The Week Ahead: April 19 – April 25 2010

The Week Ahead: April 19 – April 25 2010

For more information on upcoming (and historical) movies, TV shows, books, conventions, paranormal happenings, and pretty much anything that interests me, see the ever-growing Measured Circle Pop Culture Timeline.

Monday, April 19

On TV, Cartoon Network brings you new eps of Johnny Test, Adventure Time, and Flapjack.  There’s a new House, a Castle (hm, do we sense a theme here?), and a 24. 

Tuesday, April 20

On TV, you get a special episode of The Deadliest Warrior (which pits historical fighters against each other) opposite the Glee Madonna audience.  What were they thinking?  Aren’t those exactly the same audiences?  ;)  A new episode of Lost dares to go against both.  There’s also a new to BBC America episode of Survivors and a new V.

Tuesday’s videogames include: Monster Hunter Tri, which among other things lets you save your character to your Wiimote…making it easy to take it to a friend’s house; Thinksmart, a brain-training program; Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper; Dementium II, an M-rated game that looks like it might appeal to fans of Shutter Island; Left Behind: Tribulation Forces…to quote the gamebox, “THE FIRST GAME IN WHICH WORSHIP IS MORE POWERFUL THAN GUNS!” (although I’m guessing there still might be a few of the latter); and Beat City, which seems like a non-violent rhythm game.

In books, we see: a new Wicked Lovely book from Melissa Marr (Radiant Shadows hardback, Radiant Shadows Kindle edition); Free, by Chris Anderson (author of The Long Tail) is released in paper;  and Amusement Machines by Lynn F. Pearson (Edwardian arcade games, among others).

We also see the publication of The Unknown Regions by Rodney Thompson, a supplement to the Star Wars role-playing game.  No, no, not a videogame…an actual paper role-playing game. 

Wednesday, April 21

On TV, it’s Idol Gives Back, the once a season episode where the show does charity, and you are welcome to contribute.  It’s a Shat attack as William Shatner’s new documentary series, Weird or What? debuts on the Discovery Channel.  You get a new Ghost Hunters episode, and Destination Truth goes to Easter Island and looks for the moa (not both at once).  The moa is an interesting case: a giant bird that definitely existed fairly recently and is believed to now be extinct.  How sure can we be that a species has been completely wiped out?  There are also new eps of South Park and Ugly Americans.

Thurdsay, April 22

On TV, there are new eps of Flash Forward, Vampire Diaries, Fringe, The Mentalist, and Supernatural. 

Friday, April 23

On TV you get new eps of Ben 10 and Smallville, and the new Cartoon Network series, Generator Rex.  You also get new eps of Star Wars: the Clone Wars, Stargate Universe, Most Haunted, and a new to Syfy ep of Merlin. 

Conestoga 14 kicks off in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Guests include: S. M. Stirling; Star Wars novelist Aaron Allston; and Glen Cook.

Saturday, April 24

On TV, it’s a new ep of Legend of the Seeker, a new to BBC America ep of Doctor Who (with the new doctor), and a Syfy movie that pits Jewel Staite against Mothman.   In the morning, you can see  a new Pokemon

Sunday, April 25

On TV, we welcome Stephen Hawking’s new series, Into the Universe (with an episode called Aliens).  You also get a new Simpsons and a new American Dad.  One of my favorite awards shows is on tonight: the TV Land Awards.  This is as kitschy as it gets, but it’s a lot of fun to see the casts of shows get together, and people pay tribute to their characters in ways you won’t see elsewhere.  This time, we’ll see Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks together, the Glee cast will get an award, and Blondie will perform.  Oh, and for the reunion that will make you say, “Oh yeah, I remember that”?  Bosom Buddies stars Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari. 

 This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in The Measured Circle blog.

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