Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture cheat sheet
May 6th, 2012
05:35 PM ET

Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture cheat sheet

If you love the combination of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, then this weekend's release should already be on your radar: The two are together again with the new movie "Dark Shadows."

The movie adaptation of the late '60s TV show stars Depp as Barnabas Collins, an 18th century vampire who winds up being set free in 1972. The man who originally portrayed Barnabas, Jonathan Frid, died in April, but he was able to contribute to the film. Catch his cameo when "Dark Shadows" opens Friday.

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


  • Don't miss the two-hour season finale of "Amazing Race" on CBS tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET.
  • CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be on Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s "Finding Your Roots" on PBS tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Comedy Central's comedy awards are on tonight at 9 p.m. ET, but before that, Zach Galifianakis will chat with Tina Fey and Jon Stewart on "Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York" tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.
  • ABC's new series "GCB" is wrapping up its first season tonight starting at 10 p.m. ET.


  • The four remaining finalists on "The Voice" will have one last chance to perform for the win starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • Both "Castle" (at 10 p.m. ET on ABC) and "2 Broke Girls" (at 8 p.m. ET on CBS) will air their respective season finales tonight.
  • Don't miss a new "Dancing with the Stars" live performance tonight on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET.


  • The winner of "The Voice's" second season will be revealed tonight on NBC starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.
  • Will one of the roommates be on their way out in the season finale of "New Girl"? Tune in to Fox at 9:00 p.m. ET to find out.
  • New books coming out this week include: "Bring Up the Bodies," by Hilary Mantel; "In One Person: A Novel," by John Irving; "Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son," by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez; and "Shut Up and Give Me the Mic," by Dee Snider.
  • New albums coming out this week include: "AM/FM," Rita Wilson; "Go Get It," Mary Mary; "Strangeland," Keane; and "Neck of the Woods," Silversun Pickups.
  • New Blu-ray/DVD releases this week include: "Underworld: Awakening"; the complete fifth season of "Chuck" and "The Vow."


  • The theme is "California Dreamin'" for this week's performances on Fox's "American Idol," starting at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Catch "Batman" actor Adam West on "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" tonight on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.
  • The season finale of "CSI" airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
  • Bravo's new chef competition, "Around the World in 80 Plates," launches tonight in London at 10 p.m. ET.


  • The fifth season of "The Big Bang Theory" wraps up tonight at 8:00 p.m. on CBS, with a cameo from NASA astronaut Mike Massimino.
  • Election day comes to Pawnee in the "Parks and Recreation" season finale on NBC at 9:30 p.m. ET.
  • Right before it, don't miss the season finale of "The Office" at 9 p.m. ET.
  • Over on The CW, "The Vampire Diaries" (starting at 8 p.m. ET) and "The Secret Circle" (starting at 9 p.m. ET) are both wrapping up their seasons with finales tonight.


  • "Fringe" wraps up its season (which, fans are happy to note, won't be its last) starting at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
  • At movie theaters this week, Bobcat Goldthwait's "God Bless America," starring Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr, opens in limited release, as does Derick Martini's "Hick," starring ChloĆ« Grace Moretz and Blake Lively.


  • This week's "Saturday Night Live" will be hosted by Will Ferrell with Usher on tap as the musical guest, starting at 11:29 p.m. ET on NBC.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Steve Jobs

    One word. Typecast.

    May 7, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. danielwalldammit

    Depp and Burton, looks VERY promising.

    May 7, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |

    just cant wait to grabbe a copy.

    May 6, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |

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