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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – January 24, 2012


10PM | FX
– Oh, that Boyd (Walton Goggins). How long into last week’s season premiere did it take you to realize what he’d intended to do with his fight with Raylan (Timothy Olyphant)? Tonight, he tries to make a meeting with Dickie Bennett (Jeremy Davies) happen, while Raylan tries to make sure it (and therefore Dickie’s death) doesn’t. Meanwhile, a former colleague of Raylan’s pops into the office, and she looks a lot like Carla Gugino, who, of course, played the titular character in another Elmore Leonard adaptation TV series.

The Looney Tunes Show
– Bugs has a Nobel Prize, but no shelf to put it on … anthropomorphic bunny problems.

Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?
Melissa hosts an intervention to convince Joan not to get more plastic surgery. She may need the TLC people for this one.

9 and 9:30PM | A&E
Shipping Wars
Marc hauls a 1928 train caboose that is in a very fragile state. Well, he’ll haul it assuming it doesn’t fall apart before he can even load it onto his truck.

– Exploring alternative, unconventional medicines, including an asthma treatment that involves swallowing a while animal. A whole, live animal.

– Root beer schnapps and sweetbreads (bleecchh) are in the baskets as four previous runners-up return for another shot at the $10,000 prize.

10PM | TNT
– Joel Rucker (Carl Lumbly, who’ll always be Dixon to me) becomes the new captain, Ben and Sammy are paired with a hapless officer and Lydia and Ruben work a murder at a convenience store.

10 and 10:30PM | A&E
Storage Wars
– The gang heads to San Francisco, where Dave – yuuup – gets an apprentice.

10PM | MTV
Teen Mom 2
Jenelle continues her massive meltdown by fighting with both Kieffer and her friend Tori.

10PM | USA
White Collar
– Will the phrase “hot for teacher” pop up? Perhaps, as Neal poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious Manhattan prep school to help Peter and the FBI recover some missing scholarship money.

Watch What Happens: Live
Mary J. Blige in the (club)house!

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The teams compete to win exclusive use of the gym on The Biggest Loser (8PM, NBC);
– The new series All Star Dealers (8 and 8:30PM, Discovery) follows the wheelings and dealings of sports memorabilia auctioneers.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Sam Worthington;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Elizabeth Warren;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Placido Domingo;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Tina Fey (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Janet Jackson (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Ben McKenzie and Elizabeth Banks;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Judah Friedlander (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Kristen Bell (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Wiz Khalifa (REPEAT).

2011 Emmy Noms: The Good, the Bad, the Huh?!

OK, so I’ve had a day for the Emmy nominations to sink in, and, overall, I have to admit, there are a lot of things to like about this year’s line-up. And, as is true every year, there’s a lot to scratch your head about.

The best 2011 Emmy nominations: Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Margo Martindale and Jeremy Davies for Justified; Melissa McCarthy for best comedy actress; Friday Night Lights for best drama; Parks and Recreation for best comedy; Andre Braugher for Men of a Certain Age; Matt LeBlanc for best comedy actor for Episodes (seriously, he totally made up for Joey with this show); and Martha Plimpton for best comedy actress and Cloris Leachman for best guest comedy actress for Raising Hope.

The biggest Emmy snubs: No nomination for Katey Sagal for best drama actress for Sons of Anarchy and no best supporting comedy actor nod for Nick Offerman on Parks and Recreation.

It is ridiculous that Sagal, who won the Golden Globe last year for Sons, has yet to even get a single nomination for three seasons of outstanding performances on the show. In fact, Sons of Anarchy has received just one Emmy nomination – for the show’s theme music – in three seasons, which, again, is ridiculous. Also ridiculous, and what should particularly bothersome to the Emmy folks: That the Golden Globes (the Golden Globes) got it right, and they have yet to even acknowledge Sagal’s work.

Equally crazy: no recognition of Offerman’s work on Parks. The show got a best comedy series nomination, and Amy Poehler is among the best comedy actress nominees, both deservedly so. But to overlook Offerman is nuts, especially when one of the supporting comedy actor spots was taken up by Jon Cryer. First, Two and a Half Men didn’t even go for a full season; only two-thirds of the original 24-episode order were produced. And, even if you believe the show was ever anything but an unfunny, barely veiled version of Charlie Sheen‘s real-life creepiness, it’s so, so tired now, as is Cryer’s nomination. And while I also think it’s overkill that all four actors on Modern Family were nominated in what is typically one of the most talent-packed Emmy categories, those nominations are still more justifiable than Cryer getting one and Nick Offerman not getting one. Ron Swanson, people. Ron Swanson!

As for the rest of the main Emmy categories …

Best Drama: Boardwalk Empire; The Good Wife; Mad Men; Friday Night Lights; Dexter; and Game of Thrones
Thoughts: Boardwalk Empire is one of those shows that everyone says you should watch, and you do, once, and then decide you’re going to start DVR-ing it, which you do, until you let eight episodes build up and decide you’re probably never going to watch it even though you love Steve Buscemi, so you delete it. In other words, it was probably inevitable that it was going to get a best drama nomination, but I’m unconvinced that there are a lot of people who truly believe it is one of the best dramas on TV, as opposed to a lot of people who think they are supposed to think it is one of the best dramas on TV.

As for snubs, no Sons of Anarchy. No nod for The Walking Dead. No Fringe. And no Justified, which is easily as good as any show on that list and better than at least two-thirds of them.

Best Comedy: Glee, Parks and Recreation, The Office, Modern Family, 30 Rock and The Big Bang Theory
Thoughts: Yay for Parks and Recreation. Boo for The Office and Glee. The Office has not been consistently funny in at least a couple of seasons, and painfully unfunny in many episodes. Glee … I had lunch with a fellow journalist who covers TV yesterday, and we had a lengthy chat about Glee and how undeserving the show is of this nomination. Season two kinda sucked, and pretty much everyone agrees with that. But because the Emmy folks happened to heap love on a show that was also popular last year, they apparently felt the need to continue it for season two, which, again, made the awesomeness of season one seem like a fluke. Chris Colfer continues to be amazing, and Jane Lynch is always funny, but the rest of the show lost its charm in season two. I throw a slushie in the face of this nomination.

Besides, Glee and The Office took up spaces that could have gone to far funnier shows, like Community, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Middle, Episodes, Raising Hope, Archer, Nurse Jackie and Eastbound & Down.

Lead Actor in a Drama: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights; Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Hugh Laurie, House; and Timothy Olyphant, Justified
Thoughts: Good list, save Hugh Laurie. Tired show, tired nomination. Would’ve included Andrew Lincoln for The Walking Dead before Laurie.

Lead Actress in a Drama: Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men; Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights; Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU; Michelle Enos, The Killing; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; and Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Thoughts: Any list that does not include Katey Sagal is an incomplete list at best, a joke at worst. And Mariska Hargitay, again? As with Hugh Laurie and The Office, the Emmy folks are in denial, and are just going to keep handing out those particular nominations as long as the shows/stars are on the air. Given that, I do find it surprising they dissed perpetual contender Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer.

And Kathy Bates? Great actress, but definitely not deserving of that spot vs. Sagal, and more deserving of recognition for her performance on The Office than for Harry’s Law.

Supporting Actor in a Drama: John Slattery, Mad Men; Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age; Walton Goggins, Justified; Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones; Josh Charles, The Good Wife; and Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Thoughts: Several Sons of Anarchy cast members belong here, but I’m so happy that Walt Goggins, who’s deserved this nomination since back when he was stealing scenes from Michael Chiklis on The Shield, is finally being recognized that it’s all good.

But, okay, one thing: Men of a Certain Age deserves a lot more play than it gets, both as a show and for the individual performances of Andre Braugher, Ray Romano and Scott Bakula. Still, yay, Walt Goggins, who shared with the funny story of what he was doing when he got the call that he’d been nominated. Hint: Like his Justified character, Boyd, he was in deep doo.

Supporting Actress in a Drama: Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire; Christina Hendricks, Mad Men; Michelle Forbes, The Killing; Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife; Margo Martindale, Justified; and Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Thoughts: Ditto Margo Martindale. This only becomes a bad scenario if she doesn’t win the Emmy, because she owns everyone else on this list with her performance as Mags Bennett.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama: Bruce Dern, Big Love; Beau Bridges, Brothers & Sisters, Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife; Paul McCrane, Harry’s Law; Jeremy Davies, Justified; and Robert Morse, Mad Men
Thoughts: Jeremy Davies owns this one, but it is never, ever a bad thing to see Michael J. Fox nominated for an Emmy. Even if he were nominated for Best Being Awesome on TV for More Than Three Decades Emmy, I’d be cool with that. In fact …

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama: Mary McDonnell, The Closer; Julia Stiles, Dexter; Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy; Randee Heller, Mad Men; Cara Buono, Mad Men; Joan Cusack, Shameless; Alfre Woodard, True Blood
Thoughts: Wow, someone was watching Shameless. Huh.

Lead Actor in a Comedy: Matt LeBlanc, Episodes; Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory; Steve Carell, The Office; Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory; Louis C.K., Louie; and Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Thoughts: The thing that made me most proud, as a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, of our inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Awards last month? That Charlie Day was a best comedy actor nominee for It’s Always Sunny. He should be on this list, as should Joel McHale for Community and Garret Dillahunt for Raising Hope. So while it’s cool that the Emmy dudes and dudettes threw some love Matt LeBlanc’s way, the rest of the list is just … meh.

Lead Actress in a Comedy: Laura Linney, The Big C; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation; Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly; Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope and Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Thoughts: Patricia Heaton should be on this list for The Middle.

Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men; Chris Colfer, Glee; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family; Ed O’Neill, Modern Family; Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family; and Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Thoughts: See above. Still think it’s totally overkill to have four Modern Family nominees, though very happy Ed O’Neill (my fellow Ohio University alum!) got one this time. Still, among the many other names who deserve to be on the list as much as any of the people who are: Danny Pudi, Donald Glover and Ken Jeong from Community; the aforementioned Nick Offerman, as well as Chris Pratt and Aziz Ansari (and maybe even Rob Lowe) from Parks and Recreation; Neil Patrick Harris for How I Met Your Mother (hey, if they’re going to keep tossing Cryer on the list, how can they not include NPH?); Justin Kirk for Weeds; and, seeing as how the guy is the best reason, aside from a Justin Timberlake hosting gig, to tune into Saturday Night Live, Bill Hader.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Jane Lynch, Glee; Betty White, Hot in Cleveland; Julie Bowen, Modern Family; Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live; Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock; and Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Thoughts: Betty White … see Michael J. Fox nomination above, except in her case, it would be a Best Being Awesome on TV for More Than Six Decades Emmy. I’d also swap out Kristen Wiig, who is sometimes painfully unfunny and repetitive on SNL, for Cougar Town‘s Busy Philipps, who actually won our BTJA Television Awards trophy for best supporting comedy actress.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy: Idris Alba, The Big C; Nathan Lane, Modern Family; Zach Galifianakis, Saturday Night Live; Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live; Matt Damon, 30 Rock; and Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Thoughts: Character actor Paul Hipp (one of those “Hey, I know that guy!” guys), for playing the hilarious Rev. Tim Tom on The Middle, should be on the list. The character even has his own Facebook page.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy: Kristin Chenoweth, Glee; Dot-Marie Jones, Glee; Gwyneth Paltrow, Glee; Cloris Leachman, Raising Hope; Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live; Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Thoughts: Damn you, Emmy people! The fact that you’ve foisted Gwyneth Paltrow on us means there’s every possibility that she might choose to sing on yet another awards show. And for that, her inclusion on this list just might be your worst 2011 nominations sin of all.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


South Park
– Apple  and Steve Jobs are among the skewerees in tonight’s season premiere, titled “The HumancentiPad.”

American Idol
– Week six, and the contestants are performing tunes by Carole King.

Inside the Royal Wedding
Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera host this preview of Friday’s royal wedding, including deets on Kate Middleton‘s dress, the wedding cake and the guest list. For even more info on the big day, check out my “50 Things You Should Know About the Royal Wedding” feature at AOL TV.

– A log-rolling competition and the arrival of a mystery package shake up the contestants tonight.

The Voice
– If you missed last night’s premiere, NBC is repeating it tonight, and it’s soooo worth checking out. I would say it’s easily the biggest (pleasant) surprise of the TV season.

9:30PM | FOX
Breaking In
– Is Melanie’s ex-con papa visiting her because he missed her, or because the team is testing out a new security measure that would allow him to get the scoop on how to break into a museum where a pricey collectible is being held? That is the question.

9:30PM | CBS
Cougar Town
– Ellie and Grayson are shocked to find that they have a trivia ringer in their midst: Laurie.

9:30PM | TLC
Extreme Couponing
– The thrifty clippers in tonight’s episode include a woman who’s willing to Dumpster dive for coupons, and another who tries to teach her son how to extreme coupon (What? It’s a verb now) as he heads off to college.

10PM | TLC
Extreme Royal Collections
– Like the title says, it’s about people obsessed with collecting all things royal.

10PM | FX
– Oh, Aunt Helen. That was a shocker, and it’s one that sends Raylan reeling in this penultimate episode of the season, which also is the best episode so far of a fantastic sophomore season. Raylan has it out with Dickie Bennett and Arlo, and, though it’s all too brief, we finally get to see a moment between Givens paterfamilias Arlo and big bad Bennett mama Mags. There’s also increasing tension between Raylan and Boyd, and it’s all going to lead to next week’s season finale, appropriately called “Bloody Harlan.”

10PM | MTV
The Real World
– Is the Vegas crew about to lose another housemate? Could be, as Heather freaks out when she learns about Dustin‘s past as a gay porn actor. For reals.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The editor of Italian Vogue is the guest judge on America’s Next Top Model (9PM, The CW);
– An arrow + explosives = good fun on MythBusters (9PM, Discovery);
– Get the scoop on the soon-to-be princess in Biography: Kate Middleton (10PM, BIO);
– Corporate synergy! The chefs prepare a day’s worth of health, low-cal meals for the contestants on The Biggest Loser on Top Chef Masters (10PM, Bravo).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Martha Stewart and Emily Blunt (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Sen. Bernie Sanders;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Ice-T;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Emmylou Harris and Kate Hudson;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Buddy Guy and Rene Russo;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Mike Tyson (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Larry King;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Seth Meyers;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Matthew McConaughey and Amy Smart (REPEAT);
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): John Lehr.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


10PM | FX
– While Raylan is busily trying to figure out who wants to kill him, Boyd throws in with Raylan’s papa, Arlo, as he takes on Dickie for control of the Harlan County pot biz (and continues to heat up his new romance with Ava). But, be warned about the closing minutes of tonight’s episode: You will be yelling “Noooooooooooooo!” at your TV screen.

American Idol
– The top 7 sing songs from the 21st century. Wow, what an exciting and specific theme, AI producers.

The Middle
– The Hecks are worried about how obsessed Frankie is with the royal wedding, especially after she buys a very pricey HDTV on which to watch it.

– An ugly argument ensues when one team’s rice becomes contaminated, while the first member of the jury is established.

Modern Family
– Cam and Mitchell wig about who will be Lily’s legal guardian if anything should ever happen to them, and when they evaluate the Prichett clan, no one holds up well to the scrutiny.

9:30PM | FOX
Breaking In
– Oz helps his childhood pal, NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson, with a security issue.

9:30PM | ABC
Cougar Town
– Jules and Grayson babysit Stan, while Andy tries to help Laurie get her dating groove back on.

9:30PM | TLC
Extreme Couponing
– A woman in Missouri plans to score $400 worth of groceries for less than a ten spot, while super couponer Missy, in Florida, plans a shopping spree in which her coupons will actually net her $50.

10PM | MTV
The Real World
Adam‘s ouster means the RWers get a new roommie, and when the newbie goes after Dustin, an all-out roommate war ensues .

Storage Wars
– First of all, A&E, please make more episodes soon. As for tonight’s installment, word is that one of the treasure hunters drops $5,500 on one storage unit.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Adam and Jamie try to walk on water for tonight’s MythBusters experiment (9PM, Discovery);
– A new Cold Blood installment looks at the Amanda Knox trial (10PM, ID);
– ABC has back-to-back new eps of Happy Endings (10PM);
– Yes, it is interesting that Hoarding (10PM, TLC) follows Extreme Couponing on TLC;
– The chefs have to whip up some tasty using something icky, namely crickets and beetles, on Top Chef Masters (10PM, Bravo);
– It’s the end of the third season for Being Erica (11PM, SoapNet).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Tyler Perry, Morgan Spurlock and The Strokes;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Ricky Gervais (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): James Franco (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Kirstie Alley (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Dwayne Johnson;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Robert Pattinson;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Amy Poehler and Tiger Woods (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Michael Clarke Duncan;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Jason Sudekis (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


10PM | FX
– Bummed about son Coover’s death (despite what she did to his hand), Mags Bennett (Margo Martindale) decides to get her affairs in order, which means a pile of cash and the promise of peace for one Givens family member, and a nice hunk of humiliation and trouble for one of Mags’ own. Meanwhile, when Winona lets Raylan know that she’s finally divorcing the hapless Gary, Raylan starts contemplating his own future, and Boyd … well, let’s just say Boyd starts to thoroughly embrace his inevitable role as the new king of Harlan County.

American Idol
– It’s down to the final eight, who perform songs from movies tonight. Will this week lead to another “shocking” ouster? Not for me … the only thing shocking at this point is how overrated this group of contestants is, especially when it comes to the judges’ criticisms (or lack thereof). The season started off with much promise, but, as Idol expert and author Richard Rushfield points out today at The Daily Beast, what we’ve ended up with is another lackluster season, and one that definitely has us all missing Simon Cowell very, very much.

The Middle
– Brick is humiliated (humiliated) when Frankie makes him wear his cousin’s old clothes.

– What does a double tribal council mean? Two players are headed to Redemption Island, of course..

Modern Family
– Everyone has fame on their minds, as Phil tries to convince his fam to appear in his realty business commercial and, in what’s sure to be one of the season’s most fun storylines, Cameron becomes the music director at Luke and Manny’s school.

– A magazine + a toaster = an explosive device? Adam and Jamie test that movie myth.

9:30PM | FOX
Breaking In
Alyssa Milano guest stars as a dentist who’s impressed by Cameron’s (Bret Harrison) job.

9:30PM | TLC
Extreme Couponing
– Remember Nathan, from the original Extreme Couponing special, the guy who donated all that cereal to a food bank? The philanthropic coupon clipper is at it again tonight, as he tries to put his money-saving skills to work to assemble enough goodies to send 1,000 care packages to American military men and women. Awesome.

Happy Endings
24 daughter Elisha Cuthbert (yeah, I always wished that mountain lion would have eaten her, too) stars in back-to-back episodes of this new comedy about a woman who throws her group of friends into chaos when she leaves her fiancé at the altar.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Bobby tries to make the best Baked Alaska on Throwdown with Bobby Flay (8:30PM, Food Network);
– The Criminal Minds team travels to San Diego to investigate a series of killings involving college students (9PM, CBS);
– A couple wins their dream wedding on the season one finale of Shedding for the Wedding (9PM, The CW);
– The BAU team digs into the kidnappings of new mothers on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (10PM, CBS);
– Benson’s still looking after her young charge, while also searching for his druggie mom on Law & Order: SVU (10PM, NBC);
– Will Adam become the latest Real World roommate to get the boot? (10PM, MTV);
– Back-to-back Storage Wars episodes (10PM, A&E);
Mad Men star Christina Hendricks challenges the contestants to perform a retro-themed challenge on Top Chef Masters (10PM, Bravo);
– Eyewitness video, from news crews and amateur videographers, of the tsunami and earthquake disaster in Japan make up NGC’s Witness: Disaster in Japan special (10PM).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Anthony Anderson and Dax Shepard;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Tracy Morgan;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Morgan Spurlock;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Aziz Ansari and Courteney Cox;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Diane Lane and Chris Jericho;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Prince;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Eva Longoria, Patrick Warburton and Robyn;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Mike Tyson (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Ashley Judd;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Producer Gale Anne Hurd (REPEAT).

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