Alibi V.28 No.37 • Sept 12-18, 2019 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 12

“The I-Land” (Neflix streaming anytime) What if “Lost” took place in virtual reality—and you threw in a little bit of Hunger Games? Or something like that. Noted playwright/director Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, Friends & Neighbors) is the writer-director-creator behind this mind-twisty sci-fi mystery about 10 people who wake up on a treacherous island with no memory of who they are or how they got there.

“ABC News Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate” (KOAT-7 6pm) Hey, at least there are fewer of them on this go-around.

“The Very Very Best of the ’70s” (AXS TV 6pm) Tonight’s fall season premiere kicks off with “game shows.” … Yup. The ’70s had some fine game shows, all right. It was the microphones. So slim, so elongated.

Friday 13

“Unbelievable” (Netflix streaming anytime) Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) is the creator-writer-producer of this true story drama based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning “This American Life” account of a twist-filled rape investigation. Toni Collette’s in it, so that’s cool.

“Undone” (Amazon Prime streaming anytime) Writer-producer-creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg (“BoJack Horseman”) is the fellow behind Amazon’s visually surreal, rotoscope-animated series about a woman (Alita: Battle Angel’s Rosa Salazar) who gets into a car accident and discovers that she has a “new relationship with time.”

“Red Bull Peaking” (KWBQ-19 8pm) Red Bull’s new, taurine-fueled sports show promises “intimate portraits of athletes in the 72-hour period before, during and immediately after an event.”

Saturday 14

“LEGO Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar” (Nickelodeon 9:30am) The characters of Claire Dearing and Owen Grady (played in the movie by Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt) take front and center in this 13-episode animated miniseries set three years before the events of 2015’s Jurassic World.

Sunday 15

“Warigami” (KWBQ-19 7pm) The CW has partnered with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (sure, why not?) to create a “contemporary samurai saga” about the descendants of ancient Japanese warriors who can, yes, fold deadly weapons out of paper.

“Country Music” (KNME-5 7pm) “We’ve got both kinds. Country and Western!” Ken Burns tackles the history of this most American art form in his latest documentary series.

“Hurricane Man” (Science 7pm) Nice timing. Veteran storm chaser Josh Morgerman gets “up close and personal” with some of the world’s most dangerous weather.

“Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin” (Comedy Central 8pm) Be cautious, everybody. Baldwin can dish it out as well as take it.

Monday 16

“Dancing With the Stars” (KOAT-7 7pm) Donald Trump’s universally loathed former press secretary Sean “Spicy” Spicer is on “Dancing With the Stars”? Well, at least we know what John Bolton’s next gig will be.

Tuesday 17

“The Last Kids on Earth” (Netflix streaming anytime) The popular kid lit series about tweenage kids fighting off various supernatural monsters in end-of-the-world America gets an animated spin-off.

Wednesday 18

“American Horror Story: 1984” (FX 11pm) “American Horror Story” takes us on a flashback trip to 1984 for a season filled with summer camp slasher shenanigans.