Alibi V.29 No.34 • Aug 20-26, 2020 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 20

“Biohackers” (Netflix streaming anytime) Netflix heads to Germany to dig up this sci-fi thriller about a medical student who enters a prestigious German university “on a secret mission to uncover a conspiracy linking a family tragedy to a visionary biology professor.”

“Great Pretender” (Netflix streaming anytime) Face it, we’re not gonna see a lot of new American television for a while. So here’s a Japanese crime comedy about a small-time con man who tries to go global. This animated series comes to us from the same studio that gave us “Attack on Titan.”

“The Fungies” (HBO Max streaming anytime) HBO Max’s trippy educational cartoon is set on a prehistoric Earth inhabited by dinosaurs. But our protagonists are mushroom people. Who can switch body parts. Because they’re mushrooms.

“Singletown” (HBO Max streaming anytime) HBO Max goes to England for this “one-of-a-kind relationship show experiment.” (Aren’t they all?) This romance-minded reality show follows five real-life couples as they break up in order to test their relationships.

Friday 21

“Alien TV” (Netflix streaming anytime) Three goofy, animated space alien reporters travel to Earth in order to make sense of humans, their habits and hobbies. Like Syfy’s “Alien News Desk,” only … sillier?

“Lucifer” (Netflix streaming anytime) FOX’s devilish supernatural crime series (based, very loosely, on the Vertigo comic book) heads to Netflix for season 5.

“100 Days Wild” (Discovery 7pm) Seven strangers attempt to build a self-sustaining community in the Alaskan wilderness over the course of 100 days. This cold-weather reality survival show may remind you of “Life Below Zero” or “The Last Alaskans” or “Yukon Men” or “Edge of Alaska” or “Ultimate Survival Alaska” or “The Alaska Experiment” or … Heck, the bottom line is it’s really cheap to shoot in Alaska.

“Team Killers” (Reelz 7pm) Life (and death) is so much easier with a partner at your side. Serial killers who work as a team are profiled in this documentary series. Among the deadly duos: Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, Henry Lee Lucas and Otis Toole, Fred and Rosemary West.

Saturday 22

“Love in the Time of Corona” (Freeform 6pm) Freeform’s timely new rom-com anthology tracks “love, sex and connection” during the COVID-19 pandemic and the era of social distancing. Several real-life married couples (Leslie Odom Jr. and Nicholette Robinson, Gill Bellows and Rya Khilstedt) star in the episodes, because—you know—the ’Rona.

Sunday 23

“The Vow” (HBO 8pm) HBO’s newest true crime documentary series follows the experiences of people deeply involved in the self-improvement group NXIVM—which, if you recall, was the creepy Hollywood sex cult charged with human trafficking and racketeering.

Ruthless Realtor (Lifetime 6pm) Remember: Only residential and commercial real estate brokers who are members of the National Association of Realtors qualify as genuine realtors®. … Also, according to Lifetime, they may be murderers.

Monday 24

“Nice One!” (Quibi streaming anytime) Smiley-faced comedian Ron Funches hosts a micro-sized game show about good manners. Assorted comedians compete to complement some pretty difficult subjects. If they can’t say anything nice, they lose.

“PBS NewsHour Coverage Republican National Convention” (KNME-5 6pm) PBS covers night one of Donald Trump’s weeklong self-congratulation.

Tuesday 25

Steamboat Round the Bend (TCM 7:30pm) TCM digs up an obscure 1935 John Ford flick. Homespun humorist Will Rogers (who died in a plane crash before the film was released) stars as a genial snake oil salesman who enters a winner-takes-all steamboat race while attempting to save his nephew (who has been wrongly accused of murder) from the gallows. It’s old-school cornpone, but a rare chance to see Rogers on screen.

Wednesday 26

“Women in Film Presents: Make It Work!” (KWBQ-19 7pm) This one-hour variety special—a combination of music, comedy and “fun celebrity testimonials”explores the issues and solutions for getting women back to work. Among the scheduled guest stars: Lake Bell, Allison Brie, Connie Britton, Rosario Dawson, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Garner, Cheryl Hines, Andrea Savage and Alfrie Woodard.