The Week Ahead: August 9 – August 15 2010

The Week Ahead: August 9 – August 15 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, August 9

On TV: it’s slime time at the Teen Choice Awards on Nickelodeon; Cartoon Network gives us new eps of Scooby Doo, Johnny Test, Adventure Time, and Flapjack; TLC has a new Cake Boss; NatGeo debuts Wild Nights, in which Mireya Mayor goes to a major city and finds as much wildlife (no, no, silly…animals) as she can in a 24-hour period…this first one is in New Orleans; VH1 has a new ep of Scream Queens; and there’s a new Warren the Ape on MTV

Tuesday, August 10

On TV: it’s the season finale of H*ll’s Kitchen on Fox; Cartoon Network has a new Unnatural History; there’s a new It’s Effin’ Science on G4; Shaq takes on Penn & Teller (!) on Fox; Syfy gives us a new Warehouse 13; The Colony continues on The Discovery Channel

Wednesday, August 11

On TV: Ghost Hunters International is in Nicaragua (and on Syfy); there’s a new Wonders of the Universe on Science; Criss Angel has a new ep on A&E; USA brings us a new Psych

Thursday, August 12

On TV, we get: the winner announced of So You Think You Can Dance (Kent, Lauren, and Robert are in contention); there’s a new Burn Notice on USA; they’re still exploring The Universe on the History Channel (gee, haven’t they talked about everything by now?)😉 ; Syfy has a new Fact or Faked; there’s a new Futurama on Comedy Central; Penn & Teller wrap up their 8th season on Showtime with a show on vaccinations; the History Channel continues Stan Lee’s Superhumans

Cons* starting today include: Star Wars Celebration V, the official Star Wars con from LucasFilms in Orlando, Florida…Jon Stewart is going to interview George Lucas (“autograph guests” include Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels)…con continues through Sunday

Friday, August 13

At the movie theatres today, we see if Scott Pilgrim can conquer the box office world.  I hate to say it, but this one may be too geeky to climb to the top of the box office.  Michael Cera is a draw, certainly, but director/co-screenwriter isn’t known for multiplex monsters.  I thought his Shaun of the Dead was really good, and I’ve certainly enjoyed Spaced (a Britcom that you kind of have to be a geek to understand).  There will be people who love and quote this movie…but is it going to draw people across the board?  I’m concerned about that.  It’s been hyped a lot, and may open okay, but I’m not confident that it will break 80 million dogro (domestic gross).  While there may be some inside jokes, I don’t think it will take much specialized knowledge to understand The Expendables.  It’s a pretty simple idea: a whole bunch of action stars in a rock ’em sock ’em shoot-em-up (I presume…I suppose they could be doing Noel Coward, but the trailer doesn’t look like it.) ;)  Opening in limited release today is Tales from Earthsea, based on the Le Guin novels, and directed (in his debut) by Goro Miyazaki, son of legendary anime director, Hayao Miyazaki.  That’s a pretty good pedigree, and I expect this to do good art house numbers. 

On TV, there is: a monstrosity lose on Eureka on Syfy; there’s also a new ep of Haven on Syfy;

Cons* starting today include: Amecon in Staffordshire, UK (anime); Anime Evolution at the University of British Columbia; SETIcon in Santa Clara, California…this is a big event from the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, with well-known scientists Frank Drake (the “Drake equation”), Jill Tarter, Andy Franknoi

Saturday, August 14

Cons* starting today include:  San Jose Super Toy Show (at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds) …guest include Charlene Tilton, Erika Eleniak, Bob Wall (Enter the Dragon), John Stanley (Creature Features); Sukoshicon in Birmingham, Alabama (anime)

On TV: there’s a new to BBC America ep of Being Human; Celebrity Ghost Stories on Bio includes Lindsay Wagner and Shirley Jones; Bio also serves up a new ep of My Ghost Story

Sunday, August 15

On TV: Lifetime has a new ep of Drop Dead Diva; it’s True Blood night on HBO; Rubicon continues on AMC; The Gates is new on ABC

*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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