Alibi V.24 No.39 • Sept 24-30, 2015 

Week in Sloth

“Adam Ruins Everything” on truTV

Thursday 24

“Heroes Reborn” (KOB-4 7pm) You’ve got to admire “Heroes” for returning after one of the most spectacular crash-and-burns in the history of television. Here’s hoping this rebooted macro-series captures some of the fun the show’s first half-season demonstrated.

“The Player” (KOB-4 9pm) This high-concept action series follows a Las Vegas security expert (Philip Winchester, “Strike Back”) who’s being followed by a shadowy, elite organization betting on whether future crimes can be stopped.

Friday 25

James Dean’s Television Legacy (TCM 6pm) Famous as he was, James Dean only made three feature films in his lifetime. He left behind a sizable collection of television appearances, however. Tonight, TCM offers up some of Dean’s long-lost acting performances from “The Campbell Summer Soundstage” (1953),” Studio One in Hollywood” (1948), “Kraft Theater” (1953), “The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse” (1954) and “General Electric Theater” (1954).

“Margaret Cho: psyCHO” (Showtime 7pm) Remember when comedian Margaret Cho was dating filmmaker Quentin Tarantino? Pop culture used to be so much weirder.

Saturday 26

“The 4th Annual Global Citizen Festival: A Concert to End Extreme Povererty” (MSNBC 1pm) Hey, if host Willie Geist, performers Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay and special guest Hugh Jackman can’t end worldwide poverty, who can?

Sunday 27

“Dark Swan Rises: A Once Upon a Time Fan Celebration” (KOAT-7 6pm) ABC gets fans all juiced up for the season premiere (airing at 7pm) by having cast members answer questions submitted by viewers and by having producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz share “exclusive” insights on what’s happening in the upcoming season.

“Blood & Oil” (KOAT-7 8pm) Don Johnson does the Larry Hagman patriarch thing in this North Dakota-set variation on “Dallas.”

“Quantico” (KOAT-7 9pm) ABC is pumping this soapy looking crime drama by pimping out “America’s hottest young FBI agents in the best shape of their lives.” Somehow, they find time to battle terrorism between sexual liaisons with one another.

Monday 28

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central 12am) From the looks of it, talk show hosts are finally done playing musical chairs. South African comedian Trevor Noah ends up behind the desk of “The Daily Show.” Good luck, man. You’ve got some big shoes to fill.

Tuesday 29

“The Grinder” (KASA-2 7:30pm) Rob Lowe stars as an actor on a TV lawyer drama who gets fired and tries to get a job as a real lawyer with his mortified brother (Fred Savage).

“Adam Ruins Everything” (truTV 8pm) Comedian Adam Conover turns his CollegeHumor web series into a weekly TV show in which he investigates topics and ideas everyone takes for granted and dispels the widespread misconceptions surrounding them (like, for example, why engagement rings are a scam).

Wednesday 30

“Code Black” (KRQE-13 9pm) CBS turns the 2013 documentary about an inner city LA hospital into a scripted drama about an inner city LA hospital (because there’s never been one of those on television). Marcia Gay Harden and Luis Guzman star. So there’s that.