Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
November 13th, 2011
06:06 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

There are two big album releases this week from two very different genres, but odds are you've probably already heard one of them.

Drake’s “Take Care," his second studio album after the successful “Thank Me Later,” is officially released this week, although it's already been leaked. There's also “Concerto, One Night in Central Park” from Andrea Bocelli, the result of an actual concert in Central Park that was held in September. It features guest performers Celine Dion, Tony Bennett and Chris Botti, and the event itself will also be broadcast on PBS December 2.

Both albums will be available this Tuesday, November 15. Here’s what else you shouldn’t miss this week:


  • Chefs Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsay and Mario Batali will voice themselves in a dream sequence on “The Simpsons" when Marge, Bart and Lisa start a food blog tonight at 8 p.m. on Fox.


  • NASCAR fans should look out for Brian Vickers, who stars as himself, in the latest episode of “Hart of Dixie” at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
  • Jane Lynch will be on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC and LL Cool J will be on "Conan" at 11 p.m. ET on TBS.


  • Watch the ninth round of results on “Dancing With the Stars” at 9 p.m. ET on ABC to find out who will go into the finals next week.
  • Thanksgiving comes to the “New Girl” gang and Jess invites her crush, played by guest star Justin Long. Watch this episode at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
  • Oded Fehr returns to “Covert Affairs” as Eyal Lavin, the Mossad agent. You can watch this episode at 10 p.m. ET on USA.
  • There a number of celebrity-written books and memoirs to look out for: “How I Got This Way” by Regis Philbin, “Dollhouse” by Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, “Then Again” by Diane Keaton and “Shaq Uncut: My Story” by Shaquille O’Neal.
  • Other music releases are “Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2” by the “Glee” cast, “Camp” by Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) and “Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011” by R.E.M.


  • Fred Savage will direct the newest episode of “Modern Family,” on ABC at 9 p.m., after his directing stint on “Happy Endings.”
  • Maya Rudolph’s fellow “Saturday Night Live” alumnus, Molly Shannon, will guest star as Reagan’s incompetent assistant in a new episode of “Up All Night” at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • “The Descendants,” which follows a land baron (George Clooney) and his journey to reconnect with his daughters after his wife goes into a coma after a boating accident, arrives in theaters today.


  • Kristen Stewart will be on "Conan" tonight at 11 p.m. on TBS.


  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I” bows in theaters today.
  • Also in theaters is the star-studded "Happy Feet Two,” where we meet Mumble’s son, Erik. Elijah Wood, Pink, Robin Williams, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria and Common voice the animated cast.
  • Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore and Thomas Haden Church star in “Another Happy Day,” which centers on a wedding that brings together a broken family together to deal with their emotional issues.


  • Jason Segel will be hosting this week’s “Saturday Night Live” with musical guest Florence and the Machine.

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  1. la redoute reduction

    Usually do not communicate ones peace to a lesser amount of well-off compared to what your family.
    la redoute reduction http://www.laredoutecode.com/

    December 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. seuheklyjq

    sHR9Md hixoonknycqe

    January 7, 2012 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tessica

    I\'m not easily impressed but you\'ve done it with that potisng.

    January 6, 2012 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. @marie

    Thatz k cuz tracie will help her lmao

    November 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. marie

    fatty fatty two by four. she cant get t hrough the bathroom door.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. alecia

    Im a 2 seater haaavvvveee 2 buuy 2 seaaaattttssss on a plane for me fat azz! boss the plane

    November 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NERF


    November 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NERF


    November 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. alecia

    amyone? who is she?

    November 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. alecia

    I dont ever troll amyone. I do talk off subject alot because my mind wanders but I dont pretend to be other people. I like when people troll me though.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ?

    Aleca r u the 1 who has cuzed the truble hear ? Mr ed was trolling u bad. R u even now ?

    November 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. alecia

    Im here ! Im here. I just spell my name differently now. : ) Happy Cow is still here too ! MOOOOOOOOO : ) : ) Trolls dont scare us girls. We just hide in the bushes on the happy farm : )

    November 14, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. @??

    can u prove it

    November 14, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. ?

    Lol@zombie girl

    November 14, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Zombie Girrrl

    I am missing too! The zombies got me! My zombie cat bited my toes now I am a zombie too! ARRRRRGGHHH : )

    November 14, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  16. @?

    I guess ur the troll r u happy with urself ?

    November 14, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  17. ?

    so peeps r missin doesnt mean they arent here y keep talkin bout it bet u 2 idiots r the trolls en trouble makers u feed off it cuz u like trouble en hv no lives

    November 14, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  18. @@monkey

    There is so many ppl missing Think about it [mad rapper itsmemario furnece fix in texas aleca josie get a room yea list continues]Ted is good idea that makes logic to me I agree with you on that thought

    November 14, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  19. @monkey

    Not 2 long a go the 'troll' sayed he wuz hear long time He than sayed he wuz leving on 'fabulus aventur'-bill and teds fabulus adventur*?* He sayed he wuz 'king of trols' Now thiz eduardo persun sayed the coment on chiller-same thing ted uzed 2 say I do not no about u butt I think thatz the trol jus a thougt Watt u thinks ?

    November 14, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  20. Zombie Girrrl

    That was a scawwy zombie kitty. GRRRRR AARRGGGHHH :=]

    November 14, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  21. Zombie Girrrl

    ^ ^
    o o

    November 14, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  22. Zombie Girrrl

    Did anyone see The Walking Dead last night? We were visiting relatives so I missed it. Didnt finish my weekend homework either. Mom said thats what I get for waiting until the last minute. :=]

    November 14, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  23. monkey

    I wunner if Ted is Mr. Ted ? Er Mr. Ed ?

    November 14, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  24. monkey

    eeek eeeek it is monkey monday

    November 14, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  25. Aria

    No mention anywhere of Nicole Kidman's bizarre new career direction? She must really be getting desperate.


    November 14, 2011 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  26. Candy

    Dear Santa, Dear Universe, my wish is to hear Andrea Bocelli and Zucchero sing Miserere LIVE. Also world peace. Prosperity for ALL. Ok bye

    November 14, 2011 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |


    November 14, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  28. tracie


    November 13, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  29. tracie


    November 13, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  30. tracie


    November 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  31. @eduardo

    Ted used 2 say that. U the troll ? The troll is some 1 who has been around. Think u gave urself away. Lmao

    November 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Bocelli...

    ...looks like he's on ecstasy in that pic.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  33. jose'

    Almost as good as ice cream.

    November 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  34. jose'

    Si. CHILLER ES SCARY GOOD. Outer Limits y Twilight Zone y Monsters y Everything. Chiller Networs es scary good. Si mi amigos.

    November 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  35. eduardo gomez III

    None of the shows they are talking about here sound any good. I think they are getting paid to push craaapppy shows most people dont care for. Maybe The Walking Dead will be watchable tonight but I doubt it. TV is a vast waste land. Here in Mexiko the only show we still like is anythng on the Chiller Channel. Chiller is scary good

    November 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |

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