Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 29, 2011


Torchwood: Miracle Day
– The Torchwood crew’s battle with PhiCorp leads to California, while Jilly (Lauren Ambrose) and Oswald (Bill Pullman) have their own demons – demon – to battle.

10PM | ABC
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton and Everybody Loves Raymond series creator Phil Rosenthal sit down for a chat about Exporting Raymond, the documentary about Rosenthal’s attempt to make a Russian version of Raymond.

10PM | HBO
Real Time with Bill Maher
– The always awesome Bryan Cranston is the interview guest.

11PM | IFC
Young, Broke & Beautiful
Broke-Ass Stuart rolls into the Motor City, where he go-karts, goes to a speakeasy and buys $12 worth of Detroit real estate.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Thundercats (8PM, Cartoon Network) is a reboot of the classic ’80s ‘toon;
– On Whale Wars (9PM, Animal Planet), the Bob Barker and Gojira attack the harpoon ship that was trailing them;
– The docks in town start attacking people on Haven (10PM, Syfy);
– On American Restoration (10PM, History), items in need of tender loving repair include a 1950s bumper car and a 1960s coin-operated motorcycle;


Aaron and Roger try the 7-Alarm Challenge on Heat Seekers (10PM, Food Network), which requires them to eat seven hot, hot, hot wings, in seven minutes, with no water;
– Funny guy John Pinette performs at the Vic Theater in Chicago in the special John Pinette: Still Hungry (11PM, Comedy Central).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Robin Williams and Judy Greer (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Aziz Ansari and Kelly Rowland;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): John Stamos (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Brian Williams;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Tim Gunn;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Walt Goggins (REPEAT).


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


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.

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.

– The gang time travels back to the American Revolution, which threatens to change the course of history.

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

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

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.

– 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);


– 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 27, 2011


Royal Pains
– Evan spends time with his grandfather (guest star Ed Asner) in hopes of helping Eddie’s (Henry Winkler) parole case, but he finds out the surprising real reason why his grandpa has been MIA from his life.

Wonders of the World
– This new documentary series examining the atomic link between humanity and the universe is hosted by rocker/physicist Brian Cox.

9:30PM | DIY
Hollywood Hi-Tech
– This will spark some home makeover envy: Nancy O’Dell gets a new family room with a 100-inch TV screen, five surround-sound speakers, cool new chairs and a love seat.

– Ellen’s case against Erickson (John Goodman) depends on soldier-turned-Erickson employee Chris Sanchez (Chris Messina), who’s in more than a little bit of danger because of it.

10PM | E!
E! True Hollywood Story: Snooki
– I know, when you see the title of this entry in E!’s series, you think it’s a spoof, right? But it’s real … all too real.

Restaurant: Impossible
Chef Robert tries to help Virginia diner owners who are on the verge of bankruptcy because of mismanagement and a major issue with cleanliness.

10 and 10:30PM | A&E
Storage Wars
Laura fills in for sick auctioneer Dan, while the lockers she’s trying to unload include electronics and a cool movie prop.

Jon Benjamin Has a Van
– Jon’s undercover assignment: Robbing a store. That sells surveillance equipment.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The Power of Veto competition happens on Big Brother (8PM, CBS);
– On Famous Food (8PM, VH1), Ashley fights with DJ Paul, Jake fights with Danielle and the whole gang has a run-in with designer Scott;
Lady Gaga is a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox);
– While working on the school play, Eli thinks he’s found a new love interest on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
James Van Der Beek guests as Janie’s fiancé (who’s in need of legal assistance after his bachelor party) on Franklin & Bash (9PM, TNT);
Meat America (9PM, History) is a two-hour special on the history of beef, pork and chicken;
– On Roseanne’s Nuts (9 and 9:30PM, Lifetime), Roseanne takes surfing lessons and tries to prove to the locals that her Hawaiian museum is not haunted;
Evan plots (again) to get rid of CT, who finds himself in a love triangle with Laurel and Mandi on The Challenge: Rivals (10PM, MTV);
Jennifer Love Hewitt guest stars as Victoria’s daughter Emmy on Hot in Cleveland (10PM, TV Land);
– Tommy decides to give an interview for the 9/11 documentary on Rescue Me (10PM, FX);
Cat Deeley and Raven-Symone are among the dinner guests on Rocco’s Dinner Party (10PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Kevin Connolly;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Rachel Weisz;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Mary Cummings;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Craig Ferguson;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Vanessa Carlton and Chris Tucker;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): The Miz and Kate Walsh;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Olivia Wilde;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Neil Patrick Harris;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Mary McCormack;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Lykke Li (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 26, 2011


10PM | MTV
Teen Mom
Catelynn tries to fix her relationship with her crazy mother, while Maci decides to back to her mama’s house with Bentley and Gary and Amber find out just how much trouble mom Amber is in with Child Protective Services.

Pretty Little Liars
– Aria finds herself the object of a romantic tug of war between Ezra and Jason.

Memphis Beat
– When a body goes missing – the body of a local man known for helping at-risk children – Dwight (Jason Lee) and Whitehead rush to find it, but soon begin to learn some unflattering things about the “do-gooder.”

White Collar
– Sarah tries to find out more about the treasure Neal is hiding, while Neal and Peter try to find out more about the world (the very dangerous world) of international security.

10PM | BIO
Aftermath with William Shatner
The Shat chats with Jeff Hart, one of the rescuers who helped free the Chilean miners last October.

– Lamb hearts (yeeech!) are among the ingredients in the mystery baskets when four past cheftestants return for another shot at the $10,000 prize.

11PM | MTV
– Mean girls … sigh. When nasty Sadie and Lissa take a nude photo of Jenna when she’s in the locker room, they’re the ones who get surprised by the reactions of their fellow students.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The contestants create baseball-themed cupcakes for a VIP party at Dodgers Stadium (a divorce party?) on Cupcake Wars (8PM, Food Network);
– The contestant pool will be down to 13 after tonight’s Hell’s Kitchen (8PM, Fox);
– When Daffy faces his nemesis in a bowling match, he turns to Bugs Bunny for help on The Looney Tunes Show (8PM, Cartoon Network);
– It’s the 7th season finale of Deadliest Catch (9PM, Discovery);
– There’s fallout for Dave after his politically incorrect comments on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– Annie and Joan pose as reporters while undercover to rescue a CIA op on Covert Affairs (10PM, USA);
– New Tosh.O on Comedy Central (10PM);
– The True Grime: Crime Scene Clean Up (10PM, ID) is busy cleaning up the scene involving a body found in a hoarder’s house.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Tom Felton;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Juan Williams;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Brooke Gladstone;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Julianne Moore;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Train and Olivia Wilde;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Tim Gunn;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Daniel Craig;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Steve Carell;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): William H. Macy;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Emmy Rossum (REPEAT).


Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 25, 2011


There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane
– Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated documentarian Liz Garbus directed this documentary about the headlines-grabbing July 2009 tragic car crash in which a woman named Diane Schuler drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway in New York, colliding with an oncoming vehicle and killing her daughter, three nieces, everyone in the other car and herself. The crushing case continues to be a nightmare for the survivors and family members left behind, including the loves ones of the victims in the other car, as well as Schuler’s son, who is still dealing with the injuries he received in the crash, and Schuler’s husband, who has to live with the fact that an autopsy revealed his late wife has a blood-alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit.

The film is the latest entry in HBO’s fantastic Documentary Films Summer Series, which has unspooled a fascinating new documentary each Monday night this summer, and continues through August 15.

The Closer
– Flynn and Provenza try to make some extra cash serving court papers for an attorney … but moments after they deliver the documents, the recipient is murdered.

Warehouse 13
– Pete and Myka end up in bed thanks to a mystery, while Dr. Vanessa Calder (guest star Lindsay Wagner, who will cross over to an episode of Alphas next month) returns to work on a case with Artie.

The A-List: New York
– The boys are back! Season one was the ultimate in guilty pleasure viewing, and considering that the premiere includes more gossip about Reichen and Rodiney and Reichen’s new Internet business, there’s no reason to think season two will be any different.

– The team moves to new offices after the attack on Rosen (David Strathairn), while riots break out on the east coast, apparently linked to a teen who has run away from home.

Real Housewives of New York City
Reunion, Part 1 Andy Cohen has hinted that the reunion gets very heated, with Ramona (no surprise) being at the center of several blowouts amongst the women. Jill apparently gets into with both Ramona and Alex, and, given her behavior all season, I’m betting there are going to be even fewer Team Jill members after this one.

– Shane decides to take Nancy’s advice and enroll in college course, while Nancy’s attorney helps her make her way to California, where she tries to get ahead of her sister (guest star Jennifer Jason Leigh) in the custody battle for her son.

The Big C
– Cathy considers pawning her jewelry because of Paul’s layoff, while bro Sean tests his baby sling for the moms in his ‘hood.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Ashley gets a surprise visitor before she hands out roses to her final two dudes on The Bachelorette (8PM, ABC);
– One of the women gets so fed up with the fighting in Italy that she heads some early on Basketball Wives (8PM, VH1);
Will Wheaton and Stan Lee guest star on Eureka (8PM, Syfy);
– The top 15 compete on Hell’s Kitchen (8PM, Fox);
– Amy tries to help Ricky get into college on Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– On Cake Boss (9PM, TLC), Buddy builds a camping-themed cake that includes real fire to roast marshmallows;
– Competition turns ugly when Dave and Adam both go after a position on the school’s airwaves on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
How I Made My Millions (9PM, CNBC) tells the stories of a woman who makes and sells jewelry boxes on QVC and the founders of Firehouse Subs;
– The weekly four-episode It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia marathon on Comedy Central (9PM) includes “The Gang Gets Whacked” and “The Gang Dances Their Asses Off”;
Charo guest stars on RuPaul’s Drag U (9PM, Logo);
– On Behind Mansion Walls (10PM, ID), an ongoing family feud ends badly;
– On the 1st season finale of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (10, ABC), a mom who weighs 445 pounds tries to lose weight to be there for her sick daughter;
– A Civil War musket and a cool 1950s pedal car toy are among the items brought to Rick and company on Pawn Star$ (10 and 10:30PM, History);
– Boston Fleet Week brings murder and Frosts dad (guest star Ernie Hudson) on Rizzoli & Isles (10PM, TNT).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): H. Jon Benjamin, Emma Stone and K.T. Tunstall;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Neil Patrick Harris;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Brian Cox;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Brian Williams and Tim Robbins & the Rogues Gallery Band;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jessica Alba;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Mark-Paul Gosselaar;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jon Favreau;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Don Cheadle and Zach Braff;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Don Rickles and Matt Smith;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Rob Riggle (REPEAT).

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