Alibi V.28 No.51 • Dec 19-25, 2019 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 19

“Twice Upon a Time” (Netflix streaming anytime) Gaspard Ulliel (best known as Hannibal Lecter in 2007’s Hannibal Rising) stars in this French romantic drama about a man, still reeling from a breakup, who receives a package with “mysterious properties” that could give him a chance to win back his ex.

A Christmas Carol (FX 8:30pm) English writer-director Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises, Locke) tries his hand at adapting Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, amping up the ghostly visitations and turning the whole thing into a wintry horror story (which it pretty much is).

“The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2019” (KWBQ-19 7pm) Taylor Swift, the Jonas Brothers, Halsey, Niall Horan, Lizzo, Dan + Shay and Monsta X are among the performers scheduled to hit the stage this year.

Friday 20

“The Witcher” (Netflix streaming anytime) The popular book series (and its arguably more popular video game spin-offs), about a mutated monster hunter struggling to find his place in a monster-filled world, becomes a live-action series with Henry Cavill (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) in the title role.

Saturday 21

“Battle of the Christmas Movie Stars” (Lifetime 9am) Popular Lifetime movie stars are put to the test in holiday-inspired challenges (gift wrapping, wearing ugly sweaters, decorating cookies).

“The Ultimate Hanukkah Challenge” (Food Network 7pm) Our Jewish friends finally get a little love in this holiday-themed cooking competition.

Sunday 22

“The Price Is Right: A Holiday Extravaganza With the Cast of SEAL Team” (KRQE-13 7pm) Wow. The entire cast? Even David Boreanaz. Because that guy can price a can of peas like nobody’s business.

“The Year: 2019” (KOB-4 8pm) Oy. Don’t remind me.

“A Home For the Holidays With Idina Menzel” (KRQE-13 8pm) Idina Menzel, Adam Lambert, Ne-Yo and Kelly Rowland sing a few songs—then try to guilt you into adopting an orphan. That’s how they get you.

Monday 23

“The Price Is Right At Night: A Holiday Extravaganza With Seth Rogen” (KRQE-13 7pm) I mean, it sounds better than the cast of “SEAL Team.” But still weird, right? What’s Seth even gonna do with a brand new car!

Tuesday 24

Baby in a Manger (UPtv 5pm) A police officer and a social worker search for the mother of a baby found abandoned in a nativity scene at church. Sounds like a heck of a first date, guys.

Wednesday 25

When Calls the Heart Christmas (Hallmark 6pm) Inspirational Canadian author Janette Oke’s book has inspired 56 period drama episodes and four Christmas specials. So what’s one more?

“Call the Midwife: Holiday Special” (KNME-5 8pm) Former British nurse Jennifer Worth’s memoir, on the other hand, has inspired 69 period drama episodes and 7 Christmas specials. Yup. Here’s another.

Thursday 26

“The Bonfire of Destiny” (Netflix streaming anytime) This French costume drama introduces us to three women who see their futures turned upside down by identity theft, forbidden love, betrayal and emancipation in the wake of the devastating 1897 Paris fire.

“Fast & Furious: Spy Racers” (Netflix streaming anytime) Given how cartoonish this car-centric movie series has become of late, it’s only natural that it would morph into an actual cartoon one day. Today is that day.

Friday 27

“America Salutes You Presents Guitar Legends 3” (KWBQ-19 7pm) Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Billy Gibbons hosts this benefit concert raising funds for brain and mental wellness charities assisting veterans and first responders. Among the ax-slinging legends joining Billy: Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers), Steve Luthaker (Toto) and Nancy Wilson (Heart).

Saturday 28

A New Year’s Resolution (Hallmark 6pm) Hallmark transitions seamlessly from Christmas rom-coms to New Year’s Eve rom-coms. Next up: Arbor Day rom-coms.

Sunday 29

“Flirty Dancing” (KASA-2 6pm) Jenna Dewan, host of “World of Dance” hosts yet another dancing competition. But this one is also a dating show.

“Dare Me” (USA 8pm) Based on the novel by Megan Abbott, this dark drama (from assorted producers, writers and directors behind “Gilmore Girls,” ‘The Americans” and “Friday Night Lights” takes us inside the “cutthroat world of competitive high school cheeleading.”

Monday 30

“The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened” (Netflix streaming anytime) Based on the absurdist Japanese manga series, this comic anime centers on a hapless high school student born with an assortment of psychic abilities who does everything he can to hide his powers and live a normal life.

Tuesday 31

“Dick Clarke’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Even With Ryan Seacrest” (KOAT-7 7pm) Paula Abdul, Green Day, Salt-N-Pepa, Sheryl Crow, Usher, Dan + Shay and Dua Lipa.

“Fox’s New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey” (KASA-2 6pm) Sting, Robin Thicke, Florence + The Machine and Jason Aldean.

“NBC’s New Year’s Eve Special” (KOB-4 9:30pm) Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Kalie Shorr, Ne-Yo and Chrissy Teigen.

Wednesday 1

“The Explosion Show” (Science 8pm) Science Channel cuts to the chase and just starts blowing stuff up.