services.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT:
Malcolm in the Middle: Vegas (Oct. 25 @ 5 p.m. and Oct. 26 @ 4 p.m. on Fuse): 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. Here’s a preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdsvSM9atvg
BIG-SCREEN VEGAS THIS WEEK:
Casino (Oct. 25 @ 11:30 a.m. on STARZ): Robert De Niro’s genius bookie Ace Rothstein (based on Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal), Joe Pesci’s brutal mob enforcer Nicky Santoro (based on Anthony “The Ant” Spilotro) and Sharon Stone’s gorgeous, greedy hustler Ginger McKenna (based on dancer/socialite Geri McGee) form the compelling triumvirate in director Martin Scorsese’s intense 1995 classic about the building and destroying of a casino empire, the fictional Tangiers (based on the Stardust). (And don’t forget Oscar B. Goodman, based on — and played by — Oscar B. Goodman!) The Tangiers was re-created at the Riviera and the Landmark properties. What else will you see? Oh, how about … the Peppermill, the Jockey Club, Las Vegas National Golf Club, the La Concha Motel, the Regency Motel, Piero’s restaurant, Bally’s hotel-casino, Tony Roma’s restaurant, the Glass Pool Inn, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, McCarran International Airport, Fremont Street and Valley of Fire State Park. And who else will you see? Oh, how about … Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Dick Smothers, Frankie Avalon, Alan King, James Woods, Jerry Vale and Don Rickles. It doesn’t get more Vegas-y than this one, folks.
The Hangover (Oct. 25 @ 9 p.m. on VH1 and Oct. 26 @ 12:30 a.m. on MTV): Cinematically speaking, our city is still hung over from The Hangover, the raucous 2009 comedy about a missing groom and a bachelor party gone off the rails that is a veritable Vegas smorgasbord. Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifanakis and Heather Graham (as a stripper/escort, of course) headline this Strip joyride that gives us such sights as a tiger in a bathroom, a chicken in a living room, a baby in a closet, a mattress impaled on a Caesars Palace statue and a naked man in the trunk of a Mercedes. … Oh, and Mike Tyson. (And no … no one dies.) More, you say? Read BEHIND THE CAMERA: Caesars Palace, Lindsay Lohan’s boo-boo and an embarrassed actor part of ‘The Hangover’ legacy
Leprechaun 3 (Oct. 25 @ 10 p.m. on AMC): Gore and giggles? How can you go wrong? Well, we’ll leave that answer up to you after you take in this 1995 slasher three-quel in which the evil little titular fellow (Warwick Davis) comes to life in a Las Vegas pawnshop and goes on a rampage through our beloved town. It falls to a college student (John Gatins) who has gambled away his tuition money (naturally) to take the wicked imp down. Shot in only 14 days, largely in Los Angeles, it nonetheless lensed at Fremont Street and takes viewers through casinos including the Riviera, Excalibur, Stardust and Circus Circus, plus the former Pawn Place on 4th Street. Its promo taglines? “Welcome to Vegas: Your losing streak is about to begin!” and “Welcome to Vegas: The odds are you won’t leave alive!” (No, we won’t be employing those as marketing slogans, either.)
Ocean’s Eleven (Oct. 26 @ 8 p.m. and Oct. 27 @ 10 a.m. on TRUTV; and Oct. 28 @ 5:30 p.m. on TNT): George Clooney and Brad Pitt (and cronies) inherit the casino-heist business from Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (and cronies) in what could easily be subtitled “Rat Pack: The Next Generation.” Catch scenes filmed at the Bellagio, the Palazzo and McCarran International Airport. [RELATED: Oceans Eleven traded Bruce Willis for George Clooney ]
Vegas Vacation (Oct. 26 @ 9 p.m. and Oct. 27 @ 6 p.m. on Sundance): The hapless Griswold family headed by Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo — and featuring those kids who are recast in every movie to play, well, their kids — come to town in this 1997 Vacation series sequel. (Or, being the fourth one, perhaps it’s a “four-quel. Scenes were shot at The Mirage (including the Siegfried & Roy show), MGM Grand, the Riviera, the Klondike, the Sands, the Neon Museum, the Fremont Street Experience, the Hoover Dam and Club Paradise. Cameos include: Christie Brinkley, Sid Caesar and Vegas resident/1992 Playboy Playmate of the Year Corinna Harney-Jones, who must endure Chase’s come-on at the blackjack table. Oh — and Wayne Newton and his Casa de Shenandoah estate. Stray tidbit: A highway sign in the flick says Chicago is 1,880 miles from Vegas. Actually it’s about 1,700. But what’s 180 miles between friends?
The Great White Hype (Oct. 29 @ 2:55 a.m. on MOMAX): The MGM Grand gets a major promotional workout, albeit in a flick that reviewers and audiences were more inclined to think of as The Great White Tripe. This limp, 1996 wannabe sports-comedy stars Samuel L. Jackson (as a Don King caricature named Rev. Fred Sultan) and Damon Wayans (playing a boxer named James “The Grim Reaper” Roper). And it’s the MGM that plays host to the doofus boxing matches between characters played by Wayans and Peter Berg. Satirical points about racism miss their targets and hit the comedy canvas with a resounding thud, but some fun is to be had thanks to contributions from Jeff Goldblum as an anti-boxing crusader and Jon Lovitz as a PR toady.
Fright Night (Oct. 29 @ 7:30 a.m. and Oct. 30 @ 4 a.m. on IFC): Don’t be fooled. This 2011 remake of the 1985 comedy-horror flick does use Vegas for its plot: A teen (Anton Yelchin) from a Vegas suburb realizes his neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a vampire and enlists a local magician (David Tennant) to rid the world of the bloodsucker before he sucks Vegas dry. And it was all filmed in … New Mexico. Yes, there’s the Hard Rock Hotel-Casino — wrongly placed on the Strip in the flick, and actually lensed at a New Mexico Hard Rock. However, if you’re not from Vegas or are a regular visitor, you won’t know the difference. Hey, it’s Vegas, baby — even if it’s not.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Oct. 29 @ 2 p.m. on FLIXw): Need a break from reality? Perhaps some cinematic hallucinations and a thoroughly fractured (if entertaining) perception of Las Vegas is in order as Johnny Depp channels Hunter S. Thompson and Benicio Del Toro is along as his wingman in this drug-saturated adaptation of Thompson’s landmark (and whacked-out) 1971 novel. Ellen Barkin and Gary Busey are among the high-octane cameos. [RELATED: https://www.lasvegasnewswire.com/behind-the-camera-fear-and-loathing-in-las-vegas-escaped-being-a-cartoon-gambled-its-production-budget-at-the-tables-and-earned-johnny-depppraise-from-russians/
Get Him to the Greek (Oct. 30 @ 6:15 a.m. on MAX): Vegas is once again on the comedy default setting of Sin City salaciousness (lap dances, nutty sexual escapades) in this 2010 entry — a sequel of sorts to 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The plot (of sorts): A record exec (Jonah Hill) has to drag a rock star (Russell Brand) to L.A.’s famous Greek Theatre for a comeback tour kickoff concert. Of course, debauchery ensues en route. Vegas-wise, look for eyefuls of the Hard Rock Café, Liberace Museum, Planet Hollywood, the Plaza hotel-casino and McCarran International Airport.
VEGAS HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE:
Flipping Vegas (Oct. 25 @ midnight and Oct. 31 @ 1-5 p.m. on FYI; and Oct. 26 @ 7-10 a.m. on A&E)
Girlfriends: Viva Las Vegas (Oct. 25 @ 4 a.m. on BET)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Oct. 25-26 and 28-30 @ 6 a.m. on USA)
Vegas ER: Pediatric Emergency Department (Oct. 25 @ 9 a.m. on Discovery Life)
Sex, Lies & Murder: Vegas Black Widow (Oct. 25 @ 9 a.m. and noon on REELZ)
America Says: Team Vegas vs. 80s Band (Oct. 26 @ 7:30 a.m. on Game Show Network)
Top This Party: Las Vegas (Oct. 26 @ 10 a.m. on LRW)
Guy’s Ranch Kitchen: Old-School Vegas (Oct. 27 @ 8 a.m. on FOOD)
Boxing: Pacquiao vs. Thurman from Las Vegas (Oct. 27 @ 3 p.m., Oct. 28 @ 4:30 p.m. and Oct. 29 @ midnight on FS1)
Property Brothers: Vegas for Good (Oct. 27 @ 7 p.m. on HGTV)
Pawn Stars (Oct. 28 @ 10:30 p.m. and 11:05 p.m.; and Oct. 29 @ 1:05 p.m. on HISTW)
Love & Hip Hop Hollywood: What Happens in Vegas (Oct. 29 @ 6 p.m. on VH1)
Family Guy: Road to Vegas (Oct. 30 @ 5 p.m. on TBS)
— Steve Bornfeld