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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 8, 2011

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10PM | STARZ – SERIES PREMIERE
Torchwood: Miracle Day
– Even if you weren’t a viewer of the original Torchwood, this U.S. remake, which finds Captain Jack Harness (John Barrowman) and company investigating why no one on Earth is dying anymore, will hook you. And Bill Pullman, as convicted rapist/murderer Oswald Danes, who survives an execution and is then set free? Nearly unrecognizable physically, and creepily good as a guy who’s going to prove to be, um, complicated.

8PM | NBC
Friday Night Lights
– I can barely even think or write about this penultimate episode of FNL without tearing up, so be warned that Eric and Tami’s dilemma, Riggins’ reunion with a fellow Panther alum and Grandma Saracen – especially Grandma Saracen – are gonna have you wiping the salty discharge from your eyes, too.

9PM | TRAVEL CHANNEL
Paranormal Challenge
– Host Zak Bagans says the Ohio State Reformatory is one of the most haunted places he’s ever visited. It’s also the prison used in The Shawshank Redemption.

10PM | NAT GEO WILD – SERIES PREMIERE
Killer Shots
– The new series follows wildlife photog Andy Casagrande (how awesome is that name?) as he goes to some dangerous lengths to get the perfect shot. In the opener, he leaves a diving cage to get an up close shark photo.

10PM | TLC – SERIES PREMIERE
Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids
Say Yes to the Dress: It’s not just for bridezillas anymore.

11PM | IFC
Young, Broke & Beautiful
Broke-Ass Stuart visits Boston, where he helps judge a burlesque contest, parties at a steampunk mansion and hangs with some nerdy bikers.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The Bob Barker is on the lookout for two missing boats on Whale Wars (9PM, Animal Planet);
– On Outrageous Food (10PM, Food Network), Tom helps make an 800-pound burger at an Oklahoma festival;
Chaz Bono is an interviewee and Ann Coulter is among the roundtable guests on Real Time with Bill Maher (10PM, HBO);
Joel McHale and the gang serve up another bowl of tasty snark on The Soup (10PM, E!).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Mark Harmon (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Matt Nathanson (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Charlie Day (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Larry King;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Thomas Lennon (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – June 24, 2011

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11PM | IFC – SERIES PREMIERE
Young, Broke and Beautiful
– The charming Stuart Schuffman, he of the famous Broke-Ass Stuart blog and books, hosts this fun new travel series, in which he scopes out the cool, unusual and inexpensive in various cities. First up: Stuart’s hometown of San Diego, where he visits an outdoor mural spot, enjoys a junkyard circus, wipes out at a local skate park and visits Two Roses, a combo tattoo/coffee/barber shop.

11PM | VH1
Unplugged
Mumford and Sons perform an acoustic set, including, of course, “The Cave.”

8 and 9PM | NGC
Flea Man
– Flea Man helps a toy collector sell some of his goodies to help pay for a basement renovation, and then helps an aspiring country music star sell his collectibles so he can pay to record his first CD.

8PM | NBC
Friday Night Lights
– Riggins’ family and friends speak to the parole board on his behalf and Eric is recruited by a major college football program.

9PM | SCIENCE – 10TH SEASON FINALE
How It’s Made
– Behind the curtain on watches, turbochargers and enchiladas.

9PM | TLC – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss
– Three different brides are looking for three very different dresses, including Zaneta, who wants a sexy bridal gown, and Alyse, who wants a dress that will ensure her younger sister doesn’t steal her spotlight.

10PM | CMT
CMT Crossroads
– The Doobie Brothers and Luke Bryan bond while playing each other’s tunes.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
In the season two finale of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (9PM, ABC), Jamie holds a cooking competition for high school students;
On Whale Wars (9PM, Animal Planet), a small boat crew is in danger of hypothermia while waiting to be rescued from the Bob Barker crew;
On Outrageous Food (10PM, Food Network), we see an 11-pound pizza and an 8-pound breakfast (followed by a 1-gallon jar of Tums?);
Alexandra Pelosi and New York Times journalist David Carr are among the guests on Real Time with Bill Maher (10PM, HBO).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Eric Stonestreet and Lady Gaga (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Owen Wilson and Plain White Ts;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): J.J. Abrams and Kathy Griffin (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Bob Costos;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Carson Kressley and Morgan Freeman (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): The Exporting Raymond documentary on Everybody Loves Raymond.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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8PM | ANIMAL PLANET – 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
Whale Wars
– The Sea Shepherds kick off a new season with a new campaign, aboard a new vessel (the Gojira), as they try to track down and stop two harpoon ships before any whales are killed.

8PM | NBC
Friday Night Lights
– Vince’s self-satisfied ‘tude creates problems within the team, while Eric fears he’s losing control of his team and Tammy worries that one of her students isn’t being cared for at home.

9PM | CNBC
The China Question
– Filmmaker Brook Silva-Braga takes a look at China’s rise to become the world’s second superpower, and how that will impact the United States.

9PM | NBC
Dateline NBC
Keith Morrison profiles a kidnap victim who’s struggling as she tries to return to her home … 30 years later.

9 and 9:30PM | TLC
Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss
– A bride who’s getting married at Disney World is on the hunt for a gown that will make her feel, and look, like Cinderella, while another bride, who’s 6-feet-tall, is afraid she’ll never find a pretty dress for her big day.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Outrageous Food
– Tom works with one of the largest grills made, a 27-ton cooker.

10PM | HBO
Real Time With Bill Maher
Larry King is on the panel, while funny guy Adam McKay is an interview guest.

10PM | DISCOVERY
Swamp Brothers
– The fellas have to throw up a croc block when one of the male gators escapes from his pen so he can make a booty call to one of the lady crocs.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A gunman takes a restaurant full of people hostage when he becomes convinced the eatery’s owner is a terrorist on Flashpoint (8PM, CBS);
– It’s a real Situation when a Jersey Shore fan wants a boardwalk-themed room on Man Caves (8PM, DIY);
– The Whale Wars: Road to the Showdown special (8PM, Animal Planet) includes highlights from the show’s first three seasons;
– See how instant film is made on How It’s Made (9PM, Science);
Childrens Hospital star Rob Corddry is interviewed on InfoMania (9PM, Current);
– When Jamie is banned from serving food at a local high school, he tries to persuade the students to fight the decision by showing them what’s in the food they are eating on the return of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (9PM, ABC);
– There’s a freeze on in Florida, so Stuart and the guys continue hunting creatures in Puerto Rico on Python Hunters (9PM, Nat Geo Wild);
Joel McHale and the gang dish up another snarkalicious bowl of The Soup (10PM, E!);
– “Baby Traits” and “Horse Announcer” are among the skits on tonight’s Whitest Kids U’Know (10:30, IFC);
My Morning Jacket performs a few tunes, and explains the stories behind them, on a new Storytellers (11PM, VH1).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Alec Baldwin (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Lindsay Lohan (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Mike Tyson and Christina Aguilera (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Chris Colfer, Kristen Wiig and Lenny Kravitz (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Carla Gugino;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mike Mills (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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8 and 9PM | THE CW – 6TH SEASON FINALE
Supernatural
– In back-to-back episodes, a demon kidnaps Ben and Lisa to get to Dean, then that little wall in Sam’s head, the one that keeps his creepiest memories at bay, fails, and he’s forced to deal with the nasty, nasty fallout.

8PM | ID
Children of Promise: The Legacy of Robert F. Kennedy
Mandy Patinkin narrates this powerful special, which covers the important work done by the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, an agency that helps young victims of crime, violence and neglect. The show unfolds three examples of actual kids helped by the program, including a man who, at age 14, was involved in a gang-related murder, and is now the Deputy Director of the New Jersey Division of Child Behavioral Health Services.

8PM | NBC
Friday Night Lights
– Julie delays her return to college, Eric gets a great review in a magazine article and Luke deals with new from TMU.

8PM | FOX – 3RD SEASON FINALE
Kitchen Nightmares
Gordon tries to save another restaurant from doom, all the while being way nastier than he needs to be.

9PM | TLC
Say Yes to the Dress
– Who needs enemies with family like this: A bride falls in love with a dress, but her fam tells her it makes her look like a cupcake.

10PM | ABC
20/20
– The episode’s all about infomercials, including a test of some of the most popular As Seen on TV products. Still regretting I never got one of those Pocket Fishermans, which – did you know? – are still available!

11PM | VH1
Storytellers
Cee Lo Green performs and talks about the motivations behind his best tunes.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Zach Galifianakis is the guest on Real Time With Bill Maher (10PM, HBO);
– The always hilarious Joel McHale serves up another delicious bowl of The Soup (10PM, E!);
– New Whitest Kids U’Know (10:30PM) on IFC.

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Tracy Morgan;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Kirstie Alley;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Khloe Kardashian;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jim Belushi;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Carrie Fisher;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Bill Carter.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

8PM | THE CW – SERIES FINALE
Smallville
– Another fine series bites the dust, as ten seasons of Superman’s (Tom Welling) angsty teen and twentysomething years ends with a wedding and the return of Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum).

8PM | NBC
Friday Night Lights
– Oh, Julie. Her relationship gets more complicated. Yep, that’ll happen when you’re dating your teacher. And he’s married!

8PM | ABC – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Shark Tank
– Maternity t-shirts, changeable top shoes and a toilet-training kit for cats (!) are among the items pitched to the Sharks by wannabe entrepreneurs.

9PM | CBS – 7TH SEASON FINALE
CSI: NY
– Mac’s (Gary Sinise) near-death experience has him determined to close his last unsolved case.

10PM | CBS – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Blue Bloods
– A drug bust reveals the identities of some dirty cops, which infuriates Frank (Tom Selleck) and makes him vow to bring down the Blue Templars.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Outrageous Food
– Candied bacon is among the goodies(?) featured.

11PM | VH1
Storytellers
– The Kings of Leon perform, and talk about the stories behind, their best tunes.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Gordon travels to New Orleans to try to spruce up a Big Easy eatery on Kitchen Nightmares (8PM, Fox);
– Bulk chocolate and speed skates, or rather how they’re produced, is the topic on How It’s Made (9PM, Science);
– A bride wants a black and white wedding gown on Say Yes to the Dress (9PM, TLC);
20/20 features an update on the Amanda Knox case (10PM, ABC);
– A client’s little red wagon, from childhood, is tackled on American Restoration (10PM, History);
Harry Shearer guests on Real Time With Bill Maher (10PM, HBO);
– New The Whitest Kids U’Know on IFC (10:30PM).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Joan Rivers;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Ken Jeong and Jodie Foster;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Kenneth Branagh (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Chris Colfer, Lenny Kravitz and Kristen Wiig;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Melissa McCarthy;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Raphael Saadiq.

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