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TV: Five shows worth watching tonight: April 16

Your select viewing guide for Monday, April 16

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REALITY Undercover Boss: Abroad TLC, 7 p.m. ET; 11 p.m. PT Watch your back: There are sneaky bosses all over the world. Working off the success of CBS's Undercover Boss (which itself was adapted for American audiences from a hit U.K. program), this spinoff is compiled of franchise entries recently filmed in Australia and Canada. As per the original series template, each episode in the series involves an executive leaving behind the boardroom for an undercover mission to slip in among the rank and file of the company he or she runs. Tonight's show travels down under to profile Tony Braxton-Smith, the CEO of Great Southern Rail, which runs train services all over Australia. On his stint undercover, the exec tackles several menial duties, including scrubbing toilets and unloading boxcars, but his mission nearly becomes derailed when a sharp-eyed train chef seems to recognize him. Oops!

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REALITY World's Toughest Trucker Discovery, 8 p.m. ET; 9 p.m. PT In the spirit of Ice Road Truckers, Deadliest Catch and countless other reality shows about brawny lads in gruelling vocations, this new series purports to find the world's top truck driver. Each episode pits truckers from all over the world – including the U.S., Scotland, Sri Lanka and, yes, Canada – taking on a harrowing three-day challenge in some far-flung destination. Tonight's series opener was filmed in Australia and follows the truckers racing against the clock to transport wild cattle right across the Outback. Along the way, they encounter flat tires, overheated engines, dust clouds and open river crossings. G'day, mates!

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DRAMA Smash NBC, CTV Two, 10 p.m. ET/PT Get ready for the cat to be dropped in among the canaries. The five-episode guest stint by film star Uma Thurman shifts into overdrive tonight. Thurman is a formidable presence as the movie star Rebecca Duvall, who is newly arrived to the creative team of Broadway producers mounting a musical on the life of Marilyn Monroe – and she's not there to play a supporting role. Ms. Duvall's arrival forces the lower-profile performers Karen (Katherine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty), both of whom were up for the Marilyn role, to form an uneasy alliance. At the same time, the romance between Tom (Christian Borle) and Sam (Leslie Odom Jr.) takes a weird twist, while the lyricist Julia (Debra Messing) is forced to put work on hold to address a family crisis.

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MOVIE Niagara Vision, midnight ET; 9 p.m. PT Speaking of Marilyn Monroe, the original blonde bombshell steals the scenery in this murky noir thriller. Which itself is impressive since the 1953 drama is set against the backdrop of Niagara Falls, with Monroe cast as the restless Rose, a young beauty married to the older, embittered war veteran George (Joseph Cotton). While vacationing at the Falls, the improbable couple make the acquaintance of perky honeymooners Ray and Polly (Max Showalter, Jean Peters), which certainly complicates Rose's plans to kill her cranky husband and run off with the handsome young stud Patrick (Richard Allan). The movie's plot is no great shakes, but Marilyn is mesmerizing.

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