Alibi V.29 No.3 • Jan 16-22, 2020 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 16

“Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” (Freeform 6:30pm) A neurotic twentysomething (Australian comedian Josh Thomas) visits his dad and teenage stepsisters, only to find himself left in charge of the family when dad unexpectedly passes away. One of our protagonist’s sisters is on the autism spectrum, and this sitcom has gotten a good deal of attention for casting an autistic actress (Kayla Cromer) in the role.

“The Last Days of Richard Pryor” (KOAT-7 8pm) ABC News looks at the weeks leading up to comedian Richard Pryor’s untimely death.

Friday 17

“Ares” (Netflix streaming anytime) An ambitious college student (Jade Olieberg) joins a secret society (there are masks!), unaware that it’s hiding a demonic secret from Amsterdam’s past. Who’s in the mood for some Dutch horror?

“Diary of a Future President” (Disney+ streaming anytime) A Cuban-American woman running for President of the United States flashes back to her awkward adolescence thanks to her middle school diary in Disney’s aspirational single-camera sitcom.

“Endlings” (Hulu streaming anytime) Hulu channels E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial with this Canadian kids’ show about four young people living with a foster father on a remote farm who discover an alien on their property after its spaceship crashes.

“Oprah’s Book Club” (Apple TV+ streaming anytime) Oprah’s Book Club comes back to life over on Apple TV+, starting with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge).

“Little America” (Apple TV+ streaming anytime) Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Alan Yang (“Master of None”) are the executive producers behind this anthology series which promises to “go beyond the headlines to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected lives of immigrants in America.”

Saturday 18

“It’s Pony” (Nickelodeon 9:30am) I know it’s not much consolation, fans of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”—which just ended at Season 9—but here’s a new British cartoon about a girl and her talking pony.

“Seven Worlds, One Planet” (BBC America/AMC/IFC 7pm) In response to the devastating wildfires still raging in Australia, the BBC’s new David Attenborough-narrated nature series kicks off with an episode about the continent of Australia.

Sunday 19

“The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” (TBS/TNT 6pm) Robert De Niro gets a Lifetime Achievement Award, Joaquin Phoenix and Leonardo DiCaprio battle it out for Best Actor and the cast of Cats somehow fails to lock down a single nomination.

“Avenue 5” (HBO 8pm) Writer-producer-creator Armando Iannucci (“Veep”) is back with (believe it or not) a sci-fi comedy about the captain (Hugh Laurie) and crew of a luxury space cruise ship experiencing … technical difficulties.

Monday 20

“Spy Games” (Bravo 8pm) Bravo’s new competition series lets folks live out their “espionage fantasies.” Ten aspiring super spies will be put through various “tests and challenges” by three “assessors” (a former CIA officer, a former special agent for the Secret Service and a former FBI agent). The last remaining spy wins $100,000. Also, all the contestants have to live together in a big house with lots of cameras, presumably so they can fight and flirt. (This is Bravo, after all.)

Tuesday 21

“Project Blue Book” (History 8pm) History’s (often highly) dramatized retelling of the government’s investigation into UFOs back in the 1950s gets around to checking out the Roswell Incident for Season 2.

Wednesday 22

“Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens” (Comedy Central 8:30pm) Award-winning comedian/actress/rapper Awkwafina (a.k.a. Nora Lum) contributes an autobiographical sitcom to CC’s lineup.