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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 29, 2011

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10:30PM | MTV
Death Valley
– The New York Times described this new action/zombie/cop comedy as Reno 911! with zombies, and while I think nothing will ever live up to Lt. Dangle and the gang, Valley is laugh-out-loud funny, with a fun cast that includes comedian and Fat Actress alum Bryan Callen, Lost‘s Tania Raymond, The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Texas Battle and underrated Popular alum Bryce Johnson.

8PM | VH1 – SERIES PREMIERE
Basketball Wives: LA
Kimsha Artest and sisters Laura and Gloria Govan are among the stars of this spin-off of the original Basketball Wives reality series. Will this batch of women prove to be as interesting as the Miami Wives? Eh …

9PM | TNT
The Closer
– Brenda asks Raydor for help with a case, as the squad members are deposed in the lawsuit against Brenda.

9PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
– This week’s four-ep marathon includes “Paddy’s Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens” (10:30PM), or kitten “mittons” as Charlie spells it, and “The Waitress Is Getting Married” (9PM), in which Charlie (Charlie Day), in his own weird, but still sweet, Charlie way, shows his love for The Waitress (Mary Elizabeth Ellis, the real-life Mrs. Charlie Day).

10PM | LOGO
The A-List: New York
Austin and Reichen become closer when everyone else washes their hands of Austin, but that creates new drama for Mr. Armacost, when Jake starts to feel left out.

10PM | SHOWTIME
Weeds
– Nancy, Andy and Silas plot revenge against Emma (guest star Michelle Trachtenberg), while Doug deals with a financial situation that means he really needs to make his hedge fund work and Shane gets a little more involved with the law than he intended.

10:30PM | THE HUB
Happy Days
– It’s the classic “Potsie Quits School” episode of Days, with Potsie’s “Pumps Your Blood” gem.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Place your Bachelor Pad (8PM, ABC) bets: Is it Jake or Kasey who leaves?;
– Carter and Allison wear memory-reading devices as a means of appealing the ruling on their relationship on Eureka (8PM, Syfy);
– New episodes of American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior (9PM, Discovery) kick off with the lawsuit between the Pauls getting settled;
– Fiona hopes Charlie will go to the prom with her on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– Pete and Claudia try to find Stukowski’s partner when Stukowski is interrogated by Warehouse agents on Warehouse 13 (9PM, Syfy);
– On Alphas (10PM, Syfy), Hicks and Nina hook up with a dangerous Alpha cult leader;
CIA Confidential: 9/11 Mastermind (10PM, NGC) chronicles the CIA’s decade-long hunt for 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed;
– On Rizzoli & Isles (10PM, TNT), a man dies during what appears to be a mugging;
– Sean is annoyed by new neighbors and Adam goes to Poppy’s high school reunion on The Big C (10:30PM, Showtime).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Reese Witherspoon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Ali Velshi (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): The Cars (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jason Sudeikis;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): David Koechner;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Aziz Ansari (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Robert Duvall;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): William Shatner;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Walt Goggins (REPEAT).

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

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10PM | STARZ
Torchwood: Miracle Day
– While Cap’n Jack meets up with a man he thought was dead, Rex takes serious steps to try to – as Rob Lowe‘s Chris would say on Parks and Recreation, lit-rally – save the world.

10PM | SYFY
Haven
– A drowning reveals a secret house and a family whose children all disappear under mysterious circumstances.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Heat Seekers
Aaron and Roger head to Charleston for Sriracha donuts and jalapeno macaroni and cheese.

10PM | NETWORK – SERIES PREMIERE
Rat Busters NYC
– Following a team of New York City exterminators who handle the city’s biggest pests. Hey dudes, your services are seriously required around Port Authority.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Joel McHale leads another big, hot, tasty bowl of celeb spoofin’ on The Soup (10PM, E!);
– Scott switches roles with a computer hacker on Strike Back (10PM, Cinemax);
– On Sugar High (10:30PM, Food Network), Duff heads to Boston for Boston cream fried dough and lemon ginger mousse.

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Martin Lawrence (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Louis C.K. (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Hank Azaria (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Justin Timberlake (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Shirley Manson;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Frenchie Davis (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 25, 2011

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8-11PM | DISCOVERY – SERIES PREMIERE
Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero
– Ground Zero will ultimately be a 16-acre complex that includes four skyscrapers, a transportation hub, a museum and a 9/11 memorial with the largest man-made waterfall in history. This miniseries, produced by Steven Spielberg, documents the construction, including the remembrances of those who were in lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2011 and those who are involved now in this massive, emotional rebuilding effort.

9PM | USA
Burn Notice
– Michael worms his way inside a group of hijackers as a way to help Jesse with a security job, but he’s caught by surprise when the hijackers take hostages at an airport. And the person trying to help the hostages escape? Maddie, of course.

9PM | LIFETIME
Project Runway
Survivor meets PR? The designers not only have to conceive a new frock based on sneakers and sportswear, but they actually have to participate in a running event.

10PM | MTV
Jersey Shore
– They’ve been teasing it for months, and tonight we finally see the big throwdown between Ronnie and The Situation. Oh, I feel just a little bit more ridiculous every time I type that name.

10PM | FX
Wilfred
Dwight Yoakam guest stars as a guy who may confirm Ryan’s suspicions that his friendship with Wilfred may not be totally healthy.

11:59PM | ADULT SWIM
Childrens Hospital
– Glenn (Ken Marino), finally, gets a bar mitzvah.

12:15AM FRIDAY | ADULT SWIM
NTSF: SD: SUV
Gabrielle Union guest stars in “Tijuana, We’ve Got a Problem,” as plans for the space shuttle are stolen and sold to Mexico, and Trent (Paul Scheer) and the gang must retrieve them.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s family team night on Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– It’s eviction night on Big Brother (8PM, CBS);
– Katie and Marisol continue to trash their friendship for a dude on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– Fry sneezes and reintroduces the common cold into the future on Futurama (10PM, Comedy Central);
– Mike questions why Harvey fired a certain executive on Suits (10PM, USA);
– On Louie (10:30PM, FX), Louie … Afghanistan … comedy ensues.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jim Parsons (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Michael Wallis (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Robert Wittman (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Paul Rudd;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Dolly Parton and Ben Bailey (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Howie Mandel (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Ryan Reynolds and Fountains of Wayne (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Kal Penn;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Adam Pally (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 24, 2011

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10PM | FX
Rescue Me
– The firehouse is unhappy with Franco – or “Francostein” as they refer to him – decides to enforce all the rules while taking over Lou’s job, but when he’s really challenged on a call, the biggest rebel of all may be the only one who can prevent a tragedy.

9PM | TRAVEL – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Man vs. Food Nation: Route 66
Adam tries steak and frozen custard on his way to Tulsa, where he helps a retired Navy officer who wants to eat 23 puffy tacos in 90 minutes. And no, I don’t know what a puffy taco is either.

9PM | USA
Royal Pains
– Hank treats a boy who has asthma, but then his nanny starts to have the same symptoms as the boy.

10PM | MTV – 21ST SEASON FINALE
The Challenge: Rivals
– A tough, multi-event closes out the season, as the final six teams go for the $300,000 grand prize.

10PM | DirecTV
Damages
– Ellen goes to Bill Herndon (Judd Hirsch) to uncover Jerry’s identity, while Howard goes to Afghanistan (John Goodman) to confront Chris.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Restaurant: Impossible
Robert tries to revamp an Italian eatery in Connecticut. It’s family-owned, and the family’s squabbles are only adding to the business woes.

10PM | BRAVO – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Top Chef Just Desserts
– The new season opens with 14 contestants and a fairy tale-themed challenge.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The Power of Veto ceremony is held on Big Brother (8PM, CBS);
– Their designer may have messed up the gang’s entire plan for the restaurant on Famous Food (8PM, VH1);
– Katie, Drew and Marisol form the latest love triangle on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
Roseanne tries to get a prescription for medicinal marijuana on Roseanne’s Nuts (9PM, Lifetime);
– Elka (Betty White) turns into a bridezilla on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Rainn Wilson (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jay Bahadur;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Nassir Ghaemi (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Ashton Kutcher;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Katie Holmes (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Dax Shepard (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jason Bateman and Tony Bennett (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Regis Philbin;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Interpol (REPEAT).

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

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10PM | SHOWTIME
Weeds
– Her fellow housewives, drug lords and federal agents haven’t been able to keep up with Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) and her clever ways, but she might have finally met her match in Zoya (Olga Sosnovska), her prison pal, whose surprise arrival in New York is going to throw everyone’s world into chaos. In tonight’s episode, Nancy and Andy (Justin Kirk) try to figure out how to keep Zoya from taking over the bike shop, while Silas (Hunter Parrish) is dealing with takeover attempts of his own and Doug (Kevin Nealon) tries to fend off the SEC.

8PM | VH1
Basketball Wives,
Reunion Part 2 John Salley continues to nudge to women into dishing some dirt on the recently-concluded third season, which, of course, leads to more squabbles, most of them involving Royce.

8PM | SYFY
Eureka
– Carter (Colin Ferguson) and Allison (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) are the subject of a relationship audit by the Department of Defense.

9PM | TNT
The Closer
– As Capt. Raydor (Mary McDonnell) pushes forward with her investigation of Brenda’s (Kyra Sedgwick) squad, her focus narrows in on Sanchez (Raymond Cruz).

9PM | SYFY
Warehouse 13
– When Myka (Joanne Kelly) hunts for the man who killed her old partner, her fellow Warehouse 13 agents think there may be a link between the murderer and the Secret Service.

10PM | LOGO
The A-List: New York
Ryan‘s runway show turns into another opportunity for a drama involving Austin, who has even bigger problems when most of his NYC pals turn against him.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
The Best Thing I Ever Ate
– Food Network personalities share their favorite childhood foods, including cotton candy, homemade pasta and Frito Pie.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Jake finds out he has more allies than Kasey and the nasty Vienna on Bachelor Pad (8PM, ABC);
– Back-to-back new eps of Hell’s Kitchen (8 and 9PM, Fox) result in the elimination of two more contestants;
– Amy is awaiting a marriage proposal from Ricky, who has other plans on Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– Alli plans to take things to a new level with Dave before summer break on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– The weekly four-ep marathon of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (9PM, Comedy Central) includes “The Gang Hits the Road,” in which the Paddy’s crew tries to go to the Grand Canyon;
– The new reality series LaLa’s Full Court Life (9PM, VH1) revolves around La La Vazquez and NBA hubby Carmelo Anthony;
– The third season premiere of The T.O. Show (9:30PM, VH1) finds T.O. facing ACL surgery;
– The Alphas (10PM, Syfy) have to protect an inventor whose concoctions could be dangerous if the wrong people get their hands on them;
– The new reality series Bear Swamp Recovery (10PM, TruTV) follows a New Jersey family who operate a repo business;
– Rich people hiring hitmen is the subject of tonight’s Behind Mansion Walls (10PM, ID);
– Frankie’s ex returns to town with a big surprise on Rizzoli & Isles (10PM, TNT);
– On The Big C (10:30PM, Showtime), Rebecca’s miscarriage leads to a reunion for Cathy.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and Soundgarden (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Matt Long (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Elliott Ackerman (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Denis Leary;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Emma Stone and Adam Carolla (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Aaron Paul and Roseanne Barr (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Lou Dobbs and Cory Monteith (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Hugh Laurie;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Adam Blackstone.

 

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