Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – February 1, 2012

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – February 1, 2012

(ALL TIMES ET)

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– Preliminary auditions move to Portland, Oregon. Five things about Portland: 1) The city’s nickname is The City of Roses; 2) The Simpsons papa Matt Groening is from Portland; 3) Also from Portland: Beverly Cleary, the author of the beloved Ramona Quimby and Henry and Ribsy books; 4) Home of Powell’s Books = 68,000 square feet of books; and 5) And, of course, it is the home of and inspiration for Portlandia.

8PM | CBS
Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials
Boomer Esiason and Jillian Michaels co-host this look back at the all-time best SB commercials, and a look ahead at the best ones we’ll see this Sunday.

10PM | ID
Dark Minds
– Are the 2006 murders of Atlantic City prostitutes the evil handiwork of the same person who later killed prostitutes in Long Island?

10PM | MTV
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Exes
Wes is pining for Mandi, while one contestant gets wicked drunk and causes serious issues.

10PM | USA
Royal Pains
– Hank’s back probs lead Dr. Van Dyke to fill in for him.

10PM | BRAVO
Top Chef: Texas
Pee-wee Herman‘s the guest, and the chefs have to create “imaginative” pancakes he’ll love. Love so much that he wants to marry them.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Julian has a big case of the guilts on One Tree Hill (8PM, The CW);
– On Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land), Elka talks about basketball with Baron Davis, while Susan Lucci visits Victoria.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Ringo Starr;
- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Brad Pitt;
- The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Ameena Matthews;
- The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Howard Stern;
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Daniel Radcliffe;
- Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): John Krasinski;
- Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Tim Tebow;
- The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): William Shatner;
- Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Glenn Howerton.

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