Alibi V.28 No.49 • Dec 5-11, 2019

Week in Sloth

Thursday 5

“Home For Christmas” (Netflix streaming anytime) Norway gets in on the holiday rom-com train with this seasonal sitcom about a perpetually single woman (Ida Elise Broch) who starts a 24-day hunt for a boyfriend to bring home for Christmas.

“V Wars” (Netflix streaming anytime) Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”) stars as a scientist trying to stop a deadly outbreak that is turning society into opposing factions of humans and vampires. Based on the IDW comic book of the same name.

“Tell Me a Story” (CBS All Access streaming anytime) Season 1 of this twisted psychological thriller wove elements of The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel into a dark crime drama about love, greed, revenge and murder. Season 2 offers up another modern take on Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

A Very Corgi Christmas (BYUtv 6pm) My twee-meter exploded just reading the title.

“Same Time, Next Christmas” (KOAT-7 8:01pm) Lea Michele (of “Glee” fame) shows up in this holiday rom-com about a young woman who tries to meet her childhood sweetheart during her family’s annual visit to Hawaii—but circumstances conspire to keep them apart.

Friday 6

“Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show” (Netflix streaming anytime) The first “all-black Upright Citizens Brigade troupe” brings their absurd brand of humor to Netflix.

“Glow Up” (Netflix streaming anytime) Aspiring makeup artists battle one another in this reality show competition aimed at fans of “Glam Masters” and “American Beauty Star.”

“Reprisal” (Hulu streaming anytime) A “relentless femme fatale” (Abigail Spencer from “Timeless” and “Rectify”) leads a vengeful campaign of revenge after being left for dead by a “bombastic gang of gearheads.”

Saturday 7

Mistletoe & Menorahs (Lifetime 4pm) Lifetime acknowledges our Hebraic friends with its newest holiday rom-com. Toy company executive Christy needs a crash course in Hanukkah in order to land a big account. Naturally, she turns to Jewish friend-of-a-friend Jonathan, who desperately needs to turn his bachelor pad into a Christmas wonderland in order to impress his shiksa girlfriend’s dad.

The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! (Nickeodeon 5pm) The Tony-nominated (live-action, of course) musical adaptation of “SpongeBob SquarePants” makes its way off Broadway and back to Nickelodeon.

“Steven Universe Future” (Cartoon Network 9pm) This animated mini-series serves as an epilogue to “Steven Universe” and takes place after Steven Universe: The Movie. Set several years after Steven actually saved the universe, the series finds our young hero running out of other people’s problems to solve. Now he’s got to fix some of his own.

Sunday 8

Dear Santa, I Need a Date (TV One 5pm) Yeah, you and every other main character in a holiday rom-com, buddy.

“Supergirl” (KWBQ-19 7pm) The epic crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earth” (based on the classic DC comic from 1985) finally arrives in The CW’s “Arrowverse.” You’ll have to watch upcoming episodes of “Batwoman,” “The Flash,” “Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow” to get the whole story.

“The L Word: Generation Q” (Showtime 8pm) Showtime’s classic lesbian drama returns with a few old characters (Bette Porter, Shane McCutcheon, Alice Pieczecki) and a brand new setting (LA’s Silver Lake neighborhood).

Monday 9

“Beat Shazam” (KASA-2 7pm) Jamie Foxx returns as host for this high-tech gameshow update of “Name That Tune.” Only this time, contestants are asked to identify classic holiday tunes.

Tuesday 10

“Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways” (KOB-4 7pm) Comedian/talk show host Ellen Degeneres shows up in primetime with her “celebrity friends” to hand out “life-changing” gifts to “unsuspecting people.” You’re probably not one of them.

Wednesday 11

Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (HBO 7pm) Documentary filmmaker Taylor Brodsky turns her camera on her own family, watching as her 11-year-old deaf son learns to play Beethoven’s iconic sonata on the piano after receiving a cochlear implant. At the same time, Brodsky’s parents (both of whom are deaf) watch in awe what time and technology have bestowed on their grandson.