Alibi V.18 No.26 • June 25-July 1, 2009 

Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Thursday 25

“Exodus Earth” (Science 8 p.m.) If the Earth becomes uninhabitable, where will we live? Dr. Basil Singer scopes out the possibilities for us. Thanks, man. We’re looking for something near the beach. With good schools.

“Penn & Teller: Bullshit!” (Showtime 8 p.m.) Penn & Teller kick off the seventh season of their “truth in advertising” series by calling bullshit on ... orgasms?

Friday 26

Virtuality (KASA-2 7 p.m.) FOX seems determined to crush yet another promising sci-fi premise by sticking it in the Friday night death slot. This one’s about a group of astronauts stuck on a 10-year space flight who pass the time in virtual reality ... that is until something goes wrong with the computer program. It’s produced by some of the folks behind “Battlestar Galactica.” It was supposed to be a weekly series, but this two-hour pilot looks to be all she wrote.

Saturday 27

“Doctor Who” (BBC America 7 p.m.) Last year’s BBC Christmas special, “The Next Doctor,” makes it onto American airwaves. It features the return of the Cybermen and an appearance by a guy (David Morrissey) whom the vast majority of fans know at this point is not the next doctor.

Sunday 28

“BET Awards ’09” (BET 7 p.m.) Jamie Foxx hosts. Fabolous, Ne-Yo, Young Jeezy and Soulja Boy perform. And Tiger Woods goes head-to-head with Kobe Bryant for Male Athlete of the Year honors.

“Prehistoric: New York” (Discovery 7 p.m.) Funny thing is cross-town traffic still sucked.

“Hung” (HBO 8 p.m.) This titillating new comedy follows the adventures of a high school coach (Thomas Jane) just trying to get by in life with the help of his gigantic schlong. ... No, really.

Monday 29

“Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech” (HBO 7 p.m.) Filmmaker Liz Garbus examines recent cases of free speech and the First Amendment.

Tuesday 30

“Stager Invasion” (TLC 6 p.m.) Do network executives not watch other TV stations? How else to explain the dozens of repetitive shows about people getting married or having a bunch of babies or trying to dance? Here we have a show about stagers, those people who charge a bunch of money to come in and toss a few throw pillows around a house in the hopes that it sells faster. Aside from the fact that it’s not really very interesting, there are already a couple reality shows around the dial dedicated to the profession.

“Tiny & Toya” (BET 8 p.m.) Now that rapper T.I. is in jail, BET is stuck following up his MTV reality show with one starring the guy’s babymama. She’s joined by Lil’ Wayne’s ex-wife Toya Johnson-Carter.

Wednesday 1

“MyNetworkTV Special: Baggin’ ” (KASY-50 7 p.m.) MyNetworkTV doesn’t seem to want to tell anyone what this two-hour special is about. It could be a two-year-old Ralphie May comedy jam. Or it could be a grocery bagging competition. I’m hoping for the latter.