The Week Ahead: June 21 – June 27 2010

The Week Ahead: June 21 – June 27 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 21

On TV, we get: two new Cake Boss eps; a documentary on HBO called Gasland, about the impact and politics of a type of natural gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing;  Cartoon Network gives us new eps of Adventure Time and Flapjack; Fox has a new ep of Lie to Me; a new ep of Neighbors from H*ll on TBS; Persons Unknown continues its limited run on NBC; there’s a new ep of Warren the Ape on MTV; and the series finale of Saving Grace

Tuesday, June 22

On TV, there’s: a special on The History Channel called Who Really Discovered America?; the series debut of Downfall (a game show where if you lose, you get thrown off a building…really); the season debut of Wipeout (but I really don’t watch this…I prefer Ninja Warrior); a new ep of It’s Effin’ Science on G4; an Animal Planet special on Bubbles…oh, and Michael Jackson; it’s the KGB versus the CIA on Deadliest Warrior (but, um, wouldn’t this one have really happened?)

Tuesday’s books include: Television Mockumentary  by Craig Hight; The Templar by P. C. Doherty; the latest in the Stravaganza series (City of Ships) by Mary Hoffman (in a magical Italy); The Omega Point  (Whitley Strieber’s sequel to 2012: The War for Souls); The Palace of Impossible Dreams  by Jennifer Fallon (mortals versus immortals); Invasion from Planet Dork (in the Melvin Beederman, Superhero series) by Greg Trine with art by Rhode Montijo; Idle Idol: The Japanese Mascot  by Edward and John Harrison (this is supposed to be about the character statues all over Japan, and it certainly could be…but that sure looks like Astro Boy on the cover, which doesn’t seem to fit the theme); The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Seance for a Vampire  by Fred Saberhagen; The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Seventh Bullet  by Daniel D. Victor

Videogame release today include: http://www.amazon.com/Transformers-War-Cybertron-Xbox-360/dp/B0030HIULQ/bufosweirdworld Transformers: War for Cybertron; http://www.amazon.com/WipeOut-Nintendo-Wii/dp/B0039XZGXG/bufosweirdworld Wipeout for the Wii (yes, based on the obstacle course TV show…somehow, virtuality seems like it might just be challenged with this one); http://www.amazon.com/Sin-Punishment-Star-Successor-Nintendo-Wii/dp/B002EE7OKE/bufosweirdworld Sin & Punishment: Star Successor

Wednesday, June 23

Hitting the movie theatres today: Knight and Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.  Key to success: people not confusing it with the similar looking Killers (with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl), which underperformed earlier this month.  It also has to deal with Grown Ups (although it gets a head start) and some movies that should still be rolling along (Toy Story 3, The Karate Kid, even Shrek Forever After).  If the movie is good (and I don’t know one way or the other), it’s the kind of thing that could get lost in a busy movie year and do well on video. 

On TV, we get: a new ep of Ghost Hunters Academy; a new SYTYCD; a new Mythbusters; a new Hot in Cleveland on TV LAND (I haven’t watched yet, but I might at some point); a new time travel episode of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on Science; and a Jimmy Kimmel special with the cast of Twilight

Thursday, June 24

On TV, we get: the first person out of the top ten on SYTYCD; a new Burn Notice; a new Penn & Teller; and the long awaited return of new episodes of Futurama

Cons* starting today include: the 35th Origins gaming con in Columbus, Ohio; PortConMaine, gaming and Anime; the Science Fiction Research Association’s 2010 conference, Far Stars and Tin Stars…this is a scholarly conference I’d love to attend (take a look at the program);

Friday, June 25

On TV, there’s: a new to Syfy ep of Merlin; 2 new eps of Ghost Stories on the Travel Channel; the 12th season finale of Most Haunted

Cons* starting today include: Apollo Con in Houston; Conterpoint 2010 (the 20th Northeast Filk Music Convention) in Rockland, MD;

Saturday, June 26

On TV: Roger Corman exec produces Dinocroc vs. Supergator on Syfy; there’s a new to BBC America ep of Doctor Who

There’s a one day, 9-5 con* in Chesapeake, VA, called FantaSci

Sunday, June 27

On TV: there’s a new ep of Unnatural History on the Cartoon Network; a new Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime; a new True Blood on HBO; The Gates has a new ep on ABC; a new Squidbillies on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network; and Ellen’s Somewhat Special Special on TBS

*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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