Vegas on TV

Here’s where to catch Vegas on your TV, Sept. 6-12

All listings are subject to change, and are Pacific time. Also check for listed programs on streaming and on-demand services:

  • Rush Hour 2 (Sept. 6 @ 9:45 a.m. and 5:55 p.m. and Sept. 12 @ 12:25 p.m. on HBO): 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.
  • The Hangover (Sept. 6 @ 8 and 10:15 p.m. on AMC): 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 and Heather Graham (as a stripper/escort, of course) topline 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. More, you say? Read BEHIND THE CAMERA: Caesars Palace, Lindsay Lohan’s boo-boo and an embarrassed actor part of ‘The Hangover’ legacy
  • Bachelor Party Vegas (Sept. 7 @ 12:45 a.m. and Sept. 10 @ 11:30 p.m. on TMC)The title sums it up and it’s as silly as you would expect. Though the cast isn’t exactly star-studded — topped by Kal Penn, Jonathan Bennett, Donald Faison and Vincent Pastore — and the screenwriters toss a casino robbery into the ridiculous plot mix, this 2006 trifle does include cameos by our fabulous ex-mayor Oscar B. Goodman, and Kathy Griffin as a “She Elvis” (seriously) impersonator.  
  • Swingers (Sept. 7 @ 1:50 p.m. and Sept. 10 @ 7:30 a.m. and 9:40 p.m. on TMC): Not only did this 1996 comedy-drama about single, unemployed L.A. actors catapult Vince Vaughn to stardom, it also catapulted the cast — also including Heather Graham, Ron Livingston and its writer, Jon Favreau — to Vegas for scenes shot at the Stardust on the Strip, and downtown at the Fremont Hotel. Notable cameo: Favreau’s grandma, portraying a lucky gambler at a five-buck blackjack table.
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (Sept. 8 @ 2:26 a.m. and Sept. 12 @ 3 a.m. on STARZ): OMG! Post-apocalyptic ruins of Las Vegas! We suffer a rather dire fate in this 2007 installment of the horror franchise, in which Milla Jovovich and company cross the Mojave Desert while fleeing a zombie apocalypse. What survives? The Luxor stands. So does New York-New York, though the Statue of Liberty takes a substantial hit, as does the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, while the Tropicana is still standing, shakily. Others? Excalibur? Wynn Las Vegas? Bally’s? Bye, bye and bye. Perhaps when these undead invaders finish creating mayhem, they can do double duty at Planet Hollywood’s Zombie Burlesque.
  • Honeymoon in Vegas (Sept. 8 @ 4:03 a.m. on STARZ): Nicky Cage is back (yes, if you add in Leaving Las Vegas and Con Air, 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 fiancée 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.
  • Vegas Vacation (Sept. 9 @ 11:15 p.m. and Sept. 10 @ 2 p.m. on Sundance; Sept. 12 @ 5 and 7 p.m. on BBC): 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 Vacationseries 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]
  • Now You See Me (Sept. 10 @ midnight and 1:30 p.m. on FX): Gallop along with a bunch of magicians known as The Four Horseman, as they pull off mid-performance bank heists and bestow the money on their audiences. Liberally sprinkled with stars — including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman — this 2013 thriller features a cool Vegas travelogue of scenes filmed the at the Golden Gate hotel-casino, the Fremont Street Experience, the Aria hotel-casino and the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse. Oh — and scenes shot at the Neon Boneyard didn’t make the final theatrical cut, but do show up on the DVD.
  • The Hangover Part III (Sept. 11 @ 8 and 10 p.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.
  • Fools Rush In (Sept. 12 @ 2 a.m. on E!): Welcome to Rom-Com 101 in this 1997 entry starring Salma Hayek as a Vegas photographer who hooks up with a strait-laced businessman played by the King of Mugging Reactions, Matthew Perry. Enjoy the Southern Nevada Scene-o-Rama in this one, as the cinematic travelogue takes us through the Graceland Wedding Chapel, Lake Mead, McCarran International Airport, the Neon Museum, Valley of Fire State Park, Mountainview Hospital and Caesars Palace. Highlight: The scene at Hoover Dam, where Hayek’s character gives birth, lending new meaning — not to mention pretty vivid symbolism — to the idea of a dam bursting.
  • Diamonds are Forever (Sept. 12 @ 7:30 p.m. on TCM): Vegas. Las Vegas. Where the martinis (shaken, not stirred) are endless, and so are the legs of Bond gals Jill St. John and Lana Wood. After exiting the series post-You Only Live Twice, Sean Connery made his return in this often campy 1971 caper about diamond smuggling, the villainous Blofeld, a slot machine-playing Q and gay assassins — most of it within our cozy neon confines. Pay particular attention to the two biggest casino co-stars, the Tropicana and Circus Circus. And that theme song by Bond musical stalwart Shirley Bassey is one of the series’ best.

 

 More Vegas on TV this week:

  • Flipping Vegas (Sept. 6 @ midnight and Sept. 12 @ 1 and 2 p.m. on FYI; and Sept. 7 @ 7 and 8 a.m. on A&E)
  • Drunk History: Las Vegas (Sept. 6 @ 4:45 a.m. on Comedy)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Sept. 6-12 @ 6 a.m. on USA; and Sept. 12 @ 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on SYFY)
  • Young & Hungry: Young & Vegas Baby (Sept. 6 @ 7 a.m. on Freeform)  
  • American Ninja Warrior: Las Vegas National Finals (Sept. 6 and Sept. 9 @ 8 p.m. on NBC; Sept. 12 @ 8 p.m.-midnight on NBCSN)
  • Roseanne: Vegas Interruptus (Sept. 7 @ 3:10 a.m. on TVLand)
  • Top This Party: Las Vegas (Sept. 7 @ 10 a.m. on LRW)
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians: Vegas, Baby! (Sept. 7 @ 11 a.m. on E!)
  • Roseanne: Vegas (Sept. 7 @ 11:15 a.m. on TVLand)
  • Roseanne: Vegas, Vegas (Sept. 8 @ 4:03 a.m. on TVLand)
  • The Big Bang Theory: The Vegas Renormalization (Sept. 8 @ 10:30 p.m. on TBS)
  • Vegas ER (Sept. 9 @ 6-9 a.m. on Discovery Life)
  • Vegas Rat Rods (Sept. 9 @ 6 a.m.-2 p.m. on Discovery)
  • Property Brothers: Forever Home, Dream Home in the Vegas Suburbs (Sept. 9 @ 6 p.m. on HGTV)
  • Family Guy: Road to Vegas (Sept. 9 @ 7:30 p.m. on TBS)
  • Building Giants: Vegas High Roller (Sept. 11 @ 5 a.m. and Sept. 12 @ midnight on Science Channel)
  • Friends: The One in Vegas (Part 1: Sept. 11 @ 11 a.m.; Part 2: Sept. 11 @ 11:30 a.m. on TBS)
  • Pawn Stars (Sept. 12 @ 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on HISTW)
  • My Lottery Dream Home: Lucky in Las Vegas (Sept. 12 @ 11 a.m. on HGTV)

— Steve Bornfeld

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