May (2011) I geek out now?

May (2011) I geek out now?

May is an important mainstream month for a lot of reasons: May Day, Mothers’ Day, and Memorial Day, to name a few.

It’s also a hot month for geeks.

There are two main reasons for that.

May is a “Sweeps Month” for American television.  It’s one of the months that the Nielsen ratings determine how much TV shows can charge for commercials.  It’s also the end of the regular season (which began in September), so the big networks will have season (and show) finales…sometimes leaving us with cliffhangers that take us to the next season.

Memorial Day (the last Monday in May) is also considered the start of the summer movie blockbuster season.

That’s not all…there are books, cons, comics…even though summer doesn’t start officially until June, people begin ramping up in Marvelous May.

Here are some of the geeky highlights for May 2011:

  • May 3 (TV): Scooby Doo: Mystery Inc returns
  • May 3 (TV): Looney Tunes Show (series debut)
  • May 4 (events): Something is up with Star Wars, according to the official site ( )
  • May 4 (TV): Animal Fugitives (series debut)
  • May 4 (TV): Justified (season finale)
  • May 5 (TV): Known Universe (series debut)
  • May 6-8 (cons): Gaslight Gathering in San Diego
  • May 6 (cons): Leprecon 37 in Tempe
  • May 6 (TV): Fringe (season finale)
  • May 6 (movies): The Beaver (Jodie Foster directs Mel Gibson as a man who only communicates through a beaver puppet)
  • May 6 (movies): Thor (Marvel superhero movie with Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman…and directed by Kenneth Branagh)
  • May 6 (movies): Passion Play (Mickey Rourke, Bill Murray…and Megan Fox as an angel?)
  • May 7 (events): Free Comic Book Day
  • May 7 (TV): Almighty Thor Syfy movie…not the Marvel character
  • May 7 (TV): Lady Gaga concert special on HBO
  • May 7 (TV): My Cat from Hell (series debut)
  • May 8 (TV): The Amazing Race (season finale)
  • May 8 (TV): Aqua Teen Hunger Force (season debut)
  • May 9 (TV): Stargate Universe (series finale)
  • May 10 (videogames): Brink
  • May 10 (videogames) Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
  • May 12 (TV): The Vampire Diaries (season finale)
  • May 12 (TV): Nikita (season finale)
  • May 13 (TV): Smallville (series finale)
  • May 13 (TV): The Haunted (season finale)
  • May 13 (cons): Outlantacon (hosting Gaylaxicon) in Atlanta
  • May 13 (movies): Priest (based on a graphic novel, Paul Bettany and Maggie Q are warrior priests who take on vampires)
  • May 15 (TV): Survivor (season finale)
  • May 16 (TV): Chuck (season finale)
  • May 16 (TV): Castle (season finale)
  • May 17 (TV): Tosh.0 is back
  • May 19 (cons):  Nebula Awards weekend in Washington, D.C.
  • May 19 (TV): The Big Bang Theory (season finale)
  • May 19 (TV): Bones (season finale)
  • May 19 (TV): The Mentalist (season finale)
  • May 20-22 (cons): Anime Central in Rosemont, IL
  • May 20 (TV): Supernatural (season finale)
  • May 20 (movies): Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Johnny Depp returns for his fourth movie as Captain Jack Sparrow)
  • May 21 (TV): Sinbad and the Minotaur TV movie on Syfy
  • May 22 (TV): American Dad (season finale)
  • May 22 (TV): The Simpsons (season finale)
  • May 22 (TV): Family Guy (season finale…parody of Return of the Jedi)
  • May 23 (TV): House (season finale)
  • May 23 (TV): The Event (season finale)
  • May 24 (TV): Soul Quest Overdrive (series debut)
  • May 24 (TV): Glee (season finale)
  • May 24 -26 (events): Book Expo America (major event)
  • May 25 (TV): American Idol (season finale)
  • May 26 (TV): The Secret Diary of a Call Girl (series finale)
  • May 27 (movies): Kung Fu Panda 2 (Jack Black is back)
  • May 27 (movies): The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick directs Brad Pitt, Sean Penn…and dinosaurs)

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

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