Alibi V.27 No.28 • July 12-18, 2018 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 12

“Hot Wheels: 50th Anniversary Special” (History 6pm) Hot Wheels have been around for half a century. History Channel celebrates this momentous occasion by dumping Nazis for a night.

Friday 13

“Comicstaan” (Amazon streaming anytime) This reality show competition attempts to find the next great comedy star from India. Fans of Tanmay Bhat, Naveen Richard and Kaneez Surkha are definitely advised to tune in.

“Sugar Rush” (Netflix streaming anytime) Chefs compete against the clock—and one another—to make the best-looking, best-tasting cakes. Have a show you like on cable? Let Netflix know and they’ll copy it for you.

“Whistleblower” (KRQE-13 7pm) This true-crime series looks into “real-life David vs. Goliath” stories of people who put everything on the line to expose illegal and often dangerous wrongdoing by major corporations.

Saturday 14

“Planet Earth: South Pacific” (BBC America 7pm) The BBC’s ever-expanding “Planet Earth” franchise heads out to the South Pacific for some tropical nature porn.

Sunday 15

The Nanny is Watching (Lifetime 6pm) Well, she’d better be. Isn’t that what you pay nannies for? … Oh, wait. This is on Lifetime. I guess this goes on the shelf alongside other paranoid Lifetime movies such as Devious Nanny, A Nanny’s Revenge, Nanny Killer, The Wrong Nanny and The Nightmare Nanny. Jeez, Lifetime hates nannies. Au pairs too, probably.

Monday 16

“Caroline & Friends” (GSN 3pm) Caroline Rhea (Aunt Hilda on “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”) hosts this innovative show in which people send in hilarious or adorable home videos and the studio audience votes on their favorite.

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (HBO 6pm) Described as “funny” and “heartbreaking,” this documentary looks at the life and career of one of the world’s most beloved comedians.

“Cultureshock” (A&E 7pm) The cable network’s new pop culture documentary series looks into the history of the short-lived NBC comedy “Freaks and Geeks,” which basically birthed the careers of Judd Apatow, Paul Feig, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, James Franco and Linda Cardellini.

Tuesday 17

“Hip-Hop Houdini” (Fuse 8pm) Street magician “Smoothini” (he came up with that name all by himself) blows the minds of assorted hip-hop musicians, including Fat Joe, A$AP Ferg, Becky G, Iggy Azalea, Waka Flacka and Lil Jon. Wait. You’re telling me that Lil Jon, creator of Crunk Rock, Crunk Juice, Kings of Crunk and We Still Crunk!! does not already have a permanently blown mind?

Wednesday 18

Girl Got Game (KWBQ-19 7pm) Well, one game, specifically—Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This “eSports” documentary concentrates on the first all-women pro video game teams to land a major sponsor.

“Alcatraz Escape: The Lost Evidence” (History 7pm) In 1962, Clarence and John Algin (along with Frank Morris) escaped from the infamous Alcatraz prison. The jury is still out whether they actually survived the escape or died in the icy San Francisco Bay. Now, with the modern-day help of the Algin family descendants, History attempts to figure out what happened on that fateful night.