Pop Culture Odds and Ends – A.B.B. (After Breaking Bad) edition

I’m still adjusting to life in a world where Breaking Bad is over. I find that I’m having trouble getting into my Fall TV shows – I’ve already dropped Once Upon a Time, Boardwalk Empire and Modern Family from sheer lack of interest and I’m pretty meh on the new pilots (more on that later this week). Episodes of Sons of Anarchy are beginning to pile up as well and I haven’t bothered to watch the premieres of Revenge or Homeland yet, so their days with a season pass may be numbered. The good news is that this general apathy means that I have a lot more time to surf the web in search of pop culture goodness to share. So really, my loss is your gain. Kick back and enjoy the fruits of my labor in this week’s edition of my pop culture round up

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  • The cover for the upcoming Ron Burgundy memoir has been released.

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  • Peter Dinklage made a stop by Sesame Street:

 

  • Usher and Dinklage’s GoT co-star Lena Headey also recently made appearances.
  • I am not super impressed with Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience, Volume 2. It just sounds like a lot of songs that were (rightfully) scrapped from the first album.
  • Who doesn’t love a Halloween themed programing? TV Tango has rounded up 360 of them airing this month. That seems a little excessive.

 

  • The opening credits for American Horror Story: Coven has been released and they are unsurprisingly terrifying.

 

  • Game shows are becoming sticklers for pronunciation – contestants on Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune were both penalized recently.
  • A new film starring Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Alexander Skarsgard and…..Taylor Swift? Be afraid, Skarsgard. Be very afraid.
  • It’s been far too long since we’ve had a new Britney Spears video. The wait is over:

 

  • Construction has resumed on the monstrosity of a home that was featured in the documentary Queen of Versailles. Excellent film if you haven’t seen it.
  • I was a big fan of ALF back in the day. Watch him sing “Berzerk” by Eminem:

 

  • The Avett Brothers played some Metal on Fallon:

 

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Breaking Bad in over *sob* but that doesn’t mean I still don’t have some links

  • Sadly, I did not win tickets to the Breaking Bad finale viewing party. These photos from the event make it look like I missed a hell of a time.
  • This one is for my friend Brigette:

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  • Aaron Paul lends his vocal talents – and his catchphrase – to the single “Dance Bitch”

 

  • I would totally read this book:

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  • My pals over at Grantland put together an In Memoriam video for BB’s fallen:

 

  • See how you do on the Breaking Bad superfan quiz (I got 43/50).
  • A Breaking Bad tribute set to Green Day’s “Good Riddance”

 

  • Glee’s Naya Rivera was a proud sister when her brother scored his first touchdown in the NFL:

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  • You can read an edited excerpt from Dave Eggers’ upcoming new novel, The Circle.
  • Watching Conan play Grand Theft Auto V had me literally laughing out loud.

 

  • The Atlanta Braves did a “Blurred Lines” parody:

I enjoyed it, but I’m still not rooting for you in the playoffs. #TeamDodgers

  • For those of you who don’t normally watch baseball but want to get into the playoffs, GQ compares playoff teams to pop culture to help. Ha – the Red Sox are the Lannisters!
  • I may have to buy this Friday Night Lights fanzine just for the Tim Riggins paper doll.
  • Kelly Clarkson lost her fight for the Jane Austen ring that she won at an auction.
  • Watch The Hound from Game of Thrones sing the Rolling Stones. Wait – what??

 

  • The new Sleigh Bells album is streaming over at Rolling Stone.
  • Characters from Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad got Simpsonized:

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Stop! Trailer Time!

  • HBO’s new comedy, Getting On:

 

  • A new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

 

  • The latest from Chris Lilley, Ja’mie King: Private School Girl (I can’t wait!!):

 

  • Aziz Ansari has a special coming out soon on Netflix:

 

  • A Case of You with Justin Long, Sam Rockwell and Peter Dinklage:

 

  • This guy at a Willie Nelson concert apparent subscribes to “dance like no one is watching”

 

  • Guillermo del Toro made the couch gag for this year’s The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror.

As always, we wrap up with the mashups and supercuts

  • A mashup of MacGyver and Archer:

 

  • A mashup of Breaking Bad and Need for Speed:

 

  • Who can resist a Sesame Street mashup? Certainly not me.

 

  • “Get Lucky Wit It”

 

  • And finally – the cast of Breaking Bad sings the N’Sync classic, “Bye, Bye, Bye”

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Community is BACK edition

Today is finally the day! After several missed starts and anxiety, Community will finally return to the NBC schedule. Winter storm Nemo had derailed my weekend plans, but knowing I’ll be soon reunited with the folks at Greendale Community College is helping to cheer me up. This is probably the beginning of the end, as I have no illusions that the show will get a fifth season, but even if these are the last episodes of Community that are ever produced I plan to watch the hell out of them. I just hope the new showrunners don’t screw the series up. Fingers crossed.

While I count down the hours until 8 pm tonight (assuming NBC doesn’t change their minds again – there’s still time), here are is a roundup of pop culture stories that you may have missed:

  • To help get you pumped, here’s a trailer for season 4 of Community:

 

  • Watch Tiffani Amber Thiessen look extremely uncomfortable when she was surprised by a mini Saved by the Bell reunion on the Today show:

 

  • This made me happy for some unknown reason: Adam Brody (Seth Cohen from The O.C.) is rumored to be dating Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf).
  • Justin Timberlake debuted two new songs at a Super Bowl Party:

 

He has released the track list and album art for The 20/20 Experience, which will be released on March 19th.

  • A new Bridget Jones book will be released in November. Can’t say I’m excited for this; I liked the first book just fine, but the later installment was not great.
  • George R.R. Martin has signed a deal with HBO to remain co-executive producer on Game of Thrones while also developing other projects. Good for him, but shouldn’t he be working on finishing the books?
  • It was announced yesterday that the USPS will stop Saturday delivery in August. My first reaction to this was outrage that it will slow down my Netflix delivery.
  • Robin Roberts will return to Good Morning America on February 20th. Don’t watch the show, but that is great news.
  • Downton Sixbey made its return to Late Night Jimmy Fallon this week:

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  • Not to be left out, Sesame Street also did a Downton parody:
  • Tim Hortons made “The Priestley,” inspired by a joke on this week’s episode of How I Met Your Mother.
  • Speaking of HIMYM, the people behind the show are teasing a “new storytelling approach” for the final season. Not enough to lure me back in, but mixing things up wouldn’t be the worst idea.
  • The actor who played Ethan Rayne on Buffy the Vampire Slayer has passed away.
  • Chris Pratt (Andy on Parks and Recreation) has landed the lead in Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Amazon Instant is now available to stream on your Wii. Register by February 28th and you’ll receive a $5 video credit.
  • I’m a sucker for bluegrass, so this remix of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre’s “Last Episode” made me smile:

 

  • McSweeney’s has a new feature of rejected joke lists from the Bob’s Burgers writing room.
  • Who knew so many people were hit by buses? Check out this supercut:

 

  • Johnny Deep will play crime boss Whitey Bulger.
  • Wait, there is not one, but TWO “celebrity” diving shows? Is the market really demanding this?
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released a new song:

 

  • Judd Apatow is considering a spin-off of This is 40 that focuses on the kids in the film, who also happen to be his kids in real life. I was not a fan of This is 40, but I thought his kids were actually the best part.
  • Tumblr of the week: Les Mean Girls (a Les Miserables/Mean Girls mashup)
  • See Al Pacino as Phil Spector in this trailer for the upcoming HBO film, airing March 24:

 

  • Guillermo Del Toro and the author of Beasts of the Southern Wild are teaming up for a film of one of my other favorite children’s books, The Secret Garden.
  • Jeopardy! made a “Call Me, Maybe Joke.”
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  • Fall Out Boy have reunited. To be honest, I didn’t even know that they had broken up.
  • It’s only the beginning of February, but I’m already calling Pacific Rim as being the Battleship of 2013.

I will absolutely see this, however, because it stars Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam, two gentleman I am particularly fond of.

  • And finally, in honor of The Walking Dead returning on Sunday, the opening credits redone as a 80s sitcom:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Working Late Edition

Blerg. I’m stuck at work until at least 8:30 tonight, which means I’m putting in a solid 12+ hours at the office today. I like my job and all, but that is a long freaking day. This will also throw off my delicately calibrated television viewing schedule. While most normal adults are watching the news and having dinner with their families, I use that time to catch up on The Daily Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and whatever 10 pm shows I didn’t finish the night before. At least I’m getting some comp time.

So while I settle in for the long haul, enjoy your bi-weekly roundup of pop culture nuggets:

  • People magazine announced their Sexiest Man Alive – Channing Tatum. With Magic Mike and 21 Jump Street (not to mention that body), I can’t say that I blame them. But I thought this might be Ryan Gosling’s year.
  • Liza Minnelli will guest star on Smash. This had better not interfere with her ability to reprise her role as Lucille 2 on Arrested Development.
  • Conan has been doing a great bit where he imagines what the new Star Wars film would look like in the hands of different directors.

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  • If you spend any time around tweens, you probably already knew this – Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have apparently called it quits.
  • A Drive/Mario Kart mashup
  • Music group INXS finally gets around to announcing that they are done touring, only 15 years after lead singer Michael Hutchence’s suicide.
  • Louis C.K.’s next comedy special will air on HBO (but will also be available for download on his website).
  • ABC has given Nashville a full season pick up. I still haven’t had the chance to watch the show; perhaps over Thanksgiving.
  • Showtime is airing a ten part documentary series, Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States. I can only imagine what that’s about.
  • Check it out – Joe Biden was on Carmen Sandiego in 1993
  • Vulture examines what James Bond villain plots would work and which would not with the help of an economist (If they told me I could have done stuff like this with my economics degree, I might pursued that instead.)
  • Mumford and Sons + Idris Elba = Happy Heather
  • Bret McKenzie will once again write the songs for the new Muppets film. Double Yay!
  • The Dr. Who Christmas Special will debut in the U.S. on December 25th (fitting) at 9 pn (ET) on BBC America.
  • The New York Times critic was not a fan of Guy Fieri’s new Times Square restaurant
  • And finally, I saw this trailer for the new Jackie Robinson movie 42 over the weekend and I practically squealed. I seriously cannot wait for this movie.