Where to find Vegas on your TV, Nov. 29 – Dec. 5
IN THE SPOTLIGHT:
Welcome to Franchise Week in Vegas on TV, as a trio of movie originals and sequels offers Vegas in the mix:
Ocean’s Eleven (Nov. 29 @ 10 a.m. on WGNA) and Ocean’s Thirteen (Nov. 29 @ 3 p.m. on WGNA): 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.” Between the two flicks, catch scenes filmed at the Bellagio, the Palazzo and McCarran International Airport. Oh, and in the sequel, even Al Pacino shows up. Hoo-ah! [RELATED: https://www.lasvegasnewswire.com/behind-the-camera-oceans-eleven-traded-bruce-willis-for-george-clooney-and-his-keg-of-guinness-missed-out-on-bill-murray-and-made-stars-of-the-bellagio-fountains/
The Godfather (Dec. 1 @ 5 p.m. on BBC) and The Godfather Part II (Dec. 1 @ 9 p.m. on BBC): C’mon, you remember this 1972 classic’s Vegas connection, don’cha? Ya know, when the Corleones in Part I muscle in on the territory of Bugsy Siegel-inspired Moe Green (Alex Rocco) — who is later shot through the eye (Bugsy-style!) but not before he accuses Corleone weak link Fredo (John Cazale) of, um, making love to (not exactly his phrasing) cocktail waitresses two at a time. It’s coming back to you, right? Yes, that’s the Tropicana hotel-casino featured in the original, with some interior scenes shot at the former Riviera. Catch glimpses of The Desert Inn in 1974’s Part II — and in a nod to the northern reaches of our state, stretches of Lake Tahoe smile for their closeup in the sequel.
The Hangover (Dec. 1 @ 4:15 p.m. and Dec. 2 @ 1:30 a.m. on TBS) and The Hangover Part III (Nov. 29 @ 8 a.m. on FXX): 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.
Still not enough? Well then … All hail the return of the Wolfpack in Part III, the 2013 trilogy-ender in which the gang (Cooper, plus El Helms and Justin Bartha) try to get off-his-meds Galifianakis back on track with a road trip to You-Know-Where. Bring on the mayhem, dudes — specifically, at Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s.
BIG-SCREEN VEGAS THIS WEEK:
Another Stakeout (Nov. 29 @ 4:20 a.m. on MOMAX): Vegas makes a few appearances — highlighted by some shots of the Plaza Hotel — in this underwhelming 1993 sequel to the original 1987 Stakeout. This time out, squabbling cops Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez are back on the gig, tracking Cathy Moriarty, the missing witness in the case of a (guess what?) Vegas mobster. Not that it (Heaven forbid!) trades in clichés or anything.
Honeymoon in Vegas (Nov. 30 @ 9:45 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.
Think Like a Man Too (Nov. 30 @ noon and 8:30 p.m. on FXM): Guess what? Another flick in which a Vegas wedding goes off the rails. Original, right? Kevin Hart toplines this one’s 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 smorgasbord.
Godzilla (Dec. 1 @ 12:30 p.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. Speaking of which …
Independence Day (Dec. 1 @ 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Dec. 3 @ 5 p.m. on IFC): “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?)
Rush Hour 2 (Dec. 3 @ 1:55 p.m. on HBO2): 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 Boss Baby (Dec. 4 at 1:45 p.m. and 5:25 p.m. on FXM): 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
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Dec. 5 @ 7:45 a.m. on IFC): In this 2013 Strip-magicians-at-war comedy, marquee prestidigitators played by Steve Carrell and Steve Buscemi (and partially based on Siegfried & Roy) take on an aggressive, hipster challenger practicing a danger-brand of street magic, played by Jim Carrey (partly based on Criss Angel). MGM magic maven David Copperfield served as a film advisor and shared a few confidential secrets with the filmmakers —for which they had to sign secrecy contracts. Look for scenes shot at Bally’s Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Fremont Street, Binion’s Gambling Hall and exterior shots up and down both the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas.
VEGAS HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE:
Boxing: Pacquiao vs. Thurman from Las Vegas (Nov. 29 @ 9 a.m. on FS1)
Premier Boxing Champions Prelims from Las Vegas: Wilder-Ortiz II Undercards (Nov. 29 @ 2 p.m. on FS1)
American Ninja Warrior Vegas Finals (Nov. 29 @ 5 p.m.-10 p.m. and Dec. 5 @ 11 p.m. on NBCSN)
College Basketball: Las Vegas Invitational Championship Game from Orleans Arena (Nov. 29 @ 5 p.m. on FS1 — Live; Nov. 29 @ 9:30 p.m. — replay)
College Basketball: Las Vegas Invitational Consolation Game from Orleans Arena (Nov. 29 @ 7:30 p.m. on FS1 — Live; Nov. 29 @ 11:30 p.m. — replay)
Vegas ER (Nov. 30 @ 5 a.m.- 8 a.m. on Discovery Life)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 @ 6 a.m. on USA; Dec. 2 @ 7 a.m. on OXYGN; Dec. 5 @ 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on SYFY)
Flipping Vegas (Nov. 30 @ 7 a.m. -10 a.m. on A&E)
Top This Party: Las Vegas (Nov. 30 @ 10 a.m. on LRW)
Property Brothers: Forever Home Las Vegas Classic (Nov. 30 @ 2 p.m. on HGTV)
Property Brothers: Suburban Vegas Upgrade (Nov. 30 @ 3 p.m. on HGTV)
Property Brothers: Forever Home Dream Home in the Vegas Suburbs (Nov. 30 @ 4 p.m. on HGTV)
Friends: The One in Vegas (Part 1: Dec. 1 @ 8 a.m. and Part 2: Dec. 1 @ 8:30 a.m. on TBS)
Pawn Stars (Dec. 4 @ 7 a.m.- 11 a.m. on HISTW)
Keeping Up with the Kardashians: What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas (Dec. 5 @ 11:30 a.m. on E!)
— Steve Bornfeld
All listings are subject to change, and are Pacific time. Also check for listed programs on streaming and on-demand services.