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Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – May 14-15, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM, SUN | ABC – 7TH SEASON FINALE
Desperate Housewives
– The two-hour season ender has Renee bumming that her ex is remarrying, Tom and Lynnette trying to reconnect, Susan being welcomed back to the block with a party, Gaby finding out who’s stalking her, Bree wondering if her new dude is gay and … a murder!

11:30PM, SAT | NBC
Saturday Night Live
The Office and Hangover 2 star Ed Helms hosts the penultimate episode of the season, with Paul Simon as the musical guest.

8PM, SUN | ABC – 8TH SEASON FINALE
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
– While Ty and the crew build his family a new home, Patrick, a 9-year-old boy with brittle bone disease, travels to Hollywood to meet the cast of The Middle, including Patrick’s hero, The Middle star Atticus Shaffer.

8PM, SUN | STYLE – 3RD SEASON PREMIERE
Jerseylicious
– The new season kicks off with Olivia reuniting with her ex, while Gigi tries to get used to being single.

8PM, SUN | FOX
The Simpsons
– When the fam finds a set of keys that allow them to open every door in Springfield, Lisa discovers a secret classroom beneath Springfield Elementary.

8PM, SUN | CBS – 22ND SEASON FINALE
Survivor: Redemption Island
– A three-hour block includes the season finale and the live reunion special, where the jury decides who will win the million-dollar prize.

9PM, SUN | NBC
The Celebrity Apprentice
– In part one of the season finale, past celeb winners Joan Rivers, Bret Michaels and Piers Morgan return to help The Donald decide which of this season’s contestants should make the final two. After choosing them (can it really be anyone but John Rich and Marlee Matlin?), the final celebs must design packaging for a retro soda can and then shoot a commercial for the product.

10PM, SUN | A&E
Breakout Kings
– A convict breaks out with plans to kidnap, and kill, a TV host.

10PM, SUN | DISCOVERY
Killing Bin Laden
– The scoop on the Bin Laden military operation, with details on the Seal Team 6 and Bin Laden’s sea burial.

10PM, SUN | BRAVO
Real Housewives of Orange County
– When the women head to Texas with Gretchen, Alexis lets her guard down and talks about her life with Jim. Meanwhile, back in Orange County, Tamra‘s legal woes with Simon become an issue between her and Jeana when Jeana blabs to the media about her take on Tamra and her ex.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A Time Lord’s distress call sends the Doctor off on a mission that puts his companions and the TARDIS in jeopardy on Doctor Who (Sat., 9PM, BBCA);
Off the Rez (Sat., 9PM, TLC) is a documentary that follows Native American basketball player Shoni Schimmel and her mother as they move off their Oregon reservation and try to secure a college scholarship for Shoni;
Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Laurie are the guests on The Graham Norton Show (Sat., 10PM, BBCA);
– A valet’s error sends two Philly women scrambling for their impounded car on Parking Wars (Sat., 10PM, A&E);
– Gail counsels a couple $100,000 in debt on Til Debt Do Us Part (Sat., 10PM, CNBC);
– Renee cuts loose during girls night out on Mob Wives (Sun., 8PM, VH1);
– Trevor’s marital woes impact his work on Army Wives (Sun., 9PM, Lifetime);
– Peter home schools Meg and Chris when Lois goes to Paris on Family Guy (Sun., 9PM, Fox);
– The detectives investigate a hacker’s murder on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Sun., 9PM, USA);
– Cleveland and the fam go to Comic Con in the season two finale of The Cleveland Show (Sun., 9:30PM, Fox);
– Mary plays go-between for a witness and a suspect who’ve fallen for each other on In Plain Sight (Sun., 10PM, USA);
– It’s Christmastime on Treme (Sun., 10PM, HBO).

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – April 30-May 1, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM, SUN | NBC
The Celebrity Apprentice
– We’ve been seeing the preview for months, and tonight, we finally see the NeNe Leakes/Star Jones blowout that has led to a bitter feud between the two divas. The challenge for the teams tonight involves putting on a live hair show, where you’d assume the women’s team would have the upper hand. But with the team’s two strongest personalities going for each other’s jugulars, John Rich, Lil Jon and Meatloaf just may be able to sneak in for another victory.

9PM, SAT | BBC America
Doctor Who
– The Doctor is thrown in the hoosegow, while the FBI is hot on the trail of Amy, Rory and River Song in the conclusion of last week’s season opener.

10 and 10:30PM, SAT | A&E
Parking Wars
– Back-to-back episodes include a wild Friday night, and an even wilder crowd, for the ticket officers in Philadelphia.

8PM, SUN | NBC – 1ST SEASON FINALE
America’s Next Great Restaurant
– A winner is chosen in the season one finale – meatballs, soul food or modern Indian cuisine are the choices – and gets restaurant openings in New York, Hollywood and Minneapolis as a reward.

8PM, SUN | FOX
The Simpsons
– In “The Real Housewives of Fat Tony,” Fat Tony woos and marries Selma, and invites Marge and Homer to accompany them to the Jersey shore.

9PM, SUN | LIFETIME
Army Wives
– Pamela worries that Whit is spending too much time with Roxy and the boys, and when she voices her opinion, Roxy reacts badly.

9PM, SUN | USA – 10TH SEASON PREMIERE
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
– They’re dropping like flies, ya’ll. This will be the latest L&O to leave the airwaves after an eight-episode season, which kicks off tonight with Eames and Goren investigating the death of a hooker. Also in tonight’s ep: Jay Mohr guest stars as a hard-partying fashion designer who, in “ripped from today’s headlines” L&O tradition, was reportedly inspired by Charlie Sheen and his recent antics.

10PM, SUN | A&E
Breakout Kings
– When a jewel thief escapes, the team decides they have to figure out what he’s planning to steal in order to catch him.

10PM, SUN | USA – 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
In Plain Sight
– Mary tries to track down a witness to help clear Brandi on grand theft auto charges.

10PM, SUN | BRAVO
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Vicki and Alexis stir up trouble at Peggy‘s big dinner party, though it’s tough to take seriously Peggy’s intentions when she seemed to care more about hiring a famous chef than about how the food tasted.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
True Blood and Oprah are among those honored at the 25th annual Genesis Awards (Sat., 7PM, Animal Planet), which recognize those who’ve raised awareness of animal issues every year;
– John Leguizamo, Trace Adkins and Lisa Ling are among the celebs who show off their casas in the new series Hollywood at Home (Sat., 8PM, HGTV);
Doctor Who in America (Sat., 10PM, BBCA) runs down America’s fandom of the quintessential British sci-fi show;
Gail counsels a couple who may lose their home on back-to-back Til Debt Do Us Part episodes (Sat., 10PM, CNBC);
The Amazing Race (Sun., 8PM, CBS) heads to Switzerland;
– 100 Marines help Ty and the gang rebuild a home for the family of a fellow deployed Marine on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Sun., 8PM, ABC);
– On Mob Wives (Sun., 8PM, VH1), Renee, Karen and Drita are affected when a major mob bust goes down;
Ruby delves into her childhood in an intense session with the therapist (Sun., 8PM, Style);
Lynn and Casey battle again when they accompany Audrina to NY on Audrina (Sun., 9PM, VH1);
– Susan finds out Felicia is out of jail, while Lynette and Tom tangle when she redecorates his office on Desperate Housewives (Sun., 9PM, ABC);
– Ned finds out the kingdom is in major financial trouble on Game of Thrones (Sun., 9PM, HBO);
– A California college counselor goes undercover in the season two finale of Undercover Boss (Sun., 9PM, CBS);
– Ursula finds out who’s responsible for the death of her hubs on The Borgias (Sun., 10PM, Showtime);
The West Wing star Josh Malina guest stars on CSI: Miami (Sun., 10PM, CBS);
– Stan steps up his own investigation of his daughter’s murder on The Killing (Sun., 10PM, AMC);
– Toni helps a Massachusetts man trying to find out what happened to his son after Katrina on Treme (Sun., 10PM, HBO).

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – April 23-24, 2011

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9PM, SAT | HBO – ORIGINAL MOVIE PREMIERE
Cinema Verite
James Gandolfini plays filmmaker Craig Gilbert, the man behind the groundbreaking 1973 documentary An American Family, considered to be the first reality show. The PBS series followed the Loud family, led by dad Bill (Tim Robbins) and mom Pat (Diane Lane), a suburban duo was whose marriage disintegrated on camera. Pat Loud was widely criticized for making the decision to divorce Bill, and for her support of openly gay son Lance (Thomas Dekker), one of the first gay “characters” seen on TV. Verite is a compelling story itself – no one, least of all the Loud family – knew exactly how this new TV format would be received, and putting it into the context of the early ’70s, it still seems a bit shocking that the Louds laid their family life so open for the TV cameras. PS: NYC’s PBS station is airing the original American Family series this weekend, and if you’ve never seen it, it’s also must-see TV; the station’s Website has preview clips of each episode.

9PM, SAT | BBC AMERICA – SEASON 6 PREMIERE
Doctor Who
– In part one of the season opener, “The Impossible Astronaut,” The Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy, Rory and River Song travel to Utah and the Oval Office, 1969-era, after receiving some TARDIS-colored envelopes with directions. Coolest part: It’s the first time Doctor Who‘s cast has ever shot principal photography in the United States.

10PM, SAT | A&E
Parking Wars
– Back-to-back new episodes find a mother and son stirring up a ruckus in Philly, while another driver tries to take off with a boot on his car.

8PM, SUN | CBS
The Amazing Race
– The teams hit Switzerland, where they face a double u-turn.

8PM, SUN | VH1
Mob Wives
– Is there a guiltier pleasure on TV right now? Nope. So just go ahead and watch, as Karen and Renee continue their meltdown at Carla‘s birthday party, prompting some of the other women to jump in.

9PM, SUN | NBC
The Apprentice
– Now that drama magnet Gary Busey‘s gone, methinks this is the week when we finally find out how Star Jones and NeNe Leakes became such bitter enemies, as the two butt heads while working on an ad campaign for a hotel chain.

9PM, SUN | CBS
Beyond the Blackboard
– It’s a fact-based story, and yes, you’re going to need a tissue for the inspiring tale, about a teacher who’s challenged to make a school in the basement of a homeless shelter, with few resources. Everwood stars Emily VanCamp and Treat Williams are reunited in the movie, based on the experiences of a woman named Stacey Bess in Salt Lake City.

9PM, SUN | HBO
Game of Thrones
– Ned, accompanied by his daughters, heads off to take his place in King Robert’s court, but Catelynn stays behind with Bran.

10PM, SUN | A&E
Breakout Kings
– The team has to track two inmates who got the bright idea to escape by poisoning another inmate and sneaking out in the dude’s coffin.

10PM, SUN | BRAVO
The Real Housewives of Orange County
– Former castmate Lynne returns and drops a supposedly “shocking” secret, while Slade and Gretchen celebrate her birthday with takeout food and a major gift.

10PM, SUN | HBO – SEASON 2 PREMIERE
Treme
– The new season opens on Nov. 1, 2006, with the city still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, especially the police department, which is overwhelmed with the increase in crime.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– During back-to-back new Til Debt Do Us Part episodes (Sat., 10PM, CNBC), Gail helps a couple who may have to file bankruptcy for a third time;
– The final four head to Las Vegas, where they have to prove their eatery ideas work with a clientele outside Los Angeles on America’s Next Great Restaurant (Sun., 8PM, NBC);
Challenge: Sugar and Candy Fashion (Sun., 8PM, Food Network) finds chefs whipping up wearable works of sugar art;
– A woman who raised more than 35 foster kids, two biological kids and adopted six more gets a new home on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Sun., 8PM, ABC);
– Carlos forbids Gaby to be friends with Bree after the revelation about Andrew, but Gaby, of course, goes against him on Desperate Housewives (Sun., 9PM, ABC);
– On The Borgias (Sun., 10PM, Showtime), Lucrezia’s solution to her unhappy marriage? A hot young stable boy;
– Sarah and Holder get new evidence from one of Rosie’s teachers on The Killing (Sun., 10PM, AMC);
– Pies, and where to find the yummiest ones, are the subject of the series premiere of Unique Sweets (Sun., 10:30PM, Cooking Channel).

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

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM, SUN | HBO – SERIES FINALE
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?

10PM, SAT | HBO
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.

8PM, SUN | NBC
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.

9PM, SUN | LIFETIME
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.

9PM, SUN | NBC
The Celebrity Apprentice
– When you hear that one team questions its leader’s mental competency, you already know it involves Gary Busey, right?

9PM, SUN | FOOD NETWORK
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.

9PM, SUN | BIO
10PM, SUN | TLC
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.

9PM, SUN | FUSE
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.

9PM, SUN | ABC – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
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.

10PM, SUN | ABC – 1ST SEASON FINALE
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.

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – March 5-6, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM, SUN | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped All-Stars
– The most addictive show on TV kicks off a five-week all-star version, where Chopped judges, other Food Network personalities and contestants from The Next Food Network Star compete against each other for a big $50,000 donation to the winner’s favorite charity. Among those competing: Duff Goldman, Robert Irvine, Anne Burrell, Aaron Sanchez, Jacques Torres and Geoffrey Zakarian. Must. See.

11:30PM, SAT | NBC
Saturday Night Live
– What else is there to say? It’s pretty cool that Miley Cyrus is hosting the show that loves to poke fun at her. And that The Strokes provide musical entertainment for the episode.

8PM, SUN | NBC SERIES PREMIERE
America’s Next Great Restaurant
– Chefs Bobby Flay and Curtis Stone are among the mentors/investors in this reality competition, in which contestants pitch ideas for new restaurants. The grand prize: The winner will be given the finds to open a new chain of restaurants.

8PM, SUN | STYLE 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
Ruby
– It’s starting off to be a tough season for Ruby, as she’s regained 60 pounds and has another emotional run-in with ex-boyfriend Denny.

9PM, SUN | LIFETIME 5TH SEASON PREMIERE
Army Wives
– Emmalin leaves for college, Denise is excited to meet her future daughter-in-law and Pamela considers a new job in Atlanta.

9PM, SUN | NBC 11TH SEASON PREMIERE
Celebrity Apprentice
– I’m not proud of how excited I am to see this particular season of Celeb Apprentice, but it does promise to be one of the guiltier TV pleasures of the next few months. Among the contestants: Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s NeNe Leakes, who wars with Star Jones; LaToya Jackson; Gary Busey; Jose Canseco; Meatloaf; and Mark McGrath.

10PM, SUN | A&E SERIES PREMIERE
Breakout Kings
Jimmi Simpson, a.k.a. Liam McPoyle, stars in this new drama about a group of convicted felons who’ve broken out of prison and are hired by U.S. marshals to help them track down other escapees. Their reward: A month off their sentences for each escapee they help track down.

10PM, SUN | LIFETIME SERIES PREMIERE
Coming Home
American Idol alum Matt Rogers hosts this fantastic, moving new series that profiles families preparing to welcome their loved ones – troops from Afghanistan and around the world – back home.

10PM, SUN | BRAVO 6TH SEASON PREMIERE
Real Housewives of Orange County
– They’re baaack: Tamra hosts a shopping party to kick off the new season, and a sauced Gretchen takes the opportunity to tell the newly-single Tamra what she thinks of her.

10PM, SUN | ANIMAL PLANET SERIES PREMIERE
Taking on Tyson
– Yep, it’s that Mike Tyson, and yep, he’s racing pigeons.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Jaime and Cara are involved in a car accident in Japan on Amazing Race: Unfinished Business (Sun., 8PM, CBS);
– On the second season finale of Basketball Wives (Sun., 8PM, VH1), Evelyn goes to Cincinnati to visit Chad;
– Actor Terry Crews and his fam kick off the second season of their reality series The Family Crews (Sun., 8PM, BET);
Firefly (Sun., 8PM) begins airing on Science Channel (yay!);
– It’s season two of Secret Millionaire (Sun., 8PM, ABC);
Werner Herzog and Jackie Mason guest star as themselves on The Simpsons (Sun., 8PM, Fox);
– Only two episodes remain after tonight, and Alby turns the screws on Billy yet again on Big Love (Sun, 9PM, HBO);
– Hank has to sleep in his car after getting kicked out of the hotel on Californication (Sun., 9PM, Showtime);
Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts (Sun., 9PM, Comedy Central) is the comedian and host’s stand-up performance from San Francisco;
– Lynette tries to prevent Renee from adopting a baby on Desperate Housewives (Sun., 9PM, ABC);
David makes over a Monopoly-themed wedding on My Fair Wedding With David Tutera (Sun., 9PM, WE);
– On Undercover Boss (Sun., 9PM, CBS), the mayor of Cincinnati goes undercover as a city worker;
– Horatio works to find a serial killer after his latest victim narrowly escapes with her life on CSI: Miami (Sun., 10PM, CBS);
– The series premiere of Heavily Ever After (Sun., 10PM, TLC) follows the overweight Combs couple as they try to lose weight and get healthier.

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