USA's alien invasion series 'Colony' returns

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By Kevin McDonough

Everybody has to eat. Apparently, celebrities eat and cook more entertainingly than the rest of us.

The new series "My Kitchen Rules" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14) invites boldface-name couples to prepare meals for each other and to host dinner parties where their cuisine and preparation are subject to criticism and rude behavior.

Participants include former NSYNC member Lance Bass, recording artists Brandy and Ray J, comedian Andrew Dice Clay, country superstar Naomi Judd and "Real Housewife" Brandi Glanville. The reality TV format essentially invites them to behave badly and utter bleeped-out words.

Curtis Stone ("Top Chef Masters") and Cat Cora ("Iron Chef America") serve as hosts and as designated grown-ups in the room.

"Rules" is adapted from an Australian series that features regular couples and not those like Clay and Brandy, who had shows on UPN well before the turn of the century.

"Colony" (10 p.m., USA, TV-14) enters its second season with a flashback to the hours leading up to the alien takeover of Los Angeles. That's a good thing, because it's not always easy to follow this series about invasion, occupation, resistance and collaboration, starring Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies.

Movies like "Casablanca" have long asked us how we might behave in such situations where noble characters like Rick are nicely contrasted with the slippery morality of characters like Captain Renault. In "Colony," the deeply compromised heel also emerges as the most three-dimensional character. Peter Jacobson portrays Proxy Alan Snyder, whose work on behalf of his intergalactic overlords allows him to graduate from an office drone barely able to pay his alimony to the most powerful man in Hollywood.

• Craig Robinson ("The Office," "Hot Tub Time Machine") hosts "Karaoke Showdown" (10:30 p.m., Spike, TV-PG). He invites unsuspecting strangers into his car to play karaoke games for cash prizes. Since this is television, two of these people on the street happen to be male exotic dancers.

• The Crackle streaming service presents the original comedy film "Mad Families," starring Charlie Sheen and Leah Remini.

TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

• A winner emerges on the season finale of "The Great American Baking Show" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).

• The contestants create looks for women to wear, day or night, on "Project Runway Junior" (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG).

• A patient careens from heart surgery to a car accident on "Chicago Med" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

• Maddie and Avery contend with unpolished talents on "Nashville" (9 p.m., CMT, TV-PG).

• The two-hour special "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America" (9 p.m., ABC) commemorates the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

• Beauty is more than skin deep on "Pure Genius" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).

• A diorama foreshadows murder on "The Blacklist" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

• Fred has qualms about Carrie's new beau on "Portlandia" (10 p.m., IFC, TV-14).

CULT CHOICE

A plane delay allows important people (Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Louis Jourdan, Elsa Martinelli and Margaret Rutherford) to argue in an airport lounge in the stylish 1963 drama "The V.I.P.s" (4 p.m., TCM), released at the height of Liz and Dick's tabloid notoriety.

LATE NIGHT

Mark Wahlberg, Elle Fanning and Judah & the Lion appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS) * Tom Selleck, Craig Robinson and A$AP Mob are booked on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes Kevin Bacon, Greta Gerwig and Nick Thune on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) * LL Cool J, Octavia Spencer and SZA appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC) * Sullivan Stapleton and Action Bronson visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC) * Bryan Cranston, Giovanni Ribisi, Jessica Biel and Jamie T appear on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (12:35 a.m., CBS).

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