1. The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC
Does hearing ”You’re fired!” get you fired up? Make sure you tune in on March 14 to see ex-governor and contestant Rod Blagojevich battle Donald Trump for the title of Most Unnerving Hair.
2. Alex Lambert on American Idol
He may not have the vocal firepower or outsize stage presence of the season 8 contestant who shares his surname, but watching the Texas teenager bloom from (literally) vomiting amateur to legitimate top 12 contender has been a small pleasure in a decidedly pitchy season.
3. ”Electrocution,” Nada Surf
The band’s forthcoming CD, if i had a hi-fi, will feature 12 covers; this jangly gem, penned by Ohioan Bill Fox, is streaming now at myspace.com/nadasurf.
4. A Prophet
An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, the stunning R-rated drama follows a naive convict who rises within the Mob while in prison.
5. ”AAAAAAAANGRY,” Aziz Ansari The Parks and Recreation star’s foulmouthed comic alter ego, RAAAAAAAANDY, hilariously rails against Jay-Z, Kanye West, and all the other rappers who let him down in this bit, available on Ansari’s site (azizisbored.tumblr.com).
6. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale on DVD
Usually when you think of straight-to-DVD movies, names like Steven Seagal, Michael Madsen, and — of course! — Jean-Claude Van Damme come to mind, not Richard Gere. But don’t let that stop you from seeing this G-rated canine sobfest, one of the sweetest films to not hit theaters in years.
7. Vampire Weekend’s ”Giving up the Gun” video
The indie rockers’ latest clip centers on a tennis match, with funny cameos from Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas, RZA, and Lil Jon. The lineup couldn’t be more random, and we adore it.
8. A Nightmare on Elm Street trailer
One, two, Freddy’s coming for you. The new spot shows us more of Hollywood’s scariest burn victim ever. And with his creeping menace, Jackie Earle Haley seems to fit the role like a razor-fingered glove.
9. Winning Time on ESPN
Even non-sports fans will want to catch this documentary about Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller and his rivalries with the New York Knicks and courtside fixture Spike Lee. He scored 25 points in a quarter. Hoosier daddy?
10. The Office‘s ”Mentor” webisodes
The delectable new Office webisodes (now at NBC.com) feature receptionist Erin (Ellie Kemper, left) as she finds her loyalties torn between preening Kelly (Mindy Kaling) and prissy Angela (Angela Kinsey, right). Who’s going to win out? We predict Ryan (B.J. Novak). You’ll see why.