Week in Sloth: American manhunts, venom quests and alien tornadoes
 Alibi V.21 No.16 • April 19-25, 2012 

Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Thursday 19

“The Great American Manhunt” (National Geographic 7 p.m.) Nope, not a dating show on Logo, but a sort of reality game show for forensic detectives.

“Not Safe For Work” (truTV 7 p.m.) Finally! A place to see all those crotch-kicking, skateboard-busting web videos I can’t get anywhere ... other than my home computer ... and “Web Soup” ... and “Tosh.0” ... and “Attack of the Show” ... and “Ridiculousness.”

“Kenny and Zoltan’s Venom Quest” (National Geographic 8 p.m.) Honestly, I’d rather not know what this show is about and just leave it to vie for the most enigmatically awesome title of all time.

“Kathy” (Bravo 8 p.m.) Bravely heterosexual gay icon Kathy Griffith has done the standup thing and the reality show thing, so the only thing left for Bravo to do is give her a talk show.

Friday 20

“The Ricky Gervais Show” (HBO 7 p.m.) Few things tickle me more than watching Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant torture their friend, the “little round-headed buffoon” Karl Pilkington. Check out the third season premiere tonight.

“Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country” (CMT 10 p.m.) I suspect that, had BET given her a reality show, former “Beverly Hills 90210” alum Jennie Garth would happily have been “A Little Bit Urban.”

Saturday 21

Alien Tornado (Syfy 7 p.m.) Ha, ha, ha. Touché, Syfy. After months and months of listening to me complain about lame, weather-related movies (Earthstorm, Ice Quake, Ice Twisters, NYC: Tornado Terror, Seattle Superstorm, Snowmageddon, Storm War), you’ve finally found a way to shoehorn some science fiction in there. It’s not just a tornado ... it’s an alien tornado.

Sunday 22

“FOX’s 25th Anniversary Special” (KASA-2 7 p.m.) Is it too much to hope for a cast reunion of “The New Adventures of Beans Baxter”? It is? Thought so.

“Veep” (HBO 8 p.m.) In this “fly on the wall” comedy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays the first female vice president of the U.S. This was supposed to be a remake of creator Armando Iannucci’s satirical BBC mockumentary “The Thick of It,” but it kinda morphed into something a bit more ... American.

Monday 23

“Where Are They Now: The Cast of Married ... With Children” (TV Guide 7 p.m.) Well, I’m pretty sure they’re over on FOX for that 25th anniversary special.

Tuesday 24

“The L.A. Complex” (KWBQ-6 8 p.m.) An aspiring actress moves to L.A. and ends up in a trendy apartment complex full of hot twentysomethings. Think of this as “Melrose Place,” only ... uh, filmed for Canadian television and then imported to The CW as a cheap schedule-filler.

Wednesday 25

“Total Blackout” (Syfy 8 p.m.) Jaleel White is back! Not only is the former “Family Matters” dork a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” he’s also hosting this “extreme” game show on Syfy. In it, contestants are asked to perform a series of tasks in complete darkness. Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia and Sweden already have hit versions of this show. ... Without the benefit of the man who played Steve Urkel, it must be noted. Sucks to be Norway.