! Week in Sloth: “Charlie’s Angels” returns, Jim Caviezel is a “Person of Interest,” and Steven Spielberg still loves dinosaurs
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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Thursday 22

“Charlie's Angels” (KOAT-7 7 p.m.) “Bionic Woman” reboot bomb or “Hawaii Five-O” reboot hit? You decide!

“Person of Interest” (KRQE-13 8 p.m.) Jim Caviezel (Jesus from that Mel Gibson movie) and Michael Emerson (Ben Linus from “Lost”) team up with creator Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) for this superhero-ish drama about a reclusive billionaire and an ex-CIA agent who use high-tech surveillance and a super computer to stop crime before it happens.

“Whitney” (KOB-4 8:30 p.m.) Comedienne Whitney Cummings has already got the sitcom she wrote and created, “2 Broke Girls,” over on CBS. But she doubles down this season with an eponymous sitcom as well.

“Prime Suspect” (KOB-4 9 p.m.) Maria Bello (Coyote Ugly, A History of Violence) takes over for Helen Mirren in this Americanized remake of the long-running police procedural from across the pond.

Friday 23

“A Gifted Man” (KRQE-13 7 p.m.) Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) is a hotshot neurosurgeon who suddenly starts getting spiritual advice from his dead wife, allowing producers to combine the “ghost whisperer” genre with the “medical drama” genre. If only he could solve crimes, too.

“The Dead Files” (Travel 8 p.m.) Travel Channel’s continuing obsession with ghosts isn’t exactly putting me in the mood to travel.

Saturday 24

“The Nerdist” (BBC America 8 p.m.) Comedian/G4 fixture Chris Hardwick parlays his Saturday-night hosting gig on BBC America into a full-fledged talk show—an adaptation of his popular, nerd-culture podcast.

Sunday 25

“Dog Park Superstars” (GSN 6 p.m.) Think “American Ninja Warrior,” only with canines.

“Dirty Soap” (E! 11 p.m.) Soap operas are going off the air faster than the networks can cancel them. Why did E! think now was the time to give a bunch of soon-to-be-unemployed soap stars their own reality show?

“Long Island Medium” (TLC 8 p.m.) Random New York psychic Theresa Caputo gets her own reality show in which she takes care of her husband, raises two children, runs errands and talks to the dead. Gosh, she’s almost as fascinating as little people.

“Pan Am” (KOAT-7 9:01 p.m.) Christina Ricci (The Addams Family) flies the friendly skies as a stewardess in ABC’s new swingin’ ’60s series.

Monday 26

“Terra Nova” (KASA-2 7 p.m.) Executive producer Steven Spielberg sends a cast of characters back to the old sets from Jurassic Park—sorry, back to prehistoric Earth—in an attempt to alleviate overcrowding in the future. You’d think scientists could have chosen someplace less ... dinosaury.

“Secret Mountain Fort Awesome” (Cartoon Network 9:45 p.m.) A group of disgusting monsters tries to fit into the real world in CN’s latest teen toon.

“Hart of Dixie” (KWBQ-29 8 p.m.) Have I mentioned how much I hate shows with a pun in the title based on the name of the lead character? Here, fast-talking New York doctor Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) ends up in podunk Bluebell, Ala. Think “Northern Exposure,” but with a Southern accent.

Tuesday 27

“Teen Mom: Finale Special” (MTV 11 p.m.) MTV says goodbye to the Season 3 teen moms with a one-hour “check up” special featuring Dr. Drew. You know your life is going really well if Dr. Drew shows up at your front door.

Wednesday 28

“Suburgatory” (KOAT-7 7:30 p.m.) What’s with the no-concept sitcoms this season? In this one, some people move to the suburbs. Wow. Imagine the storytelling possibilities inherent in that crazy idea.

 
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