Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – September 30, 2011

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10PM | CBS
Blue Bloods
– Danny shoots a fellow cop, accidentally, when the cop fails to identify himself, which leads to an Internal Affairs investigation into Danny’s state of mind the day of the shooting and desk duty while the investigation is carried out.

CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR TIME AND CHANNEL | PBS
Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk … A Celebration of New Orleans Blues
– Nope, he’s not only an actor. This PBS Great Performances special finds Dr. House getting funky with his bad self – and guests like Tom Jones and Allen Toussaint – as he takes a tour through New Orleans and showcases his musical skills and the city’s rich musical history.

8PM | CBS
A Gifted Man
– Michael’s got a lot on his plate: He’s trying to help his pregnant friend, who has a brain tumor, while also helping a young boy at Anna’s clinic who has sickle cell anemia.

8PM | FOX
Kitchen Nightmares
– It’s Gordo vs. the proprietors of Leone’s in Montclair, New Jersey.

8PM | THE CW
Nikita
– Michael and Nikita meet up with Owen, who’s looking for Dr. Mars and an antidote to the drug Mars created.

9PM | CBS
CSI: NY
Aly Michalka guests as a punk rocker whose overzealous teenage fan winds up dead.

9PM | FOX
Fringe
– The two Fringe teams have to work together to thwart a serial killer in the alt world.

9PM | THE CW
Supernatural
– Castiel’s not having such a fun time with his newfound power, but it’s Sam who’s really suffering, as the broken wall in his head is causing hallucinations.

10PM | SUNDANCE – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Quirky
– Tonight’s inventions include a BBQ tray that allows you to multitask and a toilet plunger that’s also a toilet snake.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Seth MacFarlane and Salman Rushdie are among the guests on Real Time with Bill Maher (10PM, HBO).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Samuel L. Jackson;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Hugh Laurie;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Simon Cowell (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Pearl Jam and Claire Danes;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Seth Rogen;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Miranda July.

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

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10PM | FX
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
– In “Frank Reynolds’ Little Beauties,” the gang takes on toddlers and tiaras when Frank produces his own kiddie beauty pageant, then worries people will think he’s a perv. Which, of course, he is, but not in this instance.

8PM | CBS
The Big Bang Theory
– Leonard and Amy get to know each other when he accompanies her to a wedding. Meanwhile, Bernadette and Howard spend the weekend with Mrs. Wolowitz.

8PM | NBC
Community
Freaks and Geeks star Martin Starr plays the gang’s professor, and advisor for a Model United Nations project, while Chang takes to his new campus security guard a little too enthusiastically.

8:30PM | CBS – SERIES PREMIERE
How to Be a Gentleman
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star and producer David Hornsby (he plays Rickety Cricket) stars in this new sitcom about a magazine etiquette columnist who’s told by his boss to modernize his column. His solution: hire his former high school bully nemesis (Entourage star Kevin Dillon) to be his life coach. Should you watch? Eh. Kevin Dillon is essentially playing Johnny Drama (which I don’t mean as a compliment), and everything else about the show feels very been there, done that.

8:30PM | NBC
Parks and Recreation
– The former Mrs. Ron Swanson, Tammy One (guest star Patricia Clarkson), returns to wreak even more havoc on Ron’s (Nick Offerman) life, while Ben tries to help Tom get his new company’s finances on track.

9PM | ABC
Grey’s Anatomy
– The chief makes a major career decision, while the fifth-year residents get their first chance to perform solo surgeries.

9PM | NBC
The Office
– Robert (James Spader) motivates the sales staff with a rousing speech … and a major prize for the top dog.

9PM | LIFETIME
Project Runway
– The designers have to whip up ’70s-inspired frocks.

10PM | CBS
The Mentalist
– Jane gets his job back, but when he’s assigned to a new team, he plots to get Lisbon and the crew back.

10:30PM | FX – 3RD SEASON FINALE
Archer
– In the conclusion of the “Heart of Archness” saga, Archer and company escape from the pirate island.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Old Spice Guy Isaiah Mustafa guests on Charlie’s Angels (8PM, ABC);
– Stefan is reunited with an old love on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– Auditions continue on The X Factor (8PM, Fox);
– Finch talks about his machine’s origins on Person of Interest (9PM, CBS);
– On Jersey Shore (10PM, MTV), Deena has a pregnancy scare, which should really scare all of us, as a people, that she might unleash a mini-Deena on the world;
– Duffy doesn’t welcome Jane’s help on his murder/kidnapping case on Prime Suspect (10PM, NBC);
– On the fifth season premiere of Private Practice (10PM, ABC), Pete has a heart attack and Addison plots having a baby with Jake (Benjamin Bratt).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Patton Oswalt;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Tony Bennett;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Mark Cuban;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Death Cab for Cutie and Kaley Cuoco;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Chaz Bono and Albert Brooks;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Matt Stone and Trey Parker;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Melissa McCarthy;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Carson Kressley;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – September 27, 2011

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10PM | FX
Sons of Anarchy
– Gemma makes friends with another wife, and Clay and the club members make a surprising, and unwelcome, discovery when they set off on a new business venture.

8PM | FOX
Glee
– Brittany offers to help Kurt with his campaign for student body president, while Rachel’s mama (guest star Idina Menzel) returns and duets with Rachel.

8PM | CBS
NCIS
– The team is shocked when a Marine shows up at his homecoming party with a fatal stab wound, but even more surprising is his hidden past.

9PM | BBC AMERICA
24 Hours in the ER
– You’ll be thankful you’re healthy, or be inspired to get healthy, after a look at this moving documentary series, which follows the around the clock action at the King’s College Hospital ER in London.

9PM | WE
Downsized
– In a scenario that’s all too familiar to too many families, the Bruces are finally in a better place financially, when yet another medical crisis strikes one of the kids. Meanwhile, Laura, facing a potential job loss because of budget cuts in her school district, comes up with a clever idea to keep her position safe.

9PM | FOX
New Girl
– The fellas help Jess get her stuff out of her cheating ex’s apartment.

9PM | The CW
Ringer
– I confess, this is my new guilty pleasure of the fall season. Tonight, Bridget finds out some veeery interesting info on Andrew, as well as a clue that might lead her to the person who wants to kill Siobhan.

9:30PM | FOX
Raising Hope
– Burt finds out a secret about Sabrina’s family, which leads her to introduce the Chances to her dad (guest star Stephen Root).

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– In the finale of the champions tournament cherry soda and catfish are among the mystery basket ingredients standing between the final four and that $50,000 prize.

10PM | NBC
Parenthood
– Kristina worries about Crosby and Adam’s new business, while Sarah worries about remaining close to Amber, who’s off enjoying her independence.

10PM | MTV
Teen Mom: Check Up with Dr. Drew
– In part one of the post-season three reunion, Dr. Drew grills Farrah and Amber about their shenanigans throughout the season.

11PM | MTV – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Awkward
– It’s winter formal time, and Jenna hopes that means Matty will ask her to be his date. But he’s not the only dude who wants to spend time with her. Her bigger, more pressing issue: that the nasty Sadie seems seriously committed to making sure Jenna is not crowned princess of the big dance.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
The Biggest Loser (8PM, NBC) contestants have their gym time restricted;
– On the Dancing With the Stars results show (9PM, ABC), the latest castoff is revealed and the Script performs;
– Callen continues to search for clues about his past on NCIS: Los Angeles (9PM, CBS);
– While Rachel goes into overdrive for the Oscars on The Rachel Zoe Project (9PM, Style), Rodger, he of the ridiculously spelled name, goes to Vegas to party with his friends;
Style Exposed: Sperm Donor (9PM, Style) unfolds the story of a man named Ben, a sperm donor whose, ahem, deposits, have resulted in more than 70 children;
– New Tosh.0 on Comedy Central (10PM);
– Carrie tries to help a young boy remember the murder he witnessed, so he can help police catch the killer, on Unforgettable (10PM, CBS).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Marisa Tomei;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Seth Rogen;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Melinda Gates;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jack Hanna and Anna Faris;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Lauren Graham and Seth MacFarlane;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Glen Campbell;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Foo Fighters;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Mary Lynn Rajskub;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Butch Walker.

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

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10PM | SHOWTIME – 7TH SEASON FINALE
Weeds
– The season lost a little steam towards the end, but here’s hoping for a last-minute rebound as Nancy deals with the fact that one son, Silas, is not on her side, while the other, Shane, is trying to protect her from Detective Ouellette. And then there’s Doug, who’s desperately trying to keep his hedge fund scam going.

CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR TIME AND CHANNEL | PBS – 42ND SEASON PREMIERE
Sesame Street
– Science and technology are the themes for the new season, which will also include spoofs on Glee and The Deadliest Catch and guest stars like Robin Williams, Seth Rogen, Mila Kunis, John Krasinski, Joel McHale and Andy Samberg.

1PM | ABC – SERIES PREMIERE
The Chew
Mario Batali, Top Chef alum Carla Hall, What Not to Wear co-host Clinton Kelly and Food Network chef Michael Symon host this daily foodie show that replaces All My Children.

8PM | THE CW – 5TH SEASON PREMIERE
Gossip Girl
– Serena makes a big boo-boo at her Hollywood job, and, while visiting her in Los Angeles, Nate meets an older woman (Elizabeth Hurley).

8PM | CBS
How I Met Your Mother
– Ted tries to make nice with a girl he once cheated on, while Barney makes a bet with Marshall and Lily that may mean Marshall has to wear Barney’s ducky tie.

8PM | FOX – SERIES PREMIERE
Terra Nova
– The sci-fi drama finds colonists (including Life on Mars star Jason O’Mara) travelling back to prehistoric times to create a new civilization because, well, their present one has become so miserable. Of course, they’re going to have to deal with dinosaurs that want to eat them, and a military-minded leader (Avatar‘s Stephen Lang) who wants them to fit neatly into his agenda. Yeah, I know, I can’t help but think Land of the Lost myself, but at least the special effects are less cheesy, as they should be considering Steven Spielberg is among the show’s producers. Bottom line: to watch or not to watch … yes, definitely worth checking out, but don’t set that season pass just yet.

9PM | THE CW – SERIES PREMIERE
Hart of Dixie
Rachel Bilson plays a heart surgeon who moves to a small town in Alabama to share a practice when she’s told she needs to work on her bedside manner. Lost you at “Rachel Bilson plays a heart surgeon,” didn’t I? The O.C. alum has her charms, but this show might not be the best use of them. Still, I’ll probably watch a couple more episodes, especially since equally charming Friday Night Lights alums Scott Porter and Cress Williams are in the cast.

9PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
– It’s been all about Taylor so far this season, but the new chick enters the fray tonight when Kyle hosts a charity event and Brandi Glanville, the ex-Mrs. Eddie Cibrian, attends and immediately ruffles some feathers.

10PM | LOGO
The A-List: New York
Derek and the gang head to Atlantic City for Austin‘s bachelor party and Nyasha‘s concert.

10PM | ABC
Castle
– Castle and Beckett are chasing a vigilante who may be responsible for murder and who also may be wearing a superhero costume while out doing his vigilante work.

10PM | CBS
Hawaii Five-O
– So … that happened last week. Tonight, the action continues as McGarrett’s back in action, but the Governor assigns a new officer to keep an eye on McGarrett and the Five-0 team.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The jive and the quickstep are on tap for the contestants on tonight’s Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC);
– Eight more groups perform in the second part of the season premiere of The Sing-Off (8PM, NBC);
The Bling Ring (9PM, Lifetime) is the Lifetime flick, starring Jennifer Grey, based on the true story of the group of teens who burglarized celebs’ homes in Hollywood in 2008 and 2009;
– The weekly four-ep It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia marathon on Comedy Central (9PM) includes the gang’s Lethal Weapon 5 flick;
– Season two of Mike & Molly (9:30PM, CBS) opens with Molly (awesome first time Emmy winner Melissa McCarthy) starting to plan her wedding to Mike;
– On Alphas (10PM, Syfy), season one wraps with Red Flag stepping up its war on the Department of Defense;
– On Cake Boss (10PM, TLC), Buddy bakes an edible chandelier cake that has to hang upside down;
– A Civil War drum is among the goodies brought into the store on back-to-back Pawn Star$ (10PM, History);
– On the season two finale of The Big C (10:30PM, Showtime), Cathy decides to do something special to ring in the New Year after Lee’s death;
– John-John finds out that one of his relatives is a zombie on Death Valley (10:30PM, MTV).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Kevin Hart, Neal Brennan and Taylor Lautner;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Ron Paul;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Radiohead;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Seth Rogen;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Ryan Gosling;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Dana Delany;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Elmo and Andy Samberg;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Jonah Hill;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): The Decemberists and David Guetta.

 

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – September 24-25, 2011

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10PM, SUN | AMC
Breaking Bad
– Every week of its fourth season, Breaking Bad has been the best thing on TV, and this episode, “Crawl Space,” is no exception. There are several moments so incredible that they’ll have you replaying them and dissecting them until next week’s episode. Let’s just say Hank and Walt continue their game of cat and mouse, with Hank getting frighteningly close to figuring out Gus’ whole operation. Gus, meanwhile, enjoys a moment he’s worked years for, and Skyler’s situation with Ted and the IRS debt trips up Walt’s big plans. You know how, at this year’s Emmys, the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category was dominated by the Modern Family cast? That should be the case for the supporting actor drama category at next year’s show … how can you possibly choose between Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito, Dean Norris and Jonathan Banks, who have all given mind-blowing performances this season?

10PM, SAT | BBC AMERICA
The Nerdist
Chris Hardwick, who’s going to host that cool Walking Dead live talk show this fall, discusses all things geeky cool in this special, on which Craig Ferguson and The Doctor, Matt Smith, pop in for guest spots.

11:30PM, SAT | NBC – 37TH SEASON PREMIERE
Saturday Night Live
Alec Baldwin becomes the all-time SNL host champ with this, his 16th hosting gig. Radiohead is the musical guest, and, if the SNL gods are smiling up on us, there will be a Stefon (Bill Hader) appearance.

8PM, SUN | CBS – 19TH SEASON PREMIERE
The Amazing Race
Survivor alums, and still-together reality couple, Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca are among the 11 teams competing.

8PM, SUN | FOX – 23RD SEASON PREMIERE
The Simpsons
– What happened to “Nedna,” as in Flanders and Mrs. Krabappel? We find out. Meanwhile, Homer’s threatened by terrorists, and a stranger with a mysterious past – voiced by, appropriately enough, Kiefer Sutherland – steps up to help him.

9PM, SUN | HBO – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Boardwalk Empire
– Nucky’s (Steve Buscemi) looking to make a huge real estate deal in Atlantic City, but has to turn his attention to helping Chalky. Meanwhile, Jimmy gets career advice from the Commodore and Al Capone wants to expand his business throughout the Chicago area.

9PM, SUN | ABC – 8TH SEASON PREMIERE
Desperate Housewives
– The show’s final season begins with the Wisteria Lane gang trying to get rid of the body of Gaby’s evil stepdad, who Carlos wiped out last season.

9PM, SUN | FOX – 11TH SEASON PREMIERE
Family Guy
– The Griffins win the lottery. Hilarity ensues.

9PM, SUN | CBS – 3RD SEASON PREMIERE
The Good Wife
– Alicia (Emmy winner Julianna Margulies) defends a Muslim student who’s accused of killing a Jewish classmate.

10PM, SUN | CBS – 10TH SEASON PREMIERE
CSI: Miami
– Picking up where we left off, Horatio’s bleeding after being shot and Natalia’s trying to escape from the trunk of a car submerged in water.

10PM, SUN | E! – SERIES PREMIERE
Dirty Soap
– The reality series follows the soapy real lives of a group of daytime soap stars who are friends, including General Hospital‘s Kirsten Storm and her estranged BFF, and former Days of Our Lives co-star Farah Fath, who dates her current One Life to Live co-star John-Paul Lavoisier. Also starring: GH‘s Kelly Monaco, and Days of Our LivesGalen Gering and Nadia Bjorlin.

10PM, SUN | HISTORY – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
IRT: Deadliest Roads
– The action moves to South America and the treacherous roads of the Andes, and the drivers this season include Lisa Kelly, Rick Yemm, Hugh Rowland and Dave Redmon.

10PM, SUN | ABC – SERIES PREMIERE
Pan Am
– It’s cool in theory, this retro drama that revolves around Pan Am pilots and stewardesses in the ’60s, but without real focus and a truly charismatic cast, the premiere never really takes off. Pun so intended.

11PM, SUN | BRAVO – 5TH SEASON PREMIERE
Watch What Happens: Live
– Will host Andy Cohen address the many Real Housewives controversies that have unfolded since he was last on the air?

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Doctor Who (Sat., 9PM, BBCA) deals with a silver rat in a department store;
– On the 44th (!) season premiere of 60 Minutes (Sun., 7PM, CBS), South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker get the profile treatment;
– Michelle Obama guests on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Sun., 8PM, ABC);
– Peter Griffin comes to town on the third season premiere of The Cleveland Show (Sun., 8:30PM, Fox);
– It’s a few days before Frankie’s wedding, and she’s missing just one thing on Bridezillas (Sun., 9PM, WE) … a gown;
– On Drop Dead Diva (Sun., 9PM, Lifetime), Owen asks Jane to go on a year-long New Zealand sailing trip;
– A winner is crowned in the season two finale of The Great Food Truck Race (Sun., 9PM, Food Network);
Alex may take the lead when Hugh and Rick run into an obstacle on Ice Road Truckers (Sun., 9PM, History);
Cee Lo Green and Gabourey Sidibe are guest voices on the seventh season premiere of American Dad (Sun., 9:30PM, Fox).

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