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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – September 29, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | FX
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
– In “Frank Reynolds’ Little Beauties,” the gang takes on toddlers and tiaras when Frank produces his own kiddie beauty pageant, then worries people will think he’s a perv. Which, of course, he is, but not in this instance.

8PM | CBS
The Big Bang Theory
– Leonard and Amy get to know each other when he accompanies her to a wedding. Meanwhile, Bernadette and Howard spend the weekend with Mrs. Wolowitz.

8PM | NBC
Community
Freaks and Geeks star Martin Starr plays the gang’s professor, and advisor for a Model United Nations project, while Chang takes to his new campus security guard a little too enthusiastically.

8:30PM | CBS – SERIES PREMIERE
How to Be a Gentleman
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star and producer David Hornsby (he plays Rickety Cricket) stars in this new sitcom about a magazine etiquette columnist who’s told by his boss to modernize his column. His solution: hire his former high school bully nemesis (Entourage star Kevin Dillon) to be his life coach. Should you watch? Eh. Kevin Dillon is essentially playing Johnny Drama (which I don’t mean as a compliment), and everything else about the show feels very been there, done that.

8:30PM | NBC
Parks and Recreation
– The former Mrs. Ron Swanson, Tammy One (guest star Patricia Clarkson), returns to wreak even more havoc on Ron’s (Nick Offerman) life, while Ben tries to help Tom get his new company’s finances on track.

9PM | ABC
Grey’s Anatomy
– The chief makes a major career decision, while the fifth-year residents get their first chance to perform solo surgeries.

9PM | NBC
The Office
– Robert (James Spader) motivates the sales staff with a rousing speech … and a major prize for the top dog.

9PM | LIFETIME
Project Runway
– The designers have to whip up ’70s-inspired frocks.

10PM | CBS
The Mentalist
– Jane gets his job back, but when he’s assigned to a new team, he plots to get Lisbon and the crew back.

10:30PM | FX – 3RD SEASON FINALE
Archer
– In the conclusion of the “Heart of Archness” saga, Archer and company escape from the pirate island.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Old Spice Guy Isaiah Mustafa guests on Charlie’s Angels (8PM, ABC);
– Stefan is reunited with an old love on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– Auditions continue on The X Factor (8PM, Fox);
– Finch talks about his machine’s origins on Person of Interest (9PM, CBS);
– On Jersey Shore (10PM, MTV), Deena has a pregnancy scare, which should really scare all of us, as a people, that she might unleash a mini-Deena on the world;
– Duffy doesn’t welcome Jane’s help on his murder/kidnapping case on Prime Suspect (10PM, NBC);
– On the fifth season premiere of Private Practice (10PM, ABC), Pete has a heart attack and Addison plots having a baby with Jake (Benjamin Bratt).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Patton Oswalt;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Tony Bennett;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Mark Cuban;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Death Cab for Cutie and Kaley Cuoco;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Chaz Bono and Albert Brooks;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Matt Stone and Trey Parker;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Melissa McCarthy;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Carson Kressley;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

9:30 and 10PM | NBC
Parks and Recreation
– Back-to-back new episodes of P&R is nothing short of awesome sauce. First up, Leslie and Ann have a fight when Ann reacts unenthusiastically to Leslie’s offer to get her a job in the city government, while Tom promotes his Snake Juice at the Snakehole Lounge. In the second episode, Leslie and Ben road trip to Indy, and she has a tough time keeping her feelings for him in check.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
Jordin Sparks performs, Steven Tyler premieres his new video and, somewhere in the hour-long commercial, the final four is cut down to a final three.

8PM | CBS
Big Bang Theory
– When Howard tells Mama Howard that he’s going to marry Bernadette, Mama Howard ends up in the hospital.

8PM | NBC – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Community
– The paintball war continues, as Jeff and the study group ban together to take on those who dare to oppose them.

8PM | THE CW – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Vampire Diaries
– Damon has flashbacks of old school Katherine – Katherine in 1864, to be exact – as Gone With the Wind plays in the town square.

9PM | CBS – 11TH SEASON FINALE
CSI
– Ray faces off with Nate Haskell when the serial killer lures him to the house where he began his murder streak.

9PM | THE CW – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Nikita
– Alex goes rogue, Percy makes one more big play for the CIA and Nikita’s life is in imminent danger, but Michael’s unable to help her because he’s trapped in Division.

9PM | NBC
The Office
Kathy Bates guest stars as things spin out of control in the office with Dwight realizing his dream of becoming (acting) manager and big tall doofus Gabe trying desperately to woo Erin back..

10PM | CBS
The Mentalist
– Jane goes to the symphony! Well, he investigates an orchestra’s members, anyway, after a young violinist is shot to death.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
Ramona throws a wine party … hmmm, wonder what kind she’ll serve?

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The Scareousel is back on Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– On Bones (9PM, Fox), Booth is determined to capture Jacob Broadsky when he shoots an innocent person while going after Booth;
– Owen conducts chief-resident interviews on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC);
– Back-to-back new episodes of Pawn Queens (10PM, TLC);
– Amelia’s drinking problem gets worse on Private Practice (10PM, ABC).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Maggie Q and Magic Johnson;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Kristen Wiig;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): John Bradshaw;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jim Parsons;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Norm Macdonald;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Ralph Macchio and Def Leppard;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Kate Hudson;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Nick Offerman;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Mary Lynn Rajskub;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Rob Riggle.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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10PM | NBC – 5TH SEASON FINALE
30 Rock
– What Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) has planned for her summer vacation? A relaxing time in the Hamptons, in a cool house, where she’ll spend her days sipping libations and relaxing on a lounge chair … until she meets her summer neighbor, Tracy (Tracy Morgan). Meanwhile, Jack (Alec Baldwin) is missing his wife, and thinks Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) makes a fine substitute, and Jenna (Jane Krakowski) has to choose between boyfriend Paul (Will Forte) and her career when she becomes the spokesperson for the Wool Council. Bonus: The always fantastic Victor Garber.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– Results show, and I’m guessing it’s Jacob who’ll get the boot. Also, judge J.Lo and Lady Antebellum perform.

8PM | CBS
Big Bang Theory
– Raj tries to cure his fear of talking to women, while Penny spies on Leonard and Priya.

8PM | NBC
Community
– It’s paintball war, round two, in this first part of this two-part episode, which features a guest appearance by Lost star Josh Holloway.

9PM | CBS
CSI
– Nate Haskell takes it up a notch when he kidnaps Ray’s ex wife and leaves a note … written in blood.

9PM | THE CW
Nikita
– Percy goes after Alex, and it is an understatement to say he’s one scary dude.

9PM | NBC
The Office
– Deangelo (Will Ferrell) … is he crazy like a fox, or just plain crazy? It’s tough to tell the difference, especially when he hatches a plan to create his own inner circle by playing favorites in the office.

9:30PM | NBC
Parks & Recreation
– It’s Ron Swanson’s birthday, and he’ll avoid a party if he wants to. Elsewhere, Parker Posey guest stars as Leslie’s former BFF, who stirs up trouble for Pawnee-ians.

10PM | CBS
The Mentalist
– When a prison guard is murdered outside a jewelry store, Jane thinks an inmate is the culprit, while Rigsby looks to his father (guest star William Forsythe) for answers.

10PM | TLC – SERIES PREMIERE
Pawn Queens
– It’s a pawn shop show for the ladies, by ladies, catering to a female clientele. The titular pawn queens are Nikki and Minda, who operate a Chicago pawn shop aimed at female customers. In back-to-back openers, the women host an auction to pay their hefty tax bill, so … guessing that they’re not yet quite as successful as their Pawn Star$ counterparts on the History Channel.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
– Wondering where Jill‘s been the last few episodes? Yeah, me neither. But she’s back, from a trip to Australia, tonight, and though she claims to be a new woman, she jumps right back into her mean chica ways when she gossips about Ramona while at lunch with the others. Ramona, meanwhile, gets into her own battle Cindy, who’s put in her place by Sonja.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Damon tells Stefan about their newest challenge on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– I cannot wait to find out what the “scareousel” is on Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
Precious Life (8:30PM, HBO) is a documentary about a 4-month-old Palestinian boy who needs a life-saving transplant that can only be performed at an Israeli hospital;
– Could a hearing-impaired teen girl be the cold-blooded killer on Bones (9PM, Fox);
– Callie and Arizona’s wedding nears, while Der and Mer have baby fever on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC);
– Two competitors opening Asian eateries battle it out on 24 Hour Restaurant Battle (10PM, Food Network);
– The Hub is re-airing the Family Ties series finale (10PM);
– Cooper and Charlotte are also headed to the chapel on Private Practice (10PM, ABC).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): John Krasinski;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jon Meacham;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Bill James;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jodie Foster;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Ralph Macchio and Wanda Sykes;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Eva Mendes and Carlos Santana;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Chris Hemsworth;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Tina Fey and Tom Welling;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Phil Rosenthal and Juliette Lewis;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Dan Harmon.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

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9PM | NBC
The Office
– It takes a super-sized episode to bid adieu to Michael Scott, not the World’s Best Boss (despite the mug he purchased for himself), but definitely one of TV land’s all-time greatest characters. Steve Carell leaves the show in time for the rest of the season to play out as the search for Michael’s replacement, but he gets plenty of love tonight as his co-workers all pay their respects and realize how much they’re going to miss his crazy ways.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
Bruno Mars and Crystal Bowersox perform as the Top 6 becomes the Top 5.

8PM | CBS
Big Bang Theory
– When Priya dissects Sheldon’s roommate agreement, he’s so distressed that the women take him out dancing.

8PM | NBC
Community
– It’s baby time, as Shirley goes into labor during an anthropology exam, pushing Papa Chang into action.

9:52PM | NBC
Parks & Recreation
– While Jerry’s busy getting the attention of the local art world (can’t wait to see what comprises the Pawnee art world), Leslie decides she’s had it with Chris’ rules on office romance.

10PM | CBS
The Mentalist
– Donny Culpepper, the guy Jane hired to break into LaRoche’s home, comes back to haunt him tonight.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
Ramona throws a hissy fit when her wine isn’t available at Cindy’s birthday soiree.

10:30PM | NBC
30 Rock
– Liz Lemon decides to give her apartment a makeover, while Tracy realizes the office underwent a makeover while he was gone, meaning Kenneth, Grizz and Dot Com are tighter than ever, but sans Tracy.

11PM | BRAVO
Watch What Happens Live: Royal Wedding Spectacular
Countess LuAnn joins Andy Cohen in counting down to the big Prince William/Kate Middleton nuptials.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
20/20 (8PM, ABC) gives us another preview of tomorrow’s royal wedding;
– Stefan and Elena fear the romantic day they have planned will be their last thanks to Klaus’ plan on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– Jeff sees an old photo of himself that sends him reeling on Rules of Engagement (8:30PM, CBS);
– The team wonders if honesty is the best policy when they follow the behavior of the honest, but now dead, victim they’re investigating on Bones (9PM, Fox);
– He’s baaaack. Nate Haskell returns to terrorize a woman, via her father, on CSI (9PM, CBS);
– Teddy is happy that Andrew Perkins (James Tupper) returns on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC);
– Alex and Jaden put Nathan in the middle of a government argument on Nikita (9PM, The CW);
– It’s Southern comfort chow vs. Jersey diner nosh on 24-Hour Restaurant Battle (10PM, Food Network);
– Season two of Break It Down (10PM, NGC) kicks off with the demolition of the old Yankee Stadium;
– Cooper worries Violet isn’t over her ex on Private Practice (10PM, ABC).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Seth Rogen (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): William Cohan;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Wade Graham;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Chris Hemsworth and Dr. Phil;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Judd Apatow;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Mike Tyson (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Sofia Vergara;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Tim McGraw and Ice-T;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Tom Selleck;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mark Burnett.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

8PM | FOX
American Idol
Adam Lambert returns to perform, as the first of the 13 finalists gets the boot in the results show. A few thoughts on last night’s performance episode: It’s great to see Randy finally stepping up and giving real critiques; while Steven Tyler was entertaining in the audition rounds, so far, he’s proven himself to be almost as useless as an incoherent Paula Abdul when it comes to constructive comments in the performance shows; and, though Jennifer Lopez has been my favorite of the judges this season, it was off-putting that she didn’t know who Ryan Adams is. Overall, I’m finding the season to be more pleasant than seasons past, but I’m also less compelled by any one contestant. They’re still, on the whole, picking bad songs, the females aren’t distinguishing themselves at all (except for the fact that they’re apparently raiding the old Dynasty wardrobe – those dated dresses!) and while lots of people seem to be impressed with Cowboy Scotty, am I the only one who thinks he’s just been doing an okay impersonation of Garth Brooks, in both his behavior and his performances?

8PM | CBS
The Big Bang Theory
– All of a sudden, Leonard has too many women in his life: Priya, and Penny, who Priya wants out of his life.

9PM | FOX
Bones
– Booth calls on his military training to help him track Jacob Broadsky, the guy who killed the Grave Digger and has now moved on to new targets. Elsewhere, ZZ Top-er Billy F. Gibbons returns as Angela’s daddy, who thinks it should be up to him to name her baby.

9PM | CBS
CSI
– The CSIs investigate the murder of a former cop, who was convicted of killing his wife and was killed while serving his prison sentence. He also left behind a list of people he suspected in his wife’s murder, leading the team to reconsider his conviction in the process.

10PM | FX
Archer
– Malory orders Lana to help actress Rona Thorne prepare to play a spy in her new movie, and takes the opportunity to pen a little role for herself in the thriller.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Ice Brigade
– On the heels of last week’s working ice pool table, tonight the team builds an icy DJ booth, with working ice turntable, speakers and headphones.

10PM | MTV
Jersey Shore
The Situation, whose role on the show this season has been greatly diminished, tries to stir up trouble by poking Ronnie to find out who Sammi‘s been texting. Meanwhile, Vinny and Pauly road trip to Staten Island.

10PM | NGC
Ultimate Factories
– This week’s episode goes inside the Jack Daniel’s factory in Tennessee, while next week’s installment revolves around a visit to a Coca-Cola factory in Baton Rouge. Clever scheduling.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– CNBC has a new installment of How I Made My Millions (9PM);
– On Man vs. Wild (9PM, Discovery), snakes, leeches and a torrential downpour greet Bear in Borneo;
My Big Redneck Intervention (9PM, CMT) finds a country girl who got used to life in the big city returning home;
– Kate is hired by a singer who wants to convince his bandmates to allow their song to be used in a commercial on Fairly Legal (10PM, USA);
– A doctor is found murdered on a golf course on The Mentalist (10PM, CBS);
– Twins from his past visit Chris on Eagleheart (11:59PM, Adult Swim).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Seth Rogen;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Trey Parker and Matt Stone;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Jeff Greenfield;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Adam Sandler and Chris Colfer (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Aubrey Plaza and Ashton Kutcher (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Pee-wee Herman and the cast of Sister Wives;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Henry Winkler and Cameron Diaz (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Snooki and Martin Bashir (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Kevin McKidd and Wanda Sykes;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Brooklyn Decker (REPEAT).

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