Alibi V.25 No.15 • April 14-20, 2016 

Week in Sloth

“Containment” on The CW

Thursday 14

“American Grit” (KASA-2 8pm) Pro wrestler John Cena is joined by “an elite group of military mentors” who “command contestants to either persevere or give up while their teams are pushed to the limit.” So it’s “American Ninja Warrior” with amateurs. Or “Wipeout” without the laughs. Or “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” with a different wrestler. Or “Strong” with a different title. I gotcha.

“Orphan Black” (BBC America 8pm) The fourth season of the BBC’s sci-fi thriller kicks off, and you fans know what that means: more clones for the clone club!

“The Dude Perfect Show” (CMT 10pm) Another one of those YouTube viral video-producing groups—this one a quintet of dudes who make basketball trick shot videos, mostly—gets its own TV show. Since this one is based in Texas and features football players and NASCAR drivers, it ends up on CMT.

Friday 15

“Kong: King of the Apes” (Netflix streaming anytime) King Kong gets his own CG-animated series in which he befriends kids and fights robotic dinosaurs.

“Thunderbirds Are Go” (Amazon streaming anytime) Gerry Anderson’s classic marionette-animated sci-fi series from the 1960s gets revived as a CG-animated series. Which is creepy in a different way.

“Ghost Brothers” (Destination America 8pm) Do you have a crappy camera, an abandoned building and the ability to shout, “What the hell was that?” on cue? You too could be a ghost hunter on TV.

Saturday 16

Confirmation (HBO 6pm) HBO dramatizes the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings with actors Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce, Erika Christensen, Jennifer Hudson, Greg Kinnear and Jeffrey Wright.

Hear My Song (KRQE-13 7pm) A demanding choir master at an elite music academy pushes a gifted but rebellious student to fulfill his true potential. Sounds pretty generic, but the cast is impressive: Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Eddie Izzard and Debra Winger.

Sunday 17

House of Darkness (Lifetime Movie Network 6pm) A couple moves to a farmhouse in search of the quiet life, but they begin to hear strange voices and experience violent urges. Maybe they should call the Ghost Brothers.

“TV Land Icon Awards” (TV Land 7pm) John Stamos gets an award for his dedication to the art and craft of television entertainment.

Monday 18

“William & Kate: The Journey—Part 1: The Royal Engagement” (Reelz 8pm) Are we still into this? Really?

“Better Call Saul: Talking Saul” (AMC 9:05pm) Chris Hardwicke, of “Talking Dead,” spares an hour to host this after-show analyzing the second season of AMC’s Albuquerque-lensed lawyer dramedy “Better Call Saul.”

Tuesday 19

“Containment” (KWBQ-19 8pm) In The CW’s new viral-panic series, Atlanta is quarantined after a deadly outbreak of a mysterious disease—which is not, apparently, zombie-related. Oh well.

The Night Manager (AMC 8pm) John le Carré’s 1993 spy thriller becomes a six-part miniseries starring America’s British boyfriend Tom Hiddleston. (Just wait until your other British boyfriend, Benedict Cumberbatch, hears about this, America.)

Wednesday 20

“The Yard” (National Geographic 8pm) NG launches a blue-collar docureality series about men and women who work in a shipyard. Which is evidently a thing.