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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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8PM | FOX – 10TH SEASON FINALE
American Idol
– Will it be Scotty or Lauren? All will be revealed in tonight’s two-hour finale, which includes a reunion of the top 13 and performances by Bono and The Edge with the cast of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Jack Black and Steven Tyler.

CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR TIME AND CHANNEL – SERIES FINALE
Oprah
– Farewell to The Big O.

8PM | ABC – 2ND SEASON FINALE
The Middle
– Frankie thinks she can safely close the door on another school year, until she finds out Brick has to write a journal (a whole year’s worth of journals, actually) before moving on to the next grade, while Sue has to prove she never took a sick day to get an attendance award.

9PM | TRAVEL CHANNEL – SERIES PREMIERE
Man v. Food Nation
– Host Adam Richman previews his M v. F spin-off series, which finds viewers taking on food challenges in their local restaurants.

9PM | ABC – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Modern Family
– Jay insists he just wants to go fishing for his birthday, and when his family ignores his wishes, they get into some sticky situations.

9:30PM | ABC – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Cougar Town
– Travis’ surprise move to Hawaii gives Jules and her pals an excuse for a vacation, and Grayson has a surprise of his own: he wants children.

9:30PM | TLC
Extreme Couponing
– A super coupon clipper in Arizona shows how she feeds her family of six for just $50 a week.

10PM | CBS – SERIES FINALE
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
– A serial killer is going after his victims by shooting them in public places, and Beth (Janeane Garofalo) is in danger. And yes, you read that correctly … it’s the show’s series finale. Here’s hoping Oscar winner Forest Whitaker finds another, more engaging, series.

10PM | MTV
The Real World
Nany‘s got her hands full with the bad boys, as she finds out the truth about her father and gets a visit from former castmate/hookup Adam.

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
South Park
– If there’s anyone who could possibly come up with a way to help babies born addicted to drugs, it would be Cartman, right? Right?

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Kevin Nealon and Ben Harper;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Will Ferrell (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Lupe Fiasco (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kevin Bacon;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Chaz Bono;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Ken Jeong;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jesse Tyler Ferguson;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Lucy Liu;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Norm Macdonald;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Todd Phillips.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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9PM | FOX – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Glee
– The New Direction kids head to the Big Apple, where they compete at Nationals and do and few song-and-dance numbers in NYC landmarks like Times Square and Central Park.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– It’s down to Scotty and Lauren in season 10’s final performance show, with the winner announced in tomorrow night’s two-hour, celeb-packed finale.

8PM | NBC – 11TH SEASON FINALE
The Biggest Loser
– The $250,000 winner, i.e. biggest loser, is revealed, while the eliminated players return to see who nabs the $100,000 at home prize.

9PM | ABC – 12TH SEASON FINALE
Dancing With the Stars
The Go-Gos and the Black Eyed Peas perform (yes, I know, there are like two shows in all of primetime the Peas haven’t performed on at this point) as the winner of the mirrorball trophy is revealed.

10PM | MTV
16 & Pregnant
Kayla, a pregnant teen who’s battled anorexia, starts to panic when she gains pregnancy weight.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– The episode’s called “Have a Heart,” which refers to the duck tickers the contestants have to use in their appetizers.

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Tosh.0
– Tonight’s topics: “stuff girls shouldn’t say,” Daniel’s new invention and a Web Redemption for Brian Collins, the “Boom Goes the Dynamite” dude.

10PM | NBC
The Voice
– It’s part three (of four) of the head-to-head battle round, and Monica and Reba McEntire return to help advise the coaches.

10:30PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Sports Show With Norm McDonald
Norm chats about Korean golfers and the lack of openly gay athletes in professional sports.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
The vittles of the Biryani Cart in NYC are among the tasty street foods featured on Eat St. (8PM, Cooking Channel);
The Looney Tunes Show (8PM, Cartoon Network);
– A new How the States Got Their Shapes (10PM, History) focuses on how states’ rebellion, including Texas, Montana and the Carolinas, led to their shapes;
– Rosie puts a new father through daddy boot camp on the season 1 finale of Pregnant in Heels (10PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Melissa McCarthy and Topher Grace;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Keira Knightley (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): John Bradshaw (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Brad Paisley and Ewan McGregor;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Demetri Martin, Ben Harper and Meredith Vieira;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Jack Black and The Script;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Britney Spears and Taylor Lautner;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Ed Helms and The Cars;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Courteney Cox;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mike Mills and Foster the People.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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9PM | HBO
Too Big to Fail
Curtis Hanson (8 Mile) directs and Peter Gould (Breaking Bad) wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of Andrew Ross Sorkin‘s bestselling book about the 2008 financial crisis. The flick revolves around the efforts of government officials and Wall Streeters to control the disaster, and the all-star cast includes Paul Giamatti as Ben Bernanke, Billy Crudup as Timothy Geithner, William Hurt as Henry Paulson, Ed Asner as Warren Buffet, Dan Hedaya as Barney Frank, James Woods as Dick Fuld and Bill Pullman as Jamie Dimon. And stay tuned after the movie for Too Big to Fail: Opening the Vault to the Financial Crisis (10:45PM), in which Sorkin, financial experts and journalists discuss the events portrayed in the movie.

CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR TIME AND CHANNEL
Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular
– In part one of the two-episode celebration leading up to The Big O’s series finale, Will Smith, Tom Hanks and Madonna are among the celebs who pop in to pay homage to Oprah.

8PM | FOX – 7TH SEASON FINALE
House
– House goes completely over the top (even by House standards), and it may mean the end of his relationships with both Wilson and Cuddy. Especially since Cuddy, a.k.a. Lisa Edelstein, is leaving the series …

8:30PM | FOOD NETWORK – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Kid in a Candy Store
– Among the treats Adam samples on factory tours: Moon Pies and the yummy candy bars of the Zingermans company, including the Zzang and Wowza bars.

9PM | ABC – 7TH SEASON PREMIERE
The Bachelorette
Brad Womack‘s runner-up, dental student Ashley Hebert, meets 25 dudes who vie for her attention, including one who, on the first night, “introduces” her to his mother (via speakerphone … still creepy), one she already knows and one who gets sloppy drunk.

9PM | FOX – SERIES FINALE
The Chicago Code
– Another good show bites the dust. Sigh. In the series ender, Teresa and Jarek lay all their cards on the table in the case against Gibbons, and Jarek vows to make things right at home.

9PM | NBC – SERIES FINALE
The Event
– Simon, Vicky, Sterling and Sean race to stop the spreading of the virus, and the portal begins to open.

9PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New Jersey
– More fallout from last week’s season opener: The Brownstone hosts a fashion show, and Teresa‘s cousin Kathy makes the mistake of trying to throw her weight around … with Caroline.

10PM | DISCOVERY FIT & HEALTH – SERIES PREMIERE
World’s Worst Teens
– Take the title literally (or, as Parks and Recreation‘s Chris would say, “lit-rally”) … these are troubled teens, including tonight’s violent, drug-abusing 14-year-old.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– it’s the final performance show of the season for Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC);
– It’s time for Adrian’s baby shower, but everyone’s busy fighting on The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– The OCC crew makes a Deadliest Catch bike on American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior (9PM, Discovery);
– It’s a two-hour block of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Comedy Central (9PM);
Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner guest star on the season 2 finale of Make It or Break It (9PM, ABC Family);
– Secret Seattle sights are the topic on Off Limits (9PM, Travel);
Glee star Chris Colfer has a compelling chat with Piers on Piers Morgan Tonight (9PM, CNN);
– RJ tries to get back at Max for ruining his birthday on The Hard Times of RJ Berger (10PM, MTV);
– The detectives deal with a fire in Malibu, and discover a second fire was started to cover up a crime on Law & Order: Los Angeles (10PM, NBC);
– Coop considers starting a family and contacts an old fling via Facebook on Nurse Jackie (10PM, Showtime);
– Food Net stars reveal the restaurants that serve what they consider to be the best fried chicken on Best Thing I Ever Ate (10:30PM, Food Network);
– Tara has an abusive new alter, prompting Dr. Hattaras to introduce her to the co-chair of the psych department on United States of Tara (10:30PM, Showtime).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Ken Jeong;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Albert Brooks (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Geoffrey Rush (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Eric Stonestreet and Lady Gaga;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Dustin Hoffman and The Script;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Norm Macdonald and Jerry Springer;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Wanda Sykes and Ashley Hebert;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Matthew Bomer and Queen Latifah;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Jack Black;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Adam Carolla.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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8 and 9PM | THE CW – 6TH SEASON FINALE
Supernatural
– In back-to-back episodes, a demon kidnaps Ben and Lisa to get to Dean, then that little wall in Sam’s head, the one that keeps his creepiest memories at bay, fails, and he’s forced to deal with the nasty, nasty fallout.

8PM | ID
Children of Promise: The Legacy of Robert F. Kennedy
Mandy Patinkin narrates this powerful special, which covers the important work done by the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, an agency that helps young victims of crime, violence and neglect. The show unfolds three examples of actual kids helped by the program, including a man who, at age 14, was involved in a gang-related murder, and is now the Deputy Director of the New Jersey Division of Child Behavioral Health Services.

8PM | NBC
Friday Night Lights
– Julie delays her return to college, Eric gets a great review in a magazine article and Luke deals with new from TMU.

8PM | FOX – 3RD SEASON FINALE
Kitchen Nightmares
Gordon tries to save another restaurant from doom, all the while being way nastier than he needs to be.

9PM | TLC
Say Yes to the Dress
– Who needs enemies with family like this: A bride falls in love with a dress, but her fam tells her it makes her look like a cupcake.

10PM | ABC
20/20
– The episode’s all about infomercials, including a test of some of the most popular As Seen on TV products. Still regretting I never got one of those Pocket Fishermans, which – did you know? – are still available!

11PM | VH1
Storytellers
Cee Lo Green performs and talks about the motivations behind his best tunes.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Zach Galifianakis is the guest on Real Time With Bill Maher (10PM, HBO);
– The always hilarious Joel McHale serves up another delicious bowl of The Soup (10PM, E!);
– New Whitest Kids U’Know (10:30PM) on IFC.

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Tracy Morgan;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Kirstie Alley;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Khloe Kardashian;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jim Belushi;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Carrie Fisher;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Bill Carter.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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9PM | NBC – 7TH SEASON FINALE
The Office
– Jim is the head of the committee to hire Michael’s replacement, and that leads to a string of all-star guests, including Jim Carrey, Ray Romano, James Spader, Will Arnett and Ricky Gervais, who all apply for the gig. Also wanting the big job: Andy, Darryl and, of course, Dwight Kurt Schrute III.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– Results show, as 50 Cent performs and we learn which two will be competing for the season 10 AI title.

8PM | CBS – 4TH SEASON FINALE
Big Bang Theory
– When Leonard and Priya’s Star Trek bedroom fantasy proves to be too much, Raj moves in with Sheldon. Meanwhile, Howard is the subject of much ribbing when Bernadette gets her PhD and he’s the only one in the group without a doctorate degree.

9PM | FOX – 6TH SEASON FINALE
Bones
– When a bowler’s dead body is found in the automatic pinsetter, Booth goes undercover to try to nab his killer. And a very pregnant Angela continues working … via Webcam, from the hospital.

9PM | ABC – 7TH SEASON FINALE
Grey’s Anatomy
– Owen announces his choice for chief resident, and everyone finds out about Meredith’s dishonesty in Derek’s the clinical trial.

9PM | CBS – 3RD SEASON FINALE
The Mentalist
– In the two-hour, don’t-you-dare-miss-it season ender, the CBI mole is revealed and Jane comes face-to-face, finally, with Red John.

10 and 10:30PM | NBC – 3RD SEASON FINALE
Parks and Recreation
– In back-to-back episodes that wrap up the season, Chris has a health issue, Tom rethinks his career, Leslie has to organize a memorial service for a friend and Ben meets Leslie’s mom.

10PM | ABC – 4TH SEASON FINALE
Private Practice
– Addison has a new admirer and he looks an awful lot like Benjamin Bratt. Because he is Benjamin Bratt, who will join the show as a regular cast member next season.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
– Oh, the hilarity that has to ensue when Jill (Jill!) hosts an anti-bullying party. And invites Ramona.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The CW is rerunning the series finale of Smallville (8PM) in case you missed it last week;
– Engaged couples battle the big red balls on the spring finale of Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– It’s the season 5 finale of Rules of Engagement (8:30PM, CBS);
– Classic Family Ties (10:30PM, The Hub): Alex coaches Nick to be more like him, which Steven and Elyse love, but Mallory … not so much;
– Belle engages in some role playing – vampire-related role playing – on Secret Diary of a Call Girl (10:30PM, Showtime).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Will Ferrell (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Lisa P. Jackson;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Kareem Abdul-Jabbar;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kelly Ripa;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jack Black and Mike Huckabee;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Prince (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Albert Brooks and Chaz Bono;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Ellen Barkin;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Tony Shaloub and Sloane Crosley;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Brian Williams.

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