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The Must List: Week of March 22, 2009

Jon Hamm's ''Lex Luther Bailout,'' Great Depression Cooking, 'Andy Richter Controls the Universe,' and 12 other pop culture gems you and the EW staff love this week

Jon Hamm

INTERNET
”LEX LUTHOR BAILOUT” with Jon Hamm
Ditch the smokes and period duds, and suddenly Hamm’s a ham. The Mad Men star sports a bald cap to play Lex Luthor requesting a $100 billion bailout on FunnyorDie.com. It’s funny because Lex is almost as evil as real corporate cheats, which makes you wanna die.

TV
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY on Bravo
The new housewife allegedly hit her man, the countess makes nobility look awfully common, and last year’s Mrs. Crazypants seems like the sane one. Manicured claws are sharp, y’all.

INTERNET
GREAT DEPRESSION COOKING on YouTube
Need a silver lining? In her latest episode, 93-year-old Clara dishes up tales of the ’30s and a Poorman’s Feast that’d make a rich man cry.

TV
DELOCATED on Adult Swim
Bad idea: going into Witness Protection, then turning your life into a reality show. Good idea: a sitcom about that idiot.

STAGE
JANE FONDA in ‘33 Variations’
After a lifetime on celluloid, and more than 45 years since her last curtain call, there was no guarantee Fonda would find her footing on Broadway again. But the star has never been more fully realized than she is as Katherine, a dying musicologist and Beethoven devotee. In a part as delicate as it is demanding, Fonda commands center stage.

TV
BROTHERS & SISTERS
Here’s what you missed on the rejuvenated ABC drama: Robert (Rob Lowe, left with Matthew Rhys) had a heart attack. Real illegitimate kid Ryan (Luke Grimes) is crushing on fake illegitimate kid Rebecca (Emily VanCamp). And Tommy (Balthazar Getty) is getting a pen. No wait, he’s going to the pen. Our bad.

DVD
ANDY RICHTER CONTROLS THE UNIVERSE on DVD
Take another trip to Andyland! We love the bonus features ”How Andy Richter Controlled the Universe” and ”What if Andy Richter Controlled the Universe” as much as the show.

MOVIES
JON FAVREAU AND JAIME PRESSLY in I Love You, Man
As a break-up-to-make-up couple, Favreau and Pressly nearly steal the movie (see review), tearing at each other’s eyes one minute and their clothes the next.

MUSIC
TRAILER PARK reissue, Beth Orton
The pioneer of folktronica (think acoustic guitar over electronic beats) returns with a generously packed ”legacy edition” featuring remastered tunes and fan-essential extras like B sides, a demo, and concert tracks.

READER’S CHOICE: MUSIC
IT’S BLITZ!, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The hard-charging guitar-rockers turn the volume way down on their latest (except the still-banging ”Shame on Fortune”). In fact, the best tunes are dance-pop ballads ”Zero” and ”Soft Shock.” Hey, we’re kind of in soft shock ourselves. Submitted by Allison

READER’S CHOICE: TV
MISTRESSES (BBC America)
A less goofy, soapier Desperate Housewives. — Sina

READER’S CHOICE: TV
PARTY DOWN (Starz)
The first episode shows a lot of promise for the ongoing series. I love Lizzy Caplan. —Henning

READER’S CHOICE: MUSIC
ERIC HUTCHINSON
Because it’s getting warmer and I can definitely drive to any song from Sounds Like This. —MI

READER’S CHOICE: MOVIES
BOLT
Bolt is so sweet and soooo well done; the animation is amazing. —Annie Hall

READER’S CHOICE: TV
MELISSA RYCROFT ON DANCING WITH THE STARS
So much class and grace — and not just on the dance floor! —Lisa