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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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10PM | NBC – 5TH SEASON FINALE
30 Rock
– What Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) has planned for her summer vacation? A relaxing time in the Hamptons, in a cool house, where she’ll spend her days sipping libations and relaxing on a lounge chair … until she meets her summer neighbor, Tracy (Tracy Morgan). Meanwhile, Jack (Alec Baldwin) is missing his wife, and thinks Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) makes a fine substitute, and Jenna (Jane Krakowski) has to choose between boyfriend Paul (Will Forte) and her career when she becomes the spokesperson for the Wool Council. Bonus: The always fantastic Victor Garber.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– Results show, and I’m guessing it’s Jacob who’ll get the boot. Also, judge J.Lo and Lady Antebellum perform.

8PM | CBS
Big Bang Theory
– Raj tries to cure his fear of talking to women, while Penny spies on Leonard and Priya.

8PM | NBC
Community
– It’s paintball war, round two, in this first part of this two-part episode, which features a guest appearance by Lost star Josh Holloway.

9PM | CBS
CSI
– Nate Haskell takes it up a notch when he kidnaps Ray’s ex wife and leaves a note … written in blood.

9PM | THE CW
Nikita
– Percy goes after Alex, and it is an understatement to say he’s one scary dude.

9PM | NBC
The Office
– Deangelo (Will Ferrell) … is he crazy like a fox, or just plain crazy? It’s tough to tell the difference, especially when he hatches a plan to create his own inner circle by playing favorites in the office.

9:30PM | NBC
Parks & Recreation
– It’s Ron Swanson’s birthday, and he’ll avoid a party if he wants to. Elsewhere, Parker Posey guest stars as Leslie’s former BFF, who stirs up trouble for Pawnee-ians.

10PM | CBS
The Mentalist
– When a prison guard is murdered outside a jewelry store, Jane thinks an inmate is the culprit, while Rigsby looks to his father (guest star William Forsythe) for answers.

10PM | TLC – SERIES PREMIERE
Pawn Queens
– It’s a pawn shop show for the ladies, by ladies, catering to a female clientele. The titular pawn queens are Nikki and Minda, who operate a Chicago pawn shop aimed at female customers. In back-to-back openers, the women host an auction to pay their hefty tax bill, so … guessing that they’re not yet quite as successful as their Pawn Star$ counterparts on the History Channel.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
– Wondering where Jill‘s been the last few episodes? Yeah, me neither. But she’s back, from a trip to Australia, tonight, and though she claims to be a new woman, she jumps right back into her mean chica ways when she gossips about Ramona while at lunch with the others. Ramona, meanwhile, gets into her own battle Cindy, who’s put in her place by Sonja.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Damon tells Stefan about their newest challenge on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– I cannot wait to find out what the “scareousel” is on Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
Precious Life (8:30PM, HBO) is a documentary about a 4-month-old Palestinian boy who needs a life-saving transplant that can only be performed at an Israeli hospital;
– Could a hearing-impaired teen girl be the cold-blooded killer on Bones (9PM, Fox);
– Callie and Arizona’s wedding nears, while Der and Mer have baby fever on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC);
– Two competitors opening Asian eateries battle it out on 24 Hour Restaurant Battle (10PM, Food Network);
– The Hub is re-airing the Family Ties series finale (10PM);
– Cooper and Charlotte are also headed to the chapel on Private Practice (10PM, ABC).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): John Krasinski;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jon Meacham;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Bill James;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jodie Foster;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Ralph Macchio and Wanda Sykes;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Eva Mendes and Carlos Santana;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Chris Hemsworth;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Tina Fey and Tom Welling;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Phil Rosenthal and Juliette Lewis;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Dan Harmon.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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9PM | NBC
The Office
– It takes a super-sized episode to bid adieu to Michael Scott, not the World’s Best Boss (despite the mug he purchased for himself), but definitely one of TV land’s all-time greatest characters. Steve Carell leaves the show in time for the rest of the season to play out as the search for Michael’s replacement, but he gets plenty of love tonight as his co-workers all pay their respects and realize how much they’re going to miss his crazy ways.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
Bruno Mars and Crystal Bowersox perform as the Top 6 becomes the Top 5.

8PM | CBS
Big Bang Theory
– When Priya dissects Sheldon’s roommate agreement, he’s so distressed that the women take him out dancing.

8PM | NBC
Community
– It’s baby time, as Shirley goes into labor during an anthropology exam, pushing Papa Chang into action.

9:52PM | NBC
Parks & Recreation
– While Jerry’s busy getting the attention of the local art world (can’t wait to see what comprises the Pawnee art world), Leslie decides she’s had it with Chris’ rules on office romance.

10PM | CBS
The Mentalist
– Donny Culpepper, the guy Jane hired to break into LaRoche’s home, comes back to haunt him tonight.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
Ramona throws a hissy fit when her wine isn’t available at Cindy’s birthday soiree.

10:30PM | NBC
30 Rock
– Liz Lemon decides to give her apartment a makeover, while Tracy realizes the office underwent a makeover while he was gone, meaning Kenneth, Grizz and Dot Com are tighter than ever, but sans Tracy.

11PM | BRAVO
Watch What Happens Live: Royal Wedding Spectacular
Countess LuAnn joins Andy Cohen in counting down to the big Prince William/Kate Middleton nuptials.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
20/20 (8PM, ABC) gives us another preview of tomorrow’s royal wedding;
– Stefan and Elena fear the romantic day they have planned will be their last thanks to Klaus’ plan on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– Jeff sees an old photo of himself that sends him reeling on Rules of Engagement (8:30PM, CBS);
– The team wonders if honesty is the best policy when they follow the behavior of the honest, but now dead, victim they’re investigating on Bones (9PM, Fox);
– He’s baaaack. Nate Haskell returns to terrorize a woman, via her father, on CSI (9PM, CBS);
– Teddy is happy that Andrew Perkins (James Tupper) returns on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC);
– Alex and Jaden put Nathan in the middle of a government argument on Nikita (9PM, The CW);
– It’s Southern comfort chow vs. Jersey diner nosh on 24-Hour Restaurant Battle (10PM, Food Network);
– Season two of Break It Down (10PM, NGC) kicks off with the demolition of the old Yankee Stadium;
– Cooper worries Violet isn’t over her ex on Private Practice (10PM, ABC).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Seth Rogen (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): William Cohan;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Wade Graham;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Chris Hemsworth and Dr. Phil;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Judd Apatow;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Mike Tyson (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Sofia Vergara;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Tim McGraw and Ice-T;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Tom Selleck;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mark Burnett.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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10PM | FX – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Archer
– Guess who’s in love? Archer. Yes, playboy Sterling Archer has fallen hard for a KGB agent named Katya, and he even brings her home to meet mom. Mallory, and Archer’s ex, Lana, are less than happy to meet his new beloved though, and that – along with the reappearance of the vengeance-minded Barry – leads to an ending that’s even more surprising, and hilarious, than the idea of Archer settling down.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– Yet again, I’ll say it should be Stefano who gets the boot, but that cheesy Chachi knock-off seems to have staying power, so don’t be too surprised if someone else is sent packing.

8PM | FOX
Bones
– Booth calls on his old soldier pal Walter Sherman (7th Heaven star Geoff Stults) to help him with a case, in an episode that sets up a potential Bones spin-off that would star Stults.

8PM | NBC
Community
– It’s flashback time, as the group strolls down memory lane, while Troy’s monkey returns and then disappears again, prompting Senor Chang to chase after him. The twist with the flashbacks: We’ve never actually seen them before.

8PM | THE CW
The Vampire Diaries
– More flashback fun: We go back to 1941, where we find out the origins of the moonstone curse and see Katherine being introduced to Klaus and Elijah.

9PM | NBC
The Office
– Just one week until Steve Carell‘s final episode, and tonight, Michael Scott hosts his finale Dundies. Elsewhere, Erin begins to realize that she really doesn’t like her boyfriend, Gabe. Join the club, sister.

9:30PM | NBC
Parks & Recreation
– When Leslie joins an online dating site, she gets paired up with someone she already knows.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
24-Hour Restaurant Battle
– I’m missing Scott Conant on Chopped this season, so it’ll be good to see him back on the tube every week on Battle. In tonight’s season two opener, he welcomes two former couples who duke it out with each other, armed with clam chowder and BBQ octopus.

10PM | NBC
30 Rock
– It’s a one-hour episode to mark the show’s 100th episode, but all is not well in the halls of 30 Rock, because TGS has been marked for cancellation, sending Liz Lemon and company into fast and furious action to try to save their jobs.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
– While Alex tries to make up with the increasingly unlikable Sonja, Ramona and crazy Kelly begin their feud anew. And speaking of Ramona, and crazy, she hits the catwalk again, crazy eyes and all.

11:35PM | NBC – SNEAK PREVIEW
The Voice
American Idol has, yet again, become tiresome, and though the thought of another singing competition series also sounds tiresome, preview clips of The Voice have introduced some interesting concepts, namely that the judges/mentors – Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton – can’t see the contestants perform until they’ve committed to working with them. Tonight, NBC gives viewers a 12-minute preview of the show, which premieres on April 26. Are you gonna watch?

Worth flipping to during commercials:
The 12,000 Bottle Boat (8PM, NGC) follows the adventures of environmentalist David de Rothschild as he builds, and sets sail in, a boat made of 12,000 recycled plastic bottles;
Henry Rollins guest stars on The Paul Reiser Show (8:30PM, NBC), which is the only reason I can think of to watch this disappointingly lame, wannabe Curb Your Enthusiasm comedy;
– Three episodes of Royal Wedding of a Lifetime (8PM, Lifetime) focus on Kate Middleton‘s dress, the menu for next week’s royal wedding and the similarities between Middleton and Princess Diana;
– For those of you with DirecTV, Beverly Hills 90210 god Jason Priestley makes a great comeback in the Canadian comedy Call Me Fitz (9PM, DirecTV Channel 101), in which he plays a sex-addicted car salesman;
Nikita (9PM, The CW) comes up with a plan to pull Alex out of Division, but Alex is sent on a mission before Nikita can put her plot into action;
Sarah Palin is the subject of tonight’s E! True Hollywood Story (10PM, E!);
– Bad news: It’s the second one finale for Chris Elliott‘s cheeky comedy Eagleheart (11:59PM, Adult Swim). The good news: It’s been renewed for a second season.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Reese Witherspoon;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Tracy Morgan (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Ray Kurzweil (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Steve Martin (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Bradley Cooper and Duran Duran (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Tyler Perry;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Christoph Waltz;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Howard Stern (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Alfred Molina;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Tom Shadyac (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM | NBC
The Office
– Rumors persist that Will Ferrell might be considered as Steve Carell‘s permanent replacement on The Office, and as the funny guy begins his guest stint tonight, fans will get the chance to evaluate whether or not he’s a good fit. Ferrell’s character? Deangelo Vickers, the new office manager who is subject to Michael’s training, and the staff’s attempts to kiss up.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– I wanna say it’s definitely Stefano who will get the boot tonight, but it’s not like there weren’t equally bad (Haley) performances (Lauren) last night (Casey).

8PM | NBC
Community
– Abed takes a TV course, studying the classic sitcom … Who’s the Boss????

8:30PM | NBC – SERIES PREMIERE
The Paul Reiser Show
– The Mad About You star tries to pull a Larry David by playing himself (or rather, a somewhat fictionalized version of himself) as he tries to restart his career years after his hit sitcom left the airwaves.

9PM | FOX
Bones
Jo Anne Worley guest stars as a pet psychic. Hello, welcome to 1975, Bones staff, and thanks for one of the most random guest stars ever.

9:30PM | NBC
Parks & Recreation
– April and Andy host a dinner party for their friends. Can’t wait to see what’s on that menu.

10PM | NBC
30 Rock
TGS is on the chopping block, which prompts Liz to team up with the only she knows who can possibly located Tracy: Kenneth.

10PM | FX
Archer
– Archer heads off to Russia to try and confirm who’s his daddy, but a lot of broken glass and his old nemesis Barry stand in his way.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Ice Brigade
– The team fashions a giant chessboard out of ice.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
– I think we’re going to get the backstory on that “thug in a cocktail dress” comment that’s inspired a line of t-shirts when Alex and Sonja tussle tonight, though, unsurprisingly, Ramona gets into  a little war of her own when she makes a comment about Cindy, to someone else, who relates it back to Cindy.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– When Elena and Stefan attend a school dance, Klaus plots to nab Elena and sacrifice her to end the vampire curse on Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– A new Bowled Over obstacle is described as “full body bowling” on Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– Percy sends Michael off to London with orders to kill Nikita, while Amanda forces Alex to submit to a lie detector test on Nikita (9PM, The CW);
– In the sixth season premiere of Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew (10PM, MTV), the first five crews dance Ke$ha-inspired numbers;
– NYC bike messengers are the subject of the new reality series Triple Rush (10PM, Travel);
– “Dating Game Killer” Rodney Alcala is the topic on True Crime with Aphrodite Jones (10PM, ID);
– Chris looks for an old friend and uncovers a secret along the way on Eagleheart (11:59PM, Cartoon Network).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Matthew Morrison, Alexis Bledel and Queens of the Stone Age;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Ricky Gervais;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Caroline Kennedy;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Seth Myers and Carmelo Anthony;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Tyler Perry and Bright Eyes;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Anne Hathaway, Anthony Anderson and Sum 41;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Tom Arnold and Alison Brie;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Chris Pratt and Kathy Bates (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Kristen Bell and Jason Aldean;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Florence & the Machine (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | NBC
30 Rock – When a blogger accuses TGS of being misogynistic, Liz hires a female comedian for the writing staff. But when the new hire seems to be perpetuating female stereotypes herself, Liz and Jenna decide to put her in her place.

8PM | FOX
American IdolJ.Lo, seriously, get a grip. We were all sad to see Chris Medina go, but it was the right decision. Besides, he’s already landed a gig on The Tonight Show Friday.

8PM | CBS
The Big Bang Theory – When Sheldon realizes the gang doesn’t consider him to be the center of their universe, he packs up his bat and ball, or in his case, his Halo and Klingon Boggle, and goes off to find new friends.

8PM | NBC
Community – It’s Greendale student election time, and Annie, Jeff, Leonard and Star Burns are running against each other. Meanwhile, as the students prepare for a visit from the vice president, Abed makes friends with a secret service agent who’s scoping out the campus.

9PM | CNBC
How I Made My Millions – Unfolding the backstories of the fortunes made by the owner of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and the inventor of the Super Soaker.

9PM | NBC
The Office – Todd Packer (guest star David Koechner) in the house! And, if he has his way, he’ll be in the house permanently, as he hopes to convince Michael to give him a job in the office. But while Michael may find him amusing, the rest of the office finds him obnoxious, and bristles at the idea of seeing him every day.

9PM | USA – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Royal Pains – Divya and Raj take dance lessons to get ready for their wedding, which, surprise, doesn’t go as planned …

9PM | HBO
Thurgood Laurence Fishburne earned a Tony nomination for this, his portrayal of Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice on the U.S. supreme court. One nitpick, HBO: Did you really have to schedule this against Fishburne’s CSI?

9:30PM | NBC
Parks & Recreation – Ron and Leslie head off to Indy to be honored for their work on the Harvest Festival, and back in Pawnee, Andy and April try to come up with cheap date ideas.

10PM | FX
Archer – Woodhouse takes a trip down memory lane when his old war buddies start dying mysteriously, and Archer takes it upon himself to track down the alleged killer of the war vets.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Alaric makes a major confession to Jenna on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– It’s family night on Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– Jeff declares it “Jeff Day,” but the cleaning lady interrupts him on Rules of Engagement (8:30PM, CBS);
– Zombies?! How else to explain two men who spring back to life after being pronounced dead on CSI (9PM, CBS)?;
– Meredith discovers her fertility treatments are causing vision problems on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC);
Nikita (9PM, The CW) is double crossed when she tries to get Alex out of the country;
– Five teens learn the harsh realities of prison life at a Maryland correctional institution on Beyond Scared Straight (10PM, A&E);
– When The Situation takes too long getting his “fresh to death” look in order, the other guys in the house ditch him on Jersey Shore (10PM, MTV);
– Jane and company may not have to look very far for a suspect when an antiques dealer is murdered on The Mentalist (10PM, CBS);
– Violet frets about what her co-workers will say when they find out they’re in her book on Private Practice (10PM, ABC);
– Chris heads to Mexico to dole out justice on Eagleheart (11:59PM, Adult Swim).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Cory Monteith;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Austan Goolsbee;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Mike Huckabee and Glenn Greenwald;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Bright Eyes and Sen. Rand Paul;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Hanson, DJ Pauly D and Meredith Viera;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Anne Heche and Jason Biggs;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Owen Wilson, Adele and Kelly Ripa;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Michael Stipe and Miley Cyrus;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Forest Whitaker;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Fred Armisen.

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