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Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – June 25-26, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM, DAY | HBO – 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
True Blood
– Eric has memory issues, Sookie has identity issues and Bill has PR issues in the new season.

10PM, SAT | OWN
Carson Nation
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy style guru Carson Kressley is back in this makeover series – or “make better” as he puts it – in which he helps people with style and even more serious issues, including a bride-to-be with lupus (he plans her wedding) and a tattoo artist who wants to renew romance with his wife (by having Carson teach him how to dance).

8PM, SUN | BET
2011 BET Awards
– The very funny Kevin Hart hosts the 11th annual BET Awards, which includes performances by Alicia Keys and Jill Scott, and the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Awards to Patti LaBelle.

8PM, DAY | NETWORK – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Mob Wives
– The season ends with Drita ticked off at Karen about the first chapter of her book, but even more upset with Lee, after she finds out some surprising things about him and his past. And leading up the season finale: an all-day Mob Wives marathon, kicking off as 12:30PM

9PM, SUN | VH1 – 5TH SEASON PREMIERE
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
– The recent death of Celebrity Rehab alum Jeff Conaway adds an extra creepiness factor to the new season, which starts off with one of Dr. Drew‘s staffers having a panic attack when she finds out that Steven Adler is returning. The other celebs: Lindsay Lohan‘s dad, Amy Fisher, Dwight Gooden, Jeremy Jackson and wacky Bai Ling.

9PM, SUN | USA – SERIES FINALE
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
– And another one bites the dust. The once-prominent L&O franchise takes another hit as CI ends with Goren and Eames investigating a murder connected to a Web company and a bitter lawsuit.

9PM, SUN | TNT – 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
Leverage
– The gang’s back, and trying to take down a sneaky financier. The glitch: they need to recover lost evidence … which is sitting on top of a big, snowy mountain.

10PM, SUN | TNT
Falling Skies
Steven Weber guest stars as Dr. Harris, who has some ideas about how to save the teenagers taken by the aliens.

10PM, SUN | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New Jersey
Teresa and Melissa try to work out their family squabbles, but … well, you can guess how it goes.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– On How Do I Look? (Sat., 8PM, Style), Rick Springfield pops in to help a woman who dresses like an ’80s rocker and wants a makeover;
Bret Michaels and Penelope Ann Miller share their haunting experiences on Celebrity Ghost Stories (Sat., 9PM, Bio);
– Like the title says, Celebrity Close Calls (Sat., 10PM, Bio) involves famous types talking about near death experiences, including Bobby Brown, who talks about being caught in a gang shootout, and Elliott Yamin, my all-time favorite American Idol contestant, who recalls being caught in an earthquake in Chile;
– On Coldplay: Live From Glastonbury (Sat., 10PM, VH1), the band performs all its hits at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival;
Kathy Griffin and Cameron Diaz guest on The Graham Norton Show (Sat., 10PM, BBCA);
Gail helps a single mom whose spending habits have her relying on her parents to pay her bills on Til Debt Do Us Part (Sat., 10PM, CNBC);
– On Bridezillas (Sun., 9PM, WE), one bride arrives two hours late for her big day, while another gets jealous of the fact that her friend’s children are, she claims, stealing her thunder;
– Grayson asks Jane to help plan his wedding on Drop Dead Diva (Sun., 9PM, Lifetime);
Hugh and Rick deliver their big haul, but then run into a downed high-voltage power line on Ice Road Truckers (Sun., 9PM, History);
– On back-to-back Freaky Eaters (Sun., 10PM, TLC), one person is addicted to ice cream bars, while another eats nothing but french fries;
– After Ray is attacked, Callie considers going into witness protection on The Glades (Sun., 10PM, A&E);
– On In Plain Sight (Sun., 10PM, USA), Mary has to counsel a divorcing couple in the WITSEC program, in order to keep the family safe;
– Toni goes to Colson for another favor on Treme (Sun., 10PM, HBO).

 

Critics Choice TV Awards – The Winners

UPDATE: And the winners are:

Best Drama Series
Mad Men

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Jon Hamm – Mad Men

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Noble – Fringe

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
(TIE)
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men
Margo Martindale – Justified

Best Reality Series
(TIE)
Hoarders
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Best Reality Series Competition
American Idol

Best Reality Show Host
Mike Rowe – Dirty Jobs

Best Talk Show
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Best Comedy Series
Modern Family

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey – 30 Rock

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Neil Patrick Harris – How I Met Your Mother

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Busy Philipps – Cougar Town

Most Exciting New Series
Alcatraz
Apartment 23
Awake
Falling Skies
New Girl
Ringer
Smash
Terra Nova

And, in case you missed the live show today at VH1.com, the Critics’ Choice Television Awards air on the ReelzChannel on June 22 at 8PM ET. Celebs in attendance included Danny DeVito, Connie Britton, Louis C.K., Courteney Cox, Alan Cumming, Cat Deeley, Michelle Forbes, Walton Goggins, Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm, Neil Patrick Harris, Shawn Hatosy, Patricia Heaton, Christina Hendricks, Jane Lynch, Margo Martindale, Ed O’Neill, John Noble, Busy Philipps, Michael Pitt, Martha Plimpton, Danny Pudi, RuPaul, Katey Sagal, Eden Sher, Anna Torv,  Scott Bakula, Kevin Connolly, Kaley Cuoco, Zooey Deschanel, Jenna Elfman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gillian Jacobs, Rob McElhenney, B.J. Novak, Tyler Posey, Sam Rubin, Adam Scott, Sam Trammell, Wilmer Valderrama and Elijah Wood.

I told you earlier this month about the first annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, and today’s the day the winners are announced. The nominees, chosen by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (of which yours truly is a proud member), include great shows like Justified, Dexter and The Walking Dead for dramas, Archer, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation for comedies and Timothy Olyphant, Charlie Day, Walton Goggins, Tina Fey, Katey Sagal and Amy Poehler, among many other standout performers, as acting nominees.

To watch the show unfold live from the Beverly Hills Hotel, click over to VH1.com at 4PM ET Monday. The star-studded event will be hosted by So You Think You Can Dance host (and Critics’ Choice TV Awards nominee) Cat Deeley, and presenters inlcude Elijah Wood, Tyler Posey, Gillian Jacobs, Sam Trammel, Kevin Connolly, Connie Britton, Adam Scott, B.J. Novak, Wilmer Valderrama and Kaley Cuoco.

And, Danny DeVito will be honored with the first Critics’ Choice Television Icon Award, presented to him by his It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star Rob McElhenney. Here’s hoping the Taxi legend has plenty of limoncello with which to celebrate.

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – June 18-19, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM, SUN | TNT – SERIES PREMIERE
Falling Skies
Steven Spielberg is the executive producer of this series about the aftermath of an alien invasion of earth. 10 episodes are on tap for the first season, which stars Noah Wyle as Tom Mason, a Boston professor who’s acting as a leader of the citizens trying to resist the aliens, while also trying to protect his three sons. In short, the Jericho-y (with a dash of V) series is a must-see.

4-10PM, SAT & SUN | SUNDANCE
The Killing
Marathon – As a prep for Sunday night’s 1st season finale, Sundance airs the whole season of sister network AMC’s buzzworthy drama.

8PM, SUN | CBS
38th Annual Daytime Emmys
Let’s Make a Deal remake host Wayne Brady – himself a very deserving nominee for Outstanding Game Show Host – hosts the Daytime Emmys live from Las Vegas, where Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek receive Lifetime Achievement Awards and an ever-dwindling number of daytime soaps are honored.

9PM, SUN | NBC
2011 Miss USA Pageant
– The main, okay, only, reason to watch: Andy Cohen‘s co-hosting.

9PM, SUN | LIFETIME – 3RD SEASON PREMIERE
Drop Dead Diva
Paula Abdul and Wendy Williams guest star in the season opener, as Jane (Brooke Elliott) waits for Grayson to wake up from his coma and works a hit-and-run case in which a bad boy celeb is the accused.

9PM, SUN | HBO – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Game of Thrones
– Catelynn demands answers from Jaime about her son’s fall and Khaleesi finds new hope.

10PM, SUN | AMC – 1ST SEASON FINALE
The Killing
– Mitch and Stan consider the future of their family, while Orpheus’ ID sheds light on the case in the season finale.

10PM, SUN | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New Jersey
– It’s a double dose of family drama when Teresa has sitdowns with both her brother Joe and his wife Melissa.

10PM, SUN | OWN – SERIES PREMIERE
Ryan & Tatum: The O’Neals
– The famous father and daughter try to repair their relationship, which has been beyond rock for more than 25 years, on a reality show. Yeah, that’s what celebreality shows do really well … bring people together.

Worth flipping to during commercials:

Cops (Sat., 8PM, Fox) airs its 23rd season finale;

Inception premieres on HBO (Sat., 8PM);

America’s Most Wanted (Sat., 9PM, Fox) closes its 24th season with the search for a child predator in South America;

– On the 3rd season premiere of Celebrity Ghost Stories (Sat., 9PM, Bio), Regis Philbin and Ana Gasteyer share their spooky tales;

– On the series premiere of Celebrity Close Calls (Sat., 10PM, Bio) Ice-T and Cheryl Tiegs recall some life-threatening experiences;

– A booter is confronted by neighborhood locals on Parking Wars (Sat., 10PM, A&E);

Gail helps free-spending couples on Til Debt Do Us Part (Sat., 10PM, CNBC);

– In the 3rd season premiere of The Inbetweeners (Sat., 11PM, BBCA), Carli organizes a fashion show but only asks the popular kids to participate;

– It’s the BBCA premiere of Come Fly With Me (Sat., 11:30PM, BBCA), a comedy that spoofs the British documentary series Airline and Airport (much like the U.S. series Airline that aired on A&E);

Lorenzo has his first salon job on Jerseylicious (Sun., 8PM, Style);

– New Mob Wives on VH1 (Sun., 8PM);

Clint Eastwood and Denzel Washington are among those celebrating the guest of honor on AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Morgan Freeman (Sun., 9PM, TV Land);

– On Audrina (Sun., 9PM, VH1), Corey and Audrina meet for a drink, but he can’t keep his temper in check;

– On Bridezillas (Sun., 9PM, WE), one raving diva may kick one of her parents out of her wedding, while another pits her bridesmaids against each other;

Alex deals with an oil leak and Hugh and Rick haul a record-breaking load on Ice Road Truckers (Sun., 9PM, History);

– Desserts are the theme of a new Next Food Network Star (Sun., 9PM, Food Network), which involves a challenge where Hershey products are used to make dinner;

– On The Glades (Sun., 10PM, A&E), Callie becomes Jim’s co-worker when she starts working as a forensic nurse with the FDLE;

– Mary helps a dying man reconnect with this estranged children on In Plain Sight (Sun., 10PM, USA);

– Colson moves to the homicide division on Treme (Sun., 10:15PM, HBO).

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – June 11-12, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

8PM, SUN | CBS
65th Annual Tony Awards
– Three things to know about tonight’s Tonys: The always fabulous Neil Patrick Harris is hosting; there are going to be lots of jokes about controversial musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; and it’s likely that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are going to snag some awards, since their musical The Book of Mormon leads all nominees with 14 Tony nods.

NOON, SAT | ENCORE WESTERNS
Gunsmoke
Marathon – In honor of the late James Arness, the network is airing 24 hours of classic Gunsmoke episodes.

9PM, SAT | BBCA
Doctor Who
– In case you haven’t seen the spoilers, I’ll just say that River Song has a biiiig surprise for The Doctor.

9PM, SAT | SYFY
Ice Road Terror
Ice Road Truckers + prehistoric creatures = tonight’s Syfy Saturday night movie.

10PM, SAT | HBO
McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice
– The sports doc examines the rivalry between hot-tempered tennis star John McEnroe and fellow champ Bjorn Borg throughout the ’70s and ’80s, as well as a look at what they’ve been up to post-tennis.

9PM, SUN | LIFETIME – 5TH SEASON FINALE
Army Wives
– Joan has trouble bonding with David, Dennis tries to help Tanya deal with life  without Jeremy and Claudia Joy doesn’t like the way she and Michael are being treated.

9PM, SUN | WE – 8TH SEASON PREMIERE
Bridezillas
– And they’re back! First up in season 8, one bully of a bride threatens to withhold payment from her church, and another gets into a fight at her bachelorette party after drinking too much. Before the season premiere: Bridezillas: Where Are They Now? 2.0 (8PM, WE), an update of some of the more outrageous bridezillas of recent seasons.

9PM, SUN | OXYGEN – SERIES PREMIERE
The Glee Project
– The new talent search series will reward one person with a guest-starring role on Glee.

9PM, SUN | BRAVO
Real Housewives of Orange County
Reunion Andy Cohen tries to keep the women from killing each other in the first part of the season 6 reunion, as the O.C. ladies revisit their most tension-filled moments, including an apparently intensified feud between former friends Alexis and Peggy. Also, Vicki‘s long-suffering soon-to-be ex-hubby Donn chats about their split.

10PM, SUN | LIFETIME – SERIES PREMIERE
The Protector
Ally Walker stars as Gloria Sheppard, a divorced murder detective who has to juggle her stressful job with her stressful home life as a single mom.

10PM, SUN | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New Jersey
– The Joisey girls move to Sunday nights, and on their first night in the new timeslot, Teresa sees her brother for the first time since the christening blowout, Melissa pursues her pop star ambitions and Caroline shares her mama-ing advice on the radio.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Adventure-lovin’ Shane Reynolds travels the globe on the hunt for unusual species  and experiences on the new series Shane Untamed (Sat., 9PM, Nat Geo Wild);
– Detroit citizens are extra unhappy about their cars being booted on the coldest day of the year on Parking Wars (Sat., 10PM, A&E);
– A couple’s passion for cars has led them to Gail on a new Til Debt Do Us Part (Sat., 10PM, CNBC);
Food Network Challenge (Sun., 8PM, Food Network) finds chef making cakes inspired by romance novels;
Filly holds a fitness boot camp for the Gatsby girls on Jerseylicious (Sun., 8PM, Style);
– Karen’s having writer’s block and Carla’s getting ready for her ex’s release from prison on Mob Wives (Sun., 8PM, VH1);
– On the new reality series Finding Sarah (Sun., 9PM, OWN), former Royal Sarah Ferguson tries to get her life in order with help from Oprah minions Dr. Phil and Suze Orman;
– On Ice Road Truckers (Sun., 9PM, History), someone takes a wrong turn and ends up 100 miles away from where he needs to be … yes, of course it’s Rick;
– The new reality series Amsale Girls (Sun., 10PM, WE) follows the employees of a fancy schmancy bridal salon in New York City;
– Callie wigs when Jim’s former partner (an attractive female) arrives from Chicago and needs his help to catch a serial killer on The Glades (Sun., 10PM, A&E);
– On In Plain Sight (Sun., 10PM, USA), Mary protects an Amish witness who’s trying to deal with culture shock and the fact that there are people who want to do her harm;
– On The Killing (Sun., 10PM, AMC), Mitch learns some secrets about her murdered daughter;
– Sofia falls in with the wrong crowd on Treme (Sun., 10PM, HBO);
– You’ve seen the photos, now see Ice-T and his wife Coco in action, so to speak, on their new reality series Ice Loves Coco! (Sun., 10:30PM, E!).

 

 

 

 

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – June 10, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM | SPIKE
2011 Guys Choice Awards
– The fifth annual Guys Choice Awards includes an impressive line-up of celebs – Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Mark Wahlberg, Danny McBride, Harrison Ford, Aziz Ansair, Charlie Day, Jasons Bateman and Sudeikis , Mila Kunis, David Spade, Thomas Lennon and Cameron Diaz among them – as awards like Decade of Hotness, Brass Balls Award, Funniest M.F., Guy of the Year and Comedy MVP are presented, along with a very special honor for one of the all-time greatest high school comedy flicks, Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR TIME AND CHANNEL | PBS
OUT in America
– Bravo’s Andy Cohen is among the out gay figures, some famous, some not, who talk about their decisions to be open about their sexuality in this two-hour special.

7PM | DISNEY
My Babysitter’s a Vampire
– It’s going to be a series on Disney soon, and this TV movie introduces Sarah, a babysitter for 13-year-old Ethan. Sarah’s a high school sophomore and, unbeknownst to Ethan’s ‘rents, a vampire.

9PM | TRAVEL
Ghost Adventures
– Country legend Loretta Lynn invites the crew to her Tennessee plantation, which is said to be haunted by ghosts from the Civil War.

9PM | TLC
Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss
– Guessing this might be a picky customer: Grace, a fashion stylist, searching for her own wedding gown.

9PM | ANIMAL PLANET
Whale Wars
– As the Sea Shepherds try to locate the factory vessel, they’re followed by a pair of harpoon ships.

10PM | HBO
Real Time With Bill Maher
Jane Lynch is the interview guest, and the panel includes comedienne Janeane Garofalo.

11PM | VH1
Storytellers
– In the season’s best Storytellers installment, Ray LaMontagne performs and chats about some of his best tunes.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– An informant in a credit card fraud ring disappears with the crime ring’s leader (who’s also her boyfriend) on Flashpoint (8PM, CBS);
– On Camelot (10PM, Starz), the first season ends with Arthur and his men battling for their lives against the mercenaries at Bardon Pass;
– On Outrageous Food (10PM, Food Network), Tom witnesses a 2-foot pizza, a 7-pound burrito and something called a “Bacon Bomb,” featuring 5 pounds of meat wrapped in bacon;
Joel McHale serves up another snarky bowl of The Soup (10PM, E!);
– “Spaghettios” and “Cactus Wasp” are among the sketches on Whitest Kids U’Know (10:30PM, IFC).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kelly Ripa (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Bill Cosby;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jason Sudeikis and Piers Morgan (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jason Lee and Emma Roberts;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Kevin Bacon and Wendy Williams;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): John Lehr (REPEAT).

 

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