The Week Ahead: December 20 – 26 2010

The Week Ahead: December 20 – 26 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.

Movies

Gulliver’s Travels

This was aimed at the kids, and Jack Black is popular with that market segment.  It’s got quite a cast beyond that: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, Catherine Tate, Billy Connolly, to name a few.  Director Rob Letterman has brought us a couple of strong-performing animated features before, Monsters vs Aliens and Shark Tale.  The screenwriters, Joe Stillman and Nicholas Stoller, both have good credits on their resumes.  The buzz is not particularly good, but they can cry all the way to the bank (to quote Liberace) on this one.  I’m not saying it’s going to be even a $40 million dogro (domestic gross) opening, but it will continue to make money forever.

The Illusionist

Definitely an art house movie (no $40m for this one), but it is likely to get an Oscar nom (if it’s qualified properly).  It’s an animated feature from the maker of the Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet), adapted from a Jacques Tati screenplay.

Other less geeky movies this week include: Little Fockers (Ben Stiller), True Grit (Jeff Bridges), and Country Strong (Gwyneth Paltrow).

New TV

  • The Sing-Off (2nd season finale) at 8:00 PM on NBC (Monday)
  • Next Great Baker at 9:00 PM on TLC (Monday)
  • Perfect Couples (preview…sitcom features Olivia Munn) at 10:00 PM on NBC (Monday)
  • Tower Prep at 8:00 PM on Cartoon Network (Tuesday)
  • Tower Prep at 9:00 PM on Cartoon Network (Tuesday)
  • American Ninja Warrior at 8:00 PM on G4 (Wednesday)
  • Human Target at 8:00 PM on Fox (Wednesday)
  • American Ninja Warrior at 9:00 PM on G4 (Wednesday)
  • Mythbusters (8th season finale) at 9:00 PM on Discovery (Wednesday)
  • Psych (5th season finale) at 10:00 PM on USA (Wednesday)
  • American Ninja Warrior at 8:00 PM on G4 (Thursday)
  • American Ninja Warrior (2nd season finale) at 9:00 PM on G4 (Thursday)
  • Ancient Aliens at 9:00 PM on History (Thursday)
  • Ghost Lab at 2:00 AM on Discovery (Friday)
  • R.L Stine’s The Haunting Hour at 8:00 PM on The Hub (Saturday)
  • R.I. Stine’s The Haunting Hour at 9:00 PM on The Hub (Saturday)
  • Dr. Who: A Christmas Carol at 9:00 PM on BBC America (Saturday)
  • Graham Norton (guests include Matt Smith of Doctor Who) at 10:15 PM on BBC America (Saturday)

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

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