Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
September 11th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

This is it.

On Tuesday and Wednesday night we will know which season 6 act on “America’s Got Talent” will take the title in Las Vegas. Will it be the black light dance troupe Team iLuminate (who have never had a disappointing performance, by the way)? Or the young band Poplyfe who did powerful and inspired renditions of the Beatles and Michael Jackson?

And will the crowd favorite and former car washer Landon Eugene Murphy Jr. conquer hearts again with his smooth voice? Tune in on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC to watch the final four performances and on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET to find out the results. Here's what else you shouldn't miss this week:


  • There will be many documentaries airing on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. On CBS, “9/11: 10 Years Later” will air at 8 p.m. ET and will feature footage of the FDNY’s rescue efforts at the World Trade Center. PBS will air “America Remembers: 9/11” at 8 p.m. ET and will feature footage of the memorial ceremonies at Ground Zero.
  • It's also finales night tonight, and a big one for "Entourage" - the series ends at 10:30 p.m. Right before it, don't miss the end of this season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," on at 10 p.m. ET., and "True Blood's" finale on right before it at 9:00 p.m.


  • Lady Gaga fans should catch “Gaga by Gaultier," where fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier interviews Lady Gaga on her fame and art on the CW at 8 p.m. ET.


  • If you loved watching Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in “Thor”, you might want to get the DVD or Blu-Ray, which will be released today. Gleeks should look out for the DVD release of the second season of “Glee," while “Supernatural” fans can pick up the sixth season DVD set.
  • We'll admit that we're still singing "Need You Now," but that's all the more reason to check out Lady Antebellum's new album, “Own the Night," which is out today.
  • Fall TV season has officially begun! Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to TV tonight on "Ringer" on the CW at 9 p.m., and a new season of "Parenthood" starts tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC.
  • Tons of new books are releasing today too: First up there's "The Night Circus," being dubbed by some as the new "Harry Potter," as well as two memoirs: "Happy Accidents" from Jane Lynch and "Life Itself" from Roger Ebert.


  • Caroline Kennedy and the Kennedy family are releasing “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy” today, which includes recordings and transcripts of seven interviews on her life with John F. Kennedy.
  • On TV tonight, we've got new shows "Up All Night" and "Free Agents" on NBC, which will be airing back to back starting at 10 p.m. Plus, "H8R" is making its series bow on the CW at 8 p.m., followed by the all-star season of "America's Next Top Model" at 9 p.m.


  • There’s a new episode of “Vampire Diaries” on the CW at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the new series "The Secret Circle," on at 9 p.m.
  • “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is on at midnight with Steve Buscemi (will he get him to talk about Chicks with Steve Buscemeyes?) and Lily Collins as guests with Ziggy Marley performing.


  • “Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI)” will be coming out on September 16, which means having those "Star Wars" movie marathons just got a whole lot easier. May the force, to do so, be with you.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker's back in cinemas this week with "I Don't Know How She Does It," about a mom who's trying to juggle her career with her family.
  • If you'd like to stare at Ryan Gosling, Christina Hendricks or Carey Mulligan for an hour or so (talk about a good looking cast!) "Drive" - about a Hollywood stunt artist who moonlights as a getaway guy - is opening this weekend as well.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Justice League

    sorry, "super power".

    September 12, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Justice League

    Sorry, Fart Man, but your application for membership has been denied. The ability to wilt flowers and make old ladies puke does not really count as a "SUPERPOWR"

    September 12, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. lonnie

    Those butts in the gold spandex look very hump-able!!

    September 12, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. just sayin

    get a hose, run it from your a$$ to your nose, and fart in yer own face!

    September 12, 2011 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fart Man

    It gives me sumthing to fart on.

    September 12, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. just sayin

    this story was posted at 4:30. 2nd comment not made until 11:37. I don't think anyone cares about all that cr@p above. seriously, cnn! this is the entertainment blog. get with the program!

    September 11, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. alecia

    Wasnt Drive a Fox series a couple of years ago with Nathan Fillion?

    September 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |

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