Monday TV: New ‘People of Earth’

people_of_earthWyatt Cenac’s stint at “The Daily Show” seems now to have been quite brief, though it ended up being several years. He’s back in a project that suits him, the amusing comedy “People of Earth” (TBS, 9 p.m.) in which he plays a reporter, albeit one for an online concern.

His story on an alien abduction support group in upstate, N.Y., sticks with him, because he’s just had a strange accident that involved deer on the highway. The premise allows the casting of an ensemble of great comedy actors, some well known (Ana Gasteyer, Oscar Nunez, Nancy Lenehan, Brian Huskey), some less so (Luke Jones, Alice Wetterlund, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Tracee Chimo) in a support group setting that’s been useful for many comedies before it. But in this agreeable series, the aliens (en Hall and Bjorn Gustaffson among them) are very funny as well, bickering on the ship. The whole thing is from Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels (“The Office”), so the jokes are dry and funny.

All in all, a good sign from he burgeoning comedy team from the network that has already brought us “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS, 8 p.m.), which tonight interviews President Obama.

On “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings), Beth Murphy’s “What Tomorrow Brings” looks at the struggles of girls getting an education in Afghanistan.

“All Access Nashville: Celebrating the CMA Awards with Robin Roberts” (ABC, 10 p.m.) looks at 50 years of the country music awards.

“Timeless” (NBC, 10 p.m.) travels to the Alamo.

Aliens are also active on “Supergirl” (The CW, 8 p.m.).

The finale of “Halloween Baking Championship” (Food, 9 p.m.) comes just in time.

Halloween also plays a role in “Lucifer” (Fox, 8 p.m.), “Kevin Can Wait” (CBS, 8 p.m.),”The Odd Couple” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.) and “Scorpion” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

They also wear costumes on “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

A violent poltergeist emerges on “Paranormal Lockdown” (TLC, 9 p.m.).

The six-episode import “Brief Encounters” (Acorn, streaming) follows a quartet of British women selling lingerie and sex toys, circa 1980.

Rogelio pitches a show to The CW on “Jane the Virgin” (The CW, 9 p.m.) and Gloria and Emilio Estefan are guest stars in an episode directed by eva Longoria.

Knockout rounds continue on “The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

“The Real Housewives of Orange County” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) have a season finale.

“Street Outlaws” (Discovery, 9 p.m.) begins its fifth season.

The month’s Monday night salute to Christopher Lee ends on a fitting holiday, Halloween, with “The Devil’s Bride” (8 p.m.), “The Mummy” (9:45 p.m.), “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (11:30 p.m.), “Scream of Fear” (1:15 a.m.). “Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” (2:45 p.m.) and “To the Devil, a Daughter” (4:30 p.m.).

But there’s Halloween fare all day with “Mark of the Vampire” (TCM, 6 a.m.), “Cat People” (7:15 a.m.), “I Walked with a Zombie” (8:30 a.m.), “Dementia 13” (9:45 a.m.), “House of Wax” (11:15 a.m.), “Black Sabbath” (12:45 p.m.), “Dead of Night” (2::30 p.m.), “House on Haunted Hill” (4:30 p.m.) and “The Haunting” (6 p.m.).

Monday Night Football has Minnesota at Chicago (ESPN, 8:15 p.m.).

Basketball includes Chicago at Brooklyn (NBA, 7:30 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa: Kevin James, Jerry O’Connell. The View: Ken Jeong, Kristin Chenoweth. The Talk: LL Cool J. Harry Connick: Boris Kodjoe, Science C. Ellen DeGeneres: Heidi Klum, Beth Behrs, Ariana Grande. Wendy Williams: Michael Yo. The Real: Ray Parker Jr.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Ruth Wilson, JB Smoove, the Ghost Brothers. Jimmy Kimmel: Kathy Griffin, Jacob Tremblay, Alice Cooper. Jimmy Fallon: Jay Leno, Gabrielle Union, Big Sean. Seth Meyers: Nathan Lane, Genevieve Angelson, Matt Zoller Seitz, Alan Sepinwall, Hannah Welton. James Corden: Harry Connick Jr., Alice Eve, Lior Suchard. Carson Daly: Ana Gasteyer, Triftiges, Melanie Fischer. Conan O’Brien: T.J. Miller, the Sugar Hill Gang.

 

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