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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – February 2, 2012


8:30PM | NBC
Parks and Recreation
– Chris is bummed that he’s – lit-rally – alone on Valentine’s Day, while Leslie arranges a cool Valentine scavenger hunt for Ben, who needs Ron’s help to figure it out.

30 Rock
– Liz and Jack wrangle over her new contract, while Kenneth looks for a new page assignment after getting the feeling his TGS cohorts are giving him the cold shoulder.

American Idol
– Auditions move to St. Louis, home of the Gateway Arch, which you have to take the world’s scariest, most claustrophobia-inducing diagonal elevators to ascend.

The Office
– Angela spawns.

Project Runway All-Stars
– The designers have to approach strangers on the streets of New York City, ask them for their clothing and then make new outfits out of them. The clothes, not the strangers, silly.

10PM | FX
– Archer and the gang team up with Mounties to transport a Canadian terrorist on a train. Hilarity, of course, ensues.

Fat Chef
– In Cleveland an overweight chef and an overnight caterer try to deal with the issues that have plagued them partly because their jobs require being around food 24/7.

10PM | MTV
Jersey Shore
– The episode is described thusly: “Snooki deals with an uncomfortable condition.” Please don’t let it be something festering, requiring penicillin or both.

10PM | CBS
The Mentalist
– A clothing designer attempting a comeback is murdered. That – pause, remove your sunglasses a la Caruso – is truly a fashion faux pas.

I Just Want My Pants Back
– It’s a comedy about twentysomething slackers living in Brooklyn. Despite that, it’s actually pretty good.

Watch What Happens: Live
– Because, really, how can you not watch when Andy Cohen hosts Snooki and JWoww?

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The friendship contract is in danger when Leonard finally tires of Sheldon’s, uh, Sheldon-ness on The Big Bang Theory (8PM, CBS);
– Klaus hosts a dinner party with an unexpected guest on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– New winter Wipeout on ABC (8PM);
– It’s the what-if/flashback-y episode of Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC) … proceed at your own risk;
– On Person of Interest (9PM, CBS), Zoe comes back and helps Reese with a case involving an unlucky person of interest;
B.o.B., Gym Class Heroes and the All-American Rejects perform at the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam (9PM, VH1);
– Pete sees Violet kiss Scott on Private Practice (10PM, ABC);
– Chris Rock is the interview subject on Inside Comedy (11PM, Showtime).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): John Krasinski;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Dr. David Agus;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Christiane Amanpour;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Woody Harrelson;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Drew Barrymore;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Gary Oldman;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Adam Levine and Taylor Lautner;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Daniel Radcliffe;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mario Batali.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – February 1, 2012


American Idol
– Preliminary auditions move to Portland, Oregon. Five things about Portland: 1) The city’s nickname is The City of Roses; 2) The Simpsons papa Matt Groening is from Portland; 3) Also from Portland: Beverly Cleary, the author of the beloved Ramona Quimby and Henry and Ribsy books; 4) Home of Powell’s Books = 68,000 square feet of books; and 5) And, of course, it is the home of and inspiration for Portlandia.

Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials
Boomer Esiason and Jillian Michaels co-host this look back at the all-time best SB commercials, and a look ahead at the best ones we’ll see this Sunday.

10PM | ID
Dark Minds
– Are the 2006 murders of Atlantic City prostitutes the evil handiwork of the same person who later killed prostitutes in Long Island?

10PM | MTV
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Exes
Wes is pining for Mandi, while one contestant gets wicked drunk and causes serious issues.

10PM | USA
Royal Pains
– Hank’s back probs lead Dr. Van Dyke to fill in for him.

Top Chef: Texas
Pee-wee Herman‘s the guest, and the chefs have to create “imaginative” pancakes he’ll love. Love so much that he wants to marry them.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Julian has a big case of the guilts on One Tree Hill (8PM, The CW);
– On Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land), Elka talks about basketball with Baron Davis, while Susan Lucci visits Victoria.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Ringo Starr;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Brad Pitt;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Ameena Matthews;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Howard Stern;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Daniel Radcliffe;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): John Krasinski;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Tim Tebow;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): William Shatner;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Glenn Howerton.

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


10PM | FX
– 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).

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.

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

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.

– 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.

– 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
– Ben is haunted by the mistakes he’s made recently.

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 30, 2012


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.

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.

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

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

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

– Rebecca is in a tricky position because of a bank robber from the past.

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.

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.

It’s a Brad, Brad World
Brad gets devastating news from his father.

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 27, 2012


– The two-hour finale finds Chuck Bartowski going back to his past and relying on all his friends and family members to help secure his future with Sarah, against the evil Nicholas Quinn. Yeah, not expecting a lot of surprises, but at least this once-favorite show got a full five seasons to do its nerdy thing.

Shark Tank
– There’s a mini-theme going on tonight’s Tank: one entrepreneur pitches a cat portrait business (really), while the show revisits last season’s potty-training for cats business.

– Mystery after mystery: Peter tries to track down a girl with the power to see what will happen in the future.

Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys
Brent attends his mother’s funeral, which, obviously, has a major impact on him.

Great Performances: Tony Bennett: Duets II
– The special documents the making of Bennett’s Duets II album including performance with Michael Buble, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga.

Man Caves
– Go ahead … make any of the numerous he-should-be-living-in-a-cave post-72-day marriage jokes, but Kardashian ex Kris Humphries gets a man cave bedroom and lounge in tonight’s episode.

10PM | IFC
– Michelle and Brendan believe education is the key to success, so they go all out to make sure their son gets one … at a fancy preschool.

Spartacus: Vengeance
– Now that the slaves are free, Spartacus begins to feel the full weight of his responsibility as their leader.

10:30PM | IFC
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
– Todd goes to drown his sorrows at a bar and gets caught up in a bachelorette party. Better than getting caught up in an episode of The Bachelorette, no?

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Gordo revisits some of the restaurants he’s helped (or has he?) in the past on Kitchen Nightmares (8PM, Fox);
– New America’s Most Wanted (9PM, Lifetime);
20/20 (10PM, ABC) unfolds the case of a real-life War of the Roses story, about a Connecticut man who kidnapped his ex-wife, held her hostage and burned down their beach home;
– It’s the fifth season finale of Deadly Women (10PM, ID);
– Back-to-back wedding planning events on Swanderosa (10 and 10:30PM, CMT).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Dolly Parton (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Barack Obama (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Meryl Streep (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Daniel Radcliffe (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Craig heads to the Moulin Rouge (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Lupe Fiasco (REPEAT).

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