January 01, 2013, 7:01 AM — Happy New Year everyone! Hopefully everyone survived the Mayan Apocalypse, or, more realistically, the Christmas and New Year's holiday parties.
As we look ahead to 2013, there's lots on the horizon in the world of technology, TV, movies, video games and other geeky pursuits. Let's turn our nerd-ish eyes to the calendar to see what's what:
Jan. 6: For British TV fans (and public TV geeks), it's like the Super Bowl: "Downton Abbey" begins its third season on PBS Masterpiece. Although it already broadcast in Great Britain, Americans get to join the fun now on this date.
January 8-12: For gadget freaks, nothing starts the year off better than the Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas. We'll be there with our video camera and notebooks, looking at the newest TVs, computers, smartphones and other gadgety goodness.
January 25: Normally, movies that come out in January and February aren't that good, but I still have hopes for "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters", starring Jeremy "Hawkeye" Renner as Hansel. Produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, I was expecting more comedy, but the trailer looks pretty action-adventure-ish enough for me.
Jan. 31 - Feb. 2: Mac fans descend on San Francisco for the annual Macworld conference and trade show. Make sure you have your iPhone with you.
Feb. 7: After a much-too-long delay, TV show "Community" comes back for Season 4. You're forgiven if you get confused by a lot of the different holidays referenced that have gone past.
Feb. 26: Video game fans will likely go out and pick up "BioShock: Infinite", the third game in the BioShock series. Here's the latest trailer:
March 5: This could be either the greatest game ever, or another branded nightmare. But so far, we're hearing good things about "South Park: The Stick of Truth", a role-playing-game take with characters from the Comedy Central animated series.
March 18: Star Trek fans will want to trek over to their local book stores on this date to pick up "Star Trek" The Visual Dictionary" by DK Publishing. Should feature lots of cool pictures of Borgs, Klingons and Vulcans.
March 31: Winter may be over for most of the country by then, but on HBO winter is definitely still coming as Season 3 of "Game of Thrones" debuts. Get ready to head back to Westeros for more intrigue (and killing).
May 3: Summer movie season kicks off with "Iron Man 3", once again starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark. Woot!
May 17: Fire up the phasers and warp drive - "Star Trek Into Darkness" blasts into theaters. This sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot of Star Trek now includes "Sherlock" actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the bad guy. Should be a blast!
June 11-13: The annual video game trade show, E3 - Electronic Entertainment Expo has thousands heading to Los Angeles for three big days of gaming action.
June 14: Produced by Batman director Christopher Nolan, this time it's Superman's turn. "Man of Steel" hits theaters.
July 3: This one is a big deal for my kids - "Despicable Me 2" hits movie theaters, bringing more minion merriment and animated comedy.
July 26: While the original prequel didn't do that well, hopes are higher for "The Wolverine", once again starring Hugh Jackman as our favorite mutant-with-claws.
Nov. 1: Science-fiction book fans are likely awaiting the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game", especially the CGI-likely scenes of anti-gravity battle training.
Nov. 8: After The Avengers did so well in theaters this past summer, we get Iron Man 3 and this second sequel to "Thor" - "Thor: The Dark World" hits theaters.
Nov. 22: The adaptation of Book 2 of "The Hunger Games": "Catching Fire" hits movie theaters.
Dec. 13: After raking in some nice coin this past Christmas season, the second movie in The Hobbit trilogy hits theaters. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" will likely be another Christmas hit.
Dec. 20: Hopefully we'll finally get to laugh at Ron Burgundy again - "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" drops on San Diego (and other cities) in movie theaters.
Other video games/events without release dates: Grand Theft Auto 5, Fallout MMO, SimCity, Doctor Who Series 7 second half (April 2013), 50th anniversary of Doctor Who (November?), and Arrested Development new episodes on Netflix (Spring 2013).
What's on your personal geek calendar for 2013? Let me know and we'll add them to the list!
Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
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