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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 19, 2011


– It’s one of the best teen dramedies since Freaks and Geeks. What more do you need to know?

Ludo Bites America
– Chef Ludo Lefebvre and his wife travel around the country helping other chefs and opening pop-up restaurants. In the opener, they whip up tasty Southwestern dishes in Santa Fe.

White Collar
– Peter and Neal help Jones search for his MIA Naval Academy classmate.

10PM | BIO
Aftermath with William Shatner
The Shat chats with Daniel Ellsberg, who talks about releasing the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War, and the aftermath of their release.

– Pre-made dough, canned veggies and liquor are among the ingredients the cheftestants in this all-female episode have to use.

10PM | USA
Covert Affairs
– It’s the Auggie (Christopher Gorham) backstory episode we’ve all been waiting for, as Annie finds out the story of how Auggie lost his sight, and Auggie runs into the guy who caused him to go blind.

10PM | MTV
Teen Mom
Ryan demands that Maci let him meet Kyle, and we see Amber‘s downward spiral from the beginning, as she finds out she may lose custody of Leah when the police investigate her for abusing Gary.

True Grime: Crime Scene Clean Up
– The reality series follows a crew of crime scene cleaners … i.e., the people who come in after the CSIs do their thang. First up, the cleaners face the aftermath of a gory road rage murder.

Web Therapy
– The Web comedy series comes to TV (with extra scenes), as we meet therapist Fiona Wallace (Lisa Kudrow) whose idea to revolutionize therapy is to cut sessions to three-minutes long and, maybe less intentionally, make them all about her. And expect celeb guest stars, including Meryl Streep, Courteney Cox, Jane Lynch, Molly Shannon and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– The top 16 from last night’s premiere compete on Hell’s Kitchen (8PM, Fox);
– Daffy’s in the mood for love on The Looney Tunes Show (8PM, Cartoon Network);
– Alison’s mom comes back to town and asks the girls to participate in a charity fashion show on Pretty Little Liars (8PM, ABC Family);
– Clare broke up with Eli, but she’s upset that he’s not upset enough on Degrassi (9PM, TeenNick);
– On Memphis Beat (9PM, TNT), Dwight investigates the robbery of a party boat, which leads to a reunion with his ex-girlfriend and one of his former bandmates;
– The new reality series Monster Kitchen (9PM, Food Network) finds chefs Eric Greenspan and Michael Fiorelli competing against each other to make the most creative treats each week. First up: monster doughnuts.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Seth Green;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Pervez Musharraf;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): David Carr;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Steve Carell;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Cloris Leachman, 3 Doors Down and Jenna Fischer;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Noah Wyle and Los Lonely Boys;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Kyra Sedgwick;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Justin Timberlake;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Eddie Izzard;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Brian Williams (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV – July 12, 2011


The X Factor
– You know, that little TV show where Simon Cowell‘s going to give away $5 million? It’s getting some sort of preview during tonight’s MLB All-Star game, so stay tuned, or DVR the game.

Major League Baseball All-Star Game
– Last year’s game was the least watched All-Star Game telecast ever, so … nowhere to go but up, as the American League tries to take back the title after the National League broke the AL’s seven-game winning streak in 2010.

Pretty Little Liars
– Aria and Ezra try to deal with going public with their fling, while Emily worries that she and her buds are still in danger, Hanna gets to know Caleb better when his foster mom arrives and Spencer gets support from the most unexpected source: her ‘rents.

White Collar
– Neal’s torn: should he help the very talented teen con artist who’s making his mark throughout Manhattan, or should he stop the Neal-in-training in his tracks?

– Tonight’s cheftestants: Four British foodies, who have to work with, among other ingredients, British biscuits, a Japanese snack food and a staple of American cooking.

How the States Got Their Shapes
– The finale considers the influence of words and people’s accents on how states like New York and California.

10PM | MTV
Teen Mom
– Tonight’s theme: cohabitation, as Gary and Amber move in together (again), Maci considers asking Kyle to move in with her and Bentley for financial reasons and Tyler‘s mom is unhappy about his decision to live with Catelynn.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Four past champs compete with each other to make treats for the Tony Awards on Cupcake Wars (8PM, Food Network);
– A Philly crepes truck is featured on the 1st season finale of Eat St. (8PM, Cooking Channel);
– Daffy’s skint on The Looney Tunes Show (8PM, Cartoon Network);
Jeff gets a new client who’s married to Styx rocker Tommy Shaw on Flipping Out (9PM, Bravo);
– Dwight heads to New Orleans (with his mom along for the ride) to talk to his dad’s killer on Memphis Beat (9PM, TNT);
– On Covert Affairs (10PM, USA), Annie and Reva are captured by Belarusian police while trying to install security cameras;
– Tom and Christina hang out with Miles’ kids on HawthoRNe (10PM, TNT);
– It’s about all things paranormal-y on tonight’s Love/Lust (10PM, Sundance);
– Tonight’s Web Redemption on Tosh.0 (10PM, Comedy Central): the boxer who got knocked out by his friend.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Tracy Morgan (REPEAT);
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Kid Rock;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Dan Savage;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Roseanne Barr, Blake Shelton and Tom Felton;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Seth Meyers;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Norm Macdonald and Jerry Springer (REPEAT);
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Shia LaBeouf (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Seth Green and Chris Evans;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Julie Chen;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Gale Anne Hurd (REPEAT).


Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


– NBC must, or at least should, regret cutting Southland loose, since it’s one of the rare dramas that has only gotten better. And tonight’s season finale keeps the good stuff flowing, as Ben (Benjamin McKenzie) wraps his rookie run while his partner, John (Michael Cudlitz), grows ever more dependent on painkillers. Elsewhere, Sammy (Shawn Hatosy) confronts Nate’s killer.

Gwyneth Paltrow returns as Holly Holliday, the fill-in sex ed teacher.

Dirty Jobs
– It’s a family affair as Mike’s mom and dad pop in while he looks back at all the family businesses he’s visited.

Raising Hope
– Jimmy’s cousin Mike returns with a wife (guest star Mary Lynn Rajskub) and three “brother-husbands,” while Mike’s dad (guest star J.K. Simmons), Burt’s brother, looks to Burt for help in bonding with his son. Bonus awesome guest star: Best Week Ever host Paul F. Tompkins as one of the brother-husbands.

– Diana tells Lisa an attack against Anna is the only way to save the humans from being wiped out.

9:30PM | FOX
Traffic Light
– Adam may come to regret (erroneously) getting credit for rescuing his elderly neighbors’ puppy when Mrs. Neighbor goes overboard with her gratitude.

10PM | FX
Lights Out
– Ed’s (Eamonn Walker) training plan for Lights has the whole family in an uproar, from Theresa and the girls, who don’t like the late hours, to Johnny, who’s upset that Ed won’t let Lights promote the Reynolds bout.

10PM | MTV
Teen Mom
Kailyn has no choice but to move in with her mother, and Jenelle plans to move to New Jersey with Kieffer. On the good news front, Leah and Corey are happy to get baby Ali‘s diagnosis.

White Collar
– Neal finally gets more info about Kate’s death.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
Sully coaches some wannabe pitchmen in the second season finale of Pitchmen (7PM, Discovery);
The Biggest Loser (8PM, NBC) includes a mud pit challenge;
– New Jump City Seattle on G4 (8PM);
– It’s the classic Happy Days (8:30, The HUB) episode in which Richie and Lori Beth get married (via telephone!);
Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years takes a look back at the career of The Gambler (8:30PM, GAC);
– On the second season finale of Cupcake Wars (9PM, Food Network), the contestants create treats for the 50th anniversary of the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena;
– On Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? (9PM, WE), Joan is supposed to babysit Cooper and her friends for a weekend, but when she gets a job, she passes the babysitting baton;
– A female boxer gets a makeover on What Not to Wear (9PM, TLC);
– Several suspects keep the detectives busy when a college co-ed is murdered on Detroit 1-8-7 (10PM, ABC);
– The volunteers hunt rabbits and then eat rabbit pie on Kill It, Cook It, Eat It (10PM, Current);
– Still hoping the Real Housewives of Miami (10PM, Bravo) gets more interesting, lest it end up being as big a dud as RH of DC.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Gary Oldman and Drive-By Truckers;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Brian Christian;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Dan Sinker;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Justin Bieber (REPEAT);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler (REPEAT);
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Aaron Eckhart;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Alex Trebek (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jennifer Aniston and Piers Morgan (REPEAT);
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Topher Grace;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Jon Foster (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV


Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Dinner Party From Hell: Producers’ Cut – It’s tough to imagine how this episode could be any crazier than it was, from Camille‘s passive-aggressive behavior to her wackadoo pal Allison-the Psychic-With-the Electronic Cigarette‘s aggressive-aggressive behavior, but Bravo’s promising to dish up a fresh helping of drama, so dig in.

Pitchmen – A stadium chair, an electric skateboard and an alternative to the chip clip are on tap for Sully.

Glee – He didn’t get the Best New Artist love at the Grammys (robbed), but two of Justin Bieber‘s tunes pop up in tonight’s Glee.

8PM | G4
Jump City: Seattle – Remember that killer parkour scene in Casino Royale? This new series follows the Pro Parkour League in Seattle.

NCIS – Gibbs investigates the death of a Marine who was killed in an assassination attempt on a politician he was guarding, while the team protects the politico’s daughter, a U.S. college student who’s also crushing on McGee.

Raising Hope – The Chances find some old home movies that lead to the surprising reason behind why they tend to be a healthy people.

10PM | CBS
The Good Wife – How very Zuckerbergian-ish: Will and Diane represent an Internet bazillionaire who’s ticked off at the way he was portrayed in a movie about his life.

10PM | NBC
Parenthood – The show that just keeps getting better brings in Lost star Michael Emerson as a man with Asperger’s who hosts a birthday party for Max.

10PM | TNT
Southland – Lydia (Emmy-worthy Regina King) gets suspended and spends her time bonding with an injured witness.

10PM | MTV
Teen Mom 2 – Surprise, not: Adam proves to be such a massive tool as a roommate that he offends Megan, who moves out. Good move inviting that back into your life, Chelsea.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– USA has closing night coverage of the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (8PM);
– The Cupcake Wars (9PM, Food Network) competitors fashion treats for a Cirque du Soleil party;
– The Hellcats (9PM, The CW) try to concoct a plan to save their funding;
– On Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? (9PM, WE), Joan and Melissa meet with Perez Hilton;
– Sam and Cullen go undercover as California highway patrolmen (like Ponch and Jon!) to ferret out some corrupt cops on NCIS: Los Angeles (9PM, CBS);
– On V (9PM, ABC), Lisa meets her grandmother and Anna asks Ryan to help her eliminate the Fifth Column;
– On Detroit 1-8-7 (10PM, ABC), Fitch and Washington investigate an ex-con’s claim that he killed two people in self defense;
– On Hard Time (10PM, NGC), a female prison in Ohio includes an inmate who’s raising her baby inside the prison;
– Lights misses the fam when he moves into a hotel to train in private on Lights Out (10PM, FX);
Love/Lust (10PM, Sundance) unfolds the history of the bikini;
Tosh chats with The Big O on Tosh.0 (10PM, Comedy Central);
– New Onion SportsDome (10:30PM, Comedy Central);
Bryson‘s in NYC, but the visit doesn’t go as well as he hoped it would on My Life as Liz (11PM, MTV);

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Dr. Phil, Jump City: Seattle and Ginnifer Goodwin;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): January Jones;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Christiane Amanpour and David Albright;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Josh Groban and a top 10 list with Joy Philbin;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Liam Neeson and Gretchen Wilson;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Justin Bieber, Far East Movement and Diane Kruger;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Eric Stonestreet and Jeremy Renner;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jeff Probst, Victoria Beckham and Drive-By Truckers;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): William Shatner;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Kevin Smith.

Channel Surfing – December 29, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Among The Hollywood Reporter‘s picks for the 10 Biggest TV Blunders of the Decade: Fox canceling Family Guy in 2002, the 2007-08 TV writers’ strike, Janet Jackson‘s “Nipplegate” at the 2004 Super Bowl and ABC’s decision to pass on CSI.

No Fox or FX on my TV? That would be a buzzkill of a way to start out the new year. Time to start investigating DirecTV …

– Speaking of DirecTV, rumor is that the company will roll out the first 3-D HDTV channel in the first quarter of 2010.

– Two oddities about Tyra Banks‘ decision to quit her talk show: 1) Seems like bad timing now that Oprah is planning to step down from her own show … Tyra was next in line in terms of influence with women viewers, especially young women; and 2) she says she’s quitting the show to focus on her mission of perpetuating more positive images of women … doesn’t continuing America’s Next Top Model seem counterproductive to that goal?

– The Top 5 most-watched cable networks in 2009: 5) Fox News, 4) ESPN, 3) TNT, 2) Disney and 1) USA. My favorite cable net, FX, home of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Sons of Anarchy, Damages and Nip/Tuck, saw its viewership jump 10 percent, one of the biggest boosts, in 2009.

– Count me among those who don’t find Jeff Dunham one single bit funny, and who are more than happy that Comedy Central doesn’t plan on airing a second season of The Jeff Dunham Show.

– Among the TV-related entries on the American Film Institute’s list of significant moments of 2009: The debut of The Jay Leno Show (and its – negative – impact on scripted TV), the cancellation of The Guiding Light and As the World Turns and how creepy reality TV stars like Octomom and Balloon Boy (and his Balloon Family) have “marked the year as one in which the health and welfare of our citizens should be considered before the standards and practices of television.”

– Bionic Woman, 90210, Melrose Place and Knight Rider remakes were/are duds, but the New York TimesBill Carter writes about how networks still persist on planning other TV series remakes, including upcoming versions of Hawaii Five-0, Charlie’s Angels and The Rockford Files.

– Bummer that Mr. T won’t be in The A-Team movie, and I agree with Latino Review‘s George that Mr. T is one of the coolest celebs to chat with. Very down-to-earth and appreciative of the showbiz career he’s had.

– Fox says American Idol will go on with or without Simon, as if there’s any point …

– Is the Apple Tablet, or “iSlate” as its also rumored to be called, the gadget that will replace everything from our iPods to our Nooks and Kindles?

– Least surprising reality TV star past ever: Jersey Shore‘s “The Situation” was a stripper.

– And tonight in primetime: HBO airs three episodes of True Blood (8-11PM ET); TLC premieres One Big Happy Family (9PM), a reality series about the Coles fam, who each weigh more than 300 pounds and are about to kick off a effort to lose weight and become a healthier household; the 32nd annual Kennedy Center Honors event (9PM, CBS) pays homage to Robert De Niro, Mel Brooks and Bruce Springsteen, with performances and presentations by Meryl Streep, John Mellencamp and Jon Stewart; Veronica’s magician BF helps her unleash her inner slacker on Better Off Ted (9:30PM, ABC); 20/20 (10PM, ABC) has the real story behind the movie (and book) Blind Side; Shatner’s Raw Nerve (10PM, Biography Channel) finds The Shatner chatting with One Day at a Time star and recent autobiographer Mackenzie Phillips; and on a new Teen Mom (10PM, MTV), Maci may give Ryan another chance, while Amber may have finally run out of patience with Gary.

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