Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
January 8th, 2012
05:00 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

After a really, really, really long hiatus due to Tina Fey’s pregnancy, “30 Rock” is finally back - and in a new time slot.

With the holiday break over, the gang returns to work with Liz adopting a new outlook and Jenna becoming a hateful celebrity judge.

Catch the season premiere at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Thursday, followed by new episodes of “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” and “Up All Night.”

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


  • Ted Nugent guest stars on “The Simpsons” as a presidential candidate who gets endorsed by Homer. Watch this episode at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. Then catch Rosie Perez and Johnny Bench as guest stars on “The Cleveland Show” at 8:30 p.m. ET.
  • Watch the two-hour series premiere of “The Firm,” which follows Mitchell McDeere 10 years after the events in “The Firm” movie and book,  at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • F. Murray Abraham will guest star on “The Good Wife” at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
  • “Downton Abbey” returns for season 2 with a two-hour premiere at 9 p.m. ET on PBS.
  • Meanwhile, Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell star in Showtime's new series, "House of Lies," at 10 p.m. ET.


  • Watch a new episode of “Pretty Little Liars” at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.
  • Catch a new episode of “Castle” at 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC.


  • Books to look out for are “Lunatics” by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel, “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, “Believing the Lie” by Elizabeth George and “The Operators” by Michael Hastings.
  • “Moneyball" and “What’s Your Number?” will be released in Blu-ray and DVD, while “Never Been Kissed,” “Billy Elliot” and “When Harry Met Sally” will be released in special Blu-ray editions.
  • Album releases to look out for are “Fallen Empires” by Snow Patrol, “French Impressions” by Joshua Bell and “The Lowdown” by Stevie Nicks.


  • Watch all new episodes of “Suburgatory,” “Modern Family” and “Happy Endings” starting at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
  • Catch the series premiere of “Are You There, Chelsea?" - based on Chelsea Handler’s book “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea" - on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.
  • Also watch the ninth season premiere of “One Tree Hill” at 8 p.m. ET on CW.
  • Catch the premiere of “Out of Character with Krista Smith,” which features interviews with Gwyneth Paltrow and Seth MacFarlane in its first episode, at 11 p.m. ET on USA.
  • Peter Facinelli, whom you may better know as Carlisle Cullen in “Twilight,” will be starring in “Loosies,” about a New York pickpocket who is confronted by Jaimie Alexander about their one-night stand. The movie comes to theaters on Wednesday.


  • Catch an all-new episode of “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. ET on CBS when Penny advises Sheldon on how to be a better boyfriend.
  • Watch the series premiere of “Rob,” which follows Rob Schneider as a man who marries into a Mexican-American family, on CBS at 8:30 p.m. ET.
  • Also catch the series premiere of “The Finder,” a spin-off of “Bones,” which centers on a eccentric veteran who is gifted in finding people. Watch it right after “Bones” at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.


  • Bo Derek guest stars on “Chuck” at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • Movies coming out on this day are “Contraband” with Mark Wahlberg, “Beauty and the Beast” in 3-D, “Joyful Noise”with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton and “Albatross” with Jessica Brown-Findlay and Felicity Jones.


  • Daniel Radcliffe will be hosting “Saturday Night Live” with musical guest Lana Del Rey at 11:29 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • Also catch the “Miss America Pageant” with hosts Brooke Burke-Charvet and Chris Harrison at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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  6. @@busted troll

    The king of morons!

    January 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. @busted troll

    Richard Fore is a GOD! A KING has been born!

    January 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. @@busted troll

    I agree.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 12

    I think we need to ban Ted Nugent and the wildlife killers. Poor deer and rabbits dont bother anyone. They are friendly critters.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. busted troll

    On the top five blog richard foreskin admits hes the troll. Hes the one u need to be going after ppl. If we get rid of him we can hv normalsy eh ?

    January 9, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • @ busted troll

      Nah, I'd rather not give him the attention he so desires. I'd prefer his worthless life to remain worthless.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. elvis

    Yeah. Those trolls are mean sometimes. I think if they were to watch more of the good shows discussed in the article above thay would feel better.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. yea

    Okay,lol thought u was losing it for a second. Dont u hate be blocked. Nanners yummmmm yea ! Elvis c er we best go 2 hiding now, we speaked off topic. Trolls will eat us like nanners.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. elvis

    I like them bananner sandwiches. They are extra healthy and taste good. They make me smile. So does the TV lineup this week. It doesnt look too bad.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. @elvis

    They keep blocking my post. Thats ok. I was just typing about Elvis being a ghoost and I only see him sometimes. And him muunchiing on a good bananna sandwich. YUMMMMM. NANNERS.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. yea

    Ted nugent is a dirty republican 2. Y u keep saying @elvis, I dont c him.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  16. @elvis

    Ted Nugget is an animal murderer. Poor animals.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  17. @elvis

    That Bo Derek is really really old. I bet she is a mormon.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  18. wow

    See trolls at work. Cc gang gets accussed of it and looky here. Peace stayed on topic and had a little fun with the firsty. Guess you blame wrong ppl. By the way peace, that show sux.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  19. t.i-24

    mayor? havent u heard? she is a god 4 sum.

    January 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  20. bignified

    As for your 1st question, I thought it was ok, but it might lose some steam. It's not as good as shameless. As for your 2nd question, yea your the mayor of the marquee blog portion of cnn. Thing's are gonna all be rosy from here on out. Peace out.

    January 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Peace

    Oh dang it! I was firsty & never called it! Does it still count? HaHa!

    January 8, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Peace

    No wonder I don't watch much tv anymore. Has anyone watched,"House of Lies"? If so, is it any good?

    January 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |

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