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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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10PM | FX – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Justified
– The finale of what has been a fantastic, Emmy-worthy sophomore season is called “Bloody Harlan,” and if you think that refers to battle, right you are. Tensions between Boyd (Walt Goggins) and the Bennetts reach a boiling point, and pretty much everyone in town has a weapon in his or her hand. And, though Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Winona (Natalie Zea) were planning to skip town and leave the craziness behind, a missing person case drags the lawman back into the thick of the war, which is going to end with more than one major character taking a bullet.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– It’s “Now and Then” week, meaning the final five will sing one current song and one song from the 1960s and that we will see what a baby James Durbin looked like.

8PM | ABC
The Middle
– A day to herself sounds like the perfect Mother’s Day present to Frankie, but, of course, that doesn’t go as planned.

8PM | CBS
Survivor
Boston Rob’s team has to vote out one of its own, while a four-person battle unfolds at Redemption Island.

9PM | ABC
Modern Family
– Phil and Jay make for one of the best, most awkwardly funny, pairings on the show, and that’s certainly the case when they decide to work together to prepare Mother’s Day dinner tonight.

9:30PM | TLC
Extreme Couponing
– A super couponer tries to gather 700 items to donate, without spending a dime.

9:30PM | ABC
Cougar Town
– Grayson tries to bond with Travis, just as Jules decides to finally let her son start making some decisions on his own.

10PM | NAT GEO WILD – SERIES PREMIERE
Animal Fugitives
– In the opener of the series that features footage of animals on the loose, a chimp escapes in suburban neighborhood.

10PM | NBC
Law & Order: SVU
– You may like him better as a good guy, but John Stamos makes a fine baddie, too, as in this SVU installment, where he plays a creepy dude taking advantage of women and their babies.

10PM | MTV
The Real World
Heather‘s plan for getting over Dustin? Making out with Nany. Meanwhile, Naomi takes a pregnancy test.

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
South Park
– Just like Comedy Central, the Special Ed department at the elementary school decides to launch a comedy awards show, with Jimmy as host. But things turn serious when someone makes a joke about the Germans not having a sense of humor.

10PM | TLC – SERIES PREMIERE
Spouse vs. House
– Couples who are feeling a little skint get everything they need to perform some nifty renovations in this new home makeover series. The catch? One half of the couple has to move out temporarily and trust the other half to do all the work.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The final four are in Morocco, where they have to balance tea trays on their heads while dancing on America’s Next Top Model (9PM, The CW);
– There may be a serial killer on the loose in a North Carolina mountain town on Criminal Minds (9PM, CBS);
– A torpedo and a truck full of wine are among the experiments on MythBusters (9PM, Discovery);
– The team is hired to protect a copy, the only copy, of The Goonies movie sequel on Breaking In (9:30PM, Fox);
– Cooper and Fickler are caught up in the case of a death row inmate who’s demanding a retrial based on Fickler’s evidence on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (10PM, CBS);
– Sure, they can whip up fancy food, but how will the Top Chef Masters (10PM, Bravo) do when they have to work the drive-thru of a fast food joint?;
The Electric Barbarellas (11PM, MTV) is yet another “making the band” reality series.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Eva Mendes;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): David Barton;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Amy Farrell;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Betty White and Rick Harrison;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Chris Hemsworth and Kate Hudson;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Paul Walker and Mike Rowe;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Kenneth Branagh and Ellie Kemper;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Alec Baldwin;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): John Water and Pauley Perrette;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Sarah Vowell.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | FX
Justified
– While Raylan is busily trying to figure out who wants to kill him, Boyd throws in with Raylan’s papa, Arlo, as he takes on Dickie for control of the Harlan County pot biz (and continues to heat up his new romance with Ava). But, be warned about the closing minutes of tonight’s episode: You will be yelling “Noooooooooooooo!” at your TV screen.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– The top 7 sing songs from the 21st century. Wow, what an exciting and specific theme, AI producers.

8PM | ABC
The Middle
– The Hecks are worried about how obsessed Frankie is with the royal wedding, especially after she buys a very pricey HDTV on which to watch it.

8PM | CBS
Survivor
– An ugly argument ensues when one team’s rice becomes contaminated, while the first member of the jury is established.

9PM | ABC
Modern Family
– Cam and Mitchell wig about who will be Lily’s legal guardian if anything should ever happen to them, and when they evaluate the Prichett clan, no one holds up well to the scrutiny.

9:30PM | FOX
Breaking In
– Oz helps his childhood pal, NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson, with a security issue.

9:30PM | ABC
Cougar Town
– Jules and Grayson babysit Stan, while Andy tries to help Laurie get her dating groove back on.

9:30PM | TLC
Extreme Couponing
– A woman in Missouri plans to score $400 worth of groceries for less than a ten spot, while super couponer Missy, in Florida, plans a shopping spree in which her coupons will actually net her $50.

10PM | MTV
The Real World
Adam‘s ouster means the RWers get a new roommie, and when the newbie goes after Dustin, an all-out roommate war ensues .

10:30PM | A&E – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Storage Wars
– First of all, A&E, please make more episodes soon. As for tonight’s installment, word is that one of the treasure hunters drops $5,500 on one storage unit.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Adam and Jamie try to walk on water for tonight’s MythBusters experiment (9PM, Discovery);
– A new Cold Blood installment looks at the Amanda Knox trial (10PM, ID);
– ABC has back-to-back new eps of Happy Endings (10PM);
– Yes, it is interesting that Hoarding (10PM, TLC) follows Extreme Couponing on TLC;
– The chefs have to whip up some tasty using something icky, namely crickets and beetles, on Top Chef Masters (10PM, Bravo);
– It’s the end of the third season for Being Erica (11PM, SoapNet).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Tyler Perry, Morgan Spurlock and The Strokes;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Ricky Gervais (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): James Franco (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Kirstie Alley (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Dwayne Johnson;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Robert Pattinson;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Amy Poehler and Tiger Woods (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Michael Clarke Duncan;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Jason Sudekis (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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10PM | FX
Justified
– Bummed about son Coover’s death (despite what she did to his hand), Mags Bennett (Margo Martindale) decides to get her affairs in order, which means a pile of cash and the promise of peace for one Givens family member, and a nice hunk of humiliation and trouble for one of Mags’ own. Meanwhile, when Winona lets Raylan know that she’s finally divorcing the hapless Gary, Raylan starts contemplating his own future, and Boyd … well, let’s just say Boyd starts to thoroughly embrace his inevitable role as the new king of Harlan County.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– It’s down to the final eight, who perform songs from movies tonight. Will this week lead to another “shocking” ouster? Not for me … the only thing shocking at this point is how overrated this group of contestants is, especially when it comes to the judges’ criticisms (or lack thereof). The season started off with much promise, but, as Idol expert and author Richard Rushfield points out today at The Daily Beast, what we’ve ended up with is another lackluster season, and one that definitely has us all missing Simon Cowell very, very much.

8PM | ABC
The Middle
– Brick is humiliated (humiliated) when Frankie makes him wear his cousin’s old clothes.

8PM | CBS
Survivor
– What does a double tribal council mean? Two players are headed to Redemption Island, of course..

9PM | ABC
Modern Family
– Everyone has fame on their minds, as Phil tries to convince his fam to appear in his realty business commercial and, in what’s sure to be one of the season’s most fun storylines, Cameron becomes the music director at Luke and Manny’s school.

9PM | DISCOVERY – 8TH SEASON PREMIERE
MythBusters
– A magazine + a toaster = an explosive device? Adam and Jamie test that movie myth.

9:30PM | FOX
Breaking In
Alyssa Milano guest stars as a dentist who’s impressed by Cameron’s (Bret Harrison) job.

9:30PM | TLC
Extreme Couponing
– Remember Nathan, from the original Extreme Couponing special, the guy who donated all that cereal to a food bank? The philanthropic coupon clipper is at it again tonight, as he tries to put his money-saving skills to work to assemble enough goodies to send 1,000 care packages to American military men and women. Awesome.

9:30PM | ABC – SERIES PREMIERE
Happy Endings
24 daughter Elisha Cuthbert (yeah, I always wished that mountain lion would have eaten her, too) stars in back-to-back episodes of this new comedy about a woman who throws her group of friends into chaos when she leaves her fiancé at the altar.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Bobby tries to make the best Baked Alaska on Throwdown with Bobby Flay (8:30PM, Food Network);
– The Criminal Minds team travels to San Diego to investigate a series of killings involving college students (9PM, CBS);
– A couple wins their dream wedding on the season one finale of Shedding for the Wedding (9PM, The CW);
– The BAU team digs into the kidnappings of new mothers on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (10PM, CBS);
– Benson’s still looking after her young charge, while also searching for his druggie mom on Law & Order: SVU (10PM, NBC);
– Will Adam become the latest Real World roommate to get the boot? (10PM, MTV);
– Back-to-back Storage Wars episodes (10PM, A&E);
Mad Men star Christina Hendricks challenges the contestants to perform a retro-themed challenge on Top Chef Masters (10PM, Bravo);
– Eyewitness video, from news crews and amateur videographers, of the tsunami and earthquake disaster in Japan make up NGC’s Witness: Disaster in Japan special (10PM).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Anthony Anderson and Dax Shepard;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Tracy Morgan;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Morgan Spurlock;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Aziz Ansari and Courteney Cox;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Diane Lane and Chris Jericho;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Prince;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Eva Longoria, Patrick Warburton and Robyn;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Mike Tyson (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Ashley Judd;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Producer Gale Anne Hurd (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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8PM | ABC
The Middle
– Brick gets a D (a D) on a math test, and Frankie thinks it’s his teacher’s (guest star Doris Roberts) fault. But when the teach proposes she and Mike take the test to see how fair it is, the math-minded mom may change her tune.

Check local listings for time and channel | PBS
Great Performances: Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway
– The DVD hit stores yesterday, but tune in tonight to see the fantastic crooner sing tunes like “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Bésame Mucho.”

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– The top 12 women perform and, hopefully, unlike last night, J.Lo and Steven Tyler can give some honest feedback, because they were definitely hearing different vocals than the rest of us were hearing from some of the top 12 dudes.

8PM | CBS
Survivor: Redemption Island
– The first Redemption Island duel of the season happens tonight, while Russell is on the hot seat, yet again, with his teammates.

9PM | ABC
Modern Family
– Phil’s off for a day at the spa, while Gloria and Jay argue about the creepiness of his and her burial plots.

10PM | SYFY
Face Off
– The challenge for the artists tonight: To create original zombies for a dance routine.

10PM | TLC – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Hoarding: Buried Alive
– Extreme hoarder Jahn has double the trouble of the usual hoarder: She’s got two houses full of stuff, both of which have been condemned, and both of which she now has to clear out.

10PM | FX
Justified
– We finally get the backstory on Rachel when her brother-in-law (guest star Larenz Tate) flees from a halfway house and goes on a crime spree that sheds light on some heartbreaking family history.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Restaurant: Impossible
Chef Robert performs a makeover on the tired Flood Tide eatery in Mystic, Connecticut.

10PM | BRAVO
Top Chef: All-Stars
– The chefs’ relatives visit when they’re challenged to create dishes based on their family tree.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– On America’s Next Top Model (8PM, The CW), Alek Wek is the guest judge, as the models have to pose with live bees on them;
– Prentiss fears her old Interpol nemesis is after her and the BAU team on Criminal Minds (9PM, CBS);
Bret Michaels chats on Piers Morgan Tonight (9PM, CNN);
– The couples compete for their wedding cakes on Shedding for the Wedding (9PM, The CW);
– Ben’s plan to get his employees to like him backfires on Mr. Sunshine (9:30PM, ABC);
– On Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (10PM, CBS), a serial killer takes that whole “see no evil” thing literally: he removes his victim’s eyes;
– Victoria considers making a sex tape to spark a career comeback on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land);
– All the teens from season one reunite to show where they are now on I Used to Be Fat (10PM, MTV).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Chelsea Handler;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Allison Stanger;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Harry Connick Jr.;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Donald Trump and Vanessa Hudgens;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Simon Cowell and Jeff Gordon;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): DJ Pauly D and Ron Artest;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Nick Offerman and Amanda Seyfried;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Mike Tyson;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Tom Shadyac.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | FX
Justified – Raylan and Winona have a date at a local roadhouse, but the best part of tonight’s episode is Boyd (the always fantastic Walton Goggins), who is everyone’s first suspect when a church bus with a stash of drugs onboard is hijacked.

8PM | FOX
American Idol – It’s the last night of competition before the top 20 is revealed in tomorrow night’s episode.

8PM | THE CW – 16TH SEASON PREMIERE
America’s Next Top Model – 14 new models move into an L.A. penthouse and, for their first challenge, they have to walk a runway in a large bubble across a swimming pool.

8PM | ABC
The Middle – “Hecks on a Plane” is the title of this gem, in which lovable perpetual loser Sue actually wins a trip to New York City for the whole family. PS – Congrats to the show for a well-deserved Gracie Award.

8PM | NBC
Minute to Win It – In a two-hour special, Aron Ralston, the mountain climber whose story of survival sparked James Franco‘s Oscar-nominated performance in 127 Hours, tries to win the $1 million prize.

8PM | CBS
Survivor: Redemption Island – Another contestant joins Francesca on Redemption Island, but the real Survivor story today is the scandal that might get Survivor villain Russell Hantz booted for good.

9PM | ABC
Modern Family – Jay’s not the only one who ends up regretting his purchase of a karaoke machine for Gloria.

9PM | THE CW – SERIES PREMIERE
Shedding for the WeddingSara Rue hosts this competition in which nine engaged couples try to lose weight, with the biggest losers winning their dream wedding.

10PM | CBS
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior – Not in Cincy! The Red Cell team finds a surprising connection between a string of murders of single businessmen in swanky Cincinnati hotels.

10PM | MTV – 1ST SEASON FINALE
I Used to Be Fat – An overweight teen named Kelly tries to get healthier physically while also dealing, or rather avoiding dealing, with the death of her father.

10PM | BRAVO
Top Chef: All-Stars – Dra-ma in the kitchen tonight, as Richard accuses Mike of stealing his dish.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Nova scienceNow (Check local listings for time and channel, PBS) looks at emerging technologies, including cars that can drive themselves;
– Reid’s connection with an autistic child may help the BAU team locate the boy’s MIA parents on Criminal Minds (9PM, CBS);
Ghost Hunters (9PM, Syfy) kicks off season seven in Louisiana;
Adam eats stuffed sammiches in Pittsburgh and onion burgers in Oklahoma City on Man vs. Food (9PM, Travel);
Larry King is on the hot seat on Piers Morgan Tonight (9PM, CNN);
– Heather sets Ben up with her sister on Mr. Sunshine (9:30PM, ABC);
– The remaining finalists have to work in teams of two, and turn brides into grooms and grooms into brides on Face Off (10PM, Syfy);
– Victoria wraps her guest stint on All My Children on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land);
James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons (10PM, ID) wraps its first season;
Real Housewives of NYC star LuAnn de Lesseps guest stars as an art patron who discovers a murder victim on Law & Order: SVU (10PM, NBC);
Chef Robert heads to Jacksonville to help an eatery update its menu and decor on Restaurant: Impossible (10PM, Food Network).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jason Sudekis and Brandon T. Jackson;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Donald Rumsfeld;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Stephanie Coontz;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Hank Aaron and Rainn Wilson;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Nick Swardson, Randy Jackson and Travie McCoy;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Bobby Brown;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Nancy Grace;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Liza Minnelli, Anthony Mackie and Bel Biv Devoe;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Joel McHale;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Judy Greer.

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