Alibi V.27 No.36 • Sept 6-12, 2018 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 6

“The Majesty of Music and Math” (KNME-5 7pm) This locally produced PBS special explores the interconnectedness between music and mathematics. Santa Fe Institute mathematician and computer scientist Cris Moore provides “contextual reasoning” for a selection of musical compositions from the Santa Fe Symphony with Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa.

“Save Me” (Starz 7:30pm) Starz picks up this three-part British kidnapping drama starring Lennie James (currently reassigned from “The Walking Dead” to “Fear the Walking Dead”).

“Jordin Sparks: A Baby Story” (Lifetime 8:03pm) Jordin Sparks, winner of “American Idol” Season 6 and star of the Lifetime television movie Dear Secret Santa, is having a baby. Naturally, all of America is required to watch her “journey to motherhood” on a reality show.

Friday 7

House of Darkness: New Blood (Lifetime Movie Network 6pm) The 2016 Lifetime Movie House of Darkness told the scare-free story of a family who moves into an allegedly haunted farmhouse and is soon beset by dark forces. Or is it? It was “inspired by true events.” This one’s got a different family, a different farmhouse and, presumably, different dark forces.

“Stand Up To Cancer 2018” (KASA-2/KOB-4/KOAT-7/KRQE-13 7pm) All the broadcast networks (plus more than 50 cable channels—from TNT to HBO) turn programming over to this special aimed at raising awareness and funds for cancer research. Lots of movie stars and musicians are on tap to bad-mouth cancer.

Saturday 8

Wedding of Dreams (Hallmark 7pm) Former ’80s pop music icon Debbie Gibson stars in this Hallmark rom-com, a sequel to 2016’s Summer of Dreams. Debbie plays a former pop music icon named “Debbie” who’s found love in small-town America and is now teaching kids the value of their own musical talents. But she’s lured out of retirement when her old manager convinces her to tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary of her hit single “Out of the Blue” (the title of Gibson’s actual 1988 hit).

Sunday 9

The Bad Seed (Lifetime 6pm) Executive producer. director and star Rob Lowe re-imagines 1956’s evil kid horror thriller—with a lot more emphasis on the dad, we’re assuming.

“Rel” (KASA-2 6pm) Stand-up comic Lil Rel Howard lands one of the eponymous TV sitcoms in which stand-up comics play stand-up comics.

Monday 10

Land of the Free (Starz 7pm) Documentary filmmaker Camilla Magid spent two years following the lives of three people on the verge of major transition in the face of incarceration: A 42-year-old man released from prison after spending his entire adult life behind bars, a teenage boy struggling to leave the drug and gang life behind to become a father and a 7-year-old kid trying to reconnect with his mother who just got out of jail again.

Tuesday 11

“Day the Towers Fell” (History Channel 5am) History Channel commemorates 9/11 with a day of documentary programming.

Wednesday 12

“Life” (Netflix streaming anytime) In this series from South Korea, a “patient-focused emergency physician” clashes with his hospital’s new, profit-minded director. Good to know America isn’t the only country pumping out generic medical dramas.

“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” (FX 11pm) For the eighth season of FX’s increasingly cynical horror anthology, all the regulars (plus new cast member Joan Collins) tackle the end of the world.