Culturista: Your Guide To The Week, From “Ringer” To “Drive”

It’s been a sleepy few weeks for pop culture, but now fall has finally fallen. This week is all about new TV shows, new TV shows, and more new TV shows. Oh, but there are also some great movies and albums being released, too. After the jump, the stuff you will want to check out.
On The Small Screen:

  • It’s a huge week for new television. So, in addition to these picks, make sure to check out the first installment of our Fall TV Guide, which will be up soon.
  • “Anderson,” series premiere today at 4 p.m. (EST). Silver fox Anderson Cooper kicks off his talk-show today, sitting down to talk with Amy Winehouse’s family. We think Anderson could be the new Oprah. Though hopefully a touch newsier.
  • “Bachelor Pad,” season finale, tonight at 8 p.m. (ABC). Please, oh please, let a couple besides Vienna and Kasey win.
  • “Ringer,” series premiere Tuesday at 9 p.m. (EST) on The CW. Give it up for Sarah Michelle Gellar’s return to television, post “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” This show is the one I am most excited for this season, so please let it be as good as I hope.
  • “The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards,” Sunday at 8 p.m. (EST) on Fox. Jane Lynch is hosting this year, with should make things interesting. Shall we place bets on how many different track suits she’ll don through the evening?

On The Big Screen:

  • “Drive,” opens Friday. Several Frisky staffers have seen this one already and swear that it is much more interesting than your traditional action movie fare. It stars Ryan Gosling as a movie stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver. Oh, and also Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, and Christina Hendricks are in it.
  • “Restless,” opens in limited release on Friday. Gus Van Sant is either hit or miss. But it looks like his new film, about a teenage cancer patient (Mia Wasikowska) who falls for a guy who funeral crashes and has an imaginary kamikaze fighter pilot friend, might actually be a hit.
  • “Straw Dogs,” opens Friday. When a couple moves from Los Angeles to Louisiana, things start off all fried pickles but soon escalates into a gun-slinging standoff. Creepy. But it’s also where Alexander Skarsgaard and Kate Bosworth’s romance blossomed.

On Your Headphones:

  • Blondie, Panic the Girls, out Tuesday. Whenever I see a song called “Mother,” I automatically get Danzig in my head. But maybe the lead single from Blondie’s first album in years can change that. The new album is far more electro-tinged than I would ever expect, not to mention far less vocally driven then the bands ’80s fare.
  • St. Vincent, Strange Mercy, out Tuesday. I’ve always had this theory that St. Vincent and Miranda July are the same person. They look so similar and have overlapping aesthetics. But St. Vincent’s new album is enough to give the experimental singer/songwriter more of a distinct identity in my mind. Even if it does feel a little Björk-ian,.
  • Wild Flag, Wild Flag, out Tuesday. When Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney team up with Mary Timony of Helium and Rebecca Cole of The Minders, we pay attention.

Also On Your Radar:

  • Love reading “On The Street” in the NY Times? Pick up “Bill Cunningham New York” on DVD, out tomorrow. It tells the story of the bike riding photographer who constantly peruses New York for people to photograph.
  • Bring in a treat for your co-worked on Wednesday. It’s National Cream-Filled Donut Day. You know what to do.
  • Speaking of Jane Lynch, her memoir Happy Accidents comes out on Tuesday. Ditto for Michael Moore’s new one, Here Comes Trouble.
  • And it also happens to be National Aerospace Week. If you happen to live in Washington, D.C., check out some of the free lectures and events, m-kay?