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 V.19 No.28 | July 15 - 21, 2010 

Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

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Thursday 15

“Mary Knows Best” (Syfy 7 p.m.) It takes a certain stretch of the imagination to program a “reality” show on the “science fiction” network. But here it is, anyway. See, Mary is a self-proclaimed psychic and—theoretically, at least—actually does know best.

“Cellblock 6: Female Lock Up” (TLC 8 p.m.) I have a feeling this new docu-reality show about women in prison will prove that a whole lot of ’70s sexploitation movies lied to me.

Friday 16

The Jensen Project (KOB-4 7 p.m.) LeVar Burton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Patricia Richardson (“Home Improvement”) and Kellie Martin (“ER”) star in this made-for-TV movie about a family of super-genius scientists who must battle an evil ex-colleague seeking to rule the world.

“Man, Woman, Wild” (Discovery 7 p.m.) First, we had one-man wilderness survival shows (“Man vs. Wild”). Then, we had two-man wilderness survival shows (“Dual Survival”). Now, we’ve got a husband-and-wife wilderness survival show. Next up: family with 10 kids wilderness survival show. After that: little people wilderness survival show. Bless you, cable, and your reassuring predictability.

“DC Cupcakes” (TLC 8 p.m.) Because—just like cake-baking reality shows—we can never have too many cupcake-baking reality shows.

A Look Under the Big Top (TCM 6 p.m.) TCM stokes our coulrophobia (fear of clowns, don’t you know) with a four-pack of scary circus films, including 1932’s Freaks (6 p.m.), 1960’s Circus of Horrors (7:15 p.m.), 1967’s Berserk (9 p.m.) and 1933’s Circus Queen Murder (11 p.m.).

Saturday 17

“Powering the Future” (Discovery 7 p.m.) Personally, I think the energy of the future will come from burning discarded cell phone batteries.

“Tia & Tamera Take 2” (Style 8:30 p.m.) If, like me, you’ve spent the last 15 years wondering what ever happened to the long-lost African-American version of the Olsen Twins, here’s your answer!

Sunday 18

“Strange Sex” (TLC 8 p.m.) Well, only if you do it right.

Monday 19

Lucky (HBO 7 p.m.) Filmmaker Jeffrey Blitz examines how winning the lottery changes the lives of ordinary Americans.

“Fabulous Cakes” (TLC 8 p.m.) Honestly, cable, I’m a little disappointed. You go back to cake now? Surely, the logical progression after cupcake-baking reality show is cookie-baking reality show. ... God, I give you all these great ideas for free and you don’t even act on them? Why do I bother?

“The VH1 Do Something Awards” (VH1 7 p.m.) As far as award show criteria go, “do something” sets the bar pretty low.

Tuesday 20

“After The Catch: The Good Captain Phil” (Discovery 8 p.m.) As you probably know already, chain-smoking, stressed-out Capt. Phil of “Deadliest Catch” died earlier this year. The crab-fishing reality show on which he appeared finally deals with his passing.

Wednesday 21

“Confessions: Animal Hoarding” (Animal Planet 7 p.m.) Finally! The Crazy Cat Lady in your town gets her own show!



Trash at National Hispanic Cultural Center


After three boys picking trash in the slums of Rio de Janeiro find a wallet in the daily detritus of their local dump, they little imagine that their lives are about to change forever.


Trolleywood at Albuquerque Museum of Art and History


New Mexico Labor Film Festival at Center for Progress and Justice

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