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Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – May 21-22, 2011

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9PM, SUN | NBC – 11TH SEASON FINALE
Celebrity Apprentice
– Both John Rich and his fellow finalist Marlee Matlin have dramas on their way to the big boardroom showdown, when Donald Trump makes his decision about who will be the next Celeb Apprentice. My money’s on Rich, who’s seemed like a lock from the beginning. And even if he doesn’t win, I’m betting he’s won a slew of new fans during his impressive performance on the show. Ditto Oscar winner Matlin.

10AM, SAT | OXYGEN
Glee
Marathon – Season two episodes, all day long (well, until 11PM, anyway), in honor of next Tuesday’s Glee season finale and Oxygen’s new summer reality series, The Glee Project.

11:30PM, SAT | COMEDY CENTRAL
Ben Bailey: Road Rage
– Yep, the Cash Cab host. But don’t mention that; as he says in this stand-up performance, everyone mentions his other gig all day long.

11:30PM, SAT | NBC – 36TH SEASON FINALE
Saturday Night Live
Lady Gaga is the musical guest, but I’m more excited about returning host Justin Timberlake, one of the best SNL hosts ever. Will he return to Omeletville? Fingers crossed, but rumor has it he and “Dick in a Box” cohort Andy Samberg are making a sequel to their classic digital short.

8PM, SUN | FOX
2011 Billboard Music Awards
– Hilarious Community and The Hangover star Ken Jeong hosts this Vegas awards show, which features performances by Keith Urban, Lil Wayne, Mary J. Blige, Cee Lo Green, Rihanna, Lady Antebellum, Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez.

8PM, SUN | FOX – 22ND SEASON FINALE
The Simpsons
– Ned Flanders … and Edna Krabappel? Dating?! Yup, though Ned isn’t so okilly-dokilly when he finds out about Edna’s, ahem, prolific dating history.

8PM, SUN | NGC
When Aliens Attack/Area 51 Declassified
– In Aliens, science experts try to imagine what would happen if earth really was attacked by aliens, while Declassified delves into the secret area where evidence of UFO landings is allegedly kept locked away.

9PM, SUN | FOX – 9TH SEASON FINALE
Family Guy
Rush Limbaugh, Carrie Fisher, Anne Hathaway and Archer star H. Jon Benjamin guest star in “Episode VI: It’s a Trap,” the final entry in FG‘s take on Star Wars.

9PM, SUN | CBS
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost
– Jesse’s (Tom Selleck) friends and colleagues are upset about the arrival of a new police chief, but Mr. Stone is preoccupied with the alleged suicide of a local teen, one Jesse tried to help. Her body is found near his house, and he suspects foul play.

10PM, SUN | BRAVO
Real Housewives of Orange County
Gretchen confronts Slade about his financial woes and how they’re impacting their future, while Vicki ends up in the hospital.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s definitely a goner, but if you want to check out the series finale of Chase, here it is (Sat., 8PM, NBC);
– Food Network has a three-hour marathon of Chopped (Sat., 8PM);
– The Doctor, Amy and Rory take the TARDIS to a futuristic Earth factory where humans are cloned and work dangerous jobs on Doctor Who (Sat., 9PM, BBCA);
– On Parking Wars (Sat., 10PM, A&E), a man tries to get his towed rental car back after using it to take his wife to the hospital;
– On back-to-back Til Debt Do Us Part episodes (Sat., 10PM, CNBC), Gail helps two couples, including an aging duo who owes more than $90,000;
– Steve’s dad (Jeffrey Tambor) pops up in the series finale of Running Wilde (Sat., 11PM, FX);
– On the American Dad season 6 finale (Sun., 7:30PM, Fox), Roger bets Hayley he can write the saddest song ever and become a country music star;
– On 60 Minutes (Sun., 8PM, CBS), Lance Armstrong‘s fellow cyclists accuse him of using performance-enhancing drugs;
Lorenzo applies to beauty school on Jerseylicious (Sun., 8PM, Style);
Karen and Drita‘s fight escalates when all the women get together on Mob Wives (Sun., 8PM, VH1);
– In Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (Sun., 8PM, Disney), High School Musical diva Sharpay moves to New York City to pursue her Broadway dreams;
– Denise realizes she missed being a nurse on Army Wives (Sun., 9PM, Lifetime);
– Ned is reinstated as The Hand but makes a risky decision on Game of Thrones (Sun., 9PM, HBO);
– A Wall Street hot shot is murdered, but he has so many enemies that it may be hard to pin down the killer on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Sun., 9PM, USA);
– The families pack up to move to Las Vegas on Sister Wives (Sun., 9PM, TLC), the third “Wives”-titled series of the night;
– In the first season finale of The Borgias (Sun., 10PM, Showtime), the Borgia family secures an annulment of Lucrezia’s marriage after she gives birth to a son in a convent;
– On Breakout Kings (Sun., 10PM, A&E), and 18-wheeler crashes through a prison wall, and a group of convicts escape via an armored truck that was hidden inside the semi … clever, you’ve gotta admit;
– On In Plain Sight (Sun., 10PM, USA), Mary works with a teen beauty queen who was unaware she was in witness protection;
– Janette hopes her NY connections will help her land a job on Treme (Sun., 10PM, HBO).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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10PM | CBS – 2ND SEASON FINALE
The Good Wife
– Despite the tension between them, Alicia and Kalinda work together to try to clear their murder case client. And, Alicia and Will fans, this could be the episode you’ve waited for, as there finally seems to be little reason for Alicia to keep her feelings for her co-worker under wraps any longer.

8PM | FOX
Glee
– Jessie St. James helps the Glee-sters work on their set list for Nationals, but all that takes a back seat when … well, the episode is titled “Funeral.”

8PM | FUSE
LadyGagaThon
– 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all Gaga, all the time. That’s Fuse’s plan for the next week, leading up to the pop star’s new album release on May 23. The Gaga schedule kicks off tonight with a new, two-part interview, Lady Gaga Born This Way Part 1: On The Record with Fuse.

8PM | CBS – 8TH SEASON FINALE
NCIS
Kerr Smith, Sarah Jane Morris and Enrique Murciano guest star as the NCIS team comes face-to-face with the Port-to-Port Killer.

8PM | THE CW – 8TH SEASON FINALE
One Tree Hill
– Haley and Brooke team up to run Karen’s cafe, and Mouth and Millicent become morning show co-hosts.

9PM | CBS – 2ND SEASON FINALE
NCIS: Los Angeles
– Callen and company try to track down Hetty (Linda Hunt) to find out the reason behind her sudden resignation.

9PM | FOX – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Raising Hope
– Flashback time: The Chance family recalls the year Jimmy turned 18, which included his goth phase and Maw Maw kicking everyone out of her house.

9:30PM | FOX – SERIES FINALE
Breaking In
– Yep, sigh, series finale for the show that seemed like it was only going to get better. Mike Tyson guest stars in the episode, which finds Cameron forced to revisit his past when Contra is charged with finding a cyberbully at his old high school.

10PM | MTV
16 & Pregnant
Cleondra was a very promising student … until she got preggers and told her parents she was going to move out of their home and in with her babydaddy.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– Passion fruit in the dessert and oysters in the app doesn’t sound too challenging, but the chefs may be stumped by the two Japanese ingredients in the entree mystery basket.

10PM | NBC
The Voice
Monica and Reba McEntire are among the advisers as more contestants are pitted against each other, including two of the best voices we’ve heard so far, Nakia and Javier Colon.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The contestants have to carry the weight they’ve lost so far during a golf-themed challenge on The Biggest Loser (8PM, NBC);
– Bugs and Daffy wind up in jail on The Looney Tunes Show (8PM, Cartoon Network);
Stevie Nicks, Pitbull and Ne-Yo perform on the Dancing With the Stars results show (9PM, ABC);
– It’s the season one finale of Hellcats (9PM, The CW);
– Host Brian Unger examines how glaciers and asteroids influenced How the States Got Their Shapes (10PM, History);
– The “Chocolate Rain” guy is back, while Tosh reveals his summer wardrobe and gets into a boxing ring with Manny Pacquiao on a new Tosh.0 (10PM, Comedy Central);
– New Sports Show With Norm Macdonald on Comedy Central (10:30PM).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Norm Macdonald;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Annie Jacobsen;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Amy Kremer;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Melissa McCarthy and Martin Short;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Ryan Seacrest;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Chris Colfer;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Anthony Hopkins and Andre Agassi (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Randy Jackson and Death Cab for Cutie;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Betty White and Patton Oswalt;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Adam Pally.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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8PM | FOX
Glee
– It’s prom night! Which means the over-the-top competition for prom queen and king comes to a conclusion, Rachel gets a surprise visitor and Principal Figgins asks the glee club to perform at the soiree, despite objections from party pooper Sue.

8PM | CBS
NCIS
– The NCIS teams go into overdrive to catch the Port-to-Port Killer when they realize he has infiltrated the agency.

9PM | MTV
16 & Pregnant
– Like mother, like daughter? Pregnant teen Danielle hopes not, as she plans to do things differently than her own mother, who also got pregnant as a teen, did.

9PM | OWN
Becoming Chaz
– The compelling documentary follows Chaz Bono through his decision to have, and the process of, gender reassignment surgery.

9PM | FOX
Raising Hope
My Name Is Earl alums Ethan Suplee and Jaime Pressly guest star as a neighbor couple whose marriage is in trouble, according to Burt and Virginia, after they hear the couple arguing on Hope’s baby monitor. By the way, if you haven’t seen the always fantastic Suplee lately, prepare to be surprised: he’s looking much slimmer these days.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– Frozen meat and cheese in a can are among the mystery basket ingredients.

10PM | CBS
The Good Wife
– Kalinda considers leaving the firm after Alicia has it out with her regarding the affair with Peter. Meanwhile, the firm defends the owner of an adultery Web site, who’s the prime suspect in the murder of one of the Website’s customers.

10PM | NBC
The Voice
– Love, love, love this show! In the first week of head-to-head battles, the coaches pit two of their own team members against each other in a duet sing-off, with one of the voices being sent home.

10:30PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Sports Show With Norm McDonald
Norm chats about sports gambling, including a bet he placed on Manny Pacquiao.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– On The Biggest Loser (8PM, NBC), the contestants play a Biggest Loser videogame and compete in a stair climbing challenge while weighted down with sandbags;
– A Los Angeles restaurant in a double decker bus is featured on Eat Street (8PM, Cooking Channel);
– Daffy worms his way into an exclusive club on The Looney Tunes Show (8PM, Cartoon Network);
– The women had to Puerto Rico for a vacay on One Tree Hill (8PM, The CW);
– Another one bites the dust on the Dancing With the Stars (9PM, ABC) results show, which includes performances by Adele and Michael Bolton;
– The death of a Navy SEAL imposter leads the NCIS: Los Angeles (9PM, CBS) team to MIA bomb canisters;
– The guys (try to) plan their annual getaway on Traffic Light (9:30PM, Fox);
– On Fabulous Beekman Boys (10PM, Planet Green), Brent plans a Victorian festival to attract customers to the village during the long winter;
How the States Got Their Shapes (10PM, History) explores how transportation factored into how the states got their shapes;
Worst.Prom.Ever. is MTV’s original movie comedy about three seniors who decide to have some anti-prom fun after getting dumped by their prom dates right before the big night (10PM, MTV).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Zach Braff and Judd Apatow;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Will Ferrell;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Geoffrey Rush;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Mark Harmon;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Def Leppard and Ginnifer Goodwin;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Chris Hemsworth and Ice Cube;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Nathan Fillion;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Keira Knightley, Chris Cornell and John McEnroe;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Kenneth Branagh;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Frenchie Davis.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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9PM | NBC
The Voice
– If you missed last week’s premiere, it’s not too late to get in on the fun of this latest reality singing competition, as round two of the blind auditions kick off and the mentors – Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera – continue to battle it out to entice the most talented singers onto their teams.

8PM | FOX
Glee
– Sue teaches everyone about the power of the press when she takes over the school newspaper and prints some veeeery interesting stories.

8PM | CARTOON NETWORK – SERIES PREMIERE
The Looney Tunes Show
– Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are back in this Looney revamp, which finds the two living in the suburbs as neighbors with other Looney Tunes cohorts, like Marvin the Martian and Yosemite Sam. PS – Check out my list of the top 10 best classic Looney Tunes ‘toons ever, at TV Squad.

8PM | CBS
NCIS
– Flashback time! When Tony’s former partner is murdered, he remembers his early time in Baltimore, including his first meeting with Gibbs.

9PM | FOX
Raising Hope
– Anytime the episode is Burt-centric, meaning we get a bigger than usual dose of star Garret Dillahunt‘s comedic skills, it’s a good thing. Tonight, we find out that Burt is quite skilled at flirting.

10PM | MTV
16 & Pregnant
Jamie is a straight-A student who not only finds herself pregnant, but who is also stuck with a babydaddy she’s trying to mold into being the kind of dad she never had.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– In the mystery basket: beef and chocolate frosting … that’s in the entree basket.

10PM | CBS
The Good Wife
– Oh, it’s on: Alicia confronts Kalinda about the Peter affair.

10PM | HISTORY – SERIES PREMIERE
How the States Got Their Shapes
– In this fun new series (hosted by my fellow Ohio University alum Brian Unger – go Bobcats!), the title is literal, as in the premiere, where we find out how water played a major role in How the States Got Their Shapes.

11PM | MTV – 2ND SEASON FINALE
My Life as Liz
– Louis has some surprising news for Liz, while Bryson finally has to face up to his feelings for the one he let get away.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Tim Gunn helps the contestants with Cinderella-themed makeovers on The Biggest Loser: Couples (8PM, NBC);
– Nathan, Julian and Clay all coach Jamie’s Little League game on One Tree Hill (8PM, The CW);
– Results from last night’s performance show on Dancing With the Stars (9PM, ABC);
– Deeks goes undercover to protect a friend on NCIS: Los Angeles (9PM, CBS);
– Lisa decides to use GPS to keep track of Mike on Traffic Light (9:30PM, Fox);
– The NFL draft is among the major topics on The Norm McDonald Show (10:30PM, Comedy Central).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Steve Martin and Atticus Shaffer;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Rachel Maddow;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Rex Ryan;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Caroline Kennedy and Ty Burrell;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Idris Elba;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Anthony Hopkins and Andre Agassi;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Elmo, Jennifer Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Geoffrey Rush;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Shane Smith.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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9PM | NBC – SERIES PREMIERE
The Voice Carson Daly hosts and Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are the mentors/coaches/judges in this new reality singing competition in which wannabe pros try to win a recording contract. The twist, in tonight’s part one of the auditions: The judges can’t see the singers perform – they can only listen to them – until they’ve decided whether or not they’re talented enough to continue on in the competition. I know, I know, we didn’t really need an American Idol knock-off, especially with Simon Cowell‘s X Factor coming in the fall and another season of America’s Got Talent on tap for summer, but I have to admit, with AI turning out to be a disappointment this season, and that intriguing twist of the blind auditions, The Voice is definitely worth checking out.

8PM | FOX
Glee
– The special 90-minute episode features the music of Lady Gaga, as well as Madonna‘s “Born This Way.” I kid, I kid.

9PM | ABC
Dancing With the Stars
Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block, or NKOTBSB as they’ll be known on their joint tour this summer, perform on the week six results show.

9:30PM | FOX
Raising Hope
– Burt and Virginia teach Hope an old family trick: They “sleep train” her.

10PM | MTV
16 & Pregnant
– Teen Jennifer is not only expecting twins, but her parents refuse to speak to her babydaddy, setting up some very difficult decisions for her.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– Tofu and missions figs are among the mystery basket ingredients.

10PM | PLANET GREEN
The Fabulous Beekman Boys
– Brent lets Josh take over the Beekman cookbook and, well, regrets that decision very soon thereafter.

10PM | SYFY – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen
– A Chrysler party for auto design students has Marcel and company heading to Detroit, where he plans to whip up an anti-gravity pizza.

10:30PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Sports Show With Norm McDonald
– The Saturday Night Live alum continues his pithy commentary on all things sports.

11PM | MTV
My Life as Liz
– Liz agrees to perform with Louis in an ’80s-themed show, while Sully tries to woo Marlene. How cute are Sully and Marlene?

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The contestants are cheered on by NASCAR’s Clint Bowyer when they pull a car for half a mile on The Biggest Loser: Couples (8PM, NBC);
– The Sugar Philly Truck and the Frysmith Truck in Los Angeles are featured on Eat Street (8PM, Cooking Channel);
– Brooke gets a chance to return to her company on One Tree Hill (8PM, The CW);
Ashley designs a cake for the Harlem Globetrotters on Have Cake Will Travel (9PM, Food Network);
– A magazine editor is found murdered in her mansion on Body of Proof (10PM, ABC);
Rosie plays mediator for a couple at war over which religion to raise their baby in on Pregnant in Heels (10PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Justin Bieber (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Elizabeth Warren;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): A.C. Grayling;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Will Ferrell;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jillian Michaels and Kristin Chenoweth;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Matthew McConaughey (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Mark Ruffalo;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Matt Lauer and Twisted Sister;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Larry King (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Sean Casey.

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