Week In Sloth

The Week In Sloth

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Thursday 19

“The Office” (KOB-4 8 p.m.) Apparently, Michael has been at Dunder Mifflin for 15 years, and he’s got big plans for his anniversary.

“Taking the Stage” (MTV 11 p.m.) Ten students at Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts get their own reality show. … Hey, it beats giving more exposure to Playboy models, filthy-rich housewives and people who have at least eight kids.

Friday 20

“Battlestar Galactica” (Sci-Fi 7 p.m.) I don’t wanna jinx it. But given that tonight’s two-hour series-ending finale is titled “Daybreak,” I’m gonna go out on a limb and say something remotely hopeful might actually happen.

“WWE Smackdown” (KASY-50 7 p.m.) World Wrestling Entertainment’s flagship show celebrates its 500 th episode. … Presumably with more smackdowns.

“Party Down” (Starz 8:30 p.m.) This new sitcom features a sextet of Hollywood wannabes who make ends meet by working at a Los Angeles catering company.

Saturday 21

“COPS” (KASA-2 7 p.m.) Yeah, 500 shows is impressive, “Smackdown,” but tonight, “COPS” celebrates its “750 th Episode Milestone.” Holy cow, that’s a lot of drunk, shirtless rednecks getting taken to the curb and hog-tied.

Sunday 22

The Color of Magic (ION 7 p.m.) Based on the first two books of Terry Pratchett’s hugely popular Discworld series, this fantasy-filled British miniseries features Sean Astin, Tim Curry, Brian Cox and the voice of Christopher Lee—which is more than enough to make the fans come running.

“Bully Beatdown” (MTV 10:30 p.m.) Apparently it works like this: Nerdy victims nominate bullies to go on this reality show. Said bullies are then ambushed by a TV crew and “called out” to grapple in the ring with a professionally trained MMA fighter. Theoretically, the bullies must accept the challenge or look like a wuss on national television. The resulting “beatdown” is labeled revenge, and the bullies learn a valuable lesson. … Yeah, right.

“Craig Ferguson: A Wee Bit o’ Revolution” ( Comedy Central 11 p.m.) The late-night host gets an extended monologue all to himself.

Monday 23

“Roommates” (ABC Family 7 p.m.) Five twentysomethings share an apartment. No, it’s not a reality show. It’s a sitcom. Remember those?

“Sophie” (ABC Family 7:30 p.m.) Imported from Canada (now they’re outsourcing our sitcoms?), this breezy laugher finds a single career gal’s life falling apart after she gives birth, gets dumped by her boyfriend and loses all her the clients at her talent agency. Rough day.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (LOGO 10 p.m.) Who will be America’s Next Top Drag Queen? Find out tonight.

Tuesday 24

“According to Jim” (KOAT-7 7 p.m.) “According to Jim” returns from hiatus. … Wait. “According to Jim” is still on the air?

Wednesday 25

“Shaken Not Stirred” (KASY-10 8 p.m.) Rapper-turned-actor Ice-T gets his own celebrity roast. Not one of those real Friars Club kinds of roasts, mind you, but the fake TV equivalent thereof.
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