The Week Ahead: July 12 – July 18 2010

The Week Ahead: July 12 – July 18 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, July 12

On TV, the latest Scooby Doo has its series debut on Cartoon Network…Casey Kasem doesn’t voice Shaggy (Matthew Lillard from the live-action movies does), but he does voice Shaggy’s dad.  Mindy Cohn (Natalie on Facts of Life) is Velma.   Veteran voice artist Frank Welker is Scooby…and Fred!  Grey DeLisle (Mandy on The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy) is Daphne.  Who wouldn’t want to be a voice on Scooby Doo (I would), and we heard some interesting names: Vivica A. Fox (as Angel Dynamite), Gary Cole, Patrick Warburton…and Lewis Black (The Daily Show); Cartoon Network also gives us new eps of Adventure Time and Flapjack; there’s a new Lie to Me on Fox; TBS gives us another Neighbors from H*ll; and Rizzoli & Isles has its series debut on TNT; there’s a new Warren the Ape on MTV

Tuesday, July 13

On TV: there’s a new ep of Warehouse 13 on Syfy; Covert Affairs has its series debut on USA

Tuesday’s books include: How to Be a Zombie: A Hands On Guide for Anyone with Brains  by Serena Valentino

Wednesday, July 14

In movie theatres today: The Sorceror’s Apprentice, with Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, and Alfred Molina.  I have to admit, I have my doubts about this one.  Nicolas Cage can certainly be good, but he is no guarantee of a quality movie.  I don’t think Alfred Molina is particularly a draw for young people, despite playing Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2.  Are boomers really nostalgic for one segment of Fantasia?  I hope it’s good, and I hope it does well…it does re-team Cage with director Jon Turteltaub of the National Treasure movies, so that ups the odds.  We’ll see what happens…

On TV: two new eps of Rebel Monkeys on NatGeo; Ghost Hunters International has its second series debut on Syfy; there’s a new Mythbusters on Discovery; Science has a new Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman; and it’s the 5th (!) season debut of Psych on USA

Thursday, July 15

On TV, we get: the series debut of Mary Knows Best (a reality show, which Syfy has been plugging quite a bit, with psychic Mary Occhino and her family); there’s a new ep of Burn Notice on USA; Futurama has another new ep on Comedy Central; Syfy also debuts Fact or Faked, a paranormal investigation show; and Penn & Teller take on Area 51

There’s a book of interest (well, to me, anyway)🙂  today: Mothman (Mysterious Encounters) (looks like children’s nonfiction);

Cons* starting today include: Infinitus, by the Harry Potter Education Fanon, held at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida

Friday, July 16

Is Inception  this summer’s brainy blockbuster?  Hey, wait a minute…isn’t “brainy blockbuster” an oxymoron?  ;)  Summer movies are often when we want to, as I think Isaac Asimov said about Star Wars, “park your brain outside”.  Director/screenwriter Christopher Nolan had a huge hit with The Dark Knight and did well commercially with Batman Begins.  Not so much with Memento, Insomnia, and Prestige.  Leonardo DiCaprio had a big hit earlier this year with Shutter Island, and Ellen Page lends hipster cred.  Some of Nolan’s Batman alumni are on hand, including Michael Caine and Cillian Murphy.  Still, my guess is that it opens pretty big, gets well-reviewed and cult followers…and peters out between two and three hundred million domestic gross (DG) in the face of more summer-friendly/family friendly movies.  That would make it a success (although DG alone wouldn’t do a lot more than cover production and advertising) and a memorable movie…but not top five of the year.  I think it will do very well in video, but we’ll have to see how it plays internationally.  I’m just guessing, though. 🙂

Cons* starting today include: FinnCon, the largest Sci Fi/Fantasy event in Finland; Journey to Where, a Space 1999 con, is held in Austin, Texas; MechaCon, an anime convention, is in New Orleans; Polaris, held in Toronto, has some big names (Lindsay Wagner, Kai Owens ((Rhys on Torchwood)), Ethan Phillips, and author Kelly Armstrong);

On TV, there’s: NBC has the pilot of The Jensen Project (a Eureka-ish town of geniuses is featured, but there are adventures outside…the cast includes LeVar Burton; interestingly, there is a new episode of Eureka opposite the second half of The Jensen Project; the Travel Channel has a new Ghost Stories ep; there’a new ep of Haven (based on Stephen King’s Colorado Kid) on Syfy

Saturday, July 17

On TV, there’s: a new timeslot and new ep for Persons Unknown; Bio has a new ep of Celebrity Ghost Stories (featuring Joan Collins and Corey Feldman, among others); there’s a new to BBC America Doctor Who; Syfy’s Saturday telemovie is Goblin; Bio also has My Ghost Story (presumably for those people not as famous as Corey Feldman)😉

There’s a one-day anime/gaming con* in Moncton, New Brunswick; Perrysburg, Ohio is the site of GarusaNoShiCon (anime); the London Film and Comic Con scores with William Shatner, the three stars of the British version of Being Human, Elizabeth Sladen (Doctor Who), Ben Browder (Farscape), Katee Sackhoff, David Prowse and Kenny Baker from Star Wars, and many more, and Toronto hosts a 9th (!) annual Transformers con

Sunday, July 18

On TV: there’s a new episode of Unnatural History on the Cartoon Network; a new ep of Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime; a new True Blood on HBO; and ABC has a new ep of The Gates; and it’s the season finale 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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