Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Monday night

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Comedy Central Roast of James Franco 10 p.m., Comedy Central

The busy actor, writer, artist, and college student (pictured) will no doubt study exactly what it truly means philosophically to get raked over the coals by friends and comics. Among those skewering the man who has played everyone from James Dean to Allen Ginsberg are Roast Master and “Freaks and Geeks” costar Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Andy Samberg, and Nick Kroll.

The Writers’ Room 10 p.m., Sundance


Ever wonder how they come up with all the cuckoo to keep FX’s “American Horror Story” going? Well creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, writer Tim Minear, and star Lily Rabe break it down for you in the season finale of this excellent new show hosted by Jim Rash. In it they discuss how the standards and practices departments rarely seem troubled by violence but always want to edit out anything sexual. Says Falchuk, “You can chop someone’s head off as long as you don’t see her nipples while you do it.”

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An Edison Album 8 p.m., TCM

The wizard of Menlo Park the early years. He had less trouble with Muggles than you’d imagine.

Under the Dome 10 p.m., CBS

The Dome gods are angry. I’m betting it’s Junior’s fault.


Summer Camp 11:05 p.m., USA

Time to gather around the fire one last time campers, before someone wins $250,000.