Alibi V.26 No.19 • May 11-17, 2017 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 11

“American Race” (TNT 7pm) Outspoken NBA legend-turned-commentator Charles Barkley takes a look at race-related issues in America with this four-part documentary/discussion series.

Friday 12

“Anne With an ‘E’” (Netflix streaming anytime) Netflix re-titles Lucy Maude Montgomery’s beloved children’s novel, but keeps the rest of it fairly faithful. This Canandian-made version gets a bit darker than previous adaptations, but retains the spirit of Montgomery’s plucky orphan lass.

Get Me Roger Stone (Netflix streaming anytime) This penetrating documentary looks at the life and career of infamous political operative Roger Stone, who has aided in the careers of everyone from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump—which should tell you what sort of a guy he is.

“Motherboard” (Viceland 7pm) Viceland’s new technology-centric docu-series explores the cyberpunk side of our impending future, starting with a look at the benefits and dangers of “smart gun” technology.

Saturday 13

The World’s Greatest Sinner (TCM 12:30am) This bizarro cult film from 1962 is written, directed, produced by and stars character actor Timothy Carey. It’s the darkly satirical story of an insurance salesman who quits his job, becomes a rockabilly star and starts a religious cult. It was never officially released, but pops up occasionally on TCM. It’s most famous for the fact that the score is composed by a very young Frank Zappa.

Sunday 14

“Animal Moms” (National Geographic Wild 6pm) Nat Geo Wild celebrates Mother’s Day with a marathon of cute animals raising cute babies.

“Promposal” (MTV 8:30pm) Evidently stupid teenagers are now spending thousands of dollars and untold effort on crafting increasingly elaborate ways in which to ask one another out on prom dates. I’m sure that glorifying the practice on an MTV docu-reality show won’t exacerbate the problem.

“What Happens at the Abbey” (E! 11pm) What goes on behind the scenes in the lives of sexy staff members of the world-famous Hollywood bar The Abbey? I’m sure this not-at-all-scripted reality show will let you know.

Monday 15

“Year Million” (National Geographic 7pm) This six-part “documentary drama” speculates what it will be like to be human one million years in our future. Today’s brightest futurists, scientists, scholars and science fiction writers show viewers what technological innovations await us, as seen through the eyes of one fictional family.

Mommy Dead and Dearest (HBO 8pm) This true crime story follows the tragic tale of Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter Gyspy Rose, both of whom became entangled in a controversial psychological condition known as Munchausen by proxy syndrome.

Tuesday 16

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (KOAT-7 9pm) Badass spirit of vengeance Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna) makes a welcome return appearance as the agents try to prevent alluring android Aida (Mallory Jansen) from destroying the world in this season’s finale.

Wednesday 17

“Tanked: Sea-Lebrity Edition” (Animal Planet 7pm) Ever wonder what it’s like it’s like to build a fish tank for David Hasselhoff? ... Don’t lie. No one has ever wondered that.

“Food—Delicious Science” (KNME-5 9pm) How does the chemistry in food affect the brain and create cravings? Let PBS explain it.