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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – September 6-12, 2011

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TVScreener’s on a little break this week, so here’s a list of the must-not-miss programming you should, uh, not miss, through next Monday:

10PM, TUES | FX – 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
Sons of Anarchy
– The 90-minute season premiere picks up with the SAMCRO dudes getting out of jail and returning to Charming, where a new sheriff (Prison Break‘s Rockmond Dunbar) is considerably less friendly than the old regime, Opie and Lyla are getting hitched, a new federal agent (Deadwood‘s Ray McKinnon) is hot on the club’s trail and Jax returns home to his new son and Tara, with a radical change in his priorities. I’ve seen the first three episodes of season four, and they set up what promises to be a great (another great) season, with a lot of the tensions that have been building throughout the series inevitably bubbling up to the forefront. Still bummed SoA creator Kurt Sutter quit Twitter though …

10PM, WEDS | FX – SERIES FINALE
Rescue Me
Denis Leary‘s NYPD fireman dramedy that was sparked by 9/11 comes to an end just in time for the day’s 10th anniversary, and, though the show has been hit and miss throughout its run (I maintain that the season five finale, in which Tommy was shot by his crazy Uncle Teddy, would have been the perfect series finale), but this fairly satisfying series ender wraps with a tragedy, some over-the-top (but still pretty funny) shenanigans and a glimpse at the guys’ futures.

9PM, THURS | USA – 5TH SEASON SUMMER FINALE
Burn Notice
– Michael’s old frienemy Larry (guest star Tim Matheson) returns, which always means trouble. And since Michael is right in the middle of trying to prove he didn’t kill Max, Larry’s reappearance is particularly ill-timed.

10PM, THURS | FX – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Wilfred
– There are some truly delightful and ornery moments in tonight’s finale (many of them tied to Wilfred’s love of bubbles), but the ending? Will blow your mind.

10:30PM, THURS | FX – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Louie
– Louie … New Jersey … bad.

10PM, FRI | STARZ – SEASON FINALE
Torchwood: Miracle Day
– This is either the first season finale or the fourth, depending on whether you see this as a whole new series or just a continuation of the original. Either way, the Torchwoodies make a final effort against the Three Families, but it may take a huge sacrifice for them to have any hope of defeating the Fams.

9PM, SUN | HBO – 4TH SEASON FINALE
True Blood
– It’s called “And When I Die.” Hints: Debbie has it out with Tara and Sookie, Alcide gets romantic and Terry has a surprise visitor.

10PM, SUN | AMC
Breaking Bad
– Gus takes on his rivals, while Jesse asks Walt for help.

10PM, SUN | HBO – 8TH SEASON FINALE
Curb Your Enthusiasm
– This has officially been my all-time favorite season of Curb, as Larry, sans the wet blanket that was Cheryl, fully embraced his inner “social assassin. But tonight, he tangles with the one guy who could have us all rooting against Larry: Michael J. Fox.

10:30PM, SUN | HBO – SERIES FINALE
Entourage
– If not for Jeremy Piven as Ari, this season would have been unwatchable. But since we’ve come this far, may as well see how it all ends, as Vince makes a surprising move after this first date with Sophia, Ari and Mrs. Ari go for one more therapy session and the guys try to talk the pregnant Sloan into reuniting with E, even as her dad threatens to kill him.

MON | CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR TIME AND CHANNEL – SERIES PREMIERE
Anderson Anderson Cooper begins his stint as a daytime talk show host. Can’t wait; as well as being a serious newsie, he loves pop culture and guilty pleasure TV, so it should prove to be a fun mix.

10PM, MON | SHOWTIME
Weeds
– Nancy, Andy and Doug head to the Hamptons for the weekend, while Shane goes on a drug bust with Det. Ouellette.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
TUESDAY
Todd‘s son from a previous marriage visits and wreaks havoc in the house on Downsized (9PM, WE);
– Dough, breakfast food and fancy fish are among the mystery basket ingredients on this installment of Chopped: Champions (10PM, Food Network);
– The 4th season premiere of The Rachel Zoe Project (10PM, Bravo) finds the spaz stylist preparing for the imminent arrival of baby Skyler;
Amber spends a night in jail and Catelynn and Tyler have a fight on Teen Mom (10PM, MTV);
– On Awkward (11PM, MTV), Jenna’s wild party ends with a kiss, but she can’t remember the details of it (the party or the kiss).

WEDNESDAY
Mike and Lonnie choose a partner in the season finale of Famous Food (8PM, VH1);
– Boorman offers Patty classified info on Howard Erickson (for a price, of course) on Damages (10PM, DirecTV);
Chef Robert travels to Pennsylvania to help the owner of a place that’s part eatery, part vineyard and part zoo on Restaurant: Impossible (10PM, Food Network);
– Back-to-back new eps of Storage Wars (10 and 10:30PM, A&E);
– On Top Chef: Just Desserts (10PM, Bravo), the chefs have to whip up desserts for a party thrown by Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump.

THURSDAY
– The designers have to create a signature fabric, and they also have to work in teams again on Project Runway (9PM, Lifetime);
Futurama (10PM, Comedy Central) wraps its sixth season;
Ronnie and Sammi try to make up (again), but will probably end up in a psycho drama instead (again) on Jersey Shore (10PM, MTV);
– Trevor creates a problem when he shows up on Mike’s doorstep in the first season finale of Suits (10PM, USA).

FRIDAY
– Taped in Beverly Hills in December, Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett: Together Again (9PM, HBO) finds the two showbiz legends and fantastic storytellers swapping anecdotes in front of a live audience, which includes fellow legend Carl Reiner.

SATURDAY
Cops (8PM, Fox): Bad boys, bad boys, back for their 24th season premiere;
– The Doctor and Rory have to rescue Amy, who’s been quarantined inside an alien hospital on Doctor Who (9PM, BBCA).

SUNDAY
– It’ll be hard to top (go lower than?) the spectacle that was last week’s attempt to get Amy Fisher to meet up with Mary Jo Buttafuoco, but Dr. Drew and his team make the effort during updates on the other rehabbers during the fifth season finale of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (10PM, VH1);
Teresa makes a gaudy spectacle of herself and her family with a kiddie birthday party on Real Housewives of New Jersey (10PM, Bravo).

MONDAY
– The 42nd season premiere of Monday Night Football (7PM, ESPN) pits the Patriots against the Dolphins;
– There are wieners and winners in the second season finale of Bachelor Pad (8PM, ABC);
Andy Cohen co-hosts the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant (9PM, NBC);
– On the seventh season summer finale of The Closer (9PM, TNT), the judge makes a crucial ruling in Brenda’s case;
Kate Plus 8 (9PM, TLC) … series finale, finale-ally;
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (9PM, Bravo) … yep, it’s creepy, and that only continues as Taylor delves into her marital woes;
– On The A-List (10PM, Logo), Austin tries to make up with Derek, and Reichen introduces his new cologne;
– The season two premiere of Extreme Couponing (10PM, TLC) features a woman who’s using coupons in the hopes of saving enough cash to move out of her dangerous neighborhood;
– On the second season summer finale of Rizzoli & Isles (10PM, TNT), a young guy is killed in a jail bathroom, just as he was about to be sprung from the hoosegow;
– Adam searches for his MIA uncle on The Big C (10:30PM, Showtime).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Charlie Day and Foo Fighters (Thursday);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Dr. Sanjay Gupta (Wednesday);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Tom Brokaw (Thursday);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Michael J. Fox (Thursday);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Nick Swardson (Tuesday); Wull Arnett (Thursday); Glen Campbell and Christina Applegate (Monday);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Elijah Wood (Wednesday); Nathan Fillion (Monday);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Denis Leary (Tuesday); Tom Selleck (Thursday); Lauren Graham (Friday); Sarah Michelle Gellar (Monday);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Lisa Kudrow (Tuesday).

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – September 2-5, 2011

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10PM, SUN | AMC
Breaking Bad
– Damn, this show just gets better every week. In “Hermanos,” Walt realizes something shocking about Jesse, Hank asks for Walt’s help and, in one of the show’s all-time best sequences (which is saying a lot, obviously), we get some major insight into Gus (Giancarlo Esposito).

10PM, FRI | STARZ
Torchwood: Miracle Day
– “The world is plunged into a recession” is today’s headline, er, the official description of tonight’s episode.

6PM, SUN | CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS
MDA Labor Day Telethon
– That the MDA has ousted Jerry Lewis in what he had said would be his final hosting gig for the telethon? Shameful. But a lack of respect for all that Lewis has done to help the organization’s efforts – which includes helping to raise more than $2 billion in the last 50 years – doesn’t mean would-be donors shouldn’t continue to respect all the MDA has done for its beneficiaries.

9PM, SUN | DISCOVERY – SERIES PREMIERE
Dinosaur Revolution
– The four-part series examines the evolution of dinosaurs, including the ones who made it the furthest through the evolutionary chain and, in a second episode on Sunday (10PM), how the dinos socialized.

9:30PM, SUN | CBS
The Good Wife: A New Beginning
– To whet your appetite for the third season, which premieres on Sept. 25, The Good Wife‘s cast and producers discuss the show’s first two seasons and where the storylines are headed.

10PM, SUN | HBO
Curb Your Enthusiasm
– Here it is, the “Mister Softee” episode, which reveals an incident from Larry’s early years that really explains a lot about why Larry is so … Larry. Also, Bill Buckner guest stars and, yes, his own traumatic experience from the past factors into the episode.

9PM, MON | TNT
The Closer
– Brenda’s investigating the disappearance of a stage father when she gets some hopeful news and her civil suit.

9PM, MON | BRAVO – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
– After Russell Armstrong‘s shocking suicide, oh yeah, the show is definitely going to be kinda creepy now. Creepy enough to make it unwatchable? That remains to be seen.

10PM, MON | A&E – 2ND SEASON FINALE
The Glades
– Two ex-cons take the hospital hostage, and Jim and Callie work together to capture the dudes and make sure everyone remains safe.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
FRIDAY
– Three-hour marathon of Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central (Fri., 8PM);

SATURDAY
– The Brad Pitt/Will Ferrell/Tina Fey ‘toon Megamind makes its HBO debut (Sat., 8PM);
– On Doctor Who (Sat., 9PM, BBCA), The Doctor visits a boy who’s afraid of the monsters living in his bedroom;

SUNDAY
– Eviction nominees are revealed on Big Brother (Sun., 8PM, CBS);
– On Food Network Challenge (Sun., 8PM, Food Network), four pirates create extreme pirate-themed cakes;
– One crazy bride accuses her pregnant sister of trying to upstage her on Bridezillas (Sun., 9PM, WE);
– On Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (Sun., 9PM, VH1), a season five wrap-up includes updates on the patients, including Amy Fisher, as well as the woman she infamously shot, Mary Jo Buttafuoco;
– Parker represents his ex in a case against an insurance company on Drop Dead Diva (Sun., 9PM, Lifetime);
– On Great Food Truck Race (Sun., 9PM, Food Network), the trucks head to Kansas State University, where they have to create five-dollar dishes and sell them to KSU students;
– Lisa and Maya help a stranded driver on Ice Road Truckers (Sun., 9PM, History);
– Sam gets even with Marcus on True Blood (Sun., 9PM, HBO);
– Eric and Melinda crash Sloan’s date on Entourage (Sun., 10:30PM, HBO);

MONDAY
– On Bachelor Pad (Mon., 8PM, ABC), the remaining contestants have to pair up and compete as couples;
– Two surprise guests arrive for a graduation party on the 4th season summer finale of The Secret Life of the American Teenager (Mon., 8PM, ABC Family);
– The weekly four-ep marathon of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia includes the gem “The D.E.N.N.I.S. System” (Mon., 9PM, Comedy Central);
– The death of a female dockworker may include mob connections and Maura’s biological dad on Rizzoli & Isles (Mon., 10PM, TNT);
– A vamp hooker gets out of jail and teen vigilantes are on the hunt for zombies on Death Valley (Mon., 10:30PM, MTV).

And the late-night line-up for Friday and Monday:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Norm MacDonald (REPEAT) (Monday);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Anne Hathaway (REPEAT) (Monday);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Jeff Bridges (REPEAT) (Monday);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): James Franco (Friday); Emma Stone (REPEAT) (Monday);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Andy Grammer and Dick Chaney (Friday); Jane Fonda (REPEAT) (Monday);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Joel McHale (REPEAT) (Friday); Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin (REPEAT) (Monday);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jason Sudeikis (Friday); Steve Carell (REPEAT) (Monday);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Peter Krause (Friday); Annie Duke and Julie Chen (Monday);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): David Sirota (REPEAT) (Friday); Dan Harmon (REPEAT) (Monday).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – September 1, 2011

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10PM | FX
Wilfred
– Only one more Wilfred before next week’s season finale. Sad. But tonight’s installment is a good one: An attractive woman is interested in Ryan, but he’s preoccupied with doing for others, including Kristen, Jenna and, of course, Wilfie.

8-11PM | DISCOVERY
Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero
– The miniseries concludes with episodes featuring 9/11 survivors who hung around to help rebuild their communities and a memorial for 9/11 victims.

9PM | USA
Burn Notice
– Sam and Jesse try to trap Max’s killer while Michael and Fiona pretend to be a wealthy couple at a swanky South American resort to rescue a bioweapons expert.

9PM | TEENNICK – SUMMER FINALE
Degrassi – It’s prom night, and on Degrassi, that means someone’s probably gonna get shot.

9PM | LIFETIME
Project Runway
Kenneth Cole is the guest judge as the contestants have to create garments inspired by student art projects.

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Futurama
– When Bender gets a boost in his processing power, he’s suddenly able to see the future. A prescient Bender … all kinds of potential there.

10PM | USA
Suits
– Harvey’s mentor shows up and asks for Harvey’s help when the mentor’s office comes under investigation. The best part: said mentor is played by guest star Gary Cole, who always elevates whatever project he’s in.

11:59PM | ADULT SWIM – 3RD SEASON FINALE
Childrens Hospital
– In “Newsreaders,” we get updates on the Childrens Hospital (remember, no apostrophe!) cast. The crazy, crazy cast.

12:15AM FRIDAY | ADULT SWIM
NTSF: SD: SUV
– Trent (Paul Scheer) plans a cruise for the NTSF crew, but he has an ulterior motive: to catch a terrorist who’s allegedly hiding on the ship.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s eviction night on Big Brother (8PM, CBS);
– In case you missed it on Sunday, the conclusion of last week’s Jersey Shore (10PM, MTV) finds Situation  leaving the house on a stretcher after he and Ronnie duke it out;
– On Louie (10:30PM, FX), Louie’s sister wigs out and takes her daughter to Grand Central Station … and leaves her there.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Zach Galifianakis (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Mark Adams (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): The space shuttle astronauts (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Julianna Margulies and Lady Antebellum;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Kevin Smith and Heidi Klum;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jamie Foxx (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Lenny Kravitz;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Kathy Griffin;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Sarah Vowell (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 31, 2011

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9PM | USA – 3RD SEASON SUMMER FINALE
Royal Pains
– Hank and Evan have it out when Evan learns Hank knew about Paige’s problem. Elsewhere, Wilmer Valderrama guest stars as an art collector who passes out when he finally sees a piece of art he’s been pursuing for years, and everyone finds out what Divya has been up to.

10PM | DIRECTV
Damages
– Patty and Ellen depose Howard Erickson (John Goodman).

10PM | FX
Rescue Me
– Colleen gets married, and when Gavins and booze come together … insanity, of course, ensues.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Restaurant: Impossible
Chef Robert goes to Scrimmages, a sports bar in Delaware that’s fumbling because the four owners are fighting with each other.

10 and 10:30PM | A&E
Storage Wars
Dave and Jarrod butt heads (more so than usual) and, just guessing here, Barry makes fun of both of them.

10PM | BRAVO
Top Chef Just Desserts
– The Los Angeles Philharmonic is the inspiration for tonight’s challenge, which involves presenting a cake in three movements.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The Power of Veto competition is held on Big Brother (8PM, CBS);
– On Famous Food (8PM, VH1), the restaurant finally opens, but the opening does not go well;
– Bianca tries to worm her way back into Drew’s life on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
The Challenge: Rivals Reunion (10PM, MTV) brings the contestants from the just-concluded 21st Real World/Road Rules Challenge together to rehash their adventures;
– In the season two finale of Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land), it’s Elka’s (Betty White) wedding day, but she’s MIA after her bachelorette party, which included frat boys and an iguana.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): John Krasinski (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Sen. Dick Durbin (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Kevin Mitnick (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Aubrey Plaza and Thurston Moore;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jay Mohr and Allison Janney;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Betty White (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jim Gaffigan;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Leslie Bibb and Louie Anderson;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Foster the People (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 30, 2011

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8PM | ABC FAMILY – 2ND SEASON SUMMER FINALE
Pretty Little Liars
– Ticked off that the girls chatted with Dr. Sullivan, A makes them carry out a series of tasks designed to bring pain and humiliation to them, or else she’ll do something very, very bad to the good doctor.

9PM | WE
Downsized
– The stress of their financial situation, which took a negative turn with the hospital bill for Rex‘s recent emergency, leads Todd and Laura to argue, which youngest daughter Danielle takes as a sign that they’re going to get a divorce.

9PM | FUSE
Red Hot Chili Peppers Live From the Roxy
– The title says it all: Peppers, live, Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.

10PM | TLC – SERIES PREMIERE
Big Sexy
– The reality series follows five plus-sized women who live in Manhattan and are trying to break into the fashion world, no small feat for anyone, but a particular challenge for anyone who wears a double-digit dress size.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK – 9TH SEASON PREMIERE
Chopped Champions
– I know, I know, I don’t understand Food Network’s season premieres and finales either … I’m still not exactly sure when the last season ended. But hey, we’re getting new episodes of Chopped, so what’s there to complain about? Tonight’s ep kicks off the Champions’ Tournament, in which four past winners return to compete for a $50,000 grand prize. Among the mystery basket items: antelope and pie crust. Antelope pie? I stand corrected that there’s no way to make pie a bad thing.

10PM | SUNDANCE – SERIES PREMIERE
Quirky
– This reality series follows the company of the same name, which gives Regular Joe and Jane inventors the chance to see their products actually make it to the marketplace. And tonight’s premiere includes the coolest power strip you’ll ever see, once which … ah, here’s the link. You’re so gonna wanna buy it.

10PM | MTV
Teen Mom
Maci wonders whether or not she should continue her education, Farrah has a huge fight with her ‘rents about moving, Catelynn has a reunion with her dad and Amber tries to reconnect with Gary. And his Belden Lineman Camp t-shirt, I assume.

11PM | MTV
Awkward
– My, how the tables have turned: Jenna, deliciously, finds that Matty and Jake both want her attention.

9PM | CURRENT
50 Documentaries to See Before You Die
– The fifth, and final, part of Morgan Spurlock‘s miniseries about documentaries includes the top 10 picks, i.e. Roger & Me, An Inconvenient Truth, Hoop Dreams and, yes, Super Size Me.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– On The Looney Tunes Show (8PM, Cartoon Network), Bugs gets a new job;
– It’s a Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick) classic: someone considers taking their relationship “to the next level”;
– The documentary 9/11: Where Were You? (10PM, NGC) catches up with survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Steve Martin and Atticus Shaffer (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jason Bateman (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Gloria Steinem;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Alec Baldwin and Lenny Kravitz;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jeff Bridges;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jesse Eisenberg and Jerry Springer (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Will Forte and Amy Sedaris;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Chi McBride;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Adam Carolla (REPEAT).

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