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Must List: Week of September 6, 2009

”Glee” series premiere, Patton Oswalt’s comedy album, the A&E series ”Hoarders,” and 12 others make up the countdown of pop culture gems YOU and the EW Staff are loving this week

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TV
GLEE series premiere on Fox
Get up on this, on Sept. 9! The gleeks jam on Salt-N-Pepa’s ”Push It,” as would-be lovebirds (Emma and Will, Finn and Rachel) grow closer.

TV
LAURA LEIGHTON on the new Melrose Place
Oh, good, the crazy is still there. On The CW’s reboot, Leighton’s Sydney is the same bitchy, unhinged instigator we adored. But could she stop being quite so hot? We’re developing a complex.

MUSIC
”THE FIXER” video, Pearl Jam
PJ could’ve gone high-concept, but this live video directed by Cameron Crowe gets to the heart of who they are — one of the best concert acts around.

BOOKS
THE MEANING OF MATTHEW, by Judy Shepard
Matthew Shepard’s mother tries to make sense of her son’s tragic 1998 death while honoring his too-brief life.

TV
HOARDERS on A&E
Take time to listen to the stories behind the garbage piles, rotting food, and impassable hallways, and this Intervention-like reality series (about pathological packrats) goes from gross to engrossing.

DVD
VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR
With this acclaimed documentary, you don’t have to be a fashionista to enjoy the classic beauty of the Italian designer’s work as he prepares a glam retrospective. Just revel in the perky fun of his ubiquitous pugs, and the bond between Valentino and his partner of nearly five decades, Giancarlo Giammetti.

TV
TRUE BLOOD season finale on HBO
Can Sookie stop the nutso maenad? Heck, we had to read up on what one is. A little learning between orgies and suicides won’t kill us, but waiting for more Blood after Sept. 13’s season finale episode might.

MUSIC
NO MORE STORIES…, Mew
True, the poem from which the Danish art band got the title for its latest album is a massive downer, but the music is kickier than ever, especially the prog-rock/disco-infused track ”Introducing Palace Players.”

CD/DVD
MY WEAKNESS IS STRONG, Patton Oswalt
Kids love him from Ratatouille, but his foulmouthed stand-up is just for adults. On his new comedy album, Oswalt (also starring in Big Fan) cracks wise about his life, including the special hell that is new parenthood.

READER’S CHOICE: BOOKS
F U, PENGUIN: TELLING CUTE ANIMALS WHAT’S WHAT, by Matthew Gasteier
Wake up, sheeple! Cuddly-wuddly kittens are controlling our brains! Check out Gasteier’s hilarious blog-based book and fight back. —Submitted by Denise

READER’S CHOICE: MUSIC
”(IF YOU’RE WONDERING IF I WANT YOU TO) I WANT YOU TO,” Weezer
”Don’t be scared off by the long title on Weezer’s new track. One listen and you won’t be wondering whether or not you want to listen again.” —Seth

READER’S CHOICE: MOVIES
KATHRYN HAHN in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
”I just saw The Goods this past weekend and she ran off with the movie. In addition to her hilariously randy performance in last year’s Step Brothers, this makes her my newest comic crush. She is awesome.” —E.B. Berman

READER’S CHOICE: FIRE
CATCHING FIRE, by Suzanne Collins
”I stayed up all night to read Collins’ The Hunger Games, and can’t wait to see what happens next.” —Jennifer

READER’S CHOICE: MUSIC
ELECTRIC CAR,” They Might Be Giants
”How do I love you, They Might Be Giants, let me count the ways. Everyone must check out their divine new video called ‘Electric Car’ with fine guest vocals from Robin Goldwasser. The scrumptious animation chugs along, the guys sing during the chorus, the horns kick in, and it’s a visual and aural treat.” —Louisa

READER’S CHOICE: VIDEOGAME
WOLFENSTEIN videogame
”I played it at my brother’s for the first time recently. Spectacular graphics and the sound design rocks.” —Frankie