Originally created 01/12/04

The week ahead



When the history books are written, this week will probably be remembered for President George W. Bush's announcement that America will return to the moon, and then Mars. The official announcement is expected Wednesday.

Ah, space. It's only a matter of time before those Saturday matinee dreams of weightless baseball and pet moon monkeys are everyday occurrences. I wonder if there will be a three-day waiting period to buy a ray gun?

Here's a look at some other events slated for this week.

MONDAY More 'Fear' Finally, the network powers-that-be have listened to our lonesome cries and bestowed fans with an extra 10 minutes of Fear Factor. The gross-out game show will broadcast from 8 to 9:10 p.m. on NBC. Believe me, you can down a lot of live earthworms in 10 minutes. The downside is Average Joe: Hawaii will lose 10 minutes to make up for the shortfall. Life is unfair.

TUESDAY Killer DVD The bloody battle between Friday the 13th machete master Jason Vorhees and Nightmare on Elm Street slasher Freddy Krueger will never be considered a high point in the history of horror, but it's an awful lot of fun. The two '80s icons face off in Freddy Vs. Jason (creative title guys), being released today. If the big bloody battle is not your particular cup of carnage, try Lost In Space - The Complete First Season, which is also being released. Ah, there's those moon monkeys again.

WEDNESDAY A Man for Meredith So many thought the lovely Meredith Phillips had lost her chance at televised love when Bachelor Bob spurned her in the last run of the reality favorite The Bachelor. Fear not. She's been tagged as the new uber-date in The Bachelorette, which premiers at 9 p.m. on ABC.

THURSDAY Free Theater The Augusta Players will stage their award-winning production of Agnes of God at 8 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. For those on the fence about investing in a heavy drama about a mysteriously impregnated nun, the Players have sweetened the pot a little - admission is free. For more information on the Players' theatrical gift to the community, call 826-4707.

FRIDAY New on the big screen This week's movie releases include Along Came Polly, which stars Ben Stiller as a hapless, lovestruck loser who can't seem to keep out of embarrassing situations. That's a part he's never played before. Also being released are the animated television spin-off Teacher's Pet and the Fast and Furious rip-off Torque. Welcome to January, where bad movies go to die.

SATURDAY Trash or treasure? Curious as to whether that butter churn your grandmother left you is valuable or just, well, old? Check out the Aiken Center for the Arts antiques symposium. Each session costs $25 and features experts Dawn Evers and Myrna Kaye. For more information, call (803) 641-19094.

SUNDAY Sports heaven Football, football, football. Both the AFC and the NFC will decide which team goes to the Super Bowl. That's nearly seven hours of bone-crushing action, which is only about three hours less than the assorted pregame, postgame, halftime hoopla that will accompany the Super Bowl two weeks later. The AFC Championship airs at 3 p.m. on CBS; the NFC Championship begins at 6:45 p.m. on Fox.

Reach Steven Uhles at (706) 823-3626 or steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com