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Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – March 19-20, 2011

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9PM, SUN | HBO – SERIES FINALE
Big Love
– It was compelling from the get go, got really great in season three and, well, has limped along with some truly over-the-top soapy storylines in the past two seasons. But as the Henricksons bid TV land adieu Sunday night, I have to admit that I’m dying to see how the writers are going to wrap up so many loose ends in just 70 minutes. Will Bill go to jail? Will Home Plus go under? Will Ben get Heather back, and will he repeat his father’s polygamist ways? Will Barb join a new church and drop her four-way marriage? Will Alby come back to finish off Bill? And who’s the victim of the big death that’s been rumored all season?

10PM, SAT | HBO
The Pee-wee Herman Show
on Broadway – Miss Yvonne, Jambi, Magic Screen, Cowboy Curtis, Chairry and Globey are all in the house in this stage version of the beloved ’80s TV series Pee-wee’s Playhouse (which was based, of course, on the Pee-wee stage show). The hubs and I saw the show on Broadway last fall, and it definitely gave me a case of the warm fuzzies to see the Playhouse gang reunited.

8PM, SUN | NBC
America’s Next Great Restaurant
– The contestants learn that, if they can’t stand the heat in the Chipotle lunch rush, they may have to get out of the kitchen. They also have to come up with a slogan for their eateries, as well as a signature dish.

9PM, SUN | LIFETIME
Army Wives
– Claudia Joy and Chandler battle on her first day on the job, Tanya worries about just how little she knows Jeremy and Roxy thinks she and Pam are going to end their friendship when their kids get into a fight.

9PM, SUN | NBC
The Celebrity Apprentice
– When you hear that one team questions its leader’s mental competency, you already know it involves Gary Busey, right?

9PM, SUN | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped: All-Stars
– In part three of the all-star tournament, famous chefs, including chocolate whiz Jacques Torres, have to whip weird baskets of ingredients into tasty eats.

9PM, SUN | BIO
10PM, SUN | TLC
Dueling Charlie Sheen Specials Charlie Sheen: Bad Boy on the Edge (BIO) and Charlie Sheen: On the Brink (TLC) … take your pick which one to watch, if you really think there’s something you don’t already know about the ongoing Sheen meltdown.

9PM, SUN | FUSE
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Darlene Love and Alice Cooper are among the inductees at the 26th annual ceremony, broadcast from the Waldorf Astoria in NYC.

9PM, SUN | ABC – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Shark Tank
– The show in which real-world business moguls offer financial backing for regular Joe and Jane entrepreneurs returns for another season. Up first: sisters who want to start a children’s dance company and a Southern seafood chef.

10PM, SUN | A&E
Breakout Kings
– In a brilliant little crossover, Prison Break star Robert Knepper reprises his role as baddie T-Bag, who escapes and goes on a spree, challenging the team to catch him before he flees to Canada.

10PM, SUN | ABC – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Detroit 1-8-7
– Fitch freaks out when his NYC nemesis, Albert Stram, hits Detroit.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
The Waltons star Richard Thomas stars in the romantic time-travelling drama Time After Time (Sat., 9PM, Hallmark);
Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper are the guests on the Graham Norton Show (Sat., 10PM, BBCA);
Gail helps two sets of new parents navigate their credit card debt on back-to-back new Til Debt Do Us Part (Sat., 10PM, CNBC) episodes;
The Amazing Race continues in China (Sun., 8PM, CBS);
A.J. Cook and Jennifer Morrison star as sisters who are separated when one goes missing under suspicious circumstances in the fact-based movie Bringing Ashley Home (Sun., 8PM, Lifetime Movie Network);
Ruby continues to look for clues about her childhood with her high school reunion on the horizon (Sun., 8PM, Style);
– Hanks gets a surprising call from Becca and Karen just as he’s about to hit the road on Californication (Sun., 9PM, Showtime);
– Chris and Meg switch roles with their ‘rents for a week on Family Guy (Sun., 9PM, Fox);
David has to tone down the big ideas of a bride who wants her own royal wedding on the season four finale of My Fair Wedding With David Tutera (Sun., 9PM, WE);
– With the police investigation ongoing, Kody decides to take the fam on a trip to visit his relatives in Wyoming on Sister Wives (Sun., 9PM, TLC);
– Horatio and the team are on the case when a delivery driver and a woman on his regular route are murdered on CSI: Miami (Sun., 10PM, CBS);
Tamra tries to repair her friendship with Vicki on The Real Housewives of Orange County (Sun, 10PM, Bravo);
– It’s the series premiere of Ultimate Cleaners (Sun., 10:30PM, TLC), a show about a cleaning company that tackles major messes, like restoring a home nearly destroyed by Katrina in New Orleans.

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – March 12-13, 2011

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9PM, SUN | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped All-Stars
– In part two of the five-part all-star competition, four Food network stars – including Duff Goldman and Robert Irvine – delve into the mystery baskets, which, in the dessert round, includes jelly beans and fennel.

9PM, SAT | CMT
Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops
– With troops from Camp Pendleton in attendance, Ron White hosts and Lewis Black and Rascal Flatts are among the performers in this concert, with proceeds benefitting the Armed Forces Foundation.

9:30PM, SAT | HBO
Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV
– The fast-paced doc chronicles the fast-paced UNLV men’s basketball program under Coach Jerry Tarkanian, which netted a national championship and the constant scrutiny of the NCAA.

10PM, SAT | SCIENCE CHANNEL – 1ST SEASON FINALE
An Idiot Abroad
Karl returns home from his ’round the world journey, and Ricky and Stephen are waiting to find out what (if anything) he’s learned.

11:30PM, SAT | NBC
Saturday Night Live
Zach Galifianakis hosts, Jessie J is musical guest and, if there is a comedy god, Stefon (Bill Hader) will make an appearance during Weekend Update.

8PM, SUN | SUNDANCE – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Brick City
– Mayor Booker wins re-election in the season ender, but the celebration is short-lived as his city’s money woes continue and his proposed budget doesn’t get the vote of the city council.

9PM, SUN | VH1
40 Most Shocking Breakups
– If Tiger and Elin and Sandra and Jesse aren’t numero uno, they’ve gotta be near the top, no?

9PM, SUN | HBO
Big Love
– Heading into next Sunday’s series finale, the family has to worry about Alby, Rhonda, Margene, Barb’s new church and Cara Lynn and her teacher. And it’s leading up to what will include at least one shocker in the big wrap-up next week.

9PM, SUN | NBC
The Celebrity Apprentice
– Writing a children’s book seems like an innocent enough task, but this group of goofy celebs manages to turn it into a drama-ridden exercise. Oh, Gary Busey.

9PM, SUN | TLC – 2ND SEASON PREMIERE
Sister Wives
– What happened after the real-life Big Love types outed themselves as polygamists in the premiere season? We get the scoop in the season two premiere, as Kody and his wives travel to New York to do the talk show circuit.

10PM, SUN | BRAVO
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Gretchen begins to wonder if marrying Slade is a good idea. Duh, losing!

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s up to Kel Mitchell and Nia Peeples to save the world from an alien invasion in Battle of Los Angeles (Sat., 9PM, Syfy);
Bobby Flay samples the most delicious foods of Ireland in Bobby’s Ireland (Sat., 9PM, Food Network);
The Biebs and Natasha Bedingfield make guest appearances during the Rascal Flatts: Nothng Like This concert in Minnesota (Sat., 9PM, ABC);
– In back-to-back episodes of Til Debt Do Us Part (Sat., 10PM, CNBC), Gail helps one couple who, with their four children, are about to face foreclosure, plus a newlywed couple with two kids;
The Amazing Race (Sun., 8PM, CBS) continues in China;
– The 10 finalists have to create a logo, hire a chef and feed thousands of people at CityWalk in Hollywood on America’s Next Great Restaurant (Sun., 8PM, NBC);
John Salley hosts the Basketball Wives Reunion Special (Sun., 8PM, VH1). a.k.a. Ev and Tami, the rematch;
Ruby (Sun., 8PM, Style) spirals into a depression after finding letters she wrote to herself as a teenager;
– Homer becomes a part of the comedy team Cheech and Chunk on The Simpsons (Sun., 8PM, Fox);
– Claudia Joy graduates and gets a big job offer on Army Wives (Sun., 9PM, Lifetime);
– On Californication (Sun., 9PM, Showtime), Hank’s trial begins, as does the parade of witnesses who, in telling the truth, paint a not-so-favorable portrait of Mr. Moody;
David remakes a belly dancer’s wedding on My Fair Wedding With David Tutera (Sun., 9PM, WE);
– The team has to track down a bad dude who likes to kidnap and torture women on Breakout Kings (Sun., 10PM, A&E);
– Series star Adam Rodriguez wrote and directed this episode of CSI: Miami (Sun., 10PM, CBS), in which the team discovers a creepy hunting club where the prey is people.

Potts Picks: The Weekend’s Best TV – March 5-6, 2011

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9PM, SUN | FOOD NETWORK
Chopped All-Stars
– The most addictive show on TV kicks off a five-week all-star version, where Chopped judges, other Food Network personalities and contestants from The Next Food Network Star compete against each other for a big $50,000 donation to the winner’s favorite charity. Among those competing: Duff Goldman, Robert Irvine, Anne Burrell, Aaron Sanchez, Jacques Torres and Geoffrey Zakarian. Must. See.

11:30PM, SAT | NBC
Saturday Night Live
– What else is there to say? It’s pretty cool that Miley Cyrus is hosting the show that loves to poke fun at her. And that The Strokes provide musical entertainment for the episode.

8PM, SUN | NBC SERIES PREMIERE
America’s Next Great Restaurant
– Chefs Bobby Flay and Curtis Stone are among the mentors/investors in this reality competition, in which contestants pitch ideas for new restaurants. The grand prize: The winner will be given the finds to open a new chain of restaurants.

8PM, SUN | STYLE 4TH SEASON PREMIERE
Ruby
– It’s starting off to be a tough season for Ruby, as she’s regained 60 pounds and has another emotional run-in with ex-boyfriend Denny.

9PM, SUN | LIFETIME 5TH SEASON PREMIERE
Army Wives
– Emmalin leaves for college, Denise is excited to meet her future daughter-in-law and Pamela considers a new job in Atlanta.

9PM, SUN | NBC 11TH SEASON PREMIERE
Celebrity Apprentice
– I’m not proud of how excited I am to see this particular season of Celeb Apprentice, but it does promise to be one of the guiltier TV pleasures of the next few months. Among the contestants: Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s NeNe Leakes, who wars with Star Jones; LaToya Jackson; Gary Busey; Jose Canseco; Meatloaf; and Mark McGrath.

10PM, SUN | A&E SERIES PREMIERE
Breakout Kings
Jimmi Simpson, a.k.a. Liam McPoyle, stars in this new drama about a group of convicted felons who’ve broken out of prison and are hired by U.S. marshals to help them track down other escapees. Their reward: A month off their sentences for each escapee they help track down.

10PM, SUN | LIFETIME SERIES PREMIERE
Coming Home
American Idol alum Matt Rogers hosts this fantastic, moving new series that profiles families preparing to welcome their loved ones – troops from Afghanistan and around the world – back home.

10PM, SUN | BRAVO 6TH SEASON PREMIERE
Real Housewives of Orange County
– They’re baaack: Tamra hosts a shopping party to kick off the new season, and a sauced Gretchen takes the opportunity to tell the newly-single Tamra what she thinks of her.

10PM, SUN | ANIMAL PLANET SERIES PREMIERE
Taking on Tyson
– Yep, it’s that Mike Tyson, and yep, he’s racing pigeons.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Jaime and Cara are involved in a car accident in Japan on Amazing Race: Unfinished Business (Sun., 8PM, CBS);
– On the second season finale of Basketball Wives (Sun., 8PM, VH1), Evelyn goes to Cincinnati to visit Chad;
– Actor Terry Crews and his fam kick off the second season of their reality series The Family Crews (Sun., 8PM, BET);
Firefly (Sun., 8PM) begins airing on Science Channel (yay!);
– It’s season two of Secret Millionaire (Sun., 8PM, ABC);
Werner Herzog and Jackie Mason guest star as themselves on The Simpsons (Sun., 8PM, Fox);
– Only two episodes remain after tonight, and Alby turns the screws on Billy yet again on Big Love (Sun, 9PM, HBO);
– Hank has to sleep in his car after getting kicked out of the hotel on Californication (Sun., 9PM, Showtime);
Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts (Sun., 9PM, Comedy Central) is the comedian and host’s stand-up performance from San Francisco;
– Lynette tries to prevent Renee from adopting a baby on Desperate Housewives (Sun., 9PM, ABC);
David makes over a Monopoly-themed wedding on My Fair Wedding With David Tutera (Sun., 9PM, WE);
– On Undercover Boss (Sun., 9PM, CBS), the mayor of Cincinnati goes undercover as a city worker;
– Horatio works to find a serial killer after his latest victim narrowly escapes with her life on CSI: Miami (Sun., 10PM, CBS);
– The series premiere of Heavily Ever After (Sun., 10PM, TLC) follows the overweight Combs couple as they try to lose weight and get healthier.

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