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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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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.

Via: comicbookmovie

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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

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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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Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica) has finalized the deal to bring 13 episodes of his dark thriller Helix to SyFy later this year. I have to say that when I first saw this news I got excited about seeing a series about Raptor pilot Helo . . . then I figured out I read it wrong. Word about Moore’s new project first started to spread earlier this year and fans hoped to see the deal go through.

Helix is a story about:

A team of scientists investigating a possible disease outbreak at an Arctic research facility who find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation.

SyFy‘s President of Original Content Mark Stern said:

“With its well-drawn characters, taut drama, and incredible production team, we couldn’t be more excited to see this intense thrill-ride of a series come to life.”

Moore is great at creating tension in a series and although many were disappointed in the Battlestar Galactica series ending, the man knows how to create gripping television. What do you think? will you be tuning in to check out Moore’s latest project when it hits the small screen?

Via: Deadline

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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: Slave Leo, Hubba Hubba . . . [Technabob]

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A First Look at ‘Arrow’s’ Firefly

The CW’s superhero drama Arrow has been making merry sport mining the DC Universe for potential enemies and allies for its young Emerald Archer. Next villain up for bids is Firefly, the pyromaniac with wings who typically plagues Batman, will soon be stopping by Starling City to get something started – like a fire.

In this episode, which is entitled “Burned,” Firefly is recast as a former firefighter who was severely burned on the job and apparently he decides to take out his rage on the issue by setting a few fires of his own. Firefly will be played by Andrew Dunbar, who you’ll recognize from other Vancouver-area shot sci-fi series like Battlestar Galactica and Stargate Universe.

Below is a photo gallery from the episode released by The CW. “Burned” will serve as Arrow’s midseason premiere when the show returns on January 16 at 8 pm ET/PT .

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I need some help here, no matter how I look at it, I just can’t figure it out. Let me lay out my problem. SyFy airs a Battlestar Galacitca three hour miniseries, then airs four seasons of the critically praised and fan loved (Minus the series finale) reboot of  Battlestar Galactica, but after approving, completing, then waffling between airing the show or making a web-series of the prequel movie Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, the powers that be at SyFy finally decide to put the show on the web as a 10 episode web series and then air a two hour “movie” version in February 2013 with a DVD release soon after.

I guess the plan is to milk this thing as much as possible instead of just giving the show the respect it deserves, and the fans what they want, when they want it.Just forget about everything you just read and enjoy the two episodes that are available below. SyFy confuses and confounds the hell out of me and I just can’t figure it out. I’m obviously rambling so I’m gonna take a Xanax and lay down for a bit.

Series description:

Ensign William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), barely in his 20′s and a recent Academy graduate, finds himself assigned to the newest battlestar in the colonial fleet: The Galactica. He quickly clashes with his co-pilot, Coker Fasjovik (Ben Cotton), a war-weary officer with just 47 days left on his tour of duty. In pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama can’t wait to enter the fray.

I am not one for reading novels. Especially fantasy series. I’m that special kind of asshole that says “Meh, I’ll wait till its a movie or TV series”.  It’s matter of preference really. I prefer seeing swords and tits on screen than picturing them in my mind, you know? Anyway…

A new book to screen series is in the works. Starz is developing a series based on Diana Gabaldon’s Outlanderand they’ve got Ron Moore on board to write it.

Here’s the story via Deadline:

Outlander spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure. It follows Claire, a married WWII combat nurse, who mistakenly steps back in time to year 1743 where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world of adventure that sends her on the run and threatens her life. When Claire is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, it ignites a passionate affair that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Let’s see here. We got time travel, historical fiction, a little romance… oh, and they got Battlestar Galactica‘s Ron Moore to write? How wonderfully outlandish!

Joking aside, given the concept, Ron Moore overseeing, and considering Starz past success with it’s epic Spartacus series, I think we’ve got a show that could potentially rival Game of Thrones.

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Personally, I’ve been waiting on this one a long time.  I’m a big BSG fan (but not one unwilling to admit it had its flaws) and when I heard they were going to take a dip into the history of the First Cylon War, I was pleased that I’d get the chance to see more toasters being blown to pieces.  Unfortunately, the damn thing kept getting lost in limbo and lately there’d been little word on its progress.  Now, it looks like it’s finally time!  Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome will be showing up on the Internets this Friday!

What will now be a webseries was originally designed to be a pilot with hopes for a regular television series.  But they had no luck selling the concept so it’s getting the pilot-only treatment.  Machinima’s YouTube channel will be airing the pilot as a series of ten webisodes over the course of the next four weeks, beginning on November 9th.  Each one is expected to run between 7 and 12 minutes, the typical too-short web format that always leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  But at least it will be coming.

In case you aren’t in-the-know, Blood and Chrome follows the story of a young William Adama.  It’s the 10th year of the First Cylon War and Adama, hot-shot pilot that he is, ends up getting command of the legendary Galactica.  It stars Luke Pasqualino as Adama, Lili Bordan as a scientist involved in the creation of the Cylons and Ben Cotton as Adama’s immediate commander.

And if that wasn’t enough, you can watch the trailer below:

If the webisode format doesn’t strike your fancy, you can always wait a few months.  They’ll be airing the whole thing on Syfy early next year and an unrated version DVD release will be following sometime after that.

 

Thanks to ComingSoon for bringing us the good news.