Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy – Neither representatives for Amanda Knox nor the family of murdered British student Meredith Kercher wanted this movie to be shown. But for those of us who still don’t know whether or not to believe Seattle exchange student Knox (played here by Heroes star Hayden Panettiere) is really guilty of Kercher’s murder, the flick is a good primer on the case that ended with the young American being convicted in Italy and sentenced to serve 26 years in an Italian prison. Following the movie, Lifetime airs a Beyond the Headlines special (11PM), with an update on Knox’s appeal, which is currently in the works.

The Bachelor – It’s hometown visit time, which includes a scary dad and Brad‘s admission that he just isn’t that into one of the women.

Blue-Collar Dogs – Not only are they man’s (and woman’s) best friend, but this new documentary shows how doggies are sniffing out bombs as K-9 team assistants and helping save lives as “canine MDs” who assist people with diabetes, epilepsy and even cancer.

House – This could be really clever or really silly: House attends an elementary school career day, where a pair of fifth graders try to convince him that his selfishness is going to ruin his relationship with Cuddy.

Pretty Little Liars – The girls play detective to try to figure out who killed Alison, while Aria uses the school play as a way to hang with Ezra.

The Unpoppables – Back-to-back episodes find the New Balloon Art team fashioning a tropical paradise and a giant castle from colorful inflatables.

Outrageous Kids Parties – You know those parents you make fun of, the ones who spend thousands, and sometimes tens of thousands of dollars, on their kids’ birthday bashes? Here’s a whole show about them, complete with footage of their gaudy soirees.

10PM | ABC
Castle Heroes star Adrian Pasdar guests as a federal agent who’s brought into the investigation of a murdered cab driver who was involved in some major bad-doings.

10PM | NGC
Lincoln’s Secret Killer – We know he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, but a DNA test performed on a spot of blood from his clothing might prove that Abraham Lincoln was also inflicted with a rare form of cancer.

Tabatha’s Salon TakeoverTabatha wraps the season by revisiting salons from seasons one and two to see if they’re still benefitting from her help.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Super Grover 2.0 helps the Sesame Street gang all this week (Check local listings for time and channel, PBS);
Robin Givens plays a government official who wants to lure Casey away with a new assignment on Chuck (8PM, NBC);
– Ted runs into the Captain on How I Met Your Mother (8PM, CBS);
– Ben and Kate have their first official date, which is officially interrupted by Larry and Connie on Mad Love (8:30PM, CBS);
American Experience profiles Jimmy Carter, his presidency and his life since leaving the White House (9PM, PBS);
– Josh schedules a date with a nurse on Being Human (9PM, Syfy);
Gabrielle Union hosts, Herbie Hancock and Jamie Foxx are among the honorees and Ne-Yo is among the performers on the fourth annual BET Honors (9PM, BET);
– On Cake Boss (9PM, TLC), Buddy bakes a giant cake for the Columbus Day parade in NYC;
– Jarek and Caleb chase a bank robber on The Chicago Code (9PM, Fox);
– Happy 18th Birthday, Eric! on Gossip Girl (9PM, The CW);
– Casey and Evan use a mock trial in class to unleash their real frustrations with each other on Greek (9PM, ABC Family);
– It’s a four-episode block of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Comedy Central (9PM);
– History Channel’s It’s Good to Be President special (9PM) explores how the President lives while in office;
Dane Cook guests as Danny’s brother on Hawaii Five-O (10PM, CBS);
Heavy (10PM, A&E) profiles a man and a woman who struggle with their 400-pound-plus weights;
– The contestants have to show their best celebrity impersonations on RuPaul’s Drag Race (10PM, Logo);
– On Shatner’s Raw Nerve (10PM, Bio), The Shat chats with Hollywood legend Carl Reiner.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Ed Helms and Carmelo Anthony;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Lisa Ling;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Eugene Jarecki;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Adele, Donald Rumsfeld and Cobie Smulders;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Armie Hammer, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Kate Gosselin;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Matthew Perry (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Samuel L. Jackson;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Wolf Blitzer and Sara Rue;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Rich Eisen.

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