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Posted at 1:22 PM ET, 04/12/2010

On our pop culture radar: 'Glee,' MGMT and more

By Jen Chaney

The Gleeks put their vocal chords to good use again come Tuesday. (Fox)

You're a busy person. I mean, just trying to keep track of Heidi Montag's plastic surgeries is a full-time job.

We at Celebritology get that, which is why we've compiled this list of major occurrences in the pop culture universe, all taking place this week. Mark your calendars and/or fill your shopping carts accordingly.

The Conan O'Brien tour: As mentioned in this morning's mix, the "The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour" kicks off tonight at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, Ore. Will the re-emergence of O'Brien -- especially on the heels of his new deal with TBS -- ignite more Team Coco love? Probably. Will he bring Pimpbot on stage with him? Um, guessing not.

The return of "Glee": In case you somehow missed the hype, the Fox phenomenon is back on the airwaves on Tuesday, with an episode that promises a guest appearance by Broadway belter Idina Menzel, as well as covers of tunes by The Doors, All American Rejects and The Beatles. Attention must be paid when setting the DVR: "Glee" airs from 9:28 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. And yes, that means its first half-hour conflicts with "Lost."

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction: The much anticipated addition to the Clancy series of video games debuts Tuesday, exclusively on the XBox 360. I'm not saying gamers should call in sick that day, but ...

New CD from MGMT: Also on Tuesday, the band that gave us "Oracular Spectacular" releases its follow-up, the presumably "Electric Feel"-filled "Congratulations." Look for a review tomorrow in the Post.

A new novel from Yann Martel: The author of "Life of Pi" finally returns with "Beatrice and Virgil," on bookshelves Tuesday. NPR commentator Alan Cheuse already dubbed it "one of the most confounding books I've read in a long while" in the San Francisco Chronicle; read the Post's take on Wednesday.

"Kick-Ass": Should you get tickets to see this highly anticipated adaptation of Mark Millar's geek-as-hero comic book series? Only if you're in favor of having your world completely and utterly rocked. (And you should be.) Screenings begin Thursday night. Look for a Post review later this week, and expect to read more about "Kick-Ass" right here in Celebritology in the coming days.

By Jen Chaney  | April 12, 2010; 1:22 PM ET
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Glee also conflicts with the opener of new season of Deadliest Catch. Thank you so much Celebritology for this dilemma.

Posted by: epjd | April 12, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Glee also conflicts with all that is right in the world.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | April 12, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

A Glee/Deadliest Catch match-up. How sweet would that be?

In my house, Deadliest Catch rules. Phil Harris, respect.

Congrats to Gene Weingarten on his SECOND Pulitzer. I know that means that NOW, his ego will need a separate zip code. But he poured his heart out in that piece and deserves the recognition and the acclaim.

Posted by: mdreader01 | April 12, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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