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The Must List: Week of October 19, 2008

”Twilight” tune, ”Sports Night” on DVD, Jason Segel on ”How I Met Your Mother,” and 12 others on our countdown of pop-culture gems YOU — and the EW staff — are loving this week

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MUSIC
1. ”LIVE YOUR LIFE,” T.I. feat. Rihanna
Ms. Umbrella joins in the totally yodelable chorus (”Hey! Ho!”) while T.I. takes a stand against industry negativity. Why didn’t this jam come out during the summer?

TV
2. NEAL MCDONOUGH on ‘Desperate Housewives’
The Band of Brothers vet nails ”steely-eyed creep” as Edie Britt’s mysterious new hubby.

BOOKS
3. EARLY RICHARD STARK NOVELS, now in paperback
Crime thrillers The Hunter, The Man With the Getaway Face, and The Outfit reissued; author Donald E. Westlake continues to enjoy his pseudonym.

INTERNET
4. ”TAKE ON ME,” LITERALLY on YouTube
”Look at the frame/There’s a handsome guy inside this comic…” A-ha’s ultra-cheesy animated video gets the skewering it’s had coming for 23 years.

MUSIC
5. HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
The latest from British director Mike Leigh contrasts his wry improvisational style with one woman’s quest to stay cheerful.

BOOK
6. EXTREME PUMPKINS II, by Tom Nardone
Holiday tip: Punk kids are less likely to smash your jack-o’-lantern if it’s wielding a knife.

MUSIC
7. THE SOUL OF ROCK AND ROLL, Roy Orbison
Spanning the ”Oh, Pretty Woman” crooner’s entire career, this four-CD set should have fans cry-i-yi-i-ing happily behind their black sunglasses.

DVD
8. SPORTS NIGHT on DVD
Aaron Sorkin’s shortlived sitcom about a SportsCenter-style show, starring Peter Krause and Felicity Huffman. Trying to forget Studio 60? Walk ‘n’ talk those blues away!

TV
9. THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA on Bravo
Economic crisis bleeding your savings dry? Scream at these ladies for a while. It helps.

READER’S CHOICE*: TV
10. SUPERNATURAL on The CW
The thinking person’s Ghost Whisperer hits its spooky stride in season 4. Existential end-of-days drama + hot dudes = yay! Submitted by Caitlin Dennett

READER’S CHOICE*: MUSIC
11. ”DECODE,” Paramore (from the forthcoming Twilight soundtrack)
”The new single from the Twilight soundtrack has been playing almost non-stop on my iPod this week. I love how if you know Edward and Bella’s relationship, the lyrics make complete sense. But if you didn’t know it, the song could be about any couple. That and I just love the beat of the song…it’s so catchy.” —Erin

READER’S CHOICE*: TV
12. SOUTH PARK on Comedy Central
”The return of South Park is definitely something that should be mentioned. ”The China Probrem” (Oct. 8) was disturbing and at the same time honest, and therefore an eye-opener.” —Sab

READER’S CHOICE*: TV
13. JASON SEGAL on How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
”His rant Oct. 6 about how much he hated New York (‘I’m like a huge monster that came out of the ocean to destroy bodegas’) and loved New Jersey (the shirts with a beagle and Boston terrier at PriceCo were priceless). The show used to be all about how amazing Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan were, but you sometimes forget how often Jason Segel comes in to steal the whole show. Brilliant.” —Todd

”Definitely Jason Segel on HIMYM. He is fantastic!” —Shannon

HIMYM has always been amazing but this season it has been extra super-amazing…. It is for sure on my Must List.” —Lizzy

READER’S CHOICE*: TV
14. DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION on The N
”The return of Degrassi: The Next Generation! Degrassi does what Gossip Girl, 90210, and Privileged can’t: show compelling stories with relatable teens in an honest manner while still being incredibly entertaining.” —NineDaves

READER’S CHOICE*: MUSIC
15. Acid Tongue, Jenny Lewis
”A sharply written, sublime rock masterpiece. Lewis channels Ronstadt, the Eagles, and classic country while remaining a true iconic original!” —peaches

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