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30 Rock
– What Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) has planned for her summer vacation? A relaxing time in the Hamptons, in a cool house, where she’ll spend her days sipping libations and relaxing on a lounge chair … until she meets her summer neighbor, Tracy (Tracy Morgan). Meanwhile, Jack (Alec Baldwin) is missing his wife, and thinks Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) makes a fine substitute, and Jenna (Jane Krakowski) has to choose between boyfriend Paul (Will Forte) and her career when she becomes the spokesperson for the Wool Council. Bonus: The always fantastic Victor Garber.

American Idol
– Results show, and I’m guessing it’s Jacob who’ll get the boot. Also, judge J.Lo and Lady Antebellum perform.

Big Bang Theory
– Raj tries to cure his fear of talking to women, while Penny spies on Leonard and Priya.

– It’s paintball war, round two, in this first part of this two-part episode, which features a guest appearance by Lost star Josh Holloway.

– Nate Haskell takes it up a notch when he kidnaps Ray’s ex wife and leaves a note … written in blood.

– Percy goes after Alex, and it is an understatement to say he’s one scary dude.

The Office
– Deangelo (Will Ferrell) … is he crazy like a fox, or just plain crazy? It’s tough to tell the difference, especially when he hatches a plan to create his own inner circle by playing favorites in the office.

9:30PM | NBC
Parks & Recreation
– It’s Ron Swanson’s birthday, and he’ll avoid a party if he wants to. Elsewhere, Parker Posey guest stars as Leslie’s former BFF, who stirs up trouble for Pawnee-ians.

10PM | CBS
The Mentalist
– When a prison guard is murdered outside a jewelry store, Jane thinks an inmate is the culprit, while Rigsby looks to his father (guest star William Forsythe) for answers.

Pawn Queens
– It’s a pawn shop show for the ladies, by ladies, catering to a female clientele. The titular pawn queens are Nikki and Minda, who operate a Chicago pawn shop aimed at female customers. In back-to-back openers, the women host an auction to pay their hefty tax bill, so … guessing that they’re not yet quite as successful as their Pawn Star$ counterparts on the History Channel.

Real Housewives of New York City
– Wondering where Jill‘s been the last few episodes? Yeah, me neither. But she’s back, from a trip to Australia, tonight, and though she claims to be a new woman, she jumps right back into her mean chica ways when she gossips about Ramona while at lunch with the others. Ramona, meanwhile, gets into her own battle Cindy, who’s put in her place by Sonja.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Damon tells Stefan about their newest challenge on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– I cannot wait to find out what the “scareousel” is on Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
Precious Life (8:30PM, HBO) is a documentary about a 4-month-old Palestinian boy who needs a life-saving transplant that can only be performed at an Israeli hospital;
– Could a hearing-impaired teen girl be the cold-blooded killer on Bones (9PM, Fox);
– Callie and Arizona’s wedding nears, while Der and Mer have baby fever on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC);
– Two competitors opening Asian eateries battle it out on 24 Hour Restaurant Battle (10PM, Food Network);
– The Hub is re-airing the Family Ties series finale (10PM);
– Cooper and Charlotte are also headed to the chapel on Private Practice (10PM, ABC).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): John Krasinski;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jon Meacham;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Bill James;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jodie Foster;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Ralph Macchio and Wanda Sykes;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Eva Mendes and Carlos Santana;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Chris Hemsworth;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Tina Fey and Tom Welling;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Phil Rosenthal and Juliette Lewis;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Dan Harmon.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


– The finale of what has been a fantastic, Emmy-worthy sophomore season is called “Bloody Harlan,” and if you think that refers to battle, right you are. Tensions between Boyd (Walt Goggins) and the Bennetts reach a boiling point, and pretty much everyone in town has a weapon in his or her hand. And, though Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Winona (Natalie Zea) were planning to skip town and leave the craziness behind, a missing person case drags the lawman back into the thick of the war, which is going to end with more than one major character taking a bullet.

American Idol
– It’s “Now and Then” week, meaning the final five will sing one current song and one song from the 1960s and that we will see what a baby James Durbin looked like.

The Middle
– A day to herself sounds like the perfect Mother’s Day present to Frankie, but, of course, that doesn’t go as planned.

Boston Rob’s team has to vote out one of its own, while a four-person battle unfolds at Redemption Island.

Modern Family
– Phil and Jay make for one of the best, most awkwardly funny, pairings on the show, and that’s certainly the case when they decide to work together to prepare Mother’s Day dinner tonight.

9:30PM | TLC
Extreme Couponing
– A super couponer tries to gather 700 items to donate, without spending a dime.

9:30PM | ABC
Cougar Town
– Grayson tries to bond with Travis, just as Jules decides to finally let her son start making some decisions on his own.

Animal Fugitives
– In the opener of the series that features footage of animals on the loose, a chimp escapes in suburban neighborhood.

10PM | NBC
Law & Order: SVU
– You may like him better as a good guy, but John Stamos makes a fine baddie, too, as in this SVU installment, where he plays a creepy dude taking advantage of women and their babies.

10PM | MTV
The Real World
Heather‘s plan for getting over Dustin? Making out with Nany. Meanwhile, Naomi takes a pregnancy test.

South Park
– Just like Comedy Central, the Special Ed department at the elementary school decides to launch a comedy awards show, with Jimmy as host. But things turn serious when someone makes a joke about the Germans not having a sense of humor.

Spouse vs. House
– Couples who are feeling a little skint get everything they need to perform some nifty renovations in this new home makeover series. The catch? One half of the couple has to move out temporarily and trust the other half to do all the work.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The final four are in Morocco, where they have to balance tea trays on their heads while dancing on America’s Next Top Model (9PM, The CW);
– There may be a serial killer on the loose in a North Carolina mountain town on Criminal Minds (9PM, CBS);
– A torpedo and a truck full of wine are among the experiments on MythBusters (9PM, Discovery);
– The team is hired to protect a copy, the only copy, of The Goonies movie sequel on Breaking In (9:30PM, Fox);
– Cooper and Fickler are caught up in the case of a death row inmate who’s demanding a retrial based on Fickler’s evidence on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (10PM, CBS);
– Sure, they can whip up fancy food, but how will the Top Chef Masters (10PM, Bravo) do when they have to work the drive-thru of a fast food joint?;
The Electric Barbarellas (11PM, MTV) is yet another “making the band” reality series.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Eva Mendes;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): David Barton;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Amy Farrell;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Betty White and Rick Harrison;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Chris Hemsworth and Kate Hudson;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Paul Walker and Mike Rowe;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Kenneth Branagh and Ellie Kemper;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Alec Baldwin;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): John Water and Pauley Perrette;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Sarah Vowell.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


The Voice
– If you missed last week’s premiere, it’s not too late to get in on the fun of this latest reality singing competition, as round two of the blind auditions kick off and the mentors – Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera – continue to battle it out to entice the most talented singers onto their teams.

– Sue teaches everyone about the power of the press when she takes over the school newspaper and prints some veeeery interesting stories.

The Looney Tunes Show
– Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are back in this Looney revamp, which finds the two living in the suburbs as neighbors with other Looney Tunes cohorts, like Marvin the Martian and Yosemite Sam. PS – Check out my list of the top 10 best classic Looney Tunes ‘toons ever, at TV Squad.

– Flashback time! When Tony’s former partner is murdered, he remembers his early time in Baltimore, including his first meeting with Gibbs.

Raising Hope
– Anytime the episode is Burt-centric, meaning we get a bigger than usual dose of star Garret Dillahunt‘s comedic skills, it’s a good thing. Tonight, we find out that Burt is quite skilled at flirting.

10PM | MTV
16 & Pregnant
Jamie is a straight-A student who not only finds herself pregnant, but who is also stuck with a babydaddy she’s trying to mold into being the kind of dad she never had.

– In the mystery basket: beef and chocolate frosting … that’s in the entree basket.

10PM | CBS
The Good Wife
– Oh, it’s on: Alicia confronts Kalinda about the Peter affair.

How the States Got Their Shapes
– In this fun new series (hosted by my fellow Ohio University alum Brian Unger – go Bobcats!), the title is literal, as in the premiere, where we find out how water played a major role in How the States Got Their Shapes.

My Life as Liz
– Louis has some surprising news for Liz, while Bryson finally has to face up to his feelings for the one he let get away.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Tim Gunn helps the contestants with Cinderella-themed makeovers on The Biggest Loser: Couples (8PM, NBC);
– Nathan, Julian and Clay all coach Jamie’s Little League game on One Tree Hill (8PM, The CW);
– Results from last night’s performance show on Dancing With the Stars (9PM, ABC);
– Deeks goes undercover to protect a friend on NCIS: Los Angeles (9PM, CBS);
– Lisa decides to use GPS to keep track of Mike on Traffic Light (9:30PM, Fox);
– The NFL draft is among the major topics on The Norm McDonald Show (10:30PM, Comedy Central).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Steve Martin and Atticus Shaffer;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Rachel Maddow;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Rex Ryan;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Caroline Kennedy and Ty Burrell;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Idris Elba;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Anthony Hopkins and Andre Agassi;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Elmo, Jennifer Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Geoffrey Rush;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Shane Smith.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


10PM | ABC
– When Beckett heads to Los Angeles to track down a lead on the person she suspects of murdering her former partner, Castle tags along and visits the set of the movie adaptation of his book, Heat Wave. Among the episode’s guest stars: Gene Simmons, D.B. Sweeney and Prison Break star Dominic Purcell.

– It’s supposed to be a spy-free event when Chuck agrees to focus on his bachelor party, but some unexpected visitors, plus Ellie’s discovery of some major info on her dad’s old computer, take the celebration in a different direction.

Candice Bergen guest stars as cuddy’s mother, who threatens her daughter and House’s medical licenses when she considers filing a lawsuit against the hospital.

How I Met Your Mother
– While Ted plans a romantic weekend with Zoey, Barney and Marshall argue about the Arcadian.

Kid in a Candy Store
Adam‘s quest: Find sweet treats with tropical flavor, like Rainbow Coconut Bars and Turkish Taffy.

Bethenny Ever After
– While preparing for the Skating With the Stars finale, Bethenny also tries to plan family time with Jason and plan her big bus tour.

10PM | MTV
The Hard Times of RJ Berger
Weezer guest stars as RJ tries to figure out a way to snag fake IDs and tix to a 21-and-over concert by the band, all to impress Amy.

10PM | CBS
Hawaii Five-O
Rick Springfield guest stars as a famous fashion photog who meets a violent end when he goes to Hawaii to shoot the cover of a magazine’s swimsuit issue.

Nurse Jackie
– Jackie continues to freak about Kevin encouraging a match up between Eddie and Kevin’s sister, while Coop is freaking out about his moms and Mrs. Akalitus is in a tizzy because the hospital’s religious statues are being removed.

– People obsessed with their fantasy lives is the topic, and includes a creepy California dude who persists in living as a baby.

11PM | TBS
– Is Will Ferrell going to make good on his threat to shave Conan‘s beard? Tonight’s the night we’ll find out.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Teddy has doubts about Marco when he catches him in a lie on 90210 (8PM, The CW);
– It’s week seven of performances on Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC);
– The only one sure about Amy moving in with Ricky is Amy on The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– Is Senior ready to make up with Junior and Mikey on American Chopper: Senior Vs. Junior (9PM, Discovery)?;
– Jury tampering is just the tip of the iceberg when a crooked city official gets away with misdeeds on The Chicago Code (9PM, Fox);
– Leila and Michael try to rescue Simon on The Event (9PM, NBC);
– Serena threatens what could be a very happy moment for Blair on Gossip Girl (9PM, The CW);
– Four back-to-back episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Comedy Central (9PM);
– Bad news threatens Emily’s career on Make It or Break It (9PM, ABC Family);
– The detectives investigate a series of bank robberies that also involve kidnapping on Law & Order: Los Angeles (10PM, NBC);
– Back-to-back new Pawn Star$ episodes (10PM, History) features original Spider-Man artwork.

And the late-night line-up:
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Philip K. Howard;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Francis Fukuyama;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Tracy Morgan and Rex Ryan;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Paul Walker and Donny and Marie Osmond;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Mark Ruffalo and Yvette Nicole Brown;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Rene Russo and k.d. lang;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Judd Apatow and LL Cool J;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Matt Lucas and Mindy Kaling;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mark Burnett (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


The Office
– It takes a super-sized episode to bid adieu to Michael Scott, not the World’s Best Boss (despite the mug he purchased for himself), but definitely one of TV land’s all-time greatest characters. Steve Carell leaves the show in time for the rest of the season to play out as the search for Michael’s replacement, but he gets plenty of love tonight as his co-workers all pay their respects and realize how much they’re going to miss his crazy ways.

American Idol
Bruno Mars and Crystal Bowersox perform as the Top 6 becomes the Top 5.

Big Bang Theory
– When Priya dissects Sheldon’s roommate agreement, he’s so distressed that the women take him out dancing.

– It’s baby time, as Shirley goes into labor during an anthropology exam, pushing Papa Chang into action.

9:52PM | NBC
Parks & Recreation
– While Jerry’s busy getting the attention of the local art world (can’t wait to see what comprises the Pawnee art world), Leslie decides she’s had it with Chris’ rules on office romance.

10PM | CBS
The Mentalist
– Donny Culpepper, the guy Jane hired to break into LaRoche’s home, comes back to haunt him tonight.

Real Housewives of New York City
Ramona throws a hissy fit when her wine isn’t available at Cindy’s birthday soiree.

10:30PM | NBC
30 Rock
– Liz Lemon decides to give her apartment a makeover, while Tracy realizes the office underwent a makeover while he was gone, meaning Kenneth, Grizz and Dot Com are tighter than ever, but sans Tracy.

Watch What Happens Live: Royal Wedding Spectacular
Countess LuAnn joins Andy Cohen in counting down to the big Prince William/Kate Middleton nuptials.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
20/20 (8PM, ABC) gives us another preview of tomorrow’s royal wedding;
– Stefan and Elena fear the romantic day they have planned will be their last thanks to Klaus’ plan on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– Jeff sees an old photo of himself that sends him reeling on Rules of Engagement (8:30PM, CBS);
– The team wonders if honesty is the best policy when they follow the behavior of the honest, but now dead, victim they’re investigating on Bones (9PM, Fox);
– He’s baaaack. Nate Haskell returns to terrorize a woman, via her father, on CSI (9PM, CBS);
– Teddy is happy that Andrew Perkins (James Tupper) returns on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC);
– Alex and Jaden put Nathan in the middle of a government argument on Nikita (9PM, The CW);
– It’s Southern comfort chow vs. Jersey diner nosh on 24-Hour Restaurant Battle (10PM, Food Network);
– Season two of Break It Down (10PM, NGC) kicks off with the demolition of the old Yankee Stadium;
– Cooper worries Violet isn’t over her ex on Private Practice (10PM, ABC).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Seth Rogen (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): William Cohan;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Wade Graham;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Chris Hemsworth and Dr. Phil;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Judd Apatow;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Mike Tyson (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Sofia Vergara;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Tim McGraw and Ice-T;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Tom Selleck;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mark Burnett.

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