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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – June 8, 2011


2011 CMT Music Awards
Kid Rock is the host of the show – originating live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena – which will include performances by Keith Urban, Big & Rich, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Toby Keith and Luke Bryan, while Shania Twain, Sheryl Crow, Train, Gary Busey, Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon, Martina McBride, Hines Ward and American Idol winner and runner-up Scotty McCreary and Lauren Alaina are among the evening’s award presenters.

9:30PM | TLC
Extreme Couponing
– An Ohio couponer plots to get more than $3,000 worth of groceries for less than a hundred bucks.

10PM | ABC
20/20: Reality Rules: When TV Gets Real
– No one will be surprised to find out that reality TV stars like Snooki, The Situation and, more understandably, Bethenny Frankel, are getting rich from baring their lives on TV. You might be surprised by just how rich, though.

Locked Up Abroad
– A fantastic new episode spotlights Henry Hill, the real-life gangster played by Ray Liotta in Goodfellas.

10PM | TNT
Men of a Certain Age
– Joe does a favor for Manfro, Owen’s got employee problems and Terry deals with being in a relationship with (just) one woman.

10PM | MTV
The Real World
Reunion Special Maria Menounos hosts this reunion of the Las Vegas cast. Can’t wait to hear what Dustin and the gang have been up to.

South Park
– Stan celebrates his 10th birthday, which brings about a whole new, more serious ‘tude for him and a big smackdown with Kyle.

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman
– Consciousness and life after death are the topics debated by scientists and spiritualists.

Top Chef Masters
– The chefs honor returning U.S. troops by cooking up their favorite meals.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– G4 continues day 3 coverage of E3 2011 Live (6PM);
– It’s Las Vegas callback auditions time on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
America’s Got Talent (9PM, NBC) auditions continue in Houston and Minneapolis;
Fred Willard guest stars in an episode that finds Franklin & Bash (9PM, TNT) defending a woman accused of killing her husband with sex;
– The LoCash Cowboys try a 72-oz. steak challenge in Nashville on Man v. Food Nation (9PM, Travel);
– On MythBusters (9PM, Discovery), Jamie and Adam try to fix a flat tire without using a spare.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Peter Sarsgaard and Death Cab for Cutie;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Larry King;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Bre Pettis;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jon Cryer;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Elle Fanning and Jada Pinkett Smith;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Don Cheadle;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Carson Daly (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Glenn Close and Joe Jackson;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Chris Gorham and Heather Graham;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Evan Glodell (REPEAT).


2011 Critics Choice TV Awards Nominations Announced!

This spring, was honored to become a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, an offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The BFCA hosts the annual Critics Choice Movie Awards that air on VH1, and our TV group will dole out our own set of accolades, via the first Critics Choice Television Awards.

The TV awards ceremony will be hosted by So You Think You Can Dance star Cat Deeley on June 20 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and will stream them live (June 20, 3:30PM ET), while on June 22, the ceremony airs on TV  at the ReelzChannel (8PM ET).

And here, our first class of nominees. I think it’s a great mix of shows, including some truly fantastic series and actors and actresses who have been overlooked at other TV awards ceremonies. I am particularly thrilled that we have nominated It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Charlie Day, one of the funniest guys on TV, and one who’s still flying a bit under the radar, for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, as well as shows and stars of shows like The Middle, Sons of Anarchy, Raising Hope, Archer and Justified, all so deserving of being called out as among the best TV has to offer.

Sound off in the comments about our nominees … do you like the mix? Who would you choose as the winner in each category? Are there shows and stars you think we missed?

And be sure to tune in for the first annual Critics Choice Television Awards on ReelzChannel on June 22!

Best Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire – HBO
Dexter – Showtime
Friday Night Lights – DirecTV
Fringe – FOX
Game of Thrones – HBO
The Good Wife – CBS
Justified – FX
The Killing – AMC
Mad Men – AMC
The Walking Dead – AMC

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi
Boardwalk Empire – HBO
Kyle ChandlerFriday Night Lights – DirecTV
Michael C. HallDexter – Showtime
Jon HammMad Men – AMC
William H. MacyShameless – Showtime
Timothy OlyphantJustified – FX

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Connie Britton
Friday Night Lights – DirecTV
Mireille EnosThe Killing – AMC
Julianna MarguliesThe Good Wife – CBS
Elisabeth MossMad Men – AMC
Katey SagalSons of Anarchy – FX
Anna TorvFringe – FOX

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alan Cumming
The Good Wife – CBS
Walton GogginsJustified – FX
Shawn HatosySouthland – TNT
John NobleFringe – FOX
Michael PittBoardwalk Empire – HBO
John SlatteryMad Men – AMC

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Michelle Forbes
– The Killing – AMC
Christina HendricksMad Men – AMC
Margo MartindaleJustified – FX
Kelly MacdonaldBoardwalk Empire – HBO
Archie PanjabiThe Good Wife – CBS
Chloë SevignyBig Love – HBO

Best Comedy Series
Archer – FX
The Big Bang Theory – CBS
Community – NBC
Glee – FOX
Louie – FX
The Middle – ABC
Modern Family – ABC
The Office – NBC
Parks and Recreation – NBC
30 Rock – NBC

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin
30 Rock – NBC
Steve CarellThe Office – NBC
Louis C.K.Louie – FX
Charlie DayIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – FX
Joel McHaleCommunity – NBC
Jim ParsonsThe Big Bang Theory – CBS

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Courteney Cox
Cougar Town – ABC
Edie FalcoNurse Jackie – Showtime
Tina Fey30 Rock – NBC
Patricia HeatonThe Middle – ABC
Martha PlimptonRaising Hope – FOX
Amy PoehlerParks and Recreation – NBC

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell
Modern Family – ABC
Neil Patrick HarrisHow I Met Your Mother – CBS
Nick OffermanParks and Recreation – NBC
Ed O’NeillModern Family – ABC
Danny PudiCommunity – NBC
Eric StonestreetModern Family – ABC

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen
Modern Family – ABC
Jane Krakowski30 Rock – NBC
Jane LynchGlee – FOX
Busy PhilippsCougar Town – ABC
Eden SherThe Middle – ABC
Sofía VergaraModern Family – ABC

Best Reality Series
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – ABC
Hoarders – A&E
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – Bravo
Sister Wives – TLC
Undercover Boss – CBS

Best Reality Series – Competition
The Amazing Race – CBS
American Idol – FOX
Dancing with the Stars – ABC
Project Runway – Lifetime
RuPaul’s Drag Race – Logo
Top Chef – Bravo

Best Reality Show Host
Tom Bergeron
Dancing with the Stars – ABC
Cat DeeleySo You Think You Can Dance – FOX
Ty PenningtonExtreme Makeover: Home Edition – ABC
Mike RoweDirty Jobs – Discovery
Ryan SeacrestAmerican Idol – FOX

Best Talk Show
Chelsea Lately – E!
The Daily Show – Comedy Central
The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Warner Bros.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC
The Oprah Winfrey Show – Harpo

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – April 16-17, 2011


Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe
– It’s the backstory of Bruce Campbell‘s Sam Ash, the beloved, wisecracking former Burn Notice spy guy. The movie, directed by series star Jeffrey Donovan, takes place in Colombia, where Sam becomes privy to some military corruption that leads him to reconsider his career choice.

Parking Wars
Garfield! The whole PW crew is back, in Philly and Detroit, in back-to-back new episodes, beginning with an installment in which one of the Philly ticketers is stalked by a very angry ticket recipient.

5PM, SUN | A&E
Storage Wars
Marathon – A five-hour marathon of A&E’s most addictive series includes a new ep at 8:30PM.

Martha’s Eggscellent Easter
– The domestic doyenne makes brunch and chocolate goodies and, of course, decorates eggs on her annual Easter special.

Mob Wives
– Real-life mobster wives and family members star in this new reality series, including the daughter of Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, who returns to her Staten Island for the first time in a decade and faces people who are still angry about her gangster daddy’s decision to turn FBI informant.

The Celebrity Apprentice
– The teams have to whip up cooking demonstrations for a meat company, but, as is becoming the norm with these D-listers, tiffs amongst the team members overshadows the task at hand.

Game of Thrones
– HBO’s $60 million adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Fire and Ice books kicks off the first of 10 season one episodes. The series, which has been in development at the cable network since January 2007, takes place in the fictional world of Westeros, where the continent’s noble families fight violently for control of the Iron Throne, hence the series’ nickname, “The Sopranos of Middle-earth.” Among the series stars: Peter Dinklage, Aidan Gillen, Mark Addy, Sean Bean and Lena Headey.

The Borgias
– Lucrezia is bummed that her real mother has been banned from her wedding, but her brothers certainly make sure the family’s presence is known during the wedding reception.

TV Land Awards
– The ninth annual awards take place in New York City for the first time, and the Big Apple drew arguably the best gathering of TV and stars ever, including the cast of Family Ties, which received the Fan Favorite Award; the cast of Welcome Back, Kotter, which was honored for its 35th anniversary; the cast of The Cosby Show, which received the Impact Award; the cast of The Facts of Life, which receives the Pop Culture Award; Hall and Oates, who receive the Music Icon Award; and Regis Philbin, who rightly is honored with the Legend Award. There are even more stars in attendance, including Liza Minnelli, who opens to show with a spirited version of – what else? – “New York, New York.”

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The new series Filthy Cities (Sat., 8PM, Discovery) unfolds the more unkempt past of major cities like, in back-to-back premiere episodes, London and New York;
– Adam visits various sources of Easter candy treats on Kid in a Candy Store (Sat., 8:30PM, Food Network);
– Danielle Panabaker plays a young Amish woman who questions her future on the eve of her wedding in The Shunning (Sat., 9PM, Hallmark);
– A new Unwrapped episode also breaks down Easter basket goodies, including Peeps (Sat., 9PM, Food Network);
– Gail counsels a couple whose debt is affecting their plans to have a baby on back-to-back new Til Debt Do Us Part installments (Sat., 10PM, CNBC);
– “I Cannot Deal With Your Psycho Behavior” is the title of tonight’s The Amazing Race (Sun., 8PM, CBS);
– The contestants have to make their version of a Happy Meal, which will be judged by actual kids, including Bobby Flay’s daughter, on America’s Next Great Restaurant (Sun., 8PM, NBC);
Derek Jeter guest stars on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Sun., 8PM, ABC);
– Chefs make sugar sculptures inspired by Rube Goldberg on the Food Network Challenge (Sun., 8PM, Food Network);
– The arctic, grasslands and jungles are the topics of back-to-back Human Planet installments (Sun., 8PM, Discovery);
– Claudia Joy helps a fellow Army wife who’s facing deportation on Army Wives (Sun., 9PM, Lifetime);
– The new reality series Audrina (Sun., 9PM, VH1) follows The Hills star as she deals with her large (crazy) family and her (allegedly) budding career;
– Susan’s got gambling issues and Lynette becomes a shopping addict on Desperate Housewives (Sun., 9PM, ABC);
– Mayor West may become Peter’s brother-in-law on Family Guy (Sun., 9PM, Fox);
– The wives invite their non-polygamist friends to dinner on Sister Wives (Sun., 9PM, TLC);
– Hollywood wannabes work at the Sunset Strip restaurant Saddle Ranch (Sun., 9:30PM, VH1) in this new reality series;
– The team’s tracking a Bonnie-and-Clyde-ish killer duo on Breakout Kings (Sun., 10PM, A&E);
– Roommate drama is at the center of a murder in which a college student who found dead in a hot tub on CSI: Miami (Sun., 10PM, CBS);
– Rosie’s ex, Jasper, comes under suspicion on The Killing (Sun., 10PM, A&E);
Police POV (Sun., 10PM, TruTV) shows police work from the cops’ perspective thanks to special camerawork;
– On The Real Housewives of Orange County (Sun., 10PM, Bravo), everyone’s gossiping about how Alexis and Jim are in the middle of a foreclosure drama.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


The Walking Dead
– Yep, season one is available on DVD, or you can watch the whole thing unfold, marathon viewing-style, tonight on AMC, and check out lots of behind-the-scenes featurettes at

The Defenders
Kathy Griffin guest stars as a comedian who gets sued for insulting an audience member.

NAACP Image Awards
– The multi-talented Wayne Brady co-hosts with Holly Robinson Peete, as Tyler Perry leads all nominees with 19 nods and Colin Powell receives the President’s Award.

Race and Rage: The Beating of Rodney King
– The 20th anniversary of the Rodney King police brutality drama was March 3, and this CNN special includes an interview with King about the brutal beating he suffered in 1991 and the 1992 riots that followed the exoneration of the LAPD officers who abused him, as well as an update on the LAPD and race relations in Los Angeles in the last two decades.

– Lionel and Tess duke it out for control of the Luthor name.

Jo rides the rescue of a family with five kids, who are disciplined with wooden spoons and hot sauce, or not at all, since the fam spun out of control after the death of their grandmother.

Who Do You Think You Are?
– Pop crooner Lionel Richie traces his family tree and finds a connection to the beginning of the civil rights movement.

Say Yes to the Dress
– A guy schedules an appointment for his girlfriend, so he can propose to her in the salon. Reeeeally hope she’s gonna say yes to the proposal.

10:30PM | TLC
DC Cupcakes
– In the “Operation Cupcakes” episode, the bakers whip up 10,000 tasty treats to send to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

11PM | VH1
Friday Night Alright: Adele Unplugged
– The incredible, and incredibly cool, British singer, who has the number one album in the country, performs an acoustic set.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Yep, it’s all about the junior rednecks on My Big Redneck Baby (8:30PM, CMT), where a couple prepares for a newborn with a camouflage nursery and a beer can mobile;
– Fitz returns and wants to meet with Eli and Clare on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
Karl shares a poem about his kidney stones on The Ricky Gervais Show (9PM, HBO);
– Bobby and Samuel help Sam and Dean hunt for a deadly monster created by Mother of All on Supernatural (9PM, The CW);
The Truth About Shoplifting (9PM, CNBC) sheds light on how everyone else pays higher prices when those with sticky fingers help themselves to merch;
– In the third season premiere of American Loggers (10PM, Discovery), the guys have a successful summer and decide to construct their own logging trailers;
– Just before he leaves to try to retrieve the Golden Trident from the Fisher King, Morgana gives Merlin a bracelet that takes away all his strength on Merlin (10PM, Syfy).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Piers Morgan (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Aaron Eckhart and Christie Brinkley;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Tom Hanks and Cee Lo Green (OSCAR NIGHT REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Chris Pratt and Kathy Bates;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Kathy Griffin;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Josh Radnor.

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – February 26-27, 2011


8:30PM, SUN | ABC
83rd Annual Academy AwardsJames Franco (a Best Actor nominee for 127 Hours) and Anne Hathaway co-host this year’s Oscar ceremony, in which Colin Firth‘s performance in The King’s Speech is considered the shoo-in winner for Best Actor. The bigger drama of the night could come from the changes made to the telecast, including the producers’ decision to abandon the idea of a traditional stage set. Instead, a series of digital projections will make the Kodak Theater stage look like it’s constantly changing. And, as usual, there’s the red carpet parade of fashions – always one of the main reasons for tuning into the Oscars – which begins airing at 7PM on ABC.

8PM, SAT | Fox
Cops – Tonight’s episode: “Morons on Parade #4.” Delightful for its title, and for the fact that it was preceded by #1, #2 and #3.

Area 51Bruce Boxleitner and Jason London star in this week’s made-for-Syfy flick (directed by Sean Connery‘s son Jason) about the famed Area 51, which turns into an alien battle zone when the Air Force gives into public pressure and allows members of the media to visit the secret base.

Unwrapped – A new episode on comfort foods includes a visit to the Lay’s potato chip factory, a peek at how Haagen Dazs ice cream is made and the secrets behind the delicious cinnamon buns made by a New York City bakery.

Independent Spirit AwardsCommunity and The Soup funny guy Joel McHale hosts this Oscar eve movie awards show that some film fans prefer to the “big show” on Sunday.

Til Debt Do Us Part – In back-to-back new eps, Gail helps one couple whose car obsession has resulted in a hefty debt load, and another that has relied too much on parents willing to help them pay off their bills.

The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business – The Australian Outback proves to be especially taxing for Mike‘s dad Mel.

Big Love – Including tonight’s “‘Til Death Do Us Part,” there are just four episodes left until the series finale, and things get increasingly more contentious between Bill and the ever more unhinged Alby.

Californication – Oh, Hank. Just when the cash-strapped writer gets a paying gig polishing the dialogue on a zombie flick, he jeopardizes the paycheck by (of course) hitting on a woman who’s connected to the movie’s star.

CSI: Miami – A high school bully is stoned to death and the CSIs have to figure out which of her victims is responsible.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Tina Fey and Steve Carell make one funny couple in Date Night (Sat., 8PM, HBO);
High Stakes Poker (Sat., 8PM, GSN) begins its seventh season with new host Norm McDonald;
– George and Nina try to help a teen vampire on Being Human (Sat, 9PM, BBCA);
Karl visits Brazil and its beaches on An Idiot Abroad (Sat., 10PM, Science);
– On My Fair Wedding With David Tutera (Sun., 9PM, WE), David has his hands full trying to find a venue and rework a pink-and-hearts wedding theme, with just three weeks to go before the couple’s big day;
– Frank claims he’s going to stop drinking on Shameless (Sun., 10PM, Showtime).

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