Alibi V.28 No.14 • April 4-10, 2019 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 4

“In the Dark” (KWBQ-19 8pm) Michael Showalter (of “The State” and Wet Hot American Summer) executive produces and directs this comedy-drama about a “flawed and irreverent” twentysomething blind woman (Perry Mattfeld) who navigates life in a drunken haze. One day she stumbles across the corpse of her one and only friend, a teenage drug dealer. But the body disappears before the police arrive, leaving our heroine to solve the murder herself.

Friday 5

“Quicksand” (Netflix streaming anytime) From Sweden comes this crime series about a high school student who finds herself on trial for murder after a deadly tragedy at a Stockholm prep school.

“Yes, It’s Really Us Singing—The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Concert Special” (KWBQ-19 8pm) Not content with an ordinary series finale (which precedes this), Rachel Bloom and her fellow cast members say goodbye with a concert special featuring favorite songs from the cult comedy’s four-season run.

“Warrior” (Cinemax 11pm) In the wake of the American Civil War, a young martial arts prodigy, recently arrived from China, finds himself dragged into the brutal Chinatown Tong wars. Weirdly, this is based on a concept that Bruce Lee came up with back in the ’70s. Allegedly, Warner Bros. ripped off the idea and made the martial arts Western “Kung Fu” with David Carradine. Now producer-director Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious franchise) revives the idea with little-known British-Japanese actor Andrew Koji in the lead role.

Saturday 6

Native Son (HBO 8pm) First-time filmmaker Rashid Johnson and Pulitzer-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks modernize Richard Wright’s seminal 1940 novel about a young African American man who takes a job working as a chauffeur for a highly influential Chicago family. Ashton Sanders (of Moonlight) stars.

Sunday 7

“Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live” (Discovery 7pm) Josh Gates and crew broadcast from the middle of the Egyptian desert where archaeologists will open a 3,000-year-old sealed sarcophagus live on TV. I would issue dire warnings about plagues and curses, but these live TV stunts are notoriously anticlimactic.

“Lazor Wulf” (Cartoon Network 1am) Adult Swim’s trippy new animated series is about … well, there is a wolf with a laser cannon on his back. Other than that, it’s hard to say. It’s created by British African broadcaster Henry Bonsu (who was sacked by BBC London for being “too intellectual”) and produced by Daniel Weidenfeld (“China, IL”), Carl Jones (“The Boondocks”) and rapper Vince Staples.

Monday 8

“White Boy” (Starz 7pm) Starz airs this documentary about teenage FBI informant Richard Wershe Jr, who ran a “sophisticated underground cocaine operation” in Detroit—while working for the FBI. Wershe was the subject of the 2018 crime drama White Boy Rick.

Tuesday 9

“The Code” (KRQE-13 8pm) Love the military legal drama “JAG”? Then you’ll love the military legal drama “The Code.” It’s about Marine lawyers, as opposed to Navy lawyers—meaning shows about Army lawyers and Air Force lawyers can’t be far behind.

“Fosse/Verdon” (FX 11pm) Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) star in this biographical series about the romantic and creative partnership between director-choreographer Bob Fosse and dancer-actress Gwen Verdon.

Wednesday 10

“Dark Side of the Ring” (Viceland 7pm) Viceland examines “infamous moments” and “untold secrets” from the world of pro wrestling in this six-part documentary series.