Vegas on TV

Here’s where to find Vegas on your TV, Nov. 15-21

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

IN THE SPOTLIGHT:

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (Nov. 16 @ 12:05 p.m. on Comedy): Oh behave! Well, that’s no fun when you’re vacationing in Vegas, is it? But Mike Myers’ orthodontically-challenged spy is all over our town in an absurdist 1997 comic stew that takes us a local tour of spots including the Stardust, the Riviera, the Imperial Palace (now the Linq) and even good ol’ Burt Bacharach doing his swingin’ cat thing on a double-decker rollin’ down the Strip.

BIG-SCREEN VEGAS THIS WEEK:

Now You See Me (Nov. 15 @ 2:30 p.m. and Nov. 16 @ 7:30 a.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.

Bugsy (Nov. 17 @ 12:55 a.m. on EPIX Drive-In; and Nov. 21 @ 12:45 p.m. on EPIX2): First, the minuses: You won’t see much of honest-to-goodness Las Vegas in director Barry Levinson’s 1991 gangster epic that purports to chronicle Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel’s rise in our town and his “creation” of the Flamingo hotel-casino. For one thing, it was mostly shot in California, where a full-scale, time-warp replica of the Flamingo was built near Palm Desert and La Quinta. And for another, the mob dynamo gets more credit than history allows by the film never mentioning William Wilkerson, who actually conceived of and built the resort, and owned nearly half of it (Siegel only got involved as it neared completion). We know — details, details.  But Bugsy remains a triumphant piece of film-making, thanks largely to the towering lead performances of Warren Beatty as Siegel and Annette Benning as gal pal Virginia Hill. And Siegel’s embrace of Las Vegas (and checkered life) has helped fuel the mystique of Vegas to this day. An old expression applies here: “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” And film it, too.  

The Hangover (Nov. 17 @ 2 a.m. and 4 p.m. on TBS; and Nov. 19 @ 4 p.m. on TNT): 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) 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.

Godzilla (Nov. 17 @ 8 p.m. and Nov. 18 @ 1:30 a.m. on A&E): What did we ever do to tick off Hollywood? They destroy us in the 2014 reinvention of Godzilla. Hey Hollywood, go pick on someone else — Washington, D.C. perhaps. They haven’t had a good movie wipeout since Independence Day. Actually, scratch that — D.C. is doing a pretty stellar job of blowing itself up these days.

Casino (Nov. 18 @ 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. ; and Nov. 21 @ 4:30 p.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, portrayed by — 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.       

Honeymoon in Vegas (Nov. 19 @ midnight on STARZ): 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 finacee 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.

Rush Hour 2 (Nov. 19 @ 1:10 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.     

Get Him to the Greek (Nov. 19 @ 11 p.m. on MOMAX): 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:

The New Adventures of Old Christine: What Happens in Vegas is Disgusting in Vegas (Nov. 15 @ 4:50 a.m. on TVLAND)

 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Nov. 15, 18, 19, 20 @ 6 a.m. on USA; Nov. 18 @ 7 a.m. on OXYGN; and Nov. 21 @ 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on SYFY)

Flip or Flop Vegas (Nov. 15 @ 1-6 p.m.; and Nov. 20 @ 8 a.m.-noon on HGTV)

Hard Time: Locked Up — Vegas Breakdown (Nov. 15 @ 7 p.m. on NATGEO)

Hard Time: Locked Up — Losing Las Vegas (Nov. 15 @ 8 p.m. on NATGEO)

My Lottery Dream Home: The Dream Begins in Vegas (Nov. 15 @ 9:30 p.m. and Nov.16 @ 12:30 a.m. on HGTV)

Roseanne: Vegas (Nov. 16 @ 4:30 a.m. on TVLAND)

Roseanne: Vegas, Vegas (Nov. 16 @ 5 a.m. on TVLAND)

Flipping Vegas (Nov. 16 @ 7-10 a.m. on A&E; and Nov. 21 @ 1-4 p.m. on FYI)

Top This Party: Las Vegas (Nov. 16 @ 10 a.m. on LRW)

Monster Jam: All Star Las Vegas Friday (Nov. 16 @ 6 p.m. on NBCSN)

Monster Jam: All Star Las Vegas Saturday (Nov. 16 @ 7 p.m. on NBCSN)

Futurama: Viva Mars Vegas (Nov. 18 @ 8:30 a.m. on Comedy)

Boxing: Pacquiao vs. Thurman from Las Vegas (Nov. 19 @ 4 p.m. on FS1)

Premier Boxing Champions Press Conference from Las Vegas (Nov. 20 @ 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on FS1)

Property Brothers: Forever Home — Suburban Vegas Upgrade (Nov. 20 @ 8 p.m. and Nov. 21 @ 3 a.m. on HGTV)

— Steve Bornfeld

 

 

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