Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
January 22nd, 2012
06:00 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

It's time to say goodbye to your favorite spy.

"Chuck" will come to a close with a two-hour series finale on January 27 starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. On his last mission for Carmichael Industries, Chuck Bartowski will attempt to save his future by teaming up with friends and family to defeat Nicholas Quinn. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Yvonne Strahovski, who plays Sarah Walker on the show, said that "fans will be surprised where the story goes from this point on," hinting at a possible tragedy. Gasp!

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


  • Catch an all-new episode of "Once Upon a Time" at 8 p.m. ET, followed by a new episode of "Desperate Housewives" at 9.
  • Watch a new episode of "Downton Abbey" at 9 p.m. ET on PBS.
  • Auditions continue on "American Idol," which you can watch at 10 p.m. ET on Fox.


  • Amy Heckerling directed this episode of "Gossip Girl," where Blair has her bachelorette party and Serena and Dan pretend to get back together. ("GG" airs at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.)
  • Teams of twins will compete on "Fear Factor" and will have to navigate through a maze in addition to other tests. Catch it at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • Watch a new episode of "Castle," where a reality-TV star becomes a murder suspect, at 10:01 p.m. ET on ABC.


  • All-new episode of "White Collar" at 10 p.m. ET on USA.
  • For readers: "The Flight of Gemma Hardy" by Margot Livesey, "Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss" by RoseMarie Terenzio, "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain, "Taken" by Robert Crais and "Fallen in Love" by Lauren Kate come out today.
  • "50/50," "Real Steel," and "Paranormal Activity 3" will be released on DVD and Blu-ray. Alfred Hitchcock's "Notorious," "Rebecca," and "Spellbound" will also be released.
  • For music lovers: "Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan" by various artists like Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, K'NAAN, Raphael Saadiq and Lenny Kravitz, "Believe" by Celtic Woman, "Emotional Traffic" by Tim McGraw and the 40th anniversary edition of "L.A. Woman" by The Doors are released.


  • Watch the pilot episode of "Touch," a drama series that follows a widower and his son, who obsesses over numbers and can predict the future, at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
  • Catch an all-new episode of "Whitney" at 8 p.m. ET followed by "Are You There, Chelsea?" at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.


  • Leonard and Penny are at it again! The on-again-off-again couple are giving a relationship another try on "The Big Bang Theory" (airing at 8 p.m. ET on CBS).
  • If you can't get enough of James Marsden on "30 Rock," watch an all-new episode of the show at 8 p.m. ET, followed by another new episode at 9 on NBC.


  • Heading to the movie theater? Your options are: "Man on a Ledge" starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris and Edward Burns, "One for the Money" starring Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara and Sherri Shepherd, "The Grey" starring Liam Neeson and the wide release of "Albert Nobbs" starring Glenn Close.

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  1. carrieanne

    Sokman! My fellow browncoat! I couldnt agree with you more!

    January 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. !

    Nah he be a f@g.

    January 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Benn

    Are you a Brony? Bronies are cool. Im a cubicle dweller.

    January 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sokman

    They need to bring Firefly back

    January 23, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. °_°My Little Pony Is A Fantastic Show°_°Ráīñbøw Dāsh°_°

    Silly Richard, I'm not a flamethrower. Where would you get a funny idea like that?

    January 23, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Richard "Charlie Crack Mr Ed" Fore

    You sound like a flamer.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mary Ann Barton

    At my little pony. I couldn't agree more. I just read that stuff on while working and omg, what is wrong with some of these people? I like the entertainment sights, but this one is in need of some monitoring. Never seen anything like it before.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. °_°My Little Pony Is A Fantastic Show°_°Ráīñbøw Dāsh°_°

    What's up with all the hate and anger on these blogs? I think it's time to spread the love. No time now, off to bed with me. Sweet dreams everyone.

    January 23, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. carrieanne

    Im not ready for Chuck to end! Its the only series that Adam Baldwin has been in that his contract has lasted more than a season!

    January 23, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. tracie

    Me and my husband had Taco Bell for dinner tonight and he sat on my face afterwards and I had his Taco Smell for dessert.

    January 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tracie

    I love eating my husband's buttt hole.

    January 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Richard "Charlie Crack Mr Ed" Fore

    I hope GLEE will be on. And all those other gaylicious shows.

    January 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Richard "Charlie Crack Mr Ed" Fore

    Sounds like a gay week to me. Email me at ch_crack@yahoo.com for some gay pictures.

    January 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |

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