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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 10, 2012

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10 and 11PM | MTV
Teen Mom 2
– Here’s a little extra somethin’ Santa forgot to put under the tree: the gift of back-to-back new installments of Teen Mom 2.

8 and 9PM | WE
Texas Multi Mamas
– Is this reality drama really just a thinly, er, not at all veiled knockoff of Real Housewives, with women who have multiples as the common denominator? Yes it is. Should you care? No. Is it awesome? Yes, it is. Especially when the smug Stephanie gets her much-anticipated boob job, but then has to spend her recovery time with her monster-in-law … #realitytvstarproblems.

8:30 and 10PM | A&E
Storage Wars
– New episodes bookend the premiere of another new Wars (see below).

9PM | LIFETIME – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Dance Moms
– She’s baaaaack. Lock up your children and their self-esteem.

9PM | A&E – SERIES PREMIERE
Shipping Wars
– Yep, now shippers, those who specialize in the transport of various unusual and often delicate, items, are at Wars with each other. Storage locker auction bidders and specialty transporters, can’t we all just get along?

9PM | NGC
Taboo
– An episode revolving around “odd couples,” including a woman whose boyfriend is three times her height, a gay man married to a woman and a three-way marriage that will make that Sister Wives gang look almost charming in comparison.

9PM | ABC
Celebrity Wife Swap
– The wives of Dee “Twisted Sister” Snider and Flavor “Public Enemy” Flav swap households for a week. Hilarity and insanity of the completely expected variety ensue.

10PM | LIFETIME
24 Hour Catwalk
– This new fashion competition series, with its quick challenges and mystery box of ingredients, is a lot like Chopped

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– … which does a far better, more compelling job of making the format work. And Geoffrey Zakarian rules!

10PM | NBC
Parenthood
– Sarah considers having another child, You should consider catching up with this fine drama, if you haven’t yet, on Netflix.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Dr. Huizenga performs health assessments that shake up the contestants on The Biggest Loser (8PM, NBC);
– On NCIS (8PM, CBS), a female lieutenant is murdered, and her husband, a detective, keeps interrupting the investigation;
– Jada Khaled is kidnapped on NCIS: Los Angeles (9PM, CBS);
– Carrie digs into a college student’s death on Unforgettable (10PM, CBS);
Robin Thicke and Tori Spelling visit Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens: Live (11PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Chelsea Handler;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Judge Andrew Napolitano;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Bill Moyers;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Marv Albert and Kate Beckinsale;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Queen Latifah;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Dermot Mulroney;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Tina Fey;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Isaac Mizrahi;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Roy Choi (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 9, 2012

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10PM | BRAVO
It’s a Brad, Brad World
– Didn’t wanna like this show … thought Brad Goreski was way annoying on The Rachel Zoe Project. Turn out, it was just her who was annoying … he’s actually pretty charming on this new reality series, in which he tries to build his own career as a stylist.

8PM | ABC
The Bachelor
– Craziest season yet.

8PM | SUNDANCE
The Mortified Sessions
– On tonight’s installment of this delightful series in which celebs dig into mementos from their pasts and share stories from their childhood and beyond: Ricky/Rick/Ricky Schroder, who talks about Silver Spoons and how his wife, in her teenage diary, fantasized about meeting him.

8PM | ABC FAMILY
Pretty Little Liars
– Aria and Ezra face the fallout of making their romance public.

8:30PM | ESPN
Allstate BCS National Championship Game
– #1 LSU vs. #2 Alabama.

9PM | OWN  – SERIES PREMIERE
America’s Money Class With Suze Orman
– The six-episode series finds Suze Orman giving classroom-style lectures on various financial issues, followed by a “final exam” at the end. First up: how to buy a home, how to erase debt and what to do in the face of a foreclosure.

9PM | DISCOVERY – SERIES PREMIERE
First Week In
– Following inmates through their first week in prison, including, tonight, three first-time inmates.

9PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Kyle and Kim have yet another confrontation about Kim’s wacky behavior, which, since we know now that she’s in rehab, probably shouldn’t seem like such a mystery.

10PM | ABC
Castle
– A womanizer falls to his death after his latest bout of womanizing.

10PM | NBC
Rock Center With Brian Williams
– Guest George Clooney makes his Oscar predictions.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Who’s Still Standing (8PM, NBC) … who’s still watching? Me. Not proud, but it’s addictive;
– Are a woman’s best friend and best friend’s boyfriend involved in her disappearance? Gotta watch Disappeared (9PM, ID) to find out;
– On the Fear Factor (9PM, NBC) menu tonight: a stunt that requires contestants to eat cockroaches, grasshoppers, rat hair and maggots;
Hoarders (9PM, TLC) includes a man who can’t stop buying clearance sale items;
– During tonight’s marathon of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (9PM, Comedy Central): “The D.E.N.N.I.S. System,” “The Gang Wrestles for the Troops,” “Paddy’s Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens” and “Mac and Dennis Break Up,” all gems;
– The new series Mobster Confessions (10PM, Discovery) is just what it sounds like, documenting the stories of mobsters who’ve turned into informants;
– On Pawn Stars (10 and 10:30PM, History), Rick and the gang are presented a first edition of Thoreau’s Walden.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): David Cross, Gavin DeGraw and Seth Green;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): George Lucas;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Melissa Harris-Perry;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Mark Wahlberg;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Janet Jackson;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Channing Tatum;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Mark Wahlberg;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Howie Mandel;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mike White (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – January 7-8, 2012

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10PM, SUN | SHOWTIME – SERIES PREMIERE
House of Lies
– Is it great to see Don Cheadle as a series lead? Absolutely. But I wish it were in a more likable series, playing a more likable character. House of Lies has its funny moments, and the topic is an interesting one … Cheadle is Marty Kahn, a legendary management consultant. He and his team, including Kristen Bell as his colleague Jeannie, open the series trying to help a company capitalizing on its part in the subprime scandal justify the obscenely large bonuses they’re getting.

Again, interesting stuff, but it involves a lot of sleazy behavior, from Marty, his cohorts, the companies he works with, his addict ex-wife (who’s also his biggest professional rival) and the stripper who pretends to be Marty’s wife (and then has sex in a bathroom with the actual wife of his client). Did I mention all this unpleasant behavior happens in just the first episode?

Still, House of Lies has its moments, and enough of them to keep watching — Cheadle is flawless as fast-talkin’, cocky Marty, in a Jeremy Piven-as-Ari Gold way, and in episode two, there’s a funny subplot involving guest star Cat Deeley.

11:29PM, SAT | NBC
Saturday Night Live
Charles Barkley hosts the first new SNL of the year, with musical guest Kelly Clarkson.

8PM, SUN | VH1
Mob Wives
– Yeah, yeah, yeah, the brawl at Renee‘s party continues, but let’s be honest, we really all just want to know more about Big Ang, right?.

8PM, SUN | FOX
The Simpsons
– Homer lands a talk radio show and then endorses Ted Nugent for President.

9PM, SUN | FOX
Family Guy
– Meg and … Quagmire?! Ewwwwwwwww.

9PM, SUN | NBC – SERIES PREMIERE
The Firm
– The book became a movie, and now it becomes a TV show, with Josh Lucas taking over for Tom Cruise as Mitchell McDeere. We pick up with the attorney and his wife a decade after the events of the movie, and, despite the fact that the series starts off slowly, there’s still much drama in the McDeeres’ lives.

9PM, SUN | CBS
The Good Wife
– A couple whose divorce was handled by Lockhart/Gardner sues the firm, claiming their breakup was egged on so the lawyers could benefit financially from the case.

CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR TIME AND CHANNEL, SUN | PBS – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Downton Abbey
– It’s back for another season, and it’s not too late to jump into this Emmy-winning … make that Emmy-sweeping … British drama. Check out my quick catch-up guide at TheWrap.com for those who still don’t know what all the fuss is about.

9PM, SUN | FOOD NETWORK
Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off
– Each team has to make four desserts, including one with a secret savory ingredient.

9PM, SUN | BRAVO
Real Housewives of Atlanta
– Kandi wants to be a country singer now? Whuuuuut?

9PM, SUN | SHOWTIME – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Shameless
– Fiona gets a job at a local bar after her breakup with Steve, while Frank uses Liam as collateral for a gambling debt.

10PM, SUN | BBC AMERICA AND LOGO
Absolutely Fabulous
– Edina and Patsy return (yay!) for a trio of new episodes that kicks off with “Identity,” in which Saffy comes home from prison with her cellmate: Patsy’s drug dealer, who wants Patsy to cough up the huge sum of cash she owes.

10 and 10:30PM, SUN | HISTORY – SERIES PREMIERE
Cajun Pawn Stars
– The Pawn Stars spin-off is set in a Louisiana pawn shop, run by a man named Big Daddy, who trades in things like jewelry. And donkeys. Really.

10PM, SUN | OWN – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Oprah Presents Master Class
– The Big O chats with Jane Fonda, who talks about her celebrity-filled childhood, her activism and her own Hollywood and entrepreneurial careers.

11PM, SUN | BRAVO
Watch What Happens: Live!
Andy Cohen stars hosting his aftershow five nights a week, and adds in a bigger variety of pop culture guests (i.e., not just stars from Bravo reality series).

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– On a new Cops (Sat., 8PM, Fox), Spokane police have to shoo away a couple getting frisky in a stranger’s yard;
– Back-to-back episodes open the 8th season of Dog Whisperer (Sat., 8 and 9PM, Nat Geo Wild);
The Graham Norton Show (Sat., 10PM, BBC America) guests include Gerard Butler, Noel Gallagher and Doctor Who buddy Karen Gillian;
Matt Lauer interviews Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais on Dateline NBC (Sun., 7PM, NBC);
– Emma runs for public office on Once Up a Time (Sun., 8PM, ABC);
– On Baseball Wives (Sun., 9PM, VH1), Jordana tries to form an alliance with Anna;
– Bree plans to kill herself, Susan prepares to go to New York and Tom prepares to stay in town after Lynette ‘fesses up about what she’s been involved with on Desperate Housewives (Sun., 9PM, ABC);
Gator Boys (Sun., 9PM, Animal Planet) is a new reality series that follows a Florida duo who remove alligators and other scary animals from residential areas … yes, very Billy the Exterminator-ish;
– The team has to fake a hostage crisis to get out of a tight spot when a heist at a government office goes bad on Leverage (Sun., 9PM, TNT);
– New My Fair Wedding With David Tutera on WE (Sun., 9PM);
– A genius is murdered with an unusual weapon on CSI: Miami (Sun., 10PM, CBS);
– Cullen and Lily are thrown together by a railroad deadline on Hell on Wheels (Sun., 10PM, AMC);
Pan Am (Sun., 10PM, ABC): yep, it’s still on the air;
– On Californication (Sun., 10:30PM, Showtime), it’s season five and a few years have passed as Hank is in NYC, but hoping to return to L.A. He gets the opportunity to move back to the other coast, where he finds his daughter is dating a guy who’s a lot like him.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 6, 2012

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8PM | NBC
Chuck
– Last week’s episode was so sweet and awesome, in a season two or three kinda way, that it almost redeemed this disappointing final season of Chuck. Here’s hoping tonight’s episode continues that vibe, as Casey meets up with Vebanski (guest star Carrie-Anne Moss) again, and the newly not-baked Jeff starts to make some connections about the odd happenings at the Buy More.

8PM | FOX
2012 Cotton Bowl
– Arkansas vs. Kansas State battle each other (for the first time since 1967) in Arlington, Texas.

8PM | ABC
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
– This two-hour tear jerker sees the team build a new home for a legally blind widow raising six kids in an Iowa farmhouse.

8PM | CBS
A Gifted Man
– The doctor becomes the patient as Michael’s colleagues have to perform emergency surgery on him.

8PM | THE CW
Nikita
– Nikita runs into Alex when she tries to steal Semak’s black box, while Michael tries to scope out Percy’s secret plot and Alex returns to her childhood home.

9PM | CBS
CSI: NY
– Is a stalker the culprit when a cage fighter is murdered? The CSIs are on the case.

9PM | THE CW
Supernatural
– Dean dukes it out with Dick Roman, while Sam tries to help a teenage girl find her MIA papa, who’s also a supernatural hunter.

10PM | CBS
Blue Bloods
– When Erin’s informant is murdered, she teams up with Danny to find the killer.

10PM | IFC – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Portlandia
Andy Samberg guests in the opener, as a mixologist who catches the eye of Carrie.

10:30PM | IFC – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
– The title of the season premiere says it all: “Todd’s Terrible Day Ends and His Next Terrible Day Begins.”

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– New America’s Most Wanted on Lifetime (9PM);
– On Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (9PM, Sundance), Brent’s behavior leads Olivia to a major decision, while Peter has a talk with his daughter about whether or not she’s being bullied at school;
Infested! (9PM, Animal Planet) … totally must-watch-TV, but totally skeevy at the same time with all the creepy-crawlies;
Deadly Women (10PM, ID) is also about vengeance-motivated murders;
– It’s the fourth season premiere of Merlin (10PM, Syfy).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kristen Bell;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Glenn Close;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Don Cheadle, Boyz II Men and David Cross;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Judah Friedlander and David Duchovny;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Michael Clarke Duncan;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Michelle Monaghan (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 4, 2012

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9:30PM | ABC
Happy Endings
– When Jane and Max get into a tiff over a sweater, they decide whoever can be the least vain will get to claim the garment. Another Adam Pally-intensive episode can only be a good thing.

8PM | ABC
The Middle
– Frankie promises the family an all-you-can-eat buffet if they can maintain their New Year’s resolutions for a week, but that means Brick has to stop reading all the time, Mike has to smile more, Axl had to keep his room clean and Sue has to try out for fewer activities.

8:30PM | ESPN
2012 Orange Bowl
– West Virginia takes on Clemson in Miami, as the Tigers try to extend their winning streak against the Mountaineers to two games (the two teams have met just once before, in 1989).

8:30PM | ABC
Suburgatory
– Tessa gets her driver’s license, which Dalia just sees as an opportunity for her to be chauffeured around town. But Tessa may have the last laugh, as her new job provides an opportunity for her to spend time with Scott …

9PM | ABC
Modern Family
– Phil Dunphy is a man prone to going overboard. So imagine what he’s like when he thinks he may be dying.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Restaurant: Impossible
Chef Robert tries to save a Colorado pub on the verge of bankruptcy.

10PM | ABC
Revenge
– Emily’s master plan starts to unravel, which can only mean this addictive drama, one of the most fun new shows of the season, is going to get even better.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Dr. Drew and Pam Anderson are among  the celebs claiming their not the celebs they are on the reality switcheroo I Get That a Lot (8PM, CBS);
– ID’s latest true crime series Fatal Encounters (10PM) unfolds murder cases, including, in the opener, one woman’s plan to steal another woman’s baby;
– They’re baaaack for another season: the moms of Toddlers & Tiaras (10PM, TLC);
– It’s a BBQ showdown on Top Chef: Texas (10PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Chris Isaak;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Elizabeth Dowling Taylor;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): John Heilemann;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Brian Williams;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Pawn Stars star Rick Harrison;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Octavia Spencer;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Geoffrey Zakarian and Ed Burns;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Melissa Rauch;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Kaitlin Olson.

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