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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – September 26, 2011

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10PM | SHOWTIME – 7TH SEASON FINALE
Weeds
– The season lost a little steam towards the end, but here’s hoping for a last-minute rebound as Nancy deals with the fact that one son, Silas, is not on her side, while the other, Shane, is trying to protect her from Detective Ouellette. And then there’s Doug, who’s desperately trying to keep his hedge fund scam going.

CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR TIME AND CHANNEL | PBS – 42ND SEASON PREMIERE
Sesame Street
– Science and technology are the themes for the new season, which will also include spoofs on Glee and The Deadliest Catch and guest stars like Robin Williams, Seth Rogen, Mila Kunis, John Krasinski, Joel McHale and Andy Samberg.

1PM | ABC – SERIES PREMIERE
The Chew
Mario Batali, Top Chef alum Carla Hall, What Not to Wear co-host Clinton Kelly and Food Network chef Michael Symon host this daily foodie show that replaces All My Children.

8PM | THE CW – 5TH SEASON PREMIERE
Gossip Girl
– Serena makes a big boo-boo at her Hollywood job, and, while visiting her in Los Angeles, Nate meets an older woman (Elizabeth Hurley).

8PM | CBS
How I Met Your Mother
– Ted tries to make nice with a girl he once cheated on, while Barney makes a bet with Marshall and Lily that may mean Marshall has to wear Barney’s ducky tie.

8PM | FOX – SERIES PREMIERE
Terra Nova
– The sci-fi drama finds colonists (including Life on Mars star Jason O’Mara) travelling back to prehistoric times to create a new civilization because, well, their present one has become so miserable. Of course, they’re going to have to deal with dinosaurs that want to eat them, and a military-minded leader (Avatar‘s Stephen Lang) who wants them to fit neatly into his agenda. Yeah, I know, I can’t help but think Land of the Lost myself, but at least the special effects are less cheesy, as they should be considering Steven Spielberg is among the show’s producers. Bottom line: to watch or not to watch … yes, definitely worth checking out, but don’t set that season pass just yet.

9PM | THE CW – SERIES PREMIERE
Hart of Dixie
Rachel Bilson plays a heart surgeon who moves to a small town in Alabama to share a practice when she’s told she needs to work on her bedside manner. Lost you at “Rachel Bilson plays a heart surgeon,” didn’t I? The O.C. alum has her charms, but this show might not be the best use of them. Still, I’ll probably watch a couple more episodes, especially since equally charming Friday Night Lights alums Scott Porter and Cress Williams are in the cast.

9PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
– It’s been all about Taylor so far this season, but the new chick enters the fray tonight when Kyle hosts a charity event and Brandi Glanville, the ex-Mrs. Eddie Cibrian, attends and immediately ruffles some feathers.

10PM | LOGO
The A-List: New York
Derek and the gang head to Atlantic City for Austin‘s bachelor party and Nyasha‘s concert.

10PM | ABC
Castle
– Castle and Beckett are chasing a vigilante who may be responsible for murder and who also may be wearing a superhero costume while out doing his vigilante work.

10PM | CBS
Hawaii Five-O
– So … that happened last week. Tonight, the action continues as McGarrett’s back in action, but the Governor assigns a new officer to keep an eye on McGarrett and the Five-0 team.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The jive and the quickstep are on tap for the contestants on tonight’s Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC);
– Eight more groups perform in the second part of the season premiere of The Sing-Off (8PM, NBC);
The Bling Ring (9PM, Lifetime) is the Lifetime flick, starring Jennifer Grey, based on the true story of the group of teens who burglarized celebs’ homes in Hollywood in 2008 and 2009;
– The weekly four-ep It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia marathon on Comedy Central (9PM) includes the gang’s Lethal Weapon 5 flick;
– Season two of Mike & Molly (9:30PM, CBS) opens with Molly (awesome first time Emmy winner Melissa McCarthy) starting to plan her wedding to Mike;
– On Alphas (10PM, Syfy), season one wraps with Red Flag stepping up its war on the Department of Defense;
– On Cake Boss (10PM, TLC), Buddy bakes an edible chandelier cake that has to hang upside down;
– A Civil War drum is among the goodies brought into the store on back-to-back Pawn Star$ (10PM, History);
– On the season two finale of The Big C (10:30PM, Showtime), Cathy decides to do something special to ring in the New Year after Lee’s death;
– John-John finds out that one of his relatives is a zombie on Death Valley (10:30PM, MTV).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Kevin Hart, Neal Brennan and Taylor Lautner;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Ron Paul;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Radiohead;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Seth Rogen;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Ryan Gosling;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Dana Delany;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Elmo and Andy Samberg;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Jonah Hill;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): The Decemberists and David Guetta.

 

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – September 23, 2011

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11PM | VH1 CLASSIC
Nirvana: Live at the Paramount
– Sept. 24 is the 20th anniversary of Nirvana‘s seminal Nevermind album, and VH1 Classic marks the occasion tonight with this 1991 Seattle concert, which has never been aired on TV before.

1PM | ABC – TV SERIES FINALE
All My Children
– Say farewell to Erica Kane (daytime diva Susan Lucci) and her fellow Pine Valleyans, who bid adieu, at least to TV land, after 41 years. The show is scheduled to live on as a Web series, but it’s still incredibly sad that, beginning next week, there will be just five daytime soaps left on the air. And when One Life to Live ends in January, just four. Sigh.

8PM | CBS – SERIES PREMIERE
A Gifted Man
Patrick Wilson is top NYC neurosurgeon Michael Holt, who becomes a more compassionate dude when his kind ex-wife begins visiting him … as a ghost. The best part of the cast is newbie Emmy winner Margo Martindale (Justified), who has little to do in the pilot. Hopefully show producers will remedy that right away.

8PM | FOX – 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
Kitchen Nightmares
Chef Gordo visits a restaurant in Plainfield, New Jersey, and, just guessing, is mean to its owners. And then tries to help them.

8PM | THE CW – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Nikita
– Nikita and Michael plan to use the black box to take down Division and Oversight, but new boss Amanda has other ideas.

9PM | CBS – 8TH SEASON PREMIERE
CSI: NY
– Mac and his squad flash back to the events of 9/11 on the day’s 10th anniversary.

9PM | FOX – 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
Fringe
– And we pick up with the Fringe team one week after Peter disappeared, with the two worlds maintaining an alliance. Reluctantly.

9PM | THE CW – 7TH SEASON PREMIERE
Supernatural
– Castiel warns Sam and Dean not to get in the way of him and his new God role, but Dean tries to convince Death to tangle with Castiel anyway.

10PM | CBS – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Blue Bloods
– Jamie gets his first undercover assignment, the new mayor asks Frank to spin a story to cover up the truth about a murder and Carrie Underwood and Tony Bennett are guest performers.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Lester Holt takes over as the new host of Dateline NBC (9PM, NBC);
– A cool headphone-cord holder is among the handy inventions on Quirky (10PM, Sundance);
Michael Moore is among the guests on Real Time with Bill Maher (10PM, HBO);
– Will Joel McHale poke fun at himself, as an Emmytone, on tonight’s ep of The Soup (10PM, E!)?

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Nathan Fillion and Larry Miller;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Hugh Jackman and Tony Bennett;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Ty Burrell (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Beyonce, Taylor Lautner and Florence Henderson;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Gerard Butler;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Melanie Pullen.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – September 22, 2011

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8:30PM | NBC – 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
Parks and Recreation
– So harsh: Leslie (Amy Poehler) has to choose between Ben (Adam Scott) and her dream of running for political office. Meanwhile, one Tammy ex-wife isn’t enough for Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman): his first Tammy ex is headed back into his life, and she looks a lot like big-screen star Patricia Clarkson. Because she is.

8PM | CBS – 5TH SEASON PREMIERE
Big Bang Theory
– Penny’s so upset about sleeping with Raj that she considers leaving town, while Sheldon becomes a paintball cap’n on the one-hour season opener.

8PM | ABC – SERIES PREMIERE
Charlie’s Angels
Minka Kelly‘s cool, and that’s the best thing you can say about this lackluster remake of the ’70s “jigglefest” series. So why’s it on my Picks list? Because you might want to see for yourself how badly it fails to live up to original series …

8PM | NBC – 3RD SEASON PREMIERE
Community
The Wire‘s Michael K. Williams guest stars as Jeff’s new biology teacher (who kicks Mr. Winger out of class) and the great John Goodman plays the recurring role of Greendale Vice Dean Laybourne, the head of the Greendale Air Conditioning Repair Annex, and the new thorn in the side of beleaguered Dean Pelton.

8PM | FOX
The X Factor
– The early auditions continue. What did you think of the new show and the return of Simon Cowell?

9PM | ABC – 8TH SEASON PREMIERE
Grey’s Anatomy
– Meredith is bounced after messing with McDreamy’s clinical trial.

9PM | NBC – 8TH SEASON PREMIERE
The Office
– New Sabre CEO Robert California (James Spader) starts his job, but we still don’t know who the new Scranton boss will be ….

9PM | CBS – SERIES PREMIERE
Person of Interest
– Love the cast – Jim Caviezel and Lost‘s Michael Emerson – but the pilot of this drama, about a CIA agent who’s presumed dead (Caviezel) and the super wealthy software developer (Emerson) he teams with to try to prevent crimes before they happen, didn’t really grab me. But again, with that cast, and a good general premise (not to mention J.J. Abrams as producer), it’s worth checking out for a few episodes.

9PM | LIFETIME
Project Runway
– The designers have to whip up rockin’ threads for the rock band the Sheepdogs, while American Idol alum Adam Lambert is the guest judge.

9:30PM | NBC – SERIES PREMIERE
Whitney
– NBC’s Thursday-night comedy line-up has 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Community, The Office … and now Whitney. Which one of these things is not like the others? It’s the unfunny one, by which I mean Whitney. But if that promo in which Whitney’s (titular comedienne star Whitney Cummings) busted for eating a cupcake at a wedding entices you to watch anyway, come back and share your feelings with the group, by which I mean the comments, afterwards.

10PM | FX
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
– Dennis and Sweet Dee take the gang to the Jersey Shore, where they spent several happy summers. Now … not so happy for them.

10PM | CBS – 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
The Mentalist
– Jane is in prison and has to prove the man he killed was Red John.

10PM | NBC – SERIES PREMIERE
Prime Suspect – My biggest issue with this remake of the British female homicide detective drama that originally starred Helen Mirren (and stars Mario Bello in this American remake) is that, after a night of comedy on NBC, do you really want to slide into murder at 10PM?

10:30PM | FX
Archer
– The ISIS gang keeps trying to rescue Archer, who doesn’t want to be found, because he’s happily ensconced as the new pirate king on the island.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Tyler and his mama have an emotional meltdown on Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– After her trip to the police station after her accident, Snooki gets a visit from her boyfriend and ends up making a jackass of herself, a-gain, on Jersey Shore (10PM, MTV);
– The new documentary series Prison Diaries (10PM, TLC) revolves around female inmates who reflect on the crimes they committed and their lives in jail afterwards;
– It’s the series premiere of Sweet Genius (10PM, Food Network), a new dessert competition series in which pastry chefs compete to win $10,000 for their confections.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jonah Hill;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jennifer Granholm;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Tavis Smiley;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Chris Cornell and Sofia Vergara;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jamie Foxx;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Daryl Hall;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Julianna Margulies and Wyatt Cenac;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Chris Hardwick;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Doug Elin.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – September 21, 2011

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8PM | FOX – SERIES PREMIERE
The X Factor – Here it is: Our chance to see if the much-hyped American version of Simon Cowell‘s British singing competition series can 1) draw as many viewers as American Idol; 2) become the kind of pop culture phenomenon Idol, and more recently, The Voice, are; and 3) actually find the singing talent that will be worthy of $5 million, the whopping grand prize The X Factor winner will receive.

8PM | ABC – 3RD SEASON PREMIERE
The Middle
– Series star Patricia Heaton reunites with her old Everybody Loves Raymond hubby Ray Romano, who guest stars as Mike’s (Neil Flynn) sad sack pal, a guy we learn, via flashback, almost ruined Frankie and Mike’s honeymoon.

8PM | NBC
Up All Night
– Reagan (Christina Applegate) and Chris (Will Arnett) try to make friends with the cool kids, their new hipster neighbors.

9PM | ABC – 3RD SEASON PREMIERE
Modern Family
– The hour-long season opener finds the very Emmy-ed show at a dude ranch, where Jay (Ed O’Neill) dukes it out with a cowboy. And, of course, we meet the new, older Lily, who may not be so happy to hear about her daddies’ plans to add another bundle of joy to their family unit.

9PM | HISTORY CHANNEL
The Stoned Ages
– As if the title of this history of drugs and their impact on society wasn’t clever enough, History Channel’s host: The best damn DEA agent in TV land, Hank Schrader, a.k.a. Emmy-worthy Breaking Bad star Dean Norris.

10PM | CBS – 12TH SEASON PREMIERE
CSI
– How weird is it to see CSI pop up on the Wednesday night schedule? Almost as weird as the thought of Sam Malone leading the CSI-ers, but there he is, Ted Danson, replacing Laurence Fishburne, as the lab’s new supervisor, DB Russell.

10PM | NBC – 13TH SEASON PREMIERE
Law & Order: SVU
– Ripped from the summer’s headlines: a hotel maid accuses an Italian diplomat of rape, but her story comes under intense scrutiny. And, with Chris Meloni‘s Stabler gone, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) gets a new partner, an Atlanta transfer played by former All My Children star Kelli Giddish.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Restaurant: Impossible
Chef Robert Irvine heads to San Diego, where he tries to revive The Trails, a cute little café whose owners are on the verge of bankruptcy.

10PM | ABC – SERIES PREMIERE
Revenge
Everwood and Brothers & Sisters alum Emily VanCamp stars in this soapy drama as Emily, a young woman who goes back to the Hamptons to get revenge on the people she deems responsible for ruining her family. The Hamptons … hey, maybe she’ll run into Hank and Evan from Royal Pains. Anyhoo, as for whether or not the new series is worth checking out: definitely. You may find yourself with a new guilty pleasure drama on your list of must-see Wednesday night TV.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– On H8R (8PM, The CW), Eva Longoria and the Kardashian tool (I know, like that narrows it down), Scott Disick, meet and try to change the minds of people who hate them;
– Another Gilligan is voted off on Survivor (8PM, CBS);
– Alex has to wine and dine a key client to keep him from fleeing to another agency on Free Agents (8:30PM, NBC);
Ashlee Simpson is the guest judge on America’s Next Top Model (9PM, The CW);
– The seventh season opens with the team facing a Senate committee after the loss of Prentiss on Criminal Minds (9PM, CBS);
– The second season opener of Harry’s Law (9PM, NBC) finds the lawyers moving from the shoe store to a loft;
Bethenny Frankel, my all-time favorite Real Housewife, is the focus of a new E! True Hollywood Story (10PM);
– Fun: the Top Chef Just Desserts (10PM, Bravo) contestants create, name and package their own candy bar.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Chris Pratt and Jim Parsons;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Gov. Mitch Daniels;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Daniel Yergin;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Taylor Lautner, Minka Kelly and Wilco;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Amy Poehler and Joseph Gordon-Levitt;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Julie Bowen;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jonah Hill and Whitney Cummings;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): James Spader;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Death Cab for Cutie.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – September 19, 2011

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10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Roast of Charlie Sheen
– Never has there been a celeb more roastable, or who provided more roasting fodder. Now, if we can all just figure out what the frick roaster Mike Tyson is saying …

8PM | ABC – 13TH SEASON PREMIERE
Dancing With the Stars
– To those DWTS fans upset about Chaz Bono‘s participation this season, eh, get over it … you’re watching a show about D-list celebrities performing dances that haven’t been hip since The Lawrence Welk Show. Bono, along with Ricki Lake, the always unpredictable David Arquette and the chance that Nancy Grace will make an even bigger ass of herself, almost makes this thing worth watching this season. Almost.

8PM | CBS – 7TH SEASON PREMIERE
How I Met Your Mother
– Back-to-back episodes open the new season, and include Robin fretting over whether or not to tell Barney she still has feelings for him.

8PM | NBC – 3RD SEASON PREMIERE
The Sing-off
– Pop star Sara Bareilles joins the judging panel as eight of the 16 a cappella groups competing this season perform in the opener.

9PM | CBS – 9TH SEASON PREMIERE
Two and a Half Men
– Before he gets killed by snarky to downright mean comments during his Comedy Central roast, Charlie Sheen‘s character, Charlie Harper, officially bites the dust on Men, as Ashton Kutcher joins the cast as brokenhearted rich dude Walden Schmidt.

9:30PM | CBS – SERIES PREMIERE
2 Broke Girls
– It’s a comedy, from co-creators Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) and comedienne Whitney Cummings, and it revolves around two broke girls, Max (Kat Dennings) and formerly rich chick Caroline (Beth Behrs), who work as Brooklyn waitresses and become roommates so they can save money to open their own cupcake shop. Because that’s such a novel idea, in New York City, these days. Anyway, is it funny? I’ve seen only the pilot, and, well, no, not yet.

10PM | LOGO
The A-List: New York
– Oh, Austin. He and Jake and trying to finalize plans for their wedding, but one of Austin’s frienemies is claiming Jake cheated on Austin, and Austin, always, is ticking off those around him.

10PM | ABC – 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
Castle
– Beckett fights for her life after being shot, and who’s her new precinct captain? Wily Sherry Palmer, a.k.a. 24 alum Penny Johnson Jerald (who so should have won an Emmy for her 24 gig).

10PM | CBS – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Hawaii Five-O
– After last season’s disastrous ending, McGarrett opens the season in prison for the governor’s murder, but Danny has a friend who might be able to help, and that friend looks an awful lot like Lost star Terry O’Quinn. Because he is.

10PM | NBC – SERIES PREMIERE
The Playboy Club
Eddie Cibrian, he of the LeAnn Rimes love triangle scandal, stars as a 1960s Chicago attorney and Playboy Club key holder who helps a new Club Bunny when she’s assaulted by a mobster and accidentally kills him. Must see? Mmm, no, nor is it as scandalous as the pre-season hubbub might suggest, but it’s worth a look.

11:59PM | HBO
The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
– Documentarians Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato directed this special on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which airs just as the ban is repealed, effective on Sept. 20.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– If you’re one of those people who have yet to dive into the wacky world of Liz Lemon and company on 30 Rock, catch it from the beginning, every weeknight from 7-8PM, on Comedy Central;
– Carter and Jo have to deal with an attack on the presidential convoy on the fourth season finale of Eureka (8PM, Syfy);
– On Hell’s Kitchen (8PM, Fox), a winner is chosen in the ninth season finale;
– On Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (9PM, Bravo), Kim‘s behavior brings up those discussions about her alleged alcoholism again;
– There’s a zombie-ish breakout in New York on Warehouse 13 (9PM, Syfy);
– History Channel has back-to-back new episodes of Pawn Stars (10PM);
– The team checks out a werewolf attack at a porn shoot on Death Valley (10:30PM, MTV).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Ryan Gosling and Nicole Scherzinger;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Ted Danson;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Simon Cowell;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Dr. Phil;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Bruce Springsteen (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Keith Olbermann;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Author Sarah Vowell (REPEAT).

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