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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 6, 2012

(ALL TIMES ET)

8PM | NBC
Chuck
– Last week’s episode was so sweet and awesome, in a season two or three kinda way, that it almost redeemed this disappointing final season of Chuck. Here’s hoping tonight’s episode continues that vibe, as Casey meets up with Vebanski (guest star Carrie-Anne Moss) again, and the newly not-baked Jeff starts to make some connections about the odd happenings at the Buy More.

8PM | FOX
2012 Cotton Bowl
– Arkansas vs. Kansas State battle each other (for the first time since 1967) in Arlington, Texas.

8PM | ABC
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
– This two-hour tear jerker sees the team build a new home for a legally blind widow raising six kids in an Iowa farmhouse.

8PM | CBS
A Gifted Man
– The doctor becomes the patient as Michael’s colleagues have to perform emergency surgery on him.

8PM | THE CW
Nikita
– Nikita runs into Alex when she tries to steal Semak’s black box, while Michael tries to scope out Percy’s secret plot and Alex returns to her childhood home.

9PM | CBS
CSI: NY
– Is a stalker the culprit when a cage fighter is murdered? The CSIs are on the case.

9PM | THE CW
Supernatural
– Dean dukes it out with Dick Roman, while Sam tries to help a teenage girl find her MIA papa, who’s also a supernatural hunter.

10PM | CBS
Blue Bloods
– When Erin’s informant is murdered, she teams up with Danny to find the killer.

10PM | IFC – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Portlandia
Andy Samberg guests in the opener, as a mixologist who catches the eye of Carrie.

10:30PM | IFC – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
– The title of the season premiere says it all: “Todd’s Terrible Day Ends and His Next Terrible Day Begins.”

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– New America’s Most Wanted on Lifetime (9PM);
– On Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (9PM, Sundance), Brent’s behavior leads Olivia to a major decision, while Peter has a talk with his daughter about whether or not she’s being bullied at school;
Infested! (9PM, Animal Planet) … totally must-watch-TV, but totally skeevy at the same time with all the creepy-crawlies;
Deadly Women (10PM, ID) is also about vengeance-motivated murders;
– It’s the fourth season premiere of Merlin (10PM, Syfy).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kristen Bell;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Glenn Close;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Don Cheadle, Boyz II Men and David Cross;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Judah Friedlander and David Duchovny;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Michael Clarke Duncan;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Michelle Monaghan (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | BRAVO – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Bethenny Ever After
– Her Skating With the Stars competition comes to an end, but Bethenny begins her big bus tour and gets some life-changing news about her SkinnyGirl liquor business.

8PM | NBC
Chuck
– Ugh. It’s supposed to be all about Sarah and Chuck’s wedding, but creepy Vivian, who’s not only the worst, least interesting character in show history, but played by one of the worst actresses to appear on the show (seriously … she can’t stay in one accent for more than a few seconds), messes things up by messing with Chuck’s mama and Morgan.

8PM | FOX
House
– Does House have a new addiction? His team suspects he does. Meanwhile, after he loses a boxing match bet to Wilson, House tries to help rehab an aging boxer.

8PM | CBS
How I Met Your Mother
– Ted and Zoey? Kaput tonight. Thank. Goodness.

9PM | FOX
Chicago Code
– While Teresa tries to do something about the corrupt promotion process in the police department without tipping off Gibbons about her long-range plans, Jarek has personal troubles when Vonda gets an anonymous package.

9PM | NBC
The Event
– Sean and Vicky try to save thousands of lives while Sophia forges ahead with her plans to wipeout, well, everyone.

9PM | THE CW
Gossip Girl
– Uncle Jack is back! And, of course, that spells trouble for his nephew, Chuck.

9PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
– This week’s four-episode block is packed with gems, including “The Waitress Is Getting Married” (9PM) and “Paddy’s Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens,” both especially good Charlie Day episodes. Though, as any true Sunny fan knows, Charlie spells it “kitten mittons.”

10PM | ABC
Castle
– When Miss Illinois is found murdered during the “Baron’s All-American Beauty Pageant,” Castle and Beckett find there’s no lack of suspects, including the pageant host, sponsor and several other contestants. The episode’s clever title: “Pretty Dead.”

10PM | MTV
Hard Times of RJ Berger
– Miles joins the cheerleading squad in an effort to get healthier, while RJ deals with more fallout from his parents’ divorce.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Adrianna goes after Navid on 90210 (8PM, The CW);
– In week eight competition, each of the remaining pairs performs two numbers on Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC);
– Grace helps Arian shop for a wedding dress on Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
Adam checks out giant handmade lollipops and key lime pie on a stick on Kid in a Candy Store (8:30PM, Food Network);
Senior considers making a settlement offer to Junior on American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior (9PM, Discovery);
Guy Fieri kicks off the 12th season of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (9PM, Food Network);
– Sasha tells Kaylie she’s not on the team on Make It or Break It (9PM, ABC Family);
– It’s the series finale of Stargate Universe (9PM, Syfy);
– Danny is exposed to a lethal chemical agent on Hawaii Five-O (10PM, CBS);
– A college student is strangled to death on Law & Order: Los Angeles (10PM, NBC);
– Jackie gets her hand on a new stash of drugs, but she may need more when she sees Eddie and O’Hara leaving the hospital together on Nurse Jackie (10PM, Showtime);
Elvis Presley‘s medical records and a letter signed by Helen Keller are among the goodies on Pawn Star$ (10PM, History);
– The mother of missing high school student Natalee Holloway hosts Vanished with Beth Holloway (10PM, Lifetime), a new series that examines unsolved abduction cases.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Anthony Hopkins and Demetri Martin;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Keira Knightley;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Lupe Fiasco;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Albert Brooks and Kristen Wiig;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jennifer Lopez and Jesse Tyler Ferguson;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Sinbad;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Rob Lowe;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Chelsea Handler;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Jeff Goldblum and Sarah Chalke;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Walton Goggins.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | ABC
Castle
– When Beckett heads to Los Angeles to track down a lead on the person she suspects of murdering her former partner, Castle tags along and visits the set of the movie adaptation of his book, Heat Wave. Among the episode’s guest stars: Gene Simmons, D.B. Sweeney and Prison Break star Dominic Purcell.

8PM | NBC
Chuck
– It’s supposed to be a spy-free event when Chuck agrees to focus on his bachelor party, but some unexpected visitors, plus Ellie’s discovery of some major info on her dad’s old computer, take the celebration in a different direction.

8PM | FOX
House
Candice Bergen guest stars as cuddy’s mother, who threatens her daughter and House’s medical licenses when she considers filing a lawsuit against the hospital.

8PM | CBS
How I Met Your Mother
– While Ted plans a romantic weekend with Zoey, Barney and Marshall argue about the Arcadian.

8:30PM | FOOD NETWORK
Kid in a Candy Store
Adam‘s quest: Find sweet treats with tropical flavor, like Rainbow Coconut Bars and Turkish Taffy.

10PM | BRAVO
Bethenny Ever After
– While preparing for the Skating With the Stars finale, Bethenny also tries to plan family time with Jason and plan her big bus tour.

10PM | MTV
The Hard Times of RJ Berger
Weezer guest stars as RJ tries to figure out a way to snag fake IDs and tix to a 21-and-over concert by the band, all to impress Amy.

10PM | CBS
Hawaii Five-O
Rick Springfield guest stars as a famous fashion photog who meets a violent end when he goes to Hawaii to shoot the cover of a magazine’s swimsuit issue.

10PM | SHOWTIME
Nurse Jackie
– Jackie continues to freak about Kevin encouraging a match up between Eddie and Kevin’s sister, while Coop is freaking out about his moms and Mrs. Akalitus is in a tizzy because the hospital’s religious statues are being removed.

10PM | NGC – 7TH SEASON PREMIERE
Taboo
– People obsessed with their fantasy lives is the topic, and includes a creepy California dude who persists in living as a baby.

11PM | TBS
Conan
– Is Will Ferrell going to make good on his threat to shave Conan‘s beard? Tonight’s the night we’ll find out.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Teddy has doubts about Marco when he catches him in a lie on 90210 (8PM, The CW);
– It’s week seven of performances on Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC);
– The only one sure about Amy moving in with Ricky is Amy on The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– Is Senior ready to make up with Junior and Mikey on American Chopper: Senior Vs. Junior (9PM, Discovery)?;
– Jury tampering is just the tip of the iceberg when a crooked city official gets away with misdeeds on The Chicago Code (9PM, Fox);
– Leila and Michael try to rescue Simon on The Event (9PM, NBC);
– Serena threatens what could be a very happy moment for Blair on Gossip Girl (9PM, The CW);
– Four back-to-back episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Comedy Central (9PM);
– Bad news threatens Emily’s career on Make It or Break It (9PM, ABC Family);
– The detectives investigate a series of bank robberies that also involve kidnapping on Law & Order: Los Angeles (10PM, NBC);
– Back-to-back new Pawn Star$ episodes (10PM, History) features original Spider-Man artwork.

And the late-night line-up:
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Philip K. Howard;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Francis Fukuyama;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Tracy Morgan and Rex Ryan;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Paul Walker and Donny and Marie Osmond;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Mark Ruffalo and Yvette Nicole Brown;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Rene Russo and k.d. lang;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Judd Apatow and LL Cool J;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Matt Lucas and Mindy Kaling;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mark Burnett (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

8PM | NBC
Chuck
– It’s a TV rule: If Gary Cole appears in a show, it automatically makes that show worth watching. So tune in for tonight’s Chuck, in which the Office Space star returns as Sarah’s dad, a master grifter who helps his daughter and future son-in-law get their wedding money back after another swindler snags it from them.

8PM | THE CW
Gossip Girl
– Thank goodness for that Blair/Dan smooch, because this season seriously needed something to move it along.

8PM | FOX
House
– Thirteen rejoins the team, just as Masters (Amber Tamblyn) considers leaving it to focus on a surgical career.

8PM | CBS
How I Met Your Mother
– The Barnacle wants to bond with his newly-found daddy, but worries that his life will sound boring relative to his pals’, so he asks them to lie.

9PM | TRAVEL
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
– Tony heads off to Boston, where he delves into the city’s mob history and steps into a boxing ring (and hopefully those two things aren’t related).

9PM | FOX
The Chicago Code
– When five people are shot in Lincoln Park, the mayor blames Teresa and tells her the city’s rising crime rate is her responsibility.

9PM | LIFETIME
William & Kate
– Is this made-for-TV dramatization of the royal romance cheesy? Deliciously so.

9:30PM | ABC
Cougar Town
– A special Monday night Cougar Town calls for a special plot: Bobby and Laurie introduce Penny Can to a new audience.

10PM | BRAVO
Bethenny Ever After
– As Bethenny and Jason head to Los Angeles for her first appearance on Skating With the Stars, she takes the opportunity to show her hubs her old stomping grounds and maybe look for a new L.A. home.

10PM | SHOWTIME
Nurse Jackie
– Jackie gets clever while coming up with a new place to stash her pills, and Kevin invites Eddie to a family BBQ.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s week five of competition on Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC);
– Ricky tries to talk Ben out of getting married on The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– On The Event (9PM, NBC), Sen. Lewis spills the results of her blood tests of the White House staff;
– Comedy Central has three encore episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (9PM);
– Darby plans a meet against a club the team should be able to handily beat on Make It or Break It (9PM, ABC Family);
– When Samuel gets fired and loses his apartment, he moves in with Mike on Mike & Molly (9:30PM, CBS);
– On 20/20 (10PM, ABC), Babs Walters previews the royal wedding;
– Troubles at home lead RJ’s grades to slip, which leads him to see a tutor who definitely doesn’t have schoolwork on her mind on The Hard Times of RJ Berger (10PM, MTV);
Sean Combs guest stars as an NYPD cop looking for revenge against a crime lord on Hawaii Five-O (10PM, CBS);
– A high-speed chase leads to the mysterious death of a city bookkeeper on Law & Order: Los Angeles (10PM, NBC);
– Back-to-back new episodes of Pawn $tars on History (10PM).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Emma Roberts;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jamie Oliver (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): James Franco (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Chris Rock and Ellen Page (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Betty White, Matt Damon and Cake (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Judy Greer, Tracy Morgan and REO Speedwagon;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Courtney Cox;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Colin Quinn and Rachel Maddow (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Tina Fey;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mark Hoppus (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | Showtime
Nurse Jackie
– When Jackie finds Kevin’s little sister sleeping off a hangover in her daughters’ room, she suspects Kevin brought his sis there to keep an eye on Jackie after the failed intervention. The phrase “fox guarding the hen house” is coming to mind here …

8PM | NBC
Chuck
– Chuck has been a great show, and, as several save-the-series campaigns prove, a real fan favorite, and I’ll watch it ’til the end. But, as the return of Volkoff, Ellie’s continuing obsession with her dad’s computer and yet another Chuck/Sarah relationship issue make up tonight’s tired storylines, the time for it to end may be at hand.

8PM | NGC
Civil Warriors
– To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the National Geographic Channel has two nights of special programming on tap, including a three-hour block of this series, in which descendants of Civil War vets – including Frederick Douglass – go on a research mission to find out about their relatives’ experiences.

8PM | GSN – SERIES PREMIERE
Drew Carey’s Improv-a-Ganza
– Drew and his improv buddies Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady are back!

8PM | FOX
House
– In the show’s 150th episode, Thirteen (Olivia Wilde) is sprung from jail, and finds House waiting for her to 1) find out why she went to the hoosegow in the first place and 2) take her to a … spud-gun competition? Yup.

8PM | CBS
How I Met Your Mother
– Ted and Zoey have another tiff, which may mean good news for fans, ‘cuz this coupling just isn’t working. In a more fun storyline, Marshall quits his job to do volunteer work.

9PM | FOX
Chicago Code
– A Windy City heatwave has led to the possibility blackouts, which is only fueling emotions when Wysocki and Evers are assigned to the heartbreaking case of a son who witnessed his dad’s murder.

9PM | PBS
The Great Famine
– Yet another compelling entry in the American Experience series covers U.S. efforts to help Russian citizens during a famine in the early 1920s, including archival footage and the story of the many obstacles American volunteers had to overcome just to get sustenance to the starving Soviets.

9PM | NBC
Law & Order: Los Angeles
– The spin-off returns as Skeet Ulrich‘s Rex Winters makes his exit. A permanent exit.

10PM | BRAVO
Bethenny Ever After
– On the heels of her birthday breakdown, Bethenny faces another big drama when she has to leave beautiful baby Bryn for the first time as she heads off on a Skinny Girl business trip.

10PM | ABC
Castle
– Crime novelists Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly guest star as themselves and, during a poker game, try to help Castle unravel the complicated case of an aspiring Olympic swimmer who’s been found dead in a pool.

10PM | THE HUB
Family Ties
– It’s a classic: Tom Hanks guest stars as Uncle Ned, Alex’s hero, until it becomes clear that his great uncle has a huge drinking problem.

10PM | LOGO
The NewNowNext Awards
– The pop culture kudosfest, taped last week in Hollywood, is hosted by The Beek – Ke$hia Blow video scene stealer James Van Der Beek – and includes appearances by Panic! At the Disco, Adam Lambert, Paula Abdul, the Fabulous Beekman Boys and Robyn.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s week four of competition on Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC);
Intervention: Hillbilly Heroin (8PM, A&E) focuses on the oxycodone problem in Scioto County, a southern Ohio community that’s on the DEA’s list of the top 10 illegal drug trafficking spots;
– Ben proposes on The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– Adam visits businesses making yummy and unusual chocolate treats on Kid in a Candy Store (8:30PM, Food Network);
– All new episodes of All Worked Up kick off on truTV (9PM);
– In the first season finale of Being Human (9PM, Syfy), we flashback to when Aidan and Josh first met;
– Buddy serves as grand marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hoboken on Cake Boss (9PM, TLC);
– Emily wonders whether gymnastics is worth giving up life as a regular teen on Make It or Break It (9PM, ABC Family);
– Carl wigs when Mike invites Molly to join them for Cubs opening day on Mike & Molly (9PM, CBS);
– On The Hard Times of RJ Berger (10PM, MTV), Jenny freaks out over getting her first-ever zit, while Lily’s big pimpin’ with her settlement check from the bus company;
– Kono gets the scoop on what really ended Chin Ho’s police career on Hawaii Five-O (10PM, CBS);
– A&E kicks off the sixth season of Paranormal State with back-to-back episodes (10PM);
– Back-to-back new episodes of Pawn Stars on History (10PM);
– LaToya Jackson is a judge when the contestants don dressed made of money on RuPaul’s Drag Race (10PM, Logo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Chris O’Donnell, Lil Jon and P.J. Harvey;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Foo Fighters;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Alec Baldwin;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jamie Foxx;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Russell Brand;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): David Arquette;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Miley Cyrus and Michael Stipe (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Isabella Rosselini;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Lykke Li (REPEAT).

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