The Week Ahead: August 23 – August 29 2010

The Week Ahead: August 23 – August 29 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 23

On TV: it’s the season ender of Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole on Adult Swim.  Gee, how have I missed this one?  😉  It sounds really edgy: apparently, characters have included Hitler and Ron Howard…it might go over that edge, though; outside of Adult Swim, Cartoon Network gives us new eps of Scooby-Doo, Johnny Test, Flapjack, and Adventure Time; there’s a new ep of Cake Boss on TLC; there’s a new Scream Queens on VH1; Shatner looks at the Jessica Lynch story; MTV gives us a new Warren the Ape

Tuesday, August 24

On TV: Cartoon Network gives us a new Unnatural History; G4 has a new It’s Effin’ Science; Syfy has a new Warehouse 13; The Discovery Channel continues its post-apocalyptic reality show, The Colony

Wednesday, August 25

On TV: Syfy welcomes the Ghost Hunters back; Science has a new Wonders of the Solar System; A&E gives us a new Criss Angel ep; there’s a new Psych on USA

Thursday, August 26

On TV: it’s the Secret of the Space Probes on the History Channel’s The Universe; Burn Notice wraps up it’s 4th season on USA; the Comedy Channel has a new Futurama; The History Channel has a new ep of Stan Lee’s Superhumans called Human Speed Bump (that’s only a superpower if you survive, I think); WCG Ultimate Gamer continues on Syfy

Friday, August 27

At the movie theatres: The Last Exorcism is an interesting attempt by a studio to manufacturer an indie-type movie.  Think Paranormal Activity or The Blair Witch Project.  Is this kind of like The Monkees, where a studio tried to manufacturer a Beatles type hit?  Well, maybe, kinda sorta…StudioCanal was involved in production.  The director, Richard Stamm got some buzz and won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at AFI a couple of years ago.  My guess is that this will do pretty well…assuming it’s any good.  🙂  I’m thinking it could open in the top five, and end up around $120m dogro (domestic gross).  That’s feeling like a little bit of a risky prediction, but we’ll see.  😉  As to my slots, then, I put it between 1 and 2m dogro.   Director Neil Marshall goes back to the letter C after making Dog Soldiers, The Descent, and Doomsday withCenturion  (the first movie he directed was Combat).  Marshall has a solid following, if not multiplex cred.  His previous movies have not exactly burned up the US box office…they’ve been more of a secondary market kind of thing.  This one isn’t (I think) a fantasy, which may help in the theatres.  It’s about some Roman soldiers who get cut off and have to deal with the Picts.  My guess is this may do the best so far for his movies, and may get some recognition.  I’m not entirely confident it will break $40 mil, but I’m going to put it in that $40-$80m dogro spot.

Cons* starting today include: the 31st annual New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention (Au Contraire)  in Wellington…the week before the WorldCon is in Australia.  Might not be too late to extend your stay…well, maybe it is; Betacon, a gaming con in Scranton, Pennsyvlania; Chibi-Pa, with a Japanese focus in West Palm Beach, Florida; Context (focus on SF literature) in Columbus, Ohio; the Discworld Convention in Birmingham, UK…with guest of honor Terry Pratchett!

On TV: Syfy has new eps of Eureka and Haven; IFC has a new Kids in the Hall

Saturday, August 28

On TV: Persons Unknown finishes up; there’s a new to BBC America ep of Being Human; Christopher Knight and Dick Van Patten are featured on Bio’s Celebrity Ghost Stories; there’s a new ep of My Ghost Story on Bio

Sunday, August 29

On TV: tonight is the Emmys; it’s True Blood night on HBO; there are two new Drop Dead Divas on Lifetime, as it wraps up the second season;

*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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