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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


Million Dollar Decorators
– The show follows five Los Angeles interior designers, who work on some amazing, multi-million dollar design projects in the most fabulous L.A. homes, including those of celebs and Hollywood moguls.

America’s Got Talent
American Idol just concluded and The Voice is still going, but if you really feel the need for another talent search series in your boob tubing life this summer, here ya go.

Lee & Grant
– History Channel’s Civil War Week continues with this new special, with profiles of Civil War leaders Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, including a rundown of their major battles and their impact on American history.

NBA Finals
– It’s the Mavericks vs. the Heat, in Miami, in Game 1 of the NBA championship series.

Traffic Light
– Mike and Lisa have a new teenage babysitter, but she ends up needing a little babysitting of her own when she unleashes her teen angst on them.

10PM | MTV
16 & Pregnant
– Pregnant teen Izabella hid her pregnancy from her friends for eight months, and when she finally tells them about it, they question how much she thinks of them. Meanwhile, her babydaddy is creating extra stress for her by betraying her family’s trust.

– It’s a cookout-themed episode, as the chefs fire up grills and use classic condiments in their dishes.

Love Handles: Couples in Crisis
– If you think weight-loss series can’t get more emotional than The Biggest Loser, check out this new series (from Jersey Shore creator Sally Ann Salsano) about overweight couples going through intense physical workouts and painful therapy sessions to save their lives and their marriages.

10PM | NBC
The Voice
– It’s round four, the final round, of the head-to-head battles, as the contestants compete for the final spot on their coaches teams.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A special episode of Great Performances (Check local listings for time and channel, PBS) celebrates the 120th anniversary of Carnegie Hall with a concert that includes performances by Yo-Yo Ma and Audra McDonald;
– BBQ in Austin and Boston is featured on Eat Street (8PM, Cooking Channel);
– Daffy offers boxing lessons and Speedy’s pizza business takes off on The Looney Tunes Show (8PM, Cartoon Network);
– Tonight’s three-hour block of The Office on TBS (8PM) includes the birth of CeCe Halpert;
– An arctic storm ends King Crab season on Deadliest Catch (9PM, Discovery);
– On the series premiere of Deception With Keith Barry (10PM, Discovery), the titular mentalist examines the art of deception;
– It’s the 4th season premiere of The Little Couple (10PM, TLC);
– There’s a new Tosh.O on Comedy Central (10PM);
– Norm’s dishing about the NBA Finals and other sporty topics on the Sports Show With Norm Macdonald (10:30PM, Comedy Central).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Pete Holmes and Sarah Silverman (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jimmy Fallon;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): James B. Stewart;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kate Hudson, Emmylou Harris and Rich Eisen (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jennifer Lopez and Jesse Ferguson Tyler (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Terence Howard;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Carson Daly and Flavor Flav;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Elmo, Jennifer Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Ray Romano;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Bill Hader (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – May 21-22, 2011


Celebrity Apprentice
– Both John Rich and his fellow finalist Marlee Matlin have dramas on their way to the big boardroom showdown, when Donald Trump makes his decision about who will be the next Celeb Apprentice. My money’s on Rich, who’s seemed like a lock from the beginning. And even if he doesn’t win, I’m betting he’s won a slew of new fans during his impressive performance on the show. Ditto Oscar winner Matlin.

Marathon – Season two episodes, all day long (well, until 11PM, anyway), in honor of next Tuesday’s Glee season finale and Oxygen’s new summer reality series, The Glee Project.

Ben Bailey: Road Rage
– Yep, the Cash Cab host. But don’t mention that; as he says in this stand-up performance, everyone mentions his other gig all day long.

Saturday Night Live
Lady Gaga is the musical guest, but I’m more excited about returning host Justin Timberlake, one of the best SNL hosts ever. Will he return to Omeletville? Fingers crossed, but rumor has it he and “Dick in a Box” cohort Andy Samberg are making a sequel to their classic digital short.

2011 Billboard Music Awards
– Hilarious Community and The Hangover star Ken Jeong hosts this Vegas awards show, which features performances by Keith Urban, Lil Wayne, Mary J. Blige, Cee Lo Green, Rihanna, Lady Antebellum, Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez.

The Simpsons
– Ned Flanders … and Edna Krabappel? Dating?! Yup, though Ned isn’t so okilly-dokilly when he finds out about Edna’s, ahem, prolific dating history.

When Aliens Attack/Area 51 Declassified
– In Aliens, science experts try to imagine what would happen if earth really was attacked by aliens, while Declassified delves into the secret area where evidence of UFO landings is allegedly kept locked away.

Family Guy
Rush Limbaugh, Carrie Fisher, Anne Hathaway and Archer star H. Jon Benjamin guest star in “Episode VI: It’s a Trap,” the final entry in FG‘s take on Star Wars.

Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost
– Jesse’s (Tom Selleck) friends and colleagues are upset about the arrival of a new police chief, but Mr. Stone is preoccupied with the alleged suicide of a local teen, one Jesse tried to help. Her body is found near his house, and he suspects foul play.

Real Housewives of Orange County
Gretchen confronts Slade about his financial woes and how they’re impacting their future, while Vicki ends up in the hospital.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s definitely a goner, but if you want to check out the series finale of Chase, here it is (Sat., 8PM, NBC);
– Food Network has a three-hour marathon of Chopped (Sat., 8PM);
– The Doctor, Amy and Rory take the TARDIS to a futuristic Earth factory where humans are cloned and work dangerous jobs on Doctor Who (Sat., 9PM, BBCA);
– On Parking Wars (Sat., 10PM, A&E), a man tries to get his towed rental car back after using it to take his wife to the hospital;
– On back-to-back Til Debt Do Us Part episodes (Sat., 10PM, CNBC), Gail helps two couples, including an aging duo who owes more than $90,000;
– Steve’s dad (Jeffrey Tambor) pops up in the series finale of Running Wilde (Sat., 11PM, FX);
– On the American Dad season 6 finale (Sun., 7:30PM, Fox), Roger bets Hayley he can write the saddest song ever and become a country music star;
– On 60 Minutes (Sun., 8PM, CBS), Lance Armstrong‘s fellow cyclists accuse him of using performance-enhancing drugs;
Lorenzo applies to beauty school on Jerseylicious (Sun., 8PM, Style);
Karen and Drita‘s fight escalates when all the women get together on Mob Wives (Sun., 8PM, VH1);
– In Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (Sun., 8PM, Disney), High School Musical diva Sharpay moves to New York City to pursue her Broadway dreams;
– Denise realizes she missed being a nurse on Army Wives (Sun., 9PM, Lifetime);
– Ned is reinstated as The Hand but makes a risky decision on Game of Thrones (Sun., 9PM, HBO);
– A Wall Street hot shot is murdered, but he has so many enemies that it may be hard to pin down the killer on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Sun., 9PM, USA);
– The families pack up to move to Las Vegas on Sister Wives (Sun., 9PM, TLC), the third “Wives”-titled series of the night;
– In the first season finale of The Borgias (Sun., 10PM, Showtime), the Borgia family secures an annulment of Lucrezia’s marriage after she gives birth to a son in a convent;
– On Breakout Kings (Sun., 10PM, A&E), and 18-wheeler crashes through a prison wall, and a group of convicts escape via an armored truck that was hidden inside the semi … clever, you’ve gotta admit;
– On In Plain Sight (Sun., 10PM, USA), Mary works with a teen beauty queen who was unaware she was in witness protection;
– Janette hopes her NY connections will help her land a job on Treme (Sun., 10PM, HBO).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


The Walking Dead
– Yep, season one is available on DVD, or you can watch the whole thing unfold, marathon viewing-style, tonight on AMC, and check out lots of behind-the-scenes featurettes at

The Defenders
Kathy Griffin guest stars as a comedian who gets sued for insulting an audience member.

NAACP Image Awards
– The multi-talented Wayne Brady co-hosts with Holly Robinson Peete, as Tyler Perry leads all nominees with 19 nods and Colin Powell receives the President’s Award.

Race and Rage: The Beating of Rodney King
– The 20th anniversary of the Rodney King police brutality drama was March 3, and this CNN special includes an interview with King about the brutal beating he suffered in 1991 and the 1992 riots that followed the exoneration of the LAPD officers who abused him, as well as an update on the LAPD and race relations in Los Angeles in the last two decades.

– Lionel and Tess duke it out for control of the Luthor name.

Jo rides the rescue of a family with five kids, who are disciplined with wooden spoons and hot sauce, or not at all, since the fam spun out of control after the death of their grandmother.

Who Do You Think You Are?
– Pop crooner Lionel Richie traces his family tree and finds a connection to the beginning of the civil rights movement.

Say Yes to the Dress
– A guy schedules an appointment for his girlfriend, so he can propose to her in the salon. Reeeeally hope she’s gonna say yes to the proposal.

10:30PM | TLC
DC Cupcakes
– In the “Operation Cupcakes” episode, the bakers whip up 10,000 tasty treats to send to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

11PM | VH1
Friday Night Alright: Adele Unplugged
– The incredible, and incredibly cool, British singer, who has the number one album in the country, performs an acoustic set.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Yep, it’s all about the junior rednecks on My Big Redneck Baby (8:30PM, CMT), where a couple prepares for a newborn with a camouflage nursery and a beer can mobile;
– Fitz returns and wants to meet with Eli and Clare on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
Karl shares a poem about his kidney stones on The Ricky Gervais Show (9PM, HBO);
– Bobby and Samuel help Sam and Dean hunt for a deadly monster created by Mother of All on Supernatural (9PM, The CW);
The Truth About Shoplifting (9PM, CNBC) sheds light on how everyone else pays higher prices when those with sticky fingers help themselves to merch;
– In the third season premiere of American Loggers (10PM, Discovery), the guys have a successful summer and decide to construct their own logging trailers;
– Just before he leaves to try to retrieve the Golden Trident from the Fisher King, Morgana gives Merlin a bracelet that takes away all his strength on Merlin (10PM, Syfy).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Piers Morgan (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Aaron Eckhart and Christie Brinkley;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Tom Hanks and Cee Lo Green (OSCAR NIGHT REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Chris Pratt and Kathy Bates;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Kathy Griffin;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Josh Radnor.

I Want My Fuse TV!

I still love The Real World and Teen Mom and several other MTV offerings, but let’s be honest: If it’s music on television you’re looking for, MTV hasn’t been that place for a long time.

Fortunately, Fuse has stepped in to fulfill that role, as tonight’s latest live concert offering illustrates. Fuse Presents: Maroon 5 Live From the Beacon Theater (9PM ET) features the Adam Levine-led Los Angeles band performing their greatest hits, as well as selections from their upcoming Hands All Over CD (which hits stores on Sept. 21), from, IMHO, one of the best concert venues in the country. No crowds to fight, no pricey tickets to buy, no obnoxious drunk people in the seats in front of you standing up and woohoo-ing the whole time in an effort to get the lead singer to notice them (my experience at a John Mayer concert a couple of summers ago) … just a great live show, to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own living room.

Unfortunately, music fans on the Dish Network know that Fuse has been MIA from their channel lineup since July 1, which a quick trip to could help rectify.

Meanwhile, among the highlights from Fuse’s other summer offerings:

Kings of Leon: Live From Bonnaroo 2010
(Premieres August 26th, 7PM ET)
Unlike last weekend’s unfortunate incident with the pigeon poop, KoL actually got to play at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee, and this Fuse event features an hour of the band playing their greatest tunes from the June 2010 show.

Artist Takeover Mondays
(Mondays, beginning at 11AM ET)
Features a different artist every Monday, and includes music videos, interviews and specials
The lineup for the rest of the summer:
Britney Spears – August 2
Lil Wayne – August 9
T.I. – August 16
Lady Gaga – August 23
Michael Jackson – August 30

Fuse Warped Wednesday
(Wednesdays, 11AM-4PM ET, through August 11)
The latest music, news and videos from the 2010 Vans Warped Tour and its artists.

Hip Hop Invasion
(Wednesdays, 7PM ET)
Documentaries, biographies and specials on hip hop artists, plus episodes of Hip Hop Shop (11PM), the weekly series that covers all things hip hop and R&B, with news, interviews and celeb guests, hosted by writer/author/pop culture Twitterer Touré.

Fuse Top 20 Countdown
(Fridays, 5PM ET)
A two-hour countdown of the week’s best videos, plus music news and musician interviews. Like the VH1 Top 20 countdown, it’s a great way to find new music and artists to add to your playlists.

Lollapalooza 2010
(Premieres August 13, 8PM ET)
This year’s Chicago event features Lady Gaga, Green Day and Soundgarden, and this Fuse special will replay the highlights of the concert, along with interviews and behind-the-scenes scoop on the why Lollapalooza continues to be such a huge annual event.

Fuse Pop Goddess Weekend
(August 21 at 11AM through August 23)
It’s a three-day fest of music from pop’s top divas, including interviews, biographies and videos on Beyonce Knowles, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga.

Chris Isaak as Simon Cowell’s ‘American Idol’ Replacement?

Best idea I’ve heard yet re: Simon’s replacement. According to The Hollywood Reporter, San Francisco crooner and actor Chris Isaak has already met twice with American Idol producers to discuss filling Simon’s currently vacant seat at the judges’ table for next season.

Here’s my pitch for why Isaak should get the job:

1 – Unlike Randy Jackson or Kara DioGuardi, who like to name check all the people they’ve worked with in the music industry, and remind us constantly of their singing/songwriting/performing experience, Isaak has experience — current experience — in all those areas.

2 – In fact, the hubby and I have tickets for an Isaak show in New York City tonight. It will be the fifth time we’ve seen him, because he’s in that very rare category of performer who knows how to put together a great show. Fantastic songs, great voice, talented band, charming stage patter and cool costume changes (including his famous mirrored suit) are part of what makes an Isaak show a sure bet, and the thing that has been sorely lacking in many AI contestants is performance skills.

“I think I have a talented band,” Isaak told an interviewer earlier this year. “I think I’m a good singer and songwriter. But there’s all kinds of people with talent. For a live show, it’s more than just talent. You have to want to entertain people.”

At last, it would be nice to have someone on the judges’ panel who could sincerely help school the contestants in this area.

3 – Think Issak is an out-of-left-field pick, with a lack of TV experience? Not at all. His 2001-04 Showtime comedy The Chris Isaak Show was a perfect example of what makes him so great. He played a slightly exaggerated version of himself, with his band co-starring, and proved what a great sense of humor he has as “TV Chris” was a little arrogant, a lot cheap and a big ladies man.

And more recently, he’s hosted Bio Channel’s The Chris Isaak Hour, where he interviewed and performed with fellow music stars like Michael Buble, Trisha Yearwood, the Smashing Pumpkins, Stevie Nicks and Glen Campbell. He’s a relaxed, funny interviewer, and those skills would transfer to Idol.

He’s also guest starred on Friends, Ed, American Dreams, in the From the Earth to the Moon miniseries on HBO and has been a correspondent on Extra and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (and, for those of us who are devoted Team Coco members, Isaac performed with Conan O’Brien‘s The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour stop in San Francisco in April).

Bottom line: He has a lot of TV experience, a great sense of humor, eclectic music background, charming presence and can bring some genuine insights into critiquing American Idol contestants. Hire this guy, Fox!

By the way, THR also reports that Bret Michaels is definitely out as a potential Simon replacement, Donald Trump doesn’t appear to be under any serious consideration (despite the fact that he lobbied for the gig pretty hard) and Harry Connick Jr. is, with Issak, a top contender.

What do you think? Would you would watch AI with Chris Isaak or Harry Connick at the judges’ table? And if you had to choose between the two, who would you hire?

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