Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


4th and Forever
– The documentary series covers Long Beach Polytechnic High School, named by Sports Illustrated as the Sports School of the Century in 2005, and the high school that’s sent more players to the NFL than any other high school in the country (Marcedes Lewis and DeSean Jackson among them). However, in 2009, the school had its worst season in 15 years and lost to its local rival for the first time in more than two decades. The series, then, covers the school’s football players as they struggle with the pressure to succeed not just for the school and the community, but also for themselves, since playing well and earning a scholarship is the only way many of them can get out of that community and a future that may be filled with drugs, gangs and violent crime. PS – Among the other alumni from Long Beach Poly: Tony Gwynn, Billie Jean King, John Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Cameron Diaz and Carl Weathers.

How to Die in Oregon
– Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, the documentary focuses on Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act, which has allowed legal physician-assisted suicide since 1994.

So You Think You Can Dance
– Another season kicks off with two rounds of auditions.

Code Wars: America’s Cyber Threat
– The special includes an investigation of the nasty computer virus Stuxnet, hackers who’ve tried to break into U.S. government computers and the uber-secret National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside
– Gaga sits down for an hour-long chat about her childhood, her new album and her favorite city, NYC.

24 Hour Restaurant Battle
– Among the contestants’ projects: a gastropub and a German beer hall.

10PM | MTV
America’s Best Dance Crew
Kanye West issues challenges to the last three crews, and then one of them is eliminated and the top two is revealed.

Real Housewives of New York City
– A fortune teller and a snake charmer factor into a birthday party the women attend while in Morocco, but neither one causes as much trouble as the mere fact that the women are together in Morocco.

Secret Diary of a Call Girl
– Ben asks Belle to give up her business and become a one-man girl.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– On Naked Science (8PM, NGC), a biochemist tries to collect venom from some of the deadliest snakes in the world to see if it can be used to save lives;
Andy Cohen dishes about tonight’s RHoNYC on Watch What Happens (11PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Dana Carvey;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jon Ronson (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Alison Klayman (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Ray Romano;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Piers Morgan and Scott Weiland;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Randy Jackson;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Mike Tyson and Christina Aguilera;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): James McAvoy and Gilbert Gottfried;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Seth Green;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (REPEAT).

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