The Week Ahead: July 26 – August 1 2010

The Week Ahead: July 26 – August 1 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 26

On TV, we get: a new episode of Scooby-Doo: Mystery, Incorporated, Adventure Time, and Flapjack on the Cartoon Network; a new Lie to Me on Fox; a new Cake Boss on The Learning Channel; Showtime gives us a new Neighbors from H*ll; and there’s a new Warren the Ape on MTV

Tuesday, July 27

On TV: the second season debut of The Colony on NatGeo (the post-apocalyptic simulation);  we get a new Unnatural History on Cartoon Network; a new Warehouse 13 on Syfy; on Deadliest Warrior it’s a US Navy Seal versus an Israeli Commando (2nd season finale)

Wednesday, July 28

On TV: NatGeo gives us two new eps of Rebel Monkeys; there’s a new Ghost Hunters International on Syfy; Discovery has a new Mythbusters; there’s a new (UFO-themed?) episode of Psych; and Science has a new ep of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman

Thursday, July 29

On TV, we get: a new ep of Burn Notice on USA; the psychic reality show, Mary Knows Best. on Syfy; Fact or Faked has a new ep on Syfy; there’s a new Futurama on Comedy Central; Showtime has a new Penn & Teller

Friday, July 30

Movies opening today include: Cats & Dogs: the Revenge of Kitty Galore…this is a sequel to Cats & Dogs, which dogroed (domestic grossed) an impressive 93 million dollars in 2001.  This is a different director (and not one with much of a track record), different writers, and different stars.  It’s in 3D, which automatically ups the grosses since the tickets cost more.  The stars on this may pull in a few folks: Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Bette Midler, Neil Patrick Harris, James Marsden, and many more.  I suspect this will do okay…it’s been a good year for 3D family-friendly movies.  My intuition though is that it isn’t going to have great word of mouth…I’d guess it struggles to 100 mill, might make 120.  I also wouldn’t be surprised if it topped out between 70 and 80.  Don’t worry, they’ll make their money back on video.  In Charlie St. Cloud, Zac Efron in an adaptation of Ben Sherwood’s novel.  The movie is directed by Burr Steers, who directed Efron last year in 17 Again.  Don’t expect this to be that kind of light comedy, though.  Screenwriters Craig Pearce and Lewis Colick have edginess and darkness on their resumes.  This is a tough one to call…I don’t think it’s going to play like a blockbuster, but I think it may be well-received.  I’m guessing a somewhat slow burn…not top three opening weekend, but more staying power than is typical.  I’m going to put it in Dear John range, and say it edges towards 100 mill dogro.

On TV, there’s: a new ep of Amazing (man-eating snakes and the invisible man) on NatGeo; a new ep of Haven on Syfy

Cons* starting today include: Otakon in Baltimore, Maryland (an Otaku convention…that’s Japanese geekiness, for those who don’t know); for fans of the pulps, like Doc Savage and The Spider, there is Pulpfest 2010 in Columbus, Ohio; for those in Thunder Bay, Ontario, there’s Kita-Kon, an anime con

Saturday, July 31

Cons* starting today include: for those in Thunder Bay, Ontario, there’s Kita-Kon, an anime con

On TV, there’s: a new ep of Persons Unknown on NBC; a new to BBC America ep of Being Human; Bio brings us Celebrity Ghost Stories (including Tempestt Bledsoe and Billy Baldwrin) and My Ghost Story;

Sunday, August 1

On TV: there a new ep of Drop Dead Diva on Showtime; a new True Blood on HBO; a new ep of The Gates on ABC;

One day cons* today include: Capicons comic book and pop culture con in Dunn Loring, Virginia; in North Carolina, you can attend Charlotte ComiCon; in Bridgeview, Illinois, you can go to Toy Con

*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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