Week In Sloth: From “American Crime” To “Hotel Amazon”

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Thursday 5

“American Crime” (KOAT-7 9pm) John Ridley, Academy Award-winning screenwriter for 12 Years a Slave, created this series, which explores the racially charged trial following the murder of an Afghan war vet.

“Dig” (USA 8pm) Set in the Middle East, but filmed partially in New Mexico, this weekly thriller follows an FBI agent (Jason Isaacs from the Harry Potter series) who’s investigating the murder of a young American in Jerusalem. In the process, he uncovers one of those thousand-year-old, Dan Brown kind of conspiracies.

Friday 6

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix Anytime) From the folks behind “30 Rock” comes this sitcom about a young woman (Ellie Kemper, “The Office”) who escapes from a doomsday cult and gets a job as a nanny in New York.

“In An Instant” (KOAT-7 8pm) This docudrama series “retells heart-pounding first-person accounts of the world’s most harrowing tales of survival.” It’s like all those “Amazing Survival Stories” from Reader’s Digest have come to life.

“Insane Pools: Off the Deep End” (Animal Planet 7pm) Insane? Like, crazy deadly? Are we talking pools filled with lava and piranhas and stuff? No. Well then forget it. … PS: Why are you trying to be HGTV all of a sudden, Animal Planet?

Saturday 7

The Visitor (TCM 12am) This certifiably nutzoid Italian cult film from 1979 somehow mixes The Omen with Star Wars. Mel Ferrer, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, Sam Peckinpah, Shelley Winters and John Huston star. Trust me, it’s batshit.

Sunday 8

“Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs” (Comedy Central 9pm) It’s great that funny people like Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., Paul Rudd and Amy Schumer are uniting for this annual fundraiser. But it’s gotta be depressing for Comedy Central watching all the guests that have ditched the network (Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and soon-to-leave Jon Stewart) show up.

Monday 9

“Hotel Amazon” (Travel 8pm) Two lifelong best friends leave New York in order to pursue their dream of building a luxury hotel in the heart of the Peruvian jungle.

“The Returned” (A&E 8pm) Don’t confuse this with ABC’s “dead people have mysteriously come back to life” series “Resurrection”—which is based on Jason Mott’s novel “The Returned.” This is actually a remake of the (far superior) French “dead people have mysteriously come back to life” series “The Returned”/“Les Revenants.”

“Allosaurus: Walking with Dinosaurs Special” (DFC 7pm) Discovery Family Channel brings back the popular CGI dino-recreation series with this one-off special. It kicks off Dino Madness Month.

Tuesday 10

“Powers” (PlayStation Network anytime) Everybody wants their own downloadable, subscription-based network nowadays. (See for reference: Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Xbox Video). Now PlayStation video game systems get in on the action with this adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ superior comic book series about ordinary cops working in a world full of superheroes. Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team) stars.

Wednesday 11

“Blackish: Bloopish” (KOAT-7 8:30pm) Less than a season into the show’s run and producers fall back on an all-bloopers outtake episode.
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