Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


10PM | ABC
Entertainment Weekly‘s “Geek God” cover boy Nathan Fillion revisits his soap opera roots as his Castle helps investigate the murder of a soap writer. The main suspects: the soap’s super competitive stars. Corbin Bernsen (whose real-life mom is The Young and the Restless diva Jeanne Cooper) and Jane Seymour guest star.

– While Chuck and the team are trying to figure out who murdered a spy on their home turf, Morgan is busy trying to maneuver a Buy More war with Large Mart.

Dancing With the Stars
– Go Karate Kid and Sugar Ray Leonard!

– Cuddy tells Wilson she feels guilty for dumping his BFF.

How I Met Your Mother
– In the awesomely titled “Lengendaddy,” Barney finally meets his real papa (guest star John Lithgow).

Pretty Little Liars
– Season two kicks off in June, but that’s still gonna seem like a long time after tonight’s delicious cliffhanger season one finale, as the pals go to a surprising source for help in stopping A.

Triangle: Remembering the Fire
– HBO’s compelling doc chronicles the 1911 fire at New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, which killed more than 100 women (mostly poor immigrants) and brought about some much-needed improvements in workplace safety.

Bethenny Ever After
Gina, um, tricks Bethenny and Jason into baptizing baby Bryn.

– The controversial show that failed to make much of a splash with anyone except the advertisers who bailed on it wraps its first season as Tony asks his friends to help him find his sister.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Josh gets abducted on Being Human (9PM, Syfy);
Buddy and the crew make a cake for WrestleMania on Cake Boss (9PM, TLC);
Adam Arkin guest stars on The Chicago Code (9PM, Fox);
– Martinez confronts Jarvis on The Event (9PM, NBC);
– The four-episode block of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (9PM, Comedy Central) includes the gems “The Gang Buys a Boat” and “Dennis Gets Divorced”;
Richard Kind guest stars as an old boyfriend who needs Harry’s help in an armed robbery case on Harry’s Law (10PM, NBC);
– The Five-O has to investigate the murder of a comic book geek who was given truth serum before being killed on Hawaii Five-O (10PM, CBS);
– On Heavy (10PM, A&E), a man who weighs more than 500 pounds tries to improve his health before the birth of his first child;
Jody Whatley and Carmen Electra are the judges as the contestants have to record a tune and perform it live on RuPaul’s Drag Race (10PM, Logo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Sarah Silverman;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Author Sarah Vowell;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Dana Carvey;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Zachary Levi and Lisa Lampanelli;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Mike Tyson;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Mark Cuban and Liv Tyler;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Kiefer Sutherland;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Denis Leary;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Tom Shadyac (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – March 19-20, 2011


Big Love
– It was compelling from the get go, got really great in season three and, well, has limped along with some truly over-the-top soapy storylines in the past two seasons. But as the Henricksons bid TV land adieu Sunday night, I have to admit that I’m dying to see how the writers are going to wrap up so many loose ends in just 70 minutes. Will Bill go to jail? Will Home Plus go under? Will Ben get Heather back, and will he repeat his father’s polygamist ways? Will Barb join a new church and drop her four-way marriage? Will Alby come back to finish off Bill? And who’s the victim of the big death that’s been rumored all season?

The Pee-wee Herman Show
on Broadway – Miss Yvonne, Jambi, Magic Screen, Cowboy Curtis, Chairry and Globey are all in the house in this stage version of the beloved ’80s TV series Pee-wee’s Playhouse (which was based, of course, on the Pee-wee stage show). The hubs and I saw the show on Broadway last fall, and it definitely gave me a case of the warm fuzzies to see the Playhouse gang reunited.

America’s Next Great Restaurant
– The contestants learn that, if they can’t stand the heat in the Chipotle lunch rush, they may have to get out of the kitchen. They also have to come up with a slogan for their eateries, as well as a signature dish.

Army Wives
– Claudia Joy and Chandler battle on her first day on the job, Tanya worries about just how little she knows Jeremy and Roxy thinks she and Pam are going to end their friendship when their kids get into a fight.

The Celebrity Apprentice
– When you hear that one team questions its leader’s mental competency, you already know it involves Gary Busey, right?

Chopped: All-Stars
– In part three of the all-star tournament, famous chefs, including chocolate whiz Jacques Torres, have to whip weird baskets of ingredients into tasty eats.

Dueling Charlie Sheen Specials Charlie Sheen: Bad Boy on the Edge (BIO) and Charlie Sheen: On the Brink (TLC) … take your pick which one to watch, if you really think there’s something you don’t already know about the ongoing Sheen meltdown.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Darlene Love and Alice Cooper are among the inductees at the 26th annual ceremony, broadcast from the Waldorf Astoria in NYC.

Shark Tank
– The show in which real-world business moguls offer financial backing for regular Joe and Jane entrepreneurs returns for another season. Up first: sisters who want to start a children’s dance company and a Southern seafood chef.

10PM, SUN | A&E
Breakout Kings
– In a brilliant little crossover, Prison Break star Robert Knepper reprises his role as baddie T-Bag, who escapes and goes on a spree, challenging the team to catch him before he flees to Canada.

Detroit 1-8-7
– Fitch freaks out when his NYC nemesis, Albert Stram, hits Detroit.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
The Waltons star Richard Thomas stars in the romantic time-travelling drama Time After Time (Sat., 9PM, Hallmark);
Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper are the guests on the Graham Norton Show (Sat., 10PM, BBCA);
Gail helps two sets of new parents navigate their credit card debt on back-to-back new Til Debt Do Us Part (Sat., 10PM, CNBC) episodes;
The Amazing Race continues in China (Sun., 8PM, CBS);
A.J. Cook and Jennifer Morrison star as sisters who are separated when one goes missing under suspicious circumstances in the fact-based movie Bringing Ashley Home (Sun., 8PM, Lifetime Movie Network);
Ruby continues to look for clues about her childhood with her high school reunion on the horizon (Sun., 8PM, Style);
– Hanks gets a surprising call from Becca and Karen just as he’s about to hit the road on Californication (Sun., 9PM, Showtime);
– Chris and Meg switch roles with their ‘rents for a week on Family Guy (Sun., 9PM, Fox);
David has to tone down the big ideas of a bride who wants her own royal wedding on the season four finale of My Fair Wedding With David Tutera (Sun., 9PM, WE);
– With the police investigation ongoing, Kody decides to take the fam on a trip to visit his relatives in Wyoming on Sister Wives (Sun., 9PM, TLC);
– Horatio and the team are on the case when a delivery driver and a woman on his regular route are murdered on CSI: Miami (Sun., 10PM, CBS);
Tamra tries to repair her friendship with Vicki on The Real Housewives of Orange County (Sun, 10PM, Bravo);
– It’s the series premiere of Ultimate Cleaners (Sun., 10:30PM, TLC), a show about a cleaning company that tackles major messes, like restoring a home nearly destroyed by Katrina in New Orleans.

TV’s Top Hats: The Twideshow

Trying a little something fun today on Twitter … slideshows are kinda boring to flip through , so I’ve done a Twideshow, in honor of tonight’s new Justified episode. The Twideshow’s an homage to cool and iconic TV hats, i.e. TV’s Top Hats. Whatcha think?

Slideshows? Nah. In honor of Raylan Givens’ Justified hat, TVScreener.com’s first Twideshow: TV’s Top Hats. #Twideshow #TVTopHats

Justified: Raylan Givens’ Stetson just adds to his swagger #Twideshow #TVTopHats http://yfrog.com/gy8zs7j

Hee Haw: Minnie Pearl’s capper (w/ its $1.98 price tag) made it to the Smithsonian http://bit.ly/hCk http://yfrog.com/h09281j

Dallas: J.R. Ewing’s Stetson also made it to the Smithsonian http://bit.l #Twideshow #TVTopHats http://yfrog.com/gyza13j

Magnum P.I.: Magnum’s Tigers cap was an homage to Tom Selleck’s hometown #Twideshow #TVTopHats http://yfrog.com/h7ilx8j

30 Rock: Frank’s ever-changing trucker hats http://bit.ly/fe5oLx #Twideshow #TVTopHats http://yfrog.com/gztx06j

Lidsville: They WERE hats! And soon, a movie http://nyti.ms/iiq1xD #Twideshow #TVTopHats http://yfrog.com/h39in9j

SNL: Mango’s sparkly shorts & pink beret http://bit.ly/g11ccz #Twideshow #TVTopHats http://yfrog.com/h3lpo3j

Mickey Mouse Club: Lisa Whelchel is among the Mouseketeers who wore MM ears #Twideshow #TVTopHats http://yfrog.com/h7iuo3j

Disneyland: Davy Crockett’s hat led to 5K cap sales a day http://lat.ms/firfn3 #Twideshow #TVTopHats http://yfrog.com/gz6pwvj

Good Times: JJ’s hat was star Jimmie Walker’s dyn-o-mite! lucky charm #Twideshow #TVTopHats http://yfrog.com/gz4z90j

Gilligan’s Island: Alan Hale had his Skipper hat bronzed at series end #Twideshow #TVTopHats http://yfrog.com/h22evyvj

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


10:30PM | A&E
Storage Wars
– Yeeeeeep! Though Dave Hester‘s trademark bid call makes me cringe, I’m happy that the network’s finally rolling out new episodes of the addictive Storage Wars. What is it that makes other people’s abandoned junk so fascinating? Probably the same reason we all stop at a yard sale: somewhere, in the irrational part of our brains, we all have those fantasies of finding a real Picasso for a dollar. Anyhoo, here’s hoping Darrell, Barry, Brandi and Jarrod manage to outbid the pot-stirring storage locker hound more often than not in the new batch of installments ahead.

American Idol
– The top 12 perform songs from the year they were born.

Survivor: Redemption Island
– There’s trouble brewing, or rather, exploding, in Camp Ometepe, while Matt and Kristina square off on Redemption Island.

Criminal Minds
– Prentiss out, as the BAU teamer takes on her nemesis Ian Doyle in Paget Brewster‘s final episode. Meanwhile, A.J. Cook returns as JJ, to help track down Prentiss, and co-star Matthew Gray Gubler directs the ep.

9:30PM | ABC
Mr. Sunshine
James Taylor guest stars as Crystal’s ex, who she tracks down for some closure on their anniversary.

Deathwish Movers
– The new series follows a moving company in Boston, one of the tougher cities to maneuver, which presents an extra challenge when, say, as in tonight’s episode, you’re trying to (carefully!) lift an antique piano 200-feet into the air, in strong, cold winds.

Face Off
– The finalists have to create fairy tale characters for a cocktail party to determine who will be the series’ first champion.

10PM | FX
– It’s all about thievin’, as Boyd and Ava are questioned about the mine robbery, while Raylan is on the case of a bank robbery in which Winona is trapped inside the bank.

Top Chef: All-Stars
– In the Bahamas, the chefs have to cook up some conch, but only after they catch it themselves.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The women work as teams to create retro coffee commercials on America’s Next Top Model (8PM, The CW);
Bobby tries to cook up the best fried green tomato BLT on Throwdown With Bobby Flay (8:30PM, Food Network);
– The couples battle to win their wedding rings on Shedding for the Wedding (9PM, The CW);
The West Wing Emmy winner Richard Schiff guest stars as FBI guy Jack Fickler on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (10PM, CBS);
– Gonzo in the house! Trapper John, M.D. star Gregory Harrison guests on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land);
– The team springs into action during a hepatitis outbreak at a local prison on Off the Map (10PM, ABC);
– The roomies see a new, and not at all sane, side of Adam on The Real World (10PM, MTV).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Kaitlin Olson and Ricky Gervais;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Trey Parker and Matt Stone (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Joshua Foer (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Steve Martin and Selena Gomez;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Matthew McConaughey;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Justin Timberlake (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Adam Scott and Kristen Wiig;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Amy Poehler and Tiger Woods;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Seth Rogen;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Matt & Kim.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


Piers Morgan Tonight
– Will Piers finally serve up the compelling interview style we’ve been waiting for since he starting lining up A-list chats with the likes of Oprah and George Clooney? He’s got his old pal Simon Cowell on the hot seat tonight, so here’s hoping …

Inside the Actors Studio
The Hangover and Limitless star Bradley Cooper becomes the first Actors Studio Drama School graduate to return for a sitdown with host James Lipton, who calls the occasion a dream event. “The night that one of our graduated students has achieved so much that he or she walks out on this stage and takes that chair will be the moment I’ve waited for since we began the school and the series 17 years ago,” the bearded and bespectacled one has said.

The Bachelor
Emily or Chantal? At least Brad‘s making a choice this time. The annual After the Final Rose special follows (10PM), where Brad and his alleged future wife are introduced as a couple.

8PM | VH1
Basketball Wives
Reunion, Part 2 John Salley … really?

– The Old Spice dude – Isaiah Mustafa – returns as an operative who has Chuck worrying about his future as a spy guy, especially after he finds out that his old pal Casey has been embarking on secret missions.

Kid in a Candy Store
Adam takes sweet and sour trips: one to a NECCO factory and another to the place that makes the colorful, but super sour Airhead Xtremes Sweetly Sour Belts.

Cake Boss
Buddy bakes a cake for New York’s version of Punxsutawney Phil: Staten Island Chuck.

The Chicago Code
– The Shawn Ryan drama continues to be a midseason treat, as Colvin (Jennifer Beals) directs Wysocki (Jason Clarke) and Evers (Matt Lauria) to hunt down a drug dealer whose goods sent a wealthy couple’s son into a coma. Along the way, the detectives uncover a big murder case and a club where the pretty women in attendance may be for hire.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
– Tonight’s weekly four-episode block includes the season five gem “Paddy’s Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens,” in which Dennis (Glenn Howerton) invents the Dennis shirt pop-off pen and Charlie (Charlie Day) invents the titular kitty gloves, thereby solving a problem that plagues, well, no one but him.

Bethenny Ever After
– Is mixing business and her marriage a good idea? We’ll see, as Bethenny asks biz whiz and hubby Jason to find out why liquor stores are having trouble keeping her Skinnygirl margarita mix in stock.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– House and team treat a bullfighter who’s attacked by a bull on House (8PM, Fox);
– Officer Reynolds is all up in the girls’ Cool-Aid as Rosewood celebrates Founder’s Day on Pretty Little Liars (8PM, ABC Family);
– Kate helps Larry see the error of his break-up method on Mad Love (8:30PM, CBS);
Beverly Hills 90210 alum Gabrielle Carteris guests on The Event (9PM, NBC);
Snooki is tonight’s guest on WWE Raw (9PM, USA);
– The series premiere of Wedding Wars (9PM, VH1) gives 12 engaged couples the chance to win their dream wedding;
– The festivities turn into a circus when a mom throws a circus-themed soiree on the season one finale of Outrageous Kid Parties (9:30PM, TLC);
– The series premiere of Beverly Hills Fabulous (10PM, VH1) revolves around the goings on at an African-American beauty salon (owned by actress Jackée‘s ex-hubby) in BH;
Weeds star Guillermo Diaz guest stars as a man who hires Harry to help him stop his lover’s husband from keeping his wife locked up on Harry’s Law (10PM, NBC);
Cheryl Tiegs and Johnny Weir are the judges as the contestants are challenged to make patriotic videos for the troops on RuPaul’s Drag Race (10PM, LOGO).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Adam Sandler and Donald Glover (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Prince Zeid Raad (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Jimmy Fallon (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Charles Barkley;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jane Lynch, Avril Lavigne and Chris Matthews;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Mila Kunis and Dr. Drew Pinsky (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Ryan Phillippe, Mila Kunis and The Bachelor “winner”;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Holt McCallany and Tyra Banks;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Lewis Black;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Kevin Smith.

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