The Week In Culture
Monday, October 3
The season premiere of "House" promises welcome changes for the 8-year-old show. Lisa Edelstein's departure means the tired on-again, off-again flirtation between Cuddy and House is finally over. Also, House is in prison! From the looks of the promo, the new setting won't deprive House of his usual indulgences -- there's a thriving Vicodin black market and a hot young wonderstruck doctor to recruit (played by Odette Anable, or Beth from "Cloverfield"). The show premieres at 9 pm ET on Fox. Check out Hugh Laurie's professorial preview:
Tuesday, October 4
Canadian songstress Leslie Feist, aka Feist, is set to drop her fourth solo album, Metals. Though the album's single, "How Come You Never Go There," (released last month) isn't so different from the rest of Feist's moody coffee shop oeuvre, early reviews of the full album call it angrier and broader than her past work, with a few tracks cross-bred with blues, jazz and folk. Our favorite track so far based on the early Youtube listens is the rollicking, eerie "Undiscovered First," featuring a chorus of strong female voices and well-timed guitar-pulling stomps. Check it out below:
Wednesday, October 5
"Glee"s Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are the team behind this horror/drama for FX, which stars "Friday Night Light"s Connie Britton, "Grey's Anatomy"s Dylan McDermott and movie veteran Jessica Lange in her first series role. The show will follow Britton and McDermott, a couple in a struggling marriage (McDreamy cheated!) who move into a haunted house. Never fear, logicians. Murphy says the concept's biggest potential weakness -- that people are actually capable of moving out of haunted houses -- is in fact addressed early on. "American Horror Story" premieres on FX at 10 pm. Check out the promo, a near-exact amalgam of "Glee," and Murphy's past FX success, "Nip/Tuck."
Wednesday and Thursday, October 4-5
The Martin Scorsese-directed doc "George Harrison: Living In The Material World," will analyze the Beatles' quietest member through the lens of unseen footage and interviews with Harrison's big-name pals, Paul, Ringo and Yoko among them. Harrison's Indophilia and extra-Beatles dreams look to play a major part in the doc, which includes an interview with former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam, an idol and collaborator of Harrison's. Harrison, who penned some of the band's most iconic numbers ("While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Here Comes The Sun") died in 2001 after succumbing to throat cancer. The documentary will air as a two-part HBO series on Wednesday and Thursday at 9 pm ET.
Friday, October 7
The George Clooney/Ryan Gosling political drama, "Ides Of March," gets a wide release Friday, just as Gosling's "Drive" exits theaters. Clooney -- who co-adapted the script from the 2008 play "Farragut North," which is based in part on Howard Dean's failed 2004 presidential bid -- plays a Democratic governor vying for the presidency under the clever hand of his young campaign manager, played by Gosling. The film was a strong hit at the Venice Film Festival, with a cast of stars that include Marisa Tomei as a glasses-wearing (aka serious) NYTimes reporter, Evan Rachel Wood as a flirtatious intern, Paul Giamatti as a rival candidate and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Giamatti's Gosling. Watch the preview below: