Week In Sloth: Matt Damon Returns To “30 Rock,” Another Auction Show And The Grammys Go Gaga

The Week In Sloth

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Thursday 10

“30 Rock” (KOB-4 9 p.m.) Matt Damon and Elizabeth Banks return as the romantic interests of Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, respectively.

Friday 11

“Auction Packed” (National Geographic 7 p.m.) Reason No. 1 I wish I was a network programming executive: Take the name of any currently popular reality show, change the title slightly, job done. (See for reference: “Hoarders”/“Hoarding: Buried Alive”/“Confessions: Animal Hoarding” or “Auction Kings”/“Auction Hunters”/“Auctioneer$” and now this thing.)

“Bar Karma” (Current TV 8 p.m.) A mystical watering hole travels through time and space helping patrons sort out their screwed-up lives. This sci-fi-ish series, developed by video game guru Will Wright (The Sims), actually allows viewers to steer storylines using the StoryMaker Engine. No, really.

“Ghostly Lovers” (Travel 9 p.m.) Just in time for Valentine’s Day, women share their stories of “spectrophilia.” … How, um, romantic?

Saturday 12

“40 Greatest Love Songs” (CMT 9 p.m.) Since this is on County Music Television, I’m assuming 15 of them are dedicated to pickup trucks, four of them to beer and two of them to hound dogs.

“Must Love Cats” (Animal Planet 6 p.m.) Indulge your inner cat lady with this new reality series, which travels across America looking for interesting felines.

The Sunset Limited (HBO 7 p.m.) Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson star in this adaptation of a play by Cormac McCarthy ( The Road, No Country For Old Men ). I bet it’s cheerful.

Sunday 13

“The British Academy Film Awards” (BBC America 6 p.m.) I’m pretty sure The King’s Speech has got a leg up here too.

“The 53 rd Annual Grammy Awards” (KRQE-13 7 p.m.) For those of you who haven’t had their fill of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber this year.

Monday 14

“Mad Love” (KRQE-13 7:30 p.m.) Jason Biggs ( American Pie ), Sarah Chalke (“Scrubs”), Tyler Labine (“Reaper”) and Judy Greer (“Arrested Development”) star as a quartet of friends—two of whom are in love, two of whom hate one another.

“The Unpoppables” (TLC 9 p.m.) I would have included this on the Wheel of Blue Collar Jobs That Don’t Have Reality Shows Yet, but I’m not convinced that “balloon sculptor” actually counts as a job.

Tuesday 15

“Jump City: Seattle” (G4 6 p.m.) Parkour teams go head-to-head to see who can jump over, under or onto the most stuff.

Wednesday 16

“Survivor: Redemption Island” (KRQE-13 7 p.m.) After 22 seasons, producers are starting to run out of tropical countries. (This one’s back in Nicaragua.) The twist this year, though, is that two people get voted off each week and then have to “duel” one another on the titular location. Is it to much to hope that it’s “to the death”?

“Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” (KRQE-13 9 p.m.) Reason No. 2 I wish I was a network programming executive: Take a colon, append a subtitle to any popular cop shop, Martini time! (See for reference: any member of the “CSI” and “Law & Order” franchises.)
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