Week In Sloth

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Thursday 13

“Jinn” (Netflix streaming anytime) Shot in Amman and Petra (in the country of Jordan), this Arabic-language supernatural drama spins a tale about a group of teenagers who awaken an ancient magical creature.

“The Real World” (Facebook Watch streaming anytime) MTV’s venerable reality show returns for a 33rd season—only now it’s on Facebook’s VOD service. Because it used to be that “kids today” had no idea MTV used to show music videos. Now “kids today” have no idea what MTV is.

Friday 14

“Leila” (Netflix streaming anytime) In this Indian sci-fi series, a woman living in the forgotten margins of the segregated communities of a dystopian future searches for the daughter she lost upon her arrest years ago.

“Awake: The Million Dollar Game” (Netflix streaming anytime) Sleep-deprived contestants face off in a series of physical and mental challenges in this “comedy game show.”

“Trinkets” (Netflix streaming anytime) Three teenagers meet up in a Shoplifters Anonymous group in this teen drama from creator Kristen Smith (10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, Ella Enchanted).

“Too Old to Die Young” (Amazon streaming anytime) Nicolas Winding Refn (director of the movies Bronson, Valhalla Rising and Drive) and Ed Brubaker (writer of the comic books Lowlife, Criminal and Fatale) join forces for this crime drama series about grieving cops, Yakuza soldiers, cartel assassins, Russian mobsters and teenage killers. Miles Teller, Jena Malone and Billy Baldwin star.

“Jett” (Cinemax 8pm) Fresh out of prison, world-class thief Daisy “Jett” Kowalski (Carla Gugino) is forced back into doing what she does best by some dangerous and eccentric criminals.

“Los Espookys” (HBO 9pm) Fred Armisen (“Portlandia”) executive produced this Spanish-language comedy series about a group of friends in a dreamy Latin American country who turn their love of horror into a most unusual business.

“Just Roll With It” (Disney 10:35pm) Disney’s “improvisational” new sitcom (about a pair of “fun-loving newlyweds and their polar-opposite stepsiblings”) asks studio audience members to vote on the direction of key scenes.

Saturday 15

“All That” (Nickeloden 6:30pm) Nickelodeon’s 1994 to 2005 kid-oriented sketch comedy series returns to the airwaves. Original cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell are back as executive producers.

Sunday 16

“Game Changers: Inside the Video Game Wars” (History 7pm) History heads back to the 1970s to create a chronological history of the video game industry—from Ralph Baer’s Maganavox Odyssey to Jerry Lawson’s Fairchild Channel F to Nolan Bushnell’s Atari 2600 to Nintendo’s Famicom/NES.

Monday 17

“Das Boot” (Hulu streaming anytime) Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s 1973 book about life aboard a cramped German submarine during World War II (previously adapted in Wolfgang Petersen’s award-winning 1981 film) gets the miniseries treatment.

“The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards” (MTV 7pm) Zachary Levi (fresh off Shazam!) hosts.

Tuesday 18

Wig (HBO 8pm) HBO’s newest documentary centers on New York’s iconic drag festival, Wigstock.

Wednesday 19

“When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time” (KNME-5 8pm) Scientists use 21st century technology to roll back the clock and discover the origins of crocodiles, birds, whales and elephants.
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