The Week Ahead: February 14 – February 20 2011

The Week Ahead: February 14 – February 20 2011

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.


I Am Number Four

While The Green Hornet has done better than I predicted, I think I Am Number Four might be the first 2011 movie to break $100 million.   The director (D.J. Caruso) did the youth buzzy Disturbia, and the more-than-100m dogroing (domestic gross earning) Eagle Eye with Shia LaBeouf.  He also directed an episode of Smallville…that matters because the screenwriters of this movie include Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Executive Producers of that series).  The novel was cowritten by controversial writer James Frey (A Million Little Pieces).   The stars include Dianna Agron (Glee’s Quinn), Timothy Olyphant (Justified), and Alex Pettyfer (who will star opposite Vanessa Hudgens in Beastly later this year).  I think we are looking between 1 and 2mill dogro eventually.  Part of that will depend on whether it also attracts older viewers…that may prevent it from matching last year’s Karate Kid remake at $177m. 


I wasn’t a big fan of Taken…I still think of Liam Neeson as an actor playing the role of an action stat.  Still, it dogroed $145m.  While this new movie should attract some of the same audience, I’m not sure it will hit the same zeitgeist moment.  Is being replaced by someone else really that big a fear for the young people who are the easiest path to blockbusterdom?  It seems more like something that would concern older folks.  Still, January Jones will get some people into the theatre…as will Frank Langella.  Co-star Diane Kruger takes a step forward on this one…success here would lead to more leading roles.  I don’t want to underestimate this one, but I don’t feel like it will have legs.  I’m going to say high 60s to low 80s.  Since I try to pick one of my slots…I guess I’ll have to go with the 40 to 79 slot, but I do think it could crack 80.  You know what?  Let’s go with the 80 to 99 mil slot…live a little.  🙂

Also interesting this week are two limited openings: Vanishing on 7th Street (opening only in New York) and I Am (Portland, Oregon).

New TV

  • IBM’s Watson plays Jeopardy (syndicated…time may vary) (Monday)
  • Adventure Time at 8:00 PM on Cartoon Network (Monday)
  • Chuck (Lou Diamond Phillips guests) at 8:00 PM on NBC (Monday)
  • Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at 8:00 PM on USA (Monday)
  • Mad at 8:15 on Cartoon Network (Monday)
  • Being Human at 9:00 PM on Syfy (Monday)
  • The Cape at 9:00 PM on NBC (Monday)
  • Castle at 10:00 PM on ABC (Monday)
  • Shatner’s Raw Nerve (Penny Marshall) at 10:00 PM on Bio (Monday)
  • Shatner’s Raw Nerve (Jessalyn Gilsig) at 10:30 PM on Bio (Monday)
  • IBM’s Watson plays Jeopardy (syndicated: times and channel vary)
  • Glee at 8:00 PM on Fox (Tuesday)
  • No Ordinary Family at 8:00 PM on ABC (Tuesday)
  • Westminster Dog Show at 8:00 PM on USA (Tuesday)
  • V at 9:00 PM on ABC (Tuesday)
  • Our America with Lisa Ling (faith healers) at 10:00 PM on OWN (Tuesday)
  • IBM’s Watson plays Jeopardy (syndicated: times and channel vary) (Wednesday)
  • American Idol at 8:00 PM on Fox (Wednesday)
  • Ghost Hunters International (Puerto Rico) at 9:00 PM on Syfy (Wednesday)
  • Face Off at 10:00 PM on Syfy (Wednesday)
  • Being Erica at 11:00 PM on Soapnet (Wednesday)
  • American Idol at 8:00 PM on Fox (Thursday)
  • Big Bang Theory at 8:00 PM on CBS (Thursday)
  • The Vampire Diaries at 8:00 PM on the CW (Thursday)
  • Bones at 9:00 PM on Fox (Thursday)
  • Nikita at 9:00 PM on the CW (Thursday)
  • Archer at 10:00 PM on FX (Thursday)
  • The Mentalist at 10:00 PM on CBS (Thursday)
  • Eagleheart at 11:59 PM on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim (Thursday)
  • Young Justice at 7:00 PM on Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Ben 10 at 7:30 PM on Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Smallville at 8:00 PM on the CW (Friday)
  • Wizards of Waverly Place at 8:00 PM on Disney (Friday)
  • Fish Hooks at 8:30 PM on Disney (Friday)
  • Star Wars: the Clone Wars at 8:30 PM on Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Fringe at 9:00 PM on Fox (Friday)
  • Supernatural at 9:00 PM on the CW (Friday)
  • Merlin at 10:00 PM on Syfy (Friday)
  • Spartacus: Gods of the Arena at 10:00 PM on Starz (Friday)
  • Primeval (4th season finale) at 8:00 PM on BBC Ameica (Saturday)
  • Being Human (British version 3rd season debut) at 9:00 PM on BBC America  (Saturday)
  • American Dad at 7:30 PM on Fox (Sunday)
  • The Amazing Race (18th season debut) at 8:00 PM on CBS (Sunday)
  • The Simpsons at 8:00 PM on Fox (Sunday)
  • Family Guy at 9:00 PM on Fox (Sunday)
  • Robot Chicken at 11:45 PM on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim (Sunday)


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.

  • Con of the North, gaming, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Eternal Twilight 5, Twilight, Birminham, UK
  • Farpoint , media (guests include Tahmoh Penikett, Marc Okrand, Michael Jan Friedman) Timonium, Maryland
  • Gallifrey One, Doctor Who (and more) (guests include Peter Davison, David Gerrold, Virginia Hey) Los Angeles, California
  • Katsucon, National Harbor, Maryland
  • TrekTrax, Star Trek (guests include Tim Russ), Atlanta, Georgia

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

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