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It’s giveaway time again, and, thanks to our good friends at Fox Home Entertainment, has two great DVD box sets to pass along to one very lucky reader: Burn Notice season 4 and White Collar season 2!

Both box sets hit store on June 7 (great Father’s Day goodies), but you can win your copies here.

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Television’s Hottest Secret Agents Continue to Burn Up the Screen

USA Network’s top rated shows are both debuting new editions of their adventures on June 7, following the ongoing story of leading men Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) and Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer). Both DVD sets come from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and explore the intriguing world of spies and counter intelligence.

In season 4 of Burn Notice, master-spy Michael Westen is back, and along with go-to guy Sam and the dangerously sexy Fiona, the team takes on a barrage of outlaw biker gangs, drug dealers and a worldwide terrorist threat. Burn Notice season 4 contains sizzling never-before-seen bonus footage such as “Sam Axe’s Guide to Ladies and Libations,” “Burn Notice Roasts White Collar,” “White Collar Roasts Burn Notice,” audio commentaries, a behind-the-scenes stunt featurette, a gag reel and tons of deleted scenes.

In White Collar season 2, Matt Bomer returns as sophisticated conman Neal Caffrey, who teams up with FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) to investigate an intriguing array of crimes ranging from extortion to murder. Featuring exclusive bonus footage and extras including a spotlight on fan-favorite Mozzie (Willie Garson), a behind-the-scenes feature with Matt Bomer, “White Collar Roasts Burn Notice,” “Burn Notice Roasts White Collar” and a hilarious gag reel, White Collar season 2 is not to be missed!

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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – June 6, 2011


Real Housewives of New Jersey
– It’s turkey time, and that means another occasion for Teresa and her bro and sister-in-law to tick each other off. For Teresa, it’s by hosting a “Friendsgiving” dinner for Jacqueline and Caroline instead of hanging with her relatives.

Great Performances
– Selections from the 2010 Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago include performances by, of course, guitar god Clapton, as well as Steve Winwood, Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, Vince Gill, Jeff Beck and Ronnie Wood. Host for the evening: Bill Murray.

5PM | G4
E3 2011 Live
– Can’t make it to the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles? G4’s got daily coverage (six hours a day, to be exact).

The Bachelorette
– All’s fun when Ashley and one of her dudes experience a flash mob, but then she becomes the subject of a comedy roast that goes so badly she ends up in tears and cancels a cocktail party with the remaining bachelors.

8PM | VH1
Basketball Wives
Suzie returns, but doesn’t get a friendly welcome from Royce, while Tami thinks Meeka is trying to ingratiate herself to too many basketball wives.

Last Man Standing
Anthony Michael Hall plays the husband of Army WivesCatherine Bell, a former CIA agent whose secret past comes to light when her hubby is kidnapped (make that, Farmer Ted-napped!) and the crime is connected to the death of one of her fellow agents.

– 100 hopefuls arrive in Los Angeles to cook up an audition for Gordon Ramsay and his fellow judges, all in the name of trying to become real chefs.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager
– If you’ve seen those teary promos, you can prolly already guess that Adrian and Ben don’t get happy news at the hospital.

American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
– Will a father-son build-off lead to a father-son reunion?

Bobby Fischer Against the World
– The doc profiles the late, great chess whiz, including archived interviews with Fischer, who died in 2008, as well as footage of his most famous match, a 1972 victory against the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky in the World Chess Championship.

Switched at Birth
– Looking for a new drama for summer? Despite a few misses, this is a good one, revolving around two girls who were switched at birth, a fact they find out as teens. One is an artistic girl (Gilmore Girls and The Young & the Restless star Vanessa Marano) raised by a wealthy family, and the other (potential breakout Katie Lecleric) is an athletic girl who was left deaf by a childhood illness. Conflict ensues as the two try to get to know their birth families.

Behind Mansion Walls
– The new series profiles crimes among the wealthy, beginning with a murder mystery in Palm Beach.

10PM | ABC
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition
Chris helps Alex, a 23-year-old man who, at 459 pounds, wants to get healthy to fulfill the promise he made to his late mother and set a good example for his younger brothers.

Nurse Jackie
– Coop speeds up his wedding planning, while Jackie finds herself on probation because of the drugs she pilfered from the oncology department.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Outdoor spaces get Disneyfied in the new series My Yard Goes Disney (8PM, HGTV), including tonight’s series premiere, where two backyards get connected by a train;
Buddy has to build a massive cake that will feed 4,000 people and which has to be delivered to Las Vegas on Cake Boss (9PM, TLC);
– There’s a two-hour block of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Comedy Central (9PM);
– On the new series It’s Everybody’s Business With Jack and Suzy Welch (9PM, CNBC), the titular couple advise companies facing difficult challenges, beginning, tonight, with Hertz and the car rental company’s new Connect car share biz;
– Val tries online dating to get over Quinn on Single Ladies (9PM, VH1);
– A sweet and funny Family Ties gem (10PM, The Hub) finds Alex yanking Andrew out of preschool when he finds out the classroom is not a competitive environment;
Pawn Star$ (10PM, History) goodies tonight include a 1932 Lincoln Roadster and a Civil War cavalry jacket;
Donna Summer is the judge as the contestants have to pen dance tunes on Platinum Hit (10PM, Bravo);
– There’s teen angst and then there’s teen wolf angst, which Scott finds out when he tries to juggle his new wolf persona with trying to land a second date with Allison on Teen Wolf (10PM, MTV);
– Food Network stars Tyler Florence and Michael Symon are among those who reveal restaurants that prepare specific items better than they do on Best Thing I Ever Ate (10:30PM, Food Network).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Ice-T and Breckin Meyer;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Maziar Bahari;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Werner Herzog;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Meredith Viera;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Cee Lo Green and Katie Couric;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): David Arquette and Toni Braxton;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Wanda Sykes (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Kathie Lee Gifford and Zakk Wylde;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Don Cheadle;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Timothy Allen (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 – 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


Whale Wars
– The Sea Shepherds kick off a new season with a new campaign, aboard a new vessel (the Gojira), as they try to track down and stop two harpoon ships before any whales are killed.

Friday Night Lights
– Vince’s self-satisfied ‘tude creates problems within the team, while Eric fears he’s losing control of his team and Tammy worries that one of her students isn’t being cared for at home.

The China Question
– Filmmaker Brook Silva-Braga takes a look at China’s rise to become the world’s second superpower, and how that will impact the United States.

Dateline NBC
Keith Morrison profiles a kidnap victim who’s struggling as she tries to return to her home … 30 years later.

9 and 9:30PM | TLC
Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss
– A bride who’s getting married at Disney World is on the hunt for a gown that will make her feel, and look, like Cinderella, while another bride, who’s 6-feet-tall, is afraid she’ll never find a pretty dress for her big day.

Outrageous Food
– Tom works with one of the largest grills made, a 27-ton cooker.

10PM | HBO
Real Time With Bill Maher
Larry King is on the panel, while funny guy Adam McKay is an interview guest.

Swamp Brothers
– The fellas have to throw up a croc block when one of the male gators escapes from his pen so he can make a booty call to one of the lady crocs.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A gunman takes a restaurant full of people hostage when he becomes convinced the eatery’s owner is a terrorist on Flashpoint (8PM, CBS);
– It’s a real Situation when a Jersey Shore fan wants a boardwalk-themed room on Man Caves (8PM, DIY);
– The Whale Wars: Road to the Showdown special (8PM, Animal Planet) includes highlights from the show’s first three seasons;
– See how instant film is made on How It’s Made (9PM, Science);
Childrens Hospital star Rob Corddry is interviewed on InfoMania (9PM, Current);
– When Jamie is banned from serving food at a local high school, he tries to persuade the students to fight the decision by showing them what’s in the food they are eating on the return of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (9PM, ABC);
– There’s a freeze on in Florida, so Stuart and the guys continue hunting creatures in Puerto Rico on Python Hunters (9PM, Nat Geo Wild);
Joel McHale and the gang dish up another snarkalicious bowl of The Soup (10PM, E!);
– “Baby Traits” and “Horse Announcer” are among the skits on tonight’s Whitest Kids U’Know (10:30, IFC);
My Morning Jacket performs a few tunes, and explains the stories behind them, on a new Storytellers (11PM, VH1).

And the late-night line-up:
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Alec Baldwin (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Lindsay Lohan (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Mike Tyson and Christina Aguilera (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Chris Colfer, Kristen Wiig and Lenny Kravitz (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Carla Gugino;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mike Mills (REPEAT).

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