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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 22, 2011

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10PM | STARZ
Torchwood: Miracle Day
– The Torchwood gang lams it, heading off to PhiCorp HQ, where Jack (John Barrowman) confronts a mysterious criminal.

7PM | CARTOON NETWORK
Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace
– Yoda’s ship has a zealous stowaway, while R2-D2 and C-3PO have to lead some Jedi Academy students through a field trip.

9PM | ID
Deadliest Women: Killer Countdown
– ID viewers voted for the series’ top 10 deadliest women of all, and tonight’s two-hour special reveals the … winners?

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Heat Seekers
– A trip to find Chicago’s spiciest food includes a stop at Bricks Pizza, the home of the “Super Painful Pizza Challenge.”

11PM | IFC
Young, Broke & Beautiful
Broke-Ass Stuart heads to N’awlins, where he meets up with a vampire, tours the swamps and joins in on a gumbo jam session.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Usually, I could not care less about Platinum Hit (8PM, Bravo), but Colbie Caillat, she of the soothing voice and infectious summery tunes, is the guest judge;
– On Whale Wars (9PM, Animal Planet), the Steve Irwin-ers find out the location of the Nisshin Maru;
– On American Restoration (10PM, History), tonight’s goodies include a 1940s U.S. mailbox and a ’67 Harley;
– The always awesome John Turturro is the interview guest on Real Time with Bill Maher (10PM, HBO);
– Food Net stars share where they had the best ice creams they’ve ever eaten on The Best Thing I Ever Ate (10:30PM, Food Network).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Denzel Washington (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Dolly Parton and Ben Bailey;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Kyra Sedgwick (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Kevin Connolly;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): John Goodman;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Frenchie Davis (REPEAT).

 

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 21, 2011

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9PM | USA
Burn Notice
– Okay, I’ll ‘fess up: The first two episodes of the new season left me worried that the show was on a fast decline. Silly me; last week’s episode was a nice reboot (though it was a bummer that Grant Show‘s best role in years came to such an abrupt, harsh end), and tonight’s episode finds Burn Notice back in tiptop shape. Michael, wanting to clear his own name and find the baddie who killed his pal Max (Show), volunteers to help on the CIA investigation into the murder, while he, Sam, Fiona, Jesse and Maddie also help an Army sniper who’s on the hunt for the grafter who nearly beat his sister to death. It’s far and away the best episode of the season so far, full of the drama, humor, personalities and Michael-in-sharp suits moments we Burn fans have come to expect and love. And there’s a twist at the end that will suggest Michael is in even more trouble than he initially surmised …

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Futurama
– Leela becomes an instant celeb when she creates a popular children’s TV show.

10PM | BRAVO – 4TH SEASON FINALE
Real Housewives of New York City
– Good news: Natalie Cole is singing at LuAnn‘s one-year anniversary party for she and Jacques. Bad news: Natalie (apparently never having heard LuAnn sing) wants LuAnn to sing with her. Elsewhere: Ramona thinks she might be preggers.

10PM | FX
Wilfred
– When Ryan (Elijah Wood) decides that he and Wilfred (Jason Gunn) need to become do-gooders, he volunteers them to work at a hospice, but it turns out that Wilfred has a very special gift … and therefore some hand to make demands of his buddy.

11:59PM | ADULT SWIM
Children’s Hospital
– Brock Stryker’s (Rob Riggle) death leads to counseling for the hospital staffers.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A second houseguest is evicted on Big Brother (8PM, CBS);
– Two of the top 10 are eliminated on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– The “Wipeout Kitchen” is the challenge on tonight’s Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– Drew considers breaking up with Bianca when he tires of relationship drama on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– Mike’s friend shows up looking for help on Suits (10PM, USA);
Louie (10:30PM, FX) takes the girls on a road trip to visit his aunt.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Lisa Kudrow;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Scott Miller;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): David Eagleman;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Harrison Ford;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Emma Stone and Adam Carolla;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): 3 Doors Down;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Stephen Moyer and Bush;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Brooke Shields;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Bryan Cranston;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Neil Strauss (REPEAT).

 

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 20, 2011

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10PM | A&E – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Storage Wars
– Back-to-back episodes kick off the surprise hit’s second season, which includes bespectacled Barry taking a member of Aerosmith to an auction. I loved the show in its first season, so here’s hoping it hasn’t lost its charms now that the “stars” of the show are, well, stars. Reality TV stars, but still.

9PM | LIFETIME
Roseanne’s Nuts
Roseanne gets another shot at the national anthem – remember her last one? – for a local softball game in Hawaii.

9PM | USA
Royal Pains
– Hank and Evan head to Florida for Eddie’s (Henry Winkler) parole hearing. Free Fonzie!

9:30PM | DIY – SERIES PREMIERE
Hollywood Hi-Tech
– The new series chronicles techie renovations in celeb homes. First up: Entourage star Kevin Connolly and his cool home theater, with raised seating, an HD projector and a 110-inch screen.

10PM | FX
Rescue Me
– Lou faces the big FDNY physical, while Tommy faces – not well – the news that Jimmy is featured in a 9/11 documentary. Meanwhile, anyone but me wishing the show had ended when Uncle Teddy shot Tommy in the bar at the end of season five? Wouldn’t that have been the perfect ending to the series? This season … chipping away at what has been, at times, a really terrific show.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Restaurant: Impossible
Chef Robert Irvine tries to help a sweet little South Carolina restaurant called Sweet Tea. The name alone would make me try it at least once.

10PM | TRUTV – SERIES PREMIERE
South Beach Tow
– The newly-single Jennifer Lopez is a producer on this new reality series, which follows a family who runs a tow-truck business in Florida.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Famous Food (8PM, VH1) moves to Wednesday night, and in spite of my better judgment, I’m probably gonna TiVo it;
– Anya celebrates her 18th birthday on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
Kathy Najimy guest stars as a judge who put Franklin & Bash (9PM, TNT) on house arrest because of their courtroom antics;
– New Damages on DirecTV (10PM);
Doris Roberts guest stars as Elka’s rival on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land);
Adam tries to hook up with Jenn on Real World/Road Rules: The Challenge: Rivals (10PM, MTV);
Michael Ian Black and S. Epatha Merkerson are among the guests at Rocco’s Dinner Party (10PM, Bravo);
– On Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry? (10PM, ID), a wife finds out her cop spouse is a serial rapist;
Andy Richter guests on Jon Benjamin Has a Van (10:30PM, Comedy Central).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Justin Timberlake;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Steve Carell;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Michael Sandel;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jeremy Piven and Cee-Lo Green;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Daniel Craig and Gavin DeGraw;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Michael Rapaport;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): John Stamos and Owl City;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Ryan Gosling and Andy Cohen;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Breckin Meyer;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Janelle Monae (REPEAT).

 

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

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11PM | MTV – SERIES PREMIERE
Awkward
– It’s one of the best teen dramedies since Freaks and Geeks. What more do you need to know?

9PM | SUNDANCE – SERIES PREMIERE
Ludo Bites America
– Chef Ludo Lefebvre and his wife travel around the country helping other chefs and opening pop-up restaurants. In the opener, they whip up tasty Southwestern dishes in Santa Fe.

9PM | USA
White Collar
– Peter and Neal help Jones search for his MIA Naval Academy classmate.

10PM | BIO
Aftermath with William Shatner
The Shat chats with Daniel Ellsberg, who talks about releasing the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War, and the aftermath of their release.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– Pre-made dough, canned veggies and liquor are among the ingredients the cheftestants in this all-female episode have to use.

10PM | USA
Covert Affairs
– It’s the Auggie (Christopher Gorham) backstory episode we’ve all been waiting for, as Annie finds out the story of how Auggie lost his sight, and Auggie runs into the guy who caused him to go blind.

10PM | MTV
Teen Mom
Ryan demands that Maci let him meet Kyle, and we see Amber‘s downward spiral from the beginning, as she finds out she may lose custody of Leah when the police investigate her for abusing Gary.

10PM | ID – SERIES PREMIERE
True Grime: Crime Scene Clean Up
– The reality series follows a crew of crime scene cleaners … i.e., the people who come in after the CSIs do their thang. First up, the cleaners face the aftermath of a gory road rage murder.

11PM | SHOWTIME – SERIES PREMIERE
Web Therapy
– The Web comedy series comes to TV (with extra scenes), as we meet therapist Fiona Wallace (Lisa Kudrow) whose idea to revolutionize therapy is to cut sessions to three-minutes long and, maybe less intentionally, make them all about her. And expect celeb guest stars, including Meryl Streep, Courteney Cox, Jane Lynch, Molly Shannon and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The top 16 from last night’s premiere compete on Hell’s Kitchen (8PM, Fox);
– Daffy’s in the mood for love on The Looney Tunes Show (8PM, Cartoon Network);
– Alison’s mom comes back to town and asks the girls to participate in a charity fashion show on Pretty Little Liars (8PM, ABC Family);
– Clare broke up with Eli, but she’s upset that he’s not upset enough on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– On Memphis Beat (9PM, TNT), Dwight investigates the robbery of a party boat, which leads to a reunion with his ex-girlfriend and one of his former bandmates;
– The new reality series Monster Kitchen (9PM, Food Network) finds chefs Eric Greenspan and Michael Fiorelli competing against each other to make the most creative treats each week. First up: monster doughnuts.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Seth Green;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Pervez Musharraf;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): David Carr;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Steve Carell;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Cloris Leachman, 3 Doors Down and Jenna Fischer;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Noah Wyle and Los Lonely Boys;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Kyra Sedgwick;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Justin Timberlake;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Eddie Izzard;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Brian Williams (REPEAT).

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

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9PM | TEENNICK – 11TH SEASON PREMIERE
Degrassi: Now or Never
– The classic teen series gets all telenovela-y again, as tonight’s premiere kicks off seven weeks in which a new episode airs each night, Monday thru Thursday. Tonight, Sav is crushing on a new girl, who he runs into in a surprising way at the big Keke Palmer concert that opens the seven-week run. Elsewhere, Drew and Bianca worry about the return of her ex, and Fiona has a thang for a model in Holly J’s class. And those rumors about something tragic occurring this season? All true. As always, Degrassi … it goes there.

8PM | FOX – 9TH SEASON PREMIERE
Hell’s Kitchen
– One contestant ends up in the hospital and another trio is deemed, by Gordon Ramsay, “the three stooges” as 18 new cheftestants try to win a head chef gig, this season at BLT Steak in New York City.

8PM | LIFETIME
Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story
– Any Harry Potter fan worth his or her Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans knows the backstory of Potter author Rowling’s welfare days, but this sweet little biopic, with Poppy Montgomery as Rowling, is still worth a view in honor of last week’s release of the final Potter flick.

9PM | TLC
Cake Boss
– Buddy bakes a giant cheeseburger cake for National Hamburger Month, which leads to a burger-eating contest with the staff. Sounds like a White Castle contest I regrettably witnessed in college. White Castle + drunken 20-year-olds + a bet = Gore on that level of that episode of The Walking Dead where the zombies noshed on the horse.

9PM | TNT
The Closer
– Capt. Raydor (Mary McDonnell) gets extra snoopy into Brenda’s department, just as the police department undergoes some major reorgs.

9PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
– Tonight’s four-episode marathon includes the very un-PC (which is probably a redundant statement where any Sunny ep is concerned), but hilarious “Sweet Dee’s Dating a Retarded Person,” in which no one’s sure about the mental capabilities of Dee’s new boyfriend, rapper Lil’ Kev.

9PM | SYFY
Warehouse 13
– Pete and Myka investigate the sudden memory losses of witnesses in a murder trial. Maybe they ran out of their gingko biloba supply.

10PM | SYFY
Alphas
– Okay, they’re Alphas. But now, they have to learn to balance their regular lives with their not-so-regular skills.

10PM | SHOWTIME
Weeds
– While Nancy tries to land a job at Doug’s new office, Silas tries to talk his mom into a new partnership.

10:30PM | SHOWTIME
The Big C
Hugh Dancy guest stars as a fellow patient Cathy meets on the first day of the clinical trials, while Sean frets his house is haunted and Adam gets into a throwdown at school.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Ashley goes on home visits with her final four picks, including one who ‘fesses up that he’s not ready to get engaged yet, on The Bachelorette (8PM, ABC);
Jen and Evelyn‘s friendship is threatened when Evelyn confronts Jen about unflattering comments Jen made in a radio interview, on Basketball Wives (8PM, VH1);
– Carter plays babysitter to Allison’s kids when she goes out of town for a medical conference on Eureka (8PM, Syfy);
– On The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family), Adrian returns to school and walks head-on into a confrontation with Ben;
– The top 11 compete on Masterchef (9PM, Fox);
Molly Ringwald and Lady Bunny guest on RuPaul’s Drag U (9PM, Logo);
– A 456-pound nurse tries to lose half her body weight in a year on Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (10PM, ABC);
– Among the goodies coming into the shop on tonight’s back-to-back Pawn Star$ (10 and 10:30PM, History): a Godfather script signed by Al Pacino and a motorcycle once owned by Steve McQueen;
– On Rizzoli & Isles (10PM, TNT), Jane and Maura investigate the murder of a pregnant surrogate mother.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Bryan Cranston;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Daniel Radcliffe;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): John Prendergast;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Bono and The Edge;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Neil Patrick Harris;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Piers Morgan;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Aaron Paul and Roseanne;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Mila Kunis;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Elizabeth Banks;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Alex Prager.

 

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