September 17th, 2009
10:58 AM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Here's what's going on in the world of entertainment today:

  • "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown's latest release "The Lost Symbol," broke a first-day sales record, according to EW.com. It sold more than one million copies in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., while Barnes & Noble says it broke a record for adult fiction.
  • Spike Lee and Robert DeNiro have a new drama series in the works for Showtime, says The Hollywood Reporter. "Alphaville" will focus on New York's Alphabet City district in the 1980s.
  • Newsday reports that David Letterman will have back-to-back presidents on his "Late Show" next week. President Obama is scheduled to appear on Monday, followed by former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday.
  • "Huffington Post" founder Arianna Huffington is working on a sitcom idea which sounds eerily like "Three's Company" (in Washington). Variety reports that Huffington is working on "Freshmen" with "Friends" writer Greg Malins, about three new members of Congress living in the same apartment.
  • Jenna Elfman's new sitcom premiering next week, "Accidentally on Purpose" revolves around her character's unexpected pregnancy. Well, it looks like she won't have much of a problem acting that part, as she just announced that she has a second child on the way, according to People. She told CBS' "The Early Show," "My character's pregnant the whole first season, so I said, 'It's a good time to have another baby, because we won't have to hide it.' "
  • The recent reissues of 14 classic Beatles albums sold a grand total of 626,000 units their first week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Five of them were in the 10 best-sellers for the week.

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