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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 11, 2011

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9PM | USA
Burn Notice
– Michael teams up with Jesse (aren’t you kinda missing him with his significantly less screen time this season?) for an extraction mission in the Caribbean, but when they get trapped there by mercenaries, Fiona has to ask a favor of her ex-boyfriend to secure their release. And her ex? He looks like Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale. Because he is.

8PM | FOX – 8TH SEASON FINALE
So You Think You Can Dance
Marko, Melanie, Sasha or Tadd? A winner is chosen in tonight’s season finale.

9PM | LIFETIME
Project Runway
Kim Kardashian is the guest judge as the designers have to whip up frocks for models walking on stilts. With all that extra fabric, you know who the real winner is? Mood!

10PM | MTV
Jersey Shore
– Prepare for the Jerseyites to outskank even their skankiest moments when Ronnie and Sammi try to become friends again, but give in to old habits instead, while The Situation tries to become more than friends with Snooki and Deena tries hard to make the same happen with Pauly D.

10PM | FX
Wilfred
Nestor Carbonell – who uttered one of my all-time favorite TV quotes (“Batmanuel is mired in litigation”) on The Tick – guest stars as Ryan’s sister’s boss, but the best moment in tonight’s episode comes when Wilfred confronts Ryan with his discovery that Ryan had another dog in his life before Wilfred.

10:30PM | LIFETIME – SERIES PREMIERE
Russian Dolls
– Or, The Real Housewives of Brighton Beach. Either way, this latest RH wannabe is neither so juicy it’s entertaining, or so over-the-top bad that it’s worthy of a guilty-pleasure season pass. Still, you should see it, at least once, for yourself.

11:59PM | ADULT SWIM
Children’s Hospital
Nick Kroll is Dr. Velam Geza, who teaches the staff what it’s like to work the night shift.

12:15AM FRIDAY | ADULT SWIM
NTSF: SD: SUV
Adam Scott, Party Down and Parks and Recreation cool dude, guest stars as Trent is suspended and forced to spend time at home, where he’s the target of a planned terrorist attack.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s eviction night on Big Brother (8PM, CBS);
– New Wipeout on ABC (8PM);
– Jenna and KC have to deal with a visit from Child Services after the baby’s accident on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– Fry has daddy issues when an alien egg he’s caring for hatches into a big bad monster on Futurama (10PM, Comedy Central);
– Anxious Louis makes a mistake while working with Harvey on Suits (10PM, USA);
– Back-to-back episodes of Louie on FX (10:30 and 11PM).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Aziz Ansari;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Michael Wallis;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Gloria Steinem;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Jim Parsons (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Sam Worthington;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): SERIES FINALE;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Olivia Wilde;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Emma Stone;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Geoffrey Rush (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Gale Anne Hurd (REPEAT).

 

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – August 4, 2011

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10PM | MTV – 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
Jersey Shore
– The network is promising that the new season’s new hookups are going to prove to be more shocking than the culture differences Snooki and the gang experience when they head to Florence, Italy. But honestly … whatever guilty, guilty pleasure we may still be able to wring out of watching these idiots continue to kill off their brain cells, do you really think you could be shocked by anything they do at this point?

9PM | USA
Burn Notice
– While Fi and Jesse keep their eye on a guy who may be the answer to solving the mystery of Max’s murder, Michael and Sam try to rescue a sick boy from his father, who’s hidden him away at an armed compound.

9PM | LIFETIME
Project Runway
– The designers have to use items they find in a pet store to whip up some – wait for it – fetching outfits.

9PM | DISCOVERY – SHARK WEEK PREMIERE
Shark City
– Shark Week host Andy Samberg provides commentary during this special, which tracks sharks in the Bahamas to see how they spend their days and nights.

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Futurama
– Let other networks hunt sharks … Leela’s obsessed with tracking down a four-dimensional space whale.

10PM | DISCOVERY – SHARK WEEK PREMIERE
When Fish Attack 3
– By “fish,” they really mean giant people-chomping whales.

10PM | FX
Wilfred
– The episode’s called “Pride,” but it’s also all about love, as Wilfred pursues his new puppy love interest and Jane Kaczmarek plays a woman with a thang for Ryan.

11:59PM | ADULT SWIM
Childrens Hospital
Alicia Silverstone guest stars as Owen’s secret wife. Who’s not such a secret any more.

12:15AM FRIDAY | ADULT SWIM
NTSF:SD:SUV
– Trent’s (Paul Scheer) ex returns a changed person … literally. Meanwhile, no one reads the book Piper has selected for the book club.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman visit The View (11AM, ABC);
– The final six is cut to a final four on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– As if the challenges weren’t, uh, challenging enough, tonight’s Wipeout (8PM, ABC) finds the contestants being forced to wear potato sacks during the game;
– It’s eviction night on Big Brother (9PM, CBS);
– On Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick), Drew wants to return to his old school, but he’s afraid to leave Adam behind;
– It’s the Happy Days episode (10PM, The Hub) that introduces Robin Williams as Mork from Ork;
– On Suits (10PM, USA), Harvey’s past with another attorney may hurt his current project, fostering the merger of two hotel chains;
Dane Cook and Bob Saget guest star as themselves on Louie (10:30PM, FX).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jason Bateman;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Dick Durbin;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Anthony Bourdain;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Colin Farrell;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Roseanne Barr and Jason Momoa;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Nicole Scherzinger and Hank Azaria;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jeremy Piven and Denise Richards;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Ryan Reynolds and Fountains of Wayne;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Craig visits the Palace of Versailles;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Matt & Kim.

 

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 28, 2011

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9PM | LIFETIME – 9TH SEASON PREMIERE
Project Runway
– Into every TV season some Tim Gunn should fall, and tonight, he’s finally back on our TVs every week, as the show kicks off its ninth season of competition, with Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia back in the judges’ chairs, and a lineup of guest celeb judges that kicks off tonight with Christina Ricci.

9PM | USA
Burn Notice
– Sam goes undercover to befriend a heroin dealer as part of a plan to help the CIA recover a weapon from some mobsters. But when his plan doesn’t go well, the CIA is unhappy with him, and, by association, Michael.

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Futurama
– The gang time travels back to the American Revolution, which threatens to change the course of history.

10PM | USA
Suits
– Mike helps Rachel study for her LSATs and realizes she’s about to discover his big secret.

10PM | FX
Wilfred
– Wilfred talks Ryan into helping him get rid of Jenna’s boyfriend (guest star Chris Klein).

11:59PM | ADULT SWIM
Childrens Hospital
– Is there a theme in TV land tonight? Yep, and it’s time travel. Like the Futurama gang, the doctors go back in time.

12:15AM (FRIDAY) | ADULT SWIM
NTSF: SD: SUV
– Haven’t checked out this cheeky procedural drama spoof from the wacky mind of star/creator Paul Scheer? Do yourself a favor and do so, or DVR it if it’s past your bedtime. Funny, funny stuff, which also stars Rebecca Romijn, Kate Mulgrew and my favorite Freaks and Geeks alum, Martin Starr. PS: The title stands for National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Two of the top 8 get the boot on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– Bosses and employees team up to tackle the obstacle course on Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– A houseguest is evicted on Big Brother (9PM, CBS);
– Riley’s getting pressure from his family, so he feels he has to make a decision about Zane on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);

MTV

– Season four premieres next week, so tonight’s Jersey Shore: From the First Fist Pump special (10PM, MTV) recaps the first three seasons;
Louie (10:30PM, FX) hangs out with his friend Pamela (guest star Pamela Adlon).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Jon Favreau;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Peter Tomsen;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Buddy Roemer;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kirstie Alley, Fountains of Wayne and Louis C.K.;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Matt LeBlanc and Stevie Nicks;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Chris Tucker;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Harrison Ford and Lady Gaga;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Beyonce and Julianne Moore;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Lisa Kudrow and Ben Mezrich;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Adam Pally (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 21, 2011

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9PM | USA
Burn Notice
– Okay, I’ll ‘fess up: The first two episodes of the new season left me worried that the show was on a fast decline. Silly me; last week’s episode was a nice reboot (though it was a bummer that Grant Show‘s best role in years came to such an abrupt, harsh end), and tonight’s episode finds Burn Notice back in tiptop shape. Michael, wanting to clear his own name and find the baddie who killed his pal Max (Show), volunteers to help on the CIA investigation into the murder, while he, Sam, Fiona, Jesse and Maddie also help an Army sniper who’s on the hunt for the grafter who nearly beat his sister to death. It’s far and away the best episode of the season so far, full of the drama, humor, personalities and Michael-in-sharp suits moments we Burn fans have come to expect and love. And there’s a twist at the end that will suggest Michael is in even more trouble than he initially surmised …

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Futurama
– Leela becomes an instant celeb when she creates a popular children’s TV show.

10PM | BRAVO – 4TH SEASON FINALE
Real Housewives of New York City
– Good news: Natalie Cole is singing at LuAnn‘s one-year anniversary party for she and Jacques. Bad news: Natalie (apparently never having heard LuAnn sing) wants LuAnn to sing with her. Elsewhere: Ramona thinks she might be preggers.

10PM | FX
Wilfred
– When Ryan (Elijah Wood) decides that he and Wilfred (Jason Gunn) need to become do-gooders, he volunteers them to work at a hospice, but it turns out that Wilfred has a very special gift … and therefore some hand to make demands of his buddy.

11:59PM | ADULT SWIM
Children’s Hospital
– Brock Stryker’s (Rob Riggle) death leads to counseling for the hospital staffers.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A second houseguest is evicted on Big Brother (8PM, CBS);
– Two of the top 10 are eliminated on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– The “Wipeout Kitchen” is the challenge on tonight’s Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– Drew considers breaking up with Bianca when he tires of relationship drama on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– Mike’s friend shows up looking for help on Suits (10PM, USA);
Louie (10:30PM, FX) takes the girls on a road trip to visit his aunt.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Lisa Kudrow;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Scott Miller;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): David Eagleman;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Harrison Ford;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Emma Stone and Adam Carolla;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): 3 Doors Down;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Stephen Moyer and Bush;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Brooke Shields;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Bryan Cranston;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Neil Strauss (REPEAT).

 

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 14, 2011

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8:35AM | EMMYS.COM
Primetime Emmy Nomination Announcement
Bridesmaids and Gilmore Girls (oh, okay, and Mike & Molly) funny girl Melissa McCarthy and Fringe star Joshua Jackson announce the nominees for the Sept. 18 Emmy Awards. Will your faves be among those getting the early morning congrats calls?

9PM | USA
Burn Notice
– Money-launderin’ Barry is back, and he needs Michael and the gang’s help to clear his brother, who’s been accused of being a big ol’ computer hacker.

10PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
Futurama
– What happens when Bender testified against the Mob (the Robot Mob)? He has to enter the witness protection program, of course.

10PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New York City
Ramona refuses to be in the music video for LuAnn‘s new song, because she thinks it’s going to set a bad example for Avery. And you’ll be right there with Ramona … until LuAnn brings up that embarrassing “Turtle Time” thang.

10PM | CMT – SERIES PREMIERE
Texas Women
– Who’s having the best week ever (still miss that show)? Texas, between the greenlight for the TNT Dallas remake and this new reality series, a sorta “Real Housewives of Texas.”

10PM | FX
Wilfred
– There’s payoff in some truly funny Ryan/Wilfred moments, but tonight’s episode, with guest star Ed Helms, includes a truly disturbing storyline for Wilfred and his time at doggy day care.

11:59PM | ADULT SWIM
Childrens Hospital
– The docs wait for a prisoner to be executed. Oh, so they can use his heart in a transplant operation.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Roseanne pops in on The View (11AM, ABC);
Nicole Scherzinger performs as two of the top 12 are eliminated on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– Past winners return for an all-star edition of Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– The team’s on a winning streak in the 1st season finale of 4th & Forever (9PM, Current);
– It’s the first houseguest elimination of the season on Big Brother (9PM, CBS);
Joan Rivers guest stars on Louie (10:30PM, FX).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Tina Fey and Dr. Sanjay Gupta (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Jose Antonio Vargas;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kyra Sedgwick;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Don Rickles and Colbie Caillat;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): J.J. Abrams (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Louis C.K. (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Bob Saget and James Blake;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Zooey Deschanel;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Cee-Lo Green and Josh Radnor (REPEAT).

 

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