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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 29, 2011

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10:30PM | MTV
Death Valley
– The New York Times described this new action/zombie/cop comedy as Reno 911! with zombies, and while I think nothing will ever live up to Lt. Dangle and the gang, Valley is laugh-out-loud funny, with a fun cast that includes comedian and Fat Actress alum Bryan Callen, Lost‘s Tania Raymond, The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Texas Battle and underrated Popular alum Bryce Johnson.

8PM | VH1 – SERIES PREMIERE
Basketball Wives: LA
Kimsha Artest and sisters Laura and Gloria Govan are among the stars of this spin-off of the original Basketball Wives reality series. Will this batch of women prove to be as interesting as the Miami Wives? Eh …

9PM | TNT
The Closer
– Brenda asks Raydor for help with a case, as the squad members are deposed in the lawsuit against Brenda.

9PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
– This week’s four-ep marathon includes “Paddy’s Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens” (10:30PM), or kitten “mittons” as Charlie spells it, and “The Waitress Is Getting Married” (9PM), in which Charlie (Charlie Day), in his own weird, but still sweet, Charlie way, shows his love for The Waitress (Mary Elizabeth Ellis, the real-life Mrs. Charlie Day).

10PM | LOGO
The A-List: New York
Austin and Reichen become closer when everyone else washes their hands of Austin, but that creates new drama for Mr. Armacost, when Jake starts to feel left out.

10PM | SHOWTIME
Weeds
– Nancy, Andy and Silas plot revenge against Emma (guest star Michelle Trachtenberg), while Doug deals with a financial situation that means he really needs to make his hedge fund work and Shane gets a little more involved with the law than he intended.

10:30PM | THE HUB
Happy Days
– It’s the classic “Potsie Quits School” episode of Days, with Potsie’s “Pumps Your Blood” gem.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Place your Bachelor Pad (8PM, ABC) bets: Is it Jake or Kasey who leaves?;
– Carter and Allison wear memory-reading devices as a means of appealing the ruling on their relationship on Eureka (8PM, Syfy);
– New episodes of American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior (9PM, Discovery) kick off with the lawsuit between the Pauls getting settled;
– Fiona hopes Charlie will go to the prom with her on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– Pete and Claudia try to find Stukowski’s partner when Stukowski is interrogated by Warehouse agents on Warehouse 13 (9PM, Syfy);
– On Alphas (10PM, Syfy), Hicks and Nina hook up with a dangerous Alpha cult leader;
CIA Confidential: 9/11 Mastermind (10PM, NGC) chronicles the CIA’s decade-long hunt for 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed;
– On Rizzoli & Isles (10PM, TNT), a man dies during what appears to be a mugging;
– Sean is annoyed by new neighbors and Adam goes to Poppy’s high school reunion on The Big C (10:30PM, Showtime).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Reese Witherspoon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Ali Velshi (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): The Cars (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jason Sudeikis;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): David Koechner;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Aziz Ansari (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Robert Duvall;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): William Shatner;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Walt Goggins (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 22, 2011

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10PM | SHOWTIME
Weeds
– Her fellow housewives, drug lords and federal agents haven’t been able to keep up with Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) and her clever ways, but she might have finally met her match in Zoya (Olga Sosnovska), her prison pal, whose surprise arrival in New York is going to throw everyone’s world into chaos. In tonight’s episode, Nancy and Andy (Justin Kirk) try to figure out how to keep Zoya from taking over the bike shop, while Silas (Hunter Parrish) is dealing with takeover attempts of his own and Doug (Kevin Nealon) tries to fend off the SEC.

8PM | VH1
Basketball Wives,
Reunion Part 2 John Salley continues to nudge to women into dishing some dirt on the recently-concluded third season, which, of course, leads to more squabbles, most of them involving Royce.

8PM | SYFY
Eureka
– Carter (Colin Ferguson) and Allison (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) are the subject of a relationship audit by the Department of Defense.

9PM | TNT
The Closer
– As Capt. Raydor (Mary McDonnell) pushes forward with her investigation of Brenda’s (Kyra Sedgwick) squad, her focus narrows in on Sanchez (Raymond Cruz).

9PM | SYFY
Warehouse 13
– When Myka (Joanne Kelly) hunts for the man who killed her old partner, her fellow Warehouse 13 agents think there may be a link between the murderer and the Secret Service.

10PM | LOGO
The A-List: New York
Ryan‘s runway show turns into another opportunity for a drama involving Austin, who has even bigger problems when most of his NYC pals turn against him.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
The Best Thing I Ever Ate
– Food Network personalities share their favorite childhood foods, including cotton candy, homemade pasta and Frito Pie.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Jake finds out he has more allies than Kasey and the nasty Vienna on Bachelor Pad (8PM, ABC);
– Back-to-back new eps of Hell’s Kitchen (8 and 9PM, Fox) result in the elimination of two more contestants;
– Amy is awaiting a marriage proposal from Ricky, who has other plans on Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– Alli plans to take things to a new level with Dave before summer break on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– The weekly four-ep marathon of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (9PM, Comedy Central) includes “The Gang Hits the Road,” in which the Paddy’s crew tries to go to the Grand Canyon;
– The new reality series LaLa’s Full Court Life (9PM, VH1) revolves around La La Vazquez and NBA hubby Carmelo Anthony;
– The third season premiere of The T.O. Show (9:30PM, VH1) finds T.O. facing ACL surgery;
– The Alphas (10PM, Syfy) have to protect an inventor whose concoctions could be dangerous if the wrong people get their hands on them;
– The new reality series Bear Swamp Recovery (10PM, TruTV) follows a New Jersey family who operate a repo business;
– Rich people hiring hitmen is the subject of tonight’s Behind Mansion Walls (10PM, ID);
– Frankie’s ex returns to town with a big surprise on Rizzoli & Isles (10PM, TNT);
– On The Big C (10:30PM, Showtime), Rebecca’s miscarriage leads to a reunion for Cathy.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and Soundgarden (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Matt Long (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Elliott Ackerman (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Denis Leary;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Emma Stone and Adam Carolla (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Aaron Paul and Roseanne Barr (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Lou Dobbs and Cory Monteith (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Hugh Laurie;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Adam Blackstone.

 

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 15, 2011

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9PM | ABC FAMILY – SERIES PREMIERE
The Lying Game
– Another series based on novels by Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepherd, The Lying Game revolves around twins Emma and Sutton (As the World Turns alum Alexandra Chando). The twins meet for the first time, and foster teen Emma agrees to swap lives with rich kid Sutton, who wants to research the twins’ mother. But when Sutton goes MIA, Emma has to decide whether or not to continue the ruse (duh … there’d be no show if she didn’t). PS – Other stars of the series include Heroes alum Adrian Pasdar and The Office alum Andy “David Wallace” Buckley as Sutton’s dad, Ted.

8PM | VH1
Basketball Wives
Reunion Part 1 – You know how the other women hated on Meeka Claxton most of the season? It continues at the reunion.

9PM | TNT
The Closer
– Brenda considers hiring an attorney, but it’s Fritz who will have to make the financial sacrifices a high-priced lawyer will necessitate.

9PM | HBO
Gloria: In Her Own Words
– Another fine entry in HBO’s summer documentary series, this profile of Gloria Steinem includes interviews with her, as she discusses her career as a journalist, her childhood and her role as an icon of the women’s lib movement of the ’70s.

9PM | FUSE
Top 100 Number Ones
Nick Cannon host this 10-part(!) countdown of hit songs of the 2000s. Hey man, Mariah’s blinged out Ring Pops don’t pay for themselves.

9PM | SYFY
Warehouse 13
– Fargo gets trapped inside a video game that was inspired by Warehouse 13. What a great idea for an actual videogame.

10PM | BRAVO – SERIES PREMIERE
Most Eligible Dallas
– The network would have us believe this is the best thing to hit Bravo since Real Housewives. Let’s hope they mean Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and not the Miami or D.C. bunches.

10PM | MTV – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Teen Wolf
– Scott has to rely on friends and enemies to try and stop the killings (and reunite with Allison).

10PM | SHOWTIME
Weeds
– While Shane thrives in his new internship, Andy and Silas clash over how to run the bike shop/pot store and Nancy’s relationship with her supplier is, um, complicated by the arrival of her old cellmate.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Paint-soaked balls are thrown to see who gets eliminated from the Bachelor Pad (8PM, ABC), and guess who Vienna and Kasey target? Yes, of course, Jake;
– Carter talks to Allison about her mental condition on Eureka (8PM, Syfy);
– The top nine complete on Hell’s Kitchen (8PM, Fox);
– A voicemail stirs up drama between Amy and Ricky on Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– A stressed-out Drew becomes obsessed with his ultimate-fighting workouts on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– Tonight’s four-ep marathon of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (9PM, Comedy Central) includes the classic “The Nightman Cometh” at 9:30PM;
Patti Stanger returns for a 5th season of trying to kook up the lovelorn on Millionaire Matchmaker (9PM, Bravo);
– Oh, Austin … he and Derek seem destined to be enemies now (again) on The A-List: New York (10PM, Logo);
– Bill and Gary test their powers with a case outside the team on Alphas (10PM, Syfy);
– On Pawn Star$ (10 and 10:30PM, History), the big get is a pilot license signed by Orville Wright;
– Maura’s mama (guest star Jacqueline Bisset) visits on Rizzoli & Isles (10PM, TNT);
– Thanksgiving family dinner at Cathy’s house turns into a family drama on The Big C (10:30PM, Showtime) when Cathy reveals a big secret.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Kathy Griffin;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Ali Velshi;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Susan Rice;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Harrison Ford (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Train and Olivia Wilde (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Betty White;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Mila Kunis (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Betty White and Patton Oswalt (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Shane Smith (REPEAT).

 

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 8, 2011

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10PM | SHOWTIME
Weeds
– Much like how the current season of Curb Your Enthusiasm is proving to be so hilarious because Larry is finally fully embracing his social assassin personality, I’m enjoying how the Weeds characters are completely letting their freak flags fly in their new season. So, tonight, as Andy opens his bike shop, Silas runs his own business out of the back; Nancy runs her own “franchise” while ringer Doug plays softball for his company; and killer Shane is offered an internship … by a police detective.

8PM | ABC – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Bachelor Pad
– I cannot, in good conscious, actually suggest you watch this Big Brother-meets-The Bachelor/Bachelorette mess. But, it will find former Bachelor Jake Pavelka and his one-time fiancé Vienna Girardi, getting nasty with, or rather about, each other again, and in front of her current boyfriend, Kasey Kahl (a Bachelorette alum). Do with that what you will.

8PM | NETWORK – 3RD SEASON FINALE
Basketball Wives
– The season ends with Jen‘s over-the-top divorce party, and a tiff with Chad and Evelyn when she sees him at lunch with another woman.

9PM | TNT
The Closer
– While the squad investigates the death of a minister (who has some scandalous secrets), there’s inner-office drama when all but one member of the Major Crimes team receives a subpoena in the civil suit against the LAPD.

9PM | HBO
Superheroes
– The documentary profiles “real-life superheroes,” a group of civilians who wear costumes and dedicate themselves to helping people who can’t help themselves.

9PM | SYFY
Warehouse 13
– Pete and Myka team with H.G. Wells to track down Joshua’s Trumpet, an artifact that has remained a mystery for three generations and is now putting the lives of an entire baseball stadium full of people at risk.

10PM | LOGO
The A-List: New York
– Oh, A-List: New York, I can’t quit you, no matter how bitchy and backstabby your “cast” may be. Tonight, the friction between BFFs Ryan and TJ continues as one faces career uncertainty while the other gets a major career boost.

10:30PM | FOOD NETWORK – SERIES PREMIERE
Sugar High
Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman is back on the network with this fun series, in which he travels around the country to find the most outrageous desserts. First up, he heads to Los Angeles for chilled bread pudding, Korean shaved ice and an especially yummy chocolate chip cookie.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Lupo tries to tell Zoe what happened with Zane on Eureka (8PM, Syfy);
– It’s down to 11 on Hell’s Kitchen (8PM, Fox);
– Adrian decides she wants Ricky, not Ben, back on Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– Holly J’s health woes lead her to seek a kidney donor on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– On tonight’s four-episode marathon of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (9PM, Comedy Central), episodes include the two-part “Mac & Charlie Die,” in which the fellas fake their death when they think Mac’s dad is going to kill them;
– On the series premiere of Tia & Tamera (9PM, Style), twin actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry deal with a wedding and a first pregnancy;
– Rosen’s team officially joins the Defense Criminal Investigation Service and is assigned to investigate a series of deaths at a Pennsylvania high school on Alphas (10PM, SYFY);
– A piece of Abraham Lincoln‘s tomb and a cool Wurlitzer jukebox are among the items brought to the store on Pawn Star$ (10 and 10:30PM, History);
– On Rizzoli & Isles (10PM, TBS), Jane’s brother returns home after his jail stint;
– Adam interferes with Andrea’s date on The Big C (10:30PM, Showtime).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): J.B. Smoove and Piers Morgan;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Mark Adams;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Nassir Ghaemi;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jason Bateman and Amy Sedaris (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Gordon Ramsay and Panic! at the Disco;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Joe Jonas;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Aziz Ansari;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Rudy Giuliani and Adam Ferrara;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Don Cheadle (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Bill Carter (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 1, 2011

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10-11:30PM | THE HUB
Jump the Shark Night
– Here it is, the three-part Happy Days episode that launched a pop culture phenomenon. In the “Hollywood” episodes, The Fonz (Henry Winkler) heads to California to become a big star, but he’s nearly tripped up by that iconic water ski jump over a shark. Kudos to The Hub for scheduling the perfect mini-event to coincide with sister network Discovery Channel’s Shark Week!

Five quick facts about the “Hollywood” episodes:
1 – They kicked off Happy Days‘ fifth season;
2 – Bonanza and Battlestar Galactica star Lorne Greene (the original Commander Adama!) makes a cameo appearance in “Hollywood”;
3 – Part 1 of the “Hollywood” storyline introduces Scott Baio as The Fonz’s cousin, Chachi Arcola (Wa wa wa!);
4 – Fonzie’s obnoxious foe, the one who challenges him to jump the shark: The California Kid, played by actor James Daughton, who would go on to play obnoxious Omega House president Gregory Marmalard in Animal House;
5 – Good sport Henry Winkler, while guest-starring on Happy Days pal Ron Howard‘s Arrested Development, poked fun at his “jumping the shark” moment by actually jumping over a dead shark.

PS – That Fonzie jumping-the-shark toy in the photo? You can get it here.

6AM | TCM
Summer Under the Stars
– TCM’s annual Summer Under the Stars month-long event (in which a different star’s films are highlighted each day) starts this year with the movies of Marlon Brando.

8PM | ABC – 7TH SEASON FINALE
The Bachelorette
– Fair warning: three hours (two-hour finale plus the After the Final Rose wrap-up) straight of this sniveling Bachelorette and her dudes is gonna take out more than a few brain cells. But if you’ve been watching this far, you kinda have to see it through to the end, right?

8PM | AMC
Mob Week
– Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who knows a thing or two about taking on the mafia, hosts this week-long marathon of great mob-themed movies, starting with the greatest one of all, hands down, The Godfather, and continuing with The Godfather II (Aug. 2, 8PM); The Untouchables (Aug. 3, 8PM); and GoodFellas (Aug. 6, 8PM).

8PM | ENCORE – MINISERIES PREMIERE
Moby Dick
– This two-night miniseries (it concludes tomorrow night at 8PM), premieres on what would have been author Herman Melville‘s 192nd birthday … so, Happy Birthday, dude. The stellar cast in this adaptation of Melville’s 1851 classic includes William Hurt as captain Ahab, Ethan Hawke as Starbuck, Gillian Anderson as Mrs. Ahab and Donald Sutherland as Father Mapple.

9PM | TNT
The Closer
– Capt. Raydor (guest star Mary McDonnell) continues her audit, which leads to a recommendation Brenda is not going to like.

9PM | DISCOVERY – SHARK WEEK PREMIERE
Rogue Sharks
– A rundown of historic shark attacks provides a look at whether or not sharks deliberately stalk humans as their snacks.

9PM | SYFY
Warehouse 13
– Pete’s (Eddie McClintock) ex-wife (who may or may not looks exactly like Jeri Ryan) shows up with plans to get remarried (not to him, no worries Pete and Myka fans), but an artifact may put a dent in her nuptial plans.

10PM | LOGO
The A-List
Austin tries to prove he’s not an embarrassing lush by, of course, throwing a cocktail party. I love this show so, so much, and yes, am completely aware that that thing about the brain cells dying also applies here.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
Reunion, Part 2 – The throwdown continues as Andy Cohen hosts the second half of the season four reunion, in which Jill, Ramona, Alex and the gang continue to snipe at each other about the many ways  they wronged each other in the just-concluded season.

10PM | DISCOVERY – SHARK WEEK PREMIERE
Summer of the Shark
– 2009 was not a good time to be hanging out at the beaches off Australia, unless perhaps you enjoyed the possibility of being attacked by a shark.

10PM | SHOWTIME
Weeds
– When Nancy Met Heylia (again) … it’s not a happy reunion, let’s just say.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Star Jones‘ ex, Al Reynolds, inserts himself into Basketball Wives (8PM, VH1) again, as he sets up Jen on a blind date;
– On Eureka (8PM, Syfy), Carter has to solve a bank robbery, lest the town float away;
– The competition is down to 13 on Hell’s Kitchen (8M, Fox);
– Amy uncovers Adrian’s scheme on Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– Season 7 of The Bad Girls Club kicks off in New Orleans (9PM, Oxygen);
Buddy bakes a cow cake on Cake Boss (9PM, TLC);
– On Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick), Anya continues to make bad boy choices;
– It’s the weekly four-episode marathon of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Comedy Central (9PM);
– Rosen and the tea, meet an autistic woman who may help them thwart a terrorist attack on Alphas (10PM, Syfy);
Ronald Reagan‘s high school yearbook is among the goodies on back-to-back Pawn Star$ (10 and 10:30PM, History);
– Awesome 24 alum Annie Wersching guest stars on Rizzoli & Isles (10PM, TNT);
– Adam’s actions jeopardize Cathy’s new gig on The Big C (10:30PM, Showtime).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Harrison Ford;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Freida Pinto;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Tony Hsieh;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): James Franco;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Ryan Reynolds, Sheryl Crow and Matt Nathanson;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Aaron Paul, Jon Favreau and Colbie Cailat;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Howie Mandel;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Lou Dobbs and Cory Monteith;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Ferguson is in Paris all week, and tonight, tours the Eiffel Tower;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Paul Feig (REPEAT).

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