Week in Sloth
“Beerland” (Viceland 8pm) The first episode of Viceland’s travel/booze show lands in, of all places, New Mexico. Nice of someone to notice our drinking problem.
“Dear White People” (Netflix Streaming anytime) Justin Simien’s controversial, culturally savvy 2014 comedy-drama about the lives of four black students at an Ivy League College is wisely turned into a weekly series. This gives the witty Mr. Simien plenty of opportunity to lampoon the hot-button issues of today in a timely manner.
“Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992” (KOAT-7 8pm) Writer John Ridley (U Turn, 12 Years a Slave, “American Crime”) examines the decades of tension and civil unrest that led up to the Los Angeles riots following the Rodney King verdict in 1992.
“2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” (HBO 6pm) Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Nile Rodgers, Pearl Jam and Yes rock out with their accolades out.
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: NOT the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” (TBS 8pm) Angry orange Cheeto Donald Trump has decided (no surprise) that he won’t be attending the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. So comedian Samantha Bee is throwing an “alternative” party down the street featuring journalists and “non-irritating celebrities” from around the world.
“American Gods” (Starz 7pm) Neil Gaiman’s twisty, mystical novel about a clash between ancient gods (like, you know, Odin) and modern-day deities (Media, the Internet) comes to life with Ian McShane, Orlando Jones, Gillian Anderson, Dane Cook, Kristin Chenoweth, Corbin Bernsen, Jeremy Davies and Peter Stormare as various supernatural entities.
“Docked Out” (DIY 7pm) And you thought the home and garden-type channels had run out of stuff-to-construct shows. After pimping-out houses, garages, treehouses and sheds, what’s left? Oh, ye of little imagination. Here’s a show about a team that builds “awe-inspiring” docks. As in, the things you tie boats to.
“Superheroes Decoded” (History 7pm) Finally, History Channel comes along to explain to us what these “superhero” things are and where the heck they came from.
“Victorian Slum House” (KNME-5 7pm) Looking for a cure for your Anglophilia? Check out this reality show in which volunteers move into an 1860s tenement in London’s East End to experience the living and working conditions of the Victorian poor.
“Truth & Iliza” (Freeform 8:02pm) Comedian Iliza Shlesinger hosts Freeform’s first talk show, in which the winner of 2008’s “Last Comic Standing” discusses sociopolitical issues through audience interaction, field pieces and commentary.
“The Goldbergs” (KOAT-7 7pm) ABC’s ’80s flashback sitcom touches on a particularly important date in Reagan Era history. On Nov. 20, 1983, ABC aired the morose nuclear fallout drama The Day After. Believe me, the next day at school, everybody was really bummed out.