Andrea’s Pop Culture Essentials

October 12, 2009

October 11-17

1. Paranormal Activity– Tis the season for scary movies, and I hear this one is a doozy. Too bad I’ll probably have to wait another month before it comes to my local  theater. It should be everywhere else Oct 16.

2. 30 Rock is back! 8:30 Oct. 15 on NBC

3. Paris, je t’aime – I’ll never forget seeing this collection of short films set in (you guessed it) Paris at the Bel Court theater in Nashville. Loved it.  New York, I Love You gets a limited release this week, but Paris is on DVD. Watch it and cross your fingers that New York will be half as good.

4. Congrats Obama, but I’m most interested in the other surprise winner of the Nobel Prize- Herta Mueller -this one in Literature. Never heard of her (I’m not alone, judging by the news articles) so I might be picking up her book The Land of Green Plums or The Appointment this week

5. So You Think You Can Dance– Finally the top 20 on Thursday (Oct 15)! Now is the time to start watching.

6. Drag me to Hell on DVD Oct 13- Never saw it, but I heard it’s scary.

7. Ugly Betty is back too. 7:00 Friday Oct 16 on ABC

The Essentials

September 28, 2009

by Andrea Burke

The best in entertainment this week:

1.    Her Fearful Symmetry in bookstores Sept. 29

2.   The Brothers Bloom on DVD Sept. 29

3.    How I Met Your Mother: Season 4 and 30 Rock: Season 3 on DVD Sept 29

4.    The Invention of Lying in theaters Oct 2

5.    Paramore’s New CD Sept 29

6.    Steve Carrell on Jay Leno 9:00 Oct 1 on NBC

7.    Capitalism: A Love Story Oct 2- I’ll post on WHY later this week

8.    Flash Forward 7:00 Thursday nights on ABC- You can catch episode 1 at

9.    Danny Pudi on Community 8:30 Thursdays on NBC

10.  And my guilty pleasure: Desperate Housewives premiered Sunday night- catching it on

Emmy Predictions

September 20, 2009

Andrea’s Emmy Predictions

Lead Actress in a Comedy series: Tina Fey.

Lead Actor in a comedy series: I wish Jermaine Clement would win for Flight of the Conchords, because even though its my absolute favorite show, I don’t really want Alec Baldwin to win again, but I think he will. My fingers are crossed for Jermaine!

Best Comedy Series:  30 Rock, and maybe Alec should win….

Best actor in a drama: My vote is for Gabriel Byrne. if he doesn’t win, he should have.

Best drama series: I am definitely torn between Lost and Damages, although I think Mad Men will win.

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Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy series: There’s only one answer: COLBERT!

Best Supporting Actor in a comedy series: too close to call. Dwight, Kenneth, Tracy and Neil Patrick Harris all nominated- impossible to choose!

Enjoy the show!