Week In Sloth

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Thursday 10

“Superstore” (KOB-4 7:30pm) America loves jumping the gun on Christmas. Christmas songs are already airing on the radio, for crying out loud. Here, NBC’s retail workplace sitcom tackles the topic of Black Friday—a good two weeks early.

Friday 11

“MECH-X4” (Disney 9:30pm) In Disney’s newest live-action/CGI series, four high school friends discover a 150-foot-tall robot, which they then use to save the Earth from alien monsters. The kids from “Voltron” would like a word with them.

“Payday” (Viceland 7pm) This new docuseries follows twentysomethings over the course of a single payday to see how they struggle and survive. We start in Reno, Nev., with a valet-turned-rapper, a funeral director, a cam girl and the Muslim Republican County Chairman.

Saturday 12

Every Christmas Has a Story (Hallmark 6pm) So here I am back at my annual dilemma: Am I going to list every single stinking RomCom Hallmark airs this season about cynical young professionals who manage to fall in love after being overcome by the spirit of Christmas?

“The Killing Season” (A&E 7pm) Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) executive produces this immersive, investigative series in which filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills try to solve the real-life nightmare of a serial killer on Long Island.

Sunday 13

Christmas Cookies (Hallmark 6pm) A cynical young professional is sent to shut down a small-town cookie factory—but falls in love with the factory’s hunky owner after she’s overcome by the spirit of Christmas. … Well, I guess that answers that question.

“ISIS: Rise of Terror” (History 7pm) History Channel gives us the dope on historical events that spawned the creation of the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Monday 14

“Mars” (National Geographic 7pm) NatGeo explores how Mars could be colonized in this half-scripted/half-documentary series following a crew of fictitious astronauts on a mission in the year 2033.

“Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music” (KNME-5 9pm) PBS explores the history of the recording industry in this new musical series. Topic number one? The role of the record producer—from George Martin to Dr. Dre.

Tuesday 15

“Wrench Against the Machine” (Esquire 7pm) Esquire tosses another motorcycle-building competition onto the TV heap.

“David Blaine: Beyond Magic” (KOAT-7 9pm) David Blaine astonishes easily astonished celebrities like David Beckham, Drake, Steph Curry, John Travolta, Emma Stone and Arnold Schwarzenegger with his super-cool “street magic.”

“Shooter” (USA 8pm) The 2007 movie of the same name (based on the book Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter) gets a TV spin off. Ryan Phillipe replaces Mark Wahlberg as the military sniper caught in a conspiracy.

“Sweet/Vicious” (MTV 11pm) In this timely action comedy, two millenials become vigilante superheroes on their college campus to combat sexual assault.

Wednesday 16

“Nightcap” (POP 6pm) This scripted sitcom features the behind-the-scenes antics of a late-night talkshow. The guests, however, are real—including Gwyneth Paltrow, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael J. Fox and Kelly Ripa.
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