Every Monday, for your planning purposes, we will lay out the week ahead in entertainment. (All times refer to EST.)
1. Bruuuuce’s Newest
This Tuesday, Bruce Springsteen will drop Wrecking Ball, his 17th studio album and the first since the death of long-time E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons.
2. Watch the Thrones
Fans of HBO’s lavish adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones may want to set aside most of Tuesday to rewatch the fantasy epic’s entire first season, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray. It’s also a good chance for those unfamiliar with the land of Westeros to catch up on the intrigue in time for Season Two, which premieres April 1.
3. The Ladies of The Bachelor Tell All
On Monday at 8 pm, Bachelor fans will trudge through one more episode in advance of next week’s finale. During the “Women Tell All” reunion show, this season’s jilted Janes — and, in a twist, one who’s still in the running — will let loose about all the crying, kissing and backstabbing. (Catch up with Melissa Locker’s Bachelor recaps here on TIME Entertainment.)
4. One Formula For A Great Film
Speaking of reality, Tuesday will see the DVD release of one of last year’s best documentaries. Senna, which looks at the life (and death) of Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna, leaves even viewers who know nothing about the sport on the edge of their bucket seats.
5. Super Newsday!
Ten states will host Republican primaries, caucuses or conventions on Super Tuesday — which might permanently solidify Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee. Or not. Either way, the pundits will be going nuts on Fox, CNN and MSNBC. Choose your poison.
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6. Tim Riggins of Mars
This Friday, Andrew Stanton, writer-director of Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Wall-E, will release his first live-action movie. John Carter the character — played by Friday Night Lights’ Taylor Kitsch — is a Confederate soldier who ends up on Mars, and John Carter the film is one of Hollywood’s most expensive gambles of the year.
7. Hungry Hipsters
Put a bird on your schedule for Friday at 10 pm and catch the season finale of Portlandia on IFC. The brunch-themed episode will have to leave fans sated until next year. After all, even Fred Armisen can’t pickle a TV show.
On Saturday at 9 pm, HBO will premiere its original movie based on the book Game Change by New York Magazine‘s John Heilemann and TIME’s Mark Halperin. The film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 presidential campaign of John McCain (Ed Harris) and Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore). At the very least, it’ll offer you a chance to compare Moore’s take on Palin to Tina Fey’s.
9. There Will Be Madness
Bracketology season is upon us: Sunday at 6 pm, CBS will present a live broadcast of the seeding announcement for the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament. Let March Madness begin!
10. Batter Up
Gamers who are also awaiting the start of the baseball season will find that their athletic cups runneth over on Tuesday. The two top baseball video game franchises — Major League Baseball 2K12 (for a variety of platforms) and MLB 12: The Show (PlayStation) — are releasing their 2012 editions on the same day.
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