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The Must List: 'Empire' returns, 'Catastrophe' rules

Plus three other things we love in pop culture this week

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1. Catastrophe

EW can’t get enough of Catastrophe. The Rob Delaney/Sharon Horgan Amazon comedy series, premiering April 8 for a second season, tops The Must List’s March 25 – April 8 edition thanks to its fresh take on the romantic comedy genre. “It wasn’t like, “Let’s drop a bomb on the romantic comedy world and show ‘em how it’s really done!” It’s pretty reflective of how we operate in our lives,” Delaney previously told EW. “Sharon and I were writing season 2 and the film we talked about the most was Brokeback Mountain. True Detective we laugh at. We enjoy anything where humor comes out of graphic pain.”

2. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter by Margo Price

Jack White signed East Nashville country singer-songwriter Margo Price to his Third Man Records in 2015, and her debut LP, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, released Friday, brims with shades of Loretta Lynn on this candid, musical tell-all about her various music industry failures.

3. Empire

Following a nearly four-month break, Empire returns to Fox March 30 for a season 2 back half that includes more Taraji P. Henson, more Naomi Campbell, and an answer to the burning question: who pushed Rhonda down the stairs?

4. Three-Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell

Likened to TV dramas like Mad Men, Suzanne Rindell’s 1958-set novel, Three-Martini Lunch, will likely fill the booze-and-cigarettes void left by the departed AMC series — this time set in the secrecy-filled publishing industry.

5. Everybody Wants Some!!

Following the Oscar-driven success of his 2014 film Boyhood, which was nominated for best director, best picture, and won Patricia Arquette her first Academy Award, director Richard Linklater returns to the big screen with Everybody Wants Some!!, which premiered March 11 at the SXSW Film Festival to rave reviews. The film has been dubbed the “spiritual sequel” to Linklater’s 1993 favorite Dazed and Confused, telling the story of a group of baseball players navigating the choppy waters of adulthood as they enter college — a plot point Boyhood ended on.