Week In Sloth: “Slednecks,” “Search For Lost Giants” And 75 Years Of Marvel Comics

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Thursday 30

Bronx Obama (Showtime 5:30pm) Louis Ortiz is a Barack Obama impersonator from the Bronx. He’s earned over $60,000 doing that. I’ll leave it up to this documentary to explain things further.

“American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards” (Hallmark 6pm) If you ever want to feel like your own lazy mutt is a worthless pile of fur …

“Slednecks” (MTV 8pm) For those of you who were wondering when MTV would get around to shooting one of its patented “stupid, drunk twentysomethings” reality shows in Alaska, your long wait is over.

“The McCarthys” (KRQE-13 8:30pm) In CBS’ newest sitcom, an openly gay man is picked to be his basketball coach father’s new assistant at a Boston school. Gay stereotypes and outrageous Boston accents?

Friday 31

See “Idiot Box” above.

Saturday 1

One Starry Christmas (Hallmark 6pm) Oh, crap. Nov. 1 rolls around, and—Bam!—Hallmark starts making with the holiday romances. It’s gonna be a long couple of months.

“Devil’s Graveyard” (H2 7pm) A scientist looks for answers to his son’s mysterious death in the Algerian desert and uncovers a “vortex of unexplained activity similar to the Bermuda Triangle.” Good luck with that.

Sunday 2

“Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda” (Discovery 5pm) Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda is a talented man. I certainly wouldn’t want to do what he does. Here, for example, he attempts to walk across the Chicago skyline. Impressive. On the other hand, this is 2 hours and 20 minutes’ worth of watching a guy walk slowly in a straight line or waiting for a guy to walk slowly in a straight line.

Olive Kitteridge (HBO 7pm) Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 novel about the scandal-plagued residents of a small Maine town gets the miniseries treatment. Frances McDormand (Fargo) stars and Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) directs.

Monday 3

“Over the Garden Wall” (Cartoon Network 5pm) This gorgeous, nostalgically animated miniseries is based on Patrick McHale’s cartoon short “Tome of the Unknown.” Elijah Wood, Christopher Lloyd, Chris Isaak and John Cleese are among the voice cast for this tale of two young brothers lost in a strange, time-shifting fairy tale forest.

“Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music” (KOAT-7 9pm) “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” by Trace Adkins and … Hmm. I’m at a loss after that.

Tuesday 4

“Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop!” (KOAT-7 9pm) Emily VanCamp (Agent 13 in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) takes a look back at Marvel Comics’ 75 years in the biz.

“Billy Bob’s Gags to Riches” (Discovery 8pm) Redneck inventors pitch their ideas in this kitschy backwoods version of “Shark Tank.”

“Search for the Lost Giants” (History 6pm) Two brothers explore chambers, tunnels and burial mounds in their search for proof of ancient giants in America. Good luck with that.

Wednesday 5

“The Game” (BBC America 8pm) BBC’s new spy series takes us back to 1972 when M15 assembled a secret team to flush out sleeper agents across the UK before they could implement the KGB’s mysterious “Operation Glass.”

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