Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
February 19th, 2012
05:03 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston are back in theaters with a new comedy this week.

The two co-star in "Wanderlust," in which they play a Manhattan couple who pack up for a new, less expensive home and wind up in a hippie community where free love rules. Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman and Alan Alda also star.

"Wanderlust" comes to theaters on Friday, February 24. Here's what else you shouldn't miss this week:


  • It's "The Simpsons" 500th episode, and they've been banished from Springfield! Julian Assange also makes a guest appearance. Watch it tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
  • Ricky Gervais will guest voice on "The Family Guy" as a talking dolphin who moves in with the Griffins. Catch his appearance at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
  • A new season of Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" premieres tonight. The contestants include Arsenio Hall; Clay Aiken; Cheryl Tiegs; Debbie Gibson; Adam Carolla; Lisa Lampanelli; and Penn Jillette. Watch it at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.


  • It's down to four contestants on "The Bachelor," and in this episode Ben visits their hometowns to meet their parents. Watch it at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
  • Ted makes a personal declaration about how he feels about Robin, which shocks her. Don't miss "How I Met Your Mother" at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.


  • You can help save "Cougar Town" from its abysmal ratings by watching it at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC, where Jules tries to decide on who will be her maid of honor.
  • The Warblers and New Directions finally go head-to-head at Regionals on an all-new episode of "Glee" at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
  • Books coming out today include "The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten: The Tweets of Steve Martin," by Steve Martin; "The Technologists," by Matthew Pearl; "Watergate," by Thomas Mallon; and "In-Flight Entertainment," by Helen Simpson.
  • Movies out on Blu-ray and DVD today are "Puss in Boots"; "Tower Heist"; "J. Edgar"; "Martha Marcy May Marlene"; "The Way"; and the seventh season of "Weeds."
  • New music arriving today includes "Voice of Ages," by The Chieftains; "Some Nights," by Fun; "Reign of Terror," by Sleigh Bells; "How About I Be Me (And You Be You)," by Sinead O'Connor; "Diana Ross 1976: Special Edition," by Diana Ross; and the "Act of Valor" soundtrack featuring Keith Urban, Sugarland and Lady Antebellum.


  • Mario Lopez will guest star on "Are You There, Chelsea?" as himself when Dee Dee reveals to Chelsea that she named her pillow "Mario Lopez." Watch this episode at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • Catch the season 3 finale of "Royal Pains," where Hank struggles to accept Jack's illness, at 10 p.m. ET on USA.


  • Catch all-new episodes of "30 Rock," "Parks and Recreation," "The Office" and "Up All Night," starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • The remaining semifinalists will be revealed on "American Idol" at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.


  • Movies coming to theaters are "Gone" with Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter and Wes Bentley; Tyler Perry's "Good Deeds" with Perry, Thandie Newton and Gabrielle Union; and "Act of Valor."

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  1. @anti troll

    too bad it wasn't you that died instead of Whitney Houston.

    February 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • @@anti troll

      did that take you all day to come up with that one? how old are you? i'm so distraught now. your words are so hurtful. NOT. hahahahahaha i got somebodies attention, huh little buddy? you'll have to do way better than that!

      February 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary Alice

    Love, Jen and Paul! Wanderlust!

    February 20, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Coolbreeze

    You could have just ignored this, you know. No, instead you must act all high and mighty and ADD to the off-topic banter. Good job!

    February 20, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • @coolbreeze troll

      how can anyone ignore your troll comments, when they are all over this blog. besides that, i do enjoy calling you all out, & to show just how moronic you are. what's good for the troll, is good for the anti troll. keep posting little buddy, because I will be right there to comment on your post. here's a thought, if you are so proud of your little posts, put your own name on it. trolls are nothing but sniveling, little cowards hiding in the shadows. now, have yourself a good day.

      February 20, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Derp

      So... your name is @coolbreeze troll? Look at the troll calling a troll a troll! Takes one to know one, as they always say! Lol!

      February 20, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • @derp

      i'm the anti troll guy. i just wanted to make sure they knew who I was talking to. i don't need to hide in the shadows. i just like to counter the attacks on the innocent.

      February 20, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Wow

    Somebody had a lot of time on his hands. Pretty sad having a running convo with yourself. I guess that's better than talking on topic. Rules are different for trolls, as we all know. Pretty sad & childish.

    February 20, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Donald

    Blue b alls are the worst. Street h0es are great.

    February 20, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sunday am reader

    @Donald, ya ever had blue balls? last nite i picked up this street ho en she tighten the co-ck ring so tight that my balls got all blue en purple. thought it was gonna fall off.

    February 20, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sunday am reader

    That's after I had my coffee thou.

    February 20, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sunday am reader

    That's ok cuz i'm going n get my a55hole waxed n bleached today so maybe tracie would like to lick it after

    February 20, 2012 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Donald

    Jennifer Aniston can have my balls.

    February 20, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Donald

    No. You can't have my balls.

    February 20, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sunday am reader

    @Donald and Richard i would love to lick both your balls

    February 20, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Donald

    Richard I find you quite funny!

    February 20, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Richard Fore

    With a biscuit & 2 turtles I decided to return to the store.

    February 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Donald

    Im rich h0e!

    February 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Triumph

    Thank you CNN for writing this column. I have found it to be perfect....

    February 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |

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