Alibi V.27 No.45 • Nov 8-14, 2018 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 8

“The Cry” (Sundance Now streaming anytime) Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald on “Doctor Who”) stars in this British/Australian mystery series about a young mother who travels with her new husband from Scotland to Australia to fight for custody of her husband’s daughter against his Australian ex-wife. While driving out of Melbourne, however, the couple’s baby son goes missing. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the marriage starts to collapse and her psychological state disintegrates.

“Tell Me a Story” (CBS All Access streaming anytime) Kevin Williamson (he of “Dawson’s Creek” and Scream fame) is the creator of this anthology series which takes classic fairy tales (“The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Hansel and Gretel”) and re-imagines them as dark and twisted psychological thrillers set in modern-day New York.

Friday 9

“Beat” (Amazon streaming anytime) Amazon’s newest German-made series is a crime drama set in Berlin’s drug-filled club scene.

Saturday 10

It’s Christmas, Eve (Hallmark 6pm) The problem with Hallmark’s annual blizzard of holiday rom-coms is the no-nonsense, holiday-hating business women at the center of them (in this case, LeAnn Rimes as a budget-trimming school superintendent who returns to her hometown only to suddenly and unexpectedly find love with a passionate music teacher at a cash-strapped school). It’s not that they’re stuck repeating the same cliché storyline over and over again. It’s that they all have to have ironic “holiday” names like Joy or Grace or Noel or Candy or Eve. Pretty soon they’re gonna run out.

Sunday 11

“The E! People’s Choice Awards 2018” (E! 7pm) The People’s Choice Awards moves from CBS to its new home on E! Avengers: Infinity War leads the movie category with seven nominations. “The Walking Dead” heads up TV with eight nominations. Ariana Grande is up for 4 music awards.

“Sally4Ever” (HBO 8:30pm) From the creator of “Camping” (recently Americanized by HBO, but retaining all of its sadistic, painful humor) comes this uncomfortable British sitcom about a meek office worker (Catherine Shepherd) who, on the eve of being proposed to by her longtime boyfriend, finds herself haplessly sucked into a torrid affair with a manipulative party girl (creator Julia Davis).

Monday 12

The Price of Everything (HBO 6pm) This documentary feature examines the role of art and passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society. Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter and Njideka Akunyili Crosby are among the artists talking about selling out.

Tuesday 13

“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath—The Jehovah’s Witnesses” (A&E 7pm) After a couple seasons deconstructing L. Ron Hubbard and his ilk, former Scientologist Leah Remini turns her attentions to deconstructing another cult-like religion, the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Wednesday 14

“Origin” (YouTube Premium streaming anytime) If you’re paying for commercial-free YouTube (formerly known as YouTube Red), at least you get this new sci-fi series staring Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter films) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films). It’s about a group of strangers stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant world who must work together for their mutual survival.