Alibi V.16 No.7 • Feb 15-21, 2007 

Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Thursday 15

How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy It) (IFC 7 p.m.) Indie filmmaking icon Melvin Van Peebles (the writer/director, composer and star behind such ’70s offerings as Watermelon Man and Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song) is explored in this fine documentary. Van Peebles’ appropriation of the blaxploitation genre as a comment on race relations is detailed even better here than in son Mario Van Peebles’ 2003 biopic of his old man Baadasssss!

Friday 16

“McDonald’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game” (ESPN 5 p.m.) Among the celebrities lending their amateur talent to this “All-Star” b-ball game are Jamie Foxx, Taye Diggs, Bow Wow, Ice Cube, Donald Faison and Bobby Flay. ... Wait. Who let the jerky white guy in?

Saturday 17

The State Within (BBC America 7 p.m.) When a London-bound jet is brought down by a bomb over Washington D.C., a British ambassador (Jason Isaacs, Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter films) uncovers a possible conspiracy involving the U.S. secretary of defense (Sharon Gless, Cagney from “Cagney and Lacey”), who’s trying to stir up another war. This three-night miniseries mixes “24”-style thrills, high-level diplomacy and a timely political atmosphere.

Sunday 18

“Reba” (KWBQ-19 6 p.m.) If you’re a Reba fan, you might want to tune in. Tonight, the singer’s self-titled sitcom signs off with a one-hour series finale.

“The Amazing Race: All-Stars” (KRQE-13 7 p.m.) It’s nice to see fan faves like Danny and Oswald and Charla and Mirna back together again. But do we really need to provide more exposure for spotlight-hogging nobodies Rob and Amber? (Personally speaking, after “Survivor,” “Amazing Race,” “Rob and Amber Get Married,” “Rob and Amber: Against All Odds” and “Sci Fi Investigates,” I’m good and tired of these two.)

Monday 19

“Inside the Actors Studio” (Bravo 6 p.m.) Tonight’s big interview: Diana Ross. She starred in The Wiz and ... um ... wait ... Lady Sings the Blues! Seriously, James, lemme know if you ever decide to start interviewing actors again.

“Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier” (History 7 p.m.) History Channel, for some reason, pays tribute to the “Star Trek” TV series. I predict flashback footage, interviews with still-breathing castmembers and lots of talk about what a genius Gene Roddenberry was. ... It’s been at least a month since basic cable whipped out one of these, so enjoy.

Tuesday 20

“The Agency” (VH1 8 p.m.) Ever wonder what life is like behind the scenes of a modeling agency? (I mean, besides the Janice Dickenson Modeling Agency.) Well, now your prayers are answered.

Wednesday 21

“Jericho” (KRQE-13 7 p.m.) CBS’ post-nuke drama flashes back to the day before the bomb goes off. They’re going all “Lost” on us now.

“Sit Down Comedy With David Steinberg” (TV Land 8 p.m.) David kicks off the second season of his humorous chat show with one of the biggies: Jerry Seinfeld.