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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – June 7, 2011


White Collar
– The team is back together … no matter how Peter and Neal may feel about that. The guys have to put their differences aside, however, as they’re teamed up to catch a thief who robbed the Federal Reserve.

Inside the Actors Studio
James Lipton unleashes his big list o’ questions on the cast of Modern Family.

The Looney Tunes Show
– Daffy’s big class reunion is coming up, and he wants Bugs to help him with some serious makeover projects.

The Voice
– The quarterfinals kick off, which means the top singers from each team will be pitted against each other. Any predictions? Is Javier Colon a lock? Maybe Nakia? Frenchie Davis?

10PM | MTV
16 & Pregnant
– Mommy-to-be Kianna thinks adoption may be the best option for her child and herself, but she’s getting all kinds of flack for even considering it, from her ‘rents and her babydaddy.

– Canned fruit and seafood … together again.

Covert Affairs
– Ben returns to D.C., but then disappears, while Annie (my fellow Ohio University alum Piper Perabo) is assigned to protect a Russian tennis player who’s also an asset.

How the States Got Their Shapes
– Nevada, Florida and Missouri are among the states included in this installment, which examines how fringe areas of the country affected – everybody say it now – how the states got their shapes (hosted by yet another Ohio University alum, Brian Unger).

– The fun series that chronicles our pop culture obsessions returns with an episode devoted to “Street Eats,” the best food trucks from across the country.

Sports Show With Norm Macdonald
– Don’t worry, he’ll be back. But in the first season finale, Norm visits the Nitro Circus show in Vegas, and tries to become a mascot.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
America’s Got Talent (8PM, NBC) auditions continue in Seattle;
– It’s audition round 2 on MasterChef (8PM, Fox);
– The sisters head to Maryland to visit their father, but the trip doesn’t go well on Braxton Family Values (9PM, WE);
– On I (Almost) Got Away With It (10PM, ID), a man almost gets away with breaking out of a New Mexico jail, thanks to … women’s clothing?!;
– A couple worried about passing their bad eating habits on to their children tries to get healthy on Love Handles (10PM, Lifetime);
– Tonight’s Tosh.0 Web Redemption: the “Bug in Mouth Reporter” (10PM, Comedy Central).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Curtis Stone and Flavor Flav;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Fareed Zakaria;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Sugar Ray Leonard;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kyle Chandler and Kathy Griffin;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Kevin Bacon and Bethenny Frankel;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Mike Brown and Joey Chestnut;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Sara Bareilles;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Larry King and My Morning Jacket;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Howie Mandel;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): LL Cool J (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – June 4-5, 2011


2011 MTV Movie Awards
– It’s the 20th anniversary of the MTV Movie Awards, and Saturday Night Live funny guy Jason Sudeikis, whose Horrible Bosses looks like it’s going to be one of the summer’s best reasons for plunking down $13 (NYC prices, sigh) for a movie ticket, is the host with the most. Reese Witherspoon is getting the network’s Generation Award (it really is an honor, even though receiving such an accolade on MTV prolly means you’re considered old amongst viewers), the Foo Fighters are performing and Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Emma Stone, Shia LaBeouf,  Josh Duhamel, Patrick Dempsey, Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nicki Minaj are among the awards passer outers. PS – For a look back at the Movie Awards’ most memorable moments from the past two decades, check out my “20 Most Memorable Moments at the MTV Movie Awards” feature at MTV’s

The Graham Norton Show
Hangover 2 stars Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms stop by to chat with Graham about their new flick, while Rob Lowe visits to discuss his fun new autobio Stories I Only Tell My Friends. And Lowe and Cooper recall their personal and professional experiences with Sarah Jessica Parker.

TCM Essentials Jr.
Saturday Night Live funny guy Bill Hader, who is, hands down, one of the funniest guys in Hollywood, hosts this June-August miniseries that spotlights classic movies perfect for introducing kids to film. First up: The Adventures of Robin Hood, the 1938 swashbuckler starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Flicks in the line-up later this summer include Singin’ in the Rain (June 26), King Kong (July 3), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), the Marx Brothers gem Horse Feathers (July 17) and My Man Godfrey (Aug. 28).

Ice Road Truckers
Dave Redmon, from the Deadliest Roads: IRT season, joins Rick, Lisa, Alex and Hugh for a new season of IRT that starts with Alex gets stranded and Dave training another new driver, Tony Molesky.

Next Food Network Star
– 15 contestants arrive in La-La-Land to vie for the season 7 title, and their first challenge is to dish up a breakfast treat that reflects their personalities and their style of cooking.

Finding Bigfoot
– A family in Florida suspects a Bigfoot is living on their property. How very Harry and the Hendersons.

Freaky Eaters
– Back-to-back new episodes include a woman addicted to eating cheesy potatoes – okay, not too weird – and a woman who consumes more than 3,000 calories a day worth of … cornstarch. Yep, there’s your titular freakiness.

The Glades
– In the sophomore season  opener, a Cuban mobster’s daughter is murdered, and Jim has to solve the case tout de suite to avoid a war between rival mob families.

Real Housewives of Orange County
– Despite the fact that she just got out of the hospital and is dealing with the end of her marriage, Vicki hosts her annual fall soiree, where several of the Housewives have throwdowns, including that Tamra-throwing-a-drink-at-Jeana scene that’s been teased all season.

Teen Wolf
– There’s no Michael J. Fox or Jason Bateman this time around – awwwwwwww – But this darker, CW-ish take on the Teen Wolf story is still worth checking out, as Tyler Posey (Lincoln Heights and Brothers & Sisters) plays outsider Scott McCall, who gets bitten by a werewolf and … well, you know.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– HBO is showing the very underrated Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action/comedy Knight and Day (Sat., 8PM);
Doctor Who (Sat., 9PM, BBCA) fans may be, um, surprised by the big reveal in this episode, “The Almost People”;
– Yep, the Saturday night Syfy flick Red Faction: Origins (Sat., 9PM, Syfy), starring Robert Patrick, is set in the world of the Red Faction videogames;
– The new two-hour special Surviving D-Day (Sat., 9PM, Discovery) examines the more unconventional preparations for the June 6, 1944 Normandy invasion;
– An angry cabbie in Detroit and a woman facing obstacles getting her car out of the impound lot in Philly make up a new Parking Wars (Sat., 10PM, A&E);
– On Til Debt Do Us Part (Sat., 10 and 10:30PM, CNBC), one couple asks for Gail’s help with finances, even though one of them is a financial analyst (memo to couple: probably not a good business move);
– A winner is crowned in the season 6 finale of America’s Best Dance Crew (Sun., 7:30PM, MTV);
– Like, ohmygawd, pop star Tiffany is a judge when chefs have to whip up ’80s-inspired cakes on the season premiere of Food Network Challenge (Sun., 8PM, Food Network);
– When Tracy runs into her ex, Mikey (who’s now Olivia‘s boyfriend), there’s loud drama on Jerseylicious (Sun., 8PM, Style);
– Denise goes back to work and Trevor considers Officer Candidate School on Army Wives (Sun., 9PM, Lifetime);
– On the eve of a big wine event, a wine importer is the murder victim on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Sun., 9PM, USA);
– Season 5 of Locked Up Abroad (Sun., 9PM, NGC) opens with the story of a Scottish chef who moved to Saudi Arabia and began smuggling alcohol into the country … where it is illegal;
– The new series Mancations (Sun., 9PM, Travel) is all about dude getaways, beginning with a vacay to Arizona;
– Gotta see how literal this show’s title is: Man-Eating Super Snake (Sun., 9PM, Animal Planet);
– The wives, and their doofy husband, land in Las Vegas on Sister Wives (Sun., 9PM, TLC);
– A Marine dresses up as a clown and surprises his family at the circus on Coming Home (Sun., 10PM, Lifetime);
– On In Plain Sight (Sun., 10PM, USA), Mary teams with a con artist to catch an even bigger criminal;
– It’s the season 2 premiere of The Real L Word (Sun., 10PM) on Showtime.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


10PM | ABC
– When Beckett heads to Los Angeles to track down a lead on the person she suspects of murdering her former partner, Castle tags along and visits the set of the movie adaptation of his book, Heat Wave. Among the episode’s guest stars: Gene Simmons, D.B. Sweeney and Prison Break star Dominic Purcell.

– It’s supposed to be a spy-free event when Chuck agrees to focus on his bachelor party, but some unexpected visitors, plus Ellie’s discovery of some major info on her dad’s old computer, take the celebration in a different direction.

Candice Bergen guest stars as cuddy’s mother, who threatens her daughter and House’s medical licenses when she considers filing a lawsuit against the hospital.

How I Met Your Mother
– While Ted plans a romantic weekend with Zoey, Barney and Marshall argue about the Arcadian.

Kid in a Candy Store
Adam‘s quest: Find sweet treats with tropical flavor, like Rainbow Coconut Bars and Turkish Taffy.

Bethenny Ever After
– While preparing for the Skating With the Stars finale, Bethenny also tries to plan family time with Jason and plan her big bus tour.

10PM | MTV
The Hard Times of RJ Berger
Weezer guest stars as RJ tries to figure out a way to snag fake IDs and tix to a 21-and-over concert by the band, all to impress Amy.

10PM | CBS
Hawaii Five-O
Rick Springfield guest stars as a famous fashion photog who meets a violent end when he goes to Hawaii to shoot the cover of a magazine’s swimsuit issue.

Nurse Jackie
– Jackie continues to freak about Kevin encouraging a match up between Eddie and Kevin’s sister, while Coop is freaking out about his moms and Mrs. Akalitus is in a tizzy because the hospital’s religious statues are being removed.

– People obsessed with their fantasy lives is the topic, and includes a creepy California dude who persists in living as a baby.

11PM | TBS
– Is Will Ferrell going to make good on his threat to shave Conan‘s beard? Tonight’s the night we’ll find out.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Teddy has doubts about Marco when he catches him in a lie on 90210 (8PM, The CW);
– It’s week seven of performances on Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC);
– The only one sure about Amy moving in with Ricky is Amy on The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– Is Senior ready to make up with Junior and Mikey on American Chopper: Senior Vs. Junior (9PM, Discovery)?;
– Jury tampering is just the tip of the iceberg when a crooked city official gets away with misdeeds on The Chicago Code (9PM, Fox);
– Leila and Michael try to rescue Simon on The Event (9PM, NBC);
– Serena threatens what could be a very happy moment for Blair on Gossip Girl (9PM, The CW);
– Four back-to-back episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Comedy Central (9PM);
– Bad news threatens Emily’s career on Make It or Break It (9PM, ABC Family);
– The detectives investigate a series of bank robberies that also involve kidnapping on Law & Order: Los Angeles (10PM, NBC);
– Back-to-back new Pawn Star$ episodes (10PM, History) features original Spider-Man artwork.

And the late-night line-up:
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Philip K. Howard;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Francis Fukuyama;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Tracy Morgan and Rex Ryan;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Paul Walker and Donny and Marie Osmond;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Mark Ruffalo and Yvette Nicole Brown;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Rene Russo and k.d. lang;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Judd Apatow and LL Cool J;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Matt Lucas and Mindy Kaling;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mark Burnett (REPEAT).

WIN THIS! ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Season 5 DVD Box Set

HOORAY! We have our winners:

Amanda, Son Huynh and Victor V.! Congrats, Amanda, Son Huynh and Victor V., and thanks for entering. Your awesome prizes will be on their way to your mailboxes shortly. Enjoy, and thanks again for checking us out at TV!

And everyone, stay tuned to … we’ve got lots more TV goodies coming your way!

How I Met Your Mother, season six, premieres this week (September 20, 8PM ET, CBS), while season five premieres on DVD on Sept. 21 … that’s a lot of Neil Patrick Harris. And to celebrate (because, of course, NPH is definitely worthy of a celebration), Fox Home Entertainment has given three copies of the HIMYM season five DVD box set to pass along to three lucky readers!

From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment:
Hopeless romantic Ted Mosby gets one step closer to his soul mate when How I Met Your Mother Season Five arrives on DVD September 21 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Neil Patrick Harris leads a stellar ensemble cast including Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, Josh Radnor and Cobie Smulders in the hit comedy that dissects the trials and tribulations of dating life in New York City. The show is narrated by an older version of Ted (Bob Saget) as he fondly recalls adventures from his single days with his friends to his children. Season five of the hilarious love story told in reverse finds the gang encountering their doppelgangers, contemplating dual citizenship, struggling to achieve the perfect week of sexual conquests, buying a house, getting mugged by a monkey and even starting a family.

With legendary bonus features including the trailer for The Wedding Bride, the fictional film based on an exaggerated and one-sided version of Ted’s breakup with Stella from season four, behind the scenes of the 100th episode, a blooper/gag reel, commentary and more, How I Met Your Mother Season Five features 24 hilarious episodes and will be available as a three-disc DVD.

For your chance of winning your own copy of How I Met Your Mother Season Five on DVD, simply answer the following question:

In the series, where does Ted Mosby live?

– Los Angeles
– New York City
– Seattle

– Leave a comment on this post, with the answer to the trivia question, and an e-mail address where you can be reached
– Deadline to enter is October 4 at 8PM ET (according to recorded comment time)
– The winner will be chosen by random, using’s Random Number Generator
– The winner will be announced on the evening of October 4, as an update to this post

Good luck, HIMYM fans!

WIN THIS: It’s a Very Christmas 25-Day Giveaway, Day 18: ‘Monk’ Autographed Photo and Suit Swatch

HOORAY! We have our winner:

Jo! Congrats, Jo, and thanks for entering. Your awesome Monk collectible  will be on its way to your mailbox shortly. Enjoy, and thanks again for checking us out at TV!

And everyone, keep checking our Christmas giveaway section … we’ve got lots more TV goodies coming your way!

The bad news: Mr. Monk rides off into the TV sunset tonight, as the Monk series finale unfolds on USA (9PM ET).

The good news: One lucky Monk fan has a chance to win the ultimate collectible: A framed, autographed photo of Monk star Tony Shalhoub, with a piece of one of the OCD detective’s famous brown suits!

Cool, right?

These signed, numbered goodies were sent to select members of the media by the network, and because we here at think it should be in the possession of one of Monk‘s greatest fans, we’re giving one of you the chance to win it!

All ya gotta do to enter is:
– Leave a comment on this post, with your name, your favorite Monk episode and an e-mail address where we can reach you
– Deadline to enter to win the Monk framed collectible is December 11 at 8PM ET (according to recorded comment time)
– The winner will be chosen by random, using’s Random Number Generator
– The winner will be announced on the evening of December 11, as an update to this post

Good luck, Monk fans, and stay tuned for the rest of our It’s a Very Christmas 25-Day Giveaway!

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