Week In Sloth

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Thursday 18

“Black Card Revoked” (BET 8pm) The popular party game testing knowledge of pop culture, entertainment, historical facts and politics from an African-American perspective gets its own TV game show hosted by actor/comedian Tony Rock.

Friday 19

Step Sisters (Netflix streaming anytime) A highly successful black girl—president of her sorority, student liaison to the college dean, potential Harvard Law transfer and captain of her school’s champion step dance crew—is forced to teach a bunch of hard-partying, rhythmically challenged white gals how to dance. Oh, white people.

“The Adventures of Kid Danger” (Nicktoons 4:30pm) Henry Hart is a seemingly ordinary 8th grader—but he’s got a secret job serving as sidekick-in-training to the famed superhero Captain Man. This afternoon cartoon comes from the creator of such tween hits as “Drake & Josh,” “Zoey 101, “iCarly,” “Victorious” and “Sam & Cat.”

Saturday 20

Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story (Lifetime 6pm) Catherine Zeta-Jones stars as Griselda Blanco, the Colombian queen of narco-trafficking known as “The Black Widow.” Isn’t that pretty much the American Dream—to be played by someone way more attractive than you in your posthumous TV biopic?

“Planet Earth: Blue Planet II” (BBC America 7:30pm) The BBC’s premiere nature porn series returns with lots of sexy, slow-mo pics of oceans.

Sunday 21

“Counterpart” (Starz 6pm) In this sci-fi twist on the paranoid espionage genre, a lowly UN bureaucrat (J.K. Simmons) discovers that his agency is secretly guarding a portal to a parallel universe. Now, he’s forced to work with his much cooler alternate self from another dimension.

“24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” (TBS/TNT 6pm) Kristen Bell, flying high thanks to NBC’s brilliant “The Good Place,” hosts.

“The Resident” (KRQEDT2 8pm) An idealistic young medical intern (Matt Czuchry) is teamed with a cranky and “unconventional” mentor (Bruce Greenwood).

Monday 22

“The Alienist” (TNT 7pm) Caleb Carr’s best selling historical crime novel, first published in 1994, finally gets a TV adaptation. In 1896 New York, newly appointed police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt unites a journalist (Luke Evans), a criminal psychologist (Daniel Brühl) and a headstrong secretary (Dakota Fanning) to solve a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes.

“James Patterson’s Murder is Forever” (Investigation Discovery 8pm) Hyper-prolific author James Patterson presents this anthology crime drama, each episode of which is based on a real-life crime. On a side note: It you ever need money, just come up with a TV show title that contains the words murder/murderer and/or kill/killer/killing and ID will buy it, no questions asked.

Tuesday 23

“We’ll Meet Again” (KNME-5 7pm) A Japanese-American woman sent to an internment camp hopes to find a childhood friend and a survivor from a Jewish ghetto searches for the child of the family who befriended him in this new, history-centric documentary series.

“Bellevue” (WGN 8pm) When a transgender teen goes missing, a small-town Canadian police officer (Anna Paquin) dredges up info on a 20-year-old unsolved murder. Has the killer returned?

Wednesday 24

“Let’s Get Physical” (POP 6:30pm) Matt Jones (“Breaking Bad”), Chris Diamantopoulos (“Silicon Valley”) and AnnaLynne McCord (“90210”) star in this aerobics-based sitcom.

Waco (Paramount 8pm) Taylor Kitsch, Michael Shannon, Melissa Benoist, John Leguizamo and Rory Culkin star in this high-profile miniseries about the clash between Texas cult leader David Koresh and the forces of the FBI and ATF in 1993. It was shot in New Mexico.
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