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August 1-5

“Indecent Proposal” (Aug. 1, 12:58 p.m., Starz): With more-than-decent star power, 1993’s “Indecent Proposal” deposits married high school sweeties David (Woody Harrelson) and Diana (Demi Moore) in Vegas, where they promptly gamble away all of their savings. Enter billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford), who (quite understandably) gets the hots for Diana, and offers the couple a million bucks to spend the night with her. Marital angst ensues. No “Real Housewives” plot could top that. In fact, no Real Housewife could out-sexy Demi Moore.

“Futurama: Viva Mars Vegas” (Aug. 3, 9 a.m., Comedy Central): 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?

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous” (Aug. 4, 1:30 a.m., 8 a.m., Bravo): Calling this 2005 Sandra Bullock vehicle “silly” is over-praising it (Rotten Tomatoes bestows an abysmal 15 percent approval rating on it). But Vegas clichés at least get a good workout in this slight sequel, especially when William Shatner (at his winking, self-mocking best) is kidnapped and stashed at the ship at Treasure Island, and Bullock, Regina King and Diedrich Bader wind up at a drag club hollering out Tina Turner tunes. We question whether that would make Proud Mary proud.

“2012” (Aug. 4, 3:47 a.m., 11:53 a.m. and 10:53 p.m., Starz Encore) and Godzilla (Aug. 5, 4 p.m., TBS): What did we ever do to tick off Hollywood? They destroy us twice this week. In the triple-play of 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.”

Leaving Las Vegas” (Aug. 5, 12:10 a.m., Showtime; Aug. 7, 12 a.m., Showtime 2): Downbeat but poignant — and featuring an Oscar-winning performance from Nicolas Cage — this 1995 drama finds Ben Sanderson (Cage), an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter, arriving in town for an intentionally fatal bender. Along his drunken path, he connects with Sera (Elisabeth Shue), a sympathetic prostitute, forming a sad but unique bond. Famously intense in his acting approach, Cage reportedly prepared for his role by filming himself drunk to study his inebriated speech patterns. Whether that constitutes method acting or a weird way to pick up bar hookups is up for debate.


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