Two fictional science and technology programs of note this week. First, the CBS network will premiere Extant on July 9th, and there will be some late night guest promotion (see below). It focuses on the return of an astronaut from a 13 month solo mission, where something happened to her that led to a pregnancy. It’s also set in a future world where android kids are almost ready for mass market use. The astronaut’s child is apparently the first of these children.
The other fictional program note relates to Manhattan, which will premiere on WGN America in the U.S. on July 26. The Manhattan of the title is the Manhattan Project, and the show revolves around the scientists and military personnel in that project assigned to Los Alamos, New Mexico. I mention it today because over the weekend WGN showed a part-promotion/part-historical special. It will likely be repeated between now and the show’s premiere. For a promotional piece, the program managed to give the history a fair amount of respect. Even if you aren’t interested in watching the program, I’d encourage you to catch the special.
On to the listings. Some shows remain in repeats, while the Comedy Central programs are pre-empted this week. Other shows appear to be starting a summer trend of Friday repeats. As several shows (mostly on cable) do not air new episodes on Fridays, this trend may expand over the next few years. Of the repeats this week, you can catch Transcendence director Wally Pfister from April talking on Carson Daly’s show on Wednesday. On Friday you can re-watch Morgan Freeman’s latest appearance with Craig Ferguson, where they often talk about Freeman’s science program Through the Wormhole.
In new programs we can watch Extant star Halle Berry on
Tuesday Monday night. She’ll sit down with Dave Letterman. Andy Serkis continues to promote Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (and his motion capture work) by talking with Seth Meyers on Wednesday. Over on CBS, Michael Sheen, who plays Dr. William Masters on the Showtime program Masters of Sex, visits with old friend Craig Ferguson. (Yes, Sheen plays that Dr. Masters)
Finally, it’s worth looking ahead to next Monday (the 14th) to see that the hosts of Radiolab, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, will spar (I’m guessing) with Stephen Colbert.