Week In Sloth: “World’s Biggest Pets,” Killing Jesus And “The Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber”

Devin D. O'Leary
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Thursday 26

“Vikings: Athelstan’s Journal” (History 9:03pm) Athelstan, the Christian priest-turned-Viking warrior, shares his thoughts on various aspects of 10th-century history in this creative look back at the past few seasons of History Channel’s bloody drama “Vikings.”

Friday 27

“Bride By Design” (TLC 7pm) A new wedding dress-fitting show on TLC? But won’t all the old wedding dress-fitting shows on TLC get jealous?

Saturday 28

“World’s Biggest Pets” (Animal Planet 8pm) When people at political rallies and sports gatherings shout “We’re number one!,” do you ever wonder what America is number one at? Well, Animal Planet may have an answer for you: house pet obesity.

Bone (TCM 12am) TCM digs up B-movie master Larry Cohen’s long-lost debut film from 1972. Cohen’s writing/directing work (Black Caesar, Hell Up in Harlem, It’s Alive, The Stuff) has always featured a healthy dose of social satire. But this could be his darkest comedy. In it, a thief with nothing to lose (Yaphet Kotto) invades the home of a wealthy married couple (Andrew Duggan and Joyce Van Patten) who may not be quite what they seem.

Sunday 29

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (HBO 6pm) Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side) finally unleashes his controversial documentary exposing the destructive practices of L. Ron Hubbard’s space-age “religion” Scientology.

Killing Jesus (National Geographic 7pm) National Geographic turns to noted historian and Biblical scholar Bill O’Reilly for perspective on why Jesus was such a Tea Party conservative.

“The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards” (KOB-4 7pm) After hanging with the cool kids on The CW for a few years, iHeartRadio jumps ship to the wider demographic of NBC.

Monday 30

“The Big Picture with Kal Penn” (National Geographic 7pm) Actor Kal Penn has gone from star of the Harold & Kumar films to associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Now he’s hosting this number-crunching news show about maps, charts and important data that impact our daily lives.

“The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber” (Comedy Central 11pm) [Insert GIF of Michael Jackson eating popcorn here.]

Tuesday 31

The Dovekeepers (KRQE-13 8pm) Around this time of year, all TV stations turn religious. Here, CBS takes the book by feminist author Alice Hoffman (Practical Magic) about the Roman siege of Masada (as seen through the eyes of Jewish women) and turns it into a Biblical miniseries.

“Weird Loners” (KASA-2 8:30pm) From the creator of “The King of Queens” comes this sitcom about “four relationship-challenged mid-30-somethings.” … So it’s every sitcom since “Friends”?

“Younger” (TV Land 8pm) A 40-year-old woman (Broadway baby Sutton Foster) pretends to be 26 in order to land her dream job.

“Cougar Town” (TBS 8:30pm) Put away the wine, and retire the penny can: “Cougar Town” goes off the air after six seasons.

Wednesday 1

“truTV’s April Foolathon: Best Hoaxes Ever & Best Pranks Ever” (truTV 6pm) Best hoax so far: truTV’s “Foolathon” is only an hour long.
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