12 reasons productivity might slip this week

Posted at 1:09 PM, Jul 13, 2015

Sorry, bosses, it's going to be hard to keep your employees focused this week.

Between television, movies, video games, shopping and reading, eyes across the country will be glued to screens of all sizes between now and the weekend.

Below are some things to keep your mind off of work every day this week. All listed times are Eastern.


  • MLB Home Run Derby (8 p.m. on ESPN) - The Home Run Derby features what people like most about baseball: big guys smacking nonstop home runs. Eight of MLB's most powerful sluggers are set to launch homers at Cincinnati's hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park.


  • "Go Set a Watchman" is released - It's been 55 years since Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" became an instant American classic. The author hasn't released another book since but this week, "Mockingbird's" sequel "Go Set a Watchman" hits book stores and digital readers worldwide.


  • 2015 MLB All-Star Game (8 p.m. on Fox) - The best — or at least the most popular — players in professional baseball take to the field in the annual Midsummer Classic. The winning team's league gets home-field advantage for the World Series.


  • "God of War III Remastered," "Rory McIlroy PGA Tour" are released - Gamers have a pair of marquee titles coming out this week. The acclaimed "God of War III" gets a touch-up for PS4 and EA Sports' "Rory McIlroy PGA Tour," which is the first game since 1998 in the best-selling golf series to not feature Tiger Woods as its namesake star, hit shelves.



  • The ESPY Awards (8 p.m. on ABC) - ESPN's annual sports awards show will not air on its namesake network for the first time ever, instead moving to ABC to attract a larger audience. Host Joel McHale can be expected to crack wise on the country's top athletes but all eyes will be on Caitlyn Jenner, who will be present to receive a special ESPY Award for courage.


  • "The Jim Gaffigan Show" series premiere (10 p.m. on TV Land) - The first series to star Jim Gaffigan, one of America's most popular — and family-friendly — comedians, debuts on TV Land this Wednesday. The show was created by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, who previously wrote for "Home Improvement," "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Rescue Me."


  • "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" series premiere (10 p.m. on FX) - It's been almost four years since Denis Leary's show "Rescue Me" wrapped a seven-season run on FX. The comedian is back on the network with this show about the aging lead singer of a fictional 1990s rock band.


  • 144th British Open tournament (4 a.m. on ESPN) - Golf fans will either be asleep at their desks or taking mysterious sick days this week. The 144th British Open will be played in Scotland with many storylines to watch for. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy will be missing after a soccer injury and 21-year-old Jordan Spieth will attempt to win his third major championship of the year.


  • "Ant-Man" & "Trainwreck" hit theaters - The last three movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have grossed at least $700 million worldwide and while "Ant-Man" might not make "Avengers" money, it will surely make bank. In this week's other big movie release, Amy Schumer makes her film debut in "Trainwreck," which she wrote and will star in.

Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.