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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – September 30, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | CBS
Blue Bloods
– Danny shoots a fellow cop, accidentally, when the cop fails to identify himself, which leads to an Internal Affairs investigation into Danny’s state of mind the day of the shooting and desk duty while the investigation is carried out.

CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR TIME AND CHANNEL | PBS
Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk … A Celebration of New Orleans Blues
– Nope, he’s not only an actor. This PBS Great Performances special finds Dr. House getting funky with his bad self – and guests like Tom Jones and Allen Toussaint – as he takes a tour through New Orleans and showcases his musical skills and the city’s rich musical history.

8PM | CBS
A Gifted Man
– Michael’s got a lot on his plate: He’s trying to help his pregnant friend, who has a brain tumor, while also helping a young boy at Anna’s clinic who has sickle cell anemia.

8PM | FOX
Kitchen Nightmares
– It’s Gordo vs. the proprietors of Leone’s in Montclair, New Jersey.

8PM | THE CW
Nikita
– Michael and Nikita meet up with Owen, who’s looking for Dr. Mars and an antidote to the drug Mars created.

9PM | CBS
CSI: NY
Aly Michalka guests as a punk rocker whose overzealous teenage fan winds up dead.

9PM | FOX
Fringe
– The two Fringe teams have to work together to thwart a serial killer in the alt world.

9PM | THE CW
Supernatural
– Castiel’s not having such a fun time with his newfound power, but it’s Sam who’s really suffering, as the broken wall in his head is causing hallucinations.

10PM | SUNDANCE – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Quirky
– Tonight’s inventions include a BBQ tray that allows you to multitask and a toilet plunger that’s also a toilet snake.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Seth MacFarlane and Salman Rushdie 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): Samuel L. Jackson;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Hugh Laurie;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Simon Cowell (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Pearl Jam and Claire Danes;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Seth Rogen;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Miranda July.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

8PM | ABC
Shark Tank
– My favorite Friday night show has a packed line-up of entrepreneurs tonight, including the creator of Hot Mama Gowns, a line of chic maternity dresses, and the guy behind the cleverly named Caddyswag, a beverage cooler that fits inside a golf bag. The Sharks – tonight’s panel includes Barbara Corcoran, Kevin Harrington, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary – get particularly excited, and competitive, over the SweepEasy, a cleaning product invented by a stay-at-home dad.

8PM | NBC
Friday Night Lights
– Coach Eric and his team are forced to face the fact that, despite an impressive win last week, they still can’t get any respect in high school football land.

8PM | THE CW
Smallville
– With just three episodes left before the series finale, Lois is advising Clark how to distinguish himself from the Blur. But when Booster Gold (Eric Martsolf, Days of Our Lives and Passions), a superhero from the future, comes to town and starts stealing the spotlight for himself, Lois decides her best bet is to support The Blur. The devil you know, and all that.

9PM | TEENNICK – 10TH SEASON FINALE
Degrassi
– Season 11 will premiere this summer, but for now, the season 10 finale is making me have Craig meltdown flashbacks, as Eli promises to give Clare a little room to breathe, but finds it very difficult to keep his promise.

9PM | FOX
Fringe
– Walternate has vengeance on his mind, which causes problems in alt-world.

9PM | CBS
Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country
Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Martina McBride are among the performers honored in this salute to the women of country music, though Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Rascal Flatts also perform.

9PM | THE CW
Supernatural
– In “Frontierland,” Sam and Dean travel back in time to the Old West, which, yes, means you should expect plenty of Back to the Future references.

9PM | HBO
Talking Funny
Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. talk about the process of creating their comedy material, recycling jokes and their favorite routines in this Gervais-produced special.

10PM | ABC
20/20
Elton John chats with Babs Walters about his new baby boy, Zachary, who was born last Christmas.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Back-to-back new episodes of Royal Weddings of a Lifetime (9PM, Lifetime) revolve around Prince William and Kate Middleton’s love story and predictions about their life together after next week’s big royal wedding;
– History has back-to-back new episodes of American Restoration (10PM);
– On Outrageous Food (10PM, Food Network), Tom travels to Philly to try a challenge that includes scarfing a 2-foot Philly cheesesteak sandwich and 12 Tastykakes;
– Magnus returns to Sanctuary (10PM, Syfy) and finds out that Bigfoot is missing and Henry has been battered, he claims, by Will;
– It’s a new Whitest Kids U’Know (10:30PM, IFC), with skits about a squirrel flying into a car’s sunroof and bad food ordering on a first date.

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Danny McBride and Jack Hanna (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Kim and Kourtney Kardashian (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Vin Diesel (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): The Lonely Island, Magic Johnson and Stephen Colbert (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Diane Lane;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Cee Lo Green and Josh Radnor (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

8PM | NBC – 5TH SEASON PREMIERE
Friday Night Lights
– Yeah, yeah, those fans with DirecTV have already seen the final – sniffle – season unfold, and, true, it’s already out on DVD, but there’s still nothing like tuning in to watch FNL, one of the all-time great TV dramas, unfold live on a Friday night. Enjoy.

8PM | FOX
Kitchen Nightmares
– Can you get good Caribbean food at a cafe in Pasadena? Not the one Gordo makes a visit to tonight, apparently.

8PM | ABC
Shark Tank
– Keychains, a lighted sticker and smelly (in a good way) lip gloss are among the projects pitched to the Sharks.

8PM | THE CW
Smallville
– The good news is that Papa Kent (John Schneider) is back, but it’s in al-universe, where Clark isn’t Clark Kent, but Clark Luthor.

9PM | TEENNICK
Degrassi
– Any guesses as to what Eli’s issue is going to turn out to be when he starts getting all creepy and clingy with Clair?

9PM | FOX
Fringe
– The episode: “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide.” The plot: The team has precious little time to get William Bell’s consciousness out of Olivia’s body before Olivia is no more.

9PM | THE CW
Supernatural
– Fate is ticked off at everyone, namely Balthazar for saving the Titanic. She’s also pretty upset with Sam and Dean, and Castiel tells the bros they’re gonna have to kill her to get any peace.  

10PM | SYFY
Sanctuary
– The team’s punishment for trespassing in Praxis: death!

10:30PM | IFC – 5TH SEASON PREMIERE
The Whitest Kids U’ Know
– Season premiere skits include a sex phone operator’s obsession with baked beans and “Little Hitler,” which presents a funny hypothesis about the source of the villain’s villainy.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s Glee meets The Breakfast Club when five high schoolers in detention bond and form a band in the TV flick Lemonade Mouth (8PM, Disney);
– Doctors and scientists try to find, and stop, the source of deadly pathogens like anthrax in the new series Killer Outbreaks (9PM, Animal Planet);
– It’s the second season finale of The Ricky Gervais Show on HBO (9PM);
– Back-to-back episodes of Say Yes to the Dress on TLC (9PM);
Doug E. Doug guests on Bar Karma (10PM, Current);
– On Outrageous Food (10PM, Food Network), Tom samples turducken burgers.

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Tina Fey and Chris Cornell;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): John Travolta;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Norm McDonald (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Robin Wright;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Bill Hader (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | CBS
Blue Bloods
– Frank (Tom Selleck) has to battle rumors when a false story leaks that he’s running for mayor, and he also has his hands full with son Danny (Mark Wahlberg), the Marine-turned-cop, who gets emotionally involved when a fellow Marine is murdered.

8PM | CBS – 1ST SEASON FINALE
The Defenders
– When Nick and Pete want to defend a married couple accused of murder, they temporarily dissolve their partnership so each one of them can represent the spouses separately.

8PM | FOX
Kitchen Nightmares
Gordo tries to prevent a Providence eatery from shuttering its doors.

8PM | ABC
Supernanny
– A Vegas couple calls on Jo for help when they conclude the only way to get their three anklebiters to behave is to bribe them with junk food.

9PM | CBS
CSI: NY
– The CSIs go all Gossip Girl when a popular student at an elite Manhattan prep school is murdered.

9PM | ANIMAL PLANET – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Fatal Attractions
– The theme is crocodiles, including one who lives with a woman and goes for car rides with her.

9PM | FOX
Fringe
– It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a group of thieves who can defy gravity, the subject of tonight’s Fringe Team investigation.

9PM | TLC
Say Yes to the Dress
– A military bride and a former NFL cheerleader shop for their perfect wedding day gowns.

10PM | TLC
DC Cupcakes
– In back-to-back episodes, the sisters bake a special cake for their parents’ anniversary and try to concoct a working slot machine confection, while Andres fulfills an order for every flavor of cupcake the shop has ever offered.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Andy Cohen fills in for Reeg on Live With Regis & Kelly (Check local listings for time and channel);
– Horse manure skeeball … but one of the lovely wedding reception activities on My Big Redneck Wedding (8:30PM, CMT);
– On DeGrassi (9PM, TeenNick), Sav isn’t sure whether Alli is really MIA or just trying to get attention;
– The fellas discuss what they would do on the last day if the world was about to end on The Ricky Gervais Show (9PM, HBO).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Howard Stern and Naughty By Nature (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Lady Gaga, John Legend and Sofia Vergara (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Howard Stern (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Ann Curry and Patrice O’Neal (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Amanda Peet;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Michael Rapaport (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM | THE CW
Supernatural – In this clever, fan-pleasing installment, a hitman goes after Balthazar, Sam and Dean, and to protect the Winchester brothers, Balthazar sends them to an alternate universe, where they’re the stars of a TV show called Supernatural and they’re actors named Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki.

3PM | ABC
General Hospital – Before he hosts the Oscars this weekend, James Franco returns (today and Feb. 28) as performance artist “Franco,” who stirs up some more trouble for Jason.

7PM | CARTOON NETWORK
Hall of Game AwardsTony Hawk hosts the inaugural sports awards show, which includes appearances by Ryan Sheckler, Nelly, Terrell Owens, Monica and Venus Williams, and awards in categories like “Dynamic Duo,” “Super Siblings,” In It to Win It” and “Gnarliest Newb.”

8PM | ABC
Supernanny – Jo helps a New Jersey policeman and his wife, who are trying to juggle jobs and disciplining their four-year-old triplets and an 11-year-old son.

9PM | CBS
CSI: NY – She may have been nutty, but when the CSIs investigate the murder of a conspiracy theory-obsessed woman, they discover some of her ideas weren’t so far-fetched.

9PM | FOX
Fringe – Last season’s Peter flashback episode gets a companion this season with tonight’s ep, which delves into the backstory of Olivia, Peter and Walter.

10PM | CBS
Blue Bloods – Erin’s daughter Nicky gets freaked out when she goes on a ride-along with her Uncle Danny and sees the body of a murdered young woman.

10PM | STARZ – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena – The season ends as the arena is set to open, Batiatus is set to get his revenge and blood is set to fly.

10:30PM | IFC – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Portlandia – The mayor wants to woo a major league baseball team to Portlandia, so he asks Fred and Carrie to help.

11PM | STARZ – SNEAK PEEK PREVIEW
Camelot – The official, two-hour debut is April 1, but tonight Starz airs the first episode of its fresh spin on the story of Merlin (Joseph Fiennes), Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower), Guinevere (Tamsin Egerton) and Morgan (Eva Green).

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Gordo visits a Boston restaurant on Kitchen Nightmares (8PM, Fox);
– Clark and Lois have their bachelor and bachelorette parties on Smallville (8PM, The CW), and, well, they end with Clark thinking he stole an armored truck;
Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall digs into her family history on Who Do You Think You Are? (8PM, NBC);
– Tonight’s nuptials on My Big Redneck Wedding (8:30PM, CMT) feature an albino snake, a tricycle and a cake made out of blocks of cheese (really);
– Drew’s friends try to talk him out of dating Bianca on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
The Injustice Files (9PM, ID) investigates the 1965 murders of a pair of Louisiana deputies;
– A patient (The Wire‘s Sonja Sohn) is called to Bar Karma (10PM, Current) in the middle of her surgery (!) and finds out how her operation is going to turn out;
– It’s the second season premiere of DC Cupcakes on TLC (10PM).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Matthew Morrison and Jeff Altman;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Emily Blunt and Darlene Love;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): (RERUN);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jason Sudekis and Amber Heard;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Melissa Leo and Phil Keoghan;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Janelle Monae.

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