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Salon's guide to what to watch on Monday: CW's "Aliens in America" is funny and charming and absurd and addictive.

By Salon Staff
November 5, 2007 3:00PM (UTC)
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Prime Pick

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God is allergic to Jell-O. Most cats show a preference for the color orange. There's a very funny comedy that you're not watching, and it's on the CW. Which one of these statements is true? Amazingly enough, the CW's "Aliens in America" (8:30 p.m. EST Mondays) is not only consistently funny, it's also charming and absurd and addictive, setting it miles apart from the CW's typical herd of superpowered teenage hotties. The story of a Pakistani exchange student named Raja who goes to live with an average family in a small town in Wisconsin could have landed in unreasonably dorky territory. Instead, the show's writers have churned out a steady stream of seriously clever scripts, dense with absurd jokes and memorable moments, making "Aliens in America" feel more like a modern, snappy update on a John Hughes film. The dorky Midwestern Tolchuck family is pitch perfect, but the big star here is Adhir Kalyan, whose spot-on performance as the hopelessly earnest and morally upright Raja is responsible for the show's most hilarious moments. (You can watch one of the best recent episodes, "Rocket Club," here.)



Fans of "Prison Break" can enjoy two solid hours of the show starting at 8 p.m. EST on Fox. The American Masters series continues with "Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character" (9 p.m. EST on PBS, check listings). On "Weeds" (10 p.m. EST on Showtime), Nancy strikes up a deal with a biker gang. And Season 2 of Court TV's true-crime series "Murder by the Book" premieres at 10 p.m. EST.


On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EST

Taye Diggs, James Pickens

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EST

Jerry Seinfeld, Brooks & Dunn

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Russell Crowe, Carrie Underwood

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings


Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings


Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EST

Terri Irwin

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST

Karen Greenberg

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST

David Levy

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST

Meryl Streep, Jack Hanna

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST

Tommy Lee Jone, Garth Brooks

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Valerie Plame Wilson

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST

William Shatner, Lisa Ling, Matt Nathanson

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST

Alec Baldwin, Band of Horses

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST

Jorja Fox, Michael Franti, Spearhead

Contributors: Megan Doll, Heather Havrilesky, Eryn Loeb, Amy Reiter

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