Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
October 30th, 2011
05:54 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

There’s a new addition to Fox’s animation domination family on Sunday night. And it’s in the form of a smart-talking 7-year-old.

Meet Allen Gregory, an accomplished but precocious child who is forced to attend regular grade school because of the recession. While the character sounds a lot like Stewie Griffin from “Family Guy,” this series, which was created and is voiced by Jonah Hill, could make a mark of its own.

Watch the pilot of “Allen Gregory” October 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox.


  • “The Simpsons” are back with their Halloween special, “The Treehouse of Horror XXII” at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. Segments will include Ned Flanders as a serial killer and Bart and Milhouse exploring a distant planet.
  • “Family Guy” and “The Cleveland Show” will also have Halloween-themed episodes at 9 and 9:30 p.m. ET, respectively.


  • Slutty pumpkin alert! At 8 p.m. ET on CBS, Katie Holmes will play the highly-anticipated slutty pumpkin that “How I Met Your Mother's” Ted has been looking for every Halloween since the sixth episode of the first season.
  • NBC will debut its newsmagazine show “Rock Center with Brian Williams" at 10 p.m. ET on NBC, filling in the slot left open by the canceled "Playboy Club."
  • You can watch Will Ferrell receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and the 90-minute ceremony featuring comedians like Conan O’Brien and Paul Rudd at 9 p.m. ET on PBS.
  • It will be the meeting of two comedic late night hosts when Jimmy Fallon will be on “Conan.” Watch this episode at 11 p.m. ET on TBS.


  • Glee” finally returns at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox! Damian McGinty, one of the winners of “The Glee Project,” will star in his first episode as a foreign exchange student who crashes with Brittany.
  • Actress Lake Bell will be “New Girl's” guest star when it returns at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
  • Season 4 of “Californication” and season 7 of “Deadliest Catch” will be out on DVD.
  • Music to look out for are Susan Boyle’s “Someone to Watch Over Me,” Justin Bieber’s Christmas-themed “Under the Mistletoe,” Miranda Lambert’s “Four The Record,” “Long Live the King” by The Decemberists and “Ceremonials” by Florence + The Machine.


  • Expect a lot of guest stars on TV this week. Jennifer Tilly and Chazz Palminteri, who were co-stars in “Bullets Over Broadway,” reunite in the latest episode of “Modern Family” at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
  • Then Fred Savage (!!) will appear in a cameo as himself in “Happy Endings” at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.
  • And finally, Blythe Danner and Richard Schiff will guest star in “Up All Night” as Reagan’s parents.


  • “Bones” fans rejoice! The seventh season will premiere at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. While the team is on a new case, Booth and Brennan consider their living options for their baby.
  • The doctors on “Grey’s Anatomy” reminisce about George when his mother visits the hospital after a botched surgery. Guest stars include Debra Monk and Alfre Woodard.
  • John Goodman returns on “Community” as Vice Dean Laybourne in the new episode, and Larry Cedar also guest stars as Pierce’s father.


  • Harold and Kumar have grown apart since their “Escape From Guantanamo Bay.” But now, after six years, they're finally reuniting in a Christmas-themed adventure to find the perfect Christmas tree. Kal Penn, John Cho and Neil Patrick Harris return in “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas,” which will be out in theaters on November 4.
  • “Tower Heist,” with its all-star cast, follows a group of workers who lose their pensions to a Wall Street swindler. Starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy as the main masterminds, “Tower Heist” will be out in theaters on November 4.
  • If you're not at the theater tonight, you can still see Eddie Murphy - he'll be on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and Miss Piggy will be on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.


  • Watch an all-new “Saturday Night Live” with Charlie Day as a host and Maroon 5 as the musical guest at 11:29 p.m. ET on NBC.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Jables19

    I am wicked stoked to see Charlie Day on SNL. He is absolutely my favorite part of "It's Always Sunny..."


    October 31, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chucklehead

    Just what we need. Another lame cartoon on Fox. I can't believe idiots still watch this crap.

    October 31, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. yes !


    October 31, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jason S.

    for the Saturday module, you mean "...on NBC", this isn't Mad TV you're talking about! ")

    October 30, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. loJenk


    October 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. yes !

    It is going to be a week full of doooodie shows ! YES !

    October 30, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |

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