Week In Sloth

The Week In Sloth

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Thursday 12

“Project Runway” (Lifetime 8 p.m.) It’s part one of the two-part season finale. So, not so much the “finale” as the “next-to-last episode.”

“Science of the Movies” (Science 9 p.m.) OK, I’m guessing there’s going to be precious little actual science in this second season premiere—titled “Zombies! Science of the Undead”—but I don’t care. I’m totally watching anyway.

Friday 13

“How It’s Made” (Science 7 p.m.) Tonight’s subjects: stuffed olives, astrolabes and Western saddles. Wow. I at least give this show’s producers credit for their ability to say the first word that pops into their minds. Next week … Girl Scout badges, Twinkies and wombats.

“Battle of the Wedding Planners” (TLC 8 p.m.) Sorry TLC, but I’m imposing a moratorium on any more of your wedding-related reality shows. Babies and cakes, too, while we’re at it. Seriously, point your cameras at something different.

Poor Pretty Eddie (TCM midnight) This 1975 drive-in flick starring Leslie Uggams, Shelley Winters, Ted Cassidy, Dub Taylor and Slim Pickens (I know !) is certainly one of the odder pieces of blaxploitation/sexploitation/hicksploitation out there. The story concerns a traveling jazz singer (Uggams) who takes a wrong turn in the Deep South and ends up at the mercy of a faded starlet and a looney Elvis impersonator.

Saturday 14

Ice Twisters (SyFy 7 p.m.) Ouch, that sounds more like some painful prank you play on a frat brother than the topic of a crummy, made-for-TV disaster movie.

“Super Dave’s Spike-Tacular” (Spike 9 p.m.) Faux daredevil (and Albert Brooks sibling) Super Dave Osborne comes out of retirement to anchor this new slapstick, stunt-filled comedy series.

Sunday 15

The Prisoner (AMC 6 p.m.) Jim Caviezel steps into the shoes of Patrick McGoohan as Number Six while Sir Ian McKellen takes over for Leo McKern (and a bunch of other guys) as Number Two in this three-night miniseries remake of the paranoid-psychedelic British spy-fi series from the ’60s.

“WWII in HD” (History 7 p.m.) Wow, it looks so much more realistic now.

Monday 16

“Dear Food Network: Top 10 Thanksgiving Problems Solved” (Food Network 7 p.m.) At this point, if you don’t know that basting keeps your turkey from drying out, you’re just screwed. Get takeout.

Tuesday 17

“Merry Madagascar” (KOB-4 7 p.m.) The cartoon animals from Madagascar sub for Santa in this seasonal special. Heck with waiting around for Christmas, that’s more than a month away! Watch your holiday cheer now and get your ass to the mall.

“Being Neil Armstrong” (BBC America 9 p.m.) Yeah, I’m betting that’s a pretty badass condition.

Wednesday 18

“Secrets of Shangri-La” (KNME-5 7 p.m.) Mountaineer Peter Athans explores a series of hidden caves in the remote Himalayan kingdom of Mustang, uncovering ancient murals, manuscripts and religious sites dating back to the 11 th century.

“America’s Next Top Model: Revealed” (KWBQ-19 8 p.m.) What’s the opposite of “bated breath”?
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