My head must have been in the clouds because I almost forgot that was a pop culture roundup week. That isn’t a problem in and of itself, but failing to remember means that I didn’t get a head start on putting this together. I had planned to get a lot of this done Monday night, as I was at a show last night, but then I started looking for breakup songs and I was down the YouTube rabbit hole. Next thing I knew it was 11:30 and I never got to the roundup. So I’m doing a rush job on it this week (mostly on my lunch breaks), so forgive me if I don’t cast as wide a net as usual. I love doing this post, but it is ridiculously time consuming.
Now that I’ve lowered your expectations, on to your biweekly culmination all things pop:
- I gave you the skinny over the weekend on what shows have been cancelled and what shows are returning (which I have updated). Now several of the networks have released their fall schedules (NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX). I’m already working on a grid to see how many conflicts I have.
- In addition, trailers have been released for many of the new shows:
The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)
Sean Saves the World (NBC)
The Blacklist (NBC)
Welcome to the Family (NBC)
Killer Woman (ABC)
Lucky 7 (ABC)
Mind Games (ABC)
Back in the Game (ABC)
The Goldbergs (ABC)
Super Fun Night (ABC)
Trophy Wife (ABC)
The Bridge (FX) – debuting in July
- Entertainment Weekly looks at some of the TV pilots that were not picked up (yet), including the Beverly Hills Cop series.
- Hulu is adding new original shows.
- 24 is back – FOX will do a limited series revival next summer.
- No more Stefon – Bill Hader is leaving SNL. His last episode will be this Saturday.
- I seriously considered taking a day off for this: The Bluth Banana stand from Arrested Development was in NYC earlier this week. Track where it is headed next on Twitter.
- This website maps every recurring joke on Arrested Development. There goes my afternoon.
- TNT and TBS will be the first national entertainment networks to live stream their content, 24/7.
- The 4th season of Downton Abbey will debut in the U.S. on January 5th, 2014.
- They finally got around to revealing the mother on How I Met Your Mother. Turns out she is someone that I actually familiar with.
- Season 9 of HIMYM will take place almost entirely over the course of one weekend. Seriously,
- Arnold Schwarzenegger is connected to a remake of The Toxic Avenger.
- As a Mad Men fan, I really enjoyed this collection of fun facts, theories, callbacks and Easter Eggs on the show.
- Christina Aguilera appears to be poised to return to The Voice. It was nice knowing you, Shakira.
- These “Ryan Gosling won’t eat cereal” vines are absurd, yet hilarious:
- Jimmy Fallon won’t be getting a new studio when he takes over The Tonight Show.
- Taco Bell is unveiling a waffle taco. You know I’m trying this.
- Danity Kane may be reuniting (note to author – calling this group beloved might be overselling it)
- I love a good celebrity feud – Wayne Brady has threatened to beat up Bill Maher.
- I wrote previously about the awesomeness that was the Jon Hamm/Adam Scott collaboration The Greatest Event in Television History. This year Scott will be teaming up with his Parks and Recreation co-star Amy Poehler for a special airing June 6th. The identity of the project has been revealed.
- The boy band The Wanted is getting a reality show. I admit I will probably watch this. I saw them perform last year at the Mixtape Festival and they were a lot of fun.
- Angelina Jolie had a preventative double mastectomy. I’m shocked that she was able to keep this a secret.
- Bills, Bills, Bills – Beyoncé’s dad owes $1.2 million in taxes.
- Ha – The Great Catsby
- John Grisham will release a sequel to A Time to Kill in October.
- Casino Royale opening done in LEGOs:
- Leave my childhood alone! A Gremlins remake received a green light.
- Barbara Walters is retiring.
- Yeah, this isn’t at all creepy – this year’s Rock the Bells concert will feature Eazy-E and Ol’ Dirty Bastard (both of whom are dead). The holograms are back!
- This is an eclectic show: Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffet, NKOTB and James Taylor are among the acts confirmed for the Boston Strong benefit concert.
- Seth MacFarlane will be on the May 19th season finale of The Simpsons.
- Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone have joined the cast of American Horror Story: Coven. This season is shaping up to be pretty fantastic.
- Mashable has some eerie photos from the abandoned Star Wars sets in Tunisia.
- A periodic table of Star Wars characters.
- Hasbro is suing Warner Brothers to stop the proposed Dungeons and Dragons film.
- A 17 year old has designed a program that stops Twitter from ruining your favorite shows. This woman is a genius.
- Detroit’s RoboCop statute is almost done.
- Jurassic Park 4 has been delayed.
- Jaden Smith has wants to be emancipated from his parents (Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith).
- Univision is making a Spanish-language adaptation of Breaking Bad. They are also adapting From Dusk Til Dawn.
- At this point, I’ll only be surprised to see who isn’t in Anchorman 2.
- Google Maps has some amusing walking directions from the Shire to Mordor (Lord of the Rings).
- Steven Sorderbergh is posting a novella, one tweet at a time.
- The Rock has a pilot at HBO and continues his bro-mance with Mark Wahlberg.
- This article from Business Insider claims that compared to actual ads in the 1960s, the work of Don Draper’s ad agency is pretty terrible.
- Vulture has compiled all of Kramer’s jobs and schemes on Seinfeld.
- This makes me sad – Harper Lee is suing her agent for cheating her out of the copyright of To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Here’s an interesting fact – Tupac’s Godmother was the first woman ever added to the FBI Most Wanted Terrorist List.
- Lauryn Hill sentenced to three month in prison for failure to pay taxes.
- Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s former mansion is for sale.
- The IT Crowd is reuniting to film a series finale special. Happy day!
- The A.V. Club looks at the HBO series that are not available on HBO Go.
- The voting for all 24 Oscar categories has now been opened up to the entire voting membership.
- Broadway star James Corden will play the Baker in the film adaption of Into the Woods. Johnny Depp will be the Wolf and Meryl Streep will be the Witch. Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are also in talks to join the cast.
- RuPaul’s prom photo is everything you would dream of and more.
- Preview the first issue of Ghostface Killah’s new comic.
- Randy Jackson is leaving American Idol, but Keith Urban confirmed that he will be returning.
- A bad lip reading of The Walking Dead:
- Right Said Fred record “I’m Too Smurfy” for Global Smurfs Day – that may be the most bizarre headline ever.
- Whoa – Jay-Z and this guy from 1933 are almost identical.
The only logical explanation is that Jay-Z is immortal.
- A park in Brooklyn was named after Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys.
- Tumbr of the week: Arrested Westeros
- Rovio helped a guy propose using Angry Birds.
- A new Toy Story short will air on ABC at Halloween. I hope they bring back my pal T-Bone!
- Sometimes Twitter is just fantastic – someone has created a parody account for 80’s Don Draper.
- Andy Samberg and his pals in The Lonely Island introduce Wack Wednesdays:
- Parks and Recreation and Game of Thrones producers describe how they would write each other’s shows (for pretend).
- Game of Thrones producers wrote an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (for real).
- Carrie Underwood is replacing Faith Hill in performing the Sunday Night Football theme.
- A poster has been released for Catching Fire, the next film in The Hunger Games trilogy.
- Adult Swim is making an NTSF:SD:SUV movie. Hooray!
- Bob Newhart will be returning to The Big Bang Theory.
- The rights to Ghost Rider have returned to Disney and Marvel. I’m not sure if that is a win for them or not.
- Are these the 10 most badass X-Men villains of all time?
- Mariah Carey has released a new single, featuring Miguel:
- Want to be notified as soon as the new episodes of Arrested Development show up on Netflix? There’s a service for that.
- The Crow reboot has cast its lead.
- This guy built his home to look like the U.S.S. Enterprise.
- A murderer in Canada based his crime on Showtime’s Dexter. And they say that
- Joe Dirt 2 is a real thing. Was there a clamoring for this?
- More Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee episodes will debut this summer – Jerry will actually talk to a girl!
- The Iron Man trilogy remix:
- Just in time for my birthday – Justin Timberlake will release The 20/20 Experience, Volume 2 in September.
- Christoph Waltz, Robert DeNiro and Jason Clarke are all going to be in a movie together. Sight unseen, I’m in.
As always, we wrap up with the mashups and supercuts:
- Enjoy this Pop Punk Mashup:
- These guys play parts of 17 Taylor Swift songs in 60 seconds.
- A supercut of some of the best “NOOOOOOOOOO!” in cinematic history:
- Someone else thought that The Great Catsby was a good idea – a mashup of The Great Gatsby soundtrack/dialogue and The Aristocats:
- Disney movies are all sugar and spice – a supercut of Disney violence:
And finally – an Iron Man/”Suit and Tie” parody mashup: