Week in Sloth
 Alibi V.25 No.25 • June 23-29, 2016 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 23

“BattleBots: Robots Activate” (KOAT-7 7pm) As far as summer reality show competitions go, we could do worse than watching armored robots smash each other to bits in an arena.

“Queen of the South” (USA 8pm) USA remakes the popular Mexican telenovela “La Reina del Sur,” about a poor girl from Jalisco who flees to America after her cartel member boyfriend is killed and ends up building her own drug empire. Alice Braga (City of God, I Am Legend) takes over for previous star Kate del Castillo.

“Thirteen” (BBC America 8pm) In this dark, five-part mystery/drama, a young woman tries to rebuild a life with her family after being held captive in a basement for 13 years.

Friday 24

Adventures in Babysitting (Disney 9pm) This loose remake of the kinda fondly remembered 1987 comedy of the same name replaces Elisabeth Shue with not one but two harried babysitters (Sabrina Carpenter from “Girl Meets World” and Sofia Carson from Disney’s Descendants).

Saturday 25

Center Stage: On Pointe (Lifetime 6pm) A new director (Peter Gallagher) is tasked with infusing more contemporary style into the American Ballet Academy. The solution? An “American Idol”-style dance off competition. This hip-hop ballet is directed by music video guru “Director X” (who’s made videos for Drake, Jay Z, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Usher and Iggy Azalea).

Sunday 26

“BET Awards 2016” (BET/Spike/Nickelodeon/VH1/MTV2 6pm) Sheila E., The Roots, D’Angelo, Janelle Monae and others show up to pay tribute to legendary artist Prince.

“Celebrity Family Feud”/“The $100,000 Pyramid”/“Match Game” (KOAT-7 7/8/9pm) ABC is evidently going to spend its summer resurrecting old daytime gameshows in primetime. “Celebrities” include Kellie Pickler, NeNe Leakes, Sherri Shepherd and Kathy Najimy.

“Roadies” (Showtime 8pm) Rolling Stone journalist-turned-screenwriter-turned-filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) is the creator of this comedy series about the hardworking road crew behind a popular rock band.

“Hamilton” (History Channel 7pm) Alexander Hamilton is red hot on Broadway these days. I’m surprised it’s taken History Channel this long to jump on that train. Certain fans may be disheartened to learn that he didn’t rap nearly as much in real life.

Monday 27

“Shark Week: Shallow Water Invasion” (Discovery 6pm) Planning on going to the beach this summer? Discovery Channel is here to help!

Tuesday 28

“Dead of Summer” (Freeform 7pm) This new horror series by the creators of “Once Upon a Time” finds a bunch of teenage counselors showing up at a long-shuttered summer camp in the 1980s. Of course it’s not long before the bodies start piling up. Seriously, what did they expect? Happened all the time back in the ’80s.

Wednesday 29

“Sharks vs. Dolphins: Face Off” (Discovery 8:01pm) Seriously: Who would win in a fight? Let’s find out.