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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 12, 2011


– When Gwen, Rex and Esther are stuck in different locations, it’s all up to Cap’n Jack to take on the conspiracy.

Karaoke Battle USA
– You know that thing that’s only fun if you or someone you know is doing it, and only in small doses then? ABC thinks you’re gonna want to tune in for two hours of that, done by strangers, and hosted and judged by the likes of Joey Fatone and Carnie Wilson. Oh, ABC, you’re darling. Still, at least DVR this one night, if for no other reason than to see how long, exactly, you can be entertained by strangers doing karaoke.

Whale Wars
– After 30 years of fighting the whalers, Paul Watson celebrates a major win, leading him and his crew to strengthen their commitment to their cause.

Strike Back
– The first season of this British antiterrorism action series starred The Walking Dead‘s Andrew Lincoln. Without spoiling why he isn’t in season two for those who might want to catch up with season one, suffice it to say that this second season, a collaboration between British Sky1 and Cinemax (hence, it’s a series premiere for American TV), finds British antiterrorist agent John Porter (Captain America‘s Richard Armitage) relying on American Delta Force op Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) to help rescue him from a Pakistani terrorist.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– On Haven (10PM, Syfy), it isn’t a bridezilla that wedding guests have to fear … it’s something that has sealed them inside an isolated estate and is now attacking them;
Aaron and Roger head to Miami on Heat Seekers (10PM, Food Network), where they eat authentic Jamaican jerk chicken and super-hot Peruvian ceviche;
– It’s old vs. new when the reigning Full Beard Natural world champ faces off against the current national champ on Whisker Wars (11PM, IFC).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Roseanne Barr and Regis Philbin (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jane Fonda;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): James Franco and Coldplay (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Julia Stiles and J-WOWW;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Craig’s robot pal Geoff Peterson (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): David Sirota (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 11, 2011


Burn Notice
– Michael teams up with Jesse (aren’t you kinda missing him with his significantly less screen time this season?) for an extraction mission in the Caribbean, but when they get trapped there by mercenaries, Fiona has to ask a favor of her ex-boyfriend to secure their release. And her ex? He looks like Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale. Because he is.

So You Think You Can Dance
Marko, Melanie, Sasha or Tadd? A winner is chosen in tonight’s season finale.

Project Runway
Kim Kardashian is the guest judge as the designers have to whip up frocks for models walking on stilts. With all that extra fabric, you know who the real winner is? Mood!

10PM | MTV
Jersey Shore
– Prepare for the Jerseyites to outskank even their skankiest moments when Ronnie and Sammi try to become friends again, but give in to old habits instead, while The Situation tries to become more than friends with Snooki and Deena tries hard to make the same happen with Pauly D.

10PM | FX
Nestor Carbonell – who uttered one of my all-time favorite TV quotes (“Batmanuel is mired in litigation”) on The Tick – guest stars as Ryan’s sister’s boss, but the best moment in tonight’s episode comes when Wilfred confronts Ryan with his discovery that Ryan had another dog in his life before Wilfred.

Russian Dolls
– Or, The Real Housewives of Brighton Beach. Either way, this latest RH wannabe is neither so juicy it’s entertaining, or so over-the-top bad that it’s worthy of a guilty-pleasure season pass. Still, you should see it, at least once, for yourself.

Children’s Hospital
Nick Kroll is Dr. Velam Geza, who teaches the staff what it’s like to work the night shift.

Adam Scott, Party Down and Parks and Recreation cool dude, guest stars as Trent is suspended and forced to spend time at home, where he’s the target of a planned terrorist attack.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s eviction night on Big Brother (8PM, CBS);
– New Wipeout on ABC (8PM);
– Jenna and KC have to deal with a visit from Child Services after the baby’s accident on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– Fry has daddy issues when an alien egg he’s caring for hatches into a big bad monster on Futurama (10PM, Comedy Central);
– Anxious Louis makes a mistake while working with Harvey on Suits (10PM, USA);
– Back-to-back episodes of Louie on FX (10:30 and 11PM).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Aziz Ansari;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Michael Wallis;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Gloria Steinem;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jim Parsons (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Sam Worthington;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): SERIES FINALE;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Olivia Wilde;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Emma Stone;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Geoffrey Rush (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Gale Anne Hurd (REPEAT).


Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 10, 2011


Jon Benjamin Has a Van
Bob Odenkirk guest stars as a cult leader who crosses paths with Jon when Jon does a report on a religious sect that believes as one of its core tenants that Jesus smoked a pipe. Guess who picks up that habit himself, then?

Royal Pains
Matt Lauer makes a cameo as Evan gets Hank an appearance on the Today show, without realizing that his bro has a major fear about public speaking.

9 and 9:30PM | LIFETIME
Roseanne’s Nuts
Roseanne‘s pals Phyllis Diller and Sandra Bernhard visit her in Hawaii, and a girls night out leads to a wicked hangover for Roseanne.

– In tonight’s installment, titled “We’ll Just Have to Find Another Way to Cut the Balls Off This Thing,” Patty hires a nurse to look after Catherine, while Ellen continues to battle Erickson (John Goodman) in court, which is made so much more difficult when Boorman (Dylan Baker) messes with her witness’ credibility.

10PM | FX
Rescue Me
– Tommy and the gang try to cut reporter Pam Keppler off with a dose of her own medicine, while Sean works up the nerve to talk to Emily about their odor problem.

10 and 10:30PM | A&E
Storage Wars
– Yeeeeeep, it’s true: Dave Hester faces his rival bidder at an auction in Mission Hills, California.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The Power of Veto competition is held on Big Brother (8PM, CBS);
– The whole team turns against Danielle on Famous Food (8PM, VH1);
– The final four perform on part one of the season 8 finale of So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– An accident could result in Jenna losing custody of her baby on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
Oliver Stone‘s living room is transformed into a screening room on Hollywood Hi-Tech (9:30PM, DIY);
– On The Challenge: Rivals (10PM, MTV), Wes and Paula attack Cara Maria, and Laurel steps in to defend her;
Primetime Nightline: Celebrity Secrets (10PM, ABC) covers the impact of being in showbiz on kids, including Rebecca Black and Eden Wood.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Aziz Ansari;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): John Coffee;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Elliott Ackerman;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Shia LaBeouf (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Joel McHale;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): David Koechner and Jessica Alba;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jesse Eisenberg, Incubus and Jerry Springer;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Snooki;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Howie Mandel (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Ben Schwartz (REPEAT).


Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 9, 2011


10PM | MTV
Teen Mom
– Guess who isn’t happy that Maci has boyfriend Kyle living with her and Bentley? Yep, Ryan. And guess who Gary won’t join for Leah‘s birthday party? Yep, Amber. And guess who teams up with his friend and tries to outsmart the FBI? Sorry, my friend … that’s another show (see below).

50 Documentaries to See Before You Die
– Week two of the Morgan Spurlock-hosted miniseries covers March of the Penguins, Inside Job, Jesus Camp and Brother’s Keeper, including interviews with Penelope Spheeris, Al Gore and Stacy Peralta.

White Collar
– Neal and Mozzie try to outsmart the FBI during the agency’s investigation into an object which Neal and Mozzie have in their possession.

Big Law: Deputy Butterbean
– 400-pound heavyweight boxer Eric Esch, known as “Butterbean,” has turned crimefighter, and now battles evil drug dealers in his Jasper, Alabama hometown in this new reality series.

– So harsh: the dessert basket contains borscht soup.

11PM | MTV
– Jenna tries to get Matty to define their relationship.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Four bakers whip up sports-themed treats to win the chance to bake goodies for the ESPY Awards on Cupcake Wars (8PM, Food Network);
– The top 10 compete on Hell’s Kitchen (8PM, Fox);
– On Pretty Little Liars (8PM, ABC Family), Emily goes with Spencer when she decides to find out what Jason is hiding at his house, and Aria worries about her growing attraction to Jason;
– Bucking Broncos and the Monkey Jiggalator are among the obstacles on Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– Holly J. finds a kidney match, but has trouble asking the person to be her donor on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– A storm traps Dwight and Whitehead in a mansion, where they get involved in a whodunit mystery on Memphis Beat (9PM, TNT);
– On Aftermath with William Shatner (10PM, Bio), The Shat wraps his second season with an interview with tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand;
– Annie’s job opportunity could negatively impact her relationship with her sister on Covert Affairs (10PM, USA);
– Miles plans to leave James River on HawthoRNe (10PM, TNT).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Nick Swardson and James Franco;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jay Bahadur;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): The Cars;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Eddie Vedder and Cameron Diaz (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jesse Eisenberg and The Situation;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Roseanne Barr;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jessica Alba and Luke Bryan;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Katie Holmes;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Chris Gorham (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Laurie Ann Gibson.


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


– 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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).

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