Alibi V.23 No.4 • Jan 23-29, 2014 

Week in Sloth

“Black Sails” on Starz

Thursday 23

“Rake” (KASA-2 8pm) Greg Kinnear (“Talk Soup”) returns to TV in this comedy-drama about a self-destructive criminal defense lawyer who clashes with everyone—from his ex-wife to the IRS. It’s based on an Australian TV series of the same name.

“The Greatest Event in Television History 4” (Cartoon Network 1am) You know the drill: Adam Scott rounds up a bunch of funny pals, and they do a straight-faced, shot-for-shot recreation of the opening credits to a much-loved ’80s show (“Simon & Simon,” “Hart to Hart,” “Too Close For Comfort”). This fourth installment (“Bosom Buddies” perhaps?) is reportedly the final one.

Friday 24

“The Real Mary Poppins” (KNME-5 10pm) In the wake of the biopic Saving Mr. Banks, PBS sheds its own light on the life of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers.

Saturday 25

Lizzie Borden Took An Ax (Lifetime 6pm) Christina Ricci stars as infamous 1890s ax murderer Lizzie Borden, on trial for the killing of her mother and father.

“Shaun White: Russia Calling” (KOB-4 7pm) NBC pumps us up for the Olympics with a visit from the Flying Tomato himself, snowboarder Shaun White.

“Black Sails” (Starz 7pm) This “prequel” to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island finds a young John Silver butting heads with notorious West Indies pirate Captain Flint. Arrrrrr!

My Gal Sunday (Hallmark Movie Channel 7pm) A dashing former vice president of the United States and his young congresswoman wife work together to solve mysteries. Based on the short stories by Mary Higgins Clark (which were, of course, inspired by the famous, crime-solving adventures of Vice President Dick Cheney).

Sunday 26

“The 56th Annual Grammy Awards” (KRQE-13 7pm) LL Cool J hosts—not because he was a big rap star, mind you, but because it gives CBS the opportunity to promote “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

“Brian Boitano’s Italian Adventure” (Cooking 6pm) Between this cooking/travel show and Brian’s home decorating show over on HGTV, I think we’ve finally answered the question South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut asked back in 1999: “What Would Brian Boitano Do?”

Monday 27

“Fashion Police: 2014 Grammy Awards” (E! 10pm) Lemme guess: Lady Gaga wore something crazy.

Herblock: The Black and the White (HBO 7pm) A documentary about Washington Post cartoonist Herbert Block? Why not.

Tuesday 28

“State of the Union 2014” (KASA-2, KOB-4, KOAT-7, KRQE-13 7pm) I give it another 10 years before CBS just locks the president and Congress up in the “Big Brother” house and turns government into one big reality show.

Wednesday 29

“Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2014” (KRQE-13 7pm) Boomer Esiason walks you through the most hilarious Doritos ads of the year.

“Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond” (BBC America 8pm) Before he invented superspy James Bond, British author Ian Fleming worked for Naval Intelligence during World War II. Here, Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) stars in a four-part miniseries about Fleming’s wartime adventures.