The Week Ahead: June 7 – June 13 2010

The Week Ahead: June 7 – June 13 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, June 7

On TV, you get: the series premiere of Neighbors from H*ll on TBS…it’s an animated Satanic sitcom; Persons Unknown looks like an interesting limited series from screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects”); the Cartoon Network gives you new eps of Adventure Time, and Flapjack; Lie to Me comes back; there’s a new Cake Boss; and there’s an intriguing Nat Geo special in their “paranatural” series…it’s about blood rains and “star jelly”.  The latter is a gloppy goo that supposedly falls to Earth during meteor showers…

Tuesday, June 8

On TV, it’s: the season finale of Glee…drat!; and on Deadliest Warrior, it’s Somali pirate versus the Medellin drug cartel

Tuesday’s books include: The Double Human (Kindle edition) by James O’Neal (it appears to be Mad Max meets Escape from New York…with vampires?   Maybe not a vampire…it’s a rich post-apocalyptic dystopian action novel, apparently); Dog Blood (Kindle edition) by David Moody (sequel to Hater, this is another dystopian future, with the world divided into humans and Haters); Book of Shadows  (Kindle edition) by Alexandra Sokoloff (it’s a murder mystery that may or may not involve the supernatural…good indicators in the reviews); Blood Song(Kindle edition) by Cat Adams (urban fantasy which starts a new series…the main character is a bodyguard who protects people from the supernatural); Android Karenina (Kindle edition) by Ben H. Winters and Leo Tolstoy (the latest classic/genre mash-up, taking Anna Karenina and mixing in steampunk)

Videogames today include: Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker; Green Day: Rock Band; Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands; Grand Ages Rome Gold

Wednesday, June 9

On TV, there are new eps of SYTYCD, Weird or What?, and Ghost Hunters Academy.  You also get the series debut of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman

Thursday, June 10

On TV, you find out who are the ten competitors are on SYTYCD; it’s the season of Ultimate Parkour Challenge (and yes, it does seem like there is some overlap between those two); it’s the eighth season debut of Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t; and there’s a new ep of Burn Notice

A new book today (they don’t always come out on Tuesdays, just mostly) include: Studying Hammer Horror by Victoria Waldeon (the studio of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and much more…including The Asphyx, a quirky, thoughtful sort of horror movie I enjoyed)

Friday, June 11

On TV, you get: the first season finale of Stargate: Universe; a new to Syfy episode of Merlin; Ben 10 and Generator Rex on the Cartoon Network; a new to Fox ep of Past Life; and a new ep of Most Haunted on the Travel Channel

Two big remakes are opening at the moview today: The A-Team and The Karate Kid.  We’ll see what happens, but I actually have  more confidence in the former doing better at the box office.  Oh, I don’t think it will necessarily feel much like the original, but the writers are interesting (Joe Carnahan of Smokin’ Aces, and Brian Bloom, who has primarily been an actor).  My intuition (and I’m just guessing) is that Bloom really wanted to write this movie, and Carnahan was in for the professional element).  I think The Karate Kid may appear…sculpted, perhaps self-indulgent, but that’s just a guess.  I think it may be perceived more as for kids, while the A-Team draws a broader audience (even with the PG-13 rating).  We’ll see, though. 🙂

Cons* starting today include: an anime and Japanese culture con in Hampton, Virginia…including cosplay chess (attendees in costume take the place of chess pieces); the OMG! Con (gaming and anime) in Paducah, Kentucky (lots of interesting looking topics, including quite a few “how-tos”); Convention Du Lac in Lake Charles, Louisiana (guests include Luciana Carro of BSG and Chase Masterson of ST:DS9); and Sci Fi Summer Con in Atlanta, Georgia

Saturday, June 12

On TV, you get: one of those inimitable Syfy movies, Stonehenge Apocalypse; and there’s a new to BBC America episode of Doctor Who

Sunday, June 13

On TV, there is: the highly anticipated 3rd season debut of True Blood on HBO; the series debut of Unnatural History on Cartoon Network; a new episode of Drop Dead Diva; a new ep of Squidbillies (part of Adult Swim on Cartoon Network; and the Tony Awards (among the geekier nominees…The Addams Family for music and lyrics for Andrew Lippa; Jude Law in Hamlet; Christopher Walken for a Behanding in Spokane; Angela Lansbury in A Little Night Music; and Kevin Chamberlin for playing Uncle Fester)

*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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