Alibi V.28 No.45 • Nov 7-13, 2019

Week in Sloth

Thursday 7

“Conan Without Borders: Ghana” (TBS 8pm) Conan O’Brien takes his show on the road—all the way to the African nation of Ghana.

Friday 8

“Greatest Events of WWII in Colour” (Netflix streaming anytime) If you’re one of those old guys who dresses every day in a set of Dickies coveralls and spends your time watching History Channel, Netflix would like a word with you.

“Green Eggs and Ham” (Netflix streaming anytime) If you’ve spent the last 59 years or so wondering about the further adventures of that weird hairy dude in the hat who doesn’t want to eat green eggs and ham, but then does and likes it, Netflix offers up these continuing weekly adventures. … And yes, that’s Michael Douglas and Adam DeVine voicing the lead characters.

“The Rocketeer” (Disney 9am) High-flying hero The Rocketeer is back in a computer-animated cartoon. This time around, though, the gleaming rocket-pack belongs to a 6-year-old girl. Frankly, this smacks of bad parenting.

“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” (KOAT-7 7pm) Um, wut? … This musical drama, inspired by the popular Disney film series High School Musical, centers on a fictional group of high school students who are putting on a stage version of High School Musical. So it’s a musical TV series about a musical theater production based on a musical movie. Got it?

Saturday 9

“Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration” (HBO 5pm) Get ready to feel old! To kick off the venerable kiddy show’s 50th season, HBO takes a sweeping look back at the show’s history with host Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Norah Jones, Nile Rodgers, Elvis Costello, Meghan Trainor and Patti LaBelle are among the musical guests performing classic “Sesame Street” sing-alongs.

“Blue Planet Now” (BBC America 7pm) The Beeb follows up the nature porn of “Blue Planet” and “Blue Planet II” with this hi-def look at animals and environments around the globe.

Sunday 10

“The E! People’s Choice Awards” (E! 7pm) E! celebrates the best (or at least the most popular) in pop culture. And since it’s the “People’s Choice” awards and not those hoity-toity Oscars, odds are you’ve actually heard of every single nominee.

Rock N’ Roll Christmas (UPtv 5pm) Whereas most networks stick with the tried-and-true country Christmas themes, UPtv dips its toe into a more pop music-oriented holiday atmosphere.

“Back to Life” (Showtime 8pm) In this BBC-produced comedy-drama, a woman (Daisy Haggard) returns home after 18 years in prison and attempts to rebuild her life.

Monday 11

“Blue’s Clues & You!” (Nickelodeon 5:30am) Hey, don’t drag me into your live-action/animated kids’ show reboot. I recognize only one “Blue’s Clues” host—and it’s not this new “Josh” guy. … Nope, not Joe, either. Philistines.

Tuesday 12

“The Mandalorian” (Disney+ streaming anytime) Disney+ launches today. There are a bunch of shows airing, of course, but I’m assuming this Star Wars spin-off staring Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Taika Waititi and Werner Herzog is the only one people actually shoveled out the monthly fee for. It probably wasn’t for “Forky Asks a Question,” which also debuts today.

“Kings of Pain” (History 8:03pm) Wildlife biologist Adam Thorn and professional animal handler Rob “Caveman” Alleva travel the world getting stung by some of the planet’s most vicious insects and bit by some of its most dangerous animals. … Was there a drunken bar bet involved in the creation of this show? Or at least a “double dog dare”?

“Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again!” (KOAT-7 9pm) Nothing says “holiday programming” like a random Dolly Parton musical special. She’s been doing them since 1979, after all.

Wednesday 13

“53rd Annual CMA Awards” (KOAT-7 7pm) Following her musical special, Dolly Parton sticks around to host the Country Music Association Awards, alongside Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire.