Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
October 28th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

If you find yourself short a Halloween party, stay in on October 31 and watch ABC’s “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at 8 p.m. ET — or DVR it, and replay the memories after a night of tricking and treating.

Here's what else you shouldn't miss this week:

Monday:

  • Jimmy Kimmel is moving back to his hometown of Brooklyn for a week — and he’s bringing his late-night show, airing weeknights at midnight, with him. The week’s guests are a who’s-who of chatty NYC comics and actors, including Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Kelly Ripa, David Letterman. They’ll be joined by a musical line-up featuring Vampire Weekend and The Avett Brothers with the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
  • Vh1’s “Basketball Wives LA” is on at 8 p.m. ET, which should fill the void left by no new “Real Housewives” in Jersey or New York.
  • Imagine Dragons is taking the stage on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” The band will almost certainly be playing “It’s Time,” the single that has infected almost half of all tumblrs.

Tuesday:

  • On “The Mindy Project,” at 9:30 p.m. ET, Mindy hunts for the perfect Halloween costume. It does not go well.
  • At a special 10:30 p.m. ET time slot, NBC’s “The New Normal” continues the Halloween theme, with a party-centric episode that includes both NeNe Leakes dressing up Matt Lauer and special guest George Takei.
  • On DVD, ‘60s horror classic “Rosemary’s Baby” — which made apartment complexes creepy — is getting the Criterion treatment with a special release.
  • Jimmy Kimmel will take a break from filming in Brooklyn to stop by “Katie.”
  • More talk show host-hopping! Jay Leno will pop up on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” presumably to compare sidekicks.
  • “The Voice's” Cee Lo Green is releasing a Christmas album, “Cee Lo’s Magic Moment,” for those longing to skip straight to the winter holiday season.
  • Emma Donoghue won rave reviews for her 2010 novel “Room.” She returns with “Astray,” a new collection of short stories.

Wednesday:

  • If you aren’t watching Charlie Brown, you have your pick between two very different scary movies: “The Shining,” on BBC or “The Exorcist” on IFC.

Thursday:

  • Wrapping up the week in screams, The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” heads to college, and to a collegiate Halloween party, where Damon shows newly-turned vampire Elena how to properly feed from coeds.

Friday:

  • Opening this weekend: “Flight,” which stars Denzel Washington; “The Man with the Iron Fists,” a collaboration between Eli Roth and RZA; Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph”; and “This Must Be the Place,” which features Sean Penn as an aging rock star.

Saturday:

  • Louis C.K. will host "Saturday Night Live" tonight, along with musical guest Fun.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Obama is Toast

    Psssst pass it on....Obama will lose the election.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FootBallNight

    who's the bald guy

    October 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elisabeth

      That's Linus. He is Lucy's little brother.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeffie

      The blond haired girl is Sally. She is H O T. A major babe.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jane Powers

      She is 6 years old how is she a hot major babe..thats disgusting

      October 29, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeffie

      If I am 4 or 5 years old she is pretty cute. Just look at her big round head. Almost like a basketball. Any 4 or 5 year old guy would be attracted to her.

      October 29, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      She is fibbing about her age. That cartoon was made around 1970. If she was 6 then, now she is about 48. She isn't a spring chicken anymore.

      October 29, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sara

    It is SPOOOOOOOOOOKY.

    October 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Webster

    That Great Pumpkin is miiighty scary. I hopes everyone will be careful. It's the Great Pumkin Charlie Brown.

    October 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Danitra

    I LOOOOOOOCE ME SOME PEANUTS. THEY IS PRETTY HAPPY AND GOOD. I WISH WE HADA FEW MORE OF US PEOPLE THAT MIGHT LOOK DIFFERENT BUT THAT'S OK. I LOVE ME SOME PEANUTS.

    October 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |

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