Alibi V.29 No.36 • Sept 3-9, 2020

Week in Sloth

Week In Sloth

Thursday 3

“Raised By Wolves” (HBO Max streaming anytime) Aaron Guzikowski (“The Red Road”) is the creator and Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) is the executive producer of this far out sci-fi drama about two androids struggling to raise a colony of human children on a faraway world after Earth is destroyed by a great war. As religious differences threatens to tear the fragile colony apart, the android caretakers embark on the dangerous task of manipulating human belief systems.

“We Got This” (Sundance Now streaming anytime) A recently jobless American man (Schiaffino Musarra) living in Sweden sets off to solve the 30-year-old murder of the former prime minister Olof Palme, in hopes that the 50 million Swedish crown ($5 million) reward can pay off his insurmountable tax bill. Naturally, he teams up with his closest friend, a wacky conspiracy theorist and former police officer and soon finds himself neck-deep into a web of intrigue. Writer and star Musarra’s six-episode crime comedy is based around actual facts: Palme was the prime minister of Sweden, and the government was offering a $5 million reward for solving his murder.

“Young Wallander” (Netflix streaming anytime) Swedish cop Kurt Wallander (played previously by Krister Henriksson and Kenneth Branaugh) gets the “Young Sheldon” treatment. Only less funny. Or not, really. Adam Palsson takes over, shepherding the cop through his first case.

Friday 4

“Away” (Netflix streaming anytime) An astronaut (Hillary Swank) embarks on a treacherous mission to Mars with an international crew, leaving behind her husband and teenage daughter.

“Earth to Ned” (Disney+ streaming anytime) Produced by the Jim Henson Company, this puppet/live-action talk show centers around a blue-skinned alien and his lieutenant who are sent to Earth on a scouting mission but become obsessed with popular culture and start interviewing celebrities instead. RuPaul, Joel McHale, Billy Dee Williams, Rachel Bloom, Taye Diggs and NeNe Leakes are among the guests.

“Noughts + Crosses” (Peacock streaming anytime) Peacock continues to mine British TV for new content, shipping another BBC series to American shores. Based on the popular series of YA novels by Malorie Blackman, the show takes place in an alternate reality in which Europe was conquered and enslaved by Africa 700 years ago.

Saturday 5

“Pop Goes the Vet” (Nat Geo Wild 8:14pm) What’s better than docu-reality shows about doctors who pop pimples? Everything. Literally everything. What’s worse? Well, previously, it was hard to imagine. But now we have this show about veterinarians who drain pustules and abscesses on animals. … If you’re eager to watch this, there’s something fundamentally wrong with you. Like, on a DNA level. Seriously.

Sunday 6

“Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz 7pm) This sequel to/spin-off of Starz’ popular six-season crime series picks up shortly after Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey) killed his father, James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), and his mother, Tasha (Naturi Naughton), ended up behind bars for the murder.

“Welcome to the Jungle” (HGTV 7:01pm) In their ongoing search to find new places to set docu-reality shows about people buying houses, HGTV has settled on … jungles! From the rainforests of Costa Rica to the verdant paradises of Peru, inexplicably wealthy twentysomethings looking for a second home will argue over closet size amid much greenery.

Monday 7

“Madagascar: A Little Wild” (Hulu streaming anytime) The animated animals from DreamWorks’ Madagascar franchise (four movies and two TV series) are back! Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo (all now voiced by inexpensive TV talent) all return for this prequel look into their early life in the Central Park Zoo.

Pool Boy Nightmare (Lifetime 6pm) Hard to believe Lifetime managed to crank out a Jerry Falwell Jr. biopic so quickly. … Wait. That’s not what this is? Eh, close enough.

Tuesday 8

“Biography: I Want My MTV” (A&E 7pm) Rather than offer the biography of a single human being, tonight’s “Biography” charts the rise of a cultural phenomenon that defined a generation—as seen through the eyes of the artists, audiences and VJ’s who were there from the beginning.

Wednesday 9

“Woke” (Hulu streaming anytime) Cartoonist Keith Knight (“The K Chronicles”) is the creator of this mostly autobiographical sitcom about a cartoonist named Keef (Lamorne Morris), who is on the verge of mainstream success when an unexpected event changes his life.