Week In Sloth

The Week In Sloth

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Thursday 6

“Shark After Dark” (Discovery 7 p.m.) Sounds like an awesome late-night chat show, but it’s actually a documentary using high-tech equipment to see what sharks get up to when the sun goes down … which also sounds awesome.

Bollywood Hero (IFC 8 p.m.) D-list “SNL” alum Chris Kattan stars in this scripted miniseries as D-list “SNL” alum Chris Kattan. (Well, at least I can buy the premise.) For the next few nights, he’s trucked off to India to star in a ridiculous song-and-dance epic, but the joke is even Bollywood doesn’t want the screechy star of Corky Romano . The guy may not be funny, but he is self-aware.

Friday 7

“Chefs vs. City” (Food Network 8 p.m.) Food Network adds another “versus” show to the pile (“Iron Chef,” “Throwdown With Bobby Flay,” “Chopped”) with two chefs traveling the country and challenging assorted cooks to prepare hometown favorites.

Saturday 8

Infestation (SyFy 7 p.m.) Think your job sucks? Here, some slacker office workers are forced to fight off an invasion of giant insects. This semi-promising horror-comedy was written and directed by the guy who did the Project Greenlight-winning film The Battle of Shaker Heights .

Sunday 9

“Sunday Night Football” (KOB-4 6 p.m.) Wow, summer really is over. It’s only preseason, but still!

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (KOAT-7 7 p.m.) Seven years after it became a nightly sensation and then burned out entirely, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” returns for its ultra-belated fourth season.

“Shark Tank” (KOAT-7 8 p.m.) No, ABC isn’t horning in on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week promotion—the network is actually remaking the British reality show “Dragons’ Den.” Each week, (largely deluded) inventors/businesspeople try to weasel money from a panel of millionaire investors. If they get really lucky, the millionaires fight over the ideas.

Monday 10

“Teen Choice 2009” (KASA-2 7 p.m.) This is just a guess on my part, but I bet you’re going to hear the word Twilight an awful lot tonight.

Popular Science ’s Future of … ” (Science 7 p.m.) In tonight’s premiere ep, the well-known magazine introduces us to the future of “play”—which will apparently include mixed-reality games, smart footballs, pervasive games, siftables and other words I don’t understand.

“Confessions of a Travel Writer” (Travel 7 p.m.) Yeah, travel writing is a pretty sweet gig. How do you land that job? … Says the guy who gets paid to watch TV.

Tuesday 11

“Swords: Life on the Line” (Discovery 7 p.m.) Swordfishing? Yeah, it’s probably a little dangerous, but it’s no “Deadliest Catch.”

Chain Gang Girls 2 (WE 10 p.m.) Not a soft-core ’70s exploitation flick (dang!), but a documentary miniseries about actual women on an actual chain gang.

Wednesday 12

“Criss Angel: Mindfreak” (A&E 8 p.m.) To give the dude some credit, he did make his relationship with Holly Madison disappear pretty quickly.
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