Alibi V.27 No.12 • March 22-28, 2018 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 22

“Station 19” (KOAT-7 8pm) Superproducer Shonda Rhimes has expanded her reach beyond sexy young doctors (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) and sexy young lawyers (“How to Get Away With Murder,” “For the People”). Now, she has a show about sexy young firefighters, giving her a TV trope hat trick.

Friday 23

Roxanne Roxanne (Netflix streaming anytime) This is a hip-hop biopic about New York emcee Roxanne Shanté, who created one of the rap world’s first “answer records.” U.T.F.O.’s 1984 single “Roxanne Roxanne” led to the infamous Roxanne Wars, which included Shante’s “Roxanne’s Revenge” and between 30 and 100 other follow-ups (“Roxanne’s Sister,” “The Parents of Roxanne,” “Roxanne’s Doctor”). Never forget: Some of our country’s most promising young emcees were lost in those wars.

March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step (Hulu streaming anytime) Frankly, I didn’t have a lot of unanswered questions after the first one.

“Muppet Babies” (Disney 11am) ’80s kids rejoice! Jim Henson’s “Muppet Babies” is back for a CGI reboot.

Saturday 24

“The 2018 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards” (Nickelodeon 6pm) I usually rag on “kids” for choosing junk like Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Best Movie 2012) and One Direction (Best Band 2013, 2014 and 2015). But kids have stood pretty tall this year, getting shot at in schools and marching on Washington. So nothing but kudos to them in 2018. … Still, it wouldn’t kill you squirts to choose a favorite cartoon other than “SpongeBob Squarepants.” (Fourteen wins? C’mon!)

Sunday 25

“Trust” (FX 11pm) In this 10-episode drama, director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) and writer Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty) tackle the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty III—a true crime saga most recently seen in the Oscar-nominated film All the Money in the World.

“Barry” (HBO 11:30pm) In this surprisingly dark comedy, “SNL” vet Bill Hader stars as a US-marine-turned-low-rent-hitman who ends up in Los Angeles and, oddly enough, finds acceptance among a group of eager wannabe actors in the LA theater scene.

Monday 26

“Keep It Spotless” (Nickelodeon 5:30pm) Good old Nickelodeon. This kids’ game show has contestants vying for cash prizes—so long as they can keep clean in the show’s mess-filled obstacle course.

The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (HBO 6pm) This two-part documentary finds writer-director Judd Apatow (“Freaks and Geeks,” The 40-Year-Old Virgin) exploring the life and career of comedian Garry Shandling.

“The Terror” (AMC 7pm) Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator) serves as executive producer of this series based on author Dan Simmons’ 2007 account of Captain John Franklin’s lost 1836 expedition of the HMS Erubus and HMS Terror. Trapped in the Arctic, Franklin’s crew succumbed to starvation, illness, mutiny, cannibalism and—ultimately—botulism. Not, as Simmons speculated, starvation, illness, mutiny, cannibalism and—ultimately—a giant, freaking monster.

“One Strange Rock” (National Geographic 8pm) From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan) comes this mind-bending exploration of the “fragility and wonder” of planet Earth—hosted by Will Smith, no less.

Tuesday 27

“Roseanne” (KOAT-7 7pm) After more than 20 years off the air, ABC’s hit sitcom returns for a 10th season.

Wednesday 28

“Alex, Inc.” (KOAT-7 7:30pm) In this sitcom adaptation of Alex Blumberg’s successful podcast, Zach Braff (“Scrubs”) stars as a journalist and family man who quits his job to start his own company.