OK, fine. Perhaps despite our Strike Survival Guide's best efforts, none of the new or returning series premiering this week strike your fancy. If that's the case, peruse TVGuide.com film critic Ken Fox's guide to this week's movies-on-TV.
Monday, Jan. 7, at 8 pm/ET
The Last King of Scotland | HBO
Atonement star James McAvoy the subject of serious Oscar buzz stars opposite last year's best actor-winner Forest Whitaker in this drama about an idealistic Scottish doctor caught up in the horrors of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's reign of terror. Gillian Anderson appears in a supporting role.
Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 10 pm
The Green Mile | Showtime
Stephen King's period drama about the relationship between a humane prison guard (Tom Hanks) and a condemned man (Michael Clarke Duncan) gets first class treatment from filmmaker Frank Darabont, who has the best track record of any filmmaker in adapting Stephen King novels to the screen: He also made The Shawshank Redemption and this year's The Mist.
Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 9:45 pm
Trainspotting | TMC
28 Days Later director Danny Boyle's feature debut captures all the highs and horrors of heroin abuse, including Ewan McGregor's head-first dive into a public toilet that stands as one of the key gross-out images of the 1990s.
Thursday, Jan. 10, at 9 pm
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man | Sundance Channel
You don't have to be a fan of Leonard Cohen's gothic growl to love this hugely entertaining concert film. A stellar roster of singers including Bono, Nick Cave and Rufus Wainwright gather to pay tribute to the great Canadian, performing such Cohen classics as "Everybody Knows," "I'm Your Man" and, of course, "Suzanne."
Friday, Jan. 11, at 9:45 pm
Quadrophenia | FLX
Rock out to The Who, marvel at the sight of a young Sting as a scene maker with a secret and be prepared for the shock of your life when you see all-purpose baddie Ray Winstone as a hunky young biker: He looks almost as good as he did after getting an animated body-maker over in Beowulf!
Saturday, Jan. 12, 9:45 pm
Jackass: Number 2 | Showtime
When it comes to low-brow humor, Johnny, Bam, Steve-O and the rest of the masochistic Jackass crew pretty much set the bar at ground level. Which isn't to say this utterly disgusting follow-up to the way-too-insane-for-MTV Jackass: The Movie isn't hysterically funny. Don't miss the Anaconda Ball Pit.
Sunday, Jan. 13, at 8 pm
The Truman Show | TMC
Remember when Jim Carrey didn't set your teeth on edge? Allow Peter Weir's prescient satire about reality-TV culture to refresh your memory. Carrey gives an endearingly modest performance as a man who discovers his entire life is little more than a TV show.
What's your take? Does anything on Ken's list look particularly good? Anything you'd like to recommend yourself, or (dare we tender the invitation) strongly advise against?
More Strike Survival guidance from TVGuide.com:
" Do NBC's Gladiators Deserve a Fighting Chance?
" Showtime's The L Word: Why You Should Go that Way
" HBO's The Wire: Why You Should Tap into It
" What to Watch: Your Guide to January Premieres