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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 11, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM | USA
Burn Notice
– Michael teams up with Jesse (aren’t you kinda missing him with his significantly less screen time this season?) for an extraction mission in the Caribbean, but when they get trapped there by mercenaries, Fiona has to ask a favor of her ex-boyfriend to secure their release. And her ex? He looks like Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale. Because he is.

8PM | FOX – 8TH SEASON FINALE
So You Think You Can Dance
Marko, Melanie, Sasha or Tadd? A winner is chosen in tonight’s season finale.

9PM | LIFETIME
Project Runway
Kim Kardashian is the guest judge as the designers have to whip up frocks for models walking on stilts. With all that extra fabric, you know who the real winner is? Mood!

10PM | MTV
Jersey Shore
– Prepare for the Jerseyites to outskank even their skankiest moments when Ronnie and Sammi try to become friends again, but give in to old habits instead, while The Situation tries to become more than friends with Snooki and Deena tries hard to make the same happen with Pauly D.

10PM | FX
Wilfred
Nestor Carbonell – who uttered one of my all-time favorite TV quotes (“Batmanuel is mired in litigation”) on The Tick – guest stars as Ryan’s sister’s boss, but the best moment in tonight’s episode comes when Wilfred confronts Ryan with his discovery that Ryan had another dog in his life before Wilfred.

10:30PM | LIFETIME – SERIES PREMIERE
Russian Dolls
– Or, The Real Housewives of Brighton Beach. Either way, this latest RH wannabe is neither so juicy it’s entertaining, or so over-the-top bad that it’s worthy of a guilty-pleasure season pass. Still, you should see it, at least once, for yourself.

11:59PM | ADULT SWIM
Children’s Hospital
Nick Kroll is Dr. Velam Geza, who teaches the staff what it’s like to work the night shift.

12:15AM FRIDAY | ADULT SWIM
NTSF: SD: SUV
Adam Scott, Party Down and Parks and Recreation cool dude, guest stars as Trent is suspended and forced to spend time at home, where he’s the target of a planned terrorist attack.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s eviction night on Big Brother (8PM, CBS);
– New Wipeout on ABC (8PM);
– Jenna and KC have to deal with a visit from Child Services after the baby’s accident on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– Fry has daddy issues when an alien egg he’s caring for hatches into a big bad monster on Futurama (10PM, Comedy Central);
– Anxious Louis makes a mistake while working with Harvey on Suits (10PM, USA);
– Back-to-back episodes of Louie on FX (10:30 and 11PM).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Aziz Ansari;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Michael Wallis;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Gloria Steinem;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jim Parsons (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Sam Worthington;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): SERIES FINALE;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Olivia Wilde;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Emma Stone;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Geoffrey Rush (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Gale Anne Hurd (REPEAT).

 

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 4, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | MTV – 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
Jersey Shore
– The network is promising that the new season’s new hookups are going to prove to be more shocking than the culture differences Snooki and the gang experience when they head to Florence, Italy. But honestly … whatever guilty, guilty pleasure we may still be able to wring out of watching these idiots continue to kill off their brain cells, do you really think you could be shocked by anything they do at this point?

9PM | USA
Burn Notice
– While Fi and Jesse keep their eye on a guy who may be the answer to solving the mystery of Max’s murder, Michael and Sam try to rescue a sick boy from his father, who’s hidden him away at an armed compound.

9PM | LIFETIME
Project Runway
– The designers have to use items they find in a pet store to whip up some – wait for it – fetching outfits.

9PM | DISCOVERY – SHARK WEEK PREMIERE
Shark City
– Shark Week host Andy Samberg provides commentary during this special, which tracks sharks in the Bahamas to see how they spend their days and nights.

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Futurama
– Let other networks hunt sharks … Leela’s obsessed with tracking down a four-dimensional space whale.

10PM | DISCOVERY – SHARK WEEK PREMIERE
When Fish Attack 3
– By “fish,” they really mean giant people-chomping whales.

10PM | FX
Wilfred
– The episode’s called “Pride,” but it’s also all about love, as Wilfred pursues his new puppy love interest and Jane Kaczmarek plays a woman with a thang for Ryan.

11:59PM | ADULT SWIM
Childrens Hospital
Alicia Silverstone guest stars as Owen’s secret wife. Who’s not such a secret any more.

12:15AM FRIDAY | ADULT SWIM
NTSF:SD:SUV
– Trent’s (Paul Scheer) ex returns a changed person … literally. Meanwhile, no one reads the book Piper has selected for the book club.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman visit The View (11AM, ABC);
– The final six is cut to a final four on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– As if the challenges weren’t, uh, challenging enough, tonight’s Wipeout (8PM, ABC) finds the contestants being forced to wear potato sacks during the game;
– It’s eviction night on Big Brother (9PM, CBS);
– On Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick), Drew wants to return to his old school, but he’s afraid to leave Adam behind;
– It’s the Happy Days episode (10PM, The Hub) that introduces Robin Williams as Mork from Ork;
– On Suits (10PM, USA), Harvey’s past with another attorney may hurt his current project, fostering the merger of two hotel chains;
Dane Cook and Bob Saget guest star as themselves on Louie (10:30PM, FX).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jason Bateman;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Dick Durbin;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Anthony Bourdain;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Colin Farrell;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Roseanne Barr and Jason Momoa;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Nicole Scherzinger and Hank Azaria;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jeremy Piven and Denise Richards;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Ryan Reynolds and Fountains of Wayne;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Craig visits the Palace of Versailles;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Matt & Kim.

 

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 28, 2011

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9PM | LIFETIME – 9TH SEASON PREMIERE
Project Runway
– Into every TV season some Tim Gunn should fall, and tonight, he’s finally back on our TVs every week, as the show kicks off its ninth season of competition, with Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia back in the judges’ chairs, and a lineup of guest celeb judges that kicks off tonight with Christina Ricci.

9PM | USA
Burn Notice
– Sam goes undercover to befriend a heroin dealer as part of a plan to help the CIA recover a weapon from some mobsters. But when his plan doesn’t go well, the CIA is unhappy with him, and, by association, Michael.

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Futurama
– The gang time travels back to the American Revolution, which threatens to change the course of history.

10PM | USA
Suits
– Mike helps Rachel study for her LSATs and realizes she’s about to discover his big secret.

10PM | FX
Wilfred
– Wilfred talks Ryan into helping him get rid of Jenna’s boyfriend (guest star Chris Klein).

11:59PM | ADULT SWIM
Childrens Hospital
– Is there a theme in TV land tonight? Yep, and it’s time travel. Like the Futurama gang, the doctors go back in time.

12:15AM (FRIDAY) | ADULT SWIM
NTSF: SD: SUV
– Haven’t checked out this cheeky procedural drama spoof from the wacky mind of star/creator Paul Scheer? Do yourself a favor and do so, or DVR it if it’s past your bedtime. Funny, funny stuff, which also stars Rebecca Romijn, Kate Mulgrew and my favorite Freaks and Geeks alum, Martin Starr. PS: The title stands for National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Two of the top 8 get the boot on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– Bosses and employees team up to tackle the obstacle course on Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– A houseguest is evicted on Big Brother (9PM, CBS);
– Riley’s getting pressure from his family, so he feels he has to make a decision about Zane on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);

MTV

– Season four premieres next week, so tonight’s Jersey Shore: From the First Fist Pump special (10PM, MTV) recaps the first three seasons;
Louie (10:30PM, FX) hangs out with his friend Pamela (guest star Pamela Adlon).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jon Favreau;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Peter Tomsen;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Buddy Roemer;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kirstie Alley, Fountains of Wayne and Louis C.K.;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Matt LeBlanc and Stevie Nicks;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Chris Tucker;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Harrison Ford and Lady Gaga;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Beyonce and Julianne Moore;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Lisa Kudrow and Ben Mezrich;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Adam Pally (REPEAT).

2011 Critics Choice TV Awards Nominations Announced!

This spring, TVScreener.com was honored to become a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, an offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The BFCA hosts the annual Critics Choice Movie Awards that air on VH1, and our TV group will dole out our own set of accolades, via the first Critics Choice Television Awards.

The TV awards ceremony will be hosted by So You Think You Can Dance star Cat Deeley on June 20 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and VH1.com will stream them live (June 20, 3:30PM ET), while on June 22, the ceremony airs on TV  at the ReelzChannel (8PM ET).

And here, our first class of nominees. I think it’s a great mix of shows, including some truly fantastic series and actors and actresses who have been overlooked at other TV awards ceremonies. I am particularly thrilled that we have nominated It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Charlie Day, one of the funniest guys on TV, and one who’s still flying a bit under the radar, for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, as well as shows and stars of shows like The Middle, Sons of Anarchy, Raising Hope, Archer and Justified, all so deserving of being called out as among the best TV has to offer.

Sound off in the comments about our nominees … do you like the mix? Who would you choose as the winner in each category? Are there shows and stars you think we missed?

And be sure to tune in for the first annual Critics Choice Television Awards on ReelzChannel on June 22!

Best Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire – HBO
Dexter – Showtime
Friday Night Lights – DirecTV
Fringe – FOX
Game of Thrones – HBO
The Good Wife – CBS
Justified – FX
The Killing – AMC
Mad Men – AMC
The Walking Dead – AMC

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi
Boardwalk Empire – HBO
Kyle ChandlerFriday Night Lights – DirecTV
Michael C. HallDexter – Showtime
Jon HammMad Men – AMC
William H. MacyShameless – Showtime
Timothy OlyphantJustified – FX

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Connie Britton
Friday Night Lights – DirecTV
Mireille EnosThe Killing – AMC
Julianna MarguliesThe Good Wife – CBS
Elisabeth MossMad Men – AMC
Katey SagalSons of Anarchy – FX
Anna TorvFringe – FOX

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alan Cumming
The Good Wife – CBS
Walton GogginsJustified – FX
Shawn HatosySouthland – TNT
John NobleFringe – FOX
Michael PittBoardwalk Empire – HBO
John SlatteryMad Men – AMC

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Michelle Forbes
– The Killing – AMC
Christina HendricksMad Men – AMC
Margo MartindaleJustified – FX
Kelly MacdonaldBoardwalk Empire – HBO
Archie PanjabiThe Good Wife – CBS
Chloë SevignyBig Love – HBO

Best Comedy Series
Archer – FX
The Big Bang Theory – CBS
Community – NBC
Glee – FOX
Louie – FX
The Middle – ABC
Modern Family – ABC
The Office – NBC
Parks and Recreation – NBC
30 Rock – NBC

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin
30 Rock – NBC
Steve CarellThe Office – NBC
Louis C.K.Louie – FX
Charlie DayIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – FX
Joel McHaleCommunity – NBC
Jim ParsonsThe Big Bang Theory – CBS

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Courteney Cox
Cougar Town – ABC
Edie FalcoNurse Jackie – Showtime
Tina Fey30 Rock – NBC
Patricia HeatonThe Middle – ABC
Martha PlimptonRaising Hope – FOX
Amy PoehlerParks and Recreation – NBC

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell
Modern Family – ABC
Neil Patrick HarrisHow I Met Your Mother – CBS
Nick OffermanParks and Recreation – NBC
Ed O’NeillModern Family – ABC
Danny PudiCommunity – NBC
Eric StonestreetModern Family – ABC

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen
Modern Family – ABC
Jane Krakowski30 Rock – NBC
Jane LynchGlee – FOX
Busy PhilippsCougar Town – ABC
Eden SherThe Middle – ABC
Sofía VergaraModern Family – ABC

Best Reality Series
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – ABC
Hoarders – A&E
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – Bravo
Sister Wives – TLC
Undercover Boss – CBS

Best Reality Series – Competition
The Amazing Race – CBS
American Idol – FOX
Dancing with the Stars – ABC
Project Runway – Lifetime
RuPaul’s Drag Race – Logo
Top Chef – Bravo

Best Reality Show Host
Tom Bergeron
Dancing with the Stars – ABC
Cat DeeleySo You Think You Can Dance – FOX
Ty PenningtonExtreme Makeover: Home Edition – ABC
Mike RoweDirty Jobs – Discovery
Ryan SeacrestAmerican Idol – FOX

Best Talk Show
Chelsea Lately – E!
The Daily Show – Comedy Central
The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Warner Bros.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC
The Oprah Winfrey Show – Harpo

WIN THIS! ‘Project Runway’ Season 8 Premiere Prize Pack!

HOORAY! We have our winner:

Ethan! Congrats, Ethan, and thanks for entering. Your awesome prize will be on its way to your mailbox shortly. Enjoy, and thanks again for checking us out at TV Screener.com!

And everyone, stay tuned to TVScreener.com … we’ve got lots more TV goodies coming your way!

The eighth season of Project Runway debuts this Thursday, July 29 (9PM ET), on Lifetime, and fans will notice a big change in the show right away: each episode this season will be super-sized!

The new 90-minute episode length gives viewers a chance to enjoy more of the things we love about the show: More time with the designers as they embark on the latest challenge, more time with mentor Tim Gunn as he encourages the contestants to “Make it work!” and more time with the judges as they decide which designers have serious skills and which ones we will bid “Auf Wiedersehen” to.

To celebrate the new season with Tim, Heidi, Michael, Nina and a group of new designers that includes the solo-monikered “Casanova” – seriously! – Lifetime is giving TVScreener.com readers the chance to win a Project Runway beach tote filled with great goodies!

The Project Runway Prize Pack includes:

– Beach Tote
– Beach Towel
– 32 oz. Water Bottle
– Mister
– Keychain w/Charms
– Sunscreen

Now, for a chance to win the Project Runway goodies package:
– Leave a comment on this post, with the name of your all-time favorite Project Runway contestant, and an e-mail address to reach you
– Deadline to enter is July 30 at 8PM ET (according to recorded comment time)
– The winner will be chosen by random, using Random.org’s Random Number Generator
– The winner will be announced on the evening of July 30, as an update to this post
– For this content, U.S. residents only, please, and entrants must be at least 18 years of age

Good luck, Project Runway fans!

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