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Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – October 1-2, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM, SUN | SHOWTIME – 6TH SEASON PREMIERE
Dexter
– The new season gets off to a great start, as Dexter worries about Harrison’s spiritual future while looking for a good preschool for his son, and also goes to his high school reunion, where he’s got a little Dexter-style karma to deliver. He also unexpectedly finds himself as one of the most popular guys among his old classmates, which leads to several delightfully funny moments.

Not so funny: the season’s new baddies, played by Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks. They are up to some gruesome adventures, and as great as EJO is as a heroic space commander, he’s even better as a warped, homicidal religion professor.

CHECK LISTINGS FOR TIME AND CHANNEL, SAT | PBS – 37TH SEASON PREMIERE
Austin City Limits
Mumford & Sons and Flogging Molly kick off the new season which will also include episodes with Raphael Saadiq, Widespread Panic, The Decemberists and Gillian Welch.

9PM, SAT | COMEDY CENTRAL
Weird Al Yankovic Live!: The Apocalypse Tour
– Multiple costume changes and a whole string of familiar hits are the highlights of any Weird Al concert. This one, taped in July, includes classics like “Fat,” “Amish Paradise” and “White & Nerdy,” as well as his latest parody, the Lady Gaga-skewering “Perform This Way.”

9PM, SAT | BBC AMERICA – 6TH SEASON FINALE
Doctor Who
– “The Wedding of River Song” is the name of the season ender and it occurs on the day The Doctor is supposed to die.

11:30PM, SAT | NBC
Saturday Night Live
– The fabulous Gilmore Girls/Bridesmaids/Mike & Molly star Melissa McCarthy makes her first appearance as SNL host, with musical guest Lady Antebellum.

CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR TIME, SUN | PBS
Prohibition
Ken Burns‘ latest documentary, this three-part history of Prohibition kicks off with “A Nation of Drunkards,” about the initial movement towards temperance.

8PM, SUN | FOX
The Simpsons
– Superintendent Chalmers’ tales of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders get Bart all fired up, and when Chalmers gets axed from his job, Bart employs Teddy tactics to get Chalmers’ job back.

9PM, SUN | CBS
The Good Wife
– Alicia tries a case against a tough British attorney, played by guest star Eddie Izzard.

9PM, SUN | FOOD NETWORK – SERIES PREMIERE
Halloween Wars
– The four-part series features five teams, comprised of candy makers, cake designers and pumpkin carvers, who create tricked out Halloween displays for a shot at winning a $50,000 grand prize.

9 and 10PM, SUN | TV GUIDE NETWORK
100 Moments That Changed TV
– Parts one and two of this five-part miniseries counts down TV events like the “Who shot J.R.?” cliffhanger, the Menendez brothers’ trial, the O.J. Simpson car chase and the classic Apple 1984 commercial.

10PM, SUN | HISTORY – SERIES PREMIERE
Around the World in 80 Ways
Survivor alum Boston Rob Mariano and Dennis Anderson attempt to travel around the globe, using any method of transportation they can. In the premiere, that means bus, horse, zipline, motorcycle and water taxi to get to Peru.

10PM, SUN | AMC
Breaking Bad
– “End Times” is the penultimate episode of season four, and if you think Walt and Jesse have been painted into a corner so far, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

10PM, SUN | SHOWTIME – SERIES PREMIERE
Homeland
Claire Danes stars in this terrific new thriller from 24 showrunner Howard Gordon. Danes is CIA operative Carrie Anderson, who’s suspicious when long-missing Marine and POW Nicholas Brody (Damien Lewis) turns up after eight years. He’s got big secrets for sure, but is one of them what Anderson thinks it is, that he’s been flipped by Al Qaeda and is part of some planned terrorist plot against the United States? And, Carrie has a secret of her own … she’s taking medication for some, uh, emotional issues.

10PM, SUN | HBO – 3RD SEASON PREMIERE
Hung
– Ray and Tanya look for financing for their business, while Lenore finds a new, ahem, resource, that may make her their biggest competition.

10PM, SUN | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New Jersey
– The gang’s still in Punta Cana, and they’re all still getting on each other’s nerves. Meanwhile, back in New Jersey, the bratty Ashley considers getting a tattoo.

11PM, SUN | BRAVO
Watch What Happens: Live
– Given all the Real Housewives of New Jersey drama that has unfolded this week, it should make for an interesting evening in the clubhouse when Caroline Manzo stops by to chat with host Andy Cohen.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Gail counsels a 30-year-old woman whose shopping addictions have left her homeless more than once on Princess (Sat., 10PM, CNBC);
– On The Amazing Race (Sun., 8PM, CBS), the teams face a double elimination in Indonesia;
– The Gomez family in Utah get an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Sun., 8PM, ABC);
Making Monsters (Sun., 8PM, Travel) is the new reality series that follows animatronic monster makers Ed and Marsha Edmunds;
– The third season premiere of Tough Love (Sun., 8PM, VH1) finds matchmaker Steve Ward moving the action to Miami as he tries to help a new crop of women meet potential mates;
– A hurricane hits Stoolbend on The Cleveland Show (Sun., 8:30PM, Fox);
– Jimmy tries to make a deal with Arnold Rothstein on Boardwalk Empire (Sun., 9PM, HBO);
– On Bridezillas (Sun., 9PM, WE), one bride’s strict, weird wedding rules includes no chewing gum for anyone;
– Lynette and Tom’s kids take advantage of their parents’ guilt about their separation on Desperate Housewives (Sun., 9PM, ABC);
– Brian ingests some powerful pharmaceuticals on Family Guy (Sun., 9PM, HBO);
– The creepy cliff roads, a truck on the fritz and the language barrier slow the truckers down on IRT: Deadliest Roads (Sun., 9PM, History);
– The CSIs investigate the murder of a gigolo on CSI: Miami (Sun., 10PM, CBS);
– On Dirty Soap (Sun., 10PM, E!), Nadia‘s mom reveals she’s not too happy about the Nadia/Brandon pairing.

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – September 24-25, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM, SUN | AMC
Breaking Bad
– Every week of its fourth season, Breaking Bad has been the best thing on TV, and this episode, “Crawl Space,” is no exception. There are several moments so incredible that they’ll have you replaying them and dissecting them until next week’s episode. Let’s just say Hank and Walt continue their game of cat and mouse, with Hank getting frighteningly close to figuring out Gus’ whole operation. Gus, meanwhile, enjoys a moment he’s worked years for, and Skyler’s situation with Ted and the IRS debt trips up Walt’s big plans. You know how, at this year’s Emmys, the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category was dominated by the Modern Family cast? That should be the case for the supporting actor drama category at next year’s show … how can you possibly choose between Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito, Dean Norris and Jonathan Banks, who have all given mind-blowing performances this season?

10PM, SAT | BBC AMERICA
The Nerdist
Chris Hardwick, who’s going to host that cool Walking Dead live talk show this fall, discusses all things geeky cool in this special, on which Craig Ferguson and The Doctor, Matt Smith, pop in for guest spots.

11:30PM, SAT | NBC – 37TH SEASON PREMIERE
Saturday Night Live
Alec Baldwin becomes the all-time SNL host champ with this, his 16th hosting gig. Radiohead is the musical guest, and, if the SNL gods are smiling up on us, there will be a Stefon (Bill Hader) appearance.

8PM, SUN | CBS – 19TH SEASON PREMIERE
The Amazing Race
Survivor alums, and still-together reality couple, Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca are among the 11 teams competing.

8PM, SUN | FOX – 23RD SEASON PREMIERE
The Simpsons
– What happened to “Nedna,” as in Flanders and Mrs. Krabappel? We find out. Meanwhile, Homer’s threatened by terrorists, and a stranger with a mysterious past – voiced by, appropriately enough, Kiefer Sutherland – steps up to help him.

9PM, SUN | HBO – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Boardwalk Empire
– Nucky’s (Steve Buscemi) looking to make a huge real estate deal in Atlantic City, but has to turn his attention to helping Chalky. Meanwhile, Jimmy gets career advice from the Commodore and Al Capone wants to expand his business throughout the Chicago area.

9PM, SUN | ABC – 8TH SEASON PREMIERE
Desperate Housewives
– The show’s final season begins with the Wisteria Lane gang trying to get rid of the body of Gaby’s evil stepdad, who Carlos wiped out last season.

9PM, SUN | FOX – 11TH SEASON PREMIERE
Family Guy
– The Griffins win the lottery. Hilarity ensues.

9PM, SUN | CBS – 3RD SEASON PREMIERE
The Good Wife
– Alicia (Emmy winner Julianna Margulies) defends a Muslim student who’s accused of killing a Jewish classmate.

10PM, SUN | CBS – 10TH SEASON PREMIERE
CSI: Miami
– Picking up where we left off, Horatio’s bleeding after being shot and Natalia’s trying to escape from the trunk of a car submerged in water.

10PM, SUN | E! – SERIES PREMIERE
Dirty Soap
– The reality series follows the soapy real lives of a group of daytime soap stars who are friends, including General Hospital‘s Kirsten Storm and her estranged BFF, and former Days of Our Lives co-star Farah Fath, who dates her current One Life to Live co-star John-Paul Lavoisier. Also starring: GH‘s Kelly Monaco, and Days of Our LivesGalen Gering and Nadia Bjorlin.

10PM, SUN | HISTORY – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
IRT: Deadliest Roads
– The action moves to South America and the treacherous roads of the Andes, and the drivers this season include Lisa Kelly, Rick Yemm, Hugh Rowland and Dave Redmon.

10PM, SUN | ABC – SERIES PREMIERE
Pan Am
– It’s cool in theory, this retro drama that revolves around Pan Am pilots and stewardesses in the ’60s, but without real focus and a truly charismatic cast, the premiere never really takes off. Pun so intended.

11PM, SUN | BRAVO – 5TH SEASON PREMIERE
Watch What Happens: Live
– Will host Andy Cohen address the many Real Housewives controversies that have unfolded since he was last on the air?

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Doctor Who (Sat., 9PM, BBCA) deals with a silver rat in a department store;
– On the 44th (!) season premiere of 60 Minutes (Sun., 7PM, CBS), South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker get the profile treatment;
– Michelle Obama guests on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Sun., 8PM, ABC);
– Peter Griffin comes to town on the third season premiere of The Cleveland Show (Sun., 8:30PM, Fox);
– It’s a few days before Frankie’s wedding, and she’s missing just one thing on Bridezillas (Sun., 9PM, WE) … a gown;
– On Drop Dead Diva (Sun., 9PM, Lifetime), Owen asks Jane to go on a year-long New Zealand sailing trip;
– A winner is crowned in the season two finale of The Great Food Truck Race (Sun., 9PM, Food Network);
Alex may take the lead when Hugh and Rick run into an obstacle on Ice Road Truckers (Sun., 9PM, History);
Cee Lo Green and Gabourey Sidibe are guest voices on the seventh season premiere of American Dad (Sun., 9:30PM, Fox).

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