Week In Sloth

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Thursday 14

“Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson” (KOAT-7 8pm) It’s a good year to be a dead person (so to speak). Seems like just about every famous murder victim (from JonBenet Ramsay to Chandra Levy to Natalee Holloway to Lyle and Kitty Menendez) has seen their case revived on multiple TV news specials. Laci Peterson, for example, gets this two-hour special, plus a multi-night mini-series over on A&E.

Friday 15

“American Vandal” (Netflix streaming anytime) This ridiculous, pitch-perfect parody of NPR-style true crime documentaries (“Making a Murderer,” “Serial,” “The Jinx”) looks in on an American high school rocked to its core when a student is accused (rightly or wrongly?) of … spray-painting penises on all the cars in the parking lot.

“The 11th Annual ACM Honors” (KRQE-13 8pm) All the “special honorees and off-camera category winners” from the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards get their own late-season acknowledgment special. Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill and Toby Keith are among the musicians who felt bad enough for them to show up and perform.

“Evil Things” (TLC 8pm) TLC presents this pseudo-documentary series relating—totally real and believable, I’m sure—stories of people who “barely survived terrifying paranormal activity caused by possessed or cursed objects.” You know, like in that movie series Paranormal Activity.

“Two Degrees: The Point of No Return” (History 8:03pm) Scientists and climate experts discuss the “fatal tipping point” of environmental collapse that is likely to occur if the Earth’s average temperature rises a mere two degrees.

Saturday 16

Drink Slay Love (Lifetime 8:02pm) A teenage vampire discovers she has the ability to withstand sunlight, so she enrolls in high school, where her who-cares attitude makes her the “coolest girl around.” Nice work on the title, though.

Sunday 17

“The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards” (KRQE-13 6pm) Stephen Colbert hosts this year’s preeminent TV awards show gig.

“The Vietnam War” (KNME-5 7pm) Testimony from nearly 100 firsthand witnesses provides insight into the notorious conflict in southeastern Asia.

“The Strain” (FX 11pm) FX’s seriously whacked-out vampire epidemic horror series comes to a (no doubt) bloody finale.

Monday 18

“The State” (National Geographic 7pm) Sadly, not a revival of the MTV sketch comedy show (starring Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant, Keri Kenney-Silver, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Michael Showalter and David Wayne), but a war drama about four young British ISIS recruits who move to Syria and are quickly confronted with the harsh realities of their new life.

Tuesday 19

“Conan Without Borders: Israel” (TBS 8pm) Conan O’Brien travels to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to record his talk/comedy show.

Wednesday 20

“Channel Zero: No-End House” (Syfy 8pm) The first season of this Creepypasta/internet legend inspired anthology series (“Candle Cove”) was surprisingly solid chiller material. This second season, centered around a very unusual haunted house, looks even spookier.

“The Good Place” (KOB-4 9:01pm) The first season of this inventive sitcom about life in the afterlife took a brilliant, 180 degree turn in the finale. Now, we get to deal with the aftereffects in season two.
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