Pop culture from Southern California and beyond.

Republican presidential debate: What else is on?

The latest Republican presidential debate takes place tonight at 5 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Eastern, right here in Southern California at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. It's airing live on MSNBC, and later tonight here on KPCC.

As a political nerd, I plan to be glued to my set for the show. But not everyone shares my tastes. What else is on tonight?

CBS has a new episode of reality show Big Brother! As a recovering "Big Brother" addict, this would've been mighty tempting to the me of about five years ago. There are brand new episodes of adrenaline-fueled game show "Minute To Win It" and odd and great talent-fueled game show "America's Got Talent" on NBC. You can also catch reruns of ABC's Wednesday sitcom lineup including "The Middle" and the critically acclaimed "Modern Family." Or if you're a procedural fan, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is on NBC, while "CSI" is over on CBS.

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Eddie Murphy's hosting the Oscars; which Eddie are we going to get?

Eddie Murphy's been announced as the host for next year's Oscars. Some of you may be saying "What the--?!" while others say "Isn't that the guy from those awful family films?"

I'm curious to see if he brings the old-school comic brilliance that made comedy specials"Raw" and "Delirious" and his time on "Saturday Night Live" so comedically spectacular or if it's a few hours of Nutty Professor Klumps-style dressup.

Let's take a look back at that old Eddie Murphy. One of his famous "Saturday Night Live" sketches, Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood:

I'm also going to post some Eddie Murphy standup. These old Eddie Murphy standup specials are so offensive I'm pretty sure I can't officially endorse any single syllable said in either of them. Needless to say, they contain adult language. Enjoy!

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DC Comics relaunches everything; Is the comics industry dying?

DC Comics relaunched the vast majority of their line this week with the first of 52 new number 1 issues. It was heralded with midnight release parties at comic shops around the country for the first book in the new line, Justice League #1. Here in Los Angeles, fans came out for a big party at Meltdown Comics, as well as other shops in the area.

Still, despite the fan enthusiasm for this kind of event, the numbers for the comics industry don't look pretty. Comics writer Grant Morrison (who recently appeared on KPCC's "AirTalk") did an interview with Rolling Stone that the magazine decided to headline "Grant Morrison on the Death of Comics." As Morrison said, "comics sales are so low, people are willing to try anything these days. It's just plummeting. It's really bad from month to month. May was the first time in a long time that no comic sold over 100,000 copies, so there's a decline." When asked if he thought comics were in a death spiral, Morrison gave a frank yes.

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Behind the scenes of Jay-Z & Kanye West’s new album 'Watch the Throne'

Following her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Beyonce announced her pregnancy by unbuttoning her sequined blazer and rubbing her burgeoning belly. Greeted by cheers from fans and friends alike, Beyonce beamed while delighted hip-hop mogul/husband Jay-Z celebrated the announcement offstage with new best friend and collaborator Kanye West.

High-fives and congratulations flew as Beyonce and Jay-Z shared their personal news with an international crowd. Jay-Z and Kanye also had their own performance, playing "Otis," the first single off their new album "Watch the Throne." It was the first time they've performed a song from the album together live, according to MTV.

Disclosure and engagement between celebrities and their fans is becoming increasingly common, and Jay-Z seems to be embracing that intimacy. Following the August release of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s album “Watch the Throne,” a documentary on the making of this grandiose, highly anticipated collaboration began circulating around the Web and streaming on music blogs.

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Radio drama lives on through live performance in LA

We talked earlier this week about Marvel Comics putting out an audio version of their comic Daredevil #1, but some groups are putting on far more extensive live audio productions right here in Los Angeles. The most well-known of these groups is probably the Thrilling Adventure Hour, which runs shows at the Largo Theater, but there's more than that around town.

This weekend, the group Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is putting on a show called Comic Book Summer Camp at the NerdMelt stage at Meltdown Comics. The show features live performances of old school comic book stories, live music, comedy, art and more.

This particular show is going to be summer-themed; they say it will include "tales of summer vacation, summer fun and summer love." And Meatballs references. The comic they mention on their site that I'm most excited for: Superboy pulling double duty and dating both Lana Lang and Lois Lane at summer camp. (Superheroes get all the girls.)

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