Alibi V.27 No.44 • Nov 1-7, 2018 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 1

“Angela’s Christmas” (Netflix streaming anytime) Frank McCourt, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angela’s Ashes, turns his dispiriting memoir of poverty, alcoholism, childhood disease and debilitating depression—into an animated kid’s tale for Christmas! … No, really.

“People Magazine: Sexiest Chef Alive” (Food Network 6pm) But can they cook?

Friday 2

“Homecoming” (Amazon streaming anytime) Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg adapt their own fictional podcast about a caseworker helping soldiers transition to civilian life who quits her job and goes to work as a waitress, only to face some hard questions from the Department of Defense. Sam Esmail (“Mr. Robot”) directs and executive produces this psychological thriller, while Julia Roberts takes over the lead role from voice actress Catherine Keener.

“Watergate” (History 7pm) History Channel hosts a three-night documentary event, digging into an American political scandal so famous that every political scandal since then has been obliged to shoehorn in the word “gate.”

Saturday 3

Christmas Joy (Hallmark 6pm) A no-nonsense DC market researcher on the edge of a big promotion is called back to her quaint North Carolina hometown to help her aunt recover from surgery. While there, she volunteers to take her aunt’s place in the town’s legendary cookie-baking competition where she’s paired up with her old high school crush and … Look, if you think I’m summarizing every damn one of these Christmas rom-coms on Hallmark, you’ve go another thing coming.

“Chad Loves Michelle” (OWN 7pm) Not enough, evidently. Pastor Chad Johnson and Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams called off their engagement a week before their reality show was set to air.

“Shut Up and Dribble” (Showtime 7pm) LeBron James turns pundit Laura Ingraham’s famous insult into a three-part documentary about the history of the NBA and its athlete’s lives off the court.

Sunday 4

“Snatches: Moments From Women’s Lives” (BBC America 7am) To mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote in England, the BBC has commissioned this special collection of short films featuring an all-female lineup of actors and writers. … Still a little surprised they got away with that title, though.

“Mickey’s 90th Spectacular” (KOAT-7 7pm) Actor Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), actress Anna Camp (also Pitch Perfect), singer Kelsea Ballerini, actor Miles Brown (“Black-ish”), sportscaster Sage Steele (ESPN’s “SportsCenter”) and YouTube singing sensation Tori Kelly (all of whom have probably heard of Mickey Mouse) join Disney to celebrate their icon’s 90th birthday.

Monday 5

John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons (Netflix streaming anytime) Way to not sugarcoat it, Netflix.

Tuesday 6

“The Vote: America’s Future”/“ABC News 2018 Midterm Election”/ “CBS News: Campaign 2018” (KOB-4/KOAT-7/KRQE-13 7pm) Hold on to your couches; it’s gonna be a bumpy night.

Wednesday 7

“Clique” (Pop 11pm) From the creators of the British drama “Skins” comes this six-part drama about a group of young women who intern at a corporation led by their economics professor. After witnessing the underbelly of lavish parties, drug use, sex, betrayal and self-harm, some begin to suspect “a darkness lurking behind the corrupt corporation.”