Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
January 29th, 2012
10:00 AM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

And awards season continues...

Sunday marks the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Tune in to watch as film and TV performances are honored, Dick Van Dyke presents Mary Tyler Moore with the Life Achievement Award, and stars like Natalie Portman and Ed Helms present awards.

Will "The Artist" dominate? Will Octavia Spencer score another win? Will Brad Pitt beat pal George Clooney in the best actor category? Watch the SAG Awards at 8 p.m. ET on TNT to find out.

And that's not all you shouldn't miss this week:


  • Ever wondered about the origins of Moe's trusty bar rag? Find out in an all-new episode of "The Simpsons" at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.


  • "The Bachelor" goes overseas! Ben Flajnik and the 11 remaining women travel to Puerto Rico, where one of the ladies will get to tour Old San Juan with Ben. Check it out at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
  • Chris Colfer will be on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," along with Joe Perry as the musical guest. Watch it at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.


  • It's Michael Jackson week on "Glee." The New Directions and the Warblers will battle with some of Jackson's greatest hits, like "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin," "Smooth Criminal," and "Black or White." Watch this episode at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
  • What to read? "Home Front" by Kristin Hannah, "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010" by Charles Murray, "Defending Jacob" by William Landay, "Raylan" by Elmore Leonard "The Summer Garden" by Sherryl Woods and "Last Man Standing" by Cindy Gerard all come out today.
  • Oscars snub aside, "Drive" will be released on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Also look out for "The Thing," "In Time" and "The Double" on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • Talk about a blast from the past... Leonard Cohen will release "Old Ideas," and former Beatles member Ringo Starr will come out with "Ringo 2012." Also look out for "Making Mirrors" by Gotye, "Beyond Magnetic" by Metallica, "God, Love & Romance" by Fred Hammond, and "Let it Burn" by Ruthie Foster.


  • Do you watch the Super Bowl for the awesome commercials? Catch "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials," hosted by Boomer Esiason and Jillian Michaels, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
  • Watch all-new episodes of "Whitney" and "Are You There, Chelsea?" beginning at 8 p.m ET on NBC.


  • Dean Winters returns to NBC this week, but not as Liz Lemon's kooky lover on "30 Rock." He'll play Chris' brother on "Up All Night." Catch his performance at 9:30 p.m. ET.
  • Watch an all-new episode "Grey's Anatomy" at 9 p.m. ET, followed by a new episode of "Private Practice" at 10 p.m. on ABC.


  • Marisa Tomei is this week's celebrity on "Who Do You Think You Are?" She'll uncover the murder of her great-grandfather.
  • Looking for something to replace "Chuck" on Friday night? Head to the movies for "Big Miracle" (starring Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski and Kristen Bell), Daniel Radcliffe's "The Woman in Black," and "W.E." - Madonna's directorial debut.


  • Channing Tatum will host "Saturday Night Live," with musical guest Bon Iver, at 11:29 p.m. ET on NBC.

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  1. Pieftuff

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    February 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Adara


    January 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |

    And remember. . . . . . everyone loves a monkey : )

    January 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |

    I agree with you EXEC PRODUCER. Monkeys are incredbile. They add both drama and comedy to any situation. If more shows had chimps I think it would be a better world.

    January 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tracie

    I just wiped out my butt with my husbands dirty underwear

    January 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sokman

    I'd drink Joe Perry's bathwat... oh wait thats Katey Perry I'm thinking of... Nevermind

    January 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tracie

    My husband and i went to waffle house this morning ate alot of eggs and he sat on my face after he used the toilet

    January 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tracie

    I like watching people sitting on the commode.

    January 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ?

      I was about to correct you and say that a commode is a urinal, but apparently it's not. You really know your sh¡t; I'll give you that.

      January 29, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |

    Still no chimps in the lineup. Obviously the tv execs arent taking my advice. More chimps equals more viewers. Everyone loves monkeys.

    January 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |

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