Week In Sloth: “Junkies” Build Stuff, “Jurassic Csi” Investigates Stuff And “Buried Treasure” Finds Stuff

The Week In Sloth

Devin D. O'Leary
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Thursday 18

“JUNKies” (Science 8 p.m.) No, not the heroin kind. This new series concentrates on a group of professional, dumpster-diving “enginerds” who can construct anything—from hovercrafts to rockets—out of cast-off junk.

Friday 19

“Jurassic CSI” (National Geographic 9 p.m.) Worst spinoff ever. Why would an Allosaurus wear sunglasses in the first place?

Saturday 20

“Doctor Who: Best of the Monsters” (BBC America 7 p.m.) The BBC is doing an admirable job of keeping us entertained with “best of” specials until the new season premieres. Nonetheless, I wish they would stop pretending the first 26 seasons don’t exist. Sorry, longtime fans, no love for the Monoids here tonight.

Sunday 21

“The Glee Project” (Oxygen 10 p.m.) So, which of this reality competition show’s gay/overweight/bullied/dreadlocked alterna-teens will provide “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy with his next, easy-to-write story arc? We find out in tonight’s season finale.

“My Collection Obsession” (TLC 8 p.m.) Wanna know what the fine line between hoarding and collecting really is? Tune in to this TLC special.

Monday 22

“Basketball Wives Reunion” (VH1 8 p.m.) Uh oh. I feel a big one coming on again. Yup, it’s time for another entertainment industry fatwa: Death to anyone who green lights a new reality show which is really just a reality show from last season with the word “reunion” tacked on to it. “The Real World Reunion,” “The Bachelor Reunion,” “Real Housewives of New York City Reunion,” “Bad Girls Club Reunion,” I’m looking at all of you!

“Bear Swamp Recovery” (truTV 8 p.m.) I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s a tragic shortage of blatantly scripted “reality” shows about morbidly obese, heavily tattooed families who own towing companies. Particularly on truTV. How are we supposed to survive on “Operation Repo,” “Repo Games,” “Lizard Lick Towing,” “South Beach Tow” and “Wrecked: Life in the Crash Lane” alone? Thank god truTV has managed to come up with another to add to that august list.

Tuesday 23

“What Not to Wear: Top 10 Meltdowns” (TLC 8 p.m.) Why do some people freak the hell out when they have to buy a new pair of jeans? Or have a complete nervous breakdown when getting a haircut? No idea, but here are 10 folks doing just that.

Wednesday 24

“Buried Treasure” (KASA-2 7 p.m.) FOX belatedly enters the basic cable pickers/pawners genre (“Pawn Stars,” “Auction Hunters,” “Auction Packed,” “Auction Kings,” “American Pickers,” “Picker Sisters”) with this show in which the Keno brothers (from “Antiques Roadshow”) travel around the country sorting through people’s (possibly) valuable stuff.

“Slammed: Inside Indie Wrestling” (National Geographic 8 p.m.) What better industry to be independent and unregulated than professional wrestling? … For the spectators, I mean. Not the people actually doing it.

“Alternate History” (Spike 8 p.m.) Sounds like a cool idea for a speculative docu-series. But once you’ve covered “What if the Nazi’s won World War II” (which they do on tonight’s premiere), it’s all downhill from there.
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