Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture cheat sheet
May 15th, 2011
06:30 PM ET

Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture cheat sheet

As one movie franchise marches on, a slew of TV shows wrap up their seasons this week.

But before we list some of the primetime programming gearing up for hiatus, let’s talk about Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” This is the kind of swashbuckling tale that’s the prelude to the launch of the summer movie season, and if you need a recap of what kind of explosive cinema to escape the heat with this summer, check out our round-up.

But aside from Depp and Cruz, here’s what else you should watch out for this week:


  • Opening weekend for “The Hangover Part II” isn’t far away, and actor Zach Galifianakis will no doubt provide some laughs on “Conan” tonight.
  • Tonight also marks the start of the third season of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” with a 90-minute premiere on Bravo at 9 p.m. ET.


  • Tonight’s “Glee” episode likely won’t display much of that emotion, as one of McKinley High’s own will experience a loss with “The Funeral.”
  • New music also arrives this week courtesy of Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi (“Rome”) and Moby (“Destroyed”).


  • Things are getting heated on "American Idol": Tune in as the final three face-off.


  • “The Office” will have a host of guest stars, from Ricky Gervais to Jim Carrey to billionaire investor Warren Buffett on tonight’s finale at 9 p.m. ET.
  • Fans of “The Killing,” series star Mireille Enos will be on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."


  • If you can find it playing in your city, Woody Allen’s romantic comedy "Midnight in Paris," about a family traveling to the City of Lights, stars Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams and opens this weekend in limited release.

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  1. Santos bantayan

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    May 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jack Sparrow's Arrow


    May 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Llyod's Gay Wad Husband

    Honey get off the computer and do me.The reason why we were married was to do each other.We are even we both have droopy weiners.

    May 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Peace

    Hey feets! So far so good on the week! Sun is shining & the rain finally stopped! Hope all is well where you are! Good day to ya !

    May 16, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. twisted

    @tripod&lloyd why are you guys causing all this confusion? It's only a blog clam down.

    May 16, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sunshine Girl*

    Morning ya'll.

    May 16, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Timmie

    They keep blocking my ost about spaaaanking pretty college girlz. I just wantes to say sometimes they are naaaughty and need to be spaannked.

    May 16, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Timmie

    I hope they have pretty naked lady models posting comments on here today !

    May 16, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Raquel

      I'm naked Timmie and my boyfriend has his face buried between my legs

      May 17, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. feets

    HI Peace : ) We hope you are having a happy week !

    May 16, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. B lo me

    @lloyd your coward a** don't wanna fight so give it a rest.

    May 16, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. Peace

    @ feets. Chiller channel, scary good!

    May 16, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. rubberman

    @tripod dude I am a man I give the chubby pickle to your mama

    May 16, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. feets

    Plus the Chiller Network has alot of good reruns on.

    May 16, 2011 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. feets

    I think the Survivor season fiinale is this week. Maybe sunday. People dont seem to watch it much anymore but i still like it. It is funny this season.

    May 16, 2011 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tommy

    Tv is so dead

    May 16, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  16. itsame

    all those days have nothing im interested in, the back n forth between what very well might be just 2 people is more interesting than any of cnns news. hey all

    May 16, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  17. @Lloyd ..

    Come on dude, stop it. You are getting everyone worked up over something so stupid. Sunshine Girl, b lo me and @N are totally different people. I don't understand why you are being like this and making people upset. Well good night everyone and have a good week 🙂

    May 16, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  18. Tripod

    @ B lo me. We should grab a beer soon so we can strategize against Lloyd.

    May 15, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Lloyd Christmas

    3? Oh yes, all three being you. I bet you know what Sunshine Girls response will be before its posted. Such a dumb game. Your aliases are endless. Let's fight.

    May 15, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  20. B lo me

    @lloyd no you managed to annoyed 3 people in 3 cities.@sunshine girl* how was your weekend.

    May 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Tripod

    Suede sports coat? Have you seen my teeth?

    May 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Tripod

    @rubberman. It appears you take the chubby pickle.

    May 15, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  23. rubberman

    @tripod dude why would I care what you think. When you finish policing grammer there still is not a d*mn thing to watch. Get a life what do you do allday trolling blogs looking for someone to bother

    May 15, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Lloyd Christmas

    It's amazing that I am hated because I exposed a fraud. Naïve!!!

    May 15, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  25. tin tin

    Yea llyod stop trolling. no body on here likes you. go flush your head in the toilet.

    May 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Lloyd Christmas

    @Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater. Hiding behind aliases is see. Wow

    May 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

    @Llyod why dont you chill the f*** out man? All the regulars are cool on here and there is no need to get nasty and make a jack-@zz out of yourself all weekend. Maybe we don't always agree on what each other write but that doesn't give you the right to be attacking people and being nasty.

    May 15, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Sunshine Girl *

    Another week of nothing to watch. Seems to be the norm lately. Thank God for my DVD player! @Lloyd Christmas..Your remark is getting old already. It was on every blog all day/night Saturday. Now again today. What gives? Like @N Im my own person. Didnt your mama teach you not to pick on girls? Stop bullying people and leave us alone. Go back to where ever it is you came from and STFU already!

    May 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  29. @N

    weekly pop culture articles neva give me entertainment.dey only show bad programs.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  30. @N

    hey @llyod im my own person.fyi you really should give up that comment.CNN attracts many diffrent people.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Tripod

    @rubberman. Learn proper grammar please if you're going to spout off. You gain zero credibility. Onward!

    May 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  32. rubberman

    Not a d*mn thing to watch again. But, the networks cancelled all the good shows,

    May 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Lloyd Christmas

    FYI ya’ll Vee is the same person as Sunshine Girl, B lo me, twisted, head diva in charge, Yo!!, @N, I am batman and a few others yet to be exposed… careful out there, it's like a jungle.

    May 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Peace

    AI is almost over, what will we do w/o Lisa's live blogs on wed. & thus pm ?:(

    May 15, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penis Wrangler

      Oh goody...Tuesday nights GleeGooberMarathon!! I will play with my boyfriends tallywacker while he blows me.

      May 16, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
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