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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.

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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)

9PM | FOX – 3RD SEASON FINALE
Fringe
– Real world and the alt world collide in this game-changing season ender, which includes the death of a team member and, according to producers, several scenes fans are going to be rewatching again and again while anxiously awaiting season four (and yes, the show has already been renewed for a fourth season).

8PM | NBC
Friday Night Lights
– Buddy finds out just how much work Buddy Jr. is going to require, and Luke gets an offer from TMU.

8PM | FOX
Kitchen Nightmares
– Gordo tries to work his makeover magic on Capri, an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles.

8PM | DIY
Man Caves
– An extreme sports fan’s garage is turned into an adventure cave.

8PM | ABC
Shark Tank
– Things get extra crazy in the Shark Tank tonight, as Mark Cuban tells all the entrepreneurs – including the maker of a male-aimed candle and someone claiming to have an innovative wedding product – that they shouldn’t negotiate with the other Sharks if they want to have any hope of wheeling and dealing with him.

8PM | THE CW
Smallville
– Only one week ’til the series finale. In this penultimate episode, Jor-el gives Lois Clark’s superpowers as a wedding present, so she’ll understand what it’s like to be Clark for one day.

9PM | CBS
CSI: NY
Peter Fonda guest stars as Mac’s former partner, who, along with Mac, is on the receiving end of gunfire sparked by a grudge that’s been stewing for decades.

9PM | THE CW
Supernatural
– Castiel tells Sam, Dean and Bobby about the war in heaven, and how he and Raphael became enemies, but Bobby believes his story is missing a lot of important details.

10PM | CBS
Blue Bloods
– When friends of the Reagans are murdered, the family’s drug addict son is the main suspect. Meanwhile, Jamie’s gun is stolen, leading him to worry that he’s being set up for investigating the Blue Templars.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s the fourth season premiere of Flashpoint (8PM, CBS);
– Everyone graduates and the ship is sold on the series finale of Suite Life on Deck (8PM, Disney);
– Back-to-back new eps of Say Yes to the Dress (9PM, TLC);
– A retro candy machine and a safe without a combination are on tap on American Restoration (10PM, History);
– National security journalist Peter Bergen is the guest on Real Time With Bill Maher (10PM, HBO);
– IFC has a new Whitest Kids U’Know (10:30PM).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Bill Murray;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Steven Tyler and the Civil Wars;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Edie Falco and Carmelo Anthony;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Will Ferrell;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Paul Feig.

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)

10PM | CBS
Blue Bloods – Someone’s staring down the business end of a beatdown when Frank is the target of an assassination attempt, and detective son Danny goes looking for the perp to a) administer the aforementioned beatdown and b) determine if Frank was a random target or if the baddie intended to kill the NYPD Commissioner.

8PM | FOX
Kitchen NightmaresChef Gordo visits the Grasshopper Also Irish pub in New Jersey.

8PM | THE CW
Smallville – Still giddy about the news that Michael Rosenbaum will return for the May 13 series finale? Another fan-pleasing event: Tonight, Lois advises Clark to don a disguise to protect his identity.

8PM | ABC
Supernanny Jo‘s help is desperately needed, as a military wife whose husband is deployed in Afghanistan is trying to raise four adopted children, all under the age of 7, on her own.

9PM | CBS
CSI: NY – The CSIs are torn when a violent serial rapist is found murdered. Do they really want to catch the vigilante who killed the creep?

9PM | TEENNICK
Degrassi – Bianca wants to be with Drew, but a popular couple they do not make.

9PM | FOX
Fringe – Peter and Olivia try to heal the rift between them, as the team visits the home of a woman mourning the death of her husband.

9PM | ID – SERIES PREMIERE
The Injustice Files – The series investigates cold cases from the Civil Rights era, beginning with the unsolved 1967 murder of Wharlest Jackson, a man who was killed by a bomb in his truck after he accepted a promotion at a local factory in Mississippi.

9PM | THE CW
Supernatural – Dean rushes to save Lisa from impending doom, while Sam digs into a cluster of murders that may have been the result of some cruel practical jokes the dead dudes were playing on a female co-worker.

10:30PM | IFC
Portlandia – The town is excited about a new music and film festival. Fans of the show, meanwhile, should be excited that IFC just ordered a second season of the Fred Armisen comedy.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Who Do You Think You Are? (8PM, NBC) helps Rosie O’Donnell dig into her late mother’s family history;
– It’s a “redneck carnival” affair on My Big Redneck Wedding (8:30PM, CMT), which includes a dunk tank filled with beer;
– Obi-Wan and Anakin try to spring a Jedi general from a Separatist prison on Star Wars: The Clone Wars (8:30PM, Cartoon Network);
Primetime: What Would You Do? (9PM, ABC) finds out how many people will say yes when asked by teens to purchase alcohol for them in a liquor store;
Karl doles out romantic advice and tales of his kidney stones on The Ricky Gervais Show (9PM, HBO);
– On Bar Karma (10PM, Current), a children’s author comes to the bar, where he finds out his latest book is going to inspire an act of terrorism;
Gold Rush: Alaska (10PM, Discovery) wraps its first season;
Kevin Smith is the interview guest on Real Time With Bill Maher (10PM, HBO).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): David Spade, Andy Kindler and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Mark Harmon and 30 Seconds to Mars;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Adam Sandler and Bobby Flay (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Patrice O’Neal, Ann Curry and Raekwon featuring Ghostface Killah and Jim Jones;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Lily Tomlin and D.J. Qualls;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Patton Oswalt.

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