Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
August 5th, 2012
06:25 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

Here comes Honey Boo Boo.

The sassy, scene-stealing Alana Thompson, who first coined her catchphrase on “Toddlers and Tiaras” in January, is now the star of her own TLC reality series, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” The show follows the pint-sized pageant star and her family in rural Georgia, and debuts at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday on TLC.

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


  • Minnie Driver is a guest judge on “Cupcake Wars” as four bakers compete for the chance to serve their cupcakes at a celebrity gala, starting at 8 p.m. ET on Food Network.


  • Relationship lessons are realized and dating rules are broken on the season 1 finale of “Miss Advised” at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.


  • This week's new book releases include: “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks; “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child” by Bob Spitz; “Sweet Talk” by Julie Garwood; “In the Shadow of Banyan” by Vaddey Ratner; and “You Don’t Want to Know” by Lisa Jackson.
  • In new music this week, you'll find: “BEGIN” by David Archuleta; “Perfectly Imperfect” by Elle Varner; “Renaissance” by Marcus Miller; and “Now 43: That’s What I Call Music.”
  • Movies and TV shows out on DVD this week include: “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”; “Bel Ami”; ”Marley”; “One Direction - The Only Way Is Up”; “Grimm: Season One”; and “Parenthood: Season Three.”


  • Watch as the “Top Chef Masters” contestants put on a Japanese-style culinary show in front of fellow chefs, critics and judges, including Olympic skater Brian Boitano.
  • The first season of “Dallas” might end with a happily ever after when a health crisis brings the Ewing family together. The finale begins at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.


  • Coming to theaters this week are “The Campaign,” starring Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis; “Hope Springs,” starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell; “The Bourne Legacy,” starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton; “Freelancers,” starring 50 Cent, Forest Whitaker and Robert De Niro; and “2 Days in New York,” starring Chris Rock and Julie Delpy.
  • Celebrate the 75th anniversary of western Massachusetts’ Tanglewood Music Festival with performances by James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and more on “Great Performances” at 9 p.m. ET on PBS.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Ross Greenberg

    We need Romney.

    August 7, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Michael Calaizzo

    We are very proud of them.

    August 7, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sally

    I'd hate to see that girl all grown up. What kind of stuckup lilttle diva is she going to be?

    August 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Doug

    Wow! That m i d g e t waitress needs to lose a few pounds!

    August 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Uncle Sticky

    Got a Boo Boo? Hop up here on Sticky's lap & I'll kiss it & make it feel better. What's that? Oh, thats just my special stick to stir your little honey pot my dear. But remember, if you tell Mommy you'll make God cry.

    August 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cartman

    She is a fat little pig.

    August 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LOL


    August 6, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Triology

    there is no triology-these are blogs-

    August 6, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Ed

      Yes. Trilogy. As in the first three Bourne movies. Spell check and maybe you will find the right spelling for your "triology". Dumbazz

      August 6, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. WreckingBall8

    ahhhhhhhhhhhh she's cute.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. mierda apestosa

    she is like Shirley Temple, except Shirley Temples are an non-alcohlic bevs

    August 6, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. mike from bflo, ny

    Steve carell is not that funny, tommy lee jones plays the same character in every movie, and streep ehh. this looks terrible

    August 6, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. mike from bflo, ny

    Why wont cnn postmy comments? thanks cp!

    August 6, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. i shut......

    off the tv & came outside to look at the stars good point lol

    August 5, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. emmegirl14

    Honey Boo Boo, makes me boo hoo, it's a shame.
    Streep, Jones, and Carell, sounds good to me.
    Will check out Archuleta's album, that guy can sing.

    August 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Name*michelle lee

    Can't wait for BEGIN. If its anything like that beautiful ballad Broken, I'm sure I will melt away! Just a gorgeous song from David His vocals in fine form!! Been waiting for yrs for him to record such a mature CD! Glad he broke away from Jive!

    August 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Sokman

    The Bourne Legacy looks good. Matt Damon isnt so good of an good actor that a movie franchise cant survive without him. Jeremy Renner has grown into a good actor in his own right.

    August 5, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  17. couch potato


    August 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |

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