Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
December 4th, 2011
05:31 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

“Twilight”-star-on-TV alert!

Ashley Greene will go retro in her latest appearance as Ted’s old flame on “Pan Am.” She may not be sweet Alice Cullen, but it’ll be good to see Greene expand her acting horizons. Watch this episode at 10 p.m. ET Sunday on ABC.

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


  • It’s down to the final four teams on “Amazing Race,” which you can catch at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
  • Joan Rivers will guest star on “The Simpsons” as an agent for Krusty’s show starting at 8 p.m. on Fox.


  • Judy Greer will return to “Two and a Half Men” as Bridget Schmidt, Walden’s soon-to-be ex-wife, tonight at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
  • Catch the fan-voted "American Country Awards" with Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth as hosts and performances from Blake Shelton and Toby Keith. It'll go down live at 8 p.m. on Fox.
  • “The Sing-Off” may be over for this season, but you can still catch them all one more time. The winning groups from past seasons will perform holiday songs along with special guests. Watch “A Sing-Off Christmas” live at 8 p.m. on NBC.


  • Nick Jonas will guest star as Boyd’s father on “Last Man Standing.” Watch him clash with Tim Allen in this episode at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
  • Trouty Mouth is back on "Glee"! Chord Overstreet will reprise his role as Sam on tonight's episode, when Finn approaches him to help the glee club with sectionals just around the corner.
  • Michael Buble will perform and host “A Michael Buble Christmas” with guest stars like Justin Bieber, Tracy Morgan and Ed Helms at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • Books to look out for this week are “Ruthless” in the “Pretty Little Liars” book series by Sara Shepard, “The Fire” by James Patterson, “Red Mist” by Patricia Cornwell and Tim Tebow’s autobiography “Through My Eyes.”
  • “Cowboys & Aliens,” “The Hangover Part II” and “The Help” are all available for DVD and Blu-ray purchase today.
  • The Black Keys’ “El Camino” drops today as well, along with Amy Winehouse’s posthumous album “Lioness: Hidden Treasure” and “Undun” by The Roots.


  • Watch “Modern Family’s” Christmas-themed episode at 9 p.m. ET followed by “Happy Ending’s” holiday celebration at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.


  • Catch the premiere of “The Great Big American Auction” with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” host Ty Pennington at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.


  • The much-awaited and extremely star-heavy “New Year’s Eve" arrives in theaters today. Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Jon Bon Jovi are just some of the many cast members.
  • “The Sitter” looks at Jonah Hill’s adventures in one night as a babysitter, and Charlize Theron will play a young adult fiction writer who hasn’t quite grown up herself in “Young Adult.”
  • Also look out for “Catch .44” with Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman and Forest Whitaker and “I Melt With You” with Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe and Carla Gugino.


  • Katy Perry will host “Saturday Night Live” with musical guest Robyn at 11:39 p.m. ET on NBC.

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  1. not firsty

    Trout mouth ? Sounds fishie to me.

    December 5, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. eduardo fuentes III

    Did you chaps in America watch The Walking Dead last night? That Shane is quite the nutter. Pip pip and cheerio.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tyson Timms

    Yea im waiting for the dvd 2 come out 2. Hope its a good 1.

    December 4, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Donner

    @ blitzen..with all the crappy 3D movies at our local theaters..we decided on Cowboys and Aliens not 3D..we enjoyed it was somewhat contrived but fun..it was nice to see Harrison Ford be quite likable again... .

    December 4, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. madhater

    Great Simpsons episode! I'd throw it in Joan.

    December 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. carrieanne

    Cowboys and Aliens wasnt that bad. Wasnt great either but then not everything is.

    December 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Blitzen

    Not me.. Haven't seen that movie. Do they really *need* all those awards shows?

    December 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. h.p

    it sucked like the football team the cowboys

    December 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Big John

    Cowboys and aliens comes out tues huh ? Curious about that one, anybody see it at theatre ?

    December 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |

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