The Week Ahead: May 24 – May 30 2010

The Week Ahead: May 24 – May 30 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.

We say good-bye this week to our second torture series of the month.  You know, Lost ended Sunday night, and 24 ends Monday.  What, you think Lost wasn’t a torture series?  Think back…it may not have risen (or fallen) to the level of 24, but there was definitely torture.

Monday, May 24

On TV, we get: a Jimmy Kimmel “Aloha to Lost” special (right after midnight…it may seem like Sunday night to you; “D*mn it, Chloe, we’ve run out of time!” (24 finishes as a TV series); Chuck finishes its third season; Big Bang Theory wraps its third, with Mayim Bialik of Blossom as a guest star; there are new eps of Flapjack and Adventure Time; a new episode of Saving Grace; and Law & Order finishes as a series (but lives on in spin-offs)

Tuesday, May 25

On TV, it’s the last performance show of the season for AI; Ancient Aliens wraps the season on The History Channel; Glee celebrates Lady Gaga (and Kiss, apparently); Deadliest Warrior pits a Roman centurion against a rajput of India

Tuesday’s books include: Video Slut: How I Shoved Madonna Off an Olympic High Dive, Got Prince into a Pair of Tiny Purple Woolen Underpants, Ran Away from Michael Jackson’s Dad, … So I Could Bring Rock Videos to the Masses
 by rock video producer Sharon Oreck; Violet Wings by Virginia Hanley (intrigue among the fairies intended for a young audience); Wave by Will Mara (a tsunami heads for a small New Jersey island); The Unseen by Alexandra Sokoloff (ties a supernatural story into the actual parapsychology lab at Duke University); Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog  by Eileen Beha (this one is for kids, and sounds fun: a Manhattan dog gets lost on Prince Edward Island, and we get anthropomorphized thought processes as the pampered pooch longs to return home and deals with vicious feral cats); Timelock: The Caretaker Trilogy #3 by David Klass (this is the third in a complex young adult adventure series); Speak to the Devil  by Dave Duncan (alternative 15th century Europe with magic); Role Models  by John Waters (the Pink Flamingos director talks about influential people in his life, from Johnny Mathis to a stripper called Lady Zorro);

Wednesday, May 26

On TV, a new American Idol is crowned…so we find out who makes a sappy mainstreamed album, and who loses😉 ; Tim Curry guests on the season ender of Criminal Minds (along with Eric Close and Robert Davi)

Thursday, May 27

On TV, Flash Forward finishes its first season; So You Think You Can Dance returns; a new comedy series, 100 Questions, debuts on NBC; and there’s a new ep of Ultimate Parkour Challenge on MTV

It’s interesting that a Monday holiday can lead to five-day conventions*: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday.  I guess if you can expand it a day later to Monday, you might as well expand it a day before?  Anyway, a number of conventions start today, some running through Monday, some don’t.  There are anime cons in Boise, Idaho and Madison, Wisconsin and the Phoenix Comicon (actually in Mesa), which includes Stan Lee, Todd McFarlane, Star Trek stars (Frakes, Wheaton, Burton), and a concert from James Marsters (Spike on Buffy).  Madison also has Wiscon, the “world’s leading feminist science fiction convention”. 

Friday, May 28

On TV, Cartoon Network gives you new eps of Ben 10 and Generator X; there’s a new ep of Past Life; and a new ep of Most Haunted on the Travel Channel

Cons* starting today include: Animazement in Raleigh, North Carolina; Balticon 44 (in Baltimore); Baycon in Santa Clara, California (and the Bay Area really knows how to do conventions) with Peter S. Beagle, Mercedes Lackey, “ghostbuster” Loyd Auerbach (I know Loyd a bit…he’s a great speaker), astronomer Andrew Franknoi, fan and writer Richard A. Lupoff, Norm Sperling of the science humor magazine, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, which will either make you laugh or make you say, “I don’t get it.”, and cons in Salt Lake City, Kansas City MO, Columbus OH, Lansing MI, Missoula MT, Orlando FL, Los Angeles (a gaming event), and Atlanta.  There’s a reason Memorial Day is called Geekend (actually, the reason is that I just made that up, but I like it)😉

Memorial Day is also a big weekend for movies.  We get Prince of Persia, based on a videogame (well, a series of them), and with Oscar-winning and nominated stars.  Jerry Bruckheimer is a producer, and they are hoping that the magic he did with a movie based on a theme park ride (Pirates of the Caribbean) works here.  There’s Sex and the City 2.  Also interesting is Survival of the Dead, written directed by Night of the Living Dead’s George Romero.  Sounds like a more complex story than you might expect…

Saturday, May 29

On TV, the director The Road gives a half hour special based on the recent videogame, Red Dead Redemption

Sunday, May 30

*Cons are short for “conventions”, when people who rarely leave the house get together…just kidding, of course, they can be great fun.  For details, I recommend Fanboy’s Convention List.

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

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