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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10:30PM | A&E
Storage Wars
– Yeeeeeep! Though Dave Hester‘s trademark bid call makes me cringe, I’m happy that the network’s finally rolling out new episodes of the addictive Storage Wars. What is it that makes other people’s abandoned junk so fascinating? Probably the same reason we all stop at a yard sale: somewhere, in the irrational part of our brains, we all have those fantasies of finding a real Picasso for a dollar. Anyhoo, here’s hoping Darrell, Barry, Brandi and Jarrod manage to outbid the pot-stirring storage locker hound more often than not in the new batch of installments ahead.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– The top 12 perform songs from the year they were born.

8PM | CBS
Survivor: Redemption Island
– There’s trouble brewing, or rather, exploding, in Camp Ometepe, while Matt and Kristina square off on Redemption Island.

9PM | CBS
Criminal Minds
– Prentiss out, as the BAU teamer takes on her nemesis Ian Doyle in Paget Brewster‘s final episode. Meanwhile, A.J. Cook returns as JJ, to help track down Prentiss, and co-star Matthew Gray Gubler directs the ep.

9:30PM | ABC
Mr. Sunshine
James Taylor guest stars as Crystal’s ex, who she tracks down for some closure on their anniversary.

10PM | TRAVEL CHANNEL – SERIES PREMIERE
Deathwish Movers
– The new series follows a moving company in Boston, one of the tougher cities to maneuver, which presents an extra challenge when, say, as in tonight’s episode, you’re trying to (carefully!) lift an antique piano 200-feet into the air, in strong, cold winds.

10PM | SYFY – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Face Off
– The finalists have to create fairy tale characters for a cocktail party to determine who will be the series’ first champion.

10PM | FX
Justified
– It’s all about thievin’, as Boyd and Ava are questioned about the mine robbery, while Raylan is on the case of a bank robbery in which Winona is trapped inside the bank.

10PM | BRAVO
Top Chef: All-Stars
– In the Bahamas, the chefs have to cook up some conch, but only after they catch it themselves.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The women work as teams to create retro coffee commercials on America’s Next Top Model (8PM, The CW);
Bobby tries to cook up the best fried green tomato BLT on Throwdown With Bobby Flay (8:30PM, Food Network);
– The couples battle to win their wedding rings on Shedding for the Wedding (9PM, The CW);
The West Wing Emmy winner Richard Schiff guest stars as FBI guy Jack Fickler on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (10PM, CBS);
– Gonzo in the house! Trapper John, M.D. star Gregory Harrison guests on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land);
– The team springs into action during a hepatitis outbreak at a local prison on Off the Map (10PM, ABC);
– The roomies see a new, and not at all sane, side of Adam on The Real World (10PM, MTV).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Kaitlin Olson and Ricky Gervais;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Trey Parker and Matt Stone (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Joshua Foer (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Steve Martin and Selena Gomez;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Matthew McConaughey;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Justin Timberlake (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Adam Scott and Kristen Wiig;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Amy Poehler and Tiger Woods;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Seth Rogen;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Matt & Kim.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | FX
Justified
– It’s easily one of the series’ best episodes so far, which is saying a lot. Raylan’s papa gets arrested again, Raylan’s services are requested for a state task force that’s investigating Harlan County crime and Boyd …. ah, Boyd. He gets mixed up in a payroll robbery scheme at the mine, and the consequences for some are tragic. The consequences for Boyd portrayer Walton Goggins, meanwhile, should be an Emmy.

8PM | FOX
American Idol
– The top 13 perform songs from their favorite artists in the first night of finalists competition.

8PM | CBS
Survivor: Redemption Island
– It’s Russell vs. Matt on Redemption Island.

9:30PM | ABC
Mr. Sunshine
– When Ben (Matthew Perry) finds out Roman has no place to crash, the two become roomies.

10PM | CBS
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
– As the team tries to track down a serial sniper, the sharp shooter sets his sights on Mick.

10PM | SYFY
Face Off
– The final five have to disguise themselves, and fool their families, to win tonight’s challenge.

10PM | THE HUB
Family Ties
– The Hub airs the two-part series finale of the classic Michael J. Fox sitcom, in which Alex P. Keaton lands his dream job in New York City.

10PM | ID – SERIES PREMIERE
Nothing Personal
Steve Schirripa, a.k.a. The Sopranos‘ Bobby Baccalieri, hosts this compelling new series that profiles paid assassins and famous hit man killings.

10PM | MTV – 25TH SEASON PREMIERE
The Real World: Las Vegas
– Yep, season 25! The second cast to hit Vegas will shack up at the Hard Rock, and they promise to be as wild, crazy and skanky as the first set of LV RWers.

10PM | BRAVO
Top Chef: All Stars
– The chefs head to the Bahamas, but paradise turns ugly when they have to go head-to-head against the winners of their previous Top Chef seasons, and then whip up vittles for Bahamian royalty with only the barest of equipment.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The girls model couture dresses on America’s Next Top Model (8PM, The CW);
Bobby competes to bake the best Boston cream pie on Throwdown With Bobby Flay (8:30PM, Food Network);
– The teams battle for their wedding flowers on tonight’s Shedding for the Wedding (9PM, The CW);
– The infamous “Bling Ring,” the group of teens who burglarized celeb homes in Los Angeles, is profiled on American Greed (10PM, CNBC);
– A woman is caught stealing from her neighbor on Hoarding: Buried Alive (10PM, TLC);
– Joy depends on a homeless dude (guest star Jon Lovitz) to get her green card on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Pee-wee Herman;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Aaron Eckhart;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): David Brooks;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Snooki and Judah Friedlander (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Michael Douglas (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Jerry O’Connell and Curtis Stone;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jamie Foxx (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Adam Sandler and Aziz Ansari (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Trace Adkins;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Diplo and Laurie Ann Gibson.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

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.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Restaurant: Impossible – Sure, it’s already been done, and is still being done on Fox’s Friday nights, in fact, by Gordon Ramsay, but don’t write this Food Network version of Kitchen Nightmares off. Gordo’s antics have worn thin, especially since many of his makeovers seem to revolve more around his own ego than around helping out struggling restaurant owners. But Restaurant: Impossible host Chef Robert Irvine not only appears to be invested in helping his clients first and foremost, but he performs some pretty impressive menu, decor and attitude makeovers on a tight $10,000 budget for each episode. Tonight, Robert heads off to Rascal’s BBQ & Crab House in New Castle, Delaware, where he’s dismayed to find a filthy kitchen, mounds of garbage and very few customers. Let’s just say the Rascal’s folks will test his budget and his patience.

8PM | FOX
American Idol – First round auditions continue in Austin. Steven Tyler‘s first round creepiness in flirting with 16-year-olds also continues in Austin.

9PM | HISTORY CHANNEL
Bigfoot: The Definitive Guide – Seeking to prove – or disprove – once and for all the existence of Bigfoot, a.k.a. Sasquatch.

9PM | FOX
Human TargetTony “Buster Bluth” Hale is back as bumbling P.I. Harry. Here’s hoping that Arrested Development movie happens soon, because we don’t get to see enough of that guy.

9PM | TLC
My Strange Addiction – Tonight’s subjects: A woman addicted to cleaning her house and another woman who’s obsessed with collecting rocks. Nope, both of those things still seem perfectly normal compared to last week’s sex doll guy.

10PM | CBS
Blue Bloods – An undercover counterterrorism agent is shot and Frank (Tom Selleck) assigns the investigation to the only man he knows he can trust: His son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg). But because the agent was trying to infiltrate a sleeper cell and Frank doesn’t want to blow his cover, Danny can’t tell anyone what he’s investigating.

10PM | SYFY
Face Off – For tonight’s challenge on this fun special effects makeup competition series, the contestants have to do full body makeup presentations. And yes, the Face Off host is Sheridan Crane.

10PM | MTV
I Used to Be Fat – So much good TV, way too much of it on at 10PM. Like this inspiring weight loss series, which focuses on teens like Daria, a lonely girl whose attempts to shed extra pounds would get a big boost if only she had her mother’s support.

10PM | BRAVO
Top Chef: All-Stars – Creating a three-course Italian meal is the challenge, and the contestants have some tough guest judges to impress in Isaac Mizrahi and The SopranosLorraine Bracco.

10:30PM | A&E
Storage Wars – What makes this show so compelling? The big personalities, sure, but I think we’re also truly fascinated by stuff … the stuff people will pay good money to store, and the stuff that people will abandon, even though they once paid good money to store it. In tonight’s episode, those aforementioned big personalities head to Las Vegas to scope out new old stuff.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A fascinating installment on how the brain really works includes Penn and Teller explaining how the brain processes visual info, while Mo Rocca shares what he learns about mind control on Nova scienceNow (8PM, PBS);
– On Man v. Food: The Carnivore Chronicles (9PM, Travel Channel), Adam visits Katz Deli in New York City, a.k.a. the place where Meg Ryan really enjoyed her sandwich in When Harry Met Sally;
– A billionaire (guest star Colm Feore) uses his cash, and his well-paid attorney, to derail a charge against him of sexually abusing a teenage girl on Law & Order: SVU (10PM, NBC);
– Erica tries to get over her breakup with Ethan, while Dr. Tom wants to talk about Claire on Being Erica (11PM, SOAPnet);
Friends alum, and star of the upcoming ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine, Matthew Perry, visits The Daily Show (11PM, Comedy Central);
– And the always hilarious Jim Gaffigan visits The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS).

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