Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 3, 2011

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 3, 2011

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM | TNT – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Franklin & Bash
– The show’s already been renewed for a second season, but it sounds like producers saved the best for last this season, as Danny Trejo guest stars as a wrestler who takes legal action when he’s fired being too old, and Tricia Helfer pops in as a top attorney who teams with Franklin and Bash on a murder case.

9PM | TEENNICK
Degrassi
– Clare wants to get closer to Jake, but he’s not looking for a committed thang.

9PM | DISCOVERY – SHARK WEEK PREMIERE
How Sharks Hunt
– If you’re about to be chomped by a shark, you probably don’t care what their killing techniques are. But knowing their crafty little ways ahead of time might help prevent an attack from ever happening, so … just watch, m’kay?

9PM | USA
Royal Pains
– Paige says yes to Evan, but tells him he needs the General’s official stamp of approval.

10PM | DIRECTV
Damages
– Patty’s old mentor, Bill Herndon (guest star Judd Hirsch) helps her get some info on Erickson (John Goodman), while Boorman tries to track down Ellen’s new witness.

10PM | FX
Rescue Me
– Lou takes his diet seriously: He begins reading a book called The Celery Bible. Meanwhile, Sean goes out with the bridal shop woman, and has a great evening … until a really bad smell makes it a big stinker.

10 and 10:30PM | TRAVEL – SERIES PREMIERE
Truck Stop, Missouri
– In honor of my brother, who is a truck driver in Missouri, this reality show, which follows the “colorful characters” who pass through the Midway Auto Truck Plaza in Columbia, Mo., is worth a look. In the back-to-back premiere episodes, a diner at the stop launches “The Big 70” eating challenge and a grandma who’s sporting lots of tattoos visits.

10:30PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Jon Benjamin Has a Van
Patton Oswalt guest stars as a successful Broadway producer interviewed by Jon, while David Cross is Jon’s friend, who takes a little tour of NYC with the Archer star.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The Power of Veto competition unfolds on Big Brother (8PM, CBS);
Christina Applegate guest judges So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
Roseanne invites celebrity pals to join her for Passover dinner on Roseanne’s Nuts (9PM, Lifetime);
Patrick “David Puddy” Warburton has the barn on his property renovated into a concert hall on Hollywood Hi-Tech (9:30PM, DIY);
– A surprise twist changes the game and strategies on The Challenge: Rivals (10PM, MTV);
Chef Robert has to insist upon a new chef and a big makeover to help save an English-style pub in Indianapolis on Restaurant: Impossible (10PM, Food Network);
Dave Hester (yeeeep!) reunites with his estranged brother on tonight’s Storage Wars (10 and 10:30PM, A&E).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Olivia Wilde;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Austan Goolsbee;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Robert Wittman;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Emma Stone;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jeremy Piven and Kelly Osbourne;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Matt Nathanson and Adrian Grenier;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): James Franco and Coldplay;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jason Bateman;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Craig tours the Louvre;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Yelawolf (REPEAT).

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