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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | BRAVO – SERIES PREMIERE
Million Dollar Decorators
– The show follows five Los Angeles interior designers, who work on some amazing, multi-million dollar design projects in the most fabulous L.A. homes, including those of celebs and Hollywood moguls.

8PM | NBC – 6TH SEASON PREMIERE
America’s Got Talent
American Idol just concluded and The Voice is still going, but if you really feel the need for another talent search series in your boob tubing life this summer, here ya go.

9PM | HISTORY
Lee & Grant
– History Channel’s Civil War Week continues with this new special, with profiles of Civil War leaders Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, including a rundown of their major battles and their impact on American history.

9PM | ABC
NBA Finals
– It’s the Mavericks vs. the Heat, in Miami, in Game 1 of the NBA championship series.

9:30PM | FOX – SERIES FINALE
Traffic Light
– Mike and Lisa have a new teenage babysitter, but she ends up needing a little babysitting of her own when she unleashes her teen angst on them.

10PM | MTV
16 & Pregnant
– Pregnant teen Izabella hid her pregnancy from her friends for eight months, and when she finally tells them about it, they question how much she thinks of them. Meanwhile, her babydaddy is creating extra stress for her by betraying her family’s trust.

10PM | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped
– It’s a cookout-themed episode, as the chefs fire up grills and use classic condiments in their dishes.

10PM | LIFETIME
Love Handles: Couples in Crisis
– If you think weight-loss series can’t get more emotional than The Biggest Loser, check out this new series (from Jersey Shore creator Sally Ann Salsano) about overweight couples going through intense physical workouts and painful therapy sessions to save their lives and their marriages.

10PM | NBC
The Voice
– It’s round four, the final round, of the head-to-head battles, as the contestants compete for the final spot on their coaches teams.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A special episode of Great Performances (Check local listings for time and channel, PBS) celebrates the 120th anniversary of Carnegie Hall with a concert that includes performances by Yo-Yo Ma and Audra McDonald;
– BBQ in Austin and Boston is featured on Eat Street (8PM, Cooking Channel);
– Daffy offers boxing lessons and Speedy’s pizza business takes off on The Looney Tunes Show (8PM, Cartoon Network);
– Tonight’s three-hour block of The Office on TBS (8PM) includes the birth of CeCe Halpert;
– An arctic storm ends King Crab season on Deadliest Catch (9PM, Discovery);
– On the series premiere of Deception With Keith Barry (10PM, Discovery), the titular mentalist examines the art of deception;
– It’s the 4th season premiere of The Little Couple (10PM, TLC);
– There’s a new Tosh.O on Comedy Central (10PM);
– Norm’s dishing about the NBA Finals and other sporty topics on the Sports Show With Norm Macdonald (10:30PM, Comedy Central).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Pete Holmes and Sarah Silverman (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jimmy Fallon;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): James B. Stewart;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Kate Hudson, Emmylou Harris and Rich Eisen (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jennifer Lopez and Jesse Ferguson Tyler (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Terence Howard;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Carson Daly and Flavor Flav;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Elmo, Jennifer Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Ray Romano;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Bill Hader (REPEAT).

Channel Surfing – July 1

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Office Space star Ron Livingston is set to boldly go into another kind of space with ABC’s new sci-fi series Defying Gravity. The show, scheduled to premiere this summer, revolves around a group of international astronauts who are sent on a “mysterious” six-year mission through the solar system.

AOL’s PopEater wonders if farmer Kevin Skinner might be America’s Got Talent‘s version of Susan Boyle. Judge for yourself via the video of Skinner’s performance.

– MTV has given a season-two greenlight to 16 & Pregnant, the fantastic documentary series that follows teen moms-to-be as they deal with pregnancy and the realities of raising babies when they’re still kids themselves. The network has also announced a first season finale special, 16 & Pregnant: Life After Labor, that will be hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky on July 23. In it, all six teen moms from the inaugural episodes will chat about their experiences and answer questions from a live audience.

– After his stint on Celebracadara (and a memorable guest gig on Southland), C. Thomas Howell will return to reality TV as the host of CMT’s All Jacked Up on Aug. 22. The show, in which the Soul Man star travel around the country “in search of outlandish, funny and extreme stunts, sports, events, people and inventions,” sorta sounds like Jackass-meets-America’s Got Talent-ish.

– Sci Fi (soon to be SyFy) is developing a remake of the short-lived Fox drama Alien Nation.

– The new Lifetime dramedy Drop Dead Diva (which premieres on July 12) will feature guest appearances by Liza Minnelli and Delta Burke, who will play feuding sisters. Rosie O’Donnell will also play a judge in the episode, which is set to air on Sept. 20.

– The big ratings winners of the week among premieres: HBO’s Hung, which was HBO’s biggest premiere in two years with 2.8 million viewers, and Oxygen’s Dance Your Ass Off, which, with 1.3 million viewers, was the highest-rated premiere in Oxygen’s history. PS – Check out the TVScreener.com reviews of Hung and Dance Your Ass Off.

– And NBC News’s upcoming series The Wanted (July 20) sounds like a real-life version of The A-Team, as “an elite team with backgrounds in intelligence, unconventional warfare and investigative journalism” tries to hunt down terrorists and war criminals.

– And tonight in primetime:

– Discovery Channel’s season marathon of Pitchmen episodes, featuring the late Billy Mays, continues all day, leading into the first season finale at 10PM ET
– Animal Planet premieres Monster Inside Me, all about parasites that prey on humans, at 9PM ET
Wipeout. ABC, 8PM. More big red balls
– The Reno 911! deputies think aliens have come to town (10:30PM, Comedy Central)
– Teddy has company woes of his and tries to help a young girl who needs a kidney transplant on The Philanthropist (10PM, NBC)
– The Fashion Show crew gets busy designing sleepy-time wear (10PM, Bravo)
– One pair feuds while another hooks up on The Real World: Cancun (10PM, MTV)
– There are back-to-back new eps of Tattoo Highway on A&E (10 and 10:30PM)
– And E! has home videos of young Michael Jackson and his family on Michael Jackson: An E! Entertainment Special (10PM)

Channel Surfing – June 23

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Ed McMahon, TV land’s greatest sidekick as Johnny Carson‘s announcer on The Tonight Show, has died at age 86. The Hollywood veteran had reportedly been battling bone cancer, among other illnesses.

– Yes, it’s true, we sadly haven’t seen the last of Jessica Simpson on reality TV. Simpson will star in The Price of Beauty for VH-1, where she’ll travel around the world and “study the local fashions, dietary fads and beauty regimes and even participate in some of the extreme practices she discovers.”

Jon and Kate Gosselin confirmed that they’re separating on last night’s Jon & Kate Plus 8 (as if People.com’s confirmation that they’d filed divorce papers earlier in the day didn’t make their announcement moot), and now the speculation is already starting about a possible custody battle.

– Producer/writer Bryan Fuller has left Heroes again, which means there’s little chance of the tired show returning to its first-season glory.

The View co-host, and Celiac disease book author, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is being sued by another Celiac disease book author, who claims E.H. stole her idea.

– Bravo is launching a new series in which host Andy Cohen will talk about … other Bravo series.

And tonight in primetime:

– The fourth season premiere of America’s Got Talent (9PM ET, NBC), with newbie host Nick Cannon
– The series premiere of NYC Prep (10PM, Bravo)
– The Real Housewives of New Jersey Watch What Happens Reunion (9PM, Bravo)
– The second season premiere of The Cleaner (10PM, A&E)
– The premiere of the Battle of the Network Stars-ish The Superstars (8PM, ABC)
Cloris Leachman and Theo Huxtable, a.k.a. Malcolm-Jamal Warner guest star on HawthoRNe (9PM, TNT)
– The finale of Life After People on History Channel (10PM)
Rescue Me‘s creative resurgence continues on FX (10PM)
– And Ted learns about Phil and Lem’s fight club – make that a medieval fight club, in the Veridian basement – in a hilarious new episode of Better Off Ted (9:30PM, ABC)

Channel Surfing – June 15

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Among the TV shows that will host panels at the San Diego Comic-Con in July: Chuck, Dexter, Dollhouse, Lost, MythBusters, Psych, True Blood, Supernatural and Smallville.

– There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but there are free TV comedy episodes to watch while you’re noshing. Thanks to Sitcoms Online.com for the heads up about iTunes’ summer sale, which includes free episodes of Arrested Development, Reno 911! and The State, 99-cent eps of The Office, 30 Rock and The Larry Sanders Show, and, best of all, the entire five-episode first season of The State for $3.96.

– Fox has announced its fall 2009 premiere dates, kicking off its season on Sept. 16 with Glee and (another) new season of So You Think You Can Dance.

– Speaking of SYTYCD, why would Katie Holmes be performing on the show? Right? Yet, the rumor persists that she’ll be shaking her moneymaker on a July episode.

American Idol season five vet, and one of the show’s most successful artists, Chris Daughtry, talks about his second album, which will be released on July 14.

America’s Got Talent kicks off next week on NBC (June 23, (9PM ET), but will the show find its own Susan Boyle? Even though the Internet sensation was the runner-up on the latest season of Britain’s Got Talent, she’s reportedly earning more than $160,000 for a 12-minute performance at corporate events. In comparison, former President Bill Clinton gets between $140,000-150,000.

NPHNeil Patrick Harris, of course – is going to be a villain called The Music Meister in a fall episode of Cartoon Network’s Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Wouldn’t he be great in the next big-screen Batman, too …

Gossip Girl is the big TV nominee at this year’s Teen Choice Awards.

Heidi Pratt says Al Roker made her cry. So does dry shampoo … in other words, what doesn’t? Did being chastised by Whoopi Goldberg also make her shed tears?

Dave Letterman apologizes, again, for the Palin jokes on tonight’s Late Show.

Heroes star Sendhil Ramamurthy will guest star in the upcoming “Bollywood Homicide” episode of Psych, which premieres (not soon enough) its fourth season on Aug. 7.

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