Here’s where to find Vegas on your TV, Nov. 8-14
All listings are subject to change, and are Pacific time. Also check for listed programs on streaming and on-demand services.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT:
Resident Evil: Extinction (Nov. 11 @ 6:25 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.
NHL Hockey: Chicago Blackhawks at Vegas Golden Knights LIVE (Nov. 13 @ 7 p.m. on NBCSN): We love the city of Chicago. And we love the Chicagoans who visit (and spend money) here in Vegas. Well … we love almost all of them, unless they wear the uniform of the Blackhawks, who are (of course) destined to succumb to our Golden Knights, broadcast live from T-Mobile Arena. Tonight’s the night when the Knights make our night.
BIG-SCREEN VEGAS THIS WEEK:
The Boss Baby (Nov. 8 @ 2 p.m. and Nov. 9 @ 10 a.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.
Rush Hour 2 (Nov. 9 @ 3 a.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.
Star Trek: Generations (Nov. 9 @ 5:45 a.m. on IFC): Where did Almighty Capt. James Tiberius Kirk die? And where did Capt. Jean-Luc Picard bury him in some sort of space-time/sci-fi/don’t-ask-why plot twist? Just a couple hours from Vegas, baby! That’s our own way-off-Strip tourist hotspot, the Valley of Fire, portraying a rock in space called Veridian III, the M-Class, Beta Quadrant planet in this generation-bridging 1994 entry in the movie franchise. But 11 years later, William Shatner would turn up in Vegas Proper in 2005’s Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. Whether that counts as a resurrection is debatable.
Independence Day (Nov. 9 @ 8 p.m. and Nov. 10 @ 3:50 p.m. on AMC): “Kick the tires and light the fires, Big Daddy!” — so sayeth Harry Connick Jr.’s hotshot pilot, who winds up as sky-high roadkill in this campy 1996 defend-the-planet blockbuster, which features scenes set in our own Area 51. Here’s some trivial trivia on that: In the briefing room scene, a night vision pan shot of the base is an actual photo taken by a conspiracy theorist at “Freedom Ridge,” an area no longer accessible to the public. Why? … The truth is out there. (Oh wait, that’s from some paranoid alien-conspiracy show, isn’t it?)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (Nov. 10 @ 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on CMT): 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 on 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.
The Great White Hype (Nov. 11 @ 1:20 p.m. on MAX): 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.
VEGAS HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE:
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Nov. 8, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 14 @ 6 a.m. on USA; and Nov. 14 @ 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on SYFY)
Engineering Catastrophes: Sins of Ghost Vegas (Nov. 8 @ 7 a.m. on SCI)
Roseanne: Vegas (Nov. 8 @ 11:30 a.m. on CMT)
Roseanne: Vegas, Vegas (Nov. 8 @ noon on CMT)
Hard Time: Locked Up — Losing Las Vegas (Nov. 8 @ 7 p.m. on NATGEO)
My Lottery Dream Home: Reinvention in Las Vegas (Nov. 8 @ 8:30 p.m. and Nov. 9 @ 3:30 a.m. on HGTV)
Flipping Vegas (Nov. 9 @ 7-10 a.m. on A&E; and Nov. 14 @ 1-8 p.m. and 9 p.m.-midnight on FYI)
Roseanne: Vegas Interruptus (Nov. 9 @ 8:55 a.m. on TVLAND)
Top This Party: Las Vegas (Nov. 9 @ 10 a.m. on LRW)
Love & Hip Hop Hollywood: What Happens in Vegas (Nov. 11 @ 4 p.m. on VH1)
Pawn Stars (Nov. 11 @ 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., Nov. 12 @ 1 a.m., and Nov. 14 @ 9:30 a.m. on HISTW)
American Ninja Warrior: National Finals Las Vegas (Nov. 14 @ 7 p.m.-midnight on NBCSN)
— Steve Bornfeld