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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – June 6, 2011


Real Housewives of New Jersey
– It’s turkey time, and that means another occasion for Teresa and her bro and sister-in-law to tick each other off. For Teresa, it’s by hosting a “Friendsgiving” dinner for Jacqueline and Caroline instead of hanging with her relatives.

Great Performances
– Selections from the 2010 Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago include performances by, of course, guitar god Clapton, as well as Steve Winwood, Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, Vince Gill, Jeff Beck and Ronnie Wood. Host for the evening: Bill Murray.

5PM | G4
E3 2011 Live
– Can’t make it to the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles? G4’s got daily coverage (six hours a day, to be exact).

The Bachelorette
– All’s fun when Ashley and one of her dudes experience a flash mob, but then she becomes the subject of a comedy roast that goes so badly she ends up in tears and cancels a cocktail party with the remaining bachelors.

8PM | VH1
Basketball Wives
Suzie returns, but doesn’t get a friendly welcome from Royce, while Tami thinks Meeka is trying to ingratiate herself to too many basketball wives.

Last Man Standing
Anthony Michael Hall plays the husband of Army WivesCatherine Bell, a former CIA agent whose secret past comes to light when her hubby is kidnapped (make that, Farmer Ted-napped!) and the crime is connected to the death of one of her fellow agents.

– 100 hopefuls arrive in Los Angeles to cook up an audition for Gordon Ramsay and his fellow judges, all in the name of trying to become real chefs.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager
– If you’ve seen those teary promos, you can prolly already guess that Adrian and Ben don’t get happy news at the hospital.

American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
– Will a father-son build-off lead to a father-son reunion?

Bobby Fischer Against the World
– The doc profiles the late, great chess whiz, including archived interviews with Fischer, who died in 2008, as well as footage of his most famous match, a 1972 victory against the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky in the World Chess Championship.

Switched at Birth
– Looking for a new drama for summer? Despite a few misses, this is a good one, revolving around two girls who were switched at birth, a fact they find out as teens. One is an artistic girl (Gilmore Girls and The Young & the Restless star Vanessa Marano) raised by a wealthy family, and the other (potential breakout Katie Lecleric) is an athletic girl who was left deaf by a childhood illness. Conflict ensues as the two try to get to know their birth families.

Behind Mansion Walls
– The new series profiles crimes among the wealthy, beginning with a murder mystery in Palm Beach.

10PM | ABC
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition
Chris helps Alex, a 23-year-old man who, at 459 pounds, wants to get healthy to fulfill the promise he made to his late mother and set a good example for his younger brothers.

Nurse Jackie
– Coop speeds up his wedding planning, while Jackie finds herself on probation because of the drugs she pilfered from the oncology department.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Outdoor spaces get Disneyfied in the new series My Yard Goes Disney (8PM, HGTV), including tonight’s series premiere, where two backyards get connected by a train;
Buddy has to build a massive cake that will feed 4,000 people and which has to be delivered to Las Vegas on Cake Boss (9PM, TLC);
– There’s a two-hour block of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Comedy Central (9PM);
– On the new series It’s Everybody’s Business With Jack and Suzy Welch (9PM, CNBC), the titular couple advise companies facing difficult challenges, beginning, tonight, with Hertz and the car rental company’s new Connect car share biz;
– Val tries online dating to get over Quinn on Single Ladies (9PM, VH1);
– A sweet and funny Family Ties gem (10PM, The Hub) finds Alex yanking Andrew out of preschool when he finds out the classroom is not a competitive environment;
Pawn Star$ (10PM, History) goodies tonight include a 1932 Lincoln Roadster and a Civil War cavalry jacket;
Donna Summer is the judge as the contestants have to pen dance tunes on Platinum Hit (10PM, Bravo);
– There’s teen angst and then there’s teen wolf angst, which Scott finds out when he tries to juggle his new wolf persona with trying to land a second date with Allison on Teen Wolf (10PM, MTV);
– Food Network stars Tyler Florence and Michael Symon are among those who reveal restaurants that prepare specific items better than they do on Best Thing I Ever Ate (10:30PM, Food Network).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Ice-T and Breckin Meyer;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Maziar Bahari;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Werner Herzog;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Meredith Viera;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Cee Lo Green and Katie Couric;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): David Arquette and Toni Braxton;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Wanda Sykes (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Kathie Lee Gifford and Zakk Wylde;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Don Cheadle;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Timothy Allen (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
– This week’s four-episode marathon features the show’s all-time best episode, the season four finale musical “The Nightman Cometh” (9:30PM).

Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?
– It is, hands down, in both title and the cheesy deliciousness of the plot and cast, the best movie that has ever aired on Lifetime or LMN. That is all.

American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
– Has the family feud between Paul Jr. and Sr. been settled? Nope. Not at all.

The Event
– Michael helps Leila, while Sean and Vicky try to make sure Sophia’s weapon doesn’t make it onto a plane headed to the U.S.

Bethenny Ever After
Bethenny has dinner with her food blogger pal Nick and gives him some advice that only Bethenny would deliver.

10PM | MTV
The Hard Times of RJ Berger
– He had his dream girl, but now RJ’s life continues on the downward spiral as he gets caught in a  big fat lie and tries to help his very depressed dad.

Nurse Jackie
– Jackie freaks out over her dwindling supply and the amount of attention Eddie is giving Kevin’s sister, while Coop gets upsetting news from his mothers.

10 and 10:30PM | HISTORY
Pawn Star$
– Back-to-back new episodes include a Super Bowl ring and a photo album signed by George S. Patton.

RuPaul’s Drag Race
– After the finalists make videos for Ru‘s single “Champion,” a season three’s winner is chosen.

10PM | NGC
Seized & Sold: The Madoff Auction
– The special takes a look at all the items taken from weasel Bernie Madoff‘s New York homes, including fancy rugs, an antique piano and a $350,000 diamond ring.

My So-Called Life
– They’re doling them out slowly (one ep a week), but beginning with the pilot of the classic, cancelled-too-soon angsty teen drama, Sundance begins airing the entire series tonight.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Naomi worries Max is cheating on her on 90210 (8PM, The CW);
Hanson performs during week six of competition on Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC);
– Ben and Adrian go house hunting on Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
Adam visits the Charms factory on Kid in a Candy Store (8:30PM, Food Network);
Tony wraps up his seventh season of Anthony Bourain: No Reservations (9PM, Travel Channel);
– It’s the sixth season finale of The Bad Girls Club (9PM, Oxygen);
– Serena wants Charlie to spy on Dan and Blair on Gossip Girl (9PM, The CW);
– The girls run into Sasha and beg him to coach them again on Make It or Break It (9PM, ABC Family);
– Following in the “ripped from today’s headlines” tradition of the franchise, Law & Order: Los Angeles (10PM, NBC) finds the detectives investigating the death of a Hollywood player who was shot while driving her car.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Gary Oldman and Drive-By Truckers (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Gigi Ibrahim;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Ron Paul;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Bill Maher;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Christina Aguilera, Paul Reiser and Alison Krauss & Union Station;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Justin Bieber (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Martin Short;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Daniel Radcliffe and Darius Rucker;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Wanda Sykes and Kevin McKidd (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Emmy Rossum and Jeff Tremaine.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


Chuck – This is the episode that would have served as the season finale (and potentially even a series finale) had NBC not picked up 11 more episodes for the fourth season. As such, “Chuck Versus the Push Mix” wraps up several ongoing storylines, as Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) tries to, once and for all, thwart the evildoing Volkoff (guest star Timothy Dalton) and save Mama Bartowski (guest star Linda Hamilton) in the process. Chuck (Zachary Levi), meanwhile, teams up for a mission with Morgan (the scene-stealing Joshua Gomez), Casey (Adam Baldwin) spends quality time with his daughter (and Morgan’s GF) Alex and Captain Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) continues to fret about the impending birth of his baby. Chuck co-creator Josh Schwartz told that this episode ends with the “best 10 minutes in the show’s history,” which I’m guessing/hoping means a Sarah/Chuck wedding and/or the birth of Baby Awesome.

Live With Regis and Kelly – Why is Live celebrating Twitter Week? Because that’s how long it’s going to take Regis to learn how to use it. Really. But it’ll all be worth it when he can Tweet about himself in the third person.

The Bachelor – Three more bachelorettes are kicked to the curb, but hey, at least they get to see the Viva ELVIS show in Vegas first.

Pretty Little Liars – Ezria tries to go on a date. In public. That can’t end well.

American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior – Nope, it still hasn’t sunk in to the Teutuls that, business-wise at least, they were much better off as a team. In tonight’s escalating family drama, rumors swirl that someone at PJD is about to be fired and that OCC is facing foreclosure.

Cake Boss – Is it extra stressful for a chef to make food for another chef? We’ll find out in the season four premiere, as Buddy is tasked with baking a cake for Rachael Ray.

Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story – Ripped from today’s headlines! Actually, 2008’s headlines: the fact-based story of a Queens schoolteacher (Taraji P. Henson) who plays super spy to rescue her young son after he’s kidnapped by her ex-husband and taken to South Korea

Happy Days – It’s such a classic that it later became the soundtrack for an aspirin commercial, and tonight, The Hub airs “Potsie Quits School,” the episode in which Potsie Webber pens the catchy tune “Pumps Your Blood” so he won’t fail his anatomy exam. “Pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pumps your blood …”

Way Black When – Beginning tonight, and throughout Black History Month in February, the nightly series (Monday through Friday) takes a look at black pop culture through the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, from Shaft and The Flip Wilson Show to Ginuwine and Mint Condition, hosted by Sinbad, Niecy Nash and Christopher “Kid” Reid, plus guests like Paul Mooney, Antonio Fargas, Todd Bridges, Johnny Gill, Tatyana Ali, Jody Watley and Bobby Brown.

The Daily ShowBill Gates in the hizzy.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s the premiere of Martha Bakes on the Hallmark Channel (11AM), Martha Stewart‘s daily TV equivalent of a “Baking 101” class;
– On The View (11AM, ABC), Camille Grammer continues to pretend not to understand why everyone hates her;
– If anyone can make couponing sound fun, it’s Nate Berkus on today’s Nate Berkus Show (check local listings for time and channel);
– Heavy
(10PM, A&E) follows the story of a woman who gained weight after a series of personal tragedies left her turning to food for comfort;
– Rickety Cricket is introduced – and begins his downward spiral – in the “The Gang Exploits a Miracle” episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Comedy Central (9:30PM);
– Back-to-back Pawn Stars episodes (10 and 10:30PM, History Channel) find Rick and the gang trying to price life-size Star Wars figures, a 1763 Stradivarius violin and a 450-year-old book that once belonged to Isaac Newton;
– Amy Poehler
visits Conan (11PM, TBS);
– And, be warned, we’re about to be bombarded with The Biebs, beginning with tonight’s Justin Bieber guest spot on The Late Show With David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS).

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