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V.29 No.32 | 8/6/2020
Muppets Now
Disney

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The Show Must Go On

“Muppets Now” on Disney+

Clearly shot in the puppeteers’ own homes and filled with a bit more improvisation than previous iterations, “Muppets Now” is mostly hit and miss. If the writers, producers and performers can find a way to break through the formulaic segments and embrace a bit more of the original show’s manic and anarchic spirit, “Muppets Now” will make for a joyful weekly treat.
Hitmen trailer

Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.29 No.31 | 7/30/2020
Brave New World

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Future Imperfect

“Brave New World” on Peacock

“Brave New World” feels less like a farsighted glimpse into a future world of wonder and more like an unoriginal, corporate groupthink-produced sci-fi soap that uses successful contemporaries like “Westworld” as a photocopied blueprint.
Coroner trailer

Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.29 No.30 | 7/23/2020
Cursed
Property of Netflix

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Arthur Who?

“Cursed” on Netflix

Netflix’s “Cursed” is an attractive but convoluted attempt to thread the extremely wide needle eye between “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and “Game of Thrones.”
Rogue Trip trailer

Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.29 No.29 | 7/16/2020
Floor Is Lava
Netflix

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A Mild Burning Sensation

“Floor Is Lava” on Netflix

“Floor Is Lava” challenges contestants to cross a room without touching the floor. But since this is a TV show in 2020, it’s amped up with plenty of hyperactive CG graphics and an over-the-top set that constitutes the sole reason for the show’s appeal.
Die Hart trailer

Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.29 No.28 | 7/9/2020
“Intelligence” on Peacock

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Peacocking

NBC streaming shows its feathers

On July 15 broadcast network NBC’s first foray into the world of streaming begins with Peacock. Yes, like CBS All Access, you’ll soon have the privilege of paying for all those sitcoms you used to watch for free on a broadcast network. NBC proper won’t be going away (for now), but this is definitely a glimpse into the future of Hollywood.
Close Enough trailer

Week in Sloth

Week In Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.29 No.27 | 7/2/2020
Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

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Crying Fowl

Artemis Fowl on Disney+

Despite its literary history, Artemis Fowl reads like a generic mash-up of mystical YA series Harry Potter and Percy Jackson (with a dash of Men In Black for good measure).
Warrior Nun trailer

Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.29 No.26 | 6/25/2020

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Cop Out

Networks cancel police cam shows

Social change, driven by the massive wave of protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, has resulted in the cancellation of a pair of popular docu-reality TV shows about police.

Week in Sloth

Week In Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.29 No.14 | 4/2/2020
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

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Tiger King Is A Quarantine Must-Watch

Tiger documentary is Meth Fueled Madness

Maybe you’ve had a friend tell you that you’ve got to see it and they can’t tell you why. Maybe seeing Joe Exotic literally everywhere has piqued your interest enough to just lose a whole work day of viewing time to see what the mullet is about. Here’s why you need to watch Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.