Alibi V.28 No.33 • Aug 15-21, 2019 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 15

“Cannon Busters” (Netflix streaming anytime) Writer and artist LeSean Thomas (“The Boondocks”) created the short-lived, anime-inspired comic book Cannon Busters back in 2005. Now Netflix picks it up as an animated series. The story concerns the exploits of a S.A.M., “a high-end, royal-class friendship droid” who is joined by a discarded maintenance robot and a deadly fugitive on a “fantastic and dangerous world” in a search for S.A.M.’s best friend, the heir to a powerful kingdom.

“Why Women Kill” (CBS All Access streaming anytime) Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kirby Howell-Baptiste star in this “darkly comic drama” detailing the lives of three married women in three different time periods: a housewife in the ’60s, a socialite in the ’80s and a lawyer in 2019.

Friday 16

“Better Than Us” (Netflix streaming anytime) Netflix gets even more international, airing this Russian sci-fi series about a family on the brink of splitting up who become the owners of a cutting-edge robot being sought by a greedy corporation, some homicide investigators and a group of terrorists.

“Green Frontier” (Netflix streaming anytime) In this Colombian crime drama, a young, Bogatá-based detective is drawn into the jungle to investigate a string of murders. There, she uncovers magic, an evil plot and “her own true origins.”

“Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus!” (Netflix streaming anytime) Creator-writer-artist Jhonen Vasquez finally returns to his 2001 to 2006 Nickelodeon series about an enthusiastic but hapless alien invader with this feature-length sequel. Everyone, feel free to sing The Doom Song.

Saturday 17

Zombie Tidal Wave (Syfy 7pm) Everyone saddened by the end of the infamous Sharknado series can relax. Star Ian Ziering and director Anthony C. Ferrante are back with this ridiculously similar SyFy Channel offering about a tsunami filled with the living dead.

Sunday 18

“Downton Abbey Live!” (KNME-5 7pm) With the Downton Abbey movie hitting theaters on Sept. 20, newscaster Deborah Roberts hosts this live event featuring a Q&A with the cast, brand new clips from the movie and a nostalgic look back at six seasons of the beloved TV series.

“Cola Wars” (History Channel 7pm) I lived through the epic Coke vs. Pepsi conflict of the 1980s, and we lost a lot of good people. A lot of good Members Only jackets as well. #neverforget

I Am Patrick Swayze (Paramount/TV Land/Spike 7pm) Paramount looks back on the life and career of the Dirty Dancing star with this biography of the beloved actor as told by the people who knew him.

“The Righteous Gemstones” (HBO 8pm) Danny McBride (“Eastbound & Down,” “Vice Principals”) is the creator and star of this series about a famous but dysfunctional family of televangelists.

Monday 19

“I Ship It” (KWBQ-19 8:30pm) In this musical comedy series, a twentysomething fangirl and aspiring writer of TV fanfic lands a job (as a writer’s assistant) on her favorite TV show of all time, “Superstition.”

Tuesday 20

A Summer Place (TCM 6pm) Summer is winding to a close, but you can close out the season with this sentimental 1959 romance about two former teenage lovers from different social classes who cross paths as adults while vacationing on the New England coast—only to find that their own teenage offspring (Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee) have fallen passionately in love.

Wednesday 21

“Hyperdrive” (Netflix streaming anytime) Charlize Theron is the executive producer of this reality competition in which “elite street racers” from around the world test their skills on a 100-acre automotive obstacle course.