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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 21, 2011


Burn Notice
– Okay, I’ll ‘fess up: The first two episodes of the new season left me worried that the show was on a fast decline. Silly me; last week’s episode was a nice reboot (though it was a bummer that Grant Show‘s best role in years came to such an abrupt, harsh end), and tonight’s episode finds Burn Notice back in tiptop shape. Michael, wanting to clear his own name and find the baddie who killed his pal Max (Show), volunteers to help on the CIA investigation into the murder, while he, Sam, Fiona, Jesse and Maddie also help an Army sniper who’s on the hunt for the grafter who nearly beat his sister to death. It’s far and away the best episode of the season so far, full of the drama, humor, personalities and Michael-in-sharp suits moments we Burn fans have come to expect and love. And there’s a twist at the end that will suggest Michael is in even more trouble than he initially surmised …

– Leela becomes an instant celeb when she creates a popular children’s TV show.

Real Housewives of New York City
– Good news: Natalie Cole is singing at LuAnn‘s one-year anniversary party for she and Jacques. Bad news: Natalie (apparently never having heard LuAnn sing) wants LuAnn to sing with her. Elsewhere: Ramona thinks she might be preggers.

10PM | FX
– When Ryan (Elijah Wood) decides that he and Wilfred (Jason Gunn) need to become do-gooders, he volunteers them to work at a hospice, but it turns out that Wilfred has a very special gift … and therefore some hand to make demands of his buddy.

Children’s Hospital
– Brock Stryker’s (Rob Riggle) death leads to counseling for the hospital staffers.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A second houseguest is evicted on Big Brother (8PM, CBS);
– Two of the top 10 are eliminated on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– The “Wipeout Kitchen” is the challenge on tonight’s Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– Drew considers breaking up with Bianca when he tires of relationship drama on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– Mike’s friend shows up looking for help on Suits (10PM, USA);
Louie (10:30PM, FX) takes the girls on a road trip to visit his aunt.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Lisa Kudrow;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Scott Miller;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): David Eagleman;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Harrison Ford;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Emma Stone and Adam Carolla;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): 3 Doors Down;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Stephen Moyer and Bush;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Brooke Shields;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Bryan Cranston;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Neil Strauss (REPEAT).


Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 14, 2011


Primetime Emmy Nomination Announcement
Bridesmaids and Gilmore Girls (oh, okay, and Mike & Molly) funny girl Melissa McCarthy and Fringe star Joshua Jackson announce the nominees for the Sept. 18 Emmy Awards. Will your faves be among those getting the early morning congrats calls?

Burn Notice
– Money-launderin’ Barry is back, and he needs Michael and the gang’s help to clear his brother, who’s been accused of being a big ol’ computer hacker.

– What happens when Bender testified against the Mob (the Robot Mob)? He has to enter the witness protection program, of course.

Real Housewives of New York City
Ramona refuses to be in the music video for LuAnn‘s new song, because she thinks it’s going to set a bad example for Avery. And you’ll be right there with Ramona … until LuAnn brings up that embarrassing “Turtle Time” thang.

Texas Women
– Who’s having the best week ever (still miss that show)? Texas, between the greenlight for the TNT Dallas remake and this new reality series, a sorta “Real Housewives of Texas.”

10PM | FX
– There’s payoff in some truly funny Ryan/Wilfred moments, but tonight’s episode, with guest star Ed Helms, includes a truly disturbing storyline for Wilfred and his time at doggy day care.

Childrens Hospital
– The docs wait for a prisoner to be executed. Oh, so they can use his heart in a transplant operation.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Roseanne pops in on The View (11AM, ABC);
Nicole Scherzinger performs as two of the top 12 are eliminated on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– Past winners return for an all-star edition of Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– The team’s on a winning streak in the 1st season finale of 4th & Forever (9PM, Current);
– It’s the first houseguest elimination of the season on Big Brother (9PM, CBS);
Joan Rivers guest stars on Louie (10:30PM, FX).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Tina Fey and Dr. Sanjay Gupta (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Jose Antonio Vargas;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kyra Sedgwick;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Don Rickles and Colbie Caillat;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): J.J. Abrams (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Louis C.K. (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Bob Saget and James Blake;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Zooey Deschanel;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Cee-Lo Green and Josh Radnor (REPEAT).


Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 7, 2011


10PM | FX
– Remember when Wilfred dropped Ryan’s wallet at the bully’s house in the series premiere? Ryan gets it back tonight, but only because the guy, Spencer (the awesome Ethan Suplee), comes looking for him, with revenge on his mind. And once Ryan diffuses the situation, he gets a new, porn-addicted pal who, well, makes him wish he still had an enemy.

An American Family Anniversary Edition
– It was the original reality series, and now the 1973 documentary about the Loud family has been edited down to a two-hour special of the most compelling moments from the original 12-hour run.

Big Brother
– This summer’s hamsters include eight newbies and three “notorious” duos from past seasons, who’ll be revealed in tonight’s premiere. Fingers crossed that Dr. Will and Evel Dick are among them …

Burn Notice
– Michael’s bro, Nate, comes to Miami looking for Michael’s help with a case involving a widow who’s being harassed by a loan shark. That Nate … never comes for a visit without trouble in tow.

Extreme Chef
– Three chefs have to climb a mountain – carrying their cooking equipment – and then have to jump into a cold lake to catch their main ingredient.

10PM | NGC
Jurassic C.S.I.: In Living Color
– Gotta love the title of this special, which delves into the history of dinosaur pigmentation.

Real Housewives of New York City
– Not sure what Jill is up to in this episode, but it’s probably going to annoy you.

Childrens Hospital
– Glenn (Ken Marino) returns from Vietnam.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Two of the top 14 are eliminated on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– Tonight’s Wipeout obstacles include the Towering Flume of Doom (8PM, ABC);
– Fry quits his job and joins the police department on Futurama (10PM, Comedy Central);
Psych star James Roday guest stars on the anthology series Love Bites (10PM, NBC);
– Rebellious teens are sent away to reform school on True Life (10PM, MTV);
– The former Mrs. Rudy Giuliani, Donna Hanover, plays Louie’s real estate agent on Louie (10:30PM, FX).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jane Lynch (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Tom Hanks (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Gary Sinise (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jim Carrey, Todd Rundgren and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Kevin James and Javier Colon;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Anne Hathaway (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Eva Mendes (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Thomas Lennon, Weird Al Yankovic and Morgan Freeman (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Thomas Lennon;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Nate Corddry (REPEAT).


REVIEW: ‘Wilfred’ Series Premiere

Star Rating: 5 out of 5

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann and Fiona Gubelmann

The Big Idea: Ryan (Wood) is a depressed lawyer who, facing the impending first day at a job his pushy sister arranged for him (a job he desperately does not want), types a little leave-behind note (actually titled “Suicide Note – Third Revised”), whips up a frothy suicide shake and attempts to check out. The pills, happily, don’t work, and Ryan’s subsequent suicide plans are interrupted by his neighbor Jenna (Gubelmann), who asks him to babysit her pooch. That’s when we meet Wilfred (Gann).

In short, Wilfred is a dog. A talking dog. Or a man in a cheap dog suit. That’s how Ryan sees him anyway, as they begin an uneasy friendship that includes sharing a bong and discussing souring milk, humans’ bathroom hygiene and Wilfred’s love of Matt Damon movies.

In between further discussions on the joys of eating possum rectum and the obnoxious behavior of a local motorcycle-riding menace, Wilfred begins to point out how Ryan’s timidity isn’t serving him well and the two embark on the first of many gleeful adventures (most fueled by Wilfred’s bong).

Is Ryan going crazy? Can his new pal really talk? Or has he actually died and gone to an afterlife that includes a talking dog (a talking dog with an Australian accent, since Gann is the Australian star and co-creator of the series, which is adapted from an Australian series of the same name)? The answer actually doesn’t matter so much, because, in the subversive, but sweet and shrewd Wilfred, the skittish Ryan has found his new man’s best friend.

To Watch or Not to Watch: FX president John Landgraf, in a recent Wall Street Journal article on quirky cable comedies, described Wilfred as “Fight Club meets Calvin and Hobbes,” and if that isn’t enough to make you tune in, I’m not sure anything I could say will convince you the show is worth planting yourself on your couch for some summer fun. So, I’ll just say that I haven’t been this completely tickled by a comedy since I discovered the equally irreverent hilarity of Wilfred‘s network brethren It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Archer.

TV Screener Tidbit: Guest stars throughout the season will include Ethan Suplee, Ed Helms, Rashida Jones, Peter Stormare, the so underrated Nestor Carbonell and Chris Klein.

Wilfred premieres Thursday, June 23, at 10PM ET on FX

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