Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – June 18-19, 2011


Falling Skies
Steven Spielberg is the executive producer of this series about the aftermath of an alien invasion of earth. 10 episodes are on tap for the first season, which stars Noah Wyle as Tom Mason, a Boston professor who’s acting as a leader of the citizens trying to resist the aliens, while also trying to protect his three sons. In short, the Jericho-y (with a dash of V) series is a must-see.

The Killing
Marathon – As a prep for Sunday night’s 1st season finale, Sundance airs the whole season of sister network AMC’s buzzworthy drama.

38th Annual Daytime Emmys
Let’s Make a Deal remake host Wayne Brady – himself a very deserving nominee for Outstanding Game Show Host – hosts the Daytime Emmys live from Las Vegas, where Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek receive Lifetime Achievement Awards and an ever-dwindling number of daytime soaps are honored.

2011 Miss USA Pageant
– The main, okay, only, reason to watch: Andy Cohen‘s co-hosting.

Drop Dead Diva
Paula Abdul and Wendy Williams guest star in the season opener, as Jane (Brooke Elliott) waits for Grayson to wake up from his coma and works a hit-and-run case in which a bad boy celeb is the accused.

Game of Thrones
– Catelynn demands answers from Jaime about her son’s fall and Khaleesi finds new hope.

The Killing
– Mitch and Stan consider the future of their family, while Orpheus’ ID sheds light on the case in the season finale.

Real Housewives of New Jersey
– It’s a double dose of family drama when Teresa has sitdowns with both her brother Joe and his wife Melissa.

Ryan & Tatum: The O’Neals
– The famous father and daughter try to repair their relationship, which has been beyond rock for more than 25 years, on a reality show. Yeah, that’s what celebreality shows do really well … bring people together.

Worth flipping to during commercials:

Cops (Sat., 8PM, Fox) airs its 23rd season finale;

Inception premieres on HBO (Sat., 8PM);

America’s Most Wanted (Sat., 9PM, Fox) closes its 24th season with the search for a child predator in South America;

– On the 3rd season premiere of Celebrity Ghost Stories (Sat., 9PM, Bio), Regis Philbin and Ana Gasteyer share their spooky tales;

– On the series premiere of Celebrity Close Calls (Sat., 10PM, Bio) Ice-T and Cheryl Tiegs recall some life-threatening experiences;

– A booter is confronted by neighborhood locals on Parking Wars (Sat., 10PM, A&E);

Gail helps free-spending couples on Til Debt Do Us Part (Sat., 10PM, CNBC);

– In the 3rd season premiere of The Inbetweeners (Sat., 11PM, BBCA), Carli organizes a fashion show but only asks the popular kids to participate;

– It’s the BBCA premiere of Come Fly With Me (Sat., 11:30PM, BBCA), a comedy that spoofs the British documentary series Airline and Airport (much like the U.S. series Airline that aired on A&E);

Lorenzo has his first salon job on Jerseylicious (Sun., 8PM, Style);

– New Mob Wives on VH1 (Sun., 8PM);

Clint Eastwood and Denzel Washington are among those celebrating the guest of honor on AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Morgan Freeman (Sun., 9PM, TV Land);

– On Audrina (Sun., 9PM, VH1), Corey and Audrina meet for a drink, but he can’t keep his temper in check;

– On Bridezillas (Sun., 9PM, WE), one raving diva may kick one of her parents out of her wedding, while another pits her bridesmaids against each other;

Alex deals with an oil leak and Hugh and Rick haul a record-breaking load on Ice Road Truckers (Sun., 9PM, History);

– Desserts are the theme of a new Next Food Network Star (Sun., 9PM, Food Network), which involves a challenge where Hershey products are used to make dinner;

– On The Glades (Sun., 10PM, A&E), Callie becomes Jim’s co-worker when she starts working as a forensic nurse with the FDLE;

– Mary helps a dying man reconnect with this estranged children on In Plain Sight (Sun., 10PM, USA);

– Colson moves to the homicide division on Treme (Sun., 10:15PM, HBO).

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2011: Pop Culture for Your Pop

Father’s Day is this Sunday, meaning precious few shopping days left to make sure you get something worthy for your dad, grandpa, godfather, uncle and all those other special dudes who deserve recognition this Father’s Day. Dads always seem so much tougher to shop for than moms, so, in the interest of making your last-minute shopping a bit easier, a few recommendations for great gifts from among the pop culture goodies that have crossed the TVScreener.com desk so far this year …

The Ernie Kovacs Collection (Shout! Factory)
For those who already know TV pioneer Kovacs’ work, this collection is a must-own. For those who don’t, the set is a must-get, as Kovacs was to early TV what the Marx Brothers were to early movie comedy, which is to say that many of today’s best comedians have drawn from what the Marxes were doing decades ago, and the same can be said of today’s best talk show hosts and Kovacs. Shout! Factory’s six-DVD set includes selections from Kovacs’ local Philadelphia TV shows and his national NBC primetime efforts, plus his delightful specials (including the classic silent special Eugene), his Dutch Masters cigars commercials, home movies, rare photos and a 44-page booklet with the full scoop on the TV comedy legend.

Human Planet on Blu-ray (BBC Warner)
It’s the follow-up to Planet Earth, with a focus this time on how humans interact with our surroundings. From the awesome lenticular cover to the amazing imagery of the Blu-ray footage, the 3-disc set collects all eight installments of the BBC documentary, including “Oceans,” “Arctic,”  “Jungles,” “Mountains,” “Grasslands,” “Rivers” and “Cities.”



Weeds: Season Six (Lionsgate)
Drug-dealin’ Nancy Botwin and her family kick up the wackiness a notch or 10 this season, as they hit the road to avoid Nancy’s estranged husband and babydaddy Esteban after her older son Shane killed Esteban’s pal. Along the way, Silas tries to become a regular college student, Shane befriends some soccer moms and Uncle Andy continues to fight his feelings for Nancy, who has a fling with a bartender (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and reveals a big family secret when the family heads to her Michigan hometown.
Bonus Features: A gag reel, commentary with cast and crew and a behind-the-scenes featurette with stars Justin Kirk and Kevin Nealon.

Nurse Jackie: Season Two (Lionsgate)
Just as her Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini managed to endear mobster Tony to viewers, Edie Falco manages to do the same with Jackie Peyton, a drug-addicted, lying, adulterous nurse. That the show manages to wring dark humor out of such dramatic topics as drug addiction, lying, cheating and some very unfunny emergency room situations is all the more reason to catch up with the Emmy-winning series.
Bonus Features: Audio commentaries with cast and crew and featurettes on stars Peter Facinelli and Eve Best.

Childrens Hospital: Complete First and Second Seasons (Warner Home Video)
Created by funny guy Rob Corddry (who plays clown-faced doctor Blake) and featuring an all-star cast that includes Henry Winkler, Megan Mullally, Rob Huebel, Lake Bell, Malin Akerman and Ken Marino (with guest stars like Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Nick Kroll and Michael Cera), the over-the-top Web-to-TV Adult Swim comedy revolves around a cast of wacky medical personnel who spoof the uber-serious dramas and randy romances of TV medical shows like House, ER and Grey’s Anatomy.
Bonus Features: A gag reel, outtakes and deleted scenes, Adult Swim wraparounds and the “I Killed Cancer” music video.

Royal Pains: Season Two (Universal)
The show got even better in season two, in no small part thanks to cast additions like Marcia Gay Harden and Henry Winkler as Hank and Evan’s papa, Eddie, who they discovered was living in the Hamptons, as well as guest stars like Tom Cavanagh, Mary Lynn Rajskub, John Legend and Jim Gaffigan.
Bonus Features: Deleted scenes, commentary tracks, Q+As with the cast, a gag reel and featurettes on the show’s guest stars and gorgeous filming locations.

Psych: The Complete Fifth Season (Universal)
The show lives up to its fun and quirkiness vibe in season five, with episodes that saw Gus teaching Lassiter how to tap dance, a spoof/homages to Twin Peaks and Bad Santa, a Boyz II Men makeover of the show’s infectious theme song and some serious movement on the Shawn/Juliet romance. And, of course, there was a fantastic string of guest stars, including Freddie Prinze Jr., John Michael Higgins, Carl Weathers, William Devane, Chi McBride, Kevin Alejandro, Nestor Carbonell, Franka Potente, Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Peter Weller, Tony Cox, Jimmi Simpson, Cybill Shepherd and Ralph Macchio.
Bonus Features: Deleted scenes, audio commentary, cast and crew interviews, a gag reel, a featurette on the making of the “Dual Spires” episode and, in true Psych spirit, a funny behind the scenes feature on the making of a behind the scenes feature.

Friday Night Lights: The Fifth Season (Universal)
It’s still unfolding on NBC, but the devoted fans who’ve loved the show for its entirely too short five-season run will want to complete their set with this collection, which finds Coach Eric and wife Tammy, one of the best TV couples ever, riding off into the sunset, along with the players, family, friends and various other football-lovin’ townsfolk who made this one of the great underappreciated TV dramas ever.
Bonus Features: Deleted scenes, audio commentaries, a yearbook-style gallery of photos and a featurette on the show’s five seasons.

Breaking Bad: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray (Sony)
Mad Men gets more attention, but this AMC series is one of the best dramas on TV, and with season three, it only got better. Walter White’s cancer is in remission, but he’s still knee deep in trouble, as wife Skyler files for divorce, a Mexican drug cartel wants him dead, Jesse’s in rehab and DEA agent bro-in-law Hank is about to bust him. Walt’s solution: to cook up one game-changing drug deal, one that, of course, goes much differently than he had planned.
Bonus Features: Audio commentary, featurettes, a visit to the show’s writers room, a family photo album, a gag reel, a feature on the show’s music, an interview with the cast and stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul answer fan questions.

The Kids in the Hall: Complete Series Megaset (A&E Home Video)
A perfect marathon: 22 discs include all five seasons of Kids in the Hall fun, plus the original pilot episode and the recent eight-episode Death Comes to Town miniseries.
Bonus Features: An hour-long oral history of the Kids, audio commentary, 10 best-of compilations, original performances footage, cast bios and never-before-seen footage.


Pawn Stars: Season Two (A&E Home Video)
Spring for the set from the History Channel Shop, which includes a Pawn Stars t-shirt. Old Man, Chumlee, Rick and Big Hoss bobbleheads sold separately.




Best of the Dean Martin Variety Show (Time Life Entertainment)
The title says it all: It’s the best of Dean Martin’s variety show, in which the coolest member of the Rat Pack (IMHO) entered the stage down a fireman’s pole and sang, danced and joked along with pals like Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Orson Welles, Don Rickles, Dom DeLuise, George Burns, Jack Benny, Nipsey Russell, Rodney Dangerfield, Dinah Shore, Jonathan Winters, Sammy Davis Jr., Paul Lynde, Andy Griffith, Bob Newhart, Tony Bennett, Phyllis Diller, Duke Ellington, Tim Conway, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Charles Nelson Reilly, Ethel Merman, Robert Mitchum, Phil Silvers, and Lena Horne, all who appear on this six-disc, digitally remastered and restored collector’s set.
Bonus Features: Interviews with stars like Bob Hope.

Ice Road Truckers: The Complete Season Four on Blu-ray (A&E Home Video)
No spoilers about who won this season, but veterans and fan faves Alex Debogorski and Hugh Rowland were neck and neck for much of the season.



IRT: Deadliest Roads: Season 1 on Blu-ray (A&E Home Video)
The ice roads are scary enough, but there were times when I had to look away while watching this spin-off series. Ice road drivers Lisa Kelly, Rick Yemm, David Redmon and, very briefly, Alex Debogorski drove treacherous roads in India, roads that didn’t look like they were safe to walk on, let alone sturdy enough to support heavy loads in rickety trucks. And then there were those steep mountain drops …


61* (HBO Home Video)
Lifelong New York Yankees fan Billy Crystal directed this HBO film, about the 1961 battle between teammates Roger Maris (Barry Pepper) and Mickey Mantle (Thomas Jane) to break Babe Ruth’s record for most home runs hit in a season. It’s a must-own for the baseball devoted, and looks fantastic on Blu-ray.
Bonus Features: Audio commentary by Crystal.


When It Was a Game: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray (HBO Home Video)
All three parts of HBO’s wonderful documentary on baseball are collected for this Blu-ray set, which uses video footage taken by fans at games in the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s to shed light on the game’s biggest names from the fans’ point of view. Distinctive voices like James Earl Jones and Liev Schreiber are among those who narrate and provide voiceovers for the specials, which include rare footage of baseball legends like Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb and Cy Young.

Burn Notice: Season Four (Fox Home Entertainment)
Well-written, well-acted … Burn Notice is easily one of the most fun spy shows on TV, and season four was another fine effort, as burned agent Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) continued to unravel the mystery of who manipulated him and his career. Coby Bell joined the cast as Jesse, the spy Michael burned while investigating his own case, and, as usual, a list of great guest stars popped up throughout the season, including Garret Dillahunt, Robert Patrick, Richard Kind, Jay Karnes, Tim Matheson, Dylan Baker, Alan Dale and Burt Reynolds.
Bonus Features: Deleted scenes, audio commentary and featurettes on the rivalry between the writers of Burn Notice and USA cohort White Collar.

The Glades: The Complete First Season (Fox Home Entertainment)
Star Matt Passmore is the main reason to check out this A&E original series, in which Passmore stars as wisecrackin’ Chicago police detective Jim Longworth, who relocated to Florida in the name of lots of sun, golf and easy living, but finds that murder follows him to paradise.
Bonus Features: Deleted scenes, gag reel, audio commentary and making-of featurettes.


Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir by Steven Tyler (Ecco)
You know that rather colorful style of speaking Tyler revealed on American Idol during season 10? It wasn’t just for show. It’s also the style he uses in this colorful, quick read autobiography. It’s not a quick read because it’s particularly short; it’s that the mega rock star shares his stories – drugs, sex, band fights, rock ‘n’ roll and rehab – in a breezy, straightforward manner. Sample: Tyler on meeting model Bebe Buell, who had a reputation for dating a lot of rock stars, “The thought that I could make her Top 10 made my Dick Clark.”



Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller (Little, Brown)
It’s more than 700 pages long, so you’ve got to really be into ESPN to read this fascinating oral history of the network. But it comes from the bestselling authors of Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, another classic TV tome, and it’s rife with anecdotes about the wild goings-on at the network, so it should keep the SportsCenter-obsessed happy for most of those 700 pages. Interviewees in the book include Mitch Albom, Erin Andrews, Lance Armstrong, Peyton Manning, Chris Berman, Bob Costas, Bryant Gumbel, Craig Kilborn, Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick, Robin Roberts, Bill Simmons, Hannah Storm, Scott Van Pelt and Rush Limbaugh.


Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography by Rob Lowe (Henry Holt)
Lowe sheds light on his career path and how he has weathered various ups and downs and scandals throughout his years in Hollywood, and drops lots of juicy anecdotes involving his famous friends and co-stars, including the full story behind how the Brat Pack came to be called the Brat Pack; his teen actor years, which included a lot of time spent at the Sheen household, where his future West Wing co-star Martin was a source of much fatherly advice and where the young Charlie is described as a sweet kid who wanted to be a baseball player; and about his stint in rehab and stories about working on everything from The Outsiders to The West Wing.


Thank You Notes by Jimmy Fallon and the Writers of Late Night (Grand Central Publishing)
Fallon’s funny Late Night bit is expanded into a gift book that includes notes of gratitude to stuffing, “for always being delicious, even though you’re cooked inside a turkey’s butt”; haters, for “giving rappers so much to talk about”; and sweater vests: “You’re a great way to keep warm while telling your arms to go screw themselves.”


Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV by Ben Shapiro (Broadside Books)
No matter what their political viewpoints, any TV fan who enjoys delving behind the scenes of the industry and their favorite shows will find this book provocative. The sheer amount of reporting Shapiro did is incredible, as he talked to more than 100 top players in TV land, but the fact that so many of them admitted, on camera, that they do indeed inject their political stances into the shows they make is pretty surprising. As are the allegations by actors like Michael Moriarty, who says NBC and Law & Order creator Dick Wolf turned on him when he spoke out against Janet Reno, and The A-Team star Dwight Schultz, who says being a Reagan supporter led to an unpleasant experience with Bruce Paltrow (yes, Gwyneth’s dad), a producer who was then casting for St. Elsewhere.


Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the 70s and 80s by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont (Perigee Trade)
I know I’m not the only one who will pick up any book that recalls all the pop culture goodness of childhood in the ’70s and ’80s, so like-minded devotees will particularly enjoy this walk down memory lane, as it comes from Pop Culture Junk Mail blogger Fashingbauer. The A to Z rundown includes everything from air hockey and Battle of the Network Stars to Encyclopedia Brown and Fruit Brute cereal to Shrinky Dinks, Trapper Keepers, Underoos, V.C Andrews books, Wacky Packages and Zoom.


Cereal: Snap, Crackle, Pop Culture by Ed Daly (Mark Batty Publisher)
It’s the perfect read to accompany your own bowl of sugary breakfast (or lunch. Or dinner. Or late-night snack …): author Daly lost his Wall Street job and became Mr. Mom (or, as he puts it, “In a day, I went from Wall Street to Sesame Street“), which allowed him time to sample, photograph and analyze many different breakfast cereals, which he reviews in this fun tome. Each cereal gets a letter grade, along with a bit of pithy commentary. Among his favorites are Rice Chex, which he gives an “A” and calls “the champagne of cereals,” while at the other end of the scale, Fiber One gets an “F” and Daly’s comment that “General Mills tells me to rethink fiber. After eating this, I’m starting to rethink my will to live.”


Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Become a Big Kid by Simon Pegg (Gotham)
The Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz comedian is a self-proclaimed supergeek, and he proves it in this endearing autobio in which the zealous Star Wars fan recalls telling Carrie Fisher he used to kiss her photos every night before going to bed, and also talks about getting to work with some of his own movie heroes (Steven Spielberg, for instance) and his famous friendship with fellow funny guy Nick Frost.




King of the Road: True Tales From a Legendary Ice Road Trucker by Alex Debogorski (Wiley)
He’s the world’s most famous truck driver, and, as you would expect from someone who has driven the most dangerous roads for decades and who’s also a devout Christian with 11 children, he’s got a lot of stories to tell, including several about how he’s cheated death many times. Along with his colorful personal history, Debogorski also includes scoop on the famous ice roads, a fun bonus for fans of Ice Road Truckers.




The Old Man and the Swamp: A True Story About My Weird Dad, a Bunch of Snakes and One Ridiculous Road Trip by John Sellers (Simon & Schuster)
I’m a longtime fan of my fellow scribe Sellers’ writing, and his latest book is the perfect Father’s Day gift. He writes of a road trip with his father, a quirky, snake-obsessed guy, the kind of guy who gave his son a baseball card (and not a particularly valuable one) as a wedding gift and who once gifted his (now ex) wife a wrapped Snickers bar. The father-son memoir is laugh-out-loud funny, but also sweet, as the titular road trip gives the writer a chance to really get to know and understand his dad a little better, an act that should inspire other sons to do the same with their papas.


The Ride of a Lifetime: Doing Business the Orange County Choppers Way by Paul Teutul with Mark Yost (Wiley)
It’s not an autobiography, but the details of Teutul’s early life, tough childhood and struggles with drugs and alcohol make the story of his hard-earned business success – he essentially turned $120,000 and a hobby of building motorcycles into a multi-million business – all the more impressive.





101 Mojitos and Other Muddled Drinks by Kim Haasarud (Wiley)
The Blood Orange Mojito … the Pomegranate Mandarin Mojito … the Watermelon Basil Lemonade … all tasty dad drinks included in this beautifully photographed book. Besides, if mojitos are good enough for Burn Notice‘s Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell) …







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Wipeout in the Zone for Kinect (Xbox 360) (Activision)
If you sorta want to try the Sucker Punch and the Big Red Balls, here’s a chance to try them without the certain pain of actually doing them. Based on the TV show, Wipeout in the Zone allows players to try all the wacky stunts contestants play on TV, with snarky commentary provided by Wipeout hosts John Henson, John Anderson and Jill Wagner and cool features like instant replay and paintball action for players not running the course.




Nintendo 3DS
Real 3D graphics, no glasses needed” is Nintendo’s motto for the 3DS, and it’s true. The 3D graphics are so bold, in fact, that it takes a minute or two to adjust to just how in your face they are at first (though a 3D depth slider allows you to adjust the effect). The 3DS also includes a 3D camera, motion and gyro sensor and dual screens, and built-in software that allows you to browse the Internet. And among the fun 3D game titles available for the 3DS: Steel Diver (a submarine battles game), Lego Stars Wars III, Madden NFL Football, Ridge Racer 3D, SpongeBob SquigglePants, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition.

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


Jon Benjamin Has a Van
– He’s usually known as H. Jon Benjamin, or as the voice of Archer‘s Sterling Archer or the titular burger-slingin’ Bob of Bob’s Burgers, but tonight funny guy Jon Benjamin goes live-action with this funny new mockumentary series in which he drives around in his van and reports on (fake) news. First up: a man who has Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Jon’s joke on his producer, one that ends badly.

Live With Regis and Kelly
– Two awesome people being awesome together: Regis‘ guest co-host for the day is national treasure Betty White.

G4’s Proving Ground
– The fun new series is like a MythBusters for pop culture, where memorable moments from video games, TV shows and movies are repeated (or are attempted, at least). First up: weaponry is attached to go-karts to get a Mario Kart thing going.

Pretty Little Liars
– In the return of ABC Family’s best series, the girls’ parents have them talk with a therapist after what happened at the church with Ian, while Caleb visits Hanna and Spencer is warned not to see Toby.

Memphis Beat
– Dwight and the squad investigate the death of a fellow officer, which becomes an unsettling case when they realize the policeman may have been involved with some unlawful activities.

The Nine Lives of Chloe King
– Chloe King turns 16 … and then dies. But it’s a temp death, as her birthday brings her special powers given to her because she’s part of an ancient race of people being pursued by human assassins.

The Voice
– It’s the second round of quarterfinals and the performances are live.

White Collar
– It’s a hidden treasure – actually, an inheritance – which Peter and Neal find by following clues on a map that was hidden inside a will.

10PM | MTV
16 & Pregnant
– Pregnant teen Taylor is considering keeping her baby, though her mom is trying to talk her into putting the child up for adoption.

– Tonight’s ickiest ingredient: picked beef tongue.

Gene Simmons Family Jewels
– The charm of the show – and okay, it wasn’t a lot of charm – was that the KISS singer’s family seemed surprisingly down to earth. But apparently, he goes and mucks it all up with the many women he loves to brag about, and this season may end up with another celebreality family biting the dust.

– Tom and Christina’s wedding day is at hand, but, of course, nothing goes smoothly. Meanwhile, previous guest star Marc Anthony officially joins the cast as Detective Nick Renata.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
America’s Got Talent auditions continue in Seattle (8PM, NBC);

– On the 3rd season premiere of Cupcake Wars (8PM, Food Network), contestants compete to have their cupcakes featured at the Kentucky Derby;

– On The Looney Tunes Show (8PM, Cartoon Network), Bugs and Daffy go to a spa, but the relaxing stay turns into a competition when they both have their eye on a famous actress;

– The remaining contestants have to master basic skills like chopping apples and cooking a chicken properly on MasterChef (8PM, Fox);

Braxton Family Values wraps its first season on WE at 9PM, followed by a Wendy Williams-hosted reunion special at 10PM;

– The fleet deals with a major arctic storm on Deadliest Catch (9PM, Discovery);

– On Covert Affairs (10PM, USA), Annie competes with a Mossad agent to turn a Syrian secretary into an asset;

– Host Brian Unger investigates how politics helped determine states’ shapes, including Ohio and Missouri, on How the States Got Their Shapes (10PM, History);

– Iconic sex symbols are the topic on Love/Lust (10PM, Sundance);

Daniel gets advice from a sexpert on Tosh.0 (10PM, Comedy Central);

– In a classic, and pivotal, episode of Happy Days (10:30PM, The Hub), The Fonz moves into the Cunninghams’ garage apartment.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jeff Garlin and Curtis Stone;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): J.J. Abrams;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Janny Scott;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Ryan Reynolds;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Randy Travis and Josh Turner;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Steve-O and Cheech Marin;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Ice Cube and Sarah Ferguson;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Betty White and Lauryn Hill;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Tina Fey (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Todd Phillips (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – June 11-12, 2011


65th Annual Tony Awards
– Three things to know about tonight’s Tonys: The always fabulous Neil Patrick Harris is hosting; there are going to be lots of jokes about controversial musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; and it’s likely that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are going to snag some awards, since their musical The Book of Mormon leads all nominees with 14 Tony nods.

Marathon – In honor of the late James Arness, the network is airing 24 hours of classic Gunsmoke episodes.

Doctor Who
– In case you haven’t seen the spoilers, I’ll just say that River Song has a biiiig surprise for The Doctor.

Ice Road Terror
Ice Road Truckers + prehistoric creatures = tonight’s Syfy Saturday night movie.

McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice
– The sports doc examines the rivalry between hot-tempered tennis star John McEnroe and fellow champ Bjorn Borg throughout the ’70s and ’80s, as well as a look at what they’ve been up to post-tennis.

Army Wives
– Joan has trouble bonding with David, Dennis tries to help Tanya deal with life  without Jeremy and Claudia Joy doesn’t like the way she and Michael are being treated.

– And they’re back! First up in season 8, one bully of a bride threatens to withhold payment from her church, and another gets into a fight at her bachelorette party after drinking too much. Before the season premiere: Bridezillas: Where Are They Now? 2.0 (8PM, WE), an update of some of the more outrageous bridezillas of recent seasons.

The Glee Project
– The new talent search series will reward one person with a guest-starring role on Glee.

Real Housewives of Orange County
Reunion Andy Cohen tries to keep the women from killing each other in the first part of the season 6 reunion, as the O.C. ladies revisit their most tension-filled moments, including an apparently intensified feud between former friends Alexis and Peggy. Also, Vicki‘s long-suffering soon-to-be ex-hubby Donn chats about their split.

The Protector
Ally Walker stars as Gloria Sheppard, a divorced murder detective who has to juggle her stressful job with her stressful home life as a single mom.

Real Housewives of New Jersey
– The Joisey girls move to Sunday nights, and on their first night in the new timeslot, Teresa sees her brother for the first time since the christening blowout, Melissa pursues her pop star ambitions and Caroline shares her mama-ing advice on the radio.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Adventure-lovin’ Shane Reynolds travels the globe on the hunt for unusual species  and experiences on the new series Shane Untamed (Sat., 9PM, Nat Geo Wild);
– Detroit citizens are extra unhappy about their cars being booted on the coldest day of the year on Parking Wars (Sat., 10PM, A&E);
– A couple’s passion for cars has led them to Gail on a new Til Debt Do Us Part (Sat., 10PM, CNBC);
Food Network Challenge (Sun., 8PM, Food Network) finds chef making cakes inspired by romance novels;
Filly holds a fitness boot camp for the Gatsby girls on Jerseylicious (Sun., 8PM, Style);
– Karen’s having writer’s block and Carla’s getting ready for her ex’s release from prison on Mob Wives (Sun., 8PM, VH1);
– On the new reality series Finding Sarah (Sun., 9PM, OWN), former Royal Sarah Ferguson tries to get her life in order with help from Oprah minions Dr. Phil and Suze Orman;
– On Ice Road Truckers (Sun., 9PM, History), someone takes a wrong turn and ends up 100 miles away from where he needs to be … yes, of course it’s Rick;
– The new reality series Amsale Girls (Sun., 10PM, WE) follows the employees of a fancy schmancy bridal salon in New York City;
– Callie wigs when Jim’s former partner (an attractive female) arrives from Chicago and needs his help to catch a serial killer on The Glades (Sun., 10PM, A&E);
– On In Plain Sight (Sun., 10PM, USA), Mary protects an Amish witness who’s trying to deal with culture shock and the fact that there are people who want to do her harm;
– On The Killing (Sun., 10PM, AMC), Mitch learns some secrets about her murdered daughter;
– Sofia falls in with the wrong crowd on Treme (Sun., 10PM, HBO);
– You’ve seen the photos, now see Ice-T and his wife Coco in action, so to speak, on their new reality series Ice Loves Coco! (Sun., 10:30PM, E!).





Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – June 10, 2011


2011 Guys Choice Awards
– The fifth annual Guys Choice Awards includes an impressive line-up of celebs – Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Mark Wahlberg, Danny McBride, Harrison Ford, Aziz Ansair, Charlie Day, Jasons Bateman and Sudeikis , Mila Kunis, David Spade, Thomas Lennon and Cameron Diaz among them – as awards like Decade of Hotness, Brass Balls Award, Funniest M.F., Guy of the Year and Comedy MVP are presented, along with a very special honor for one of the all-time greatest high school comedy flicks, Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

OUT in America
– Bravo’s Andy Cohen is among the out gay figures, some famous, some not, who talk about their decisions to be open about their sexuality in this two-hour special.

My Babysitter’s a Vampire
– It’s going to be a series on Disney soon, and this TV movie introduces Sarah, a babysitter for 13-year-old Ethan. Sarah’s a high school sophomore and, unbeknownst to Ethan’s ‘rents, a vampire.

Ghost Adventures
– Country legend Loretta Lynn invites the crew to her Tennessee plantation, which is said to be haunted by ghosts from the Civil War.

Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss
– Guessing this might be a picky customer: Grace, a fashion stylist, searching for her own wedding gown.

Whale Wars
– As the Sea Shepherds try to locate the factory vessel, they’re followed by a pair of harpoon ships.

10PM | HBO
Real Time With Bill Maher
Jane Lynch is the interview guest, and the panel includes comedienne Janeane Garofalo.

11PM | VH1
– In the season’s best Storytellers installment, Ray LaMontagne performs and chats about some of his best tunes.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– An informant in a credit card fraud ring disappears with the crime ring’s leader (who’s also her boyfriend) on Flashpoint (8PM, CBS);
– On Camelot (10PM, Starz), the first season ends with Arthur and his men battling for their lives against the mercenaries at Bardon Pass;
– On Outrageous Food (10PM, Food Network), Tom witnesses a 2-foot pizza, a 7-pound burrito and something called a “Bacon Bomb,” featuring 5 pounds of meat wrapped in bacon;
Joel McHale serves up another snarky bowl of The Soup (10PM, E!);
– “Spaghettios” and “Cactus Wasp” are among the sketches on Whitest Kids U’Know (10:30PM, IFC).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kelly Ripa (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Bill Cosby;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jason Sudeikis and Piers Morgan (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jason Lee and Emma Roberts;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Kevin Bacon and Wendy Williams;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): John Lehr (REPEAT).


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