Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
April 29th, 2012
06:04 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

Having sports figures as hosts on "Saturday Night Live" is not out of the ordinary. But it seems to be practically a family tradition for the Mannings.

Super Bowl XLVI MVP and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will host the sketch comedy show with musical guest Rihanna on May 5, following his second Super Bowl victory this year. His older brother, Peyton Manning, hosted the show in 2007 after the Indianapolis Colts' win, and killed it with his United Way skit.

Can Eli deliver the laughs like his brother? Find out for yourself this Saturday on NBC. Here's what else you shouldn't miss this week:


  • Since Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre won't be on speaking terms anytime soon, Kathy Bates instead will play Charlie's ghost on "Two and a Half Men," and appears when Alan has a minor heart attack. Watch this episode at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
  • Semifinals on "The Voice" begin at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • Crossover time! "NCIS: Los Angeles" agents Sam (LL Cool J) and Callen (Chris O'Donnell) will partner with Danny and Chin Ho on "Hawaii Five-O" at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.


  • Catch the conclusion of the "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Hawaii Five-O" crossover on "NCIS: Los Angeles" at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
  • The winner of "The Biggest Loser" will finally be announced at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • Books to look out for this week are: "The Last Boyfriend" by Nora Roberts; "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson" by Robert A. Caro; "Bitterblue" by Kristin Cashore; "The Proposal" by Mary Balogh; "Skinnydipping" by Bethenny Frankel; and the paperback of "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach.
  • Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray are: "Haywire"; "Men in Black II"; "Joyful Noise"; "New Year's Eve"; "W.E."; "Jeremiah Johnson"; "Clueless"; "Meet Joe Black"; "About a Boy"; and "Definitely, Maybe."
  • Music albums being released this week are: "Little Broken Hearts" by Norah Jones; "Blown Away" by Carrie Underwood; "The Music of 'Smash'" by the "Smash" cast; "Born Villain" by Marilyn Manson; "Out of the Game" by Rufus Wainwright; "Strange Clouds" by B.o.B; and "But Seriously" by Phil Collins.


  • Catch new episodes of "Suburgatory," "Modern Family" and "Don't Trust the B-- in Apartment 23" starting at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
  • Watch a new episode of "CSI" at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.


  • Catch new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory," "Rules of Engagement" and "Person of Interest" starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
  • Watch an all-new episode of "Scandal," where Amanda Tanner seems to have disappeared and the firm depends a pilot's reputation, at 10:01 p.m. ET on ABC.


  • "Fringe" fans, tune into the latest episode to keep the series alive! Catch part one of the "Brave New World" episodes, where the future of both universes is at stake, at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
  • Rashida Jones explores her mother's ancestry and travels to Ireland in "Who Do You Think You Are?" at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • Catch the series finale of "In Plain Sight" at 10 p.m. ET on USA, where Mary feels torn between a witness and her family and sees a big change in the WITSEC office.
  • If catching one of the biggest movie events of the year, "The Avengers" is not your thing, then head to the theater to watch these: "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" with Dev Patel, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy; "A Little Bit of Heaven," with Kate Hudson and Gael Garcia Bernal; "Meeting Evil" with Clive Owen and Samuel L. Jackson; "The Good Doctor" with Orlando Bloom and Taraji P. Henson; and "The Perfect Family" with Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel and Jason Ritter.

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  2. Booo

    In the Scandal part, I'm fairly sure the word is supposed to be "defends" not "depends." thanks!

    April 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Artisan Eddie

    I would not think that NBC would pick Eli for this. He is not even funny.

    April 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JellyBean@Artisan Eddie

      Exactly, not funny at all. Besides, I can't stand him.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Layla

    Eli on SNL will be stupendous. I loves me a Manning.

    April 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |

    If catching one of the
    biggest movie events of
    the year,

    April 29, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |

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