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Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Monday

Allison Janney and Anna Faris in “Mom.”

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Allison Janney and Anna Faris in “Mom.”

Mom 9:30 p.m., CBS

Just playing programmer here, but it doesn’t seem fair that this potentially decent Allison Janney-Anna Faris vehicle has been so cruelly caboosed to the tail end of CBS’s Monday night lineup, appearing after the unwatchable “2 Broke Girls,” which itself hit a series low ratings-wise last week. I’m plagued by the hope that given some time to breathe, “Mom” will ease up on the booze humor and dig into the actual chemistry between the two actresses. A swap with the 8:30 stinkbomb “We Are Men” would fix everything, leaving a block of
shlock before the news for anyone who wants it. (I also dabble in interior design if you need some help with that, CBS.) (Pictured, from left, Janney and Faris.)

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Dancing With the Stars  8 p.m., ABC

Watching Bill Nye dance to Daft Punk in a robot costume was almost — almost — as painful as the massive quad tear he sustained during his fateful Beethoven-inspired paso doble the previous week. Tonight, another elimination puts a stop to the music for another couple, and Julianne Hough serves as guest judge. Also, this show is still on for some reason.

Ancient Aliens  10 p.m. History

Crystal skulls — how the ancients kept their heads clear.

Monsters Inside Me  9 p.m., Animal Planet

He’s got that twinkle in his eye. Oops, nope, that’s a worm.

Bad Ink  8 p.m.-4 a.m., A&E

A marathon session in the chair.

Michael Andor Brodeur is assistant arts editor at the Globe. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MBrodeur.
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