SyFy Exec Admits They Blew It with Stupid Name Change and Less Sci-Fi

- 10-29-14TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Hey, remember when Syfy showed science fiction? How many times have you heard that question asked amongst the nerderati or amongst your circle of nerdish friends? See, there was once this time that the Sci-Fi channel, later rebranded SyFy in a much maligned and mocked marketing campaign, but the somewhat radical respelling of “sci-fi” came with a shift to do less compelling and original programming, and do more cheap reality shows and ridiculously over-the-top “original” movies like Sharknado, Dinocroc Vs Supergator, et al. In a surprising and interesting new interview, one SyFy exec is saying that the channel screwed the pooch when it comes to their programming the last few years, and at a time when genre TV has been booming on other network to boot. (more…)

Joss Whedon, Ron Moore and MOAR Talk About What Makes a Showrunner in New Book

- 09-03-14Books, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Along with the rise of this Golden Age of TV, is the arrival of the celebrity showrunner. The job of a showrunner is to, as it says, run the show, and it’s been part of TV since TV began, but quick, name the person that ran Gilligan’s Island or Magnum P.I. And now try to name the showrunner for Orange is the New Black or Breaking Bad. Exactly. Well, a new book is attempting to put the rise of the celebrity showrunner cast into context, and break down what it takes to be successful in the business, and as a taste of the new book has been posted on the web in the form of an except that asks a couple of key nerd icons: What does it take to be a good showrunner? (more…)

‘Battlestar Galactica’ Movie Signs Jack Paglen to Script

- 04-07-14Film, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news about the once-great and addictive Battlestar Galactica. Apparently, they’ve been working on a movie for a while now and it looks to have finally picked up a writer. This isn’t the first writer, as the movie return to the BSG world has had its fair share of delays and snags, but it is an interesting writer – Jack Paglen. (more…)

That Time Battlestar Galactica’s Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) & Number Six (Tricia Helfer) Made a Naked Charity Calendar

- 01-03-14Nerd Culture, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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Now this is one great way to start off the new year. Two of our favorite ladies of Sci-Fi, Katee Sackhoff and Tricia Helfer, of Battlestar Galactica, created the charity Acting Outlaws, which raises and donates money to good causes. One might say they do it for the Bonerment . . . I mean BETTERMENT of Mankind . . . (more…)

Former BSG Pilot to Become Fallen Angel on ‘Supernatural’

- 08-07-13TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The fall TV season gets underway in over a month, and as such a lot of familiar actors are going to find themselves in new parts on some of your other favorite shows. To wit, look for the artist formally known as Captain Karl “Helo” Agathon on Battlestar Galactica, actor Tahmoh Penikett, is set to appear on the long-running CW series Supernatural when its ninth season begins this October, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Penikett will play Ezekiel, who is described by Supernatural executive producer Jeremy Carver as, “a dignified warrior angel injured in the fall.” The last season of the show ended with millions of angels falling to Earth, and Carver says that the formally heavenly bodies will be playing with “lots of different agendas.”

[The angels are] lost, scared, and vengeful, and I think [the storyline] is lending itself to lots of exciting and wonderful character moments for all of our characters to be dealing with. A world of fallen angels is a dirty, bloody, scary and in some ways very human world. We’re very excited to explore that.

Penikett will be in good company on the show as numerous former BSG actors have had recurring roles in Supernatural including, Mark Sheppard, Rick Worthy,  Donnelly Rhodes and Sebastian Spence. Penikett is also well known for appearing as a regular on Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse and recently played Vancouver mayoral candidate Jim Martin on Sy-Fy’s Continuum. His first episode of Supernatural will be the season premiere on October 8.

What do you say Bastards? Excited for more Helo on your TV?

Source: Blastr

The BastardCast vs. Sneezing Tits, Grumpy Cats, and Taco Thieves

- 05-31-13Featured Posted by Team Bastard

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This week on The Bastardcast, Jeremy and Jason talk about Grumpy Cat the cinema film, the chances that Dan Harmon will supplant Moses, the cost/benefit analysis of seeing a movie solely for Starbuck side-boob, and the uselessness of time capsules.

Also on the show: Fans call in to make Jeremy eat strange things he finds in his office, Jason juggles a set of flaming balls, and the fella’s both discuss the Xbox One and learn that lying is wrong.

Then, Jason uses up his remaining 20 seconds of Doctor Who rant time to talk about racism in the Whoverse… quickly, and in Trailergasm, the boys celebrate the Taco Time cross-promotion with Machete Kills and the death of innocence with Planes.

You require more sustenance? Fine, grab a straw and suck because we’ve got Whoopi Goldberg riding a dinosaur into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, concerns about a new race of sex crazed lady folk, the Kickstarter of Porn (Melissa Joan Hart, there is still hope for you!) and the guys loved Arrested Development and want to tell you all about it.

All that and the death of a beloved character for no reason at all on The Bastardcast!

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The Bastardcast, sprinkles make everything better!

Nerdy Bits: Uses for Uruk-Hai Scimitar, Kratos Goddees of War Cosplay, Plush Mega Man Blaster, Battlestar Galacti-Friends, and MOAR!

- 04-12-13Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Geeky girl uses a Uruk-Hai scimitar in ways it was never intended; like cutting bread, reaching for toilet paper, making the bed…etc. If you ever meet a girl with an above average interest in LotR like this, then you marry that girl! [GeeksAreSexy]

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British Sci Fi Cult Classic ‘Blake’s 7′ Gets the SyFy Reboot

- 04-08-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The British television scifi cult classic Blake’s 7 is getting the royal reboot treatment from writer Joe Pokaski (Heroes, CSI) and director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale). The original series ran from 1978 to 1981 and has grown a cult following through reruns, video, and DVD sales. Hoping that they can catch lightning in a bottle and replicate the success of the Battlestar Galactica reboot SyFy has given the go ahead for the production of 13 one hour episodes.

A revolutionary reinvention of the long-running BBC series made in the late 1970s, Blake’s 7 tells the story of seven criminals – 6 guilty and 1 innocent – on their way to life on a prison colony in space, who together wrestle freedom from imprisonment. They acquire an alien ship which gives them a second chance at life and become the most unlikely heroes of their time.

One interesting correlation between the Battlestar Galactica reboot and the original Blake’s 7 series is the controversy surrounding their finales. Both left fans with unanswered questions and frustrating final scenes. Perhaps some of the original actors and actresses can make cameos, that would be a nice nod to the original.

Will you be tuning in to check out the new Blake’s 7?  

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Fremantle Media’s press release:

MIPTV, Cannes, 8 April 2013 – FremantleMedia International today launches the eagerly anticipated remake of the cult drama Blake’s 7 to international buyers at MIPTV. In development with US cable network Syfy, the 13 x 1 hour series will be produced by Georgeville TV, the independent studio co-founded by Leon Clarance of Motion Picture Capital, the financing arm of Reliance Entertainment, and producer Marc Rosen. The science fiction classic will be written by Joe Pokaski (Heroes, CSI) and directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, GoldenEye).

The year is 2136, Blake wakes up on one side of the bed. He reaches for the other side. There’s nobody there. As reality sets in, this handsome ex-soldier sits up, and looks at a photo of his wife Rachel. Beautiful. Deceased.

A revolutionary reinvention of the long-running BBC series made in the late 1970s, Blake’s 7 tells the story of seven criminals – 6 guilty and 1 innocent – on their way to life on a prison colony in space, who together wrestle freedom from imprisonment. They acquire an alien ship which gives them a second chance at life and become the most unlikely heroes of their time.

David Ellender, CEO FremantleMedia International and Kids & Family Entertainment said, “Blake’s 7 was such a forward-thinking concept that the show continues to have resonance with audiences today. Its complex characters and gritty storylines, coupled with the highly talented team and modern production techniques are sure to appeal to both original fans of the show and new viewers.”

Leon Clarance, co-founder of Georgeville Television and CEO of Motion Picture Capital, the finance arm of Reliance Entertainment, said, “Joe Pokaski and Martin Campbell have worked tirelessly with the Georgeville TV team to create an amazeballs reboot of this classic space opera which I watched with my father when I was a child. This reimagined classic for a new generation of science fiction fans will enthrall original and new fans alike. I couldn’t be happier to have our beloved show handled internationally by the passionate team at FremantleMedia”

Blake’s 7 is one of several premium drama offerings in the FremantleMedia International scripted portfolio which includes Wentworth (10 x 1 hour), a FremantleMedia Australia production set to premiere on Australia’s Foxtel in May this year, and The Making of a Lady, a psychological event thriller produced by Runaway Fridge and which captivated UK audiences when it aired on ITV1 in December 2012.

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BSG’s Ron Moore Weighs in on Star Trek Movies Versus Star Trek Television

- 04-04-13Film, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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Ron Moore is no scifi television virgin. The man has taken his knocks and earned his stripes while writing and producing episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, rebooting Battlestar Galactica to critical acclaim, the not so well received BSG spinoff Caprica (Which I enjoyed), and his upcoming show Helix.  Throw in his work on two Trek movies, Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact and anyone can see this guy can back up his opinions with hard learned lessons.

In a recent interview with Star Trek.com Moore was asked by a fan if he missed Star Trek being on television. Moore responded and then elaborated on his opinion of the differences between the television shows and the movies.

I do. I think that Star Trek, in its DNA, is a television show. The features are great. They’re a lot of fun and they’ve certainly opened it up to a lot of different audiences, but the features all are basically atypical episodes, if you think about it. The features are very big action-adventure movies, lots of spectacle, run and jump, shoot-em-up and blowing things up. The fate of the Earth, or the universe itself, is always at stake. It’s always about the captain, and one other character has a strong B-story, and everyone else sort of has very small roles beyond that. But Star Trek, as originally conceived, and as you saw play out in all the other series, was really a morality play every week, and it was about an ensemble of players. They were exploring science fiction ideas, sociological ideas and moral ideas. That’s really what the shows are about, and the movies are just pitched in a different way and at a different audience.

The [TV show] will do a story where the captain is split in two by a transporter accident and one half is evil and one half is good, and the whole story is about where does the nature of a man’s strength come from? What makes a man a man? Is it his good side? His bad side? Or how the two come together to make something greater than the sum of its parts? The movies will never do that. They’ll never do a day-in-the-life story with Data [the excellent season 4 episode "Data's Day"] or something like “Lower Decks,” where you go explore the other characters. They’ll never do all the things that all of us who are fans fell in love with this franchise for. So I think, at some point, Star Trek will return to television, and that would be great. I’d love to watch the weekly adventures again just because it gives you an opportunity to explore lots of other things besides the action-adventure component.

What do you think? Many fans that I know held the opinion that the franchise needed a bit of a rest after Enterprise. Is it time to bring it back? Can it ever go back to television with the core cast considering the costs involved?

Do you agree with Moore? Let us know in the comments section below.

Via: Blastr

The Top 10 Saddest, Most Gut Wrenching Deaths in Nerdy Television

- 03-23-13Featured, TV Posted by Team Bastard

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As nerds, we connect to fictional personalities in a way “normal” people often look at as oddly serious, if not downright creepy. I’m not saying we don’t understand the difference between fantasy and reality – I’m merely pointing out that many of us are creative, sensitive people. Well-crafted imaginary characters often resonate deeply with us, and their losses can be quite harrowing. While I’m sure there are a few folks out there who’d love to re-enact key scenes from Misery with, let’s say, Joss Whedon (I’m half convinced he’s only bringing back Agent Coulson for S.H.I.E.L.D so he can slaughter him in an even more traumatizing manner), most of us stick to bitching and moaning on the Internet, threatening to boycott the shows in question, and then coming back for more next week.

But however much outrage and despair they may inspire, character deaths are often some of the most memorable moments on television – and feature some of the best writing and performances as well. Sure, there’s no shortage of poorly thought out, bullshit deaths, but they’re for another list. Get out your hankies, my nerdy brethren and sistren, and prepare to have your hearts kicked in the balls all over again with The Top 10 Saddest, Most Gut Wrenching Deaths in Nerdy Television.

NOTE: As most of you will have assumed simply from the nature of this list, it features spoilers galore. If you haven’t seen one of the shows featured, and wish to feel the full emotional impact of seeing one of its characters snuff it, I advise you to skip the entry in question. Enjoy!

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