Vegas on TV

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

IN THE SPOTLIGHT:

Rush Hour 2 (Aug. 1 @ 8: 45 a.m. and Aug. 4 @ 6:25 a.m. on HBO2): Cop cutups Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker somehow wind up in our town (don’t ask how) at the “Red Dragon” hotel-casino to solve a counterfeit money laundering scam in this 2001 martial arts laugher-sequel. Guess who played the Red Dragon? The now-defunct Desert Inn, which had already closed before filming began, but was all dressed up in a Chinese-palace theme.
Honeymoon in Vegas (Aug. 1 at 3:23 p.m., Aug. 2 @ 1:03 a.m., Aug. 4 at 7:21 p.m. and Aug. 5 @ 1:45 p.m. on SZEN/ENCORE channels): Nicky Cage is back (yes, if you add in “Leaving Las Vegas” he’s got a thing for us, since he lives here, at least some of the time). In this 1992 laugher, gambler/con man James Caan wins $65K from broke PI Cage, so fiancee Sarah Jessica Parker goes off with Caan to pay off the debt. Comic hilarity ensues when Parker falls for Caan and Cage must win his gal back.
National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation (Aug. 3 @ 4:15 and 10:15 p.m. on AMC): 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? [RELATED: Vegas Vacation Behind the Camera]
The Hangover Part III (Aug. 3 @ 6 p.m. and Aug. 4 @ 10 a.m. on FXX): All hail the return of the Wolfpack in this 2013 trilogy-ender in which the gang (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha) try to get off-his-meds Zack Galifianakis back on track with a road trip to You-Know-Where. Bring on the mayhem, dudes.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Aug. 5 @ noon on SHO): 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: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Behind the Camera]
Rain Man (Aug. 6 @ 10:15 a.m. on SUNDANCE): With the possible exception of employees of a certain department store chain that was famously dissed (“Kmart sucks!”), 1988’s Rain Man remains a universally popular comedy-drama road flick. Exceptional performances by Tom Cruise as a callow wheeler-dealer, and Dustin Hoffman as his autistic savant brother light up this gem. As the pair hit Vegas and win big at the blackjack table, look for scenes filmed at Caesars Palace, including the Emperor’s Suite in the Forum Tower, which is still known as “Rain Main Suite.” Other Caesars scenes include those filmed at men’s shopping store Cuzzens, and Cleopatra’s Salon. And for the record: We’re very fond of Kmart.
The Boss Baby (Aug. 7 @ 6 p.m. on FXX): Vegas in a computer-animated 3D comedy about kids? Sure, why not? We frown on letting actual children in casinos, but this is the movies, and in this one, they wind up in a bachelorette party limo and sip some Long Island Iced Tea. Oh, and there’s an Elvis impersonator — naturally. But hey, the kids are pretty much grown-ups in diapers anyway.

More Vegas on TV this week:
Property Brothers: Hometown Vegas (Aug. 1 @ midnight on HGTV)
Family Guy: Road to Vegas (Aug. 1 @ 3 a.m. on TOON)
CSI:Crime Scene Investigation (Aug. 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 @ 6 a.m. on USA; and Aug. 1 @ 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. on SYFY)
Pawn Stars (Aug. 1 @ 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., HISTW)
Flipping Vegas (Aug. 1 @ 1, 2, 4 and 8 p.m., and Aug. 2 @ midnight on FYI; and Aug. 3 @ 7, 8 and 9 a.m. on A&E)
Vegas Mafia (Aug. 1 @ 3 p.m. on NGC)
WNBA Basketball: Las Vegas Aces at Los Angeles Sparks Live (Aug. 1 @ 7 p.m. on ESPN2)
Food Paradise: Vegas Baby! (Aug. 3 @ 5 a.m. on TRAVEL)
Top this Party: Las Vegas (Aug. 3 @ 10 and 10:30 a.m. on LRW)
Futurama: Viva Mars Vegas (Aug. 3 @ 11:55 p.m. on SYFY)
PBR Bull Riding: B&W Trailer Hitches Road to Vegas (Aug. 4 @ 10:30 a.m. on CBS)
Friends: The One in Vegas (Aug. 4 @ 11:35 p.m. and Aug. 5 @ 12:10 a.m. on NICK)
Wahlburgers: Getting Rich in Vegas (Aug. 5 @ 7:30 a.m. on FYI)
Property Brothers: Forever Home — Las Vegas Classic (Aug. 5 @ 8 a.m. on HGTV)
Property Brothers: Forever Home — Suburban Vegas Upgrade (Aug 5 @ 11 a.m. on HGTV)
Bar Rescue: Down and Out in Las Vegas (Aug. 5 @ 1:08 p.m. on PARAMOUNT)
Roseanne: Vegas (Aug. 6 @ 9 a.m. on CMT)
Roseanne: Vegas, Vegas (Aug. 6 @ 9:30 a.m. on CMT)
The Strongest Man in History: Strongmen Go to Vegas (Aug. 7 @ 10:03 p.m. on HISTW)

— Steve Bornfeld

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