Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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11:59PM | ADULT SWIM – 3RD SEASON PREMIERE
Childrens Hospital
– If you have yet to become a devotee of this medical drama spoof that has starred or guest-starred nearly all of the truly funniest people in Hollywood, the third season’s as good a place as any to jump in. The season opener, “Run, Dr. Lola Spratt, Run,” the hospital has a quicksand emergency, but it happens on a weekend, when, of course, the doctors are MIA. Sy (Henry Winkler) tries to assemble them all, but Dr. Lola (Erinn Hayes), the resident trapped-in-quicksand expert, has a tough time getting there. Also, no spoilers on the specifics, but Jon Hamm makes another cameo.

8PM | NGC
Death of a Mars Rover
– NASA Rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars in January 2004 and were supposed to stay there for 90 days. But the duo lasted for seven years and collected some invaluable info along the way. This is their “True Hollywood Story“-ish special.

8:30PM | ESPN
National Spelling Bee Finals
– It’s the championship rounds of the 84th annual event. Last year’s winning word: stromuhr.

10PM | A&E
The First 48: Missing Persons
– The First 48 spin-off follows the missing persons unit of the Chicago police department, beginning with a search for a missing college student and a gang member who went MIA after a drug deal.

10PM | NBC – SERIES PREMIERE
Love Bites
– This anthology series was originally scheduled for the 2010-11 season, but, well, you’ll see why it didn’t quite make the cut. In tonight’s opener, the most interesting installment revolves around a married man (Lost‘s Greg Grunberg) who’s given permission by his wife to have sex with his fantasy celebrity, Jennifer Love Hewitt. Then, he meets up with the real JLH on an airplane and makes an indecent proposal …

10PM | TLC – SERIES PREMIERE
NY Ink
Ami James, from Miami Ink, realizes his dream of opening his own tattoo parlor in NYC.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
– As the women continue their adventure in Morocco, LuAnn has problems with a camel, but the big drama comes when Jill and Ramona finally decide to have it out.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s audition round 5 on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– After winning the season opener, the team faces problems when both its quarterbacks struggle on 4th & Forever (9PM, Current);
– ABC has game 2 of the NBA Finals (9PM, ABC);
– It’s Tex-Mex vs. Texas BBQ on 24 Hour Restaurant Battle (10PM, Food Network);
– The final two square off in the penultimate season 6 episode of America’s Best Dance Crew (10PM, MTV).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jake Gyllenhaal, Panic! At the Disco and Randy Jackson;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Tim Tebow;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Salman Kahn;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Will Ferrell (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Ed Helms (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Lil Jon and Rainn Wilson;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jason Sudeikis and Piers Morgan;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Nick Offerman and Maya Rudolph;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Dick Van Dyke;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Jason Winer (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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10PM | TNT
Men of a Certain Age
– The show is back for summer episodes of its second season, as Joe (Ray Romano) visits Manfro, his bookie, who’s about to undergo a delicate medical procedure; Terry (Scott Bakula) and Erin move forward in their relationship; and Owen (Andre Braugher) gets an interesting opportunity … from a competing car dealership.

9PM | HISTORY
American Pickers
– Keeping up with the network’s Civil War Week, the Pickers dudes search for collectibles on behalf of the Gettysburg Museum, then take part in a Civil War re-enactment.

9PM | TNT – SERIES PREMIERE
Franklin & Bash
– Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) as one-half of a young pair of spunky attorneys … take that, Mr. Belding!

9 and 9:30PM | TRAVEL – SERIES PREMIERE
Man v. Food Nation
– In back-to-back eps of the Man v. Food spin-off, Adam travels to Connecticut to cheer on a college freshman who’s trying to eat 10 grilled cheese sandwiches in an hour, followed by a trip to Florida to coach a pro wrassler who’s trying to down 10 crazy-hot hot wings.

9:30PM | TLC
Extreme Couponing
– A stay-at-home mom and super couponer in Idaho takes her husband on one of her big coupon trips, hoping to spark his interest in big, big savings.

10 and 10:30PM | SYFY – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Hollywood Treasure
– Back-to-back episodes include gems like a cast-signed copy of The Wizard of Oz book, puppets and props from The Nightmare Before Christmas and cyborg heads from Terminator Salvation.

10PM | MTV – 25TH SEASON FINALE
The Real World: Las Vegas
– The last few seasons have been tired, but you can’t say the show’s return to Vegas has been without major drama. Neither, of course, will the season end without a big dose of hubbub with the roomies.

10PM | OXYGEN – SERIES PREMIERE
The World According to Paris
– Is this new reality series another attempt to make you think Paris Hilton is famous for something other than being famous? Yes. Is it successful? That’s your call. But, no.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The delightful Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly star and scene-stealer of Bridesmaids, guests on the Ellen DeGeneres Show (Check local listings for time and channel);
– Audition rounds 3 and 4 unspool on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– In game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals (8PM, NBC), the Boston Bruins travel to Vancouver to take on the Canucks;
– The new series Haunted Collector (9PM, Syfy) follows a paranormal investigator on the hunt for haunted goodies;
Adam and Jamie see if they can actually dodge a bullet on MythBusters (9PM, Discovery);
– Classic Happy Days (10PM, The Hub): Joanie goes on a date with Spike, The Fonz’s lookalike nephew;
Rick and his Pawn Star$ cohorts are offered a 1915 Model T Ford (10PM, History);
– The new series Sand Masters (10PM, Travel) follows a team of sand sculptors, and no, we’re not talking about the stuff your kids build with their buckets at the beach … these are elaborate sculptures and real works of art;
– Butters is diagnosed with multiple personality disorder on South Park (10PM, Comedy Central);
– On Top Chef Masters (10PM), the culinary whizzes have to whip up tasty treats at a science fair;
– On Workaholics (10:30PM, Comedy Central), Anders and Blake feel left out when Adam falls for a rich cougar.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Eric Stonestreet (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Bill Moyers;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Robert Kennedy Jr.;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Bill Murray (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Aubrey Plaza and Steven Tyler (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Tyler Perry (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jesse Ferguson Tyler (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Tina Fey and Tom Welling (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): David Beckham;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Ted Leo (REPEAT).

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10PM | BRAVO – SERIES PREMIERE
Million Dollar Decorators
– The show follows five Los Angeles interior designers, who work on some amazing, multi-million dollar design projects in the most fabulous L.A. homes, including those of celebs and Hollywood moguls.

8PM | NBC – 6TH SEASON PREMIERE
America’s Got Talent
American Idol just concluded and The Voice is still going, but if you really feel the need for another talent search series in your boob tubing life this summer, here ya go.

9PM | HISTORY
Lee & Grant
– History Channel’s Civil War Week continues with this new special, with profiles of Civil War leaders Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, including a rundown of their major battles and their impact on American history.

9PM | ABC
NBA Finals
– It’s the Mavericks vs. the Heat, in Miami, in Game 1 of the NBA championship series.

9:30PM | FOX – SERIES FINALE
Traffic Light
– Mike and Lisa have a new teenage babysitter, but she ends up needing a little babysitting of her own when she unleashes her teen angst on them.

10PM | MTV
16 & Pregnant
– Pregnant teen Izabella hid her pregnancy from her friends for eight months, and when she finally tells them about it, they question how much she thinks of them. Meanwhile, her babydaddy is creating extra stress for her by betraying her family’s trust.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– It’s a cookout-themed episode, as the chefs fire up grills and use classic condiments in their dishes.

10PM | LIFETIME
Love Handles: Couples in Crisis
– If you think weight-loss series can’t get more emotional than The Biggest Loser, check out this new series (from Jersey Shore creator Sally Ann Salsano) about overweight couples going through intense physical workouts and painful therapy sessions to save their lives and their marriages.

10PM | NBC
The Voice
– It’s round four, the final round, of the head-to-head battles, as the contestants compete for the final spot on their coaches teams.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A special episode of Great Performances (Check local listings for time and channel, PBS) celebrates the 120th anniversary of Carnegie Hall with a concert that includes performances by Yo-Yo Ma and Audra McDonald;
– BBQ in Austin and Boston is featured on Eat Street (8PM, Cooking Channel);
– Daffy offers boxing lessons and Speedy’s pizza business takes off on The Looney Tunes Show (8PM, Cartoon Network);
– Tonight’s three-hour block of The Office on TBS (8PM) includes the birth of CeCe Halpert;
– An arctic storm ends King Crab season on Deadliest Catch (9PM, Discovery);
– On the series premiere of Deception With Keith Barry (10PM, Discovery), the titular mentalist examines the art of deception;
– It’s the 4th season premiere of The Little Couple (10PM, TLC);
– There’s a new Tosh.O on Comedy Central (10PM);
– Norm’s dishing about the NBA Finals and other sporty topics on the Sports Show With Norm Macdonald (10:30PM, Comedy Central).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Pete Holmes and Sarah Silverman (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jimmy Fallon;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): James B. Stewart;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kate Hudson, Emmylou Harris and Rich Eisen (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jennifer Lopez and Jesse Ferguson Tyler (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Terence Howard;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Carson Daly and Flavor Flav;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Elmo, Jennifer Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Ray Romano;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Bill Hader (REPEAT).

2011 Memorial Day Weekend TV Marathons

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Marathons … so many TV marathons this Memorial Day weekend. Here, a handy dandy guide to every possible way you could spend your weekend channel surfing:

FRIDAY | MAY 27
A&E
(4-11PM): Criminal Minds
AMC (8PM-10PM SUN): War Heroes Weekend (Patton, Miracle at St. Anna, Halls of Montezuma, Jet Attack, Guadalcanal Diary, The Dirty Dozen, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Apocalypse Now Redux, Paratroop Command, Fixed Bayonets, MacArthur, The Great Raid and Pearl Harbor)
ANIMAL PLANET
(7PM-6AM SAT): River Monsters
ANIMAL PLANET (8AM-7PM): Whale Wars: The Aftermath
BBC AMERICA (8AM-6AM SAT): The X-Files
BRAVO (10AM-9PM): Millionaire Matchmaker
CHILLER (9AM-4PM): Masters of Horror
DISCOVERY FIT & HEALTH (8PM-1AM SAT): My Strange Addiction
DISNEY (5-10:10PM): Suite Life on Deck
HGTV (8PM-4AM SAT): House Hunters International
HISTORY (8AM-8PM): Modern Marvels
MSNBC (10PM-5AM SAT): Lockup: Raw
MTV2 (11AM-9PM): Silent Library
SCIENCE CHANNEL (9AM-4PM): How It’s Made
SCIENCE CHANNEL (6PM-3AM SAT): How It’s Made
SPIKE (9AM-7PM): Gangland
SYFY (8AM-6AM SAT): Syfy Original Movie Marathon (Dinocroc, Snakehead Terror, Dinoshark, Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus, Mega Piranha, Malibu Shark Attack, Lake Placid 2, Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep and Sea Beast)
TCM (8PM-4:15AM TUES): Memorial Day War Marathon (Run Silent, Run Deep, Destination Tokyo, Up Periscope, Torpedo Run, Hell Below, Tank Battalion, The Tanks Are Coming, Sahara, Imitation General, Invasion Quartet, Buck Privates, What Next, Corporate Hargrave?, Ensign Pulver, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Men of the Fighting Lady, Flying Leathernecks, Flight Command, Fighter Squadron, Hell to Eternity, From Here to Eternity, All Quiet on the Western Front, Sergeant York, The Deep Six, They Were Expendable, The Story of G.I. Joe, Battleground, Tell It To the Marines, Ashes and Diamonds, Paratrooper, Screaming Eagles, Objective, Burma!, The Green Berets, Kelly’s Heroes, A Bridge Too Far, The Best Years of Our Lives, Since You Went Away, The White Cliffs of Dover and Homecoming)
TRAVEL (7PM-4AM SAT): Ghost Adventures
truTV (11PM-4AM SAT): Forensic Files
WE (8PM-1AM SAT): Frasier

SATURDAY | MAY 28
A&E
(5PM-4AM SUN): Parking Wars
ANIMAL PLANET (11AM-4PM): Operation Wild
BBC AMERICA (6AM-6AM SUN): Doctor Who
BET (3:30-8PM): The Game
BOOMERANG (1-5:30PM): The Flintstones
BRAVO (1-8PM): Real Housewives of New Jersey
CENTRIC (NOON-8PM): The Steve Harvey Show
CHILLER (8AM-2PM): Outer Limits
DISCOVERY (11AM-3AM SUN): MythBusters
DIY (NOON-4PM): Yard Crashers
G4 (1-9PM): Jump City Seattle
HISTORY (8AM-8PM): America the Story of Us
HISTORY (8PM-4AM SUN): Swamp People
THE HUB (2-5PM): Jem
IFC (10:20AM-1:40PM): Three Stooges
LIFETIME REAL WOMEN (8PM-4AM SUN): Coming Home
LOGO (1PM-7:30PM): Noah’s Arc
MILITARY CHANNEL (6AM-8PM): World War II in Color
MSNBC (6PM-7AM SUN): Lockup: Raw
MTV2 (6AM-11PM): Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory
MTV2 (11PM-6AM SUN): Jackass
NAT GEO WILD (9AM-7PM): Dangerous Encounters
NGC (1AM-7PM): Breakout
PLANET GREEN (7PM-6AM SUN): Storm Chasers
SCIENCE CHANNEL (6AM-3AM SUN): Oddities
SPIKE (1-6PM): Jail
SYFY (9:30-5AM SUN): Star Trek Movie Marathon (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek: First Contact)
TEENNICK (NOON-7PM): True Jackson, VP
TLC (2PM-2AM SUN): 48 Hours Hard Evidence and 48 Hours Mystery
TRAVEL (NOON-8PM): Extreme Specials (Extreme Pig Outs, Extreme Restaurants, Extreme Superstores, Extreme Towns, Extreme Mindblowing Hotels, Extreme Resorts, Extreme Pools and Extreme Terror Rides: Death-Defying Drops)
TRAVEL (8PM-4AM SAT): Ghost Adventures
truTV (NOON-3PM): Southern Fried Stings
TV LAND (2AM-8AM): M*A*S*H
VH1 (3-8PM): Saturday Night Live
WE (10AM-6PM): Ghost Whisperer

SUNDAY | MAY 29
ANIMAL PLANET
(9AM-11PM): River Monsters
BBC AMERICA (6AM-6AM MON): Top Gear
BRAVO (8AM-4AM MON): Real Housewives
CENTRIC (10AM-5PM): The Steve Harvey Show
CHILLER (8PM-2AM): Fear Factor
DISCOVERY (9AM-3AM MON): Deadliest Catch
DISCOVERY FIT & HEALTH (5PM-2AM MON): Addicted
HISTORY (6PM-4AM MON): American Pickers
LIFETIME REAL WOMEN (8PM-4AM MON): Coming Home
MILITARY CHANNEL (2AM-7PM): World War II in Color
MTV2 (3-8PM): Martin
NICK (12:30-6:30PM): SpongeBob SquarePants
SCIENCE CHANNEL (8AM-3AM MON): Firefly
STYLE (1-7PM): Project Runway
SYFY (11AM-2AM MON): Star Trek Movie Marathon (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Nemesis, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek Generations and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)
TEENNICK (NOON-7PM): True Jackson, VP
TLC (4-9PM): Extreme Couponing
TLC (9AM-4PM): Four Weddings
TRAVEL (8:30PM-3AM MON): Man v. Food
truTV (NOON-7PM): Bait Car
TV LAND (2-8AM): M*A*S*H
TV LAND (8PM-6AM MON): M*A*S*H
TV ONE (NOON-3:30AM MON): Way Black When
WE (10AM-9PM): Bridezillas

MONDAY | MAY 30
A&E
(7AM-10PM): Breakout Kings
AMC (9AM-5:30AM TUES): War Heroes Weekend (Twelve O’Clock High, Patton, The Longest Day, Midway and The Dirty Dozen)
ANIMAL PLANET (9AM-11PM): River Monsters
BBC AMERICA (8AM-5AM TUES): Top Gear
BET (8AM-7:30PM): The Game
BOOMERANG (9AM-MIDNIGHT): Smurfs
BRAVO (6:30AM-9PM): Real Housewives of New Jersey and Real Housewives of New York City
CENTRIC (9AM-5PM): The Proud Family
CHILLER (12:01-6AM): Buffy the Vampire Slayer
CHILLER (8AM-4AM TUES): Stephen King Movie Marathon (Stephen King’s The Langoliers, Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers and Stephen King’s The Stand)
COMEDY CENTRAL (9:15AM-12:45PM): Futurama
COMEDY CENTRAL (9-11PM): It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
COOKING CHANNEL (2-8PM): United Tastes of America
DISCOVERY (9AM-10PM): American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
DISCOVERY FIT & HEALTH (NOON-8PM): Untold Stories of the E.R.
E! (8AM-6PM): Sex and the City
FOOD NETWORK (11AM-3PM): Grill It! With Bobby Flay
FX (NOON-MIDNIGHT): Two and a Half Men
G4 (9:30AM-3:30AM TUES): Campus PD
HALLMARK MOVIE (8AM-MIDNIGHT): “Love” Movie Marathon (Love Comes Softly, Love’s Enduring Promise, Love’s Long Journey, Love’s Abiding Joy, Love’s Unending Legacy, Love’s Unfolding Dream, Love Takes Wing and Love Finds a Home)
HGTV (11AM-3AM TUES): House Hunters
HISTORY (8AM-9PM): Pawn Star$
THE HUB (8AM-NOON): The Adventures of Chuck and Friends
THE HUB (7PM-6AM TUES): Batman
THE HUB (3-7PM): Batman Beyond
THE HUB (NOON-3PM): Pound Puppies
IFC (8AM-6PM): Arrested Development
ION (3PM-3AM TUES): Criminal Minds
LIFETIME (10AM-10PM): “Perfect” Movie Marathon (The Perfect Neighbor, The Perfect Nanny, The Perfect Assistant, The Perfect Marriage, The Perfect Wife and The Perfect Teacher)
LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK (NOON-4PM): Betty Broderick Movies (A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story and Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter)
LOGO (2-6:30PM): Noah’s Arc
MSNBC (NOON-5AM TUES): Caught on Camera
MTV (9AM-10PM): Jersey Shore
MTV2 (8AM-4PM): Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew
NAT GEO WILD (2-10PM): Python Hunters
OWN (11AM-4PM): Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes
SCIENCE CHANNEL (6AM-9PM): How It’s Made
SPIKE (9AM-7PM): Star Wars Movie Prequels (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)
STYLE (9AM-11PM): Project Runway Season 4
SUNDANCE (1-6PM): My So-Called Life
TBS (4-8PM): Seinfeld
TEENNICK (NOON-7PM): True Jackson, VP
TLC (2:30-10PM): Cake Boss
TLC (6AM-2:30PM): Cake Boss: Next Great Baker
TRAVEL (NOON-7PM): Paradise Specials (Ice Cream Paradise, All You Can Eat Paradise, Ribs Paradise, Barbecue Paradise, Hamburger Paradise, Hot Dog Paradise and Deep Fried Paradise)
TV LAND (8PM-6AM TUES): M*A*S*H
TV ONE (11AM-9PM): Martin
USA (6AM-8PM): NCIS
WE (8PM-1AM TUES): Golden Girls

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 8: The Trailer

The premiere is still more than a month away (July 10), but here’s the trailer for the eighth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and, what else is there to say … it will be good to have Larry David back in primetime.

The show will take place in both Los Angeles and New York City this season, which, as the clip previews, just means there are two coasts of people for Larry to offend, or, as pal and manager Jeff Garlin says, now there are two coasts in which Larry can be a “social assassin,’ a title that makes Larry quite proud.

The clip also shows guest stars like Paul F. Tompkins, Bob Einstein (Marty Funkhouser in the house!) and, eeeeeee!, Michael J. Fox, while Ricky Gervais and Rosie O’Donnell are also scheduled to make appearances, and the scene-stealing J.B. Smoove returns as Larry’s pal and housemate Leon.

Can you stand the wait? And what mischief do you predict for Larry in the new season?

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