The Week Ahead: August 30 – September 5 2010

The Week Ahead: August 30 – September 5 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 30

On TV: it’s the Grasp of the Gnome on Scooby-Doo on Cartoon Network, which also gives us new eps of Johnny Test and Flapjack; there’s a new ep of Lie to Me on Fox; VH1 gives us a new Scream Queens; and MTV’s Warren the Ape wraps up its first season with an ep called Rock Opera

Tuesday, August 31

On TV: the Cartoon Network has a new Unnatural History; they make a firehose “jet pack” on G4’s It’s Effin’ Science; there’s a new Warehouse 13 on Syfy; the Discovery Channel’s post-apocalyptic reality show continues

Wednesday, September 1

On TV: the Ghost Hunters are at the Philadelphia Zoo (and on Syfy); A&E gives us a new Criss Angel; USA has a Psych called Shawn 2.0; the Science channel starts the 2nd season of Sci-Fi Science

Thursday, September 2

On TV: there’s an asteroid attack on the Universe on the History Channel; Stan Lee’s Superhumans continues has a new ep on the History Channel; WCG Ultimate Gamer continues on Syfy;  it’s the 100th episode (and 6th season finale) of Futurama…in this ep, Leela leads the underground mutants in revolt, and Devo guest stars

The 68th annual Worldcon starts today in Melbourne, Australia.  This is arguably the most prestigious con* of the year, where the Hugos are awarded.  It doesn’t haven’t the flashiest media stars, maybe, but I saw Harlan Ellison and Isaac Asimov at a Worldcon decades ago…and that was as cool as shaking hands with Chewbacca.  😉

Friday, September 3

At the movie theatres: Machete is a spin-off from Grindhouse, sort of…this was one of the trailers.  Danny Trejo, the star, also played a character named Machete in Spy Kids.  While the later was a big box office success, this one probably isn’t being made with that expectation.  It was made because…it was fun to make.  🙂  Of course, I’m just speculating.  😉  Even though this has some big and interesting names (Robert DeNiro, Jessica Alba…and a Nash Bridges reunion with Don Johnson and Cheech Marin), I’d still be surprised if it breaks 40m domestic gross (dogro).  It’s probably going to be too violent and have too much nudity for the mainstream.  That helps it on the secondary market, though, and it may do well in some other countries.  My guess is that it will be beaten by several holdovers…as I write this, I haven’t seen any figures on the Avatar re-release, but that might be one of them.  🙂

Cons* starting today include: the 24th Dragon*Con is held in Atlanta…they are going to try and set a Guinness World Record for most Star Trek costumes.  Guests include Lynn Abbey, Neal Adams, Rene Auberjonois, Scott Bakula, Ben Browder, Levar Burton, Jim Butcher…and believe me, that’s just a tiny sample; Geek.Kon is in Madison, Wisconsin; RoadHouse  celebrates the show Supernatural, and is in Birmingham, England; the 30th CooperConn  is in Mesa, Arizona, with Stephen R. Donaldson as Guest of Honor; the Fayatteville, North Carolina Headquarters Library has a free one day anime con, Librari-Con

On TV: NatGeo’s Amazing! features the Jesus lizard (it runs on water…really) and ghost science; the Kids in the Hall’s Death Comes to Town continues

Saturday, September 4

On TV:

Sunday, September 5

On TV: TNT has the third season finale of Leverage; Rubicon continues on AMC

*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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