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Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – January 21-22, 2012

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9PM, SUN | PBS
Downton Abbey
– On the fighting front, Matthew and William go on a dangerous patrol mission behind German lines, while, back at home, Cora and Isobel are at odds over Downton Abbey’s medical services.

8PM, SAT | LIFETIME
Drew Peterson: Untouchable
Rob Lowe undergoes a makeover to – lit-rally – look like the titular real-life former Illinois cop who was charged with killing his third wife (his fourth wife is MIA, too).

10PM, SAT | COMEDY CENTRAL
JB Smoove: That’s How I Dooz It
– The gym, police chases and King Kong are among the topics the Curb Your Enthusiasm scene stealer discusses.

10PM, SAT | ID – SERIES PREMIERE
Scorned: Love Kills
– ID’s latest unfolds the stories behind love gone wrong. Very, very wrong. Deadly wrong. You get the idea.

10PM, SAT | CNBC
Til Debt Do Us Part
– A couple who are typically spend whatever they feel like on whatever they feel like seek Gail‘s financial advice when they’re expected their first child.

11AM, SUN | BBC AMERICA
Luther
Marathon – You know him from The Office, but this is the role – as complicated genius British police detective John Luther – that won Idris Elba a Golden Globe award last week.

8PM, SUN | VH1
Mob Wives
Karen and Carla have a meeting that, unsurprisingly, ends with shouting and threats of violence.

9PM, SUN | OWN
Oprah’s Next Chapter
The Big O chats with George Lucas and his girlfriend at Skywalker Ranch, in part one of a two-part interview with the Star Wars daddy.

9PM, SUN | BRAVO
Real Housewives of Atlanta
Kim‘s on her own with the new house and baby when the NFL lockout ends and Kroy goes back to work. Meanwhile, Nene decides to go on the trip to South Africa, but with Marlo tagging along.

10PM, SUN | FOX
American Idol
– Yep, on a special Sunday night, post-football edition, night three of the early audition rounds continue.

10PM, SUN | SHOWTIME
House of Lies
– Marty (Don Cheadle) is confused, as is his son Roscoe, when the kid has a crush on two of his classmates, one a girl, one a boy.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– On Dog Whisperer (Sat., 8PM, Nat Geo Wild), Cesar heads to Fort Hood, Texas, where he helps train the dogs of U.S. Army members;
Bayou Billionaires (Sat., 9PM, CMT) is a reality show following a Louisiana family, previously poor, who become rich and start living like billionaires (yes, Bayou Hillbillies);
Tom Arnold hosts this sequel to My Big Redneck Wedding: My Big Redneck Vacation (Sat., 9:30PM, CMT);
– In the follow-up to An Idiot Abroad, An Idiot Abroad: The Bucket List (Sat., 10PM, Science Channel), Ricky Gervais‘ pal Karl Pilkington spends the night on a private island in the South Pacific;
Kenneth Branaugh and Zach Braff guest star on The Graham Norton Show (Sat., 10:15PM, BBCA);
– On Once Upon a Time (Sun., 8PM, ABC), Snow White is distraught as Prince Charming prepares to marry the daughter of King Midas;
– Lynette goes on a date with Renee’s hairdresser on Desperate Housewives (Sun., 9PM, ABC);
– The five remaining contestants have to run their own lunch carts on a busy NYC sidewalk on Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off (Sun., 9PM, Food Network).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 19, 2012

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10PM | FX
Archer
– In one of the TV season’s funniest guest spots, Burt Reynolds, Archer’s hero, lends his voice for “The Man From Jupiter,” in which the Smokey and the Bandit star is dating Archer’s mama, much to Sterling’s chagrin.

8PM | NBC
30 Rock
Kelsey Grammer returns (as himself), to help Jenna and Kenneth with a little issue, while Jack disapproves of Liz’s new boyfriend (guest star James Marsden) and Liz is busy trying to deal with blowback when a Tracy rant hits the Internet. Once again, ripped from today’s headlines …

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– The second night of first-round auditions go to Pittsburgh.

8PM | CBS
The Big Bang Theory
– In the show’s 100th episode, Leonard invites Penny to a romantic dinner. As Chachi Arcola would say, “Wa-wa-wa.”

8PM | NBC
Parks and Recreation
– Leslie and Ben find out that campaigning and romance may not make good bedfellows, while Chris tries to become BFFs with Ron Swanson.

9PM | NBC
The Office
– No good can come of this: Erin wants to make Andy jealous, which she attempts to do by flirting with one Dwight K. Schrute.

9PM | LIFETIME
Project Runway All Stars
– The designers have to create an elegant cocktail dress. For Miss Piggy. For reals.

10PM | MTV
Jersey Shore
– Even though he’s missing his partner in bromance, the recently departed (not dead … he just hightailed it back to Staten Island) Vinny, Pauly celebrates his 31st birthday. Yeah, I know, 31 … told old to be actin’ like such a fool.

10PM | CBS
The Mentalist
– Jane goes all Mystery Inc. on the murder of a mobster’s son.

10:30PM | FX – SERIES PREMIERE
Unsupervised
– This new Beavis and Butt-head-ish ‘toon revolves around Gary and Joel (voiced by Justin Long and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia producer/actor David “Rickety Cricket” Hornsby), two teen dorks who live largely without the restraints (and supervision) of adults. The series, produced by the It’s Always Sunny gang, also includes voicework from Fred Armisen, Romany Malco, Kristen Bell and Sunny‘s always awesome Kaitlin Olson.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Bonnie is reunited with her mom on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– A family edition of winter-themed Wipeout (8PM, ABC) includes “Pain in the Ice” and “Frosty Family Tree”;
– Richard performs his 10,000th surgery on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC);
– Carter meets Reese on Person of Interest (9PM, CBS);
Megan Mullally guests as a rival talk show host on Up All Night (9:30PM, NBC);
– Addison and Jake meet with potential surrogates on Private Practice (10PM, ABC);
Ralph Fiennes visits the clubhouse on Watch What Happens: Live (11PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Owen Smith;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Elizabeth Banks;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Carrie Rebora Barratt;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kathy Griffin;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Mark Cuban;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Tom Arnold;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Ewan McGregor;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Steven Wright;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Cory Booker and Foster the People (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 18, 2012

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8PM | FOX – 11TH SEASON PREMIERE
American Idol
– The new season opens with first round auditions in Savannah. Who’s excited for another season? Will you watch Idol, The Voice, both, neither? Are you still tired of singing competition series after X Factor and America’s Got Talent? Will Steven Tyler‘s nonsensical ramblings seem as charming this time around? Is it at all possible this season will produce a contestant we can all be excited about, someone on the level of a Chris Daughtry or Carrie Underwood?

8PM | ABC
The Middle
– Frankie is an official Super Bowl volunteer, but, surprise, that does not prove to be as exciting a job opportunity as she had hoped.

8PM | THE CW
One Tree Hill
– Nathan heads off to Europe, while Dan stays behind to play family, and Millie has trouble being honest with Mouth.

9PM | ABC
Modern Family
– Yup … this would be the episode in which Lily drops the F-bomb.

9:30PM | ABC
Happy Endings
– Max (the scene-stealing Adam Pally) and Alex band together to try to get Dave to stop wearing v-neck tees. And yes, they call it an “in-T-vention.”

10PM | CBS
CSI
– Tick, tick, tick … that’s the clock counting down to Marg Helgenberger‘s departure, which happens in next week’s episode.

10PM | ABC
Revenge
– Jack’s in danger after he trusts the wrong person, Charlotte wigs when she has to move back in with her mom and Daniel’s romantic agenda may carry some bad consequences for him.

10PM | USA
Royal Pains
– Eric Kassabian’s (guest star Wilmer Valderrama) life is still in danger, which Hank blames on Dr. Van Dyke (Kyle Howard).

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– George takes his neighbors on a trip to Atlantic City on Suburgatory (8:30PM, ABC);
– A series of murders in San Francisco remind the team of the Zodiac Killer on Criminal Minds (9PM, CBS);
– It’s Elka’s 90th birthday on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land) … yes, just like Betty White;
– On Law & Order: SVU (10PM, NBC), a private military contractor is sexually assaulted after an incident with protestors;
– On Toddlers & Tiaras (10PM, TLC), the kiddies compete for a $10,000 prize at the Universal Royalty Hollywood pageant;
Charlize Theron is the guest judge on Top Chef: Texas (10PM, Bravo);
Jimmy Fallon guests on Watch What Happens: Live (11PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Shaun White;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Joe Nocera;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): David Frum;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Michael Fassbender;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jennifer Garner;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Will Arnett;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Bill Cosby;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Dr. Sanjay Gupta and David Duchovny;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): The Decemberists and David Guetta (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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8PM | FOX – 10TH SEASON FINALE
American Idol
– Will it be Scotty or Lauren? All will be revealed in tonight’s two-hour finale, which includes a reunion of the top 13 and performances by Bono and The Edge with the cast of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Jack Black and Steven Tyler.

CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR TIME AND CHANNEL – SERIES FINALE
Oprah
– Farewell to The Big O.

8PM | ABC – 2ND SEASON FINALE
The Middle
– Frankie thinks she can safely close the door on another school year, until she finds out Brick has to write a journal (a whole year’s worth of journals, actually) before moving on to the next grade, while Sue has to prove she never took a sick day to get an attendance award.

9PM | TRAVEL CHANNEL – SERIES PREMIERE
Man v. Food Nation
– Host Adam Richman previews his M v. F spin-off series, which finds viewers taking on food challenges in their local restaurants.

9PM | ABC – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Modern Family
– Jay insists he just wants to go fishing for his birthday, and when his family ignores his wishes, they get into some sticky situations.

9:30PM | ABC – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Cougar Town
– Travis’ surprise move to Hawaii gives Jules and her pals an excuse for a vacation, and Grayson has a surprise of his own: he wants children.

9:30PM | TLC
Extreme Couponing
– A super coupon clipper in Arizona shows how she feeds her family of six for just $50 a week.

10PM | CBS – SERIES FINALE
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
– A serial killer is going after his victims by shooting them in public places, and Beth (Janeane Garofalo) is in danger. And yes, you read that correctly … it’s the show’s series finale. Here’s hoping Oscar winner Forest Whitaker finds another, more engaging, series.

10PM | MTV
The Real World
Nany‘s got her hands full with the bad boys, as she finds out the truth about her father and gets a visit from former castmate/hookup Adam.

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
South Park
– If there’s anyone who could possibly come up with a way to help babies born addicted to drugs, it would be Cartman, right? Right?

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Kevin Nealon and Ben Harper;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Will Ferrell (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Lupe Fiasco (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kevin Bacon;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Chaz Bono;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Ken Jeong;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jesse Tyler Ferguson;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Lucy Liu;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Norm Macdonald;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Todd Phillips.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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9PM | FOX – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Glee
– The New Direction kids head to the Big Apple, where they compete at Nationals and do and few song-and-dance numbers in NYC landmarks like Times Square and Central Park.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– It’s down to Scotty and Lauren in season 10’s final performance show, with the winner announced in tomorrow night’s two-hour, celeb-packed finale.

8PM | NBC – 11TH SEASON FINALE
The Biggest Loser
– The $250,000 winner, i.e. biggest loser, is revealed, while the eliminated players return to see who nabs the $100,000 at home prize.

9PM | ABC – 12TH SEASON FINALE
Dancing With the Stars
The Go-Gos and the Black Eyed Peas perform (yes, I know, there are like two shows in all of primetime the Peas haven’t performed on at this point) as the winner of the mirrorball trophy is revealed.

10PM | MTV
16 & Pregnant
Kayla, a pregnant teen who’s battled anorexia, starts to panic when she gains pregnancy weight.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– The episode’s called “Have a Heart,” which refers to the duck tickers the contestants have to use in their appetizers.

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Tosh.0
– Tonight’s topics: “stuff girls shouldn’t say,” Daniel’s new invention and a Web Redemption for Brian Collins, the “Boom Goes the Dynamite” dude.

10PM | NBC
The Voice
– It’s part three (of four) of the head-to-head battle round, and Monica and Reba McEntire return to help advise the coaches.

10:30PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Sports Show With Norm McDonald
Norm chats about Korean golfers and the lack of openly gay athletes in professional sports.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
The vittles of the Biryani Cart in NYC are among the tasty street foods featured on Eat St. (8PM, Cooking Channel);
The Looney Tunes Show (8PM, Cartoon Network);
– A new How the States Got Their Shapes (10PM, History) focuses on how states’ rebellion, including Texas, Montana and the Carolinas, led to their shapes;
– Rosie puts a new father through daddy boot camp on the season 1 finale of Pregnant in Heels (10PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Melissa McCarthy and Topher Grace;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Keira Knightley (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): John Bradshaw (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Brad Paisley and Ewan McGregor;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Demetri Martin, Ben Harper and Meredith Vieira;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Jack Black and The Script;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Britney Spears and Taylor Lautner;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Ed Helms and The Cars;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Courteney Cox;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mike Mills and Foster the People.

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