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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 14, 2011

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8:35AM | EMMYS.COM
Primetime Emmy Nomination Announcement
Bridesmaids and Gilmore Girls (oh, okay, and Mike & Molly) funny girl Melissa McCarthy and Fringe star Joshua Jackson announce the nominees for the Sept. 18 Emmy Awards. Will your faves be among those getting the early morning congrats calls?

9PM | USA
Burn Notice
– Money-launderin’ Barry is back, and he needs Michael and the gang’s help to clear his brother, who’s been accused of being a big ol’ computer hacker.

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Futurama
– What happens when Bender testified against the Mob (the Robot Mob)? He has to enter the witness protection program, of course.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
Ramona refuses to be in the music video for LuAnn‘s new song, because she thinks it’s going to set a bad example for Avery. And you’ll be right there with Ramona … until LuAnn brings up that embarrassing “Turtle Time” thang.

10PM | CMT – SERIES PREMIERE
Texas Women
– Who’s having the best week ever (still miss that show)? Texas, between the greenlight for the TNT Dallas remake and this new reality series, a sorta “Real Housewives of Texas.”

10PM | FX
Wilfred
– There’s payoff in some truly funny Ryan/Wilfred moments, but tonight’s episode, with guest star Ed Helms, includes a truly disturbing storyline for Wilfred and his time at doggy day care.

11:59PM | ADULT SWIM
Childrens Hospital
– The docs wait for a prisoner to be executed. Oh, so they can use his heart in a transplant operation.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Roseanne pops in on The View (11AM, ABC);
Nicole Scherzinger performs as two of the top 12 are eliminated on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– Past winners return for an all-star edition of Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– The team’s on a winning streak in the 1st season finale of 4th & Forever (9PM, Current);
– It’s the first houseguest elimination of the season on Big Brother (9PM, CBS);
Joan Rivers guest stars on Louie (10:30PM, FX).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Tina Fey and Dr. Sanjay Gupta (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Jose Antonio Vargas;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kyra Sedgwick;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Don Rickles and Colbie Caillat;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): J.J. Abrams (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Louis C.K. (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Bob Saget and James Blake;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Zooey Deschanel;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Cee-Lo Green and Josh Radnor (REPEAT).

 

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 13, 2011

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9 and 9:30PM | LIFETIME – SERIES PREMIERE
Roseanne’s Nuts
Roseanne Barr, the star of one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, returns to TV with this reality series, which finds her operating a 40-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. Does the title of the show refer to her farm, or Roseanne herself? As she would, and does, say, a little of both. It’s an entertaining viewing experience either way.

8PM | CBS
Big Brother
– The episode’s supposed to unfold the whole story behind why Evel Dick already quit.

9PM | ESPN
ESPY Awards
Seth Meyers hosts the 19th annual sports awards show, live from Los Angeles, where Best Male Athlete nominees include Jimmie Johnson and Aaron Rodgers, Best Female Athlete contenders include Lindsey Vonn and Lauren Jackson, and presenters include Jason Bateman, Justin Timberlake, Cee Lo Green, Danica Patrick and Serena Williams.

10PM | DIRECTV – 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
Damages
– The same night Roseanne is back on the tube with her reality series, her former TV hubby, the always fantastic John Goodman, debuts on Damages as Howard T. Erickson, the CEO of military contracting company High Star. And, yes, he’s this season’s bad dude.

10PM | SHOWTIME – SERIES PREMIERE
The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants
– The docuseries follows the Giants as they return to defend their World Series crown, including pitcher Barry Zito‘s early season stint on the DL.

10PM | DISCOVERY – SERIES PREMIERE
One Man Army
– Green Beret Mykel Hawke hosts this extreme reality competition, in which special forces  ops, law enforcement officials, mixed martial arts athletes and other extreme sports practitioners are pitted against each other in physical competitions that the average person would have no shot at pulling off.

10PM | FX – 7TH SEASON PREMIERE
Rescue Me
– The final season begins, and a new friendship – Janet and Sheila! – spells trouble for Tommy. Meanwhile, Mickey and Teddy start a business together, Black Shawn wants to get more serious with Colleen and Damien is still wheelchair-bound after his accident last season.

10:30PM | ID – SERIES PREMIERE
I Married a Mobster
– There are the Mob Wives, and then there are the women in this new reality series – narrated by The Sopranos and Goodfellas star Lorraine Bracco – which details the very non-glamorous lives of real New York mafia wives.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The top 12 perform on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox), while Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson is a guest judge;
– Tonight’s Franklin & Bash episode (9PM, TNT) is titled “Franklin vs. Bash” … uh oh;
– On Royal Pains (9PM, USA), best friends and business partners come to Hank when they worry the cleaning product they sell is making one of them sick;
– On The Challenge: Rivals (10PM, MTV), CT stirs up trouble by trying to pit a couple of the females against each other, but he’s the one in for a surprise;
Dangerous Liaison: What Happened in Room 2806 (10PM, CNBC) goes behind-the-scenes on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case;
Chef Irvine helps a twentysomething revamp her family’s Italian restaurant in Philadelphia on Restaurant: Impossible (10PM, Food Network);
– It’s the season 2 premiere of Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry (10PM, ID), the reality series about spouses who find out shocking truths about the people they married;
– Jon gives a dog owner a makeover on Jon Benjamin Has a Van (10:30PM, Comedy Central).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Morgan Spurlock, Tyler Perry and the Strokes (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Matthew Richardson;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): David McCullough;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Ryan Gosling;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Craig Ferguson;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Randy Jackson (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jason Bateman (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Blake Shelton, Joe Jonas and Gabourey Sidibe;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): DJ Qualls;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Adam Carolla (REPEAT).

 

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

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8PM | FOX
The X Factor
– You know, that little TV show where Simon Cowell‘s going to give away $5 million? It’s getting some sort of preview during tonight’s MLB All-Star game, so stay tuned, or DVR the game.

8PM | FOX
Major League Baseball All-Star Game
– Last year’s game was the least watched All-Star Game telecast ever, so … nowhere to go but up, as the American League tries to take back the title after the National League broke the AL’s seven-game winning streak in 2010.

8PM | ABC FAMILY
Pretty Little Liars
– Aria and Ezra try to deal with going public with their fling, while Emily worries that she and her buds are still in danger, Hanna gets to know Caleb better when his foster mom arrives and Spencer gets support from the most unexpected source: her ‘rents.

9PM | USA
White Collar
– Neal’s torn: should he help the very talented teen con artist who’s making his mark throughout Manhattan, or should he stop the Neal-in-training in his tracks?

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– Tonight’s cheftestants: Four British foodies, who have to work with, among other ingredients, British biscuits, a Japanese snack food and a staple of American cooking.

10PM | HISTORY – 1ST SEASON FINALE
How the States Got Their Shapes
– The finale considers the influence of words and people’s accents on how states like New York and California.

10PM | MTV
Teen Mom
– Tonight’s theme: cohabitation, as Gary and Amber move in together (again), Maci considers asking Kyle to move in with her and Bentley for financial reasons and Tyler‘s mom is unhappy about his decision to live with Catelynn.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Four past champs compete with each other to make treats for the Tony Awards on Cupcake Wars (8PM, Food Network);
– A Philly crepes truck is featured on the 1st season finale of Eat St. (8PM, Cooking Channel);
– Daffy’s skint on The Looney Tunes Show (8PM, Cartoon Network);
Jeff gets a new client who’s married to Styx rocker Tommy Shaw on Flipping Out (9PM, Bravo);
– Dwight heads to New Orleans (with his mom along for the ride) to talk to his dad’s killer on Memphis Beat (9PM, TNT);
– On Covert Affairs (10PM, USA), Annie and Reva are captured by Belarusian police while trying to install security cameras;
– Tom and Christina hang out with Miles’ kids on HawthoRNe (10PM, TNT);
– It’s about all things paranormal-y on tonight’s Love/Lust (10PM, Sundance);
– Tonight’s Web Redemption on Tosh.0 (10PM, Comedy Central): the boxer who got knocked out by his friend.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Tracy Morgan (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Kid Rock;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Dan Savage;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Roseanne Barr, Blake Shelton and Tom Felton;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Seth Meyers;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Norm Macdonald and Jerry Springer (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Shia LaBeouf (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Seth Green and Chris Evans;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Julie Chen;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Gale Anne Hurd (REPEAT).

 

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

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10PM | STARZ – SERIES PREMIERE
Torchwood: Miracle Day
– Even if you weren’t a viewer of the original Torchwood, this U.S. remake, which finds Captain Jack Harness (John Barrowman) and company investigating why no one on Earth is dying anymore, will hook you. And Bill Pullman, as convicted rapist/murderer Oswald Danes, who survives an execution and is then set free? Nearly unrecognizable physically, and creepily good as a guy who’s going to prove to be, um, complicated.

8PM | NBC
Friday Night Lights
– I can barely even think or write about this penultimate episode of FNL without tearing up, so be warned that Eric and Tami’s dilemma, Riggins’ reunion with a fellow Panther alum and Grandma Saracen – especially Grandma Saracen – are gonna have you wiping the salty discharge from your eyes, too.

9PM | TRAVEL CHANNEL
Paranormal Challenge
– Host Zak Bagans says the Ohio State Reformatory is one of the most haunted places he’s ever visited. It’s also the prison used in The Shawshank Redemption.

10PM | NAT GEO WILD – SERIES PREMIERE
Killer Shots
– The new series follows wildlife photog Andy Casagrande (how awesome is that name?) as he goes to some dangerous lengths to get the perfect shot. In the opener, he leaves a diving cage to get an up close shark photo.

10PM | TLC – SERIES PREMIERE
Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids
Say Yes to the Dress: It’s not just for bridezillas anymore.

11PM | IFC
Young, Broke & Beautiful
Broke-Ass Stuart visits Boston, where he helps judge a burlesque contest, parties at a steampunk mansion and hangs with some nerdy bikers.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The Bob Barker is on the lookout for two missing boats on Whale Wars (9PM, Animal Planet);
– On Outrageous Food (10PM, Food Network), Tom helps make an 800-pound burger at an Oklahoma festival;
Chaz Bono is an interviewee and Ann Coulter is among the roundtable guests on Real Time with Bill Maher (10PM, HBO);
Joel McHale and the gang serve up another bowl of tasty snark on The Soup (10PM, E!).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Mark Harmon (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Matt Nathanson (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Charlie Day (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Larry King;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Thomas Lennon (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 7, 2011

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10PM | FX
Wilfred
– Remember when Wilfred dropped Ryan’s wallet at the bully’s house in the series premiere? Ryan gets it back tonight, but only because the guy, Spencer (the awesome Ethan Suplee), comes looking for him, with revenge on his mind. And once Ryan diffuses the situation, he gets a new, porn-addicted pal who, well, makes him wish he still had an enemy.

CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR TIME | PBS
An American Family Anniversary Edition
– It was the original reality series, and now the 1973 documentary about the Loud family has been edited down to a two-hour special of the most compelling moments from the original 12-hour run.

9PM | CBS – 13TH SEASON PREMIERE
Big Brother
– This summer’s hamsters include eight newbies and three “notorious” duos from past seasons, who’ll be revealed in tonight’s premiere. Fingers crossed that Dr. Will and Evel Dick are among them …

9PM | USA
Burn Notice
– Michael’s bro, Nate, comes to Miami looking for Michael’s help with a case involving a widow who’s being harassed by a loan shark. That Nate … never comes for a visit without trouble in tow.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Extreme Chef
– Three chefs have to climb a mountain – carrying their cooking equipment – and then have to jump into a cold lake to catch their main ingredient.

10PM | NGC
Jurassic C.S.I.: In Living Color
– Gotta love the title of this special, which delves into the history of dinosaur pigmentation.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
– Not sure what Jill is up to in this episode, but it’s probably going to annoy you.

11:59PM | ADULT SWIM
Childrens Hospital
– Glenn (Ken Marino) returns from Vietnam.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Two of the top 14 are eliminated on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– Tonight’s Wipeout obstacles include the Towering Flume of Doom (8PM, ABC);
– Fry quits his job and joins the police department on Futurama (10PM, Comedy Central);
Psych star James Roday guest stars on the anthology series Love Bites (10PM, NBC);
– Rebellious teens are sent away to reform school on True Life (10PM, MTV);
– The former Mrs. Rudy Giuliani, Donna Hanover, plays Louie’s real estate agent on Louie (10:30PM, FX).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jane Lynch (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Tom Hanks (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Gary Sinise (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jim Carrey, Todd Rundgren and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Kevin James and Javier Colon;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Anne Hathaway (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Eva Mendes (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Thomas Lennon, Weird Al Yankovic and Morgan Freeman (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Thomas Lennon;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Nate Corddry (REPEAT).

 

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