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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Dinner Party From Hell: Producers’ Cut – It’s tough to imagine how this episode could be any crazier than it was, from Camille‘s passive-aggressive behavior to her wackadoo pal Allison-the Psychic-With-the Electronic Cigarette‘s aggressive-aggressive behavior, but Bravo’s promising to dish up a fresh helping of drama, so dig in.

7PM | DISCOVERY
Pitchmen – A stadium chair, an electric skateboard and an alternative to the chip clip are on tap for Sully.

8PM | FOX
Glee – He didn’t get the Best New Artist love at the Grammys (robbed), but two of Justin Bieber‘s tunes pop up in tonight’s Glee.

8PM | G4
Jump City: Seattle – Remember that killer parkour scene in Casino Royale? This new series follows the Pro Parkour League in Seattle.

8PM | CBS
NCIS – Gibbs investigates the death of a Marine who was killed in an assassination attempt on a politician he was guarding, while the team protects the politico’s daughter, a U.S. college student who’s also crushing on McGee.

9PM | FOX
Raising Hope – The Chances find some old home movies that lead to the surprising reason behind why they tend to be a healthy people.

10PM | CBS
The Good Wife – How very Zuckerbergian-ish: Will and Diane represent an Internet bazillionaire who’s ticked off at the way he was portrayed in a movie about his life.

10PM | NBC
Parenthood – The show that just keeps getting better brings in Lost star Michael Emerson as a man with Asperger’s who hosts a birthday party for Max.

10PM | TNT
Southland – Lydia (Emmy-worthy Regina King) gets suspended and spends her time bonding with an injured witness.

10PM | MTV
Teen Mom 2 – Surprise, not: Adam proves to be such a massive tool as a roommate that he offends Megan, who moves out. Good move inviting that back into your life, Chelsea.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– USA has closing night coverage of the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (8PM);
– The Cupcake Wars (9PM, Food Network) competitors fashion treats for a Cirque du Soleil party;
– The Hellcats (9PM, The CW) try to concoct a plan to save their funding;
– On Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? (9PM, WE), Joan and Melissa meet with Perez Hilton;
– Sam and Cullen go undercover as California highway patrolmen (like Ponch and Jon!) to ferret out some corrupt cops on NCIS: Los Angeles (9PM, CBS);
– On V (9PM, ABC), Lisa meets her grandmother and Anna asks Ryan to help her eliminate the Fifth Column;
– On Detroit 1-8-7 (10PM, ABC), Fitch and Washington investigate an ex-con’s claim that he killed two people in self defense;
– On Hard Time (10PM, NGC), a female prison in Ohio includes an inmate who’s raising her baby inside the prison;
– Lights misses the fam when he moves into a hotel to train in private on Lights Out (10PM, FX);
Love/Lust (10PM, Sundance) unfolds the history of the bikini;
Tosh chats with The Big O on Tosh.0 (10PM, Comedy Central);
– New Onion SportsDome (10:30PM, Comedy Central);
Bryson‘s in NYC, but the visit doesn’t go as well as he hoped it would on My Life as Liz (11PM, MTV);

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Dr. Phil, Jump City: Seattle and Ginnifer Goodwin;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): January Jones;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Christiane Amanpour and David Albright;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Josh Groban and a top 10 list with Joy Philbin;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Liam Neeson and Gretchen Wilson;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Justin Bieber, Far East Movement and Diane Kruger;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Eric Stonestreet and Jeremy Renner;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jeff Probst, Victoria Beckham and Drive-By Truckers;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): William Shatner;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Kevin Smith.

Channel Surfing – July 1

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Office Space star Ron Livingston is set to boldly go into another kind of space with ABC’s new sci-fi series Defying Gravity. The show, scheduled to premiere this summer, revolves around a group of international astronauts who are sent on a “mysterious” six-year mission through the solar system.

AOL’s PopEater wonders if farmer Kevin Skinner might be America’s Got Talent‘s version of Susan Boyle. Judge for yourself via the video of Skinner’s performance.

– MTV has given a season-two greenlight to 16 & Pregnant, the fantastic documentary series that follows teen moms-to-be as they deal with pregnancy and the realities of raising babies when they’re still kids themselves. The network has also announced a first season finale special, 16 & Pregnant: Life After Labor, that will be hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky on July 23. In it, all six teen moms from the inaugural episodes will chat about their experiences and answer questions from a live audience.

– After his stint on Celebracadara (and a memorable guest gig on Southland), C. Thomas Howell will return to reality TV as the host of CMT’s All Jacked Up on Aug. 22. The show, in which the Soul Man star travel around the country “in search of outlandish, funny and extreme stunts, sports, events, people and inventions,” sorta sounds like Jackass-meets-America’s Got Talent-ish.

– Sci Fi (soon to be SyFy) is developing a remake of the short-lived Fox drama Alien Nation.

– The new Lifetime dramedy Drop Dead Diva (which premieres on July 12) will feature guest appearances by Liza Minnelli and Delta Burke, who will play feuding sisters. Rosie O’Donnell will also play a judge in the episode, which is set to air on Sept. 20.

– The big ratings winners of the week among premieres: HBO’s Hung, which was HBO’s biggest premiere in two years with 2.8 million viewers, and Oxygen’s Dance Your Ass Off, which, with 1.3 million viewers, was the highest-rated premiere in Oxygen’s history. PS – Check out the TVScreener.com reviews of Hung and Dance Your Ass Off.

– And NBC News’s upcoming series The Wanted (July 20) sounds like a real-life version of The A-Team, as “an elite team with backgrounds in intelligence, unconventional warfare and investigative journalism” tries to hunt down terrorists and war criminals.

– And tonight in primetime:

– Discovery Channel’s season marathon of Pitchmen episodes, featuring the late Billy Mays, continues all day, leading into the first season finale at 10PM ET
– Animal Planet premieres Monster Inside Me, all about parasites that prey on humans, at 9PM ET
Wipeout. ABC, 8PM. More big red balls
– The Reno 911! deputies think aliens have come to town (10:30PM, Comedy Central)
– Teddy has company woes of his and tries to help a young girl who needs a kidney transplant on The Philanthropist (10PM, NBC)
– The Fashion Show crew gets busy designing sleepy-time wear (10PM, Bravo)
– One pair feuds while another hooks up on The Real World: Cancun (10PM, MTV)
– There are back-to-back new eps of Tattoo Highway on A&E (10 and 10:30PM)
– And E! has home videos of young Michael Jackson and his family on Michael Jackson: An E! Entertainment Special (10PM)

Channel Surfing – June 30

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– The New York Post claims Simon Cowell has been offered around $144 million per season – more than triple his current salary – to return as an American Idol judge. Is he worth it? Is anyone worth that much money for any job? Still, I don’t think I could sit through the show every week if it were Simon-less.

– Discovery Channel will go ahead with its plans for a Pitchmen marathon on July 1 (beginning at 11AM ET), leading up to the show’s season finale at 10PM. The show, of course, stars the late Billy Mays and shines the light on how his $1 billion business, with partner and fellow pitchman Anthony Sullivan, works.

– Mays, by the way, apparently suffered a heart attack and died in his sleep.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit stars Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni, who had been in reportedly contentious salary negotiations, have both signed on to return to the NBC drama next season. Christine Lahti is also joining the show as an ADA for four episodes.

– Former Saturday Night Live star Chris Kattan has signed on to be a regular on the new ABC comedy The Middle, which stars Patricia Heaton and ScrubsNeil Flynn.

– CBS will premiere its reality series There Goes the Neighborhood on Aug. 9. American Idol alum Matt Rogers will host the show, which finds eight families stuck behind a 20-foot wall in their ‘hood, without electronic communication or entertainment (No TV! No videogames! No Internet!). The fams have to work together and compete against the other fams to win the $250,000 grand prize.

– Among VH1’s upcoming series: Reality shows starring Chili from TLC, Pepa from Salt n’ Pepa and Frank “The Entertainer” Moresco, the I Love New York and I Love Money alum who currently lives with his parents. The Entertainer will find Moresco looking for love. Line up, ladies … it’s not every day you get the chance to hook up with a 32-year-old who lives in Mom and Dad’s basement. I hope it isn’t, anyway.

– It’s official: the sixth, and final, season of Lost will include 18 hours of island drama.

And tonight in primetime:
– Fox is showing Legally Blonde (8PM ET), one of my all-time fave chick flicks
Stars Reflect on the Man in the Mirror (8PM, TV Guide Channel), features celebs talking about Michael Jackson‘s impact on music and pop culture
– Catch Farrah Fawcett‘s chilling, Emmy-nominated performance in the 1984 TV flick The Burning Bed on Encore Drama (9:35PM)
– There’s more bratty teen drama on Bravo’s “real-life Gossip Girl” docudrama NYC Prep (9PM)
– Sean gets a surprise visitor in the hospital on Rescue Me (10PM, FX)
– More early auditions on America’s Got Talent (9PM, NBC)
– Linda has to move into Ted’s office after some toxic substance runs amuck on Better Off Ted (9:30PM, ABC)
– The BET Awards repeat (6:30PM, BET) in case you missed all the Michael Jackson tributes
– William’s father/son bonding weekend is interrupted when a pair of alcoholics need William’s help on The Cleaner (10PM, A&E)
– One smokin’ dude gets a cigar lounge on a new ep of Man Caves (9PM, DIY)
– And Dr. Mike tests leech therapy in India on Bite Me with Dr. Mike (10PM, Travel Channel)

A Tribute to TV Pitchman Billy Mays

Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson and now famous TV pitchman, and star of Discovery Channel’s new series Pitchmen, Billy Mays … needless to say, it’s been one of the worst weeks ever for TV celebs.

Mays, the famously enthusiastic spokesman for As Seen on TV products like OxiClean, Orange Glo and the Hercules Hook, has reportedly died in his sleep. He was found dead in his home in Tampa on Sunday morning, and his son confirmed his death on Twitter.

The Discovery Channel released the following statement regarding their reality star’s death:

“It is with incredible sadness that we have to report that Billy Mays died in his sleep last night. Everyone that knows him was aware of his larger-than-life personality, generosity and warmth. Billy was a pioneer in his field and helped many people fulfill their dreams. He will be greatly missed as a loyal and compassionate friend. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family at this time of incredible loss. More information will be distributed as it becomes available.”

A few quick facts about the endearing, energetic salesman:

1 – Mays began his pitchman career right after graduating from high school in Pennsylvania. His first product: trying to get customers on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City to buy a portable washing device called the Washmatik

2 – Another celebrity who began his career as a Boardwalk pitchman: Ed McMahon

3 – Mays and fellow pitchman Anthony Sullivan appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien on June 23. You can catch the whole episode on Hulu.com

4 – Billy Mays fansite BillyMays.TV includes clips from Pitchmen and Mays’ iconic infomercials. Another Billy Mays fansite: Billy Mays Rules.com

5 – Among Mays’ other As Seen on TV products: the Big City Slider Station, the Steam Buddy, Mighty Putty, the Samurai Shark, Zorbeez, HandySwitch and the Awesome Auger

6 – Mays’ first major success was Orange Glo, which he pitched on the Home Shopping Network in 1996

7 – A YouTube.com clip shows Billy Mays ordering breakfast – in true Billy Mays spirit – at a McDonalds drive-thru

8 – Mays and Anthony Sullivan have sold more than $1 billion worth of their infomercial merch

9 – Mays was a walk-on linebacker for the football team as West Virginia University before he began his pitchman career

10 – Discovery Channel will air a marathon of the Pitchmen series on July 1 (11AM ET)

UPDATE at 6:33PM ET: The official Associated Press obituary for Billy Mays includes up-to-date information on the June 27 airplane incident in which Mays and other passengers reportedly had items from the plane’s overhead storage drop onto their heads.

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