Advertisements New sitcom on CBS, offshoot of the Chuck Lorre factory. From wiki: United States of Al is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre, David Goetsch, and Maria Ferrari. Starring Adhir Kalyan in the title role as Al, the series follows his life as he moves from Afghanistan to Columbus, Ohio with his friend Riley (Parker Young), a Marine he helped as his interpreter. Dean Norris, Elizabeth Alderfer, Kelli Goss, and Farrah Mackenzie also star. Controversy: Prior to airing, some of the show's decisions and its trailer received negative feedback. In particular, critics called out the casting of a South-African-born Indian actor to play an Afghan lead and his use of an inauthentic accent. Producer Reza Aslan heavily defended the show on social media against critics and responded defensively to the reactions aimed at the show's main themes and casting decisions. Aslan also stated that the show has multiple Afghan writers and producers. Goetsch also clarified that the show's writing process included extensive conversations with Afghan refugees and U.S. veterans. It premiered tonight (Thur April 1). It has the primo spot after Young Sheldon.