The Week Ahead: May 17 – May 23 2010

The Week Ahead: May 17 – May 23 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, May 17

On TV, Cartoon Network brings you new eps of Johnny Test and Flapjack, Scott Bakula guest stars on a new Chuck, there’s a new 24 and Big Bang Theory, and Castle wraps its 2nd season (it’s been renewed)

Tuesday, May 18

On TV, we’re down to three on American idol, there’s a new Glee, Ancient Astronauts, Lost, and Deadliest Warrior (Nazi SS versus Viet Cong), while V wraps its first season (it’s been renewed)

Tuesday’s videogame releases include: Red Dead Redemption  (this Western sequel has been promoted like a movie, and it looks pretty cinematic, if not photorealistic…you can get honor points, but you might get rich faster being dishonorable…your call, pardner);  Super Mario Galaxy; Alan Wake  (an “intense psychological thriller with supernatural elements); Trauma Team  (play as one of six medical specialties); Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Play the movie!  See the game!  Wait a minute, that’s not right…) 😉  Split / Second  (an explosive car racing game…literally); Becky Broan: the Mystery of Meane Manor  (this is a puzzle game…what’s puzzling to me right now is why it isn’t rated yet…looks like it will be rated for everybody, but maybe they just aren’t done with it yet); Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow  (fully customizable character, even to the point of picking a voice); Attack of the Movies 3D  (“the first 3-D shooter for Wii”…yes, it comes with four sets of glasses); Shrek Forever After

Videos include: Outlander (no, not the Sean Connery movie, or even a remake…Jim Caviezel and Ron Perlman star in a “Beowulf meets Predator” extraterrestrial in Viking times story); Gamera…yes, a new luxury edition of the classic giant fire-breathing sabre-toothed turtle movie…not made by the same studio that made Godzilla, by the way, but by a rival…see the teenagers rock out as the terrible terrapin threatens to bum their high; The Greatest American Hero…this is the complete accidental superhero series for $26.99: The Navy vs. the Night Monsters…this is one of the true schlocksters…the night monsters are trees!  Killer trees!  That walk on their roots!  Wait, Mamie Van Doren is in this…that’s worth something, right?  Might not be a good transfer…it’s DVDr; Defenders of the Earth…the complete series…Flash Gordon, the Phantom (soon to have another take on Syfy), Manfred the Magician (not the wonder dog from Tom Terrific) and Lothar take on Ming the Merciless…with help from their teenaged kids; Mutant Vampire Zombies from the ‘Hood…seriously, some people have liked this…it stars C. Thomas Howell…I’m thinking he holds his own here better than he did as Ponyboy 😉

Books released include: By Royal Command…book five in the young James Bond series; Walt Disney Imagineering…a sequel inside look; Happy! (a picture book for grownups of happy things by artist Romero Britto

In gaming, there’s The Slaying Stone…a new 4th ed D&D adventure; Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Strategy Guide: A 4th Edition D&D Supplement;

Wednesday, May 19

On TV, it’s Rebel Monkeys night (two eps as it wraps the first season…no word on renewal yet), Weird or What brings us a human popsicle, we find out who the final two are on American Idol (you know…the winner and the one who will be big) 😉

Thursday, May 20

On TV, it’s the 5th season finale of Bones (renewed), a new ep of Flash Forward, CSI’s 10th season finale (status undetermined), Fringe wraps season 2 (renewed), The Mentalist finishes its second (renewed), and a new ep of The Ultimate Parkour Challenge

Friday, May 21

Shrek Forever After (you’ll also see The Last Chapter on the posters) opens, as does MacGruber, the SNL MacGyver spoof.  Which one would you want in your fantasy box office pool?  Don’t be too quick on that one…MacGruber reportedly has a budget of ten million dollars.  It will probably make that back the first weekend.

On TV, Cartoon Network brings you new eps of Ben 10 and Generator X, Ghost Whisperer finishes its fifth season (status undetermined), Medium wraps up its sixth (status undetermined), Stargate Universe and Merlin have new eps, as does Most Haunted

ImagiCon in Birmingham includes Gil Gerard and Erin Gray (Buck Rogers), John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise), and the authors Timothy Zahn and John Ringo.  Oh, and there’s cosplay and a maid cafe at the anime event at ImagiCon.  JAMPCon in Chattanooga is all about the anime…including an event called Otakus for Jesus.  For details, I recommend Fanboy’s Convention List 

Saturday, May 22

On TV, it’s the series finale of Legend of the Seeker, it’s a new to BBC America ep of Doctor Who (Vampires in Venice), a new ep of The Simpsons, the 8th season finale of Family Guy (renewed) which a parody of The Empire Strikes Back, and the Syfy channel brings us an original movie called Witchville with Sarah Douglas and Luke Goss.  We also get a Lost recap special, followed by…THE SERIES FINALE OF LOST.

Sunday, May 23

The Granite State Comicon is at the Radisson Center today only…wear a costume and get in free

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


One Response to “The Week Ahead: May 17 – May 23 2010”

  1. Elizabeth Terrell Says:

    Hey there! I just wanted to leave the details about the Browncoats Movie appearance at the Granite State Comicon this weekend!

    BROWNCOATS: REDEMPTION at Granite State Comicon

    (MANCHESTER, NH) BROWNCOATS: REDEMPTION’s director, Michael Dougherty, will be available for interviews Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23, in the Manchester, New Hampshire metropolitan area.

    BROWNCOATS: REDEMPTION is the charity benefiting sequel to Serenity, a full length feature film produced in the space western adventure genre following the Firefly TV series. The film takes place three months after the events on the colonized planet Miranda. We find Captain Laura Matthews and the crew of Redemption unintentionally thrown into a situation that some view as the potential catalyst for the second unified rise of the Independents against the Alliance, since Unification Day.

    All proceeds from the DVD’s sale go to five charities designated by the original cast members.

    Dougherty will be appearing at the Granite State Comicon’s 12:30PM panel on Sunday, May 23:

    Who: Michael Dougherty, Writer/Director
    (In theaters and homes September 2010)

    What: Granite State Comicon Event Panel
    During the panel he will show the trailer, additional clips, and take questions.

    When: Sunday, May 23, 2010 , 12:30 PM

    Where: The Radisson
    700 Elm Street
    Manchester, NH 03101
    (603) 625-1000

    You can find out more about BROWNCOATS: REDEMPTION at

    If you would like to book an interview with Michael or any of the fan film’s cast please email us at or call 202.596.8103.

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