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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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9PM | NBC – 7TH SEASON FINALE
The Office
– Jim is the head of the committee to hire Michael’s replacement, and that leads to a string of all-star guests, including Jim Carrey, Ray Romano, James Spader, Will Arnett and Ricky Gervais, who all apply for the gig. Also wanting the big job: Andy, Darryl and, of course, Dwight Kurt Schrute III.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– Results show, as 50 Cent performs and we learn which two will be competing for the season 10 AI title.

8PM | CBS – 4TH SEASON FINALE
Big Bang Theory
– When Leonard and Priya’s Star Trek bedroom fantasy proves to be too much, Raj moves in with Sheldon. Meanwhile, Howard is the subject of much ribbing when Bernadette gets her PhD and he’s the only one in the group without a doctorate degree.

9PM | FOX – 6TH SEASON FINALE
Bones
– When a bowler’s dead body is found in the automatic pinsetter, Booth goes undercover to try to nab his killer. And a very pregnant Angela continues working … via Webcam, from the hospital.

9PM | ABC – 7TH SEASON FINALE
Grey’s Anatomy
– Owen announces his choice for chief resident, and everyone finds out about Meredith’s dishonesty in Derek’s the clinical trial.

9PM | CBS – 3RD SEASON FINALE
The Mentalist
– In the two-hour, don’t-you-dare-miss-it season ender, the CBI mole is revealed and Jane comes face-to-face, finally, with Red John.

10 and 10:30PM | NBC – 3RD SEASON FINALE
Parks and Recreation
– In back-to-back episodes that wrap up the season, Chris has a health issue, Tom rethinks his career, Leslie has to organize a memorial service for a friend and Ben meets Leslie’s mom.

10PM | ABC – 4TH SEASON FINALE
Private Practice
– Addison has a new admirer and he looks an awful lot like Benjamin Bratt. Because he is Benjamin Bratt, who will join the show as a regular cast member next season.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
– Oh, the hilarity that has to ensue when Jill (Jill!) hosts an anti-bullying party. And invites Ramona.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The CW is rerunning the series finale of Smallville (8PM) in case you missed it last week;
– Engaged couples battle the big red balls on the spring finale of Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– It’s the season 5 finale of Rules of Engagement (8:30PM, CBS);
– Classic Family Ties (10:30PM, The Hub): Alex coaches Nick to be more like him, which Steven and Elyse love, but Mallory … not so much;
– Belle engages in some role playing – vampire-related role playing – on Secret Diary of a Call Girl (10:30PM, Showtime).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Will Ferrell (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Lisa P. Jackson;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Kareem Abdul-Jabbar;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kelly Ripa;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jack Black and Mike Huckabee;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Prince (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Albert Brooks and Chaz Bono;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Ellen Barkin;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Tony Shaloub and Sloane Crosley;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Brian Williams.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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8PM | FOX
American Idol
– The three finalists, Lauren, Scotty and Haley, make hometown visits, and then perform three tunes: one they choose for themselves, one chosen by the judges and one chosen by mentor Jimmy Iovine.

8PM | ABC
The Middle
– Axl wants to snag a coveted job at the public pool, but one thing stands in his way: Sean Donahue, his rival and sworn enemy.

9PM | CBS – 6TH SEASON FINALE
Criminal Minds
A.J. Cook returns as Jareau, Nicholas Brendan returns as Garcia’s boyfriend and the team thinks a human trafficking ring is afoot when they find two missing bodies in the trunk of a car.

9PM | ABC
Modern Family
– The whole fam gathers at Jay’s house to head off to Alex’s junior-high graduation ceremony together, but various shenanigans may lead to them missing the whole thing.

9:30PM | ABC
Cougar Town
Lou Diamond Phillips guest stars and … gives business advice to Laurie and Bobby.

9:30PM | TLC
Extreme Couponing
– In tonight’s ep, one woman calls herself a coupon addict, while another – whose name is “Treasure” – started couponing to save her family’s business and has since amassed a stockpile worth $35,000.

10PM | NBC – 12TH SEASON FINALE
Law & Order: SVU
– Will you still watch the show next season when Mariska Hargitay goes to part-time status and her replacement may come in the form of Jennifer Love Hewitt? Something to ponder during the action-packed finale, which includes a shootout in the police station after Benson and Stabler’s rape case witness is murdered.

10PM | MTV
The Real World: Las Vegas
– A free trip to Cancun should equal paradise, but that all goes out the window when Dustin and Mike get into another fight.

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
South Park
– The episode’s called “T.M.I,” as in, the school posts the boys’ penis sizes on the bulletin board. Who’s most upset about it? No, not the parents. It’s Cartman, who gets so irate that he’s sent to the principal’s office and is ordered to attend anger management therapy. This has “serenity now” written all over it.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A winner is crowned on the 16th season finale of America’s Next Top Model (9PM, The CW);
Adam and Jamie duke it out as spies on MythBusters (9PM, Discovery);
– The team tries to find a killer who disfigures the faces of his victims on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (10PM, CBS);
– On Top Chef Masters (10PM, Bravo), the chefs help a man propose to his girlfriend with a very special, six-course dinner.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Bradley Cooper;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Richard Beeman;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Austan Goolsbee;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Julie Bowen, Keith Olbermann and Ben Harper;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Ed Helms;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Will Ferrell;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Adam Carolla and Topher Grace;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jim Parsons;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Julie Andrews;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Adam Blackstone.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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9:30 and 10PM | NBC
Parks and Recreation
– Back-to-back new episodes of P&R is nothing short of awesome sauce. First up, Leslie and Ann have a fight when Ann reacts unenthusiastically to Leslie’s offer to get her a job in the city government, while Tom promotes his Snake Juice at the Snakehole Lounge. In the second episode, Leslie and Ben road trip to Indy, and she has a tough time keeping her feelings for him in check.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
Jordin Sparks performs, Steven Tyler premieres his new video and, somewhere in the hour-long commercial, the final four is cut down to a final three.

8PM | CBS
Big Bang Theory
– When Howard tells Mama Howard that he’s going to marry Bernadette, Mama Howard ends up in the hospital.

8PM | NBC – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Community
– The paintball war continues, as Jeff and the study group ban together to take on those who dare to oppose them.

8PM | THE CW – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Vampire Diaries
– Damon has flashbacks of old school Katherine – Katherine in 1864, to be exact – as Gone With the Wind plays in the town square.

9PM | CBS – 11TH SEASON FINALE
CSI
– Ray faces off with Nate Haskell when the serial killer lures him to the house where he began his murder streak.

9PM | THE CW – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Nikita
– Alex goes rogue, Percy makes one more big play for the CIA and Nikita’s life is in imminent danger, but Michael’s unable to help her because he’s trapped in Division.

9PM | NBC
The Office
Kathy Bates guest stars as things spin out of control in the office with Dwight realizing his dream of becoming (acting) manager and big tall doofus Gabe trying desperately to woo Erin back..

10PM | CBS
The Mentalist
– Jane goes to the symphony! Well, he investigates an orchestra’s members, anyway, after a young violinist is shot to death.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
Ramona throws a wine party … hmmm, wonder what kind she’ll serve?

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The Scareousel is back on Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– On Bones (9PM, Fox), Booth is determined to capture Jacob Broadsky when he shoots an innocent person while going after Booth;
– Owen conducts chief-resident interviews on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC);
– Back-to-back new episodes of Pawn Queens (10PM, TLC);
– Amelia’s drinking problem gets worse on Private Practice (10PM, ABC).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Maggie Q and Magic Johnson;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Kristen Wiig;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): John Bradshaw;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jim Parsons;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Norm Macdonald;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Ralph Macchio and Def Leppard;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Kate Hudson;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Nick Offerman;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Mary Lynn Rajskub;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Rob Riggle.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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8PM | ABC
The Middle
– Axl texts a girl to ask her to the prom, and she accepts. The problem: His text went to the wrong girl, and his parents insist that he either take the girl who accepted, or tell her – in person – that he doesn’t want to be her date. Meanwhile, Frankie and Mike find Brick’s new one-man show entertaining … the first time they see it. Not so much after that.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
Lady Gaga serves as a mentor as the top four sing the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who penned Elvis Presley hits like “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Don’t,” as well as other classics like “Kansas City,” “Yakety Yak” and “Stand By Me.” In other words, great music, but yet another not-so-contemporary theme that makes Idol seem out of touch. Meanwhile, it’s a very Gaga night in primetime (see below) …

8PM | CBS
Survivor
– Andrea participates in her first Redemption Island duel, while another Survivor plots a major, and risky, move.

9PM | CBS
Criminal Minds
– Tonight’s case becomes personal for Morgan (Shemar Moore) when a Florida serial killer begins burying his victims in the ocean, and Morgan’s aunt is petrified that her missing daughter may be among them.

9PM | ABC
Modern Family
– Cam has the flu, but it’s Mitchell who’s just sick about the possibility that Cameron’s illness may jeopardize his chance to see Lady Gaga in concert.

9:30PM | ABC
Cougar Town
– Is Grayson finally tired of Jules telling him what to do? Yup.

9:30PM | TLC
Extreme Couponing
– One of tonight’s couponers shows how her coupon savings provide her with funds for travel, while another busy mom has to take her kids along on an otherwise meticulously-planned shopping trip.

10PM | NBC
Law & Order: SVU
– All is not what it initially appears to be (i.e., twists ahead), when a woman finds a naked teenage boy sleeping in her bedroom, and the kid’s mom (Rita Wilson, a.k.a. Mrs. Tom Hanks) strenuously defends her son.

10PM | MTV
The Real World: Las Vegas
Nany‘s got some secrets, but Cooke doesn’t, as Heather finds out that Dustin and Cooke hooked up, and she’s none too happy about it.

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
South Park
– The royal wedding and our neighbors to the north are the spoofees tonight, as Ike becomes obsessed aboot the impending nuptials of the prince, and princess-to-be, of Canada.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The two finalists are revealed on America’s Next Top Model (9PM, The CW);
– The MythBusters dudes test Hollywood sound effects (9PM, Discovery);
– Oz locks the team in the office when they fail to protect a fast food chicken chain’s secret recipe on Breaking In (9:30PM, Fox);
– Fickler asks the team to help find the missing daughter of his good friend, a judge, on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (10PM, CBS);
– The chefs prepare a meal for Maroon 5 on Top Chef Masters (10PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jon Hamm and Ke$ha;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Albert Brooks;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): James B. Stewart;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Ray LaMontagne, Chaz Bono and Keith Olbermann;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Dick Van Dyke and Steve Earle;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Nick Cannon and Bruno Tonioli;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Chris O’Donnell;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jakob Dylan, Keith Richards and Jennifer Hudson;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Tim Meadows;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Grouplove.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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10PM | NBC – 5TH SEASON FINALE
30 Rock
– What Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) has planned for her summer vacation? A relaxing time in the Hamptons, in a cool house, where she’ll spend her days sipping libations and relaxing on a lounge chair … until she meets her summer neighbor, Tracy (Tracy Morgan). Meanwhile, Jack (Alec Baldwin) is missing his wife, and thinks Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) makes a fine substitute, and Jenna (Jane Krakowski) has to choose between boyfriend Paul (Will Forte) and her career when she becomes the spokesperson for the Wool Council. Bonus: The always fantastic Victor Garber.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– Results show, and I’m guessing it’s Jacob who’ll get the boot. Also, judge J.Lo and Lady Antebellum perform.

8PM | CBS
Big Bang Theory
– Raj tries to cure his fear of talking to women, while Penny spies on Leonard and Priya.

8PM | NBC
Community
– It’s paintball war, round two, in this first part of this two-part episode, which features a guest appearance by Lost star Josh Holloway.

9PM | CBS
CSI
– Nate Haskell takes it up a notch when he kidnaps Ray’s ex wife and leaves a note … written in blood.

9PM | THE CW
Nikita
– Percy goes after Alex, and it is an understatement to say he’s one scary dude.

9PM | NBC
The Office
– Deangelo (Will Ferrell) … is he crazy like a fox, or just plain crazy? It’s tough to tell the difference, especially when he hatches a plan to create his own inner circle by playing favorites in the office.

9:30PM | NBC
Parks & Recreation
– It’s Ron Swanson’s birthday, and he’ll avoid a party if he wants to. Elsewhere, Parker Posey guest stars as Leslie’s former BFF, who stirs up trouble for Pawnee-ians.

10PM | CBS
The Mentalist
– When a prison guard is murdered outside a jewelry store, Jane thinks an inmate is the culprit, while Rigsby looks to his father (guest star William Forsythe) for answers.

10PM | TLC – SERIES PREMIERE
Pawn Queens
– It’s a pawn shop show for the ladies, by ladies, catering to a female clientele. The titular pawn queens are Nikki and Minda, who operate a Chicago pawn shop aimed at female customers. In back-to-back openers, the women host an auction to pay their hefty tax bill, so … guessing that they’re not yet quite as successful as their Pawn Star$ counterparts on the History Channel.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
– Wondering where Jill‘s been the last few episodes? Yeah, me neither. But she’s back, from a trip to Australia, tonight, and though she claims to be a new woman, she jumps right back into her mean chica ways when she gossips about Ramona while at lunch with the others. Ramona, meanwhile, gets into her own battle Cindy, who’s put in her place by Sonja.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Damon tells Stefan about their newest challenge on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– I cannot wait to find out what the “scareousel” is on Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
Precious Life (8:30PM, HBO) is a documentary about a 4-month-old Palestinian boy who needs a life-saving transplant that can only be performed at an Israeli hospital;
– Could a hearing-impaired teen girl be the cold-blooded killer on Bones (9PM, Fox);
– Callie and Arizona’s wedding nears, while Der and Mer have baby fever on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC);
– Two competitors opening Asian eateries battle it out on 24 Hour Restaurant Battle (10PM, Food Network);
– The Hub is re-airing the Family Ties series finale (10PM);
– Cooper and Charlotte are also headed to the chapel on Private Practice (10PM, ABC).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): John Krasinski;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jon Meacham;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Bill James;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jodie Foster;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Ralph Macchio and Wanda Sykes;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Eva Mendes and Carlos Santana;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Chris Hemsworth;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Tina Fey and Tom Welling;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Phil Rosenthal and Juliette Lewis;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Dan Harmon.

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