Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 19, 2011

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 19, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM | ANIMAL PLANET – SERIES PREMIERE
Tanked
– The series follows a Las Vegas family who owns a custom aquarium business, including fancy, over-the-top tanks made for celebrities. In the opener, owners (and brothers-in-law) Wayde and Brett design a 1,000-gallon Mob-themed tank.

10PM | SHOWTIME
Strike Back
– With Stonebridge and Scott embedded inside a New Delhi hotel, and Indian general decides not to attack the establishment.

10PM | MTV
Thumbs
– Not making this up … this special profiles “competitive texters” as they prepare for the National Texting Championship in New York City.

10PM | STARZ
Torchwood: Miracle Day
– Gwen’s efforts to protect her family includes a trip across several miles and decades, but just might uncover the secret behind the history of the Miracle.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Captain Awesome himself, Ryan McPartlin, guest stars on Friends With Benefits (8PM, NBC);
– On Haven (10PM, Syfy), Audrey keeps having the same day over and over again, and the consequence are nowhere near as cheery as Bill Murray‘s do-over in Groundhog Day;
Duff heads to Dallas on Sugar High (10:30PM, Food Network), where he samples special s’mores and a red velvet peppermint Whoopie Pie;
– New ep of Whisker Wars on IFC (11PM).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Brian Williams (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Randy Travis and Kim Kardashian (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jessica Alba (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Beyonce, Julianne Moore and Dominic Cooper (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Elizabeth Banks (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Rob Riggle (REPEAT).

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