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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | FX
Justified
– It’s easily one of the series’ best episodes so far, which is saying a lot. Raylan’s papa gets arrested again, Raylan’s services are requested for a state task force that’s investigating Harlan County crime and Boyd …. ah, Boyd. He gets mixed up in a payroll robbery scheme at the mine, and the consequences for some are tragic. The consequences for Boyd portrayer Walton Goggins, meanwhile, should be an Emmy.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– The top 13 perform songs from their favorite artists in the first night of finalists competition.

8PM | CBS
Survivor: Redemption Island
– It’s Russell vs. Matt on Redemption Island.

9:30PM | ABC
Mr. Sunshine
– When Ben (Matthew Perry) finds out Roman has no place to crash, the two become roomies.

10PM | CBS
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
– As the team tries to track down a serial sniper, the sharp shooter sets his sights on Mick.

10PM | SYFY
Face Off
– The final five have to disguise themselves, and fool their families, to win tonight’s challenge.

10PM | THE HUB
Family Ties
– The Hub airs the two-part series finale of the classic Michael J. Fox sitcom, in which Alex P. Keaton lands his dream job in New York City.

10PM | ID – SERIES PREMIERE
Nothing Personal
Steve Schirripa, a.k.a. The Sopranos‘ Bobby Baccalieri, hosts this compelling new series that profiles paid assassins and famous hit man killings.

10PM | MTV – 25TH SEASON PREMIERE
The Real World: Las Vegas
– Yep, season 25! The second cast to hit Vegas will shack up at the Hard Rock, and they promise to be as wild, crazy and skanky as the first set of LV RWers.

10PM | BRAVO
Top Chef: All Stars
– The chefs head to the Bahamas, but paradise turns ugly when they have to go head-to-head against the winners of their previous Top Chef seasons, and then whip up vittles for Bahamian royalty with only the barest of equipment.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The girls model couture dresses on America’s Next Top Model (8PM, The CW);
Bobby competes to bake the best Boston cream pie on Throwdown With Bobby Flay (8:30PM, Food Network);
– The teams battle for their wedding flowers on tonight’s Shedding for the Wedding (9PM, The CW);
– The infamous “Bling Ring,” the group of teens who burglarized celeb homes in Los Angeles, is profiled on American Greed (10PM, CNBC);
– A woman is caught stealing from her neighbor on Hoarding: Buried Alive (10PM, TLC);
– Joy depends on a homeless dude (guest star Jon Lovitz) to get her green card on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Pee-wee Herman;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Aaron Eckhart;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): David Brooks;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Snooki and Judah Friedlander (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Michael Douglas (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Jerry O’Connell and Curtis Stone;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jamie Foxx (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Adam Sandler and Aziz Ansari (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Trace Adkins;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Diplo and Laurie Ann Gibson.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– It’s a two-hour results show. Painful, yes, but that’s what we have to sit through to go from 24 finalists to the top 10 contenders.

9PM | CNBC
How I Made My Millions
– Another new installment of the series that unfolds the backstories of entrepreneurs like the inventors of Pillow Pets, Tate’s Cookies and the HeadBlade.

9PM | CNN
Piers Morgan Tonight
Piers chats with the cast of the new movie Adjustment Bureau, including Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and John Slattery.

9PM | TLC 5TH SEASON FINALE
Police Women of Cincinnati
Colleen buys crack from an informant, but the rest of the sting doesn’t go so smoothly.

10PM | FX
Archer
– Cyril wants to be a hero, so he injects a virus into the ISIS computer system, planning to spot it and reap accolades from his co-workers. That, of course, is not how his plan unfolds.

10PM | A&E – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Beyond Scared Straight
– Five teen girls visit a Maryland women’s prison to get a peek at their futures if they continue their wicked ways.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK SERIES PREMIERE
Ice Brigade
– The show follows a team of Michigan event ice sculptors, who, in the opener, build a whole ice lounge, with a fully operational ice bar and a playable ice pool table.

10PM | SCIENCE CHANNEL
Ingenious Minds
– Back-to-back new episodes profile Alonzo Clemons, a sculptor who can look at an animal once and, within minutes, create an accurate replica sculpture of the animal, and Temple Grandin, the HBO biopic darling and autistic professor who revolutionized the beef industry with her cattle feedlot system invention.

10PM | MTV
Jersey Shore
– The Ronnie and Sammi saga continues when she returns to the Shore, while Snooki lays it out, um, so to speak, for Vinny regarding her feelings for him.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s a three-hour block of repeats of The Office on NBC (8PM);
– Timmy and Russell go on a double date on Rules of Engagement (8:30PM, CBS);
Madison wigs when he finds out his assistant had a date with Josh on Million Dollar Listing (9PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Martha Stewart and Emily Blunt;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Diane Ravitch;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Mark W. Moffett;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Robin Williams and Judy Greer;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jerry Seinfeld and Darlene Love;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Topher Grace;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Howard Stern;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Michael Stipe and Miley Cyrus;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Neil Patrick Harris;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Emmy Rossum.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

8PM | ABC
The Middle
– Brick gets a D (a D) on a math test, and Frankie thinks it’s his teacher’s (guest star Doris Roberts) fault. But when the teach proposes she and Mike take the test to see how fair it is, the math-minded mom may change her tune.

Check local listings for time and channel | PBS
Great Performances: Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway
– The DVD hit stores yesterday, but tune in tonight to see the fantastic crooner sing tunes like “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Bésame Mucho.”

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– The top 12 women perform and, hopefully, unlike last night, J.Lo and Steven Tyler can give some honest feedback, because they were definitely hearing different vocals than the rest of us were hearing from some of the top 12 dudes.

8PM | CBS
Survivor: Redemption Island
– The first Redemption Island duel of the season happens tonight, while Russell is on the hot seat, yet again, with his teammates.

9PM | ABC
Modern Family
– Phil’s off for a day at the spa, while Gloria and Jay argue about the creepiness of his and her burial plots.

10PM | SYFY
Face Off
– The challenge for the artists tonight: To create original zombies for a dance routine.

10PM | TLC – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Hoarding: Buried Alive
– Extreme hoarder Jahn has double the trouble of the usual hoarder: She’s got two houses full of stuff, both of which have been condemned, and both of which she now has to clear out.

10PM | FX
Justified
– We finally get the backstory on Rachel when her brother-in-law (guest star Larenz Tate) flees from a halfway house and goes on a crime spree that sheds light on some heartbreaking family history.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Restaurant: Impossible
Chef Robert performs a makeover on the tired Flood Tide eatery in Mystic, Connecticut.

10PM | BRAVO
Top Chef: All-Stars
– The chefs’ relatives visit when they’re challenged to create dishes based on their family tree.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– On America’s Next Top Model (8PM, The CW), Alek Wek is the guest judge, as the models have to pose with live bees on them;
– Prentiss fears her old Interpol nemesis is after her and the BAU team on Criminal Minds (9PM, CBS);
Bret Michaels chats on Piers Morgan Tonight (9PM, CNN);
– The couples compete for their wedding cakes on Shedding for the Wedding (9PM, The CW);
– Ben’s plan to get his employees to like him backfires on Mr. Sunshine (9:30PM, ABC);
– On Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (10PM, CBS), a serial killer takes that whole “see no evil” thing literally: he removes his victim’s eyes;
– Victoria considers making a sex tape to spark a career comeback on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land);
– All the teens from season one reunite to show where they are now on I Used to Be Fat (10PM, MTV).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Chelsea Handler;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Allison Stanger;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Harry Connick Jr.;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Donald Trump and Vanessa Hudgens;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Simon Cowell and Jeff Gordon;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): DJ Pauly D and Ron Artest;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Nick Offerman and Amanda Seyfried;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Mike Tyson;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Tom Shadyac.

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.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | FX
Justified – Raylan and Winona have a date at a local roadhouse, but the best part of tonight’s episode is Boyd (the always fantastic Walton Goggins), who is everyone’s first suspect when a church bus with a stash of drugs onboard is hijacked.

8PM | FOX
American Idol – It’s the last night of competition before the top 20 is revealed in tomorrow night’s episode.

8PM | THE CW – 16TH SEASON PREMIERE
America’s Next Top Model – 14 new models move into an L.A. penthouse and, for their first challenge, they have to walk a runway in a large bubble across a swimming pool.

8PM | ABC
The Middle – “Hecks on a Plane” is the title of this gem, in which lovable perpetual loser Sue actually wins a trip to New York City for the whole family. PS – Congrats to the show for a well-deserved Gracie Award.

8PM | NBC
Minute to Win It – In a two-hour special, Aron Ralston, the mountain climber whose story of survival sparked James Franco‘s Oscar-nominated performance in 127 Hours, tries to win the $1 million prize.

8PM | CBS
Survivor: Redemption Island – Another contestant joins Francesca on Redemption Island, but the real Survivor story today is the scandal that might get Survivor villain Russell Hantz booted for good.

9PM | ABC
Modern Family – Jay’s not the only one who ends up regretting his purchase of a karaoke machine for Gloria.

9PM | THE CW – SERIES PREMIERE
Shedding for the WeddingSara Rue hosts this competition in which nine engaged couples try to lose weight, with the biggest losers winning their dream wedding.

10PM | CBS
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior – Not in Cincy! The Red Cell team finds a surprising connection between a string of murders of single businessmen in swanky Cincinnati hotels.

10PM | MTV – 1ST SEASON FINALE
I Used to Be Fat – An overweight teen named Kelly tries to get healthier physically while also dealing, or rather avoiding dealing, with the death of her father.

10PM | BRAVO
Top Chef: All-Stars – Dra-ma in the kitchen tonight, as Richard accuses Mike of stealing his dish.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Nova scienceNow (Check local listings for time and channel, PBS) looks at emerging technologies, including cars that can drive themselves;
– Reid’s connection with an autistic child may help the BAU team locate the boy’s MIA parents on Criminal Minds (9PM, CBS);
Ghost Hunters (9PM, Syfy) kicks off season seven in Louisiana;
Adam eats stuffed sammiches in Pittsburgh and onion burgers in Oklahoma City on Man vs. Food (9PM, Travel);
Larry King is on the hot seat on Piers Morgan Tonight (9PM, CNN);
– Heather sets Ben up with her sister on Mr. Sunshine (9:30PM, ABC);
– The remaining finalists have to work in teams of two, and turn brides into grooms and grooms into brides on Face Off (10PM, Syfy);
– Victoria wraps her guest stint on All My Children on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land);
James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons (10PM, ID) wraps its first season;
Real Housewives of NYC star LuAnn de Lesseps guest stars as an art patron who discovers a murder victim on Law & Order: SVU (10PM, NBC);
Chef Robert heads to Jacksonville to help an eatery update its menu and decor on Restaurant: Impossible (10PM, Food Network).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jason Sudekis and Brandon T. Jackson;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Donald Rumsfeld;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Stephanie Coontz;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Hank Aaron and Rainn Wilson;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Nick Swardson, Randy Jackson and Travie McCoy;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Bobby Brown;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Nancy Grace;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Liza Minnelli, Anthony Mackie and Bel Biv Devoe;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Joel McHale;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Judy Greer.

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