Aliens in America

2009, TV Show

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"Church"

The show opens with the Tolchucks getting all spruced up to go on their ritual Sunday voyage to Shop World. Raja tells Franny that their weekly ritual is a lot like going to church; they go together as a family every Sunday and leave behind roughly ten percent of their income. Heh. Shocked that Raja thinks her family is so spiritually devoid, she decides the family is going back to their church that minute... only to find out it has now become a Chicken Wing restaurant. Determined to find some faith, they head to a mega chuch, complete with a coffee bar, music section and housewares department. Here we get to see Gary's obsession with a bargain (buying collectible saint plates), Justin finding his faith when he prays for a school bullies demise, and it happens, and Franny feeling relief when she manipulates Claire (who has asked for birth control pills for Christmas) into joining the "chastity club."It just gets more and more awesome with each passing minute. Justin thinks that his ... read more

'Church'

The show opens with the Tolchucks getting all spruced up to go on their ritual Sunday voyage to Shop World. Raja tells Franny that their weekly ritual is a lot like going to church; they go together as a family every Sunday and leave behind roughly ten percent of their income. Heh. Shocked that Raja thinks her family is so spiritually devoid, she decides the family is going back to their church that minute... only to find out it has now become a Chicken Wing restaurant. Determined to find some faith, they head to a mega chuch, complete with a coffee bar, music section and housewares department. Here we get to see Gary's obsession with a bargain (buying collectible saint plates), Justin finding his faith when he prays for a school bullies demise, and it happens, and Franny feeling relief when she manipulates Claire (who has asked for birth control pills for Christmas) into joining the "chastity club."It just gets more and more awesome with each passing minute. Justin thinks that his ... read more

I never watched the CW before ...

Question: I never watched the CW before this year, but suddenly I'm finding myself watching shows that have been running for a while. Some of them I didn't know I was missing (Everybody Hates Chris, Beauty and the Geek and Supernatural), while others have only just started (Reaper, Gossip Girl and Aliens in America, definitely the funniest new show of the year). Am I a statistically insignificant anomaly, or do the ratings indicate that this will be the breakout year for the CW (or would have been if not for the strike)? On another note, I'm curious how the strike will affect certain cable shows. I don't know how much truth there is to this, but I've heard that some cable series typically have their entire season's worth of episodes produced far in advance of when the season starts. I'm particularly interested in learning the status of the final seasons of The Shield, The Wire and Battlestar Galactica. Do we know when they'll be airing and how much of their final seasons are in the can? ... read more

Shelf Life

An extract from a true story taken from the Fictitious Journal of Adhir Kalyan:I walk down the aisle, raise my hand, and run my fingers along the products arranged meticulously on the shelves. One item, not in keeping with the host of products attempting to grab my attention, is slightly out of place, and as a result, grabs my attention. It is only when I slide it into its intended position that I notice the six numbers and two letters:BB: 05.23.07I cannot quite come to terms with what I have just seen. Perhaps I don't want to come to terms with what I have just seen, for maybe the trauma would be too much. I resist the inexorable realization like a wave that does not wish to crash on to the shore but knows resignedly that it will do just that, and reluctantly acknowledge that the best before date of May 23, 2007, has come. And gone. More than three months ago.But the resignation is replaced by anger. This box of cookies has been wasted... is unwanted... has expired.I really should ... read more

I was an evacuee from the ...

Question: I was an evacuee from the wildfires in Southern California last week; I had to leave my house for five days, and I didn't get power back until the sixth day. That's right, six days without television! Luckily, my house is fine and so is my TiVo. The experience left me with two epiphanies: First, I was able to view most of the shows I missed online, which is an awesome thing I had never appreciated before. I always thought, why watch online when I can just watch my TV? Well, thanks to the major networks, I'm still in the loop. Second, there's nothing like a natural disaster to make you realize which TV shows are really important (and by important I mean entertaining!). Reaper and Bionic Woman? I loved the concepts, but the shows just haven't delivered. When I missed this week's episodes, I didn't care two straws. On the flip side, I found myself sad that I missed out on not just the obvious good shows like Heroes and Survivor, but also new shows like Pushing Daisies and even ... read more

As an avid reader, I am ...

Question: As an avid reader, I am shocked that you haven't mentioned the hilarious new comedy Aliens in America. Have you noticed how well written and superbly acted this show is? And it has our favorite guy, Scott Patterson!


Answer: Haven't mentioned it? What rock have you been living under? I've been singing America's praises for months. I even touted it as one of my top five fall picks. And now I'm about to give you some exclusive scoop: There's an episode coming up called "The Muslim Card" in which a very annoying teenager falls in love with Raja and, to his horror, converts to Islam for him. The role will be played by Kala Savage, sister of Ben and Fred. 

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Which new shows do you think ...

Question: Which new shows do you think have lived up to their hype? Which shows have fizzled, and which are just hitting their stride? Chuck is the first must-see on my list. Life is a close second, reminding me a bit of Boomtown. Pushing Daisies is growing on me. Until Lost and Battlestar Galactica return, I have found few series worth my time. What shows do you look forward to, and which have you given up on? Answer: Of the new shows, Chuck, Pushing Daisies and to a lesser degree the guilty pleasures of Dirty Sexy Money and Gossip Girl have held up best from my earliest assessments. I'm also glad that Samantha Who? appears to be an instant hit (thanks to the Dancing with the Stars lead-in). That's the best commercial comedy ABC has given us in quite a while. Also enjoying The Big Bang Theory and Aliens in America more often than not. Shows like Private Practice, Life and Moonlight have improved since their pilots, but not enough for me to get behind in any significant way. And I still ... read more

ABC Stays Dirty, The CW Sows More Reaper

Natalie Zea and Daniel Cosgrove in Dirty Sexy Money by Vivian Zink/ABC

ABC has ordered an additional three scripts for two more of its freshman series: Dirty Sexy Money (woo-hoo!) and... Carpoolers (who knew!). Thus far this season, ABC has picked up Private Practice and Pushing Daisies for full seasons, ordered six more Samantha Who? scripts and, well, done nothing yet about improving Cavemen.Elsewhere, the CW has picked up three additional scripts for Reaper, while Aliens in America, sources tell the Reporter, is set to stay in production beyond its original 13-episode order in hopes of getting a full-season ride. read more

I'm really enjoying Aliens in ...

Question: I'm really enjoying Aliens in America, and I worry that people are missing the boat on this surprisingly funny half-hour of television. The second episode was one of the highlights of the week! The ratings are abysmal, and so few people are talking about this show that I'm worried it'll be pulled before others have the opportunity to give it a chance. What do you think about Aliens in America — does it have a fighting chance? Does the fact that it's on the CW work against it? Would its ratings be higher if it had been picked up by NBC or CBS? Answer: If Aliens were airing anywhere but the CW (except perhaps on cable), its ratings probably would be higher, but given the sorry state of the CW's overall ratings this season, it's probably just as well that a show this offbeat is airing on a network that's likely to let it ride. Despite the low ratings, Aliens in America has had generally good media buzz, which should help keep it around. I like the show, and I especially like the ... read more

Maybe I'm a teensy bit ...

Question: Maybe I'm a teensy bit spoiled by the excellent summer programs that sucked me in (like Top Chef, Damages, Mad Men and Army Wives), but the fall season so far left me feeling kind of blah. There are some mediocre shows (like Bionic Woman, whose second episode was terrible), some good guilty pleasures (Gossip Girl and Dirty Sexy Money) and some downright stinkers. (Private Practice, anyone? Sorry, I'm not tuning in to watch Addison McBeal ever again.) Even some of my returning faves have gotten off to rough starts. Heroes is plodding along at a dinosaur's pace. Ugly Betty has yet to leave me with the warm and fuzzy feeling that it did last year. What gives? Am I doomed to suffer the fall blahs until Project Runway returns on Nov. 14, or can you suggest some shows that can brighten up my TiVo to-do list? Do you agree that this fall season has been rather lackluster? Answer: I think that's a fair critical consensus of a fall season that hasn't produced a true breakout smash, ... read more

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Premiered: April 25, 2009, on ProSieben
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A Pakistani Muslim exchange student adjusts to life and high school in a Wisconsin town with the help of a nerdy 16-year-old.

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