Week In Sloth

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Thursday 22

“Love Alarm” (Netflix streaming anytime) Netflix keeps ramping up its Korean language offerings, premiering this romantic comedy about a young woman looking for love in a world where a phone app alerts people if someone in the vicinity likes them. … Is it just me or does the actual 21st century sounds like the lamest sci-fi story every written?

“This Old House 40th Anniversary Special” (KNME-5 7pm) Before there was HGTV, there was PBS’ “This Old House.” For four decades Bob Vila, Steve Thomas, Kevin O’Connor, Tommy Silva, Norm Abram and others have taught us valuable home renovation skills like how to anchor a balustrade. … Also, they’ve taught us what the hell a balustrade is.

Friday 23

“#IMomSoHard Live” (Amazon streaming anytime) Comedians Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley of the viral webseries “#IMomSoHard” bring their two-person stand-up show to Amazon.

Jawline (Hulu streaming anytime) Hulu paid big bucks for this award-winning Sundance documentary about rural Tennessee teen Austyn Tester, who becomes a post-millenial social media phenomenon with millions of online fans. Hoping to parlay that fame into an escape from his stifling hometown, he heads off on a US tour to meet his screaming, tweenage worshippers.

Saturday 24

Hitsville: The Making of Motown (Showtime 7pm) This funky, soul-filled documentary starts with the birth of legendary Detroit record label Motown in 1958 and follows it until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. Among those reminiscing are Smokey Robinson, John Legend, Martha Reeves, Jamie Foxx, Ashford & Simpson and Berry Gordy himself.

Sunday 25

Summer Under the Stars: Dustin Hoffman (TCM 4am) Dustin Hoffman gets the all-day star treatment starting with 1967’s The Tiger Makes Out (Hoffman’s first feature) and continuing with 1992’s Hero (5:45am), 1985’s Death of a Salesman (7:45am), 1991’s Hook (10:15am), 1973’s Papillion (12:45pm), 1982’s Tootsie (3:30pm), 1967’s The Graduate (6pm), 1976’s Marathon Man (8pm), 1969’s Midnight Cowboy (10:15pm), 1978’s Straight Time (12:15am) and 1979’s Agatha (2:15am).

Monday 26

“The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards” (MTV/VH1 6pm) Comedian Sebastain Maniscalco, who appeared briefly in Green Book, hosts. It was either him or Jason Momoa. But the kids love Maniscalco.

Tuesday 27

“The Devil You Know” (Viceland 8pm) Viceland ventures into the true crime genre with this docu-series set in rural North Carolina following a local reporter who tries to uncover the truth after human remains are found at the home of a self-styled Satanist and suspected cannibal killer named “Pazuzu.”

Wednesday 28

“Magical Land of Oz” (KNME-5 9pm) Not the one dreamed up by L. Frank Baum and filled with Munchkins and Winkies and Quadlings, but the one otherwise known as Australia and filled with tree-dwelling kangaroos and egg-laying mammals and former members of Men at Work.
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