Every Monday, for your planning purposes, we will lay out the week ahead in entertainment. (All times refer to EDT.)
1. Go West, Young Chef
Ree Drummond created a blog empire from her life as a rancher’s wife. She has a Food Network show, a memoir, a children’s book and now a follow-up to her best-selling 2009 cookbook. Her latest, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier, will add over 100 cowpoke-friendly recipes to her Oklahoma oeuvre.
2. Everything’s Coming Up Engagement Rings
With one rose left to bestow, The Bachelor’s Ben makes his decision with an alpine engagement ceremony, Monday at 8:00 pm on ABC. But before he pops the question, he’ll take his fiancée finalists to meet his family. No pressure, ladies. (Catch up with Melissa Locker’s Bachelor recaps here on TIME Entertainment.)
3. Another World of Cinema
If you haven’t yet seen Melancholia (which was totally overlooked in this year’s Oscar nominations), you’ll get your chance on Tuesday when the film hits DVD and Blu-ray shelves. Kirsten Dunst brilliantly stars as a depressed woman coming to terms with the impending apocalypse. Just make sure you watch it with a good sound system, so you can appreciate the full aural glory of all that doom.
4. Raise Your Voice
Christmas, or at least its month, comes early this Tuesday, with the release of a live album from folk-rock stars The Decemberists. Full of takes from their 2011 tour, We All Raise Our Voices to the Air is a must for anyone who missed those shows or — as a double album of 20 tracks recorded at dates across the country — for those who saw them live and want some more.
5. An Anniversary You Can’t Refuse
Forty years ago this Thursday, the most epic of movie epics — at least according to TIME’s Best Best Picture bracket — hit theaters. In honor of The Godfather, sit down with the Corleones for a few hours and then read our list of 40 things you didn’t know about the film. Just don’t forget to take the cannoli.
6. Jump for Joy
The original 21 Jump Street, which starred a young Johnny Depp, was an ’80s cop drama. But if you just think about the concept (young-looking cops go undercover to stop teen crime) for a minute, it’s easy to see why this film version, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, is a comedy.
7. Have Yourself a Time
Join Kenny, Eric, Stan and Kyle when the 16th season of South Park premieres Wednesday on Comedy Central at 10 pm. The show’s creators may have gotten all fancy on Broadway with The Book of Mormon, but their crudely animated Colorado kids are still up to their old filthy-mouthed tricks.
8. How Do You Say Funny in Spanish?
The Spanish-language film Casa de mi Padre features Mexican megastars Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. And Will Ferrell. Yes, that Will Ferrell. In the telenovela-style comedy, the SNL alum plays a rancher’s son who tangles with a drug lord. This may be your best chance to see if he’s as hilarious in Spanish — or with subtitles — as he is in English.
9. Hell Breaks Loose
Wouldn’t you do anything for a new Meat Loaf album? (Well, anything except that. And maybe some other things. Maybe a lot of things. But mostly that.) Those rock-and-roll dreams will come true on Tuesday when the hard-rock hero releases his latest, Hell in a Handbasket.
10. Your Lucky Day
Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day. Better to avoid all those parades and barricade yourself inside to pay tribute to Irish culture in your own way: listen to bands like U2 or Thin Lizzy, watch films like My Left Foot and read books by authors like Colm Tóibín. And if you’re feeling ambitious, there’s always Ulysses. (If you actually do try to read Ulysses, let us know.)