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10PM | NBC
30 Rock – When a blogger accuses TGS of being misogynistic, Liz hires a female comedian for the writing staff. But when the new hire seems to be perpetuating female stereotypes herself, Liz and Jenna decide to put her in her place.

8PM | FOX
American IdolJ.Lo, seriously, get a grip. We were all sad to see Chris Medina go, but it was the right decision. Besides, he’s already landed a gig on The Tonight Show Friday.

8PM | CBS
The Big Bang Theory – When Sheldon realizes the gang doesn’t consider him to be the center of their universe, he packs up his bat and ball, or in his case, his Halo and Klingon Boggle, and goes off to find new friends.

8PM | NBC
Community – It’s Greendale student election time, and Annie, Jeff, Leonard and Star Burns are running against each other. Meanwhile, as the students prepare for a visit from the vice president, Abed makes friends with a secret service agent who’s scoping out the campus.

9PM | CNBC
How I Made My Millions – Unfolding the backstories of the fortunes made by the owner of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and the inventor of the Super Soaker.

9PM | NBC
The Office – Todd Packer (guest star David Koechner) in the house! And, if he has his way, he’ll be in the house permanently, as he hopes to convince Michael to give him a job in the office. But while Michael may find him amusing, the rest of the office finds him obnoxious, and bristles at the idea of seeing him every day.

9PM | USA – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Royal Pains – Divya and Raj take dance lessons to get ready for their wedding, which, surprise, doesn’t go as planned …

9PM | HBO
Thurgood Laurence Fishburne earned a Tony nomination for this, his portrayal of Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice on the U.S. supreme court. One nitpick, HBO: Did you really have to schedule this against Fishburne’s CSI?

9:30PM | NBC
Parks & Recreation – Ron and Leslie head off to Indy to be honored for their work on the Harvest Festival, and back in Pawnee, Andy and April try to come up with cheap date ideas.

10PM | FX
Archer – Woodhouse takes a trip down memory lane when his old war buddies start dying mysteriously, and Archer takes it upon himself to track down the alleged killer of the war vets.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Alaric makes a major confession to Jenna on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– It’s family night on Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– Jeff declares it “Jeff Day,” but the cleaning lady interrupts him on Rules of Engagement (8:30PM, CBS);
– Zombies?! How else to explain two men who spring back to life after being pronounced dead on CSI (9PM, CBS)?;
– Meredith discovers her fertility treatments are causing vision problems on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC);
Nikita (9PM, The CW) is double crossed when she tries to get Alex out of the country;
– Five teens learn the harsh realities of prison life at a Maryland correctional institution on Beyond Scared Straight (10PM, A&E);
– When The Situation takes too long getting his “fresh to death” look in order, the other guys in the house ditch him on Jersey Shore (10PM, MTV);
– Jane and company may not have to look very far for a suspect when an antiques dealer is murdered on The Mentalist (10PM, CBS);
– Violet frets about what her co-workers will say when they find out they’re in her book on Private Practice (10PM, ABC);
– Chris heads to Mexico to dole out justice on Eagleheart (11:59PM, Adult Swim).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Cory Monteith;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Austan Goolsbee;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Mike Huckabee and Glenn Greenwald;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Bright Eyes and Sen. Rand Paul;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Hanson, DJ Pauly D and Meredith Viera;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Anne Heche and Jason Biggs;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Owen Wilson, Adele and Kelly Ripa;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Michael Stipe and Miley Cyrus;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Forest Whitaker;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Fred Armisen.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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9PM | NBC
The Office – Remember Threat Level Midnight, that script the gang found in Michael’s desk? Well, it turns out he actually produced the movie (with staffers current and former as the cast), and tonight he’s going to unspool his “Michael Scott Joint” for Holly and the gang. Their reviews? Well, he might have a tough time finding even two thumbs up.

8PM | FOX
American Idol – Hollywood rounds, third episode. Don’t worry, we’re almost there. Next week: the top 20 is revealed.

8PM | CBS
The Big Bang Theory – Leonard starts dating Raj’s sister again.

8PM | NBC
Community – Pierce pretends to be dead and leaves the study group with final gifts, but the dead dude’s gifts turn out to be even more troubling than Pierce’s usual shenanigans.

8PM | THE CW
The Vampire Diaries – Stefan ‘fesses up to Elena that he used to be a vicious murderer who killed members of her family. Ladies … dealbreaker?

9PM | CBS
CSI Justin Bieber returns as troubled teen Jason McCann, who warns Nick about a dangerous situation.

9PM | DISCOVERY – 6TH SEASON PREMIERE
Man vs. Wild – Bear sees it all in Arizona, from scorching deserts to bone-chillingly cold mountains.

9:30PM | NBC
Parks and Recreation – While Andy tries to woo April back, Ben is haunted by his past as a famous teen mayor.

10PM | NBC
30 Rock – This sounds like a triple winner: Jenna tries to help Liz rebound from her breakup with Carol, Jack loses his business mojo when the baby keeps him from sleeping and Frank and Pete form a rock band (so getting visions of Jeffster! here).

10PM | FX
Archer – While Archer and Lana are off in New Orleans on a case (well, and to get a vacay in the Big Easy, as far as Archer’s concerned), Mallory orders the office to go green … yep, she wants the “freebie socialist tax credits.”

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The Yule Log Jam and, of course, the Big Balls are among the obstacles on Winter Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– Infamous Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer guest stars in the first season finale of $#*! My Dad Says (8:30PM, CBS);
– Harsh: a wedding planner is found dead, in a tanning bed, on Valentine’s Day on Bones (9PM, Fox);
– On Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC), Bailey and Eli, um, connect;
– When Alex is double crossed by a friend, guess who has to rescue her? Yep, Michael and Nikita (9PM, The CW);
– Colleen participates in a major prostitution sting on Police Women of Cincinnati (9PM, TLC);
– Hank thinks there’s a medical reason a woman can’t relax in the Hamptons on Royal Pains (9PM, USA);
– Country crooner Clay Walker is shocked by the prices when he looks for a Big Apple home on Selling New York (9PM, HGTV);
Ronnie bums about Sammi‘s departure and Deena gets so sloppy drunk that Situation anoints her the “sloppopotamus” on The Jersey Shore (10PM, MTV);
– Hightower goes into the field with Jane when Lisbon is injured on The Mentalist (10PM, CBS);
– Addison returns home, with her friends in tow, on Private Practice (10PM, ABC);
Chris Elliott stars in a new Eagleheart on Adult Swim (11:59PM, Cartoon Network).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Martin Short and Chris Bosh;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Ed Gillespie;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): TBA;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Nathan Fillion, Paris Hilton and the Scissor Sisters;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jenna Fischer and Abigail Breslin;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): J-WOWW, Far East Movement and Hayden Panettiere;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jason Sudekis and Keri Hilson;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Michael Showalter and William H. Macy;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Sarah Chalke and Louie Anderson;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Director David O. Russell.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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9:30PM | NBC
Parks and Recreation – Remember what happened the last time Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) and his ex-wife Tammy (guest star Megan Mullally, Offerman’s real-life wife) got together? Insanity ensued, which is why Tammy’s return in tonight’s episode is must-see TV. Especially since her return is brought about by Tom (Aziz Ansari), who begins dating Tammy to get back at Ron, who’s dating Tom’s ex-wife Wendy (Jama Williamson). Also, a jail cell is involved, so, again, must-see TV.

8PM | FOX
American Idol – After weeks of those drawn out city auditions, the action moves to Hollywood, where we’ll finally see which wannabes have the chops to make it into the finalist pool.

8PM | CBS
The Big Bang Theory – Leonard, a gigolo … Sheldon, his pimp??! If a wealthy widow (guest star Jessica Walter) who wants to donate big bucks to the university – provided she gets some one-on-one time with Leonard – has anything to say about it.

8PM | NBC
Community – The last time I saw Andy Dick‘s name in the news, he was getting thrown out of an awards show for porn. Tonight, he’s guesting on Community. A step up, to say the least.

8PM | ABC
Wipeout – The Hockey Hottie, Mr. Grinch and Holiday Hams … you guess which ones are contestants and which ones are Wipeout obstacles.

9PM | ABC
Grey’s Anatomy – Papa Grey returns with a stomachache that means he’s rejecting the liver Meredith so thoughtfully gave him. He’s also bringing a young, tattooed girlfriend with him, which means Mer’s gonna have a stomachache, too.

9PM | NBC
The Office – Michael and Holly spend Valentine’s Day together, which gives me more hope that the writers will send Mr. Scott off with the happy ending he deserves. Well, the happy ending for him that the audience deserves, anyway.

10PM | NBC
30 Rock – It’s Valentine’s Day and Carol (guest star Matt Damon) is back, which, in Liz Lemon Land, probably means romantic trauma ahead.

10PM | FX
Archer – Archer may be someone’s babydaddy. His favorite hooker’s babydaddy, actually.

10PM | MTV
Jersey ShoreRonnie, Sammi fight. Ronnie mad. Ronnie smash!

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Stefan and Elena try to get romantic on a trip to the lake on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– Booth and Sweets have commitment on their minds on Bones (9PM, Fox);
– On Nikita (9PM, The CW), Michael meddles in Alex’s life with Nathan;
– Colleen helps protect U.S. marshals on Police Women of Cincinnati (9PM, TLC);
– Ace and the gang make a Back to the Future cake for Michael J. Fox (!) on Ace of Cakes (10PM, Food Network);
– And rebellious teens visit San Quentin on Beyond Scared Straight (10PM, A&E).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Seth MacFarlane and Brooklyn Decker;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Former RNC chairman Michael Steele (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Author Michael Lewis (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Snooki (yes, that one);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Rob Lowe, Amber Riley and Nicki Minaj;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Brad Womack and Taylor Momsen;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jimmy and Justin Bieber perform their Twitter song;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jennifer Aniston and Piers Morgan;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Jennifer Beals;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Diplo and Alberta Cross.

Whatchoo Talkin’ ‘Bout, Willis?: January 24-30, 2011

In TVScreener.com‘s new week-in-preview column, here’s what Willis, and everyone else in TV land, will be talking about in the week ahead …

1. The Big O’s Big Secret
Does she really have a child? Is the guy she thinks is her father not really her father? Oprah Winfrey has promised to reveal a big family secret – one she says she herself learned only recently – on her daytime talk show on Monday (check local listings for time and channel). In what she has called the “miracle of miracles,” a teaser for the episode finds Oprah telling viewers, “I was given some news that literally shook me to my core. This time, I’m the one being reunited.” Winfrey has confirmed she had a baby as a teen, but that the child died; meanwhile infamous biographer Kitty Kelley claimed in her 2010 bio of Oprah that Vernon Winfrey, the man the media queen has known as her father her whole life, isn’t actually her dad. Of course, the Twitterverse thinks there could be something far more salacious afoot.

UPDATE, MONDAY 1:30PM: If you can’t wait, or don’t care enough to actually tune in, here’s Oprah’s big reveal from today’s show.

2. Regis Definitely Wants to Be a (Multi)Millionaire
It didn’t take long for more details to spill out on Regis Philbin‘s surprise announcement last week that he’s leaving Live with Regis and Kelly (Monday-Friday, 9AM ET, ABC), the morning talk show he hosts with Kelly Ripa. Regis insisted he wasn’t retiring, but was moving on to other ventures, and “sources,” according to TMZ.com, say it’s because Reeg was very unhappy with a pay cut ABC execs wanted him to swallow. Initial reports had Regis staying through September, but in the face of these new details (including allegations that he sorta blindsided co-host Ripa with the news), things might be pretty tension-filled at the ol’ Live studio. Will Regis address the situation, and the new rumors, on the air? Will he really stick around until the fall if things do get ookie? And who should (or can?) replace The Reeg when he bounces? Ryan Seacrest? Neil Patrick Harris? Survivor host Jeff Probst? Ripa’s affable, but kinda boring hubs, Mark Consuelos? My two fave (alleged) contenders: Wayne Brady and Bravo exec/Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen.

UPDATE, MONDAY 9:05AM: Regis is on a previously-scheduled vacay all week, so we’ll have to wait ’til next week to see if he talks about the new money drama on the air.

3. The Final Countdown
MSNBC Countdown host Keith Olbermann is also out at his network, and his departure came even more abruptly than Regis’. We certainly have yet to hear the whole story of how his last show came about so quickly, or where he’s going next.

4. The Housewives of Beverly Hills: Reunited and It Feels So Crazy
Speaking of @BravoAndy, he has his hands full this week with part one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion special (Jan. 27, 9PM ET, Bravo). Last week’s season 1 finale featured the shocking blowout between former child star sisters Kim and Kyle Richards, plus the postscript that Kim had entered (and fled) rehab after filming on the season stopped. That is but one of the contentious relationships that will be dished on the gathering, along with, of course, the tornado of drama that is Camille Grammer.

5. David Brent Visits The Office
Hollywood types (crybaby ones) are still ticked off at Ricky Gervais because of his Golden Globes jokes, but the rest of us will finally get to see his David Brent, from the original Office U.K., meet The Office U.S. boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell) on this week’s episode of The Office (Jan. 27, 9PM ET, NBC). Buzz is that the David/Michael meeting comes in the episode’s opening moments, so it may be wise to set your DVRs a few minutes early to make sure you catch it.

6. American Idle?
The “kindler, gentler” American Idol hasn’t wowed viewers yet. Last Wednesday’s season premiere was down 13 percent vs. season nine’s premiere (and a whopping 28 percent among teen viewers), while the second episode of season 10, on Thursday night, continued the drop, down 20 percent from the previous night’s ep, and 23 percent from last season’s second episode. Meanwhile, though newbie judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler did give the show a breezier vibe, Tyler also gave it a bit of a creepier vibe, as he and Randy Jackson turned into Beavis and Butthead when any remotely attractive (or non-conservatively-dressed) female entered the audition room, her age be damned. Ew. Can Idol bounce back as the season rolls along? And, save Caleb Hawley, who may just have the best potential rock star name ever, will the talent start to wow us in week two?

7. The Skinny on Skins
All the hubbub about the naughtiness of MTV’s remake of the British teen drama Skins (Mondays, 10PM ET, MTV) may be the best thing that could happen to the show, even if it has meant advertisers like Taco Bell and General Motors pulling their spots from the show. Skins U.S. lead actor James Newman definitely has potential to be a breakout star, but so far, the most remarkable thing about the show is that it’s been kinda boring, so any publicity is probably good publicity at this point.

8. Oscar Morning
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Christian Bale (The Fighter), Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and The Social Network are probably locks for nominations (and maybe even the statues themselves) as nods for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards are announced Tuesday morning (8:30AM ET). The nominations announcement will stream live at Oscar.com.

9. The SAG Awards
There’s nothing people in Hollywood love more than giving awards to each other (which is why you might think they’d have a sense of humor about themselves, though, as Ricky Gervais found out, that isn’t always the case). The Screen Actors Guild Awards (Jan. 30, 8PM ET, TBS and TNT) is yet another of the elaborate events at which they’ll do that, though the national treasure that is Betty White is among the presenters, so there’s that.

10. Betty Love
And speaking of Betty White … a Sunday night CBS made-for-TV movie that doesn’t star Tom Selleck? Pass. Except for next Sunday night, when Betty teams up with Jennifer Love Hewitt (who’s not starring as a hooker mom this time) for The Lost Valentine (Jan. 30, 9PM ET, CBS), a sweet Hallmark movie about a widow who impresses a reporter with her dedication to honoring her MIA pilot husband, more than 60 years after World War II.

Channel Surfing – March 26, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Betty White, Tom Selleck, and now Don Johnson is headed back to primetime, making it seem like 1985 in fall pilot action.

– As much as I loved this week’s episode of Lost – it was the perfect antidote, being one of the best episodes ever of the show, to Tuesday night’s American Idol performance installment, which was, hands down, the worst episode ever of AI – the Movieline.com snarky episode recap is almost as fun as the episode itself.

At the Movies has been canceled. Let’s be honest, it was never the same without Siskel and Ebert‘s thumbs.

– Also dunzo: The Hills, after season six, which premieres on April 27.

– And Fox has put ‘Til Death out of its (and viewers’) misery, while Scrubs is also likely to be canceled.

– Endings is becoming a theme this week: Katherine Heigl has confirmed she’s quitting (actually, has already quit) Grey’s Anatomy.

– One more: Lost producers have revealed the title of the show’s series finale. It’s “The End.”

– The New York Jets’ training camp will be the subject of next season’s edition of HBO’s Hard Knocks.

– It may not be the savviest career move, but it’s still refreshing that even Big Love star Chloe Sevigny admits the just-concluded fourth season of her HBO show was, as she says, “awful.” It was especially bad in comparison to how great the show was in season three.

– CBS is launching its own reality dance series (because that’s definitely what’s missing in primetime), and Paula Abdul is said to top the network’s wish list of judges for the new show.

Bill Cosby has made some very kind comments about his I Spy co-star Robert Culp, who died on Tuesday.

– Those infamous White House party crashers have landed on TV, as the wife, Michaele Salahi, will be one of Bravo’s Real Housewives of D.C.

The Office has been hit-and-miss this season. The Jim/Pam baby episode has definitely been the highlight so far, along with the increased screen time for Craig Robinson since his Darryl got promoted. The comedian, whose Hot Tub Time Machine hits movie theaters today and who’ll host NBC’s Last Comic Standing this summer, says we’ll continue to see more and more of Darryl – the sharpest and most down to earth character at Dunder Mifflin – throughout the rest of the season.

Diddy, whose name is among the dozens of people who’ve been mentioned as possible Simon Cowell replacements on American Idol, will perform on next Wednesday’s AI results show.

– And not only will we get a Madonna-themed episode of Glee on April 20, but a CD called The Power of Madonna, featuring seven Material Girl tunes performed by the Glee cast, will also hit stores and iTunes that day.

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