Alibi V.24 No.2 • Jan 8-14, 2015 

Week in Sloth

“Babylon” on Sundance

Thursday 8

“Babylon” (Sundance 8pm) TV’s newest workplace satire comes from Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) and writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (“Peep Show”). Brit Marling (Another Earth) and James Nesbitt (The Hobbit) star in this imported sitcom set in a British police station.

“Portlandia” (IFC 8pm) IFC’s sketch comedy series launches its fifth season by devoting entire episodes to favorite characters.

Friday 9

“CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party Live From the College Football Playoffs” (CMT 10pm) “Daily Show” correspondent Rob Riggle hosts this redneck get-down featuring the musical stylings of Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and Big & Rich.

Saturday 10

Sugar Daddies (Lifetime 6pm) So how does Lifetime think your female offspring is being terrorized this week? Well, it appears that some naive young college girls (Taylor Gildersleeve from “All My Children,” for example) sell their favors to wealthy older men (like, I don’t know, Peter Strauss from Rich Man, Poor Man) who are looking for “companionship.” Could your daughter have a “sugar daddy”? Probably. I’d grill her about it if I were you.

“All About Sex” (TLC 9pm) TLC does away with all the pretense and just has a bunch of “insightful women share their relatable opinions on sex and love, answer questions and dispel misconceptions.”

Sunday 11

“The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards” (KOB-4 6pm) Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return to host for their third straight year.

“Togetherness” (HBO 7:30pm) The spark seems to have gone out of Brett and Michelle’s marriage. But when Brett’s best friend and Michelle’s sister suddenly find themselves homeless and moving in with the couple, life takes an unexpected turn. This thirtysomething sitcom comes to us from writers/directors/producers/stars the Duplass brothers (The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Jeff Who Lives at Home).

“Remote Survival” (National Geographic 8pm) Ordinary people try to find food and shelter in the remote wilderness while survival experts coach them via audio and video links. Hey, at least nobody’s naked.

Monday 12

“Fashion Police: The 2015 Golden Globe Awards” (E! 7pm) “Fashion Police” returns with Kathy Griffin taking over for the late Joan Rivers.

Tuesday 13

“Parks and Recreation” (KOB-4 7pm) The last season finale of “Parks & Rec” took a bit of a jump forward in time. So this final season takes place in the futuristic world of 2017. Weird.

“Big Giant Swords” (Discovery 8pm) This new docureality series focuses on a metalsmith who makes ... yeah, big giant swords.

“Troy: Street Magic” (Syfy 8pm) Street magic? What is this, the year 2000? David Blaine is rolling over in his ice coffin in Times Square.

“Wrestling With Death” (WGN 8pm) An Arkansas family runs a funeral home during the day and a pro wrestling league by night. Did I mention this is a reality show?

Wednesday 14

“Man Seeking Woman” (FXX 8:30pm) In this paranoid fantasy-filled comedy, a naive twentysomething (How to Train Your Dragon’s Jay Baruchel) tries to navigate the world of dating with the help of his confident best friend, his successful sister and his ex-girlfriend.