Week In Sloth

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Thursday 23

“The Ghost Bride” (Netflix streaming anytime) This Chinese supernatural drama is based on the book by author Yangsze Choo. It’s set in 1890s Colonial Malacca (a part of Malaysia), where a young woman has been offered a marriage proposal from a wealthy family. All she has to do is become a “ghost bride” to their recently deceased son—an arrangement that soon embroils her in an otherworldly murder mystery.

“October Faction” (Netflix streaming anytime) Producer-creator Damian Kindler (“Krypton,” “Sleepy Hollow”) adapts Steve Niles and Damien Worm’s sci-fi/horror comic about a pair of “globetrotting monster hunters” who return to their quiet hometown in upstate New York with their teenage children and try to hide their identities as members of a secret supernatural organization from friends and neighbors.

“Star Trek: Picard” (CBS All Access streaming anytime) If you wanna watch CBS’ streaming service for something other than “Star Trek,” keep waiting. If you’re a Trekkie, however, this spin-off of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” starring a retired Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) is must-see-TV.

“Outmatched” (KRQEDT-2 7:30pm) Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Maggie Lawson (“Psych”) star in a sitcom about two ordinary parents coping with four kids—three of whom are certified geniuses. It’s “Young Sheldon” times three! … Wait. Better check my math on that. … Yup, three.

Friday 24

“The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow” (Netflix streaming anytime) Actress Gwyneth Paltrow—who recently made headlines selling a “funny, gorgeous, sexy and beautifully unexpected” (her words) candle that smells like her vagina for $75 on her lifestyle/beauty website Goop—gets a TV show. Naturally, it involves her traveling the world exploring various highly dubious forms of health and wellness.

“The Crystal Maze” (Nickelodeon 8pm) Over the years (1990 to present), this popular British kids’ game show has boasted an astonishingly cool collection of hosts (Richard O’Brien, Ed Tudor-Pole, Stephen Merchant, Richard Ayoade). Now, the show (in which families navigate a giant crystal maze filled with physical and mental challenges) comes to America with Adam Conover (“Adam Ruins Everything”) as the new Maze Master.

Saturday 25

“Ancient MonsterQuest—Bigfoot” (History 9:03pm) Did ancient Native American tribes know about Bigfoot centuries before Europeans arrived on the continent? And if so, why didn’t they capture him—preferably on some ancient docu-reality TV show?

Sunday 26

“The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards” (KRQE-13 6pm) Alicia Keys hosts, Lizzo locks down eight nominations and the Jonas Brothers perform (along with Camila Cabello, H.E.R., Bonnie Raitt, Rosalia and Tyler, The Creator).

“Justin Bieber: Seasons” (YouTube streaming anytime) Beliebers who have been waiting 10 years for Justin to land his own TV series are finally getting rewarded. This 10-episode docuseries promises to take fans behind the scenes of his new album, to explore his decision to cancel the final shows of his 2017 “Purpose” tour and to show off “never-before-seen” footage of his wedding to Hailey Bieber. Feel free to squeal or whatever it is you people do.

“Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2020” (KRQE-13 8pm) It’s not like anyone watches the Super Bowl for the football anyway.

Tuesday 28

“Arrow: Hitting the Bullseye” (KWBQ-19 7pm) After eight seasons on air, The WB’s DC superhero series is signing off. (Not to worry, there are plenty of spin-offs to watch.) The network says goodbye tonight starting with this hour-long look back.

Wednesday 29

“Night on Earth” (Netflix streaming anytime) From the makers of “Planet Earth” comes another high-tech nature documentary—this one employing state-of-the-art night vision cameras to explore what happens on our planet after the sun goes down.

“Omniscient” (Netflix streaming anytime) In a future where every citizen is monitored 24/7 by a drone, a tech employee (Carla Salle) discovers a murder not accounted for by the surveillance system. Now she’s got to figure out how to outsmart her own surveillance drone in order to solve the mystery. This sci-fi thriller comes to us all the way from Brazil.
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