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 Jul 5 - 11, 2007 
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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Thursday 5

“Big Brother 8” (KRQE-13 7 p.m.) It’s the premiere of season eight! ... Well, Julie Chen is excited, anyway.

Friday 6

“Doctor Who” (Sci-Fi 7 p.m.) It’s the third, freshly imported season of “Doctor Who.” Well, not the third, precisely, since the show has been on the air since 1963--but it is the third season in the BBC’s newest iteration. David Tennant returns as the time-and-space-traveling adventurer. Freema Agyeman jumps on board as his new companion.

Saturday 7

“Live Earth: A Concert for a Climate in Crisis” (KOB-4 7 p.m.) “Ladies and gentlemen, our planet is on the brink of environmental disaster. ... And now, Bon Jovi!”

Avenging Angel (Hallmark 7 p.m.) I’m sure this Western about a preacher who becomes a bounty hunter ends up with some sort of Hallmark-approved “feel-good” ending, but I congratulate producers for putting together such an odd cast, including Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), Cynthia Watros (“Lost”) and seminal B-movie tough guy Wings Hauser (Bedroom Eyes II, Beastmaster 2, Watchers III).

Sunday 8

“American Bodyshop” (Comedy Central 11:30 p.m.) CC spoofs the “American Hot Rod”/“Monster Garage”/“Pimped” genre with this faux documentary series about an incompetent auto shop in Arizona.

Monday 9

“Greek” (ABC Family 7 p.m.) ABC Fam goes a little PG-13 with their new sitcom about a geek trying to pledge the most popular fraternity on campus.

The Bronx is Burning (ESPN 8 p.m.) This eight-part ESPN miniseries concentrates on efforts by the New York Yankees to win the 1977 World Series. Oliver Platt (“Huff”) is on board as owner George Steinbrenner, while John Turturro (Do the Right Thing) tries on the cap of manager Billy Martin.

Tuesday 10

“Eureka” (Sci-Fi 7 p.m.) Sci-Fi’s weekly drama/comedy about an isolated enclave of eggheads hits its second season.

“The Singing Bee” (KOB-4 8:30 p.m.) If only there were some way for marginally talented singers to show off their pipes and be judged by C-list celebrities. Well, until a network comes up with some sort of show along those lines, we’ll just have to settle for this karaoke-style competition--which rewards people more for their ability to remember the lyrics than for their ability to sing.

Wednesday 11

“Code Monkeys” (G4 7 p.m.) This new animated sitcom about videogame programmers in the high-flying ’80s gets extra points for being rendered in temporally appropriate “8-bit” style.

“Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” (KASA-2 8:30 p.m.) If only there were some way for marginally talented singers to show off their pipes and be judged by C-list celebrities. Well, until a network comes up with some sort of show along those lines, we’ll just have to settle for this karaoke-style competition--which rewards people more for their ability to remember the lyrics than for their ability to sing. ... Why does this sound so familiar?

 
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