Alibi V.26 No.3 • Jan 19-25, 2017 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 19

Divided” (GSN 7pm) Billed as “part game show, party social experiment,” this TV quiz show throws four strangers together on a team. All team members must agree on a single answer for every question. Every second they spend debating, they lose money. ... Seriously? Don’t we already hate each other enough these days?

Friday 20

“Frontier” (Netflix streaming anytime) Jason Momoa (formerly Khal Drogo and soon-to-be Aquaman) stars in this bloody historical drama about a half-Irish/half-Native outlaw who tries to break the Hudson Bay Company’s monopoly on the 18th century fur trade in Canada.

“Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Donald Trump” (KRQE-13 7pm) Oh, god! This is happening today, isn’t it? CBS interviews the men and women of the Trump administration and analyzes the key issues facing Trump as he becomes president.

“Puppy Bowl: Where Are They Now?” (Animal Planet 7pm) Thank you, Animal Planet. Thank you, thank you for giving us an escape from all this inauguration crap. An hour of finding out who adopted all those super-cute “Puppy Bowl” stars sounds mighty relaxing to me.

Saturday 21

Beaches (Lifetime 6pm) A remake of the 1988 Bette Midler/Barbara Hershey 10-hankie chick flick starring Idina Menzel and Nia Long? This may be the most Lifetime thing Lifetime has ever done.

Sunday 22

The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon (Starz 7pm) The venerable rock group performs for the very first time in Havana, Cuba. Gee, I wonder if Donald Trump will think this is “sad” and “pathetic”?

“Hunted” (KRQE-13 8pm) Nine teams of two attempt to disappear for 28 days in order to win a $250,000 prize in this tense reality show competition. The various contestants will be hunted down, in person and through digital means, by professional trackers, bounty hunters and investigators. So ... The Running Man, but real.

Monday 23

“Hate Thy Neighbor” (Viceland 8pm) With racial tensions seemingly at a high point, British comedian Jamali Maddix travels the world looking for neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other “alt-right” groups. ... Is it me or do all the new TV shows this year sound really stressful?

Beware the Slenderman (HBO 8pm) Creepypasta, the amorphous collection of (completely fake) internet legends and memes that inspired Syfy Channel’s “Channel Zero: Candle Cove,” also inspired two Wisconsin schoolgirls to attempt to kill a classmate. This film documents the (completely true) story behind that ugly incident.

“Rattled: A Paralyzed Mother’s Story” (TLC 8pm) Quadriplegic Rachelle Friedman defies the odds to give birth to and raise her own child.

Tuesday 24

“Terrace House: Aloha State” (Netflix streaming anytime) This is just the Japanese version of “Big Brother,” a reality show about a bunch of strangers stuck inside a nice house. It’s been running in Japan since 2012.

“The New Edition Story” (BET 7pm) This three-part documentary series obviously goes into a lot of detail about ’80s R&B/pop group New Edition. Finally! The truth behind “Candy Girl.”

“Tattoo Girls” (TLC 8:03pm) Yup, another reality show about people who work in a tattoo shop. Hey, at least it’s not another reality show about people who build motorcycles for a living.

Wednesday 25

“Salem” (WGN 7pm) WGN’s supernatural drama signs off with a final witchy episode.