Alibi V.24 No.41 • Oct 8-14, 2015 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 8

“Middle of the Night Show” (MTV 12am) MTV’s new talk/prank show features CollegeHumor’s Brian Murphy—film crew and house band in tow—waking up celebrities in the middle of the night and forcing them to host a live talk show sans preparation (or sleep).

Friday 9

“Red Oaks” (Amazon streaming anytime) Executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, this nostalgic coming-of-age comedy takes viewers back to the 1980s where a directionless NYU student takes a job as an assistant tennis pro at an upscale country club. Think “The Goldbergs” crossed with Caddyshack.

“The New Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show” (Netflix streaming anytime) Following a mildly successful CGI reboot in 2014, Jay Ward’s time-traveling heroes from “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” get their own series.

“Unity—The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson” (KNME-5 9pm) Sure. Why not?

The Enfield Haunting (A&E 8pm) This three-part mini-series purports to tell the true story of a novice paranormal investigator who tried to help a British family bedeviled by ghosts back in 1977.

Saturday 10

“Queen Mary VIP Tour” (Reelz 10am) Why travel all the way to Southern California to see the actual Queen Mary when you can tour it from the comfort of your own couch? Tourism is for suckers.

The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story (Lifetime 6pm) OK, Lifetime, when are you gonna stop teasing us with it and just give us The Unauthorized Joanie Loves Chachi?

“The Last Kingdom” (BBC America 8pm) The BBC offers its own take on History Channel’s Earl Ragnar saga “Vikings” with this ancient action series told from the perspective of a displaced Saxon warrior.

Sunday 11

“The Walking Dead” (AMC 7pm) The sixth season starts (just in time for Halloween) with Rick and the gang trying to fit in to the town of Alexandria. Have you tried fruit baskets, guys?

Monday 12

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (KWBQ-19 7pm) Originally slated for Showtime, this edgy musical comedy stars comedienne/singer Rachel Bloom as a woman who ill-advisedly follows her ex-boyfriend from New York to California.

“Fargo” (FX 11pm) The second season of FX channel’s pitch-black spin-off of the Coen Brothers film spins the clock back to the 1970s to relate a bloody tale from Sheriff Lou Solverson’s early days as a state trooper.

Tuesday 13

“2015 BET Hip Hop Awards” (BET 6pm) Uncle Snoop (formerly Snoop Lion, formerly Snoop Dogg) hosts. Fetty Wap performs. Sean “Puff Something” Combs gets a lifetime achievement award.

“Manhattan” (WGN 7pm) The eagerly awaited second season of WGN’s New Mexico-shot drama about the birth of the atomic bomb enters its second season by ratcheting up the tension in Los Alamos, circa 1943. Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey) has been dragged off by the government. His wife (Olivia Williams) is on the verge of uncovering some nasty secrets. And William Petersen (“CSI”) shows up as a hard-charging army colonel.

Wednesday 14

“Baring It All: Inside New York Fashion Week” (ABC Family 7pm) Industry pros and “inventive newcomers” give a behind-the-scenes look at the creative chaos surrounding the influential NYC fashion event.