Alibi V.27 No.8 • Feb 22-28, 2018 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 22

“The Bachelor Winter Games: World Tells All” (KOAT-7 9pm) The bachelors and bachelorettes who participated in “The Bachelor Winter Games” reunite to talk about their participation and, one would assume, to get some medals. It’s just like the closing ceremonies of the actual Olympics … only embarrassing for everyone involved.

Friday 23

“Seven Seconds” (Netflix streaming anytime) The death of a 15-year-old African American boy in Jersey City sets off a police cover-up in this ripped-from-the-headlines drama from creator Veena Sud (“The Killing”).

“Apple & Onion” (Cartoon Network 8pm) From George Gendi, a former storyboard artist on “The Amazing World of Gumball,” comes this Flash-animated toon about anthropomorphic food.

Saturday 24

Notes From the Field (HBO 6pm) This one-woman performance piece finds actress, playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith (“The West Wing,” “Nurse Jackie”) portraying 18 real-life characters—students, parents, teachers, administrators—caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline.

Royal Hearts (Hallmark 7pm) Josh Brolin inherits a castle in “Slovania,” where it turns out he’s actually king. He drags along his daughter (Cindy Busby, “Cedar Cove”), who presumably falls in love. Love is always so much better among royalty than among us common plebes.

Sunday 25

“America’s Greatest Threat: Vladimir Putin” (History 7pm) History takes a well-deserved jab at KGB-agent-turned-Russian-president Vladimir Putin, calling him out as “an influential dictator capable of manipulating US elections and threatening Western democracies.”

Monday 26

“Jonestown: The Women Behind the Massacre” (A&E 7pm) Say what you will about cult leader Jim Jones: He was an equally opportunity madman, allowing a number of strong women to actively participate in his mass murder plans.

“McMafia” (AMC 8pm) The raised-in-England son (James Norton, “Happy Valley”) of Russian exiles is reluctantly drawn into the world of international crime in this eight-part BBC drama.

“Shoot the Messenger” (WGN 8pm) In this imported Canadian drama, a reporter teams up with a homicide detective after one of her sources is shot dead.

“Living Biblically” (KRQE-13 8:30pm) A.J. Jacobs’ best-selling nonfiction book The Year of Living Biblically gets turned into a sitcom about a film critic/family man (Jay R. Ferguson from “The Real O’Neals”) who vows to live his entire live according to every single (frequently contradictory) Biblical stricture.

“Good Girls” (KOB-4 9pm) Three suburban moms (Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman) trying to make ends meet decide to rob a supermarket—which unfortunately puts them in the crosshairs of a local gang.

Tuesday 27

“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” (USA 8pm) Reveling in its newly rediscovered love for docudrama crime shows (“Unsolved Mysteries,” where are you?), TV “solves” another famous murder, this one involving rap stars Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

Wednesday 28

The Looming Tower” (Hulu streaming anytime) Jeff Daniels headlines this drama—based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book—tracing the rise of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda and how a rivalry between the FBI and the CIA may have led to the tragedy of 9/11.