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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 19, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM | ANIMAL PLANET – SERIES PREMIERE
Tanked
– The series follows a Las Vegas family who owns a custom aquarium business, including fancy, over-the-top tanks made for celebrities. In the opener, owners (and brothers-in-law) Wayde and Brett design a 1,000-gallon Mob-themed tank.

10PM | SHOWTIME
Strike Back
– With Stonebridge and Scott embedded inside a New Delhi hotel, and Indian general decides not to attack the establishment.

10PM | MTV
Thumbs
– Not making this up … this special profiles “competitive texters” as they prepare for the National Texting Championship in New York City.

10PM | STARZ
Torchwood: Miracle Day
– Gwen’s efforts to protect her family includes a trip across several miles and decades, but just might uncover the secret behind the history of the Miracle.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Captain Awesome himself, Ryan McPartlin, guest stars on Friends With Benefits (8PM, NBC);
– On Haven (10PM, Syfy), Audrey keeps having the same day over and over again, and the consequence are nowhere near as cheery as Bill Murray‘s do-over in Groundhog Day;
Duff heads to Dallas on Sugar High (10:30PM, Food Network), where he samples special s’mores and a red velvet peppermint Whoopie Pie;
– New ep of Whisker Wars on IFC (11PM).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Brian Williams (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Randy Travis and Kim Kardashian (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jessica Alba (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Beyonce, Julianne Moore and Dominic Cooper (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Elizabeth Banks (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Rob Riggle (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 18, 2011

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10 and 10:30PM | FX
Wilfred
– Back-to-back new episodes of Wilfred kick off with Ryan’s mom (guest star Mary Steenburgen) checking out of the “wellness center” where she’s lived for 20 years and moving in with her son. Ryan already has a contentious relationship with his wacky mama, and the fact that Wilfred bonds with her just gives him another reason to resent her. And in the second ep, Wilfred picks on Ryan and tells him that people are starting to call him weird because he spends so much time alone, but Wilfie’s motives, of course, are not all about what’s best for Ryan.

9PM | USA
Burn Notice
– While Fiona and Jesse do some sleuthing on behalf of a drug company mogul (who’s hiding secrets from them), Sam helps Michael track down a bomb maker who has some scoop related to Max’s murder.

9PM | VH1
Do Something Awards
Jane Lynch hosts (few TV promos have been as entertaining as the ones she’s done leading up to the Do Something show) and Foster the People and OneRepublic perform in this nod to social do-gooding. Among the presenters doling out awards: Adam Lambert, Nick Cannon and Kristen Bell.

9PM | LIFETIME
Project Runway
– I think Michael Kors himself would be at least a little nervous about working with the client the contestants have to design for tonight: Judge Nina Garcia.

10PM | A&E – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Beyond Scared Straight
– It’s tough to tell sometimes how effective the show’s prisoners are in persuading teens that crime doesn’t pay, but I find their schtick so scary as to make me reconsider taking a cent from the Take a Penny dish at the local bodega.

10PM | MTV
Jersey Shore
– It hits the fan when Mike tells the whole house he and Snooki hooked up, and Deena proves that, yes, she can get even sloppier when she hooks up with twins Vinny and Mike had their eyes on.

11:59PM | ADULT SWIM
Childrens Hospital
– In “The Chet Episode,” we experience a day in the life of the creepy paramedic.

12:15AM FRIDAY | ADULT SWIM
NTSF: SD: SUV
– Trent’s (Paul Scheer) on the trail of a serial killer (a dolphin serial killer), and looks to a another murderer, who’s locked up, for help. Tonight’s guest star: Tony “Buster Bluth” Hale.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Contestants drop like flies when they’re swatted like flies on Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– It’s eviction night on Big Brother (9PM, CBS);
– This won’t end well: on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick), Eli won’t give up on Clare, and Imogen won’t give up on Eli;
– The crew discovers one of Dr. Zoidberg’s lost adventures on Futurama (10PM, Comedy Central);
– On Suits (10PM, USA), it’s Harvey vs. an undefeated Boston attorney in a class-action lawsuit;
Louie (11PM, FX) takes the girls trickor-treating and finds himself having to explain Lilly’s costume.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Louis C.K.;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Anne Hathaway;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Kevin Mitnick;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Ryan Gosling (and his cool dog) (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Anton Yelchin and Zoe Saldana;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Brian Williams (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Dick Van Dyke (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Neil Strauss (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 17, 2011

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9PM | USA
Royal Pains
– Hank has his hands full, first with a marathon runner whose body temperature if off, and then with Boris, whose declining health sends Hank into investigative mode.

8PM | ANIMAL PLANET
Bedbug Apocalypse
– This special examines those creepy crawlies that have caused such a ruckus around the U.S. in the last year.

8PM | BIO
Dances With Wolves: The Inside Story
– Director and star Kevin Costner discusses his Oscar-winning 1990 classic movie.

8PM | CMT
To the Mat
– CMT gets into the original movie biz with this entry, starring Ricky (The Ricker!) Schroder as a former wrestler who partners with a Wall Street consultant to save his family business, a wrestling school.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The Power of Veto competition is held on Big Brother (8PM, CBS);
Mike and Lonnie threaten to kick Ashley and Juicy off Famous Food (8PM, VH1);
– Eli stops taking his meds again and becomes convinced he’s going to get back together with Claire on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– On the first season finale of Hollywood Hi-Tech (9:30PM, DIY), Adam Corolla‘s podcast studio gets an update, with new Webcams, state-of-the-art microphones and speakers in the waiting room;
– It’s Johnny and Tyler vs. CT and Adam in the final men’s Jungle on The Challenge: Rivals (10PM, MTV);
– Patty gets a surprise visit from her son Michael on Damages (10PM, DirecTV);
Huey Lewis and Buck Henry guest star on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land);
– The second season of Outrageous Kid Parties (10PM, TLC) kicks off with a “candy fantasy” party for a preschooler’s graduation party;
– Sheila makes Colleen an offer she can’t refuse on Rescue Me (10PM, FX);
– The first season finale of Rocco’s Dinner Party (10PM, Bravo) also serves as a birthday soiree for Liza Minnelli;
Barry finds some interesting military items and Darrell finally gets a locker on back-to-back Storage Wars episodes (10 and 10:30PM, A&E).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Paul Rudd;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Michael Steele;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Jeff Bridges;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Bono and The Edge (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jason Sudeikis and Adam Levine (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Joel McHale;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Ryan Gosling and Andy Cohen (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): David Beckham (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Raphael Saadiq (REPEAT).

 

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 16, 2011

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9PM | WE – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Downsized
– The Bruce family is back for another season, and though, at first, their financial situation appears to have improved, unexpected health woes challenge them again. In tonight’s premiere, husband Todd wants to use the fam’s savings to buy a house instead of renting, but wife Laura is skittish about emptying their bank account. The unfortunately well-timed series may hit a little too close to home for a lot of people, but I highly recommend giving it a chance … the Bruces are an endearing family, and though you’ll probably yell at the TV screen with some of their financial decisions, it’ll also make you rethink some of your own.

9PM | CURRENT
50 Documentaries to See Before You Die
, Part 3 Henry Rollins and Michael Moore are among the interviewees as Morgan Spurlock continues his countdown of the best documentaries of the last 25 years (which, in tonight’s episode, includes Bansky‘s Exit Through the Gift Shop).

9PM | TNT – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Memphis Beat
– Dwight (Jason Lee) tries to keep his personal life separate from his work life, but that becomes impossible when his co-workers find out he has a new girlfriend.

9PM | TLC – 9TH SEASON PREMIERE
What Not to Wear
Jenny McCarthy and Dancing With the StarsCheryl Burke ask Clinton and Stacy to makeover their assistant, Becky, who spends so much time keeping their lives running that she hasn’t had enough time to focus on her own.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– Apples, onions and udon noodles are among the ingredients in the mystery baskets (let’s hope not all in the same basket).

10PM | WE – SERIES PREMIERE
Family Restaurant
– Following the adventures of the Quon family, whose oldest son, Miles, is trying to modernize the fam’s Edmonton Chinese restaurant, The Lingnan.

10PM | MTV
Teen Mom
Maci struggles with her classwork while Tyler and Catelynn finally graduate, but it’s Amber whose life continues to spiral out of control as she has a blowout fight with her mother.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Four bakers compete to see who gets to whip up treats for Comic Con on Cupcake Wars (8PM, Food Network);
– Aria wavers with her feelings about Jason on Pretty Little Liars (8PM, ABC Family);
– Alli wants her parents to accept Dave on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– On the season finale of The Nine Lives of Chloe King (9PM, ABC Family), Chloe makes secret plans to meet with her dad, while Alek is heartbroken when he overhears her admit she’s in love with Brian;
Billy battles geese and a bobcat on back-to-back episodes of Billy the Exterminator (10PM, A&E);
– You’ve seen the promos … someone gets shot on the HawthoRNe season three finale (10PM, TNT);
– Jenna worries that Matty doesn’t see her as girlfriend material when she gets a stalker on Awkward (11PM, MTV).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jason Momoa and Anne Hathaway;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Matt Long;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): The STS-135 astronauts;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Ray LaMontagne (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Ryan Reynolds, Matt Nathanson and Sheryl Crow (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jamie Foxx;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Alec Baldwin (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Rosie Perez;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Evan Glodell (REPEAT).

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).

 

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