Vegas on TV

September 10-16

The Hangover (Sept. 10, 1:15 p.m., MOMAX): 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.

American Ninja Warrior: Las Vegas Finals Night (Sept. 10 and 14, 8 p.m., NBC; Sept.14, midnight, 1 and 2 a.m., NBCSN): Ridiculously toned athletes face off right here for our entertainment and amusement.

Futurama: Viva Mars Vegas (Sept. 11, 11:10 a.m., COMEDY): Animated satire sets its futuristic sights on Las Vegas — on Mars, of course. Among the visual Vegas riffs: a shrimp buffet, a white tiger, a jacuzzi, acrobats and a suit made entirely out of cash. In this episode, the crew attempts a casino heist to recover stolen goods. Isn’t it nice to know that even in the 31st century, the central plot point from Ocean’s 11 still survives?

Rush Hour 2 (Sept. 12, 9:10 a.m., MAX): 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.

2012 (Sept. 12, 6:20 p.m., STARZ) and Godzilla (Sept. 13, 8 p.m., TNT): What did we ever do to tick off Hollywood? They destroy us twice this week. In 2009’s 2012, we get leveled by an earthquake, then we get stomped by an eight-legged creature called a MUTO (“Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism”) 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.

Pawn Stars — What Happens in Vegas (Sept. 13, 11:30 a.m., HIST): Tune in for a look at a book of 1960s Vegas criminals. Oh, and sex-education records circa 1948. Violence and sex (vicariously speaking). How can you go wrong?

The Perfect Murder — Vanished in Vegas (Sept. 13, 9 p.m. and Sept. 14, midnight, INVEST DISC): Tracing the brutal killing of multimillionaire Vegas real estate developer Ron Rudin, including how detectives traced “a twisted path filled with haunting spirits, dark obsession and greed.”

Think Like a Man Too (Sept. 14, 1 a.m. and 3 p.m., FXM): Guess what? Another flick in which a Vegas wedding goes off the rails. Original, right? Kevin Hart headlines this cast, which also includes Gabrielle Union, Wendy Williams and Kelsey Grammer, as relationship woes wreak havoc on bachelor and bachelorette blowouts, and a night in the pokey is in the cards. Everywhere you look in this 2014 comic romp — the Forum Shops at Caesars, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, the Venus Pool Club, Nobu Restaurant, Planet Hollywood — it’s a visual Vegas buffet.

Ocean’s Eleven (Sept 14, 10:30 p.m. and Sept. 15, 7 p.m, BRAVO): 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., E!): 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 for this 2001 caper reprise filmed at the Bellagio, the Palazzo and McCarran International Airport.

Malcolm in the Middle (Sept. 15, 3 a.m. and 3 p.m., FUSE): Pay tribute to the late David Cassidy by catching him as a flashy Vegas singer (typecasting?) that Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) flips for, while Hal (Bryan Cranston) dreams about a slot jackpot (which doesn’t break badly at all).

This is Life with Lisa Ling — Lost Vegas (Sept. 15, 10 p.m., CNN): Looking at the flip side of Vegas, the CNN correspondent explores the “dark underbelly” of our glistening city. Hopefully, she’ll follow it up with a look at our lighthearted over-belly (wait, is that a word?).

Aerial Cities — Las Vegas 24 (Sept. 16, 6 a.m., SMITHSONIAN): Pop a Dramamine tab and hop aboard an aerial tour of our town, including our famed casinos, zip lines, Red Rock and 200,000 acres of protected wilderness. Vegas, take a well-deserved bow.

Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations — Las Vegas (Sept. 16, 1 p.m., TRAVEL): Host Andrew Zimmern stuffs his pie hole (we mean that in the classiest, most eloquent way) here in our gastronomic nirvana, including foie gras-stuffed quail breast, Waygu steaks, tasty veal Parmigiana and tantalizing Thai food. Start smackin’ those lips.

Food Paradise: Viva Las Vegas (Sept. 16, 4 p.m., TRAVEL): Our town’s most “over-the-top” eat treats are explored, including a sushi-stacked burger on fried rice buns, and a “spiked” milkshake topped with a white blizzard of s’mores. Tell your tummy to tune in.

Now You See Me (Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m., FX): Gallop along with a bunch of magicians known as The Four Horseman, as they pull off mid-performance bank heists and bestow the purloined loot 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 at the Golden Gate hotel-casino, the Fremont Street Experience, the Aria hotel-casino and the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse. Scenes shot at the Neon Boneyard didn’t make the final theatrical cut, but do show up on the DVD.

— Steve Bornfeld

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