Week In Sloth: “The Seventies,” “Dark Matter,” “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell”

Week In Sloth: “The Seventies,” “Dark Matter,” “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell”

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Thursday 11

“The iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party 2015” (KWBQ-19 8pm) You’re invited to a poolside party with Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown, Echosmith and David Guetta. And by “invited,” I mean you get to watch it on TV from your living room.

“The Seventies” (CNN 7pm) CNN kicks off the latest of its decade-specific documentary series by looking at the TV shows that shaped the 1970s.

“The Josh Wolf Show” (CMT 12:30am) Because Country Music Television needs a late-night chat show too. Apparently.

Friday 12

“Phineas and Ferb: Last Day of Summer” (Disney XD 7pm) For eight years, the characters on “Phineas and Ferb” have searched for fun and adventure during summer vacation. But as you can tell from the title of this hour-long series ender, summer is finally coming to an end.

“Dark Matter” (Syfy 8pm) From the writers/producers of the various and sundry “Stargate” TV series comes this sci-fi series based on the comic book of the same name. In it the crew of a derelict spaceship awakens from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board.

Saturday 13

I Killed My BFF (Lifetime 6pm) OMG!

“Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” (BBC America 8pm) Susanna Clarke’s novel about an alternative history in which 19th-century England is ruled by magic gets a seven-part adaptation.

“AFI Lifetime Achievement Award” (TBS 8pm) Steve Martin gets the grown-up version of a Comedy Central roast.

“Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live at Brazos County Jail” (Comedy Central 12am) Comedian Jeff Ross heads to prison to make fun of hardened criminals. At some point this must have stopped sounding like a good idea.

Sunday 14

“Mother Funders” (Bravo 10pm) Finally! A reality show about a PTA fundraising committee in Locust Grove, Ga. Because the only thing more interesting than PTA meetings at your child’s school are PTA meetings at someone else’s school.

Monday 15

“The Making of the Mob: New York” (AMC 8pm) AMC’s new “docudrama” series features archival footage, dramatic recreations and “interviews with notable figures in mob history” such as former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, singer Frankie Valli and Drea de Matteo from “Joey” … I mean, “The Sopranos.”

Tuesday 16

“Clipped” (TBS 8pm) The creators of “Will and Grace” are back with this sitcom about a Boston barbershop starring Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) and George Wendt (“Cheers”).

“Proof” (TNT 8pm) The awesome Jennifer Beals (Flashdance, “The L Word”) stars as a skeptical, hard-science surgeon motivated to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences and hauntings after the death of her teenage son.

Wednesday 17

“Duck Commander: Making the Musical” (A&E 7pm) Wouldn’t the hardcore fans of “Duck Dynasty”—the only ones likely to actually see a musical adaptation of the redneck reality show—find the idea of a stage musical a little … I don’t know, gay?

“Deutschland 83” (Sundance 9pm) This eight-part German series set during the Cold War follows an East German border guard sent undercover by the secret police to spy on a West German general. Wait. Who am I rooting for?
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