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Aliens in America
AliensInAmericaTVseries.jpg
The cast of Aliens in America.
Format Situation comedy
Created by David Guarascio
Moses Port
Starring Dan Byrd
Adhir Kalyan
Amy Pietz
Lindsey Shaw
Scott Patterson
Opening theme "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding"
by PJ Olsson & Salman Ahmad[1]
Country of origin United States
Canada
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) David Guarascio
Moses Port
Tim Doyle
Location(s) Vancouver, BC, Canada
Camera setup Single-camera setup
Running time 22 minutes (excluding commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel The CW
Original run October 1, 2007 – May 18, 2008
Status Cancelled

Aliens in America is an American sitcom created by David Guarascio and Moses Port that aired on The CW for one season from 2007-2008. Guarascio and Port also served as executive producers of the show alongside Tim Doyle. Luke Greenfield directed the pilot.[2] The show is about an American teenager in Wisconsin whose family takes in a Muslim foreign exchange student from Pakistan.

Repeats now air on Universal HD.[3]

Contents

Plot

High schooler Justin Tolchuck (Dan Byrd) is a sensitive, lanky 16-year-old just trying to fit in at his high school in Medora, Wisconsin. He lives with his well-meaning mom Franny (Amy Pietz) who just wants him to be "cool" and fit in, entrepreneur dad Gary (Scott Patterson) who is very laid back, and his newly popular younger sister Claire (Lindsey Shaw), who tries to raise her popularity in school. When the school guidance counselor, Mr. Matthews (Christopher B. Duncan) convinces the family to take in an international student, they accept him with the expectation that he will be a good-looking European student that will make Justin popular. Although initially dismayed when Raja Musharraf (Adhir Kalyan), a 16-year-old Muslim boy from Pakistan turns up instead, they soon warm up to him and although their cultures are different, Justin and Raja form an unlikely friendship that might allow them to get past the social nightmare of high school.

Cast

Actor/Actress Role Notes
Dan Byrd Justin Tolchuck A gawky 16-year-old high school junior usually tormented by other kids
Adhir Kalyan Raja Musharaff The Pakistani boy who comes to live with the Tolchucks for a year
Amy Pietz Franny Tolchuck Justin's mom
Scott Patterson Gary Tolchuck Justin's dad
Lindsey Shaw Claire Tolchuck Justin's very popular 15-year-old sister
Christopher B. Duncan Mr. Matthews The school guidance counselor who suggests to Justin's mother that she take in an international student

Patrick Breen was originally cast as Gary Tolchuck but the role was re-cast in July 2007.[4]

Release

Produced by CBS Paramount Network Television, the series was officially greenlit and given a thirteen-episode order on May 15, 2007.[5] It premiered on October 1, 2007, and aired on Monday nights at 8:30PM Eastern/7:30PM Central on The CW, following Everybody Hates Chris.[6] The show was originally to be produced by NBC Universal Television (now Universal Media Studios). It is filmed around the Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada area.[7] The high school featured in the show is actually H. J. Cambie Secondary School in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada with the interiors of later first-season episodes shot inside a studio. Beginning on February 10, 2008, Aliens in America moved to Sunday nights (along with the rest of the Monday night comedies) and aired at 8:30PM Eastern/7:30PM Central.[8] On May 9, 2008, TV Guide announced the cancellation of the series.[9]

Episodes

International distribution

Country TV network(s) Series premiere Weekly schedule (local time)
 Australia GO! August 9, 2009 Sunday 9:00pm
 Brazil Warner Channel
SBT
September 12, 2008 Fridays 8:00pm
Monday to Friday 1:45pm
 Bulgaria HBO Comedy 2009
 Costa Rica Teletica Canal 7 April 17, 2009 Fridays 8:00pm
 Croatia HRT2 April 2009 Monday to Friday 4:40pm
 Denmark TV3 Sundays 7:00pm
 Germany ProSieben April 25, 2009 Saturdays 2:00pm
 India Zee Café Thursdays 10:00pm
 Ireland TV3 Sundays 5:30pm
 Israel Xtra HOT
HOT family

January 9, 2009

Fridays 9:45pm (3 episodes)
 Italy Joi January 21, 2008
 Lithuania TV1 August 23, 2009 Sundays 3:00pm
 Mexico Warner Channel Summer 2008 Fridays 8:30pm, Saturdays 8:00pm
 Netherlands RTL 5 Summer 2009 Mondays 8:30pm
 New Zealand TV2 Saturdays 7:00pm
 Norway TV Norge Saturdays and Sundays 3:10pm
 Poland HBO Comedy
 Portugal RTP2 September 15, 2008 Monday to Friday 8:40pm
 Slovenia Kanal A September 23, 2009 Weekdays 3:40pm
 South Africa SABC 3 Friday 7:30pm
 Spain laSexta July, 6 2009 Monday 1:30am
 Sweden Kanal 5 Fridays 6pm, Saturdays 3:25pm
 Turkey CNBC-e September 9, 2009 Wednesdays 8:30 pm

U.S. Nielsen ratings

Rating information is from Your Entertainment Now[10] and The Futon Critic.[11] The weekly rating information is from ABC Medianet.[12]

Aliens in America averaged 1.57 million viewers in its sole season.

# Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(timeslot)
Rank
(week)
1 "Pilot" 1.6 2 0.8/2 2.33 5 98/102
2 "No Man Is an Island" 1.3 2 0.8/2 2.11 5 93/97
3 "Rocket Club" 1.5 2 0.9/2 2.23 5 93/97
4 "The Metamorphosis" 1.6 2 0.9/2 2.35 5 92/97
5 "Help Wanted" 1.4 2 0.8/2 2.11 5 95/100
6 "Homecoming" 1.2 2 0.7/2 1.78 5 97/101
7 "Purple Heart" 1.3 2 0.8/2 1.99 5 97/101
8 "My Musky, Myself" 1.1 2 0.5/1 1.37 5 90/95
9 "Junior Prank" 1.3 2 0.7/1 1.89 5 93/98
10 "Church" 1.2 2 0.7/1 1.84 5 91/99
11 "Mom's Coma" 0.9 1 0.4/1 1.09 5 94/96
12 "Hunting" 0.8 1 0.4/1 1.17 5 94/96
13 "Community Theater" 0.6 1 0.4/1 0.81 5 99/100
14 "One Hundred Thousand Miles" 0.6 1 0.4/1 0.91 5 91/91
15 "The Muslim Card" 0.7 1 0.4/1 1.04 5 99/100
16 "Smutty Books" 0.8 1 0.4/1 1.04 5 95/96
17 "Wake in the Lake" 0.7 1 0.4/1 1.12 5 96/97
18 "Raja at Sixteen" 0.9 1 0.5/1 1.21 5 94/96

See also

References

  1. ^ Aliens in America theme song music video
  2. ^ Aliens in America at the The Futon Critic; last accessed June 4, 2007.
  3. ^ http://www.universalhd.com/app/Schedule/
  4. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (2007-07-02). "Gilmore Girls' Luke Travels to the CW's America". TV Guide. http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-News-Blog/Todays-News/Gilmore-Girls-Luke/800017927. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  5. ^ CBS, THE CW CONFIRM RENEWALS, CANCELLATIONS; FOX EXTENDS 24 at the The Futon Critic; last accessed June 4, 2007
  6. ^ THE CW KICKS OFF ITS SECOND SEASON WITH SIX NEW SERIES at the The Futon Critic; last accessed June 4, 2007
  7. ^ Spotlight: TV Fall Casting at Backstage.com; last accessed September 14, 2007
  8. ^ Breaking News - CW Plans Midseason Makeover | TheFutonCritic.com
  9. ^ CW Cancels Aliens in America - Ausiello Report | TVGuide.com
  10. ^ Your Entertainment Now
  11. ^ TheFutonCritic.com - The Web's Best Television Resource
  12. ^ ABC Medianet

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