Week In Sloth: Royal Wedding Takes Over Airwaves, “Doctor Who” Returns, “Glee” Goes Gaga

The Week In Sloth

Devin D. O'Leary
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Thursday 21

“Royal Wedding of a Lifetime: A Tale of Two Princesses” (Lifetime 6 p.m.) Prepare yourself, people. The royal wedding is a week away.

“Royal Wedding of a Lifetime: Kate’s Gown of Renown” (Lifetime 7 p.m.) See? Even Kate Middleton’s dress gets an hour-long special of its own.

“Royal Wedding of a Lifetime: Feast Fit for a Prince & Princess” (Lifetime 8 p.m.) The catering too.

“The 12,000-Bottle Boat” (National Geographic 9 p.m.) Meet the Plastiki, a boat constructed from … well, you can probably guess.

“30 Rock” (KOB-4 9 p.m.) “30 Rock” celebrates its 100 th episode by celebrating the 100 th episode of the show-within-a-show, “TGS.”

Friday 22

“Victorious” (Nickelodeon 6 p.m.) Pop star Ke$ha guest-stars on Victoria Justice’s tween sitcom. … Huh. I don’t think I’ve ever typed a sentence less interesting to me.

“Ice Pilots” (National Geographic 8 p.m.) I’m sorry. We already have this show, National Geographic. It’s called “Flying Wild Alaska.” I’m gonna have to dock you a point.

Saturday 23

“Meet the Middletons” (TV Guide 8 p.m.) TV Guide grabs its slice of royal wedding pie with a special about Kate’s family.

“Doctor Who Rewind” (BBC America 6 p.m.) Catch up with the past few seasons of “Doctor Who,” then settle in for the sixth season premiere at 7 p.m.

Cinema Verite (HBO 7 p.m.) James Gandolfini, Diane Lane and Tim Robbins star in this dramatization about the early-’70s creation of TV’s first reality show, PBS’ controversial, groundbreaking documentary series “An American Family.”

Sunday 24

“Charles and Di: Once Upon a Time” (TLC 6 p.m.) Not to be outdone by Lifetime, TLC also airs a trio of royal specials, starting with this flashback to Charles and Di’s nuptials.

“Have Cake Will Travel” (Food Network 8 p.m.) Were you not paying attention, Food Network, when I docked National Geographic? We’ve got plenty of docu-reality shows about baking cakes. You didn’t even try and sneak one past me by making it about cupcakes. Minus a point for you.

“Treme” (HBO 8 p.m.) HBO’s tuneful, mournful series about post-Katrina New Orleans returns for a second season.

Monday 25

“Setup Squad” (Logo 12:30 a.m.) This new docu-reality series follows the employees of Wings Inc., a New York-based agency that provides “wingmen” (and women) to people who suck at dating. Is that really a thing?

Tuesday 26

“Glee” (KASA-2 7 p.m.) The glee club “learns about self-acceptance through the music of Lady Gaga” in a special 90-minute episode. Is there a week these teens don’t learn to love themselves thanks to the power of a pop-star-turned-gay-icon (Madonna, Britney, etc.)?

“Repo Games” (Spike 6 p.m.) Spike TV adds a game show element to the traditional repo man docu-reality series—allowing people to prevent the repossession of their vehicle if they answer five trivia questions. Sounds more dickish than clever, but I’ll give them credit.

“The Voice” (KOB-4 8 p.m.) NBC debuts a new singing competition that they assure us is nothing like “American Idol.” For starters, the judges face the other direction when people sing. Wow. That is different. Are they drinking Pepsi instead of Coke? Nice try, NBC, I’m docking you the point.

Wednesday 27

“Inside the Royal Wedding” (KOB-4 7 p.m.) NBC goes there too.

“South Park” (Comedy Central 11 p.m.) Is it too much to hope that “South Park” kicks off it 15 th season with a royal wedding episode?
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