Week In Sloth: “The Fireball Of Christ,” Swamp Volcano And “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials”

The Week In Sloth

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Thursday 26

“The Fireball of Christ” (National Geographic 9 p.m.) Did a meteorite impact play a part in the Roman Empire’s adoption of Christianity? I don’t know, but it makes for an awesome title.

“Inside Comedy” (Showtime 9 p.m.) David Steinberg hosts this new chat show dedicated exclusively to the art of stand-up comedy. First guests: Jerry Seinfeld and Don Rickles.

Friday 27

“Chuck” (KOB-4 8 p.m.) NBC’s fun but rocky spy comedy comes to its inevitable end with a series finale in which Chuck must unite family and friends to battle the bad guys.

“Bering Sea Gold” (Discovery 8:01 p.m.) Discovery manages to combine the death-defying thrills of “Deadliest Catch” with the instant riches excitement of “Gold Rush Alaska.”

“Spartacus: Vengeance” (Starz 8 p.m.) Starz’ gladiators-and-slaves drama returns to the top of the guilty pleasure list following the unfortunate death of star Andy Whitfield—who has been replaced this season by Aussie actor Liam McIntyre.

Saturday 28

Swamp Volcano (Syfy 7 p.m.) Syfy Channel’s random word generator pays for itself yet again.

Sunday 29

“18 th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” (TBS/TNT 6 p.m.) To hell with writers, directors, editors, all those little people. It’s time to give some love to the movie stars.

“Luck” (HBO 7 p.m.) David Milch (the brain behind HBO’s “Deadwood”) and Michael Mann (director of Heat, Ali and Miami Vice ) returns with this ensemble drama about racetrack betting. Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, Jill Hennessy and Nick Nolte are among the cast.

A Smile as Big as the Moon (KOAT-7 8 p.m.) John Corbett (“Northern Exposure,” “Sex and the City”) stars as a special-education teacher who brings his students to space camp. The only way this could be more of a “feel good” movie is if kittens were somehow involved.

Monday 30

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Logo 10 p.m.) RuPaul kicks off a fourth season of providing grand marshals for gay pride parades across America.

Tuesday 31

“Inside the Actors Studio” (Bravo 5 p.m.) On the knife-edge of a possible Oscar win, George Clooney sits down with James Lipton for a chin wag.

“Undercover Princes” (TLC 8 p.m.) Unsatisfied with a mere “Undercover Boss,” TLC tries putting unconvincing disguises on foreign royalty and sending them out in the real world looking for love.

“Key & Peele” (Comedy Central 11:30 p.m.) Though it sounds like a BBC detective show, it’s actually a sketch comedy show featuring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, former stars of “MADtv.”

Wednesday 1

“Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2012” (KRQE-13 7 p.m.) Question: How do you know when this show ends and the commercial breaks begin?

“Beast Tracker” (Discovery 7 p.m.) I was hoping for another show in which Bigfoot goes uncaught. Instead, we get Dr. Andrew West investigating invasive species like wild hogs, alligators and snakes.
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