Let’s face it: keeping up with pop culture is difficult. With more than 1000 channels worth of TV shows, not to mention a new flood of movies and music every week, it’s practically a full-time job to keep up with everything. Luckily, it is my full-time job. So after the jump, your cheat sheet to the TV shows you need to watch, the albums you need to hear, the movies you need to see, and much, much more this week.
On The Small Screen:
- Check out this week’s Fall TV Guide for our take on whether you should check out new shows “Terra Nova,” “Hart of Dixie,” and “Suburgatory.”
- “The Bling Ring,” tonight at 9 p.m. (EST) on Lifetime. YES! A Lifetime flick about Alex Neiers and the rest of the Bling Ring, who burglarized many a celebrity home before they got caught. Count me in.
- “Glee,” Tuesday at 8 p.m. (EST) on Fox. Maybe it’s that I root for the underdog—but now that the rest of the world is less interested in “Glee,” I am enthralled again. This week, a return to a plot we care about—Rachel’s mom, Idina Menzel, returns.
- “Doctor Who,” season finale, Saturday at 9 p.m. (EST) on BBC America. This has been one of my favorite seasons of a television show, ever. No, really—it makes me want to be a television writer. In the final episode, the Doctor travels to Silencio, Utah, where we know he will be killed, since he is sadly out of regeneration opportunities. Will it go down as it has been ordained or will he somehow be saved? I hope so because I have an insane crush on Matt Smith.
- “Prohibition,” Sunday at 8 p.m. (EST) on PBS. Admit it, you love Ken Burns’ epic documentaries. This three night special tells the story of the very failed 18th amendment to the US Constitution.
On The Big Screen:
- “50/50,” out Friday. Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in this movie about two 20-something best friends whose lives are turned inside out when one of them—Joseph—is diagnosed with cancer. It’s based on a true story, and it’s a comedy. Which is why I think it will have the heart and bite to be a classic.
- “What’s Your Number?,” out Friday. The amazing Anna Faris stars in this comedy as a woman who reads a stat that ladies who sleep with 20 men never get married. Since her number is 19, she decides to revisit her exes to make sure she didn’t overlook anyone.
- “Dream House,” out Friday. The concept of this film is so hackneyed it’s ridiculous. A couple moves to a gorgeous abode in New England, only to find that grisly murders went down there and it’s haunted by the two girls who were killed there. But I have a hard time believing Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Naomi Watts would sign on if it wasn’t good. Benefit of the doubt?
On Your Headphones:
- Wilco, The Whole Love, out Tuesday. The first single of Wilco’s new album, “I Might,” reminds me of Iron Butterfly, in a really good way. It’s just one of the many songs here that I am thoroughly obsessed with. The Whole Love feels like a return to the experimental Wilco of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Amazing.
- The Bangles, Sweetheart of the Sun, out Tuesday. What will you be doing on October 3rd? I’ll be seeing the reunited Bangles, live. The gals have released their first album in eight years and it is a good time.
- Kasabian, Velociraptor, out Tuesday. More into British rock? Then you will need to check out this brilliant new album that is full of high octane indie rock tunes you will surely be hearing everywhere for the next 12 months.
- LeAnn Rimes, Lady & Gentleman, out Tuesday. I love the concept of LeAnn’s new album—she covers country classics originally recorded by men. I am already forgiving her for all the bikini photos.
What are you looking forward to this week?