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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 31, 2012

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10PM | FX
Justified
– When Boyd (Walton Goggins) met Ellstin Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson) … that’s but one of the highlights of tonight’s episode, “Harlan Roulette,” which also finds Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) dealing with a brutal local Oxy dealer and, in one of the most surprising, hilarious new TV bromances, prison bonding between Dickie Bennett (Jeremy Davies) and Dewey Crowe (Damon Herriman).

7PM | BRAVO
Inside the Actors Studio: George Clooney
– Cloons, as Tina Fey once jokingly referred to him, sits down with James Lipton for a special two-hour chat.

8PM | E!
E! True Hollywood Story: Demi Moore
– Well, there’s certainly no lack of scandalous info, especially with recent updates, for this one.

8PM | FOX
Glee
– It’s the Michael Jackson tribute episode everyone (by which I mean mostly the Glee cast) has been talking about.

9PM | FOX
New Girl
– Schmidt (Max Greenfield) is the scene stealer on this show, which is why I think the best part of this episode will be the subplot about why Schmidt’s shower towel is always damp …

9PM | WE
Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?
– Three words: Joan Rivers … bong.

9PM | THE CW
Ringer
– The guilty pleasure drama is back, as Henry mourns his wife, Malcolm begins working for Andrew, Siobhan is shocked by how well Bridget is adapting to her new life and Bridget learns that one of Juliet’s friends is privy to one of Siobhan’s (many, many) secrets.

9:30PM | FOX
Raising Hope
– Burt’s gambling habit (which caused him to lose most of the fam’s belongings 20 years ago) rears its ugly head once again, and, this time, takes hold of his loved ones, too.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– Cheese and clove candies are among the mystery ingredients when a group of international chefs compete for the $10K grand prize.

10PM | MTV
Teen Mom 2
– Ouch: Corey finds out Leah cheated on him just two weeks before their wedding.

10PM | TNT
Southland
– Ben is haunted by the mistakes he’s made recently.

10:30PM | COMEDY CENTRAL – SERIES PREMIERE
Key & Peele
– Is it the new Chappelle’s Show? Eh … that’s more the product of lazy reviewers. It’s not Chappelle’s Show … sample joke from the titular comedians, while discussing their interracial backgrounds: “We sound whiter than Mitt Romney in a snow storm.”  But there are some funny concepts, especially a premiere episode skit in which two married men (stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) are deathly afraid of their wives, and take great pains to make sure the women don’t hear them lying to each other about how they stand up to their spouses.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s the 4th season premiere of Tosh.0 (10PM, Comedy Central);
– Tonight’s challenge involves a trampoline on The Biggest Loser (8PM, NBC);
– Daffy suspects Porky Pig is a murderer on The Looney Tunes Show (8:30PM, Cartoon Network);
Abby plans a bully-themed dance number that upsets Holly on Dance Moms (9PM, Lifetime);
– Back-to-back new Shipping Wars episodes on A&E (9 and 9:30PM);
– On the new reality series Sorority Girls (9PM, TLC), five U.S. sorority girls head to England to recruit new members;
– On the premiere of yet another reality series, Undercover Princes (10PM, TLC), bachelor princes from around the world move to England to try to find their mates;
– On White Collar (10PM, USA), Peter and Neal try to prevent a fancy hotel from being robbed.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Simon Helberg;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jonathan Macey;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Bjork;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Stephen Merchant;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Mark Harmon and Michelle Obama;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Martin Scorsese;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jack McBrayer;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Ringo Starr;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Rich Eisen.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 24, 2012

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10PM | FX
Justified
– Oh, that Boyd (Walton Goggins). How long into last week’s season premiere did it take you to realize what he’d intended to do with his fight with Raylan (Timothy Olyphant)? Tonight, he tries to make a meeting with Dickie Bennett (Jeremy Davies) happen, while Raylan tries to make sure it (and therefore Dickie’s death) doesn’t. Meanwhile, a former colleague of Raylan’s pops into the office, and she looks a lot like Carla Gugino, who, of course, played the titular character in another Elmore Leonard adaptation TV series.

8:30PM | CARTOON NETWORK
The Looney Tunes Show
– Bugs has a Nobel Prize, but no shelf to put it on … anthropomorphic bunny problems.

9PM | WE – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?
Melissa hosts an intervention to convince Joan not to get more plastic surgery. She may need the TLC people for this one.

9 and 9:30PM | A&E
Shipping Wars
Marc hauls a 1928 train caboose that is in a very fragile state. Well, he’ll haul it assuming it doesn’t fall apart before he can even load it onto his truck.

9PM | NGC – 8TH SEASON FINALE
Taboo
– Exploring alternative, unconventional medicines, including an asthma treatment that involves swallowing a while animal. A whole, live animal.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– Root beer schnapps and sweetbreads (bleecchh) are in the baskets as four previous runners-up return for another shot at the $10,000 prize.

10PM | TNT
Southland
– Joel Rucker (Carl Lumbly, who’ll always be Dixon to me) becomes the new captain, Ben and Sammy are paired with a hapless officer and Lydia and Ruben work a murder at a convenience store.

10 and 10:30PM | A&E
Storage Wars
– The gang heads to San Francisco, where Dave – yuuup – gets an apprentice.

10PM | MTV
Teen Mom 2
Jenelle continues her massive meltdown by fighting with both Kieffer and her friend Tori.

10PM | USA
White Collar
– Will the phrase “hot for teacher” pop up? Perhaps, as Neal poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious Manhattan prep school to help Peter and the FBI recover some missing scholarship money.

11PM | BRAVO
Watch What Happens: Live
Mary J. Blige in the (club)house!

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The teams compete to win exclusive use of the gym on The Biggest Loser (8PM, NBC);
– The new series All Star Dealers (8 and 8:30PM, Discovery) follows the wheelings and dealings of sports memorabilia auctioneers.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Sam Worthington;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Elizabeth Warren;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Placido Domingo;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Tina Fey (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Janet Jackson (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Ben McKenzie and Elizabeth Banks;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Judah Friedlander (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Kristen Bell (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Wiz Khalifa (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 17, 2012

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10PM | FX – 3RD SEASON PREMIERE
Justified
– Sure, Mags is gone, but there is still so much to love about the new season, including a throwdown between Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and frienemy Boyd (Walton Goggins), a new Detroit mobster (Neal McDonough) who comes to Harlan to start trouble, another local businessman (Mykelti Williamson) who may end up making Mags look like a bunny rabbit, a surprisingly domestic-minded Raylan and a new, and hilarious, set of BFFs: Dickie Bennett (Jeremy Davies) and Dewey Crowe (Damon Herriman).

8PM | FOX
Glee
– It’s the Nene Leakes episode, in which the Real Housewives of Atlanta star guests as swim coach Roz Washington. Also, Will plans to propose to Emma.

8 and 9PM | WE
Texas Multi Mamas
– On back-to-back episodes, Stephanie and her husband sign papers for their new home, but Stephanie tells Candace that her marriage is in trouble.

9PM | FOX
New Girl
– Jess plans Schmidt’s 29th birthday party. Mike Schmidt is turning 29?!? I know, I know, but the Hall of Fame third baseman (and Ohio University alum: Go Bobcats!) is always the Schmidt that comes to mind for me.

9:31PM | FOX
Raising Hope
– When Hope displays signs that her IQ is way above average, Jimmy is inspired to try to get his GED. And then Burt and Virginia, thinking they can’t let Jimmy be the smartest adult in the house, decide to go back to school, too. Homeroom with Burt … that would be fun times.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– In the apps mystery basket: frozen French fries. Like you need anything else?

10PM | NBC
Parenthood
– Adam and Kristina fret about the cost of Haddie’s college plans, Zeek gets surprising medical news and Crosby begins a new relationship.

10PM | TNT – 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
Southland
– Lydia and John both gets new partners, and John’s is a no-nonsense cop who looks a lot like Lucy Liu. Because she is.

10PM | MTV
Teen Mom
Jenelle and Kieffer are back together (again), which causes problems between Jenelle and her mother (again). And this show is growing tiresome, especially with the news that Leah – who, spoiler alert, isn’t even with husband Corey anymore – is pregnant (again) with twins (again).

10PM | USA
White Collar
– In the midseason premiere, Neal and Peter have to work together to retrieve the kidnapped Mrs. Peter, a.k.a. Elizabeth, a.k.a. Tiffani Thiesen.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A Chinese buffet temptation, a water transfer challenge and a shocking decision by one competitor mark tonight’s new episode of The Biggest Loser (8PM, NBC);
– On Shipping Wars (9 and 9:30PM, A&E), Roy thinks hauling a mint-condition collectible is going to be easy peasy, but then he hits a big storm;
– Back-to-back new Storage Wars eps on A&E (10 and 10:30PM).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Antonio Banderas and Fred Armisen;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Liam Neeson;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Jennifer Granholm;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Ricky Gervais;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Adam Lambert;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Ne-Yo and Katherine Heigl;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Kyra Sedgwick;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Colin Firth;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Thievery Corporation.

2011 Critics Choice TV Awards Nominations Announced!

This spring, TVScreener.com was honored to become a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, an offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The BFCA hosts the annual Critics Choice Movie Awards that air on VH1, and our TV group will dole out our own set of accolades, via the first Critics Choice Television Awards.

The TV awards ceremony will be hosted by So You Think You Can Dance star Cat Deeley on June 20 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and VH1.com will stream them live (June 20, 3:30PM ET), while on June 22, the ceremony airs on TV  at the ReelzChannel (8PM ET).

And here, our first class of nominees. I think it’s a great mix of shows, including some truly fantastic series and actors and actresses who have been overlooked at other TV awards ceremonies. I am particularly thrilled that we have nominated It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Charlie Day, one of the funniest guys on TV, and one who’s still flying a bit under the radar, for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, as well as shows and stars of shows like The Middle, Sons of Anarchy, Raising Hope, Archer and Justified, all so deserving of being called out as among the best TV has to offer.

Sound off in the comments about our nominees … do you like the mix? Who would you choose as the winner in each category? Are there shows and stars you think we missed?

And be sure to tune in for the first annual Critics Choice Television Awards on ReelzChannel on June 22!

Best Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire – HBO
Dexter – Showtime
Friday Night Lights – DirecTV
Fringe – FOX
Game of Thrones – HBO
The Good Wife – CBS
Justified – FX
The Killing – AMC
Mad Men – AMC
The Walking Dead – AMC

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi
Boardwalk Empire – HBO
Kyle ChandlerFriday Night Lights – DirecTV
Michael C. HallDexter – Showtime
Jon HammMad Men – AMC
William H. MacyShameless – Showtime
Timothy OlyphantJustified – FX

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Connie Britton
Friday Night Lights – DirecTV
Mireille EnosThe Killing – AMC
Julianna MarguliesThe Good Wife – CBS
Elisabeth MossMad Men – AMC
Katey SagalSons of Anarchy – FX
Anna TorvFringe – FOX

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alan Cumming
The Good Wife – CBS
Walton GogginsJustified – FX
Shawn HatosySouthland – TNT
John NobleFringe – FOX
Michael PittBoardwalk Empire – HBO
John SlatteryMad Men – AMC

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Michelle Forbes
– The Killing – AMC
Christina HendricksMad Men – AMC
Margo MartindaleJustified – FX
Kelly MacdonaldBoardwalk Empire – HBO
Archie PanjabiThe Good Wife – CBS
Chloë SevignyBig Love – HBO

Best Comedy Series
Archer – FX
The Big Bang Theory – CBS
Community – NBC
Glee – FOX
Louie – FX
The Middle – ABC
Modern Family – ABC
The Office – NBC
Parks and Recreation – NBC
30 Rock – NBC

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin
30 Rock – NBC
Steve CarellThe Office – NBC
Louis C.K.Louie – FX
Charlie DayIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – FX
Joel McHaleCommunity – NBC
Jim ParsonsThe Big Bang Theory – CBS

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Courteney Cox
Cougar Town – ABC
Edie FalcoNurse Jackie – Showtime
Tina Fey30 Rock – NBC
Patricia HeatonThe Middle – ABC
Martha PlimptonRaising Hope – FOX
Amy PoehlerParks and Recreation – NBC

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell
Modern Family – ABC
Neil Patrick HarrisHow I Met Your Mother – CBS
Nick OffermanParks and Recreation – NBC
Ed O’NeillModern Family – ABC
Danny PudiCommunity – NBC
Eric StonestreetModern Family – ABC

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen
Modern Family – ABC
Jane Krakowski30 Rock – NBC
Jane LynchGlee – FOX
Busy PhilippsCougar Town – ABC
Eden SherThe Middle – ABC
Sofía VergaraModern Family – ABC

Best Reality Series
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – ABC
Hoarders – A&E
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – Bravo
Sister Wives – TLC
Undercover Boss – CBS

Best Reality Series – Competition
The Amazing Race – CBS
American Idol – FOX
Dancing with the Stars – ABC
Project Runway – Lifetime
RuPaul’s Drag Race – Logo
Top Chef – Bravo

Best Reality Show Host
Tom Bergeron
Dancing with the Stars – ABC
Cat DeeleySo You Think You Can Dance – FOX
Ty PenningtonExtreme Makeover: Home Edition – ABC
Mike RoweDirty Jobs – Discovery
Ryan SeacrestAmerican Idol – FOX

Best Talk Show
Chelsea Lately – E!
The Daily Show – Comedy Central
The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Warner Bros.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC
The Oprah Winfrey Show – Harpo

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | FX – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Justified
– The finale of what has been a fantastic, Emmy-worthy sophomore season is called “Bloody Harlan,” and if you think that refers to battle, right you are. Tensions between Boyd (Walt Goggins) and the Bennetts reach a boiling point, and pretty much everyone in town has a weapon in his or her hand. And, though Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Winona (Natalie Zea) were planning to skip town and leave the craziness behind, a missing person case drags the lawman back into the thick of the war, which is going to end with more than one major character taking a bullet.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– It’s “Now and Then” week, meaning the final five will sing one current song and one song from the 1960s and that we will see what a baby James Durbin looked like.

8PM | ABC
The Middle
– A day to herself sounds like the perfect Mother’s Day present to Frankie, but, of course, that doesn’t go as planned.

8PM | CBS
Survivor
Boston Rob’s team has to vote out one of its own, while a four-person battle unfolds at Redemption Island.

9PM | ABC
Modern Family
– Phil and Jay make for one of the best, most awkwardly funny, pairings on the show, and that’s certainly the case when they decide to work together to prepare Mother’s Day dinner tonight.

9:30PM | TLC
Extreme Couponing
– A super couponer tries to gather 700 items to donate, without spending a dime.

9:30PM | ABC
Cougar Town
– Grayson tries to bond with Travis, just as Jules decides to finally let her son start making some decisions on his own.

10PM | NAT GEO WILD – SERIES PREMIERE
Animal Fugitives
– In the opener of the series that features footage of animals on the loose, a chimp escapes in suburban neighborhood.

10PM | NBC
Law & Order: SVU
– You may like him better as a good guy, but John Stamos makes a fine baddie, too, as in this SVU installment, where he plays a creepy dude taking advantage of women and their babies.

10PM | MTV
The Real World
Heather‘s plan for getting over Dustin? Making out with Nany. Meanwhile, Naomi takes a pregnancy test.

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
South Park
– Just like Comedy Central, the Special Ed department at the elementary school decides to launch a comedy awards show, with Jimmy as host. But things turn serious when someone makes a joke about the Germans not having a sense of humor.

10PM | TLC – SERIES PREMIERE
Spouse vs. House
– Couples who are feeling a little skint get everything they need to perform some nifty renovations in this new home makeover series. The catch? One half of the couple has to move out temporarily and trust the other half to do all the work.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The final four are in Morocco, where they have to balance tea trays on their heads while dancing on America’s Next Top Model (9PM, The CW);
– There may be a serial killer on the loose in a North Carolina mountain town on Criminal Minds (9PM, CBS);
– A torpedo and a truck full of wine are among the experiments on MythBusters (9PM, Discovery);
– The team is hired to protect a copy, the only copy, of The Goonies movie sequel on Breaking In (9:30PM, Fox);
– Cooper and Fickler are caught up in the case of a death row inmate who’s demanding a retrial based on Fickler’s evidence on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (10PM, CBS);
– Sure, they can whip up fancy food, but how will the Top Chef Masters (10PM, Bravo) do when they have to work the drive-thru of a fast food joint?;
The Electric Barbarellas (11PM, MTV) is yet another “making the band” reality series.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Eva Mendes;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): David Barton;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Amy Farrell;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Betty White and Rick Harrison;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Chris Hemsworth and Kate Hudson;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Paul Walker and Mike Rowe;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Kenneth Branagh and Ellie Kemper;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Alec Baldwin;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): John Water and Pauley Perrette;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Sarah Vowell.

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