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Whale Wars
– The Sea Shepherds kick off a new season with a new campaign, aboard a new vessel (the Gojira), as they try to track down and stop two harpoon ships before any whales are killed.

Friday Night Lights
– Vince’s self-satisfied ‘tude creates problems within the team, while Eric fears he’s losing control of his team and Tammy worries that one of her students isn’t being cared for at home.

The China Question
– Filmmaker Brook Silva-Braga takes a look at China’s rise to become the world’s second superpower, and how that will impact the United States.

Dateline NBC
Keith Morrison profiles a kidnap victim who’s struggling as she tries to return to her home … 30 years later.

9 and 9:30PM | TLC
Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss
– A bride who’s getting married at Disney World is on the hunt for a gown that will make her feel, and look, like Cinderella, while another bride, who’s 6-feet-tall, is afraid she’ll never find a pretty dress for her big day.

Outrageous Food
– Tom works with one of the largest grills made, a 27-ton cooker.

10PM | HBO
Real Time With Bill Maher
Larry King is on the panel, while funny guy Adam McKay is an interview guest.

Swamp Brothers
– The fellas have to throw up a croc block when one of the male gators escapes from his pen so he can make a booty call to one of the lady crocs.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A gunman takes a restaurant full of people hostage when he becomes convinced the eatery’s owner is a terrorist on Flashpoint (8PM, CBS);
– It’s a real Situation when a Jersey Shore fan wants a boardwalk-themed room on Man Caves (8PM, DIY);
– The Whale Wars: Road to the Showdown special (8PM, Animal Planet) includes highlights from the show’s first three seasons;
– See how instant film is made on How It’s Made (9PM, Science);
Childrens Hospital star Rob Corddry is interviewed on InfoMania (9PM, Current);
– When Jamie is banned from serving food at a local high school, he tries to persuade the students to fight the decision by showing them what’s in the food they are eating on the return of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (9PM, ABC);
– There’s a freeze on in Florida, so Stuart and the guys continue hunting creatures in Puerto Rico on Python Hunters (9PM, Nat Geo Wild);
Joel McHale and the gang dish up another snarkalicious bowl of The Soup (10PM, E!);
– “Baby Traits” and “Horse Announcer” are among the skits on tonight’s Whitest Kids U’Know (10:30, IFC);
My Morning Jacket performs a few tunes, and explains the stories behind them, on a new Storytellers (11PM, VH1).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Alec Baldwin (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Lindsay Lohan (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Mike Tyson and Christina Aguilera (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Chris Colfer, Kristen Wiig and Lenny Kravitz (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Carla Gugino;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mike Mills (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


Childrens Hospital
– If you have yet to become a devotee of this medical drama spoof that has starred or guest-starred nearly all of the truly funniest people in Hollywood, the third season’s as good a place as any to jump in. The season opener, “Run, Dr. Lola Spratt, Run,” the hospital has a quicksand emergency, but it happens on a weekend, when, of course, the doctors are MIA. Sy (Henry Winkler) tries to assemble them all, but Dr. Lola (Erinn Hayes), the resident trapped-in-quicksand expert, has a tough time getting there. Also, no spoilers on the specifics, but Jon Hamm makes another cameo.

Death of a Mars Rover
– NASA Rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars in January 2004 and were supposed to stay there for 90 days. But the duo lasted for seven years and collected some invaluable info along the way. This is their “True Hollywood Story“-ish special.

8:30PM | ESPN
National Spelling Bee Finals
– It’s the championship rounds of the 84th annual event. Last year’s winning word: stromuhr.

10PM | A&E
The First 48: Missing Persons
– The First 48 spin-off follows the missing persons unit of the Chicago police department, beginning with a search for a missing college student and a gang member who went MIA after a drug deal.

Love Bites
– This anthology series was originally scheduled for the 2010-11 season, but, well, you’ll see why it didn’t quite make the cut. In tonight’s opener, the most interesting installment revolves around a married man (Lost‘s Greg Grunberg) who’s given permission by his wife to have sex with his fantasy celebrity, Jennifer Love Hewitt. Then, he meets up with the real JLH on an airplane and makes an indecent proposal …

NY Ink
Ami James, from Miami Ink, realizes his dream of opening his own tattoo parlor in NYC.

Real Housewives of New York City
– As the women continue their adventure in Morocco, LuAnn has problems with a camel, but the big drama comes when Jill and Ramona finally decide to have it out.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s audition round 5 on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– After winning the season opener, the team faces problems when both its quarterbacks struggle on 4th & Forever (9PM, Current);
– ABC has game 2 of the NBA Finals (9PM, ABC);
– It’s Tex-Mex vs. Texas BBQ on 24 Hour Restaurant Battle (10PM, Food Network);
– The final two square off in the penultimate season 6 episode of America’s Best Dance Crew (10PM, MTV).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jake Gyllenhaal, Panic! At the Disco and Randy Jackson;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Tim Tebow;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Salman Kahn;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Will Ferrell (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Ed Helms (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Lil Jon and Rainn Wilson;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jason Sudeikis and Piers Morgan;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Nick Offerman and Maya Rudolph;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Dick Van Dyke;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Jason Winer (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


10PM | TNT
Men of a Certain Age
– The show is back for summer episodes of its second season, as Joe (Ray Romano) visits Manfro, his bookie, who’s about to undergo a delicate medical procedure; Terry (Scott Bakula) and Erin move forward in their relationship; and Owen (Andre Braugher) gets an interesting opportunity … from a competing car dealership.

American Pickers
– Keeping up with the network’s Civil War Week, the Pickers dudes search for collectibles on behalf of the Gettysburg Museum, then take part in a Civil War re-enactment.

Franklin & Bash
– Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) as one-half of a young pair of spunky attorneys … take that, Mr. Belding!

Man v. Food Nation
– In back-to-back eps of the Man v. Food spin-off, Adam travels to Connecticut to cheer on a college freshman who’s trying to eat 10 grilled cheese sandwiches in an hour, followed by a trip to Florida to coach a pro wrassler who’s trying to down 10 crazy-hot hot wings.

9:30PM | TLC
Extreme Couponing
– A stay-at-home mom and super couponer in Idaho takes her husband on one of her big coupon trips, hoping to spark his interest in big, big savings.

Hollywood Treasure
– Back-to-back episodes include gems like a cast-signed copy of The Wizard of Oz book, puppets and props from The Nightmare Before Christmas and cyborg heads from Terminator Salvation.

The Real World: Las Vegas
– The last few seasons have been tired, but you can’t say the show’s return to Vegas has been without major drama. Neither, of course, will the season end without a big dose of hubbub with the roomies.

The World According to Paris
– Is this new reality series another attempt to make you think Paris Hilton is famous for something other than being famous? Yes. Is it successful? That’s your call. But, no.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The delightful Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly star and scene-stealer of Bridesmaids, guests on the Ellen DeGeneres Show (Check local listings for time and channel);
– Audition rounds 3 and 4 unspool on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– In game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals (8PM, NBC), the Boston Bruins travel to Vancouver to take on the Canucks;
– The new series Haunted Collector (9PM, Syfy) follows a paranormal investigator on the hunt for haunted goodies;
Adam and Jamie see if they can actually dodge a bullet on MythBusters (9PM, Discovery);
– Classic Happy Days (10PM, The Hub): Joanie goes on a date with Spike, The Fonz’s lookalike nephew;
Rick and his Pawn Star$ cohorts are offered a 1915 Model T Ford (10PM, History);
– The new series Sand Masters (10PM, Travel) follows a team of sand sculptors, and no, we’re not talking about the stuff your kids build with their buckets at the beach … these are elaborate sculptures and real works of art;
– Butters is diagnosed with multiple personality disorder on South Park (10PM, Comedy Central);
– On Top Chef Masters (10PM), the culinary whizzes have to whip up tasty treats at a science fair;
– On Workaholics (10:30PM, Comedy Central), Anders and Blake feel left out when Adam falls for a rich cougar.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Eric Stonestreet (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Bill Moyers;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Robert Kennedy Jr.;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Bill Murray (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Aubrey Plaza and Steven Tyler (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Tyler Perry (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jesse Ferguson Tyler (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Tina Fey and Tom Welling (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): David Beckham;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Ted Leo (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


Million Dollar Decorators
– The show follows five Los Angeles interior designers, who work on some amazing, multi-million dollar design projects in the most fabulous L.A. homes, including those of celebs and Hollywood moguls.

America’s Got Talent
American Idol just concluded and The Voice is still going, but if you really feel the need for another talent search series in your boob tubing life this summer, here ya go.

Lee & Grant
– History Channel’s Civil War Week continues with this new special, with profiles of Civil War leaders Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, including a rundown of their major battles and their impact on American history.

NBA Finals
– It’s the Mavericks vs. the Heat, in Miami, in Game 1 of the NBA championship series.

Traffic Light
– Mike and Lisa have a new teenage babysitter, but she ends up needing a little babysitting of her own when she unleashes her teen angst on them.

10PM | MTV
16 & Pregnant
– Pregnant teen Izabella hid her pregnancy from her friends for eight months, and when she finally tells them about it, they question how much she thinks of them. Meanwhile, her babydaddy is creating extra stress for her by betraying her family’s trust.

– It’s a cookout-themed episode, as the chefs fire up grills and use classic condiments in their dishes.

Love Handles: Couples in Crisis
– If you think weight-loss series can’t get more emotional than The Biggest Loser, check out this new series (from Jersey Shore creator Sally Ann Salsano) about overweight couples going through intense physical workouts and painful therapy sessions to save their lives and their marriages.

10PM | NBC
The Voice
– It’s round four, the final round, of the head-to-head battles, as the contestants compete for the final spot on their coaches teams.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A special episode of Great Performances (Check local listings for time and channel, PBS) celebrates the 120th anniversary of Carnegie Hall with a concert that includes performances by Yo-Yo Ma and Audra McDonald;
– BBQ in Austin and Boston is featured on Eat Street (8PM, Cooking Channel);
– Daffy offers boxing lessons and Speedy’s pizza business takes off on The Looney Tunes Show (8PM, Cartoon Network);
– Tonight’s three-hour block of The Office on TBS (8PM) includes the birth of CeCe Halpert;
– An arctic storm ends King Crab season on Deadliest Catch (9PM, Discovery);
– On the series premiere of Deception With Keith Barry (10PM, Discovery), the titular mentalist examines the art of deception;
– It’s the 4th season premiere of The Little Couple (10PM, TLC);
– There’s a new Tosh.O on Comedy Central (10PM);
– Norm’s dishing about the NBA Finals and other sporty topics on the Sports Show With Norm Macdonald (10:30PM, Comedy Central).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Pete Holmes and Sarah Silverman (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jimmy Fallon;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): James B. Stewart;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kate Hudson, Emmylou Harris and Rich Eisen (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jennifer Lopez and Jesse Ferguson Tyler (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Terence Howard;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Carson Daly and Flavor Flav;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Elmo, Jennifer Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Ray Romano;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Bill Hader (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


4th and Forever
– The documentary series covers Long Beach Polytechnic High School, named by Sports Illustrated as the Sports School of the Century in 2005, and the high school that’s sent more players to the NFL than any other high school in the country (Marcedes Lewis and DeSean Jackson among them). However, in 2009, the school had its worst season in 15 years and lost to its local rival for the first time in more than two decades. The series, then, covers the school’s football players as they struggle with the pressure to succeed not just for the school and the community, but also for themselves, since playing well and earning a scholarship is the only way many of them can get out of that community and a future that may be filled with drugs, gangs and violent crime. PS – Among the other alumni from Long Beach Poly: Tony Gwynn, Billie Jean King, John Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Cameron Diaz and Carl Weathers.

How to Die in Oregon
– Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, the documentary focuses on Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act, which has allowed legal physician-assisted suicide since 1994.

So You Think You Can Dance
– Another season kicks off with two rounds of auditions.

Code Wars: America’s Cyber Threat
– The special includes an investigation of the nasty computer virus Stuxnet, hackers who’ve tried to break into U.S. government computers and the uber-secret National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside
– Gaga sits down for an hour-long chat about her childhood, her new album and her favorite city, NYC.

24 Hour Restaurant Battle
– Among the contestants’ projects: a gastropub and a German beer hall.

10PM | MTV
America’s Best Dance Crew
Kanye West issues challenges to the last three crews, and then one of them is eliminated and the top two is revealed.

Real Housewives of New York City
– A fortune teller and a snake charmer factor into a birthday party the women attend while in Morocco, but neither one causes as much trouble as the mere fact that the women are together in Morocco.

Secret Diary of a Call Girl
– Ben asks Belle to give up her business and become a one-man girl.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– On Naked Science (8PM, NGC), a biochemist tries to collect venom from some of the deadliest snakes in the world to see if it can be used to save lives;
Andy Cohen dishes about tonight’s RHoNYC on Watch What Happens (11PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Dana Carvey;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jon Ronson (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Alison Klayman (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Ray Romano;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Piers Morgan and Scott Weiland;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Randy Jackson;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Mike Tyson and Christina Aguilera;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): James McAvoy and Gilbert Gottfried;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Seth Green;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (REPEAT).

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