Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
December 18th, 2011
06:03 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

The much-awaited “The Dreamer/The Believer” by rapper Common will be released this Tuesday. The album features appearances from the likes of Maya Angelou, Nas and John Legend, and reaction from critics has been positive.

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


  • The first season of “Terra Nova” draws to a close at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.


  • Tom Cruise will be on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC, and Harry Connick Jr. will be on "Letterman" at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.
  • “Dolphin Tale,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Warrior” and “Glee: The Concert” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • Two big movie releases coming out are “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, and “The Adventures of Tintin” in IMAX and 3-D.


  • The first half of the season finale of “The X Factor” will air live at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
  • Louis C.K. will be on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.


  • The winner of “The X Factor's” first season will be declared live at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
  • Watch an all-new episode of “Prime Suspect” at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.


  • Matt Damon buys and runs a zoo with his children in “We Bought a Zoo,” coming to theaters on Friday. Also being released is Angelina Jolie’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”
  • Stan Lee will guest star on “Chuck,” which airs at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.


  • If you're planning on catching a movie on Christmas, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, opens in limited release today along with Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse,” with Jeremy Irvine and Emily Watson.


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  1. Booo

    Amen to Mrs. Ed's first comment and sweetjessica's second one. I'm so tired of shows going away for non-entertaining Christmas specials. Grey's anatomy hasn't been on the air for over a month. Is hollywood too busy to film Christmas episodes? The only one of my favorite shows to do one this year is Modern Family and that aired 2 weeks ago!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. @sweet jessica

    AMEN ! I agree completly !

    December 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sweet jessica

    No more visiting rude relatives. No more emotional nutters crying. No more angry people. Crimmas will be over! Y E S !

    December 19, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. sweet jessica

    1 more week and we can take it easy. All the crimmas mess will be over! YEEEEHAAAA !

    December 19, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Worthless

    What a worthless week for television. Good time to get everything done for the Christmas weekend! Merry Christmas everyone!

    December 18, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jolly Elf

    I love "Prime Suspect" which is a different kind of crime drama. I'm hoping it won't be canceled. Tv shows during the holidays suck.. Wither re-runs or Christmas movies/specials. How fun!!

    December 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mrs. ED

    I hope all my fellow middle school teachers will assign extra homework to their students over the holidays. Giving them far more than they can ever hope to do always adds to the holiday entertainment.

    December 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mrs. ED

    GOOD NESS. It sure is going to be a zero week in entertainment world. Thank gosh for reruns of SouthPark, Grimm, and Supernatural. Im going to tell all my school children to try and catch up on episodes of these 3 over their holidays. Plus they are all going to be assigned 3 book reports to do. That ought to keep em out of their parents hair for a while. I am a good school teacher. Thoughtful that way.

    December 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |

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