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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


10PM | Showtime
Nurse Jackie
– When Jackie finds Kevin’s little sister sleeping off a hangover in her daughters’ room, she suspects Kevin brought his sis there to keep an eye on Jackie after the failed intervention. The phrase “fox guarding the hen house” is coming to mind here …

– Chuck has been a great show, and, as several save-the-series campaigns prove, a real fan favorite, and I’ll watch it ’til the end. But, as the return of Volkoff, Ellie’s continuing obsession with her dad’s computer and yet another Chuck/Sarah relationship issue make up tonight’s tired storylines, the time for it to end may be at hand.

Civil Warriors
– To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the National Geographic Channel has two nights of special programming on tap, including a three-hour block of this series, in which descendants of Civil War vets – including Frederick Douglass – go on a research mission to find out about their relatives’ experiences.

Drew Carey’s Improv-a-Ganza
– Drew and his improv buddies Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady are back!

– In the show’s 150th episode, Thirteen (Olivia Wilde) is sprung from jail, and finds House waiting for her to 1) find out why she went to the hoosegow in the first place and 2) take her to a … spud-gun competition? Yup.

How I Met Your Mother
– Ted and Zoey have another tiff, which may mean good news for fans, ‘cuz this coupling just isn’t working. In a more fun storyline, Marshall quits his job to do volunteer work.

Chicago Code
– A Windy City heatwave has led to the possibility blackouts, which is only fueling emotions when Wysocki and Evers are assigned to the heartbreaking case of a son who witnessed his dad’s murder.

The Great Famine
– Yet another compelling entry in the American Experience series covers U.S. efforts to help Russian citizens during a famine in the early 1920s, including archival footage and the story of the many obstacles American volunteers had to overcome just to get sustenance to the starving Soviets.

Law & Order: Los Angeles
– The spin-off returns as Skeet Ulrich‘s Rex Winters makes his exit. A permanent exit.

Bethenny Ever After
– On the heels of her birthday breakdown, Bethenny faces another big drama when she has to leave beautiful baby Bryn for the first time as she heads off on a Skinny Girl business trip.

10PM | ABC
– Crime novelists Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly guest star as themselves and, during a poker game, try to help Castle unravel the complicated case of an aspiring Olympic swimmer who’s been found dead in a pool.

Family Ties
– It’s a classic: Tom Hanks guest stars as Uncle Ned, Alex’s hero, until it becomes clear that his great uncle has a huge drinking problem.

The NewNowNext Awards
– The pop culture kudosfest, taped last week in Hollywood, is hosted by The Beek – Ke$hia Blow video scene stealer James Van Der Beek – and includes appearances by Panic! At the Disco, Adam Lambert, Paula Abdul, the Fabulous Beekman Boys and Robyn.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s week four of competition on Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC);
Intervention: Hillbilly Heroin (8PM, A&E) focuses on the oxycodone problem in Scioto County, a southern Ohio community that’s on the DEA’s list of the top 10 illegal drug trafficking spots;
– Ben proposes on The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– Adam visits businesses making yummy and unusual chocolate treats on Kid in a Candy Store (8:30PM, Food Network);
– All new episodes of All Worked Up kick off on truTV (9PM);
– In the first season finale of Being Human (9PM, Syfy), we flashback to when Aidan and Josh first met;
– Buddy serves as grand marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hoboken on Cake Boss (9PM, TLC);
– Emily wonders whether gymnastics is worth giving up life as a regular teen on Make It or Break It (9PM, ABC Family);
– Carl wigs when Mike invites Molly to join them for Cubs opening day on Mike & Molly (9PM, CBS);
– On The Hard Times of RJ Berger (10PM, MTV), Jenny freaks out over getting her first-ever zit, while Lily’s big pimpin’ with her settlement check from the bus company;
– Kono gets the scoop on what really ended Chin Ho’s police career on Hawaii Five-O (10PM, CBS);
– A&E kicks off the sixth season of Paranormal State with back-to-back episodes (10PM);
– Back-to-back new episodes of Pawn Stars on History (10PM);
– LaToya Jackson is a judge when the contestants don dressed made of money on RuPaul’s Drag Race (10PM, Logo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Chris O’Donnell, Lil Jon and P.J. Harvey;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Foo Fighters;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Alec Baldwin;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jamie Foxx;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Russell Brand;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): David Arquette;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Miley Cyrus and Michael Stipe (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Isabella Rosselini;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Lykke Li (REPEAT).

TV’s Top Hats: The Twideshow

Trying a little something fun today on Twitter … slideshows are kinda boring to flip through , so I’ve done a Twideshow, in honor of tonight’s new Justified episode. The Twideshow’s an homage to cool and iconic TV hats, i.e. TV’s Top Hats. Whatcha think?

Slideshows? Nah. In honor of Raylan Givens’ Justified hat,’s first Twideshow: TV’s Top Hats. #Twideshow #TVTopHats

Justified: Raylan Givens’ Stetson just adds to his swagger #Twideshow #TVTopHats

Hee Haw: Minnie Pearl’s capper (w/ its $1.98 price tag) made it to the Smithsonian

Dallas: J.R. Ewing’s Stetson also made it to the Smithsonian http://bit.l #Twideshow #TVTopHats

Magnum P.I.: Magnum’s Tigers cap was an homage to Tom Selleck’s hometown #Twideshow #TVTopHats

30 Rock: Frank’s ever-changing trucker hats #Twideshow #TVTopHats

Lidsville: They WERE hats! And soon, a movie #Twideshow #TVTopHats

SNL: Mango’s sparkly shorts & pink beret #Twideshow #TVTopHats

Mickey Mouse Club: Lisa Whelchel is among the Mouseketeers who wore MM ears #Twideshow #TVTopHats

Disneyland: Davy Crockett’s hat led to 5K cap sales a day #Twideshow #TVTopHats

Good Times: JJ’s hat was star Jimmie Walker’s dyn-o-mite! lucky charm #Twideshow #TVTopHats

Gilligan’s Island: Alan Hale had his Skipper hat bronzed at series end #Twideshow #TVTopHats

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


10PM | FX
– It’s easily one of the series’ best episodes so far, which is saying a lot. Raylan’s papa gets arrested again, Raylan’s services are requested for a state task force that’s investigating Harlan County crime and Boyd …. ah, Boyd. He gets mixed up in a payroll robbery scheme at the mine, and the consequences for some are tragic. The consequences for Boyd portrayer Walton Goggins, meanwhile, should be an Emmy.

American Idol
– The top 13 perform songs from their favorite artists in the first night of finalists competition.

Survivor: Redemption Island
– It’s Russell vs. Matt on Redemption Island.

9:30PM | ABC
Mr. Sunshine
– When Ben (Matthew Perry) finds out Roman has no place to crash, the two become roomies.

10PM | CBS
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
– As the team tries to track down a serial sniper, the sharp shooter sets his sights on Mick.

Face Off
– The final five have to disguise themselves, and fool their families, to win tonight’s challenge.

Family Ties
– The Hub airs the two-part series finale of the classic Michael J. Fox sitcom, in which Alex P. Keaton lands his dream job in New York City.

Nothing Personal
Steve Schirripa, a.k.a. The Sopranos‘ Bobby Baccalieri, hosts this compelling new series that profiles paid assassins and famous hit man killings.

The Real World: Las Vegas
– Yep, season 25! The second cast to hit Vegas will shack up at the Hard Rock, and they promise to be as wild, crazy and skanky as the first set of LV RWers.

Top Chef: All Stars
– The chefs head to the Bahamas, but paradise turns ugly when they have to go head-to-head against the winners of their previous Top Chef seasons, and then whip up vittles for Bahamian royalty with only the barest of equipment.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The girls model couture dresses on America’s Next Top Model (8PM, The CW);
Bobby competes to bake the best Boston cream pie on Throwdown With Bobby Flay (8:30PM, Food Network);
– The teams battle for their wedding flowers on tonight’s Shedding for the Wedding (9PM, The CW);
– The infamous “Bling Ring,” the group of teens who burglarized celeb homes in Los Angeles, is profiled on American Greed (10PM, CNBC);
– A woman is caught stealing from her neighbor on Hoarding: Buried Alive (10PM, TLC);
– Joy depends on a homeless dude (guest star Jon Lovitz) to get her green card on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Pee-wee Herman;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Aaron Eckhart;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): David Brooks;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Snooki and Judah Friedlander (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Michael Douglas (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Jerry O’Connell and Curtis Stone;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jamie Foxx (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Adam Sandler and Aziz Ansari (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Trace Adkins;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Diplo and Laurie Ann Gibson.

Best 2011 Super Bowl XLV Ads

My picks: Fox’s promo for Simon Cowell and The X Factor and the NFL all-star TV character ad with Seinfeld, Happy Days, Family Matters, The Office, Beverly Hills 90210, The Sopranos, Cheers, The Brady Bunch, Golden Girls, Dukes of Hazzard, Family Guy, Full House, Muppets, How I Met Your Mother, ALF, Friends, Glee, Modern Family, The Simpsons and South Park clips. Classic ad with classic TV shows.

What were your faves and least favorite Super Bowl ads?

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