Aliens in America, an American television sitcom created by David Guarascio and Moses Port, airs on The CW. Guarascio and Port are also executive producers of the show alongside Tim Doyle. Luke Greenfield directed the pilot. The show is about a Wisconsin teenager and the foreign exchange student his mother arranges to host, believing that the visitor will help her socially awkward son become more popular. However, the student turns out to be a Muslim teenager from Pakistan.
High schooler Justin Tolchuk (Dan Byrd) is a sensitive, lanky 16 year old just trying to fit in (with his mother’s help) 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 is sweetly unaware of how pretty she is. When Franny signs up for the school’s foreign exchange program, she pictures an athletic, brilliant Nordic teen who will bestow instant coolness on her outsider son, but she gets Raja Musharraf (Adhir Kalyan), a 16 year old Muslim boy from Pakistan. 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. It’s going to be a very interesting year for Justin, Raja, the family, and the entire community of Medora as some rather ugly elements start to surface.
Produced by CBS Paramount Network Television, the series was officially greenlit and given a thirteen episode order on May 15, 2007. It premiered on October 1, 2007 and began to air on Monday nights at 8:30/7:30c on The CW, following Everbody Hates Chris. The show was originally produced by NBC Universal Television now known as Universal Media Studios. It has been filmed around the Vancouver, British Columbia area. The high school featured in the show is actually H.J. Cambie Secondary School in Richmond, British Columbia, with the interiors of later first season episodes shot inside a studio.
On February 10, 2008, Aliens in America moved to Sunday nights, along with the rest of the Monday night comedies. The reruns of the show now air at 8:30/7:30c. On May 9, 2008, TV Guide announced that Aliens in America would not return for a second season!
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