Week In Sloth: “Sausage Paradise,” “The Goodest Moments Of Redneck Shows” And A Bunch Of Old Cartoons

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Thursday 18

Ethel (HBO 7 p.m.) Filmmaker Rory Kennedy profiles her mother, family matriarch Ethel Kennedy.

“Lost Magic Decoded” (History 7 p.m.) In this two-hour special, illusionist Steve Cohen tracks down, decodes and recreates “some of the most thrilling and terrifying magic acts ever witnessed.”

Friday 19

“Hunted” (Cinemax 8 p.m.) Writer-producer Frank Spotnitz (“The X-Files”) is the man behind this eight-part suspense series about a woman who works for an elite private intelligence agency. She’s being targeted for death by mysterious forces.

Saturday 20

The Girl (HBO 7 p.m.) This HBO biopic examines the obsession director Alfred Hitchcock (Toby Jones) had with actress Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller) while filming The Birds. This should hold you until the January theatrical release of Hitchcock, which examines the obsession director Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) had with actress Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson) while filming Psycho.

Sunday 21

Fleischer Brothers Tribute (TCM 6 p.m) Turner Classic salutes animators Max and Dave Fleischer, starting with their 1939 adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels, followed by their 1941 feature Mr. Bug Goes to Town. Stay in the cartoon mood afterward with 18 more animated shorts from the teens, ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s.

“Outback Hunters” (History 8 p.m.) Here in America, we’re kinda running out of redneck families to make fun of on reality shows, so History Channel heads to Australia looking for drunk weirdoes with guns.

“Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs” (Comedy Central 9 p.m.) Jon Stewart hosts. Matthew Broderick, Tina Fey, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen, Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Saget, Seth Meyers and Al Pacino (among others) make with the funny.

“The Soup Special: The Goodest Moments of Redneck Shows” (E! 11:30 p.m.) Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Monday 22

“Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network 8:30 p.m.) The fourth season comes to a close with the return of that biggest of baddies, The Lich.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (Logo 10 p.m.) To hell with the final presidential debate tonight. The real question is who’s going to win this all-star season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”?

Tuesday 23

Into the Abyss (ID 6 p.m.) Check out Werner Herzog’s compelling 2011 documentary about capital punishment, featuring interviews with actual death row inmates.

“Cuban Missile Crisis—Three Men Go to War” (KNME-5 7 p.m.) Relive the wacky days of the Cuban Missile Crisis with this PBS doc about pen pals John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro and Nikita Khrushchev.

Wednesday 24

“2012 World Series” (KASA-2 5:30 p.m.) Oh yeah. Summer is definitely over.

“The Houstons” (Lifetime 7 p.m.) This reality show about Whitney Houston’s not-so-grieving-we-can’t-do-a-reality-show family couldn’t be more exploitative—unless Lifetime ran commercials teasing young Bobbi Kristina’s desire to marry her adoptive brother. Which they are. So take that, Honey Boo Boo.

“Sausage Paradise” (Travel 8 p.m.) This show listing is presented without editorial comment.

“A-List Listings” (E! 9 p.m.) Wanna get a peek inside insanely expensive Hollywood mansions you could never afford? Here’s your chance.
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