The Week Ahead: December 6 – December 12 2010

The Week Ahead: December 6 – December 12 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.


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

This is the third movie in the current series (there have been some other adaptations along the way), but the first at this studio (Fox) and the first with this director (Michael Apted).  The first movie grossed close to $300 million in the US: the second one, I think, was about half the first.  This should do pretty well (and relatively better than the US) with Winter Break happening for many school kids.  It does have competition (Harry Potter, Tangled, Megamind…), but HP may be too dark and some adults just don’t like cartoons.  I’d see this on the order of a $50m opening weekend, and to end up with a dogro (domestic gross) of…over 100, less than 150.

The Tourist

Spy fi with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.  A lot of this is going to depend on the chemistry between the stars, and I just don’t know.  I don’t think I’ve seen a publicity picture where they seem to be looking at each other.  That may be a desire to show us both of their faces, but that’s going to be a temptation in the movie as well…to feature their celebrity more than their roles.  I suspect that this may underperform expectations.  I’m going to guess it’s beaten by Narnia…maybe a 30m opening?  Under 80 total?  It will do okay on video…

The Tempest

And over here in the art house, we have Julie Taymor’s version of the Shakespeare play.  Helen Mirren plays Prospero.  While there could be Oscar consideration for this, I have a hard time seeing it get to 40m dogro.

New TV

  • Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker (series debut…reality competition where Buddy picks a new baker) at 9:00 PM on TLC (Monday)
  • Castle at 10:00 PM on ABC (Monday)
  • Inside the Actor’s Studio (James Franco) at 7:00 PM on Bravo (Tuesday)
  • Glee (Christmas focus) at 8:00 PM on Fox (Tuesday)
  • Eureka (special ep) at 9:00 PM Syfy (Tuesday)
  • No Ordinary Family at 9:00 PM on ABC (Tuesday)
  • Ramsay’s Best Restaurant (American series debut) at 9:00 PM on BBC America (Tuesday)
  • Tower Prep at 9:00 PM on Syfy (Tuesday)
  • Warehouse 13 (Secret Santa) at 10:00 PM on Syfy (Tuesday)
  • American Ninja Warrior (season debut) at 8:00 PM on G4 (Wednesday)
  • Ghost Hunters (season finale) at 9:00 PM on Syfy (Wednesday)
  • Mythbusters at 9:00 PM on the Discovery Channel (Wednesday)
  • Hollywood Treasure (Chasing Rudolf) at 10:00 PM on Spike (Wednesday)
  • Psych at 10:00 PM on USA (Wednesday)
  • Hollywood Treasure (Justice for Dorothy) at 10:30 PM on Syfy (Wednesday)
  • The Gruffalo at 7:00 PM on AC Family (Thursday)
  • The Big Bang Theory at 8:00 PM on CBS (Thursday)
  • Bones at 8:00 PM on Fox (Thursday)
  • The Santa Incident at 8:00 PM on Hallmark (Thursday)
  • The Vampire Diaries at 8:00 PM on the CW (Thursday)
  • Ancient Aliens at 9:00 PM on the History Channel (Thursday)
  • Fringe at 9:00 PM on Fox (Thursday)
  • Nikita at 9:00 PM on the CW (Thursday)
  • Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010 at 10:00 PM on ABC  (Thursday)
  • Burn Notice at 10:00 PM on USA (Thursday)
  • Fact of Faked at 10:00 PM on Syfy (Thursday)
  • The Mentalist at 10:00 PM on CBS (Thursday)
  • Ben 10 (season finale) at 7:30 PM on the Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Smallville at 8:00 PM on the CW (Friday)
  • Wizards of Waverly Place at 8:00 PM on the Disney Channel (Friday)
  • Ghost Adventures at 9:00 PM on the Travel Channel (Friday)
  • The Haunted at 9:00 PM on Animal Planet (Friday)
  • Supernatural at 9:00 PM on the CW (Friday)
  • Sanctuary at 10:00 PM on Syfy (Friday)
  • Spike TV Video Game Awards 2010 at 8:00 PM on Spike (Saturday)
  • Celebrity Ghost Stories (Shelley Long, Daniel Stern) at 9:00 PM on Bio (Saturday)
  • Ice Quake at 9:00 PM on Syfy (Saturday)
  • The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes at 10:00 AM on Disney XD (Sunday)
  • The Amazing Race (season finale) at 8:00 PM on CBS (Sunday)
  • The Simpsons at 8:00 PM on Fox (Sunday)
  • Family Guy (Road to the North Pole) at 8:30 PM on Fox (Sunday)
  • Dexter (season finale) at 9:00 PM on Showtime (Sunday)
  • American Dat at 9:30 PM on Fox (Sunday)
  • Robot Chicken (Star Wars episode III) at 11:30 PM on Cartoon Network (Sunday)

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle. 


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