Alibi V.13 No.38 • Sept 16-22, 2004 

Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Thursday 16

“Survivor: Vanuatu” (KRQE-13 7 p.m.) The ninth season of “Survivor” starts out by stranding contestants on Vanuatu. It's a chain of 83 islands out in the middle of the Pacific. You know, just northeast of New Caledonia.

Friday 17

“20/20: 25 on 20/20” (KOAT-7 9 p.m.) As Barbara Walters prepares to leave the anchor desk at 20/20, the show treats her to a 25 year retrospective of newsmaking highlights. Funny, I don't remember Geraldo Rivera getting the same treatment when he left.

Saturday 18

“2004 Miss America Contest” (KOAT-7 8 p.m.) Chris Harrison, the host of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” does man-in-tux duty at this year's telecast. Seriously? The guy from “The Bachelorette”? What, is Tom Bergeron from “America's Funniest Home Videos” too big a star now?

Darklight (Sci-Fi 7 p.m.) A demon and a secret society member race to stop an evil monster from unleashing a plague upon the Earth. Well, at least it's not space aliens.

Sunday 19

Poirot: Death on the Nile (A&E 6 p.m.) Longtime Hercule Poirot David Suchet returns as the chubby Belgian sleuth in a TV movie version of one of Agatha Christie's most famous stories.

“Family Bonds” (HBO 11 p.m.) It's a bit of a bummer that HBO's impeccable Sunday night lineup has gone the “reality” route, giving us this documentary series about a family of professional bounty hunters. Could be entertaining, but it's a bit of a letdown after such finely scripted shows as “The Sopranos,” “Entourage” and “Curb your Enthusiasm.”

Monday 20

“Listen Up” (KRQE-13 7:30 p.m.) Jason Alexander tries to break the “Seinfeld” curse by starring in this sitcom loosely based on the newspaper columns of sportswriter Tony Kornheiser. ... The curse continues.

Tuesday 21

“Rodney” (KOAT-7 8:30 p.m.) Comedian Rodney Carrington plays a family man who wants to be a comedian in this (sigh) semi-autobiographical sitcom.

Wednesday 22

“Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Family First” (KRQE-13 7 p.m.) Dr. Phil tells you how to raise your kids. Great. First, he thinks he's Richard Simmons. Now he thinks he's Dr. Spock.

“Lost” (KOAT-7 7 p.m.) Created by “Alias” guru J.J. Abrams, this odd series features a planeload of people who crash on a deserted tropical island and do their best to survive. It looks a lot like “Survivor” except for the fact that the survivors get attacked by a polar bear. Yeah. Something weird is going on here. Don't know if its worth sticking around a whole season to find out what it is exactly.

“The Mountain” (KWBQ-19 8 p.m.) The WB unloads another teen-oriented soap. This one's set at a ski resort.

“Veronica Mars” (KASY-50 8 p.m.) Promising newcomer Kristen Bell stars in this drama about a teenage private investigator who solves mysteries in a rich seaside community. ... Gee, it sounds silly when you say it out loud.