Week in Sloth
 Alibi V.29 No.33 • Aug 13-19, 2020 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 13

“Five Bedrooms” (Peacock streaming anytime) Peacock’s newest dramedy is described as a rom-com hybrid of “Friends” and HGTV. Here’s the “sitch”: Five people meet at a wedding and decide to buy a house, fix it up and live together. It’s Australian, by the way.

“Infinity Train” (HBO Max streaming anytime) Owen Dennis’ imaginative, animated mixture of “Adventure Time” and “Snowpiercer” heads to HBO for its third season. The show follows various passengers trying to escape an endless otherworldly train.

“Coronavirus & the Classroom” (KOB-4 7pm) NBC tries to figure out what we’re getting ourselves into this school year.

“Big Brother” (KRQE-13 9pm) A bunch of people stuck in a house together, unable to leave and communicating with the outside world via the internet? … Yeah, doesn’t sound like quite the exotic premise it used to.

Friday 14

“The Great Heist” (Netflix streaming anytime) Based on a real-life 1994 crime, this Colombian crime drama follows 14 crooks as they plan an elaborate scheme to steal more than $30 million from Colombia’s Bank of the Republic.

“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+ streaming anytime) Former “SNL” guy Jason Sudeikis stars as a small-time American soccer coach who gets recruited to run a professional football team in England. The show is based on a character Sudeikis created for a string of NBC Sports commercials back in 2013.

“Teenage Bounty Hunters” (Netflix streaming anytime) Teenage twins (Maddie Phillips and Anjelica Bette Fellini) at an elite Southern prep school get jobs working for a veteran bounty hunter. Weirdest spinoff of “Sweet Valley High” ever.

Saturday 15

Beware of Mom (Lifetime 6pm) A woman tries to save her daughter from “a wild neighborhood mother who wants to steal her away.” … So, like, beware of certain moms.

Sunday 16

“Lovecraft Country” (HBO Max streaming anytime) The cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft gets a timely update in this series (based on the 2016 Matt Ruff novel of the same name) about a young African American (Jonathan Majors from The Last Black Man in San Francisco) who travels across the segregated South in the 1950s looking for his missing father—encountering racism and monsters in near-equal measure.

“Darcey & Stacey” (TLC 8pm) “90 Day Fiancé” stars Darcey and Stacey Silva get a spinoff show, examining their love lives in detail. Perfect for people who think the private lives of reality show stars are somehow important.

Monday 17

“PBS NewsHour Presents the 2020 Democratic National Convention” (KNME-5 6pm) Like some dystopian cyberpunk future, this year’s two major political conventions are going “virtual.” If only Joe Biden would accept his party’s nomination using some kick-ass neon robot avatar with wings. … PBS starts its coverage promptly at 6. A few of the networks follow suit with an hour of token coverage later in the night.

Tuesday 18

“The Suspect” (Sundance Now streaming anytime) Addicted to true crime docuseries? Here, Sundance imports a four-part Canadian series about millionaire Richard Oland of Moosehead Brewing fame, who was beaten to death. His son Dennis immediately became the police's prime and only suspect. But did he kill the old man, or was it a case of police misconduct?

“I Quit” (Discovery 8pm) Would-be entrepreneurs quit their day jobs to turn their “side hustles” into a full-time money-making business. … Hand-crafted troll doll empire, here I come!

Wednesday 19

“High Score” (Netflix streaming anytime) Netflix’s new docuseries traces the history of classic video games, featuring insights from the innovators who brought these digital worlds and characters to life. Pac-Man tells all!

“Dodgeball Thunderdome” (Discovery 7pm) Um, yeah. This is, in fact, adult competitive dodgeball. On TV. In primetime.

“Growing Belushi” (Discovery 8pm) Evidently actor Jim Belushi has a legal cannabis farm. And a reality show about it. “Reality show or it didn’t happen” is the new “Photo or it didn’t happen.”

“Donkmaster” (Vice 8:30pm) Sage Thomas, the self-styled “king” of donk street racing is profiled in this docureality series. I hesitate to even look up what the hell “donk street racing” is for fear that it will push my phone number or the name of the elementary school I went to out of my already overcrowded brain. … OK, fine. Turns out it’s a Southern Florida street racing thing using super-customized ’70s GM cars with gigantic wheels. … Crap. I wanna say: President Something Elementary.