Week In Sloth: “Backstrom,” “Kart Life” And “Sons Of Liberty”

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Thursday 22

“Backstrom” (KASA-2 8pm) Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) plays one of those super-crazy, super-brilliant detectives who solves crimes while annoying everyone around him.

“Nightwatch” (A&E 8pm) A&E’s new nonfiction series follows police officers, EMTs and firefighters working the overnight shift in New Orleans.

“This Is Not Happening” (Comedy Central 1:30am) Ari Shaffir hosts this series featuring “long-form storytelling” from famous comedians. Keegan-Michael Key, Bobby Lee and Joe Rogan are among the funny people relating true-life stories.

Friday 23

“Love, Lust or Run” (TLC 7pm) Style expert Stacy London, obviously not done telling people how to dress after “What Not to Wear,” returns for more TV makeovers.

Saturday 24

With This Ring (Lifetime 6pm) Looks like, following the Great Christmas Rom-com Rumble, Lifetime and Hallmark are back at it—dueling it out with Valentine’s Day romances well ahead of the holiday. Jill Scott, Eve, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union and Deion Sanders star in this one about a group of friends who attend a lavish wedding and vow to get married within one year.

Love By the Book (Hallmark 7pm) And in this one, a man bets the owner of a bookstore that she’ll lose interest in her beau after one month. Stefanie Powers and John Schneider costar. So there’s that.

“MythBusters” (Discovery 7pm) Jamie and Adam finally get around to busting all those pesky “A-Team” myths.

Sunday 25

“The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” (TBS/TNT 6pm) The road to the Oscars gets a few steps shorter tonight.

“The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant” (KOB-4 7pm) I find it impossible to believe anyone other than Donald Trump cares about this.

Sons of Liberty (History 7pm) Sam Adams, John Hancock and our other founding fathers get portrayed as the bad-ass freedom fighters they were in this action-packed miniseries.

Monday 26

“Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2015” (KRQE-13 7pm) The pre-game hype officially gets underway.

“Ellen’s Design Challenge” (HGTV 7pm) Ellen DeGeneres pumps what excitement she can into this reality show competition about furniture design.

Tuesday 27

“Rebel Without a Kitchen” (Cooking 8pm) Canadian chef Matt Basile travels the world looking for the best food trucks.

Wednesday 28

“Kart Life” (truTV 8pm) We’ve already got reality shows about parents pressuring their kids into becoming beauty queens (“Toddlers & Tiaras”), dancers (“Dance Moms”), footballers (“Friday Night Tykes”) and golfers (“The Short Game”). So why not go-kart racers?
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