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The Must List: Week of March 1, 2009

”America’s Next Top Model” returns, ”Dollhouse” heats up, Demetri Martin brings the laughs, and 12 others making up the countdown of pop culture gems you and the EW staff are loving this week

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MUSIC
DAVID COOK and CARRIE UNDERWOOD DUET
…on Fleetwood Mac’s ”Go Your Own Way” to open the new Idol ”experience” at Disney World. Currently available on YouTube, but we wouldn’t hesitate to buy an iTunes version of this. Just FYI.

MUSIC
”DEAD AND GONE” video, T.I. featuring Justin Timberlake
Less than a month before he’s scheduled to do time on weapons charges, the repentant hip-hop star atones for his crimes with a stark, mournful clip bidding farewell to all that.

TV
HOW’S YOUR NEWS?
Trey Parker and Matt Stone produce this MTV series about mentally disabled reporters with no offense intended: The result is hilariously empowering.

TV
THE MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER
Watch Patti Stanger fix up rich singletons on season 2 of her Bravo show, whose marginally trashy charms are recession-proof.

MUSIC
‘NO LINE ON THE HORIZON’
Dear Coldplay and Radiohead: Thanks for keeping that ”biggest band in the world” mantle warm, but U2 would like it back now. Their 12th studio album builds slowly — as those still pondering the first single ”Get On Your Boots” can attest — but soon enough you’ll echo Bono’s constant refrain: ”Let me in the sound!”

GAMES
GRAND THEFT AUTO IV: THE LOST AND DAMNED
For a mere 20 bucks, Xbox Live gamers can reinvigorate their Liberty City experience by downloading this ”add-on,” in which they take on the role of a Jersey biker-gang vice president named Johnny. Forget Slumdog Millionaire: This is the feel-good story of the year. Okay, maybe not.

TV
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
With only four eps to go, Sci Fi’s much-heralded-series is steaming toward its unavoidable end, and as final answers come fast and furious — like the truth behind the Cylons — the payoff looks to be huge.

BOOKS
I’M SORRY YOU FEEL THAT WAY, by Diana Joseph
This memoir’s subtitle should clarify why we love it so: The Astonishing but True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother, and Friend to Man & Dog.

DVD
BREAKING BAD
Get out the Bunsen burners! Bryan Cranston is back as everyone’s favorite terminally ill drug dealer. Season 1 is out on DVD, new ”minisodes” are on amctv.com, and season 2 premieres March 8 on AMC.

READERS CHOICE*: TV
AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL
I’ll proudly claim that the upcoming premiere of America’s Next Top Model‘s twelfth cycle is on my Must List. The camped-up theme introduction, the photo shoots, the many priceless Tyra maxims…oh God…I told myself I wouldn’t tear up. —Dennis N.

READERS CHOICE*: TV
IMPORTANT THINGS WITH DEMETRI MARTIN
A Daily Show alum, Martin already had the best bowl cut on TV. Now he’s changing lives with his new Comedy Central series, where he uses songs and doodled charts to help us understand our world a little bit better. —Submitted by Meier

READERS CHOICE*: TV
OLIVIA AND NATALIA on ‘Guiding Light’
It is a beautiful love story, filled with passion, angst, humor, subtext, and authenticity. It reminds me of how soap operas use to be. —Alli

READERS CHOICE*: TV
DOLLHOUSE
It is a breath of fresh air to have Joss Whedon’s voice back. The premise of the show has infinite possibilities for fantastic-ness. —Rachel

READERS CHOICE*: MOVIES
‘I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER’ trailer
It stayed unbelievably faithful to the wonderfully hilarious novel. —Daniel

READERS CHOICE*: TV
CHUCK
Who would have thought a show comprised of relatively unknowns would be so fascinating, funny, and endearing? The show makes you hungry for more and more and surpasses most of the other shows on TV in terms of quality. If only more people would watch. —Kasia

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