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

(ALL TIMES ET)

10:30PM, SUN | HBO – 8TH SEASON PREMIERE
Entourage
– It’s the end of the road for Entourage (on TV anyway; a big-screen movie is still likely), and the season is not starting off well for Vince and company. Fresh out of rehab, Vince is clean, but when he gets excited about doing a movie the guys consider pretty cheesy, they worry about whether or not they can be honest with him, lest they trigger a relapse with their fragile friend. Elsewhere, Eric struggles to find new clients for his management company, and Ari’s marriage is in serious trouble when Mrs. Ari refuses to consider a reconciliation.

10PM, SAT | BBC AMERICA
Graham Norton Show
Adele in the house!

8PM, SUN | FOOD NETWORK
Challenge: The Smurfs Movie Cakes
– Four chefs compete to win $10,000 by whipping up the best homage to Smurfs cake. Hope there’s enough blue icing.

9PM, SUN | TNT
Leverage
– It’s all about the tuber: the team tries to recover a hot potato (yes, really, a stolen potato) worth millions of dollars.

9PM, SUN | FOOD NETWORK
The Next Food Network Star
Ina Garten judges a cupcake bake-off, and then the remaining contestants have to perform a live segment on Rachael Ray‘s show.

9PM, SUN | CBS
Same Name
– The promos that proclaim this is a chance for celebrities to find out how real people live are cheesy and insulting … if celebs claim not to know how “real people” live, it isn’t because they don’t know; it’s because they choose not to care or even think about it. Nonetheless, the celebs who are participating in this new reality show, in which they swap lives with “real people” of the same name, have fun with the idea. Kathy Griffin and Mike Tyson star in future eps, and tonight’s premiere finds David Hasselhoff, actor and deity in Germany, swapping lives with Texas landscaper David Hasselhoff.

10PM, SUN | VH1
Behind the Music
– A profile of soul/hip-hop diva, with one of the most amazing voices ever, Mary J. Blige.

10PM, SUN | AMC
Breaking Bad
– Walt is very surprised to find out that Skyler has not only accepted their situation and the source of Walt’s cash, but she’s seemingly embracing it to the point of scoping out a new venture that will help them launder Walt’s ill-gotten gains.

10PM, SUN | HBO
Curb Your Enthusiasm
– The episode is called “Palestinian Chicken,” and it is one of the best Larry misadventures in years, as he offends his friends with his love of some politically incorrect food, prompting Jeff to call him a “social assassin.”

10PM, SUN | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New Jersey
– The Christmas party continues, as Caroline and her son Chris put the pot-stirring Kim G. in her place (and out of Joe and Melissa‘s house).

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Shorty heads to Denver, which has just passed a law banning pit bulls on Pit Boss (Sat., 10PM, Animal Planet);
– Eviction nominees are revealed on Big Brother (Sun., 8PM, CBS);
Alexa comes to Olivia asking for a favor on Jerseylicious (Sun., 8PM, Style);
– Tonight’s badly-behaving brides include one who overspends on her fiancé’s dime and another who demands her bridesmaids lose weight on Bridezillas (Sun., 9PM, WE);
Michael Lohan‘s former fiancé, former Star reporter Kate Major, causes problems on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (Sun., 9PM, VH1);
– Jane finds out her relationship with the good doctor is not exclusive on Drop Dead Diva (Sun., 9PM, Lifetime);
– It’s the halfway point of the season on Ice Road Truckers (Sun., 9PM, History),and Lisa‘s dealing with her drive into a ditch;
– Bill gets involved with the necromancy problem on True Blood (Sun., 9PM, HBO);
– On Falling Skies (Sun., 10PM, TNT), Mike accidentally uncovers an enemy no one suspected;
– When a respected doctor is murdered on The Glades (Sun., 10PM, TNT), Jim thinks it’s because he was mixed up in illegal drug sales;
– Mary’s ex visits on In Plain Sight (Sun., 10PM, USA);
The Marriage Ref (Sun., 10PM, NBC) is usually on my must-not-see TV list, but tonight’s panel includes Gilmore Girl mama (and Parenthood sister) Lauren Graham, so it’s worth a look. Next week: it’s back on the list;
– On the season two premiere of Top Gear (Sun., 10PM, History), the guys head to Texas in search of an alternative to the pickup truck.

Channel Surfing – June 26

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Farrah Fawcett‘s death has seemingly taken a backseat to Michael Jackson coverage in the media, but TV Land will air the first two episodes of the late Charlie’s Angels star’s 2005 celebreality series Chasing Farrah on June 27 at 9PM ET. NBC will re-air Farrah’s Story, the recent two-hour documentary that followed her battle against cancer, tonight at 9PM, while the Bio Channel will air Bio Remembers: Farrah Fawcett June 29 at 10PM.

– The deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson apparently sparked some Internet pranksters to start rumors about the deaths of Law & Order: Criminal Intent star Jeff Goldblum and Harrison Ford. Weird, random totally untrue.

– The Sarah Palin hubbub helped David Letterman best The Tonight Show in the ratings for the first time in more than three years.

– It’s a go: Noah Wyle will star in Steven Spielberg‘s alien-invasion pilot for TNT.

– The Scientologists are taking to the airwaves again with a new series of TV commercials, including one that aired Wednesday night during 360 with Anderson Cooper on CNN.

Privileged star Joanna Garcia will pop up on the new season of Gossip Girl as Bree Buckley, a nasty Southerner who’s rumored to have a little somethin’-somethin’ going with Chace Crawford‘s Nate.

– NBC has announced its fall schedule premiere dates, including the premiere of The Jay Leno Show on Sept. 14 and the Sept. 17 premiere of Community, the best new sitcom to hit the tube since 30 Rock (which, by the way, returns to the network’s line-up on Oct. 15).

– If American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert doesn’t drop a great debut album, it won’t be because of a lack of talented collaborators. Among those writing and performing with Lambert on his disc are One Republic‘s Ryan Tedder and Idol judge/songwriter Kara DioGuardi, but also musicians who’ve worked with Evanescence, David Archuleta, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, Jason Mraz and Britney Spears.

Jeri Ryan will play a new con woman on TNT’s Leverage.

– The U.S Postal Service is releasing a new series of stamps that will honor classic TV stars and shows. The Aug. 11 release will find stamps featuring Groucho Marx, Rod Serling, Howdy Doody, Lassie, The Lone Ranger, The Honeymooners and I Love Lucy.

– And, a Fraggle Rock comic book?! Yep, it’s happening.

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