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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 19, 2012


10PM | FX
– In one of the TV season’s funniest guest spots, Burt Reynolds, Archer’s hero, lends his voice for “The Man From Jupiter,” in which the Smokey and the Bandit star is dating Archer’s mama, much to Sterling’s chagrin.

30 Rock
Kelsey Grammer returns (as himself), to help Jenna and Kenneth with a little issue, while Jack disapproves of Liz’s new boyfriend (guest star James Marsden) and Liz is busy trying to deal with blowback when a Tracy rant hits the Internet. Once again, ripped from today’s headlines …

American Idol
– The second night of first-round auditions go to Pittsburgh.

The Big Bang Theory
– In the show’s 100th episode, Leonard invites Penny to a romantic dinner. As Chachi Arcola would say, “Wa-wa-wa.”

Parks and Recreation
– Leslie and Ben find out that campaigning and romance may not make good bedfellows, while Chris tries to become BFFs with Ron Swanson.

The Office
– No good can come of this: Erin wants to make Andy jealous, which she attempts to do by flirting with one Dwight K. Schrute.

Project Runway All Stars
– The designers have to create an elegant cocktail dress. For Miss Piggy. For reals.

10PM | MTV
Jersey Shore
– Even though he’s missing his partner in bromance, the recently departed (not dead … he just hightailed it back to Staten Island) Vinny, Pauly celebrates his 31st birthday. Yeah, I know, 31 … told old to be actin’ like such a fool.

10PM | CBS
The Mentalist
– Jane goes all Mystery Inc. on the murder of a mobster’s son.

– This new Beavis and Butt-head-ish ‘toon revolves around Gary and Joel (voiced by Justin Long and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia producer/actor David “Rickety Cricket” Hornsby), two teen dorks who live largely without the restraints (and supervision) of adults. The series, produced by the It’s Always Sunny gang, also includes voicework from Fred Armisen, Romany Malco, Kristen Bell and Sunny‘s always awesome Kaitlin Olson.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Bonnie is reunited with her mom on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– A family edition of winter-themed Wipeout (8PM, ABC) includes “Pain in the Ice” and “Frosty Family Tree”;
– Richard performs his 10,000th surgery on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC);
– Carter meets Reese on Person of Interest (9PM, CBS);
Megan Mullally guests as a rival talk show host on Up All Night (9:30PM, NBC);
– Addison and Jake meet with potential surrogates on Private Practice (10PM, ABC);
Ralph Fiennes visits the clubhouse on Watch What Happens: Live (11PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Owen Smith;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Elizabeth Banks;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Carrie Rebora Barratt;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kathy Griffin;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Mark Cuban;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Tom Arnold;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Ewan McGregor;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Steven Wright;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Cory Booker and Foster the People (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 18, 2012


American Idol
– The new season opens with first round auditions in Savannah. Who’s excited for another season? Will you watch Idol, The Voice, both, neither? Are you still tired of singing competition series after X Factor and America’s Got Talent? Will Steven Tyler‘s nonsensical ramblings seem as charming this time around? Is it at all possible this season will produce a contestant we can all be excited about, someone on the level of a Chris Daughtry or Carrie Underwood?

The Middle
– Frankie is an official Super Bowl volunteer, but, surprise, that does not prove to be as exciting a job opportunity as she had hoped.

One Tree Hill
– Nathan heads off to Europe, while Dan stays behind to play family, and Millie has trouble being honest with Mouth.

Modern Family
– Yup … this would be the episode in which Lily drops the F-bomb.

9:30PM | ABC
Happy Endings
– Max (the scene-stealing Adam Pally) and Alex band together to try to get Dave to stop wearing v-neck tees. And yes, they call it an “in-T-vention.”

10PM | CBS
– Tick, tick, tick … that’s the clock counting down to Marg Helgenberger‘s departure, which happens in next week’s episode.

10PM | ABC
– Jack’s in danger after he trusts the wrong person, Charlotte wigs when she has to move back in with her mom and Daniel’s romantic agenda may carry some bad consequences for him.

10PM | USA
Royal Pains
– Eric Kassabian’s (guest star Wilmer Valderrama) life is still in danger, which Hank blames on Dr. Van Dyke (Kyle Howard).

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– George takes his neighbors on a trip to Atlantic City on Suburgatory (8:30PM, ABC);
– A series of murders in San Francisco remind the team of the Zodiac Killer on Criminal Minds (9PM, CBS);
– It’s Elka’s 90th birthday on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land) … yes, just like Betty White;
– On Law & Order: SVU (10PM, NBC), a private military contractor is sexually assaulted after an incident with protestors;
– On Toddlers & Tiaras (10PM, TLC), the kiddies compete for a $10,000 prize at the Universal Royalty Hollywood pageant;
Charlize Theron is the guest judge on Top Chef: Texas (10PM, Bravo);
Jimmy Fallon guests on Watch What Happens: Live (11PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Shaun White;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Joe Nocera;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): David Frum;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Michael Fassbender;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jennifer Garner;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Will Arnett;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Bill Cosby;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Dr. Sanjay Gupta and David Duchovny;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): The Decemberists and David Guetta (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 17, 2012


– Sure, Mags is gone, but there is still so much to love about the new season, including a throwdown between Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and frienemy Boyd (Walton Goggins), a new Detroit mobster (Neal McDonough) who comes to Harlan to start trouble, another local businessman (Mykelti Williamson) who may end up making Mags look like a bunny rabbit, a surprisingly domestic-minded Raylan and a new, and hilarious, set of BFFs: Dickie Bennett (Jeremy Davies) and Dewey Crowe (Damon Herriman).

– It’s the Nene Leakes episode, in which the Real Housewives of Atlanta star guests as swim coach Roz Washington. Also, Will plans to propose to Emma.

8 and 9PM | WE
Texas Multi Mamas
– On back-to-back episodes, Stephanie and her husband sign papers for their new home, but Stephanie tells Candace that her marriage is in trouble.

New Girl
– Jess plans Schmidt’s 29th birthday party. Mike Schmidt is turning 29?!? I know, I know, but the Hall of Fame third baseman (and Ohio University alum: Go Bobcats!) is always the Schmidt that comes to mind for me.

9:31PM | FOX
Raising Hope
– When Hope displays signs that her IQ is way above average, Jimmy is inspired to try to get his GED. And then Burt and Virginia, thinking they can’t let Jimmy be the smartest adult in the house, decide to go back to school, too. Homeroom with Burt … that would be fun times.

– In the apps mystery basket: frozen French fries. Like you need anything else?

10PM | NBC
– Adam and Kristina fret about the cost of Haddie’s college plans, Zeek gets surprising medical news and Crosby begins a new relationship.

– Lydia and John both gets new partners, and John’s is a no-nonsense cop who looks a lot like Lucy Liu. Because she is.

10PM | MTV
Teen Mom
Jenelle and Kieffer are back together (again), which causes problems between Jenelle and her mother (again). And this show is growing tiresome, especially with the news that Leah – who, spoiler alert, isn’t even with husband Corey anymore – is pregnant (again) with twins (again).

10PM | USA
White Collar
– In the midseason premiere, Neal and Peter have to work together to retrieve the kidnapped Mrs. Peter, a.k.a. Elizabeth, a.k.a. Tiffani Thiesen.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A Chinese buffet temptation, a water transfer challenge and a shocking decision by one competitor mark tonight’s new episode of The Biggest Loser (8PM, NBC);
– On Shipping Wars (9 and 9:30PM, A&E), Roy thinks hauling a mint-condition collectible is going to be easy peasy, but then he hits a big storm;
– Back-to-back new Storage Wars eps on A&E (10 and 10:30PM).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Antonio Banderas and Fred Armisen;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Liam Neeson;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Jennifer Granholm;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Ricky Gervais;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Adam Lambert;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Ne-Yo and Katherine Heigl;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Kyra Sedgwick;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Colin Firth;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Thievery Corporation.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 16, 2012


Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl
– Her Mary Tyler Moore Show co-stars, her Hot in Cleveland co-stars and funny people like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Joel McHale show up to celebrate the birthday of the national treasure that is Betty Marion White.

– Hurley! Lost alum Jorge Garcia stars (and J.J. Abrams produces) in this new drama about prisoners who mysteriously disappeared from Alcatraz prison years earlier, and are reappearing in the present.

Gossip Girl
Vera Wang guest stars as Vera Wang, who pops in at Blair’s wedding dress fitting.

Heat Seekers
Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking continue traveling the country to find the spiciest foods, starting with ghost pepper enchiladas and hot wings in Dallas.

How I Met Your Mother
– As Lily and Marshal prepare to move to the ‘burbs, their friends deal with it by going to a strip club.

The Mortified Sessions
– Filmmaker Edward Burns and actor/writer/Freaks and Geeks and Bridesmaids producer Paul Feig share their blasts from the pasts, including the genesis of Feig’s fondness for cross-dressing and Burns’ memories of his cop father’s fondness for locking him up in jail cells to deter him from engaging in “tough guy” behavior.

America’s Money Class With Suze Orman
– On tonight’s installment, Suze dishes on the cost of having a baby, retirement planning and the four documents every family must have to protect their future.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Kim tells everyone the truth about her boyfriend, and Lisa‘s launch party for her new lounge turns into a drama-laden affair. Of course.

Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
– Think Punk’d, with Betty White replacing Ashton Kutcher, and a gang of senior citizens replacing Kutcher’s minions. So, awesome, right?

10PM | ABC
– A dead body in the mayor’s motor pool jeopardizes Castle’s partnership with the police department, because the mayor arranged the deal and the mayor is in a mess o’ trouble.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Singer Matt Nathanson is too cool to be on this show, but nonetheless, enjoy his performance on The Bachelor (8PM, ABC);
– A three-hour marathon of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (8PM, Comedy Central) includes “Dee Gives Birth,” the season 7 premiere and “The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore”;
The Big O interviews the cast of Roots on Oprah and the Legendary Cast of Roots 35 years Later (8PM, OWN);
– Caleb is desperate to locate the MIA Lucas, but Hanna isn’t on Pretty Little Liars (8PM, Network);
– It’s the season two premiere of Being Human (9PM, Syfy);
– Three new inmates try to learn the rules (lest they face deadly consequence of their ignorance) on First Week In (9PM, Discovery);
– When Victoria is arrested, Molly asks Mike for help on Mike & Molly (9:30PM, CBS);
– Danny’s ex-wife goes into labor (early!) on Hawaii Five-O (10PM, CBS);
– On It’s a Brad, Brad World (10:15PM, Bravo), Brad meets with a writer about penning his memoirs, while, back in Los Angeles, his new assistant shows up hours late … on her first day;
Kyle Richards and her hubby Mauricio Umansky are Andy Cohen‘s guests on Watch What Happens: Live (11:15PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Kate Beckinsale;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jodi Kantor;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Rev. Scott Douglas;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Simon Baker and Seal;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Melissa McCarthy (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Don Cheadle (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Liam Neeson and Piers Morgan;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Lucy Liu and Kevin Sorbo;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Lisa Ling (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 13, 2012


Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
– Ty Pennington and crew have built more than 200 homes for deserving families in their nine seasons on the air, and as they, sadly, leave primetime as a regular series, they go out in a big, classy way: Building seven homes in seven days, a whole neighborhood, for families in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri.

One Life to Live
– The citizens of Llanview (Llanviewians?) bid daytime TV adieu, after more than 43 years on the air. Saddest of all: there will be just four daytime soaps left come Monday, and none filming in New York City.

Bo Derek guest stars as … Bo Derek, and she factors into a mission that includes Morgan facing some blowback from his days as the Intersect. Meanwhile, after tonight, just two more weeks before Chuck and his pals ride off into that big Buy More in the sky.

– A perfect family turns out to be anything but, which the CSI-ers discover while investigating a break-in at the fam’s home.

– Peter heads off on a dangerous mission to the alt world, where he plans to confront Walternate.

– When a fugitive seeks vengeance on the people who helped jail him, his tolerance for pain and crazy strength make Nick suspect he might be a monster.

– Dean is sent traveling, time traveling, back to 1944, where he is arrested by one Eliot Ness.

10PM | NGC
America’s Most Hated Family
– Documentarian Louis Theroux, who once spent and documented a summer with those Westboro Baptist Church folks in Kansas, revisits them for a week and finds out things have changed since last he visited. Oh, they’re still batshit wackadoo, but now the younger members have started to leave the flock, as the rest of them wait for the end of the world and continue to spew hate at pretty much everyone who isn’t one of their own.

10PM | CBS
Blue Bloods
– Oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh … Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Jackie are on the case of a diner murder, and their chief suspect: a fellow cop.

10PM | IFC
– It’s the one you’ve been waiting for: Doug and Claire obsess much over Battlestar Galactica.

Real Time With Bill Maher
Herman Cain is among the guests, though Jon Stewart has pretty much wring all the funny out of that opportunity.

10:30PM | IFC
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
– Todd tries to get Alice a job at her favorite restaurant and … well, you know.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A teenage girl abandons her newborn baby at the clinic on A Gifted Man (8PM, CBS);
Chef Ramsay helps modernize a Georgia eatery on Kitchen Nightmares (8PM, Fox);
– Percy threatens to get all destructive with Division unless Amanda lets him go on Nikita (8PM, The CW);
– New America’s Most Wanted on Lifetime (9PM);
Tenisha, Sherrie and Jared go to New York to support Shane on his music video on Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (9PM, Sundance);
Deadly Women (10PM, ID) is actually deadly girls tonight, as the episode focuses on murders committed by school-age females.

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Tony Bennett and Viggo Mortensen;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jennifer Hudson and Tilda Swinton;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Tracy Morgan (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): John Mulaney;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Kristen Bell;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Kreayshawn (REPEAT).

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