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 V.23 No.17 | April 24 - 30, 2014 

Week in Sloth

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Thursday 24

“Parks & Recreation” (KOB-4 7pm) The sixth season concludes with the gang making another road tripthis time to San Francisco.

“SNL Digital Shorts” (KOB-4 8pm) Because who doesn’t want to see “Lazy Sunday” or “Dick in a Box” again?

“Bad Teacher” (KRQE-13 8:30pm) The raunchy Cameron Diaz comedy from 2011 makes its way to small screens for some reason with Ari Graynor (“The Sopranos,” “Fringe”) taking over the lead role.

“Black Box” (KOAT-7 9pm) World-famous neuroscientist Dr. Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly, Mrs. Henderson Presents) diagnoses people with wild medical conditionslike “House” crossed with Oliver Sacks. The wacky twist? She secretly suffers from bipolar disorder.

“Dinner With Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends” (Cartoon Network 1am) Comedian Brett Gelman hosts one of those surrealist chat shows Adult Swim loves so much.

Friday 25

Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (Showtime 6pm) “Reformed” pimp-turned-author Iceberg Slim gets profiled in this 2013 documentary produced by admirer Ice-T.

“The Writer’s Room” (Sundance 10pm) Al Gough and Miles Millar from “Smallville” and Robert Kirkman from “Walking Dead” talk about adapting comic books to the small screen.

Saturday 26

“The Royals” (Ovation 3pm) Who are these Brits known as “Royals,” where did they come from, and what is their obsession with tiny dogs?

No Place on Earth (History 4pm) This documentary follows spelunker Christopher Nicola who, in 1993, located a cave in which a group of Ukrainian Jews spent more than 500 days hiding from Nazis during World War II.

Artifact (VH1/Palladia 9pm) Jared Leto-led rockers 30 Seconds to Mars battle their record label in court to release their 2009 album This is War. Having nabbed several film fest awards, this musical documentary debuts tonight on two different music-based stations.

Sunday 27

“Last Week with John Oliver” (HBO 9pm) John Oliver had a good run substituting for Jon Stewart over on “The Daily Show” while Stewart was off directing a movie last December. It was such a good run, in fact, that HBO offered him a job hosting this “Daily Show” knockoff.

Monday 28

“Basketball Wives LA: Reunion” (VH1 6pm) TV, I’m going to have to issue an injunction against anyone appending the word “reunion” to any more reality shows. Did anyone care what the LA basketball wives were doing while their show was on the air? Does it matter what they’ve done since?

Tuesday 29

“Playing House” (USA 8pm) Mother-to-be Maggie (Upright Citizens Brigade member Lennon Parham) discovers that her husband is having an affair. When she learns her BFF has been left alone to raise a child, Emma (Jessica St. Clair, who starred alongside Parham in the short-lived NBC comedy “Best Friends Forever”) gives up her burgeoning business career in China and returns to small-town Connecticut to help out. Thus, we have the setup for USA’s newest sitcom.

Wednesday 30

“The Soup Goes to Washington, D.C.” (E! 11pm) Joel McHale descends upon our nation’s capitol with journalist Jake Tapper to lampoon politically motivated clips.

 

Today's Events

We Are Together at National Hispanic Cultural Center

Paul Taylor's moving film tells the story of young singers in a South African orphanage's Agape Choir who use music to overcome hardships.

The New Mexico Edit at CCA Cinematheque

A Thousand Voices at National Hispanic Cultural Center

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