PopWatch Planner: 'Boardwalk' is back. Plus: 'Glee', Emmys, SNL
Next Sunday’s Emmys will honor the best in TV, but to keep you going until then, one of the most-nominated shows is back in business when Boardwalk Empire season 3 premieres on HBO Sunday night. Gangsters in all forms are taking center stage this week, from aforementioned Prohibition-era Atlantic City, to modern-day Chicago, where My Boys star Jordana Spiro takes on the ailments of the mob in Fox’s The Mob Doctor.
We may be more than a month out from Halloween, but horror flick The Cabin in the Woods will be coming out on DVD this week to get you in the mood. If that’s not scary enough, conquer your fear of updating your iPhone with the Apple iOS 6 release on Wednesday. Luckily, the rest of the week has only fun things in store: Another Britney episode on Glee, a baseball movie for the end of summer, and JGL on SNL. Have a great one!
SUNDAY, SEPT. 16
Boardwalk Empire season premiere, HBO, 9 p.m.
Put on your flapper dress and settle in for the first hour of the new season, which starts off at the beginning of 1923. What will Jimmy’s (Michael Pitt) death mean for the leadership of the Boardwalk? Will Margaret’s (Kelly MacDonald) deal with the church be the beginning of the end for her and Nucky (Steve Buschemi)? Check out clips from the new season here.
MONDAY, SEPT. 17
The Mob Doctor series premiere, FOX, 9 p.m.
Jordana Spiro is best known for her lighthearted tomboy-grows-up role on the (too short-lived, I might add) TBS sitcom My Boys. In the new Fox drama The Mob Doctor, she takes on the part of Chicago surgeon Grace Devlin, who ends up becoming a doctor to the city’s highest ranking gangsters. Will it hit or flop? You make the call.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 18
The Cabin in the Woods out on DVD and Blu-ray
With commentary from co-writer/director Drew Goddard, get the inside scoop on the year’s most creative horror flick, out on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday. The film, which follows five friends who go on a vacation to a remote cabin (in the woods, yes), premiered at last year’s SXSW Film Festival and was co-written and produced by Buffy mastermind Joss Whedon. (Click here for an exclusive clip of Goddard and Whedon discussing their writing partnership, along with EW’s interview with Goddard about how Whedon screams in his sleep.)
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19
Apple iOS 6 launches
Nerdiest update of the week, but a necessary one. Hot on the heels of the iPhone 5 announcement last week, Apple is releasing its latest system update for its iPhone platform, iOS 6. What does that mean? You don’t need a new phone to get the new system. A new maps app will allow for turn by turn voice directions, and the new app Passbook will provide new ways to pay for things using your phone. Still sound boring? Rock out to Pink’s new album The Truth About Love (out Tuesday) while you wait for iOS 6 to work its magic.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 20
Glee, FOX, 9 p.m.
Brittany (Heather Morris) takes center stage in Thursday’s episode of Glee, and that can only mean one thing: More Britney Spears, please! It’s the second time in the high school comedy’s history that the new X Factor judge’s music has been featured on the show. Titled “Britney 2.0,” expect this episode to see “Hold it Against Me” among the one-time teen queen’s covers.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21
Trouble with the Curve out in theaters
Clint Eastwood is talking to Justin Timberlake and Amy Adams — not a chair — in this movie about an aging baseball scout and his daughter, out Friday. Early buzz has been solid, and it’s the first film that Eastwood has acted in but not directed since 1993’s In the Line of Fire. His longtime producing partner, Rob Lorenz, directs.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 22
Saturday Night Live, NBC, 11:35 p.m.
The second week of the season is ripe for political jokes after easing in new-to-the-political-roles Jay Pharoah as President Barack Obama and Taran Killam as GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan this week. It will be fun to see host Joseph Gordon-Levitt crack a joke or three, and folk-rock heroes Mumford & Sons are the musical guest.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 23
Emmy Awards, ABC, live at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET
Jimmy Kimmel gets his first big-time awards hosting gig playing emcee at the Emmys this Sunday, honoring the best in primetime TV. Who will take home the golden girls? Will Homeland and Girls pick up wins? Follow along with EW’s liveblog and winners list live on Sunday night at EW.com.