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The Must List: Week of Jan. 18, 2009

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24, Kiefer Sutherland
ILLUSTRATION BY IAN KELTIE

TV
1. 24 on Fox
Talk about your worst week: Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) returns for the seventh crappiest day of his life to infiltrate a terror cell, join a rogue band of spies, and witness a miracle: Tony Almeida lives!

MUSIC
2. ADELE podcast on AOL Music
The singer belts soul throwbacks like ”Chasing Pavements” with a gorgeous voice that’s all smoke and brandy.

TV
3. TOP GEAR on BBC America
Wanna learn about cars? Listen to NPR’s Car Talk. If, however, you want to watch a trio of witty Brits race a Nissan GTR against a Japanese bullet train, this is where you go.

MOVIES
4. WALTZ WITH BASHIR
The Golden Globe-winning documentary from Ari Folman uses Flash-like animation to illustrate his fog of missing memories after the horror of the 1982 Lebanon War.

BOOKS
5. SING THEM HOME, by Stephanie Kallos
This tale of a clan in mourning is grounded in small-town tradition but lifted by a Welsh spin on magical realism.

BOOKS
6. YOUR BIG FAT BOYFRIEND, by Jenna Bergen
Bergen dishes on staying slim while dating a dumpling. (Mainly by not eating dumplings.)

MUSIC
7. ”HOLD TIME,” M. Ward
The Him of She & Him teases out a haunting single from his upcoming album (Feb. 17) and pairs it with a black-and-white video so melancholy, we just want to give him a hug.

MOVIES
8. CHE, PART ONE
Didactic in the best sense, Part One of Steven Soderbergh’s biopic sets the stage for revolution, while Benicio Del Toro gives an Oscar-bait performance. Part Two? Well, let’s focus on Part One, okay?

MUSIC
9. ”RAP UP,” Skillz
We yakked for years about The Wire‘s genius. But kicking lyrics (and spoilers) on five seasons in five minutes? That takes Skillz.

READER’S CHOICE*: TV
10. ROCK OF LOVE BUS on VH1
Brunettes versus the Blondtourage? Couldn’t possibly care less. We just like seeing Bret’s boozy-floozy tour tarts literally get kicked to the curb. — Submitted by Kristen

READER’S CHOICE*: POP CULTURE
11. Obama-mania
Obama-mania is officially a Must in D.C.! With the upcoming inauguration, the city is filled to the brim with unlicensed Obama crap. —EP Sato

READER’S CHOICE*: TV
12. Scrubs
The show that never dies, no matter how much NBC thrashed it around. I like where the final season is going based on the first two episodes, especially the second one. (Steak night!) —Luisa

READER’S CHOICE*: TV
13. Jim Parsons on The Big Bang Theory
Sheldon is possibly the most egotistical, literal, genius character ever to grace TV, and Jim Parsons’ comedic timing — especially with all those long monologues that he nails, every time! — is a thing to marvel at. —Elena Rivera

READER’S CHOICE*: TV
14. Friday Night Lights
Keep writing about it so more people will watch. Best show you’ve never seen. You can watch it on nbc.com as well. —Anne

READER’S CHOICE*: MUSIC
15. All-American Rejects cover of ”Womanizer”
Strange, but intriguing.Raven Moon

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