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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 30, 2012

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8PM | SUNDANCE – 1ST SEASON FINALE
The Mortified Sessions
– In the first season finale, Breaking Bad Emmy winner Bryan Cranston talks about the free love days of his teenage and early twentysomething years, while Community star Danny Pudi talks about his relationship with his father, who he’s seen only a few times in his adult life. Here’s hoping this fantastic series gets the greenlight for a second season.

8PM | NBC
Fear Factor
– If the TMZ story is true (NBC wouldn’t confirm), this may officially be the grosses episode of Factor ever, as one of the stunts supposedly involves contestants drinking donkey semen. And urine. Go ahead, make all the jackass jokes you want.

8PM | THE CW
Gossip Girl
– Chuck continues to wig about Blaire’s impending wedding, while Georgina ups the stakes for everyone with her pot-stirring return.

8PM | FOX
House
– House gets into the blackmail biz when he tries to take advantage of Foreman’s relationship with a married woman.

8PM | ABC FAMILY
Pretty Little Liars
– Here comes (more) trouble: Hanna’s stepsister enrolls at school with the girls.

9PM | FOX
Alcatraz
– Rebecca is in a tricky position because of a bank robber from the past.

9PM | OWN
America’s Money Class With Suze Orman
Suze covers the value of gold, rules of investing and sussing out money you may not know you have.

9PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Reunion, Part 1 – In part one (of three), Andy Cohen and the gang revisit the infamous tea party and game night fights.

10PM | BRAVO
It’s a Brad, Brad World
Brad gets devastating news from his father.

11PM | BRAVO
Watch What Happens: Live
– And speaking of the aforementioned Brad Goreski, he and his Family Guy writer boyfriend Gary Janetti visit Andy in the Bravo clubhouse.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– One of the women snags some alone time with Ben and then taunts the others about it at the rose ceremony on The Bachelor (8PM, ABC);
– On Heat Seekers (8PM, Food Network) Aaron and Roger taste the Naga Viper pepper, named the world’s hottest chili by the Guinness World Records people last year;
– On Disappeared (9PM, ID), unfolding the case of Jackie Markham, a Florida woman who’s been missing since 2000;
– Back-to-back new episodes of First Week In (9 and 10PM, Discovery);
Inside the NSA (9PM, NGC) gives viewers a rare look inside the National Security Agency, including the Threat Operations Center that protects the Defense Department from cyber attacks;
– This week’s four-episode marathon of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (9PM, Comedy Central) includes “The Gang Dances Their Asses Off,” with Charlie’s “Take My Breath Away” dance;
– A winner is chosen on the season 2 finale of Next Great Baker (9PM, TLC);
– It’s the season four premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race (9PM, Logo);
– Back-to-back new Pawn Stars (10 and 10:30PM) on History.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Dale Earnhardt Jr.;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Lou Dobbs;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Laurence H. Tribe;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jennifer Lopez;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Madonna and Chris Colfer;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Marc Maron;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Glenn Close;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Don Cheadle;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Nelson George and Tom Morello (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 23, 2012

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9PM | BRAVO – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
– As the tension-filled, awkward season finally comes to a close, Lisa‘s daughter Pandora gets married, and Taylor finally spills the entire truth about her marriage to Russell. Check out the Los Angeles Times story on the season, in which Real Housewives daddy Andy Cohen discusses the network’s process for deciding how to handle the season.

8PM | ABC
The Bachelor
– More dates, more dinners, more crazy drama; still no indication that any of this will lead to a lasting relationship.

8PM | THE CW
Gossip Girl
– It’s Blair’s bachelorette party, in an episode directed by Clueless and Fast Times at Ridgemont High director Amy Heckerling.

8PM | FOX
House
– A patient in an Alzheimer’s drug trial begins reacting violently, which leads to a revelation about his relationship with his wife. Meanwhile, House butts heads with … someone (okay, Foreman).

8PM | SUNDANCE
The Mortified Sessions
Alanis Morissette discusses dating much older men when she was 14, while TOMS creator Blake Mycoskie discusses an important business lesson he learned launching a laundry business in college.

8PM | ABC FAMILY
Pretty Little Liars
– Ezra is avoiding Aria’s phone calls, so she plots to get him to respond to her.

9PM | FOX
Alcatraz
– The hunt is on for a child killer, who would kidnap his victims and return their bodies afterwards, when he returns from the past.

9PM | OWN
America’s Money Class With Suze Orman
– Tonight’s financial advice from Suze includes tips on saving moolah, avoiding financial scams and landing a good job

10PM | ABC
Castle
– A reality TV star is the suspect when a famous dog trailer is murdered. The episode title: “An Embarrassment of Bitches.” Well played, Castle folk.

10PM | BRAVO
It’s a Brad, Brad World
Brad looks for a new office space (new meaning: not his garage), and things get a little testy when he and Gary begin planning their anniversary bash.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– On Heat Seekers (8PM, Food Network), Aaron and Roger head to Las Vegas where they sample a Mexican chicken dish so spicy it’s called “Cry Today, Cry Tomorrow”;
– On Fear Factor (9PM, NBC), contestants have to swim with leeches and dangle on a bungee line attached to a helicopter in hopes of winning the $100,000 grand prize;
– Three drug addicts try to deal with the addiction issues while also dealing with their new surroundings as newbie prisoners on First Week In (9PM, Discovery);
– Tonight’s four-episode marathon of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (9PM, Comedy Central) includes “Sweet Dee Gets Audited” and the classic “The Gang Gets Held Hostage,” with the McPoyles;
– It’s the fifth season premiere of Cake Boss (10PM, TLC), and Buddy and Lisa renew their vows on a cruise (unless bad weather dooms the ceremony);
– Back-to-back Pawn Stars episodes on History Channel (10 and 10:30PM);
Lisa Vanderpump and Brandi Glanville guest on Watch What Happens; Live (11PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Wilco;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Kathleen Sebelius;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Bruce Bueno De Mesquita;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Mark Wahlberg (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Michelle Williams (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Kiefer Sutherland;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Tina Fey (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): The host tours the Eifel Tower;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Cee-Lo Green (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 9, 2012

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10PM | BRAVO
It’s a Brad, Brad World
– Didn’t wanna like this show … thought Brad Goreski was way annoying on The Rachel Zoe Project. Turn out, it was just her who was annoying … he’s actually pretty charming on this new reality series, in which he tries to build his own career as a stylist.

8PM | ABC
The Bachelor
– Craziest season yet.

8PM | SUNDANCE
The Mortified Sessions
– On tonight’s installment of this delightful series in which celebs dig into mementos from their pasts and share stories from their childhood and beyond: Ricky/Rick/Ricky Schroder, who talks about Silver Spoons and how his wife, in her teenage diary, fantasized about meeting him.

8PM | ABC FAMILY
Pretty Little Liars
– Aria and Ezra face the fallout of making their romance public.

8:30PM | ESPN
Allstate BCS National Championship Game
– #1 LSU vs. #2 Alabama.

9PM | OWN  – SERIES PREMIERE
America’s Money Class With Suze Orman
– The six-episode series finds Suze Orman giving classroom-style lectures on various financial issues, followed by a “final exam” at the end. First up: how to buy a home, how to erase debt and what to do in the face of a foreclosure.

9PM | DISCOVERY – SERIES PREMIERE
First Week In
– Following inmates through their first week in prison, including, tonight, three first-time inmates.

9PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Kyle and Kim have yet another confrontation about Kim’s wacky behavior, which, since we know now that she’s in rehab, probably shouldn’t seem like such a mystery.

10PM | ABC
Castle
– A womanizer falls to his death after his latest bout of womanizing.

10PM | NBC
Rock Center With Brian Williams
– Guest George Clooney makes his Oscar predictions.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Who’s Still Standing (8PM, NBC) … who’s still watching? Me. Not proud, but it’s addictive;
– Are a woman’s best friend and best friend’s boyfriend involved in her disappearance? Gotta watch Disappeared (9PM, ID) to find out;
– On the Fear Factor (9PM, NBC) menu tonight: a stunt that requires contestants to eat cockroaches, grasshoppers, rat hair and maggots;
Hoarders (9PM, TLC) includes a man who can’t stop buying clearance sale items;
– During tonight’s marathon of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (9PM, Comedy Central): “The D.E.N.N.I.S. System,” “The Gang Wrestles for the Troops,” “Paddy’s Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens” and “Mac and Dennis Break Up,” all gems;
– The new series Mobster Confessions (10PM, Discovery) is just what it sounds like, documenting the stories of mobsters who’ve turned into informants;
– On Pawn Stars (10 and 10:30PM, History), Rick and the gang are presented a first edition of Thoreau’s Walden.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): David Cross, Gavin DeGraw and Seth Green;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): George Lucas;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Melissa Harris-Perry;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Mark Wahlberg;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Janet Jackson;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Channing Tatum;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Mark Wahlberg;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Howie Mandel;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mike White (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – October 31, 2011

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1AM (TUESDAY) | TV LAND
Roseanne
Halloween – It’s a marathon of every Roseanne Halloween episodes, kicking off with the 1991 episode that included a guest appearance by George Clooney‘s Booker.

8PM | VH1
Basketball Wives
– The ladies all head to Hawaii for some rest and relaxation, but it all hits the fan when they start talking and realizing the reason they’re always fighting is because Jackie is always stirring the pot.

8PM | CBS
How I Met Your Mother
– Ted finally reunites with The Slutty Pumpkin, who looks a lot like Katie Holmes. Because she is.

9PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
– Yep, they’re showing the late Russell Armstrong, as he threatens to sue one of his castmates. Is this the episode that makes you stop watching?

10PM | CBS
Hawaii Five-0
– A drifter who puts a curse on Danny looks a lot like Robert “Freddy Krueger” Englund. Because he is.

10PM | NBC – SERIES PREMIERE
Rock Center with Brian Williams
– Ted Koppel and Harry Smith are among Williams’ cohorts in this new newsmagazine, the network’s first in 20 years. One of the first reports is on a U.S. town that has a negative unemployment rate.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s a Halloween-themed dance night on Dancing With the Stars (8:30PM, ABC);
– A CEO becomes sick just after deciding to move his company to China on House (9PM, Fox);
– Trick? Nah, it’s definitely a treat when Comedy Central airs “The Nightman Cometh” as part of its four-episode marathon of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (9PM);
– On Enlightened (9:30PM, HBO), Amy convinces Levi to go away with her for the weekend, but she’s disappointed when neither of them can leave the past behind;
– On Castle (10PM, ABC), Beckett has to rescue Castle and his mommy after they’re taken hostage in a bank robbery.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jimmy Fallon;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Mindy Kaling;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Neil MacGregor;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jesse Eisenberg;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Justin Bieber;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Pee-wee  Herman;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Heidi Klum;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Zooey Deschanel;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Thievery Corporation (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – October 20, 2011

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8PM | CBS
The Big Bang Theory
– Sheldon’s mama visits, which puts him into hyper-competitive mode, because she seems to be paying more attention to his friends.

9PM | LIFETIME – 9TH SEASON FINALE, PART 1
Project Runway
– The Big Gunn – PR mentor Tim Gunn – visits the finalists at home to see how their collections are progressing.

10PM | FX
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
– The storm of the century is scheduled to hit Philly, which means panicked shopping for Mac, and looting for other Philadelphians. And, of course, there is a bunker involved.

10PM | MTV – 4TH SEASON FINALE
Jersey Shore
– Here’s The Situation: As the NJ crew prepares to leave Italy and head back home, their frustration with Mike’s buttinsky ways leaves him threatening not to join them back at the Shore.

10PM | CBS
The Mentalist
– Rigsby worries that his new girlfriend is going to cause hard feelings between him and Van Pelt, while Jane (Simon Baker) and the team investigate the murder of a woman whose body washed up on the coast of California.

10:30PM | FX
The League
– Ruxin worries that Taco is going to sleep with the attractive nanny (guest Brie Larson) he hired to take care of Geoffrey.

11PM | MTV
Jersey Shore
Season 4 Reunion – Because these people have some explainin’ to do.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Elena and her friends begin their senior year on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
Lee Majors and Marilu Henner guest star on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC);
– Reese and Finch have to deal with a tough judge and a Person of Interest (9PM, CBS) who doesn’t like the way they do what they do;
– Addison treats a pregnant woman who lost her memory after a car accident on Private Practice (10PM, ABC).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jesse Tyler Ferguson;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Richard Brookhiser;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Coldplay;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): George Clooney (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Hugh Jackman and Tony Bennett (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Mute Math (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Will Forte and Amy Sedaris (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Tom Lennon;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Michelle Monaghan (REPEAT).

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