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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 6, 2011


Restaurant: Impossible
– Chef Robert Irvine is back, continuing his mission to make over restaurants that are sorely in need of makeovers, in a less pompous-ass version of Gordo Ramsey‘s Kitchen Nightmares. First up in the new season, Robert heads to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to try to help an outdated Wild West-themed eatery.

Flipping Out
Jeff Lewis is back and crabbier than ever, despite, or maybe partly because of, the fact that his new head of business affairs is also his boyfriend, Gage.

The Lost Kennedy Home Movies
– Two hours of Kennedy home videos include JFK‘s final weekend with children JFK Jr. and Caroline, two weeks before his assassination.

Royal Pains
– “But There’s a Catch” is the title of this episode, in which Hank has to treat his old rival when he’s injured during a charity football game (in which Hank is also playing), while Divya has to treat a patient while dealing with her own issues about being disowned by her ‘rents.

10 and 10:30PM | SYFY – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Hollywood Treasure
– Oscar-nominated filmmaker Frank Darabont pops in to auction off some of his personal movie collectibles, in an effort to raise money for charity. Among his goodies: the electric chair from The Green Mile, as well as items from The Walking Dead and The Shawshank Redemption, one of the greatest movies of all time.

Men of a Certain Age
– Joe (Ray Romano) finally gets his big shot at his dream career when he tries out at a senior golf tour pre-qualifier event.

10PM | MTV
Real World/Road Rules: The Challenge: Rivals
– The dudes plot to get rid of CT, which means getting rid of the only reason to still watch this show.

10PM | TLC
Toddlers & Tiaras
– Tonight’s Southern kiddie beauty pageant features Brock, a 7-year-old boy who describes himself as a diva, dreams of being on Broadway and has dressed like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz for Halloween for the last few years. He and his mama also lament the fact that there are too few pageants that include male contestants, but you’ll want to hug him because he’s so sweet and earnest, and, sadly, because you know life is probably going to be a little rough for Brock for awhile.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The top 14 perform on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
Jason Alexander guest stars as a big client who could get the fellas in big trouble on Franklin & Bash (9PM, TNT);
– A group of New Year’s Eve skiers accidentally launch an avalanche on the fifth season premiere of I Shouldn’t Be Alive (9PM, Animal Planet);
– On The Devil You Know (10PM, ID), it’s the story of a woman who finds out her ex-hubby was illegally harvesting body parts from cadavers … so, good move by her with that divorce;
– Two classic Happy Days episodes (10 and 10:30PM, The Hub) feature The Fonz’s proposal to Pinky Tuscadero;
– On Rocco’s Dinner Party (10PM, Bravo), guests include comedian Jeffrey Ross and actor Chazz Palminteri;
– On Jon Benjamin Has a Van (10:30PM, Comedy Central), Jon and the van have a run-in with another driver.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jane Lynch (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Louis C.K. (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Grover Norquist (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Ryan Reynolds (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Billy Ray Cyrus;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Nick Cannon and Bruno Tonioli (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Adam Levine, Owen Wilson and Panic! At the Disco (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Betty White (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Rosie Perez;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Rich Eisen (REPEAT).


Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – June 30, 2011


9PM | E!
50 Super Epic TV Moments
– A two-hour countdown of the 50 most outrageous TV moments since 2005 (Why 2005? Seems so random) includes the infamous smoking baby in Indonesia, Sandra Bullock‘s liplock with Scarlett Johansson at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards and this year’s William & Kate royal wedding. Among the talking heads who chat about the “shocking” moments: NeNe Leakes and Jerry Springer.

Burn Notice
– Michael helps a woman who’s trying to locate her cousin, a victim of a human trafficking ring, but it becomes personal for him when Maddie gets involved in the case.

Extreme Chef
– A juiced up version of Dinner: Impossible finds groups of chefs competing in ever more challenging cooking contests each week. First up, the cheftestants are dropped off in a California neighborhood and tasked with whipping up dinner using unmarked canned goods. Their only resource for cooking gear: knocking on residents’ doors.

– Bender, dead?! Sorta.

Real Housewives of New York City
Jill and Kelly wig out about what they claim is strange behavior by Simon, and, of course, go running to Alex about their issues.

10PM | FX
– Jenna needs to get Wilfred to the doggie doc, so, to get on her good side, Ryan volunteers to take him. But that requires tricking Wilfred, whose trust is not so easily re-earned.

10:30PM | FX
– On the way to a “non-date,” Louie has an upsetting experience. But hey, it provides a good conversation starter.

Ugly Americans
– In an episode cleverly-titled “Wet Hot Demonic Summer,” Mark oversees the opening of a summer camp.

Children’s Hospital
– Dr. Von Sydow has a little mix-up in the maternity ward, and the hospital gets a new (pediatric) plastic surgeon.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Two of the final 16 are eliminated on tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– The Mood Swing is in full swing on Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– The 4th season of Wicked Attraction premieres on ID (9PM);
– On True Life (10PM, MTV), heartbroken people try to reunite with their first loves.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Tom Hanks;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Bill Kristol;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Timothy Garton Ash;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Julia Roberts;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Kirstie Alley (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Patrick Dempsey and David Cook;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Shia LaBeouf;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Glenn Close (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Henry Winkler;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Florence & the Machine.


Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – June 28, 2011


– Is this my lead Potts Pick today just because I wanted to run a giant photo of the Big Red Balls? Yup.

The Looney Tunes Show
– In a movie-within-the-show, The Foghorn Leghorn Story is told, and Daffy plays Foghorn

Pretty Little Liars
– Aria takes a pottery class that brings her closer to Ezra. And Jenna.

Memphis Beat
– Dwight tries to help a guy find his MIA daughter, but he’s afraid the woman is the victim of a nasty crime.

The Voice
– It’s the final round of live competition, leading into tomorrow night’s season finale and the revelation of The Voice.

White Collar
– When a Detroit mobster comes to town looking for Mozzie, Peter and Neal help The Mozz pull off an old scam to trip the mob dude up, lest a gangster war break out.

10PM | MTV
16 & Pregnant: Life After Labor 4
– Dr. Drew hosts the reunion special, which updates us on the stories of the season three teen moms and their offspring.

– The cheftestants have to use cookie dough in their desserts. Yeah, yeah, that sounds obvious and easy, which almost certainly means it won’t be.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
America’s Got Talent (8PM, NBC) auditions continue in New York City;
– Four contestants compete to make cupcakes for a party celebrating the first man in space on Cupcake Wars (8PM, Food Network);
– The top 14 compete on MasterChef (8PM, Fox);
– An Olympic torch is up for sale on Hardcore Pawn (9PM, truTV);
– On Covert Affairs (10PM, USA), Annie and a fellow spy are the targets of an assassin in Argentina;
– On HawthoRNe (10PM, TNT), Bill Engvall guest stars as a hospital internal affairs investigator;
– Money and prosperity influence How the States Got Their Shapes in tonight’s episode (10PM, History);
– On Love/Lust (10PM, Sundance), vampires and zombies are the topic;
– A farting kiddie gets Web Redemption on Tosh.O (10PM, Comedy Central).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Elijah Wood;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Louis C.K.;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Alexandra Pelosi;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Tom Hanks;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Scotty McCreery, Blake Lively and Blake Shelton (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Andy Richter;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jason Bateman;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Larry King and My Morning Jacket (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Neil Gaiman and Paris Hilton;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Adam Blackstone (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – June 27, 2011


– The show jumps ahead three years, to the end of Nancy’s stint in prison. She’s paroled into a halfway house in New York City, where she plans to reunite with her family and, yes, restart her weed biz.

8PM | VH1
Basketball Wives
– It’s drama in New York when Evelyn and Tami get into (yet another) fight. Meanwhile, Jen has her first post-Eric date, and Evelyn tries to make up with her distant father.


Hot Coffee
– Remember the woman who, in 1994, sued McDonald’s because she burned herself by what she claimed was hot coffee that was too hot? It was a case considered by many – including the Seinfeld gang in the season seven episode “The Postponement” – to be an example of frivolous litigation. And it’s one of the main examples in this compelling, must-see documentary, from first-time filmmaker and former trial attorney Susan Saladoff.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
– The four-episode weekly marathon include two McPoyle gems: “The Gang Gets Invincible,” in which everyone tries out, sorta, for the Eagles, and “The Gang Gets Held Hostage,” in which the McPoyles take the gang hostage at Paddy’s.

10PM | NBC
Law & Order: Los Angeles
– This may the biggest buzzkill of a Law & Order episode of all time: the guests at a birthday party are murdered by some uninvited attendees.

10PM | MTV
Teen Wolf
– Scott and Allison play hookey, leaving Derek to face the werewolf hunters by himself.

The Big C
– The second season opens with Adam unhappy about seeing a therapist, Sean less than thrilled about living with the pregnant Rebecca and Dr. Todd unhappy that Cathy wants a second opinion (from a doc played by guest star Alan Alda).

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Ashley and the final eight visit Hong Kong before she kicks two more to the curb on The Bachelorette (8PM, ABC);
– Back-to-back Family Ties episodes (8PM, The Hub) are the ones that introduced Courteney Cox as Alex P. Keaton’s new girlfriend;
– On The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family), Ben tells Adrian he wants their marriage to be over;
Buddy and the Cake Boss gang build a bowling cake (9PM, TLC);
– The top 15 compete on Masterchef (9PM, Fox);
– On Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (10PM, ABC), 24-year-old LaRhonda vows to get her 400-pound-plus body in shape after the death of her diabetic mother.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jason Sudeikis and DJ Qualls;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jennifer Aniston;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Grover Norquist;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Shia LaBeouf;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Kevin Bacon and Bethenny Frankel (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Gabrielle Anwar;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Louis C.K.;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Ellen Barkin (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Dennis Miller;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Adam Pally (REPEAT).


Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – June 24, 2011


Young, Broke and Beautiful
– The charming Stuart Schuffman, he of the famous Broke-Ass Stuart blog and books, hosts this fun new travel series, in which he scopes out the cool, unusual and inexpensive in various cities. First up: Stuart’s hometown of San Diego, where he visits an outdoor mural spot, enjoys a junkyard circus, wipes out at a local skate park and visits Two Roses, a combo tattoo/coffee/barber shop.

11PM | VH1
Mumford and Sons perform an acoustic set, including, of course, “The Cave.”

8 and 9PM | NGC
Flea Man
– Flea Man helps a toy collector sell some of his goodies to help pay for a basement renovation, and then helps an aspiring country music star sell his collectibles so he can pay to record his first CD.

Friday Night Lights
– Riggins’ family and friends speak to the parole board on his behalf and Eric is recruited by a major college football program.

How It’s Made
– Behind the curtain on watches, turbochargers and enchiladas.

Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss
– Three different brides are looking for three very different dresses, including Zaneta, who wants a sexy bridal gown, and Alyse, who wants a dress that will ensure her younger sister doesn’t steal her spotlight.

10PM | CMT
CMT Crossroads
– The Doobie Brothers and Luke Bryan bond while playing each other’s tunes.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
In the season two finale of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (9PM, ABC), Jamie holds a cooking competition for high school students;
On Whale Wars (9PM, Animal Planet), a small boat crew is in danger of hypothermia while waiting to be rescued from the Bob Barker crew;
On Outrageous Food (10PM, Food Network), we see an 11-pound pizza and an 8-pound breakfast (followed by a 1-gallon jar of Tums?);
Alexandra Pelosi and New York Times journalist David Carr are among the guests on Real Time with Bill Maher (10PM, HBO).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Eric Stonestreet and Lady Gaga (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Owen Wilson and Plain White Ts;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): J.J. Abrams and Kathy Griffin (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Bob Costos;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Carson Kressley and Morgan Freeman (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): The Exporting Raymond documentary on Everybody Loves Raymond.

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