The Week Ahead: June 28 – July 4 2010

The Week Ahead: June 28 – July 4 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 28

On TV, we get: new eps of Adventure Time and Flapjack on Cartoon Network; a new Lie to Me on Fox; Persons Unknown continues its limited run; there’s a new Cake Boss; TBS gives you a new Neighbors from H*ll; and there’s a new Warren the Ape on MTV

Tuesday, June 29

On TV, there’s: a new ep of It’s Effin’ Science on G4; the new to BBC America second series (season, to Americans) finale of Ashes to Ashes; Vlad the Impaler versus Sun Tzu on The Deadiest Warrior (that might seem odd, for those of you who know that Vlad was the inspiration for Dracula, but he was considered a great tactician…it’s not going to be hand to hand, but that is an interesting match up);

Tuesday’s books include: Act of Will by A.J. Hartley (fantasy fiction by a Shakespearean scholar…this sounds like an interesting one); Eoin Colfer’s continuation of Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide series, And Another Thing… is published in paperback;   Phineas & Ferb Comic Reader by John Green; The Answer is Yes: The Art and Making of the Sorceror’s Apprentice by Michael Singer; Cholly & Flytrap: Center City by Arthur Suydam (a graphic novel by an artist/writer lauded for both)

Videogame released today include: Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4  (the whole Lego videogame thing seems weird to me…I still think of Legos as those things you step on in the middle of the night that hurt your foot😉 ); Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister; Singularity  (set in an alternate history 2010…use conventional weapons, and time manipulation); Deathsmiles, a side-scroller with a gothic angel theme; Naughty Bear (you are a psychopathic teddy bear with a machete, attacking other toys…you get points for scaring characters, in addition to “killing” them)

Wednesday, June 30

On TV, we get: two new eps of Rebel Monkeys on NatGeo; Ghost Hunters Academy goes to Shawshank; a new Mythbusters; a new ep of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman; and the 24th (!) season debut of The Real World on MTV

Thursday, July 1

On TV, we get: a new ep of Burn Notice (I have to say, USA knows how to not mess up a show from season to season…they might add characters, which is fine, but Monk, Psych, Burn Notice: they know how to keep it the same show, the same tone); the NEW EP of Futurama is called Attack of the Killer App; there’s a new Penn & Teller

Here’s an interesting book being released today: Literature, Cinema, and Politics 1930-1945 by Lara Feigel…this is a scholarly look at how movies became political.  It better be scholarly: it comes from Edinburgh University Press…and costs more than $100😉

Cons* starting today include: the 63rd (!) Westercon in Pasadena (which includes ConChord, a filk con); CONvergence in Bloomington, Minnesota (with a them of Bring on the Bad Guys, and one of the guests is Chuck McCann…a prominent voice artist, but geeks may know him as Barney on the mid-1970s show, Far Out Space Nuts, where he co-starred with Bob Denver)

The Roswell UFO Festival  runs for five days.  They’ve been expanding the focus…this year’s guests include Adrienne Barbeau and Avatar’s Wes Studi.  Not to worry, though: Jesse Marcel, Jr., Stanton Friedman, Ruben Uriarte, and Travis Walton will be there, too. 🙂

Friday, July 2

On TV, there’s: an new ep of Ghost Stories on the Travel Channel; the new to Syfy second season (series to our UK readers) finale of Merlin;

A con* starting today is InConJunction, in Indianopolis, Indiana

Saturday, July 3

The ConBravo con opens in Oakville, Ontario

Sunday, July 4

On TV: there’s a new ep of Squidbillies on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network

*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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