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10PM | FX
Justified
– It’s easily one of the series’ best episodes so far, which is saying a lot. Raylan’s papa gets arrested again, Raylan’s services are requested for a state task force that’s investigating Harlan County crime and Boyd …. ah, Boyd. He gets mixed up in a payroll robbery scheme at the mine, and the consequences for some are tragic. The consequences for Boyd portrayer Walton Goggins, meanwhile, should be an Emmy.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– The top 13 perform songs from their favorite artists in the first night of finalists competition.

8PM | CBS
Survivor: Redemption Island
– It’s Russell vs. Matt on Redemption Island.

9:30PM | ABC
Mr. Sunshine
– When Ben (Matthew Perry) finds out Roman has no place to crash, the two become roomies.

10PM | CBS
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
– As the team tries to track down a serial sniper, the sharp shooter sets his sights on Mick.

10PM | SYFY
Face Off
– The final five have to disguise themselves, and fool their families, to win tonight’s challenge.

10PM | THE HUB
Family Ties
– The Hub airs the two-part series finale of the classic Michael J. Fox sitcom, in which Alex P. Keaton lands his dream job in New York City.

10PM | ID – SERIES PREMIERE
Nothing Personal
Steve Schirripa, a.k.a. The Sopranos‘ Bobby Baccalieri, hosts this compelling new series that profiles paid assassins and famous hit man killings.

10PM | MTV – 25TH SEASON PREMIERE
The Real World: Las Vegas
– Yep, season 25! The second cast to hit Vegas will shack up at the Hard Rock, and they promise to be as wild, crazy and skanky as the first set of LV RWers.

10PM | BRAVO
Top Chef: All Stars
– The chefs head to the Bahamas, but paradise turns ugly when they have to go head-to-head against the winners of their previous Top Chef seasons, and then whip up vittles for Bahamian royalty with only the barest of equipment.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The girls model couture dresses on America’s Next Top Model (8PM, The CW);
Bobby competes to bake the best Boston cream pie on Throwdown With Bobby Flay (8:30PM, Food Network);
– The teams battle for their wedding flowers on tonight’s Shedding for the Wedding (9PM, The CW);
– The infamous “Bling Ring,” the group of teens who burglarized celeb homes in Los Angeles, is profiled on American Greed (10PM, CNBC);
– A woman is caught stealing from her neighbor on Hoarding: Buried Alive (10PM, TLC);
– Joy depends on a homeless dude (guest star Jon Lovitz) to get her green card on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Pee-wee Herman;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Aaron Eckhart;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): David Brooks;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Snooki and Judah Friedlander (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Michael Douglas (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Jerry O’Connell and Curtis Stone;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jamie Foxx (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Adam Sandler and Aziz Ansari (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Trace Adkins;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Diplo and Laurie Ann Gibson.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

8PM | ABC
The Middle
– Brick gets a D (a D) on a math test, and Frankie thinks it’s his teacher’s (guest star Doris Roberts) fault. But when the teach proposes she and Mike take the test to see how fair it is, the math-minded mom may change her tune.

Check local listings for time and channel | PBS
Great Performances: Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway
– The DVD hit stores yesterday, but tune in tonight to see the fantastic crooner sing tunes like “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Bésame Mucho.”

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– The top 12 women perform and, hopefully, unlike last night, J.Lo and Steven Tyler can give some honest feedback, because they were definitely hearing different vocals than the rest of us were hearing from some of the top 12 dudes.

8PM | CBS
Survivor: Redemption Island
– The first Redemption Island duel of the season happens tonight, while Russell is on the hot seat, yet again, with his teammates.

9PM | ABC
Modern Family
– Phil’s off for a day at the spa, while Gloria and Jay argue about the creepiness of his and her burial plots.

10PM | SYFY
Face Off
– The challenge for the artists tonight: To create original zombies for a dance routine.

10PM | TLC – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Hoarding: Buried Alive
– Extreme hoarder Jahn has double the trouble of the usual hoarder: She’s got two houses full of stuff, both of which have been condemned, and both of which she now has to clear out.

10PM | FX
Justified
– We finally get the backstory on Rachel when her brother-in-law (guest star Larenz Tate) flees from a halfway house and goes on a crime spree that sheds light on some heartbreaking family history.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Restaurant: Impossible
Chef Robert performs a makeover on the tired Flood Tide eatery in Mystic, Connecticut.

10PM | BRAVO
Top Chef: All-Stars
– The chefs’ relatives visit when they’re challenged to create dishes based on their family tree.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– On America’s Next Top Model (8PM, The CW), Alek Wek is the guest judge, as the models have to pose with live bees on them;
– Prentiss fears her old Interpol nemesis is after her and the BAU team on Criminal Minds (9PM, CBS);
Bret Michaels chats on Piers Morgan Tonight (9PM, CNN);
– The couples compete for their wedding cakes on Shedding for the Wedding (9PM, The CW);
– Ben’s plan to get his employees to like him backfires on Mr. Sunshine (9:30PM, ABC);
– On Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (10PM, CBS), a serial killer takes that whole “see no evil” thing literally: he removes his victim’s eyes;
– Victoria considers making a sex tape to spark a career comeback on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land);
– All the teens from season one reunite to show where they are now on I Used to Be Fat (10PM, MTV).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Chelsea Handler;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Allison Stanger;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Harry Connick Jr.;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Donald Trump and Vanessa Hudgens;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Simon Cowell and Jeff Gordon;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): DJ Pauly D and Ron Artest;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Nick Offerman and Amanda Seyfried;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Mike Tyson;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Tom Shadyac.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | FX
Justified – Raylan and Winona have a date at a local roadhouse, but the best part of tonight’s episode is Boyd (the always fantastic Walton Goggins), who is everyone’s first suspect when a church bus with a stash of drugs onboard is hijacked.

8PM | FOX
American Idol – It’s the last night of competition before the top 20 is revealed in tomorrow night’s episode.

8PM | THE CW – 16TH SEASON PREMIERE
America’s Next Top Model – 14 new models move into an L.A. penthouse and, for their first challenge, they have to walk a runway in a large bubble across a swimming pool.

8PM | ABC
The Middle – “Hecks on a Plane” is the title of this gem, in which lovable perpetual loser Sue actually wins a trip to New York City for the whole family. PS – Congrats to the show for a well-deserved Gracie Award.

8PM | NBC
Minute to Win It – In a two-hour special, Aron Ralston, the mountain climber whose story of survival sparked James Franco‘s Oscar-nominated performance in 127 Hours, tries to win the $1 million prize.

8PM | CBS
Survivor: Redemption Island – Another contestant joins Francesca on Redemption Island, but the real Survivor story today is the scandal that might get Survivor villain Russell Hantz booted for good.

9PM | ABC
Modern Family – Jay’s not the only one who ends up regretting his purchase of a karaoke machine for Gloria.

9PM | THE CW – SERIES PREMIERE
Shedding for the WeddingSara Rue hosts this competition in which nine engaged couples try to lose weight, with the biggest losers winning their dream wedding.

10PM | CBS
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior – Not in Cincy! The Red Cell team finds a surprising connection between a string of murders of single businessmen in swanky Cincinnati hotels.

10PM | MTV – 1ST SEASON FINALE
I Used to Be Fat – An overweight teen named Kelly tries to get healthier physically while also dealing, or rather avoiding dealing, with the death of her father.

10PM | BRAVO
Top Chef: All-Stars – Dra-ma in the kitchen tonight, as Richard accuses Mike of stealing his dish.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Nova scienceNow (Check local listings for time and channel, PBS) looks at emerging technologies, including cars that can drive themselves;
– Reid’s connection with an autistic child may help the BAU team locate the boy’s MIA parents on Criminal Minds (9PM, CBS);
Ghost Hunters (9PM, Syfy) kicks off season seven in Louisiana;
Adam eats stuffed sammiches in Pittsburgh and onion burgers in Oklahoma City on Man vs. Food (9PM, Travel);
Larry King is on the hot seat on Piers Morgan Tonight (9PM, CNN);
– Heather sets Ben up with her sister on Mr. Sunshine (9:30PM, ABC);
– The remaining finalists have to work in teams of two, and turn brides into grooms and grooms into brides on Face Off (10PM, Syfy);
– Victoria wraps her guest stint on All My Children on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land);
James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons (10PM, ID) wraps its first season;
Real Housewives of NYC star LuAnn de Lesseps guest stars as an art patron who discovers a murder victim on Law & Order: SVU (10PM, NBC);
Chef Robert heads to Jacksonville to help an eatery update its menu and decor on Restaurant: Impossible (10PM, Food Network).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jason Sudekis and Brandon T. Jackson;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Donald Rumsfeld;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Stephanie Coontz;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Hank Aaron and Rainn Wilson;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Nick Swardson, Randy Jackson and Travie McCoy;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Bobby Brown;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Nancy Grace;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Liza Minnelli, Anthony Mackie and Bel Biv Devoe;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Joel McHale;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Judy Greer.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | CBS – SERIES PREMIERE
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Forest Whitaker – yes, Oscar winner Forest Whitaker – stars in this Minds spin-off about an elite BAU group that uses unorthodox methods to solve cases. Whitaker plays team lead Sam Cooper, whose cohorts also include Beth Griffith, played by another unlikely CBS procedural star, Janeane Garofalo.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– Hollywood round two means group performances, some of the most dramatic, catty moments of the season. It’s also usually where we see some new contenders emerge, so we’ve got that going for us.

8PM | ABC
The Middle
– Frankie goes friend shopping for Brick. (Friend shopping).

8PM | CBS – 22ND SEASON PREMIERE
Survivor: Redemption Island
– The group of 18 castaways that begin tonight’s competition include rivals Boston Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz. They’ll be among the first to play the game with the show’s new “Redemption Island” rule, where players voted off live in exile with a chance to re-enter the game.

9PM | ABC
Modern Family
– The Valentine’s episode fell flat for me, but this one promises to be a redemption, as Shelley Long returns as Claire’s mom, who’s now dating Claire’s high school boyfriend (guest star Matt Dillon), and … Fizbo returns!

9PM | TLC – 1ST SEASON FINALE
My Strange Addiction
– The season ends with one of the all-time weirdest cases: a woman who eats pottery (!) and sprinkles ashes on her food.

10PM | TV LAND
Hot in Cleveland
Susan Lucci and her All My Children cohorts pop in on Cleveland, as Victoria and her pals return to Los Angeles for her appearance on AMC.

10PM | FX
Justified
– Boyd Crowder – the fantastic Walton Goggins – is back, working in a coal mine, and promising Raylan that his wicked ways are behind him. Raylan, of course, is skeptical. Meanwhile, the recently orphaned Loretta gets a new family: The Bennetts.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Restaurant: Impossible
Chef Robert visits an Italian restaurant in Missouri, where the food is so bad that even the proprietors won’t eat it. Yet they’re okay with taking their customers’ money for the nasty nosh …

11PM | BRAVO
Approval Matrix
– Is this the new Best Week Ever? Here’s hoping, as the addictive New York magazine feature has inspired this show, in which pop culture pundits discuss newsy, buzzworthy events and things from the week.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Nova (9PM, PBS) investigates the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447;
Quadrangle (9PM, HBO) is a provocative documentary about a pair of couples who engaged in a four-way marriage;
Nick Jonas guest stars on Mr. Sunshine (9:30PM, ABC);
– Tonight’s awesome challenge finds the contestants creating their own horror movie villain, plus a title, tagline and movie poster on Face Off (10PM, Syfy);
– A teen named Tanner wants to lose weight and marry his girlfriend on I Used to Be Fat (10PM, MTV);
Debra Messing guest stars as a Chris Harrison-like TV host who investigates predators on Law & Order: SVU (10PM, NBC);
– The clinic is robbed on Off the Map (10PM, ABC);
– The client on Top Chef: All-Stars (10PM, Bravo): Cookie Monster, and he wants some delicious coo-kies!;
– Erica gets a lesson in embracing the present on Being Erica (11PM, SOAPnet).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Fred Armisen and Martin Lawrence;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Brian Williams;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Kurt Anderson;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Bill Hader;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Charles Barkley and J-WOWW;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Liam Neeson, Eddie Griffith and a performance by the cast of Rock of Ages;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Javier Bardem and Flavor Flav;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Rosie O’Donnell;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): TBA;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Yelawolf and Michael Rapaport.

Whatchoo Talkin’ ‘Bout, Willis?: February 7-13, 2011

Here’s what Willis, and everyone else in TV land, will be talking about in the week ahead …

1. Justified Returns!
And it’s still one of the best dramas on TV. When we meet up with Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (the Emmy-worthy Timothy Olyphant) in season two (Wednesday, 10PM, FX), he’s trying to juggle a new relationship with his ex-wife (Natalie Zea), while taking on a family of moonshiners led by plotting mama Mags Bennett (Dexter and The RichesMargo Martindale) and also trying to keep tabs on his frienemy Boyd Crowder (Walt Goggins, ditto the Emmy-worthiness), who’s in a dark place after the death of his daddy in last season’s finale.

2. Another Friends-ly Return to Primetime
The good news: Two of our most favorite primetime fellas, Friends star Matthew Perry and Lost alum Jorge Garcia, return to the tube this week with the premiere of Perry’s ABC sitcom Mr. Sunshine (Wednesday, 9:30PM). The bad news: Though both actors have considerable comedy skills, the show, at least the pilot, offers few laughs. Perry plays the manager of a Los Angeles sports arena (The Sunshine Center), who begins to realize he has made very few personal connections as he hits his forties. The series could have been a more straight-comedy version of Men of a Certain Age, but it doesn’t match that show’s humor or heart. Here’s hoping it gets better in subsequent episodes, because otherwise, viewers are just going to be thinking how much they’re missing that other Friends alum, Courteney Cox in Cougar Town, whose show is being temporarily pre-empted for Sunshine.

3. Parks and Recreation, Ron and Tammy
Also back for a second round this week: Megan Mullally, as the on-screen ex-wife of Parks and Recreation‘s Ron Swanson, played by Mullally’s real-life hubby, Nick Offerman. In “Ron & Tammy: Part Two” (Thursday, 9:30PM, NBC), Tom (Aziz Ansari) takes revenge on Ron for dating Tom’s ex-wife by setting up his own date with Tammy (Mullally). Let the fur, or rather bits of Ron’s trademark moustache, fly.

4. 53rd Annual Grammy Awards
Sure, no one really cares much about who wins these things anymore, except for the record companies who can slap “Grammy Winner” on the CD cases (not that anyone’s really buying CDs anymore …), but the Grammys (Sunday, 8PM ET, CBS) are still worth a drive-by viewing, just on the off chance that something interesting happens. Eminem leads all nominees with 10, Bruno Mars is runner-up with seven, and Jay-Z, Lady Gaga and Lady Antebellum each have six nods, and both Eminem and Gaga are amongst the performers on the show. Cee Lo Green will also perform (a fam-friendly version, of course) of “Forget You”; The Biebs, Usher and the Karate Kid, er, Jaden Smith, perform together; so do Mick Jagger and Raphael Saadiq; and so do Rihanna and Drake. And speaking of Rihanna, not only will she and ex-BF Chris Brown both be in attendance, but they’re competing against each other for the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration award.

5. Pop Art
Behold what’s sure to be the next occureality (that’s reality shows focusing on a specific occupation, of course) trend: balloon art. Monday’s premiere of TLC’s The Unpoppables (8PM) kicks it off, as viewers meet the team from New Balloon Art, a company that fashions thousands of balloons into wearable dresses, sit-on-able couches and fantastic sculptures of everything from real humans to the Eiffel Tower.

6. Turn Off the Friday Night Lights
Sad, but true: after five seasons, it’s game over for Friday Night Lights, which airs its series finale on DirecTV’s 101 Network on Wednesday (9PM). Expect to shed plenty of tears, as the finale, set at Christmas, brings back old faces to Dillon and is said to include at least one major plot twist. For those of us non-DirecTV-ers, NBC will begin airing the show’s final season on April 15.

7. The Jersey Shore BREAK Up
As in, during Ronnie and Sammi‘s latest Jersey Shore split, coming on this week’s episode (Thursday, 10PM, MTV), Ron Ron gets so angry that he trashes some of her stuff. The preview also includes a shot of Sammi getting into a town car and supposedly leaving Seaside Heights, which would be for the best, since this tempestuous two has become as tiresome as that couple we all knew in college, the one that broke up at least once a week.

8. Saturday Night Live … with a Censor Button?
Comedian Russell Brand makes his first appearance as Saturday Night Live host this week (Saturday, 11:30PM, NBC), which should make NBC censors nervous. And, it’s a double bill of bad boys: Chris Brown is the musical guest.

9. NeNe vs. Kim, Round (I’ve Lost Count)
The Real Housewives of Atlanta season three reunion (part one) airs Sunday (10PM, Bravo), and the main event is yet again a smackdown between NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak. Thank goodness NeNe is bouncing back with Celebrity Apprentice next month … a chance to get her NeNe mojo back.

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