Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
July 8th, 2012
06:23 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

A new show coming to ABC will give viewers the chance to not just laugh with celebs, but at them as well.

“Trust Us With Your Life” will feature stars telling personal stories as a comedic cast of improv artists (Wayne Brady, Jonathan Magnum, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood) re-enact these pivotal life moments. Hosted by Fred Willard, “Trust Us With Your Life” debuts at 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday with guests Serena Williams and Jack and Kelly Osbourne.

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


  • Find inspiration for your next vacation with the series premiere of “Xtreme Waterparks,” a show that takes you everywhere from Brazil to Vermont to the Austrian Alps, highlighting the world’s best water slides, beginning at 8 p.m. EST on the Travel Channel.
  • Keep it extreme and stay tuned to watch another Travel Channel premiere. On “Insane Coaster Wars,” viewers get the chance to rank roller coasters with the highest G-forces, starting at 9 p.m. EST.


  • Things get hot on “The Bachelorette” as Emily Maynard and her three remaining suitors head to a Caribbean island, with each man getting the chance at an intimate overnight date in the famed fantasy suite at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.
  • For the less romantically inclined, watch Part 1 of this “Fear Factor” installment as contestants playing for a $100,000 grand prize dangle on a bungee line attached to a helicopter, plunge into a tub full of leeches and climb a burning five-story building, starting at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.


  • Catch the season 4 premiere of "White Collar," starring Matt Bomer, at 9 p.m. ET on USA.
  • New books arriving this week include: “I, Michael Bennett” by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge; “On the Island” by Tracey Garvis-Graves; and “Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian” by Eoin Colfer.
  • For new music, watch out for: “Uncaged” by Zac Brown Band; “Old School New Rules” by Hank Williams Jr.; “Sunday Morning Singing” by Rhonda Vincent; “Swing Low Magellan” by Dirty Projectors; “Skelethon” by Aesop Rock; and “Electra Heart” by Marina and the Diamonds.
  • And for movies coming out on DVD, watch for: the latest installment in the “American Pie” series, “American Reunion”; and the Matt Damon and Anna Paquin flick, “Margaret.”


  • Watch as nannies iron designer baby clothes and work with personal chefs in order to meet the demands of their wealthy employers on the series premiere of “Beverly Hills Nannies” at 9 p.m. EST on ABC Family.
  • Season 4 of “Restaurant: Impossible” opens with Chef Robert Irvine’s overhaul of a Fayetteville, Georgia, steak-and-seafood joint at 10 p.m. EST on Food Network.


  • Catch the season finale of dating game show “The Choice” at 9 p.m. EST on Fox, where celebs Dean Cain, Tyson Beckford, Dr. Robert Nettles and NFL star Ndamukong Suh will listen for love as they compete for dates with single ladies they can’t see.
  • New reality show “Polyamory: Married & Dating,” which follows the lives of people involved in more than one intimate relationship at a time, premieres at 11 p.m. EST on Showtime.


  • New movies hitting theaters this week include “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” starring Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo; “Red Lights,” starring Sigourney Weaver and Robert De Niro; “Easy Money,” starring Joel Kinnaman; and in select cinemas, “Trishna,” starring Freida Pinto.
  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” will feature two eccentric entertainers: actor and comedian Dana Carvey and hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj beginning at 11:30 EST on NBC.

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  1. Roy Marsolais

    There can be nothing more entertaining and fun than owning your own inflatable water slides in your backyard if you have a house full of children in the summer season. These are great hits with children of many ages, and they are growing in popularity. The prices on these are dropping with time, and technology is improving. In a short time period with very little work, these can be easily set up. Due to this easy setup and how much kids like them, they are quickly becoming one of the best summer toys on the market.:

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    April 15, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Peter

    I just finished watching Trust us With Your life at Dish Online and it was hilarious. It definitely reminded me of Who’s Line is it Anyway but I loved that show too. Ryan Collins was hilarious as usual. I showed some coworkers at Dish and got mixed reviews so I understand if it not for you.

    July 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Henry

    Obama promised no tax increases yet passed the affordable health care act a.k.a "unaffordable tax act" the biggest single tax increase in u.s history a flat tax across the nation

    Statistics show that the average American family makes $55,500/year

    Not bad when put on paper but let's look at your obligations

    Without insurance your family is taxed $2,150 (max cap) equals 4% of income

    Medicaid, Social Security, Federal And State Taxes take another 18-22%

    Add inflation which is 3%/year


    Government takes home =$13,875.00 or 4 months out of a year

    $13,875.00 is 145% above the poverty level.

    Now 40,376.25 might still seem like good money to most but think about it.......

    You paid government debt before your own.

    What could you have done with that extra 13,875.00?

    Take a much needed vacation? pay some bills? retirment?

    More Math! 13,875.00 x 45 (workyears) =$624,375.00 in cash.

    If you had invested your money and gained an average of 10% a year you would have nested over 2,000,000.00 that's right 2 MILLION!

    Why am I sharing these numbers with you? Because i believe american citizens should have more say with his/her money we are taught to not overspend and financial responsibility why can't the government seem to get it right? they believe taxing citizens to death is the awnser. We could have a much stronger economy and wealthier nation if we stand up to big government and take back what was ours in the first place or you can spend 12.5 years working just for the Government if that isn't enough to make you take action maybe these will

    Excise Tax
    Estate Tax
    Sewage Tax
    Consumer Durables TAX & Non Durables TAX (toys, clothes, drinks, diapers etc)

    Add your own taxes here

    Stand up and say enough is enough this is the land of opportunities we can become wealthy and we can do it without working extreme hours. Put the lid on your cookie jar or come retirment time your going to be left with CRUMBS!

    July 9, 2012 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
    • ?

      You going to post this on every blog? You are wasting space, go away. This is a entertaiment blog, take your political sht some where else!

      July 9, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • @henry

      Yeah, when did this become the political section? Go pedal your opinion elsewhere. Just a fyi for ya, though. Obamacare is not a flat tax on everyone. It only applies to folks who do not wish to insure themselves, which they figure will only affect 1% of the population. If you are poor, the government is going to help subsidize your insurance. Why should folks with insurance have to pay for those who refuse to get it for themselves. We end up picking up their tab. Don't know about you, but I don't like paying for other peoples bills. The rest of your facts I would question, but frankly, it has nothing to do with entertainment. So on that vain, I'm glad White Collar is coming back this week, because there is nothing else to watch. Maybe it is a good time to read a book.

      July 9, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sokman

    Looks like a good week to read a book

    July 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. peanut butter and jelly sandwich

    Ooooo i love ice age. Those silly animals makes me lol . I so looovvveee sid and scrat. They remind me of myself. A little wickness doesn't kill anyone.

    July 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |

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