Six Picks for the Week of February 27-March 4

Awake
Series premiere Thursday at 10p on NBC

Pick 1Former network giant NBC is attempting the launch of yet another Thursday night drama after their two previous attempts this season, Prime Suspect 66 and The Firm 52, proved to be non-starters. Awake, premiering Thursday, comes from Lone Star creator Kyle Killen and Homeland creator Howard Gordon and stars Jason Isaacs as a police detective who survives a deadly car accident that leaves him alternating between two different realities, one in which his wife also survived the accident and one in which his son survived instead. B.D. Wong plays the detective’s psychiatrist in the reality with his wife and Cherry Jones plays his psychiatrist in the reality with his son, and the two doctors have different methods of helping him cope with his loss(es). Killen wrote the pilot episode, which was directed by Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night director David Slade. Fans of Fringe and many-worlds theories will likely revel in the mystery and confusion when elements from the two different realities merge, while the procedural element may reel in non-sci-fi viewers.

Stay awake at the official website, or watch the entire first episode

now at YouTube.

Project X Read Reviews
In theaters Friday

Pick 2Unfortunately not a remake of the 1987 Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt film of the same name about chimps trained by the military, the new Project X (opening Friday) is a different animal altogether. Producer Todd Phillips (The Hangover) brings another tale of debauchery to multiplexes as three teens (played largely by unknowns) decide to throw a legendary party in the middle of the suburbs to increase their status. They document themselves in the process and that gives the movie the fly-on-the-wall/found footage vibe that seems to be all the rage these days with the success of the Paranormal Activity series and the recent success of Chronicle. The film was co-written by Michael Bacall, who also had a hand in the writing of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and the upcoming 21 Jump Street.

Party on at the official website.

Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Read Reviews
In limited release beginning Friday

Pick 3Many fans have no doubt already checked out Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s flick on demand, where the comedy has been available since January 27th. Regardless, Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie hits the big screen on Friday in a handful of cities, taking the Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! series and expanding its 10 or so minutes into a 93-minute cinematic adventure. The film finds our heroes attempting to recoup the billion dollars they spent making a movie by restoring a derelict mall. It gets a lot weirder when Tim and Eric run into characters played by the likes of Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly (Taquito!), and Will Forte. Famous bad guys William Atherton (Ghostbusters) and Robert Loggia (Lost Highway) lend support, as does Ray Wise (Twin Peaks) in a juicy cameo.

Prepare to SHRIM! at the official website, where you can get a list of cities, dates, and theaters.

Secret Policeman's Ball
Comedy/music event broadcast live from New York on Sunday at 7p ET on EpixHD.com

Pick 4Since the late ’70s, human rights organization Amnesty International has been holding comedy and music fundraisers in England that came to be known as the Secret Policeman’s Ball series. The latest show—taking place for the first time in the United States—celebrates free speech and airs live on Epix Sunday night from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. Expect appearances by comedians Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Kristen Wiig, Sarah Silverman, Fred Armisen, Russell Brand, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, and more, while music acts include Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, and most likely Reggie Watts. In addition to airing on the Epix channel and EpixHD.com website, you can also stream the special through Epix apps on Roku and the Xbox 360.

Laugh it up for a good cause the official website.

The Wall by Pink Floyd
Immersion Box Set in stores Tuesday

Pick 5Physical media is rapidly becoming a thing of the past, with digital downloads dominating sales, but Pink Floyd is rewarding fans of music that you can hold with the last of their massive reissue series. Following recent box set versions of The Dark Side of the Moon and With You Were Here comes the 7-disc version of Pink Floyd’s legendary 1979 double album The Wall, which arrives Tuesday. In addition to the digitally remastered album, the Immersion Box contains two discs of unreleased demos, a double live album, and a DVD of audio-visual material that includes the restored video for “Another Brick in The Wall (Part 2)” and a documentary on the making of the album. You’ll also get a book designed by Floyd’s collaborator Storm Thorgerson, reproductions of band ephemera, and even a scarf and bag of marbles. The only thing it doesn’t include is Alan Parker’s film adaptation of the album, The Wall.

Put another brick in the official website.

PaleyFest 2012
Event series begins Friday at Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA and streaming online

Pick 6The Paley Center for Media, founded in 1975 by legendary CBS chief William S. Paley, has long been a beacon for the legacy and cultural importance of radio and television. Outside of its truly awesome library on both coasts, the Paley is probably best known for its annual Los Angeles-held PaleyFest, where the creators and casts of popular and/or water cooler-worthy television shows gather for presentations that include a screening of an episode (or clip reel of highlights) and a Q&A from the guest host and the audience. This year, the Paley is making the event even cooler by opening it up to anyone that has an Internet connection by streaming the festival live via Livestream. This means that starting Friday and continuing nightly through March 14, you can watch the cast of Community celebrate their return to the NBC lineup and the cast of Mad Men discuss their long-awaited return to AMC—all on your computer. Other shows featured this year are American Horror Story, The Office, The Vampire Diaries, Modern Family, Bones, and Sons of Anarchy.  

Watch the small screen on the smaller screen the official website.

Closing the book on last week

#1 Product Most Popular Title on Metacritic
Syndicate (360) 74 Week of 2/19 - 2/25
#1 Movie Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)
Act of Valor 42 $24.7 million; 1st week at #1
#1 Album #1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)
Adele: 21 76 21st week at #1 (8th consecutive)
#1 TV Show Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)
NCIS (CBS) 19.6 million viewers; week of 2/13-2/19

Comments (3)

  • LamontRaymond  

    I sure hope that if Awake is good that NBC will support it. I really enjoyed Prime Suspect and The Firm. Both excellent dramas, but NBC is not about quality - they don't allow a good show to generate support. Thank GOD Breaking Bad, The Wire, Mad Men and the other amazing TV shows from the last decade weren't snagged by NBC and the other nets. I saw the first 5 minutes of Awake on the free net preview, and the first thing that popped into my head was, "Do I want to go down this NBC - because if it doesn't get monster numbers, they'll pull the ripcord on it." It's almost safer for viewers to just wait for the DVDs when it comes to NBC shows. If it's truly a good show, and NBC gives it more than 7 or 8 episodes, it'll always be available on DVD or Hulu Plus down the road. There's no need to catch them early. I'm certain that Awake won't generate water cooler discussion like other shows that you MUST watch on time.

  • jacinto2222  

    How is Mass Effect 3 not on this list?

  • jacinto2222  

    Nevermind wrong week.

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