‘Double Dare” To Return To Television?


If you are a child of the 80’s, there is very little doubt that you enjoyed the Nickelodeon series, Double Dare.  The mess-a-minute game show ran from 86-93 and a reboot series would make its way to television in 2000, though its run was considerably shorter than the original.  Well, it appears that one of the hosts of the classic series would love to give it another go and if the Nickelodeon execs are ready to bring on the slime, so is he.  It appears that Marc Summers, the only DD host in many fans’ minds, wants to get back to the mess with a new reboot. (more…)


If you’ve been paying attention to Nickelodeon‘s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series you’ll notice they haven’t really been fighting the usual kind of bad guys. The alien race called the Kraang, mutated people, mad scientists and the Foot clan; but they’ve never really encountered someone like the Shredder. And much like the audience they’ve never even seen his face. Now, ahead of San Diego Comic Con the secret has been revealed – and can be on your shelf by the end of the week!

Ahead of next week’s annual SDCC, Playmates Toys, the company licensed to sell the line of TMNT toys has released the first look at Oroku Saki (Shredder) and his face. Check him and his very pointy armour out below.



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Above: The third phase of the Marvel universe is still a long way away, but that hasn’t stopped fans like AndrewSS7 from making their own Ant-Man movie posters. Featuring his own take on Henry Pym’s Ant-Man armor,it paints a pretty convincing movie poster that Marvel might want to snatch up. [Geek Tyrant]

Hit the jump for Dragons and assassins, Daleks and more.

Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art. On with the dump!

Cory Godbey is doing the covers for  Ed Staruss’ forthcoming book about Tolkien’s The Hobbit, above is just a taste of the his amazing work. [Geek-Art]

Hit the Jump for the Mario Bros., Metal Gear Solid’s Meryl and MOAR! (more…)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has returned to entertain a new generation of kids (and adults, of course), courtesy of Nickelodeon.  It just started up this last weekend and apparently it’s already making waves.  The premiere was so successful, in fact, that the powers-that-be have already decided they want a second season.

A second, 26-episode run is slotted for next year as Nickelodeon tries to keep the ball rolling on this one.  Of course, with the amount of popularity it’s already generated, it’s no wonder they want to hold on to this cash cow.

Below is the official press release, for those interested in such things.

NEW YORK – Oct. 2, 2012– Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello – aka the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – made a triumphant return to television in their new Nickelodeon series premiere this weekend (Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m., ET/PT), ranking as the week’s top telecast with kids 2-11 (6.2/2.1 million) and boys 6-11 (8.2/837,000) across broadcast and cable TV, and the number-one kids program on basic cable with total viewers (drawing 3.9 million) for the week. Additionally, the new CG-animated version of the series hit a ratings high for Nickelodeon with boys 2-11 (7.5/1.3 million), and was the network’s top-rated premiere for an animated series since 2009. During its premiere weekend the series reached nearly 12 million total viewers.
Following its launch success, Nickelodeon has ordered 26 additional episodes of the series, which will begin airing next year. Additionally, the reintroduction of this storied franchise has already ignited excitement in the licensing community, with the new line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles consumer products from Playmates Toys being named ‘Hot Toys for the Holidays’ on the prestigious Toys R’ Us and Time to Play lists.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set in present day New York City, from the glittering towers of Manhattan to the dark depths of the sewers, and follows the adventures of four humanoid turtles and a six-foot-tall rat, Master Splinter. One day, while living a life in seclusion with his four pet turtles, the once human, Splinter, encountered a mysterious green ooze that covered him and his pets. Overcome by the mutagen, he was transformed into a rat and his four pets became humanoid turtles. Fearing persecution from humans, he brought the Turtles underground and raised them, training them to become ninjas. Years have passed since that point and the four turtles, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo, are now headstrong teenagers, filled with the confidence of youth and a burning desire to see the world.
The series stars Jason Biggs (Leonardo), Sean Astin (Raphael), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Mae Whitman (April O’Neil), Hoon Lee (Master Splinter) and Kevin Michael Richardson (Shredder). The executive producers for the series are Ciro Nieli, Joshua Sternin & J.R. Ventimilia and Peter Hastings. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is premiering globally across Nickelodeon’s channels around the world.

So what do the folks at home think?  Have you seen the new show?   It is any good?  Will you be watching for another year?


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A second trailer for the new CG animated Nickelodeon series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has hit the interwebz. Go ahead and jump to the video below. I’m just going to sit here and sarcastically whirl my noise maker and blow on my kazoo.

I dunno about you, but I am completely pessimistic about this TMNT reboot. It looks so bad! Literally. The character design is completely ridiculous looking. Since when do the turtles have elephantiasis feet? I know they’re supposed to fight “The Foot”, but this is a bit too literal. Oh, and the animation? Gawd! It looks so disgustingly cheap. I know a couple of kids at my mother in-laws daycare center who could do better with a box of broken crayons and book of Post-its.

I will say, though, the personalities of each turtle and over-all wackyness seem to be serviceable.  To that degree, I guess if the main aspect are there, the horrid art design and N64 type graphics can be overlooked. Right?

Bah! Forget it. I have no faith. This looks horrible and I’m not just saying that because I’m a fan of the old cartoon, but because it looks like shit.  I do, though, miss the good old days of the TMNT cartoon, both 80’s and new version where it was slightly more like the comic-book. God bless those days.

Here’s the synopsis:

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a fictional team of four human/turtle hybrids, who were trained by their human/rat hybrid sensei in the art of ninjutsu and named after four Renaissance artists. From their home in the storm sewers of New York City, they battle petty criminals, evil megalomaniacs, and alien invaders, all while remaining isolated from society at large.

The show is set to be released this fall and features the voices of Jason Biggs as Leonardo, Sean Astin as Raphael, Greg Cipes as Michelangelo, and Rob Paulsen as Donatello.

Words Good! Read Now!: Volume One

Hello kindly reader, how are you? Shh shh, let’s keep the mystery alive. Right now you are reading the first installment of a new column here on called Words Good! Read Now! Our goal: Deliver unto you a collection of high quality, thought provoking, and entertaining articles from all across the interweb. Why am I taking time out of my hectic and majestic life to write about other people’s words and suggest them to you? Quite simply, I love writers and I love words and if 100 of you read this and go read these articles and then maybe some of you recommend those articles… well, then that will be a decent amount of people reading these things. What, you thought I’d end with some kind of dramatic flourish? Blah, blah, blah — Words Good! Read Now!

Nick Offerman tells Sean O’Neal (The AV Club) about what it’s like to be a normal, easy going guy in Hollywood, not caring about the Emmy Awards, and how his massive (fake) penis got him work in the early days.  Click here for the article.

You are familiar with Nickelodeon’s green slime, yes? Check out the origin story of that slime with Matt Soniak’s report on Mental Floss. Click here for the article.

I’m a big fan of Rock-Docs, The Foo Fighters, and Rock and Roll history. I also like gourmet cupcakes. Dave Grohl’s directorial debut, Sound City, checks off three of those boxes and Jon Blistien — a reporter for the upstart indie music magazine Rolling Stone — reports on the progress of the doc that explores the history of the historic Sound City recording studio where Tom Petty, Nirvana, and several other legendary groups recorded some of the greatest albums of all time. Here is the link to this article, and here is a link to an article that will explain to you what an “album” is.

Lauren Davis (IO9) writes about the possibility of 3-D printers gaining the ability to “print” out prescription drugs. It’s a far off concept but it could change the world and save millions of lives by giving them faster access to pharmaceuticals. Read the article here.

Hannah Shaw-Williams from Bleeding Cool takes us on a tour of some of the most outstanding and imaginative crowd-funded films. Click here for the article.

Two (actually three) sad stories conclude this first installment of the column. Tom Davis was a comic legend. Working on SNL in it’s early days, Davis and his writing partner (now Senator) Al Franken created several legendary characters and helped establish and shape the show when it was in its infancy. Crix Lee wrote a wonderful piece about Davis’ career for GeekNation, (which you can read here) but Davis himself wrote a funny, easy going, and soulful estimation of his life amidst the dying. You can read that here, and it is the best thing I read this week.

The second (actually third) sad article is about the Aurora tragedy. Many writers rose in this horrible moment to deliver heartfelt and poetic articles. I don’t know how many of these have been written, and I don’t know how many more need to be, but Rich Johnston from Bleeding Cool summed things up about as well as anyone could. You can read his article — “Remember Denver, But Not the Killer” — here.

This concludes this week’s edition of Words Good! Read Now! If you have suggestions throughout the week, please feel free to email me at If you have mean things to say, email Luke. 


Now that Micheal Bay‘s Ninja Turtles is dead (yes, I know it’s just ‘on hold’ but let me have this, ok?) it’s safe to say the beloved heroes in a half shell are safe. Well, sorta.

A property that has seen many iterations and variations over its near 30 year history is about to get a whole new one. At this years San Diego Comic Con Nickelodeon displayed some footage from their forth coming CGI cartoon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It looks… interesting.

Check out the clip after the jump. (more…)

When I reported on the news The Legend of Korra would be getting a second season yesterday I was pleasantly surprised so many of you Nerd Bastards were Avatards. Ha! I’ll never get over how ridiculous that name is. Anyway, knowing we’ve got the audience and I’m more than happy to keep talking about Korra let’s run through some of the Comic-Con highlights.

First, Cinema Blend has been doing an excellent job running live blogs for those uber-popular panels that not everyone can attend. Here’s some choice bits from The Legend of Korra panel.

  • Book Two will be called “Spirit” and it’ll take place 6 months after the end of Book One. And what d’ya know, it’ll be a more spiritual season.
  • We’ll visit the Southern Water Tribe again, there will be a Water Festival, and we’ll see how the Southern Tribe has been built back up. Think more like Northern Tribe in Avatar.
  • Korra’s parents show up again, and we meet her uncle, Ulak, who’s cheif of the Northern Water Tribe. We’ll also learn how Korra’s destiny ties into her family and her family’s role in the two water tribes.
  • We’ll see the Southern Air Temple and more ancient airbending places.
  • We’ll meet Ang and Katara’s daughter, Kya, as well as see more of Bumi.
  • Asami runs Future Industries, Mako’s a cop, and Bolin is still a Fire Ferret.

The crowd also got to record sound for the pro-bending matches! Lucky bastards. Again, check out the entire live blog at Cinema Blend.

Here’s a quick interview with P.J. Byrne, the voice of the Bolin, from the con in where he reveals what very little he can say about Book Two,

And, finally, this isn’t from Comic-Con, per se, but it might make you feel like you’re actually at a panel learning some behind the scenes info. Currently, Nickelodeon has been airing these Making of a Legend specials about the first season of Korra, but there’s a lot of filler material in each episode that can make it hassle to sit through.

Not anymore! One devoted fan has trimmed down the three specials that have aired so far into one, seven minute video. Enjoy!