Alibi V.26 No.42 • Oct 19-25, 2017 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 19

“The Walking Dead: Behind The Dead” (AMC 8pm) AMC offers up the first of three nights’ worth of behind-the-scenes specials leading up to the Season 8 premiere of “The Walking Dead.”

Friday 20

1922 (Netflix streaming anytime) Stephen King’s very good year continues with this slow-burn adaptation of his short story of the same name. Thomas Jane (“The Expanse”) stars as a rural farmer with murder on his mind in a messy variation on Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

“Superstition” (Syfy 8pm) Mario Van Peebles (aw, yeah, New Jack City) produces and stars in this supernatural drama about a family-owned funeral home in rural La Rochelle, Ga. which—like a lot of mysterious small towns on TV—is filled with supernatural weirdness. Naturally, the funeral home owners employ “arcane weaponry, incredible strength and a deep knowledge of the occult” to provide “afterlife care” for the recently deceased who may be suffering at the hand of various demonic entities and “other unworldly phenomena.”

Saturday 21

Too Funny to Fail (Hulu streaming anytime) This documentary examines how and why “The Dana Carvey Show”—staffed with such soon-to-be comic heavyweights as Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., Robert Smigel and Charlie Kaufman—crashed and burned so spectacularly back in 1996.

The Watcher in the Woods (Lifetime 6pm) Anjelica Huston replaces Bette Davis in this remake of the not-so-fondly remembered 1980 Disney horror flick about a girl who comes to believe her family’s new house is haunted. The original was reedited and rereleased with a new ending a year after it first hit theaters. So it will be interesting to see how this one wraps things up.

Sunday 22

“The Simpsons” (KRQED2 7pm) Maggie gets possessed by a demon, Lisa discovers a perfect version of her family in an alternate reality, and Homer cannibalizes himself in this year’s “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII.”

“Countdown to Christmas Preview Show” (Hallmark 8pm) It’s Christmastime (well, not really), and Hallmark has got to make its nut. So here’s a sneak preview special to get you hyped for the 21 (count ‘em, 21!) new Christmas-based rom-coms Hallmark is about to unload on us.

“The Jellies!” (Cartoon Network 1:15am) Rap star Tyler, the Creator created this odd cartoon about a 16-year-old boy who learns he was actually adopted at birth by a family of jellyfish.

Monday 23

“Scared Famous” (VH1 7pm) A bunch of reality show stars (from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “America’s Next Top Model,” “Mob Wives,” “Black Ink Crew” and “Love & Hip Hop”) do the “Big Brother” thing—but in a haunted house.

Tuesday 24

“Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild” (TBS 8pm) Snoop Dogg hosts this reboot of the ’70s gameshow. Why? ... Uh, I’m gonna say he was stoned when he agreed to do this.

“At Home With Amy Sedaris” (truTV 8:30pm) Funnywoman (and crafting addict) Amy Sedaris hosts this kooky homemaking show that’s half “Martha Stewart Living” and half “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

Wednesday 25

“Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials—After the Hunt” (Travel Channel 8pm) Only an hour to talk about all the extraterrestrials they captured this season?