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The Must List: Week of May 10, 2009

Zachary Quinto in ”Star Trek,” ”30 Rock,” ”Lost” season finale, and 12 others make up the countdown of pop culture gems YOU and the EW staff are loving this week

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MOVIES

ZACHARY QUINTO on Star Trek

In J.J. Abrams’ much-anticipated relaunch of the classic sci-fi series, Quinto (Heroes) effortlessly channels the emotion-­versus-logic conflict within Vulcan Spock, which gets acutely tricky when he romances a fellow crew member. Plus, he totally nails the severe-eyebrow-wax-and-pointy-ears look.

TV

30 ROCK on NBC

TV’s loopiest comedy just gets better, with pitch-perfect writing, fantastic guests (Alan Alda, Salma Hayek, and the stellar Elaine Stritch), and a willingness to do absolutely anything for a laugh. The May 14 season finale? We want to go to there.

TV

LOST season closer on ABC

We need answers from the May 13 finale. Can the castaways change the past so the plane never crashes in the future? Or is it fated and all their efforts are for naught? And can we please get everybody back to the same point in the space-time continuum?

MUSIC

TOWNES, Steve Earle

Earle honors his late mentor Townes Van Zandt with this disc covering 15 of the undersung songwriter’s tunes.

TV

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY

A direct quote from the Bravo debut: ”I just think my boobs are too big for tennis.” Of course they are.

INTERNET

DELIVERING ON CHANGE slide show at whitehouse.gov

Transparency is the watchword of the Obama administration, and it looks like they mean it. Hundreds of photos compose a moving, amusing, deeply patriotic visual record of life inside the White House. It’s like having The West Wing on again — only this time it’s real.

MUSIC

”HEAVY CROSS” the Gossip

Don’t be shocked when a stranger rolls down his window to ask what’s making you boogie so hard that your car looks like it’s on hydraulics. You tell him it’s Beth Ditto and crew, long overdue with a new jam.

TV

OBSESSED WITH TV

Chronicle Books’ fifth volume in the Obsessed With series isn’t just trivia about your favorite shows; it’s also a computer game. The built-in module keeps score, charting just how much of your brain is devoted to Charles in Charge.

DVD

THE CHARLES DICKENS MASTERWORKS COLLECTION

You must get a Brit Lit fan this set with Oliver Twist, Andrew Davies’ fab Bleak House (starring Gillian Anderson), Little Dorrit, etc. They’ll cry if you do! They’ll really cry if you don’t.

READER’S CHOICE: TV

NCIS spin-off episodes on ABC

The spin-off series isn’t officially a go yet, but catch Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J’s special-ops crew on the two-part NCIS episode at cbs.com. —Submitted by Amy

READER’S CHOICE: TV

SUPERNATURAL on The CW

I’m looking forward to the season finale! Hopefully it doesn’t disappoint. —Meg

READER’S CHOICE: MOVIES

THE BROTHERS BLOOM sneak peek

Check it out on Hulu. I seriously can’t wait for this movie! It’s got a one-legged cat on a roller skate, for cryin’ out loud! —Grant Olsen

READER’S CHOICE: MOVIES

TRANSFORMERS 2 trailer

I see your trailer and raise you giant robots, explosions, and Megan Fox. —Seth

READER’S CHOICE: TV

ALISON PILL on In Treatment

If you know what I’m talking about, then you KNOW what I’m talking about. She is pretty amazing. —Lynny

READER’S CHOICE: INTERNET

TWILIGHT?WITH CHEESEBURGERS

The best parody of a modern trend since SpaceballsMeganne