Week In Sloth: “Alaska Monsters,” Zombies And Miss America

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Thursday 11

“Rebuilding the World Trade Center” (History 4pm) History kicks off tonight’s “We will never forget” marathon with a new documentary about the newly opened WTC Memorial—then lazily follows it up by rebroadcasting old 9/11 specials from the last 13 years.

Friday 12

“Alaska Monsters” (Discovery America 7pm) Are there a lot of undiscovered cryptozoological monsters lurking in the frozen wilderness of Alaska? As many as any place else, I suppose. But is it really the best setting for this kind of show? I mean, if you’re gonna go someplace and not find Bigfoot, why not not find him somewhere in the Caribbean?

“Z Nation” (Syfy 8pm) Syfy finally gets around to debuting its own “Walking Dead”-esque zombie show.

Saturday 13

Deliverance Creek (Lifetime 6pm) Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”) stars in this TV movie about a widow who resorts to desperate measures to protect her children and her land during the Civil War. It’s based on a book by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Safe Haven), if you go in for that kind of saptacular stuff.

Sunday 14

“Countdown to Miss America” (KOAT-7 6pm) What could be less exciting than watching the Miss America Pageant live from the economically depressed wasteland of an increasingly casinoless Atlantic City? How about a one-hour countdown to said event.

“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” (KNME-5 7pm) Ken Burns spends 14 hours (not all of them tonight) dissecting the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Monday 15

“American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World” (KOB-4 7pm) Favorite contestants from the US face off against teams from Japan and Europe on the obstacle course to end all obstacle courses.

“Dancing With the Stars” (KOAT-7 7pm) One of this season’s “stars” is a fashion vlogger (Bethany Mota aka Macbarbie07) who posts videos on YouTube, showing viewers what clothes and makeup she has recently purchased. She has six million subscribers and makes $40,000 a month doing this. Welcome to 21st century America, everyone!

Tuesday 16

“New Girl”/“The Mindy Project” (KASA-2 8pm/8:30pm) FOX busts out the first new episodes of the fall season, a double-shot of returning sitcom faves.

“History of Sex: The 20th Century” (H2 8pm) Hey, there were a lot of advances in the last 100 years.

Wednesday 17

“Building Log Homes” (Destination America 7pm) That’s the title you’re going with for your new docu-reality construction show, DA? You didn’t wanna workshop that or consumer test it or anything? Couldn’t you come up with something a little catchier like … I don’t know.

“Log Heads” (GAC 7pm) … Oh, there you go.

“Red Band Society” (KASA-2 8pm) Rebellious yet romantic teens dying of cancer was a big deal at this summer’s theatrical box office, thanks to The Fault In Our Stars. So FOX has created an entire show about the subject.

“The Mysteries of Laura” (KOB-4 9pm) Debra Messing (“Will & Grace,” “Smash”) stars as a tough New York City police detective who is also a single mother to a couple of rowdy twin boys in NBC’s newest comedy/drama.
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