Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
June 17th, 2012
06:33 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

We know what you are thinking - why would anyone want to watch "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"? Sounds like a cheesy B movie. But hear us out.

The film is based on the brilliant 2010 mashup novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith. The New York Times best-seller is like a biography of Lincoln but with extra notes from his secret diaries that reveal his secret identity as a vampire killer.

The movie follows a similar premise, and such an insane-yet-intriguing idea would of course be produced by Tim Burton. Smith's other famous work is "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," which peppers Jane Austen's classic with the walking dead. If this does well, maybe we can expect "Zombies" to be adapted as well. "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" comes to theaters on June 22.

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


  • Catch the first season finale of the much-talked-about "Girls" at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. Here, Hannah misjudges Adam's commitment and Shoshanna's quirky nature impresses a suitor, which all happens during Jessa's "mystery party."
  • Oprah Winfrey interviews the Kardashians and her sort-of rival 50 Cent back-to-back on "Oprah's Next Chapter" starting at 8 p.m. ET on OWN.


  • It's a slew of reality competition shows all competing against each other on Monday night. Catch Emily Maynard's eight remaining suitors on "The Bachelorette" at 8 p.m. ET on ABC; professional chefs and a swearing-and-yelling Gordon Ramsay on "Hell's Kitchen" at 8 p.m. ET on Fox; and ordinary people with extraordinary talents on "America's Got Talent" at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • Later, catch the series premiere of "The Glass House," a new reality competition show where contestants living in a house rigged with cameras have to solve puzzles and work together with the other contestants. Watch this at 10:02 p.m. ET on ABC.


  • The contestants on "Love in the Wild" are put to the test when the trios are chained together through the jungle and a bat cave. Watch this episode at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • Books coming out this week include: "Wicked Business" by Janet Evanovich; "The Walking Dead, Volume 16" by Robert Kirkman; "A Hologram for the King" by Dave Eggers; "Barack Obama: The Story" by David Maraniss; "The Long Earth" by Terry Pratchett; and "The Kings of Cool: A Prequel to Savages" by Don Winslow.
  • Movies and TV shows out on Blu-ray and DVD this week include: "Evita: 15th Anniversary Edition"; "Sister Act: 20th Anniversary Edition"; "Project X"; "Newsies: 20th Anniversary Edition"; "Big Miracle"; "Wanderlust"; "Jeff, Who Lives at Home"; "Seeking Justice"; "Wilfred" and "Louie Season 2."
  • Music albums being released include: "Welcome to the Fishbowl" by Kenny Chesney; "The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do" by Fiona Apple; "Believe" by Justin Bieber, "Oceania" by Smashing Pumpkins; the "Brave" soundtrack; and "The Best of Kylie Minogue" by Kylie Minogue.


  • It's time for callbacks in Las Vegas for contestants on "So You Think You Can Dance." Find out who makes it to the Top 20 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
  • Divya tries to reunite Hank and Evan while they compete for new business on a new episode of "Royal Pains" at 9 p.m. ET on USA.


  • You may have missed Justin Bieber during his global tour but you can watch performance and backstage footage on a new special, "Justin Bieber: All Around the World" at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • Former "Scrubs" star John C. McGinley guest stars on "Burn Notice" as Michael's mentor at 9 p.m. ET on USA.


  • Along with the highly anticipated animated movie from Pixar, "Brave," other movies coming out this week include: "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World," with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley; "Grassroots" with Jason Biggs and Cobie Smulders; and "To Rome With Love," with Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin and Ellen Page.

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  1. HG

    I saw a review on the Abraham Lincoln movie yesterday. They said it was a must see. The trailers look pretty good, too. There isn't crap on tv this week, unless you are into reality shows. Glad a few shows are coming back with new shows now.

    June 18, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Zombies

    Except that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter isn't directed by Tim Burton...

    June 18, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. JellyBean

    "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." I'm liking that.

    June 18, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Central Scrutinizer

    I want to go on Gordon Ramsay's show just so I caan crack his skull with my cast-iron skillet. You will NOT talk that way in MY kitchen! Whoever heard of English gourmet food, anyway? Spotted dick??!! Yecch!

    June 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |

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