Culturista: Your Guide To The Week, From “Horrible Bosses” To The End Of “Friday Night Lights”

I don’t know about you, but I sure am feeling refreshed after having July 4th off. Still, even though it’s a short week, so much is happening in the pop culture universe. Some of the most exciting happenings of this week: the series finale of “Friday Night Lights,” which makes me sad because I honestly could have watched this show for another five years; the release of “Horrible Bosses,” which, in addition to “Bridesmaids,” could make this one of the funniest summers on record; and the sequel to Push landing on bookstore shelves, which lets us know what happens to Precious about 10 years later.

After the jump, this week’s television, movies, and music plus much, much more.
On the Small Screen:

  • “Teen Mom,” season premiere. Tonight, 10 p.m. (EST), MTV. I feel terrible. I just told a friend that I couldn’t hang out tonight because I had “plans.” What I really meant was, “The season premiere of ‘Teen Mom’ is tonight and I still haven’t watch Sunday’s ‘True Blood.’ Ack!” So yeah, I can’t wait for tonight when we return to the story of Maci, Catelynn, Amber, and Farrah.
  • “Big Brother,” season premiere. Thursday, 9 p.m. (EST), CBS. Shhh, don’t judge. It’s the perfect brainless television for the summer.
  • “Friday Night Lights,” series finale. Friday, 8 p.m. (EST), NBC. Is it just me, or have there only been like five episodes in this final season of “FNL”? I’m just not ready yet. What will become of Vince and his ego? Luke and Becky? Will coach be seduced away from Dillon by the promise of college football? Will Tim Riggins turn his life around post-jail? Will Julie get it together? So many questions. Here’s hoping they all get answered on Friday night.
  • ” Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids,” series premiere. Friday, 10 p.m. (EST), TLC. I imagine being worked into a furor after the final episode of “FNL.” and I know I will need a happy ending. So I plan to flip to this new series which hopefully won’t end with gross, matchy-matchy dresses. Why am I so addicted to this franchise?

On the Big Screen:

  • “Horrible Bosses,” out Friday. Oh, how I cannot wait to see Jennifer Aniston shed her goody-two-shoes image in this new comedy, which also stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day. In the flick, the three dudes conspire to kill each other’s evil bosses, including Aniston, a deranged dentist who sexually harasses her hygienist and takes naughty photos with patients while they’re under.
  • “The Ledge,” out Friday. On the less hilarious end of the movie spectrum is this flick, which is being billed as a “religious thriller.” Liv Tyler stars as a woman who marries a hardcore evangelist, but has an affair with the neighbor he is trying to save. Things come to a head on a ledge, many stories above street level.
  • “Project Nim,” out Friday. Woo hoo! I have been waiting to see this documentary since the Sundance Film Festival. Back in the 1970s, scientists conducted an experiment an a young chimp named Nim. If they raised him like a human, would he learn to communicate using sign language? In this movie, brought to you by the guy who made the amazing “Man on Wire,” you’ll find out how it went down. And you’ll say “awwww” a bunch.

On Your Headphones:

  • Old 97s, Grand Theater, Volume 2, out today. The Rhett Miller fronted band is famous for alt-country tunes that make you wanna tap your toes. But on their ninth album, Miller promises us something new. He says, “We delved further into our experiments in gritty garage rock and at time spun further into lush psychedelia… you’ll find narratives that are stunted and strange.” Sounds good!
  • Gardens & Villa, Gardens & Villa, out today. If you like Local Natives, I think you will love this new band. The have that same West Coast, detached, synth-poppy vibe that has become a staple of the summer for me.
  • Teddybears, Devil’s Music, out today. But you also wanna dance, right? Then this album from Swedish electro-rockers should do the trick. Teddybear’s tunes have appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy,” and their new album features guest vocals from Eve, Cee Lo Green, and Robyn. Love them.

Also on Your Radar:

  • Are you an early riser? Good! Because you’ll need to be up at 5:35 a.m. (EST) on Thursday to catch Melissa McCarthy (of “Bridesmaids”) and Joshua Jackson (of Pacey!) announcing this year’s Emmy nominations.
  • Apparently, it is Be Nice To New Jersey Week. I think that means no open mocking of “Jersey Shore” or “The Real Housewives of New Jersey?” Lé sigh.
  • In better news, perhaps you missed International Chicken Wing Week last week. I think it’s still acceptable to celebrate.
  • I know that “Precious” and the book that spawned it, Push by Sapphire, is one of those things you either love or hate. Since I am in the love camp, I will be reading The Kid, which is out today. It’s the sequel and follows Precious’ son, Abdul Jones, starting at age nine when he attends Precious’ funeral.

What pop culture things are you looking forward to this week? Feel free to share tips in the comments.

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