Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture cheat sheet
May 23rd, 2011
09:37 AM ET

Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture cheat sheet

There’s plenty going on this week, from movies to music to TV, so get ready to be on pop culture overload for the next few days.

For starters, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is coming to an end after 25 years. The last show will air on Wednesday, with Winfrey’s star-studded surprise spectacular leading up to that final episode.

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


  • We’ve been hearing about Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” for months, and today the album finally arrives. What’s the verdict, little monsters? (By the way: Gaga will also be on "Letterman" tonight on CBS at 11:35.)
  • Paging all “House” fans: Here’s your last opportunity to see Cuddy in action on the finale of “House” at 8 p.m. on Fox, since Lisa Edelstein has announced that she won’t be back for the 8th season.
  • There’s a new “Bachelorette” in town: Season 7 kicks off on ABC at 9 p.m. as Ashley Herbert tries to select the right guy from a group of 25.


  • After last week’s tearjerker, hopefully this week’s “Glee,” set in NYC with Patti LuPone guest starring as herself, won’t be as weepy...except for the fact that this is the season finale on Fox at 9 p.m., which means no more “Glee” for months!
  • Over on ABC at 9 p.m., we’ll also found out who snagged the Mirror Ball trophy on “Dancing With the Stars.”
  • You can relive your teen fan years as the boy band hybrid NKOTBSB (that's New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys) releases "NKOTBSB." From Brad Paisley, there's also "This Is Country Music."


  • Oprah Winfrey isn’t leaving TV – she does have her OWN network, after all – but she is hanging up her daytime talk TV hat as the “Oprah Winfrey Show” airs its last episode.
  • Other shows coming to an end tonight, but just for the season: “Modern Family” on ABC at 9 p.m.; “Cougar Town” on ABC at 9:30 p.m.; and a two-hour “American Idol,” starting at 8 p.m. on Fox.


  • It's sequel city at the movies this weekend, starting with the antics of the Wolf Pack in "The Hangover Part II." This time, the guys find themselves in Bangkok.


  • Also opening this weekend is Angelina Jolie and Jack Black's “Kung Fu Panda 2," as well as Brad Pitt’s “The Tree of Life,” but that’s opening only in limited release.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Vahid Tarzan

    Good Job

    June 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. twisted

    Man tv is not worth watching anymore.

    May 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Peace

    End of AI this week, Scotty or Lauren ? (Or neither? Lol)

    May 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Weezy

    Promises to be a doo doo eating good time.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Turd Masterson

    Doodoo shows galore.

    May 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lurlene

    Bunch of fudjpackin shows on this week. GROSS.

    May 23, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Panty Wearing Fairy

    I cant wait to start watching OWN – The Oprah Gay Network!!

    May 23, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. ned

    will smith is a weenee nibbler.

    May 23, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Big Roy

    Looks like over the weekend Oprah got fatter.

    May 23, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. football fan

    Another week of nothing to watch. I, really hope there will be football this fall.

    May 23, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |

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