Nerds and Star Wars go together like peanut butter and jam, which is why whenever the nerd-centric comedy The Big Bang Theory needs to go for a rim shot it’s usually to a Star Wars joke. As you may have heard, there’s a new Star wars movie coming out this December called Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and there is some degree of excitement about it, even among TV characters. So when Star Wars opens at Christmas time, you can imagine that Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj will be eagerly in line awaiting entry into the first screening, only now you won’t have to. This December, you’ll be able to see the Force awaken on Big Bang Theory too. (more…)
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TV has a long history of beloved characters who are never seen, like Norm’s wife from Cheers, or private eye boss Charles Townsend from Charlie’s Angels. But in the last couple of years, if you made a list of favorite TV characters that don’t have a face, or at least a face you’ve never seen, than Debbie Wolowitz of The Big Bang Theory would have to be near, or at the top of that list. The voice belonged to character actress Carol Ann Susi, and although she didn’t bank the huge pay checks of the regular cast, it would be wrong to say that Susi did not leave an indelible mark on the series and its fans. Sadly, it was announced that last night that Susi passed away, and though you may not have recognize her face, or her name, chances are that this woman provided you much hilarity over the years. (more…)
It was an exceptional year for TV, and that extended to the types of series that have a unique appeal to the nerdy brood. Some shows got better and some shows did actually lose a bit of quality. Some new shows dazzled out of the gate, and some shows disappointed despite our greatest hopes. But for the discerning viewer there was more to get excited about then there was to watch begrudgingly, and as we look to the year 2014, we are reaffirmed in our faith that there’s never been a better time to be nerdy. Submitted for your approval, the Top 10 Nerdy TV shows of 2013 from Nerd Bastards. (more…)
Marvel and ABC’s new series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. maybe a mixed hit with fans, heck, even Screen Rant post an article about ways to improve the show – after one episode, but believe it or not, the show is a bigger hit than you think, and they have the DVR numbers to prove it. (more…)
With all the madness of San Diego Comic Con about to burst – Psst! Follow our SDCC coverage here – you’d think they could have held off on the announcement of the Primetime Emmy nominations by at least a week. I mean, come on, don’t they realize we have toy exclusives to report on!
But announced them they have, and as expected, a few standout series are leading the pack. Game of Thrones has nabbed 16 nominations including Best Outstanding Drama Series, Peter Dinklage for Outstanding Supporting Actor (Still supporting!? What does this guy gotta do to get recognized as a lead actor!?), Emilia Clarke for Outstanding Supporting Actress (Okay… beginning to think no one from GoT is considered a lead, and that’s bullshit.), Outstanding Guest Actress for Dame Dianna Rigg, and Outstanding Writing for “The Rains of Castamere” by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Sadly though, Thrones didn’t get the most noms, that title goes to American Horror Story: Asylum with its 17 nominations. Other big nomination earners were Breaking Bad with 13, Mad Men and Downton Abbey with 12, Homeland with 11, and Boardwalk Empire with 10. Netlflix’s House of Cards, proving you don’t need to air on television in order to get nominated, picked up nine.
On the comedy side of things, SNL leads with 15, followed by 30 Rock with 13, Modern Family with 12, and The Big Bang Theory with eight.
You can find the complete list of nominations of the Emmy’s website. Who’d you like to see win? Who do you think got snubbed?
Zachary Quinto recently appeared at the 2013 Galway Film Fleadh last Friday to discuss his career and some of his current and future projects. There were a couple of interesting tid-bits that came out of the talk. When asked about his role as Spock in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films, Quinto told the audience:
Star Trek 3 should be filming, I suppose, next year. It’s going to be made a lot quicker than the last one. That’s the plan, although nothing is confirmed yet.
He was then asked if he would want to appear in Abrams Star Wars Episode VII, and Quinto said he would not, without providing any specific reason. Why no one followed up on that question is anyone’s guess. The other interesting Star Trek bit was that Quinto also mentioned Abrams plans to direct Star Trek 3. Many were of the opinion that Abrams might hand off those reins while working on the new Star Wars movie and take a more executive producer type role.
Quinto then went on to discuss his current project, directed by Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz) and his wife Jocelyn Towne. Quinto called it “a semi-autobiographical romance” and used it to explain the beard he is currently sporting below.
Later, he went into great length about his relationship with Leonard Nimoy and his wife, recounting the ways the veteran actor inspired him, in both his acting and his personal life. An audience member then asked if he would follow in Nimoy’s footsteps and make a cameo on The Big Bang Theory, Quinto said he would love to.
My cardboard cutout has already been on it, you know. I had to give my permission for them to use it. I love Simon and I also worked with Johnny (Galecki) on a new film called The Invitation (also starring Luke Wilson and Topher Grace). I have been mentioned two times on it, actually.
SDCC 2013 is fast approaching and those of you lucky Bantha Herders that have snagged tickets should be carefully planning your excursion to make the most of the event. The list below should help you in that planning.Which TV shows are you most interested in? Check out the list and let us know what you’re going to line up for.
This years panels and television screenings for SDCC 2013 are currently as follows:
SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK PILOT SCREENINGS
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 • BALLROOM 20
For the sixth straight year, WBTVG gets Comic-Con off to a dramatic start by hosting a special sneak peek, world-premiere screening event on Preview Night, debuting some of the most hotly anticipated new series of the year. For 2013, WBTV will screen the complete pilot episodes of Almost Human, The Tomorrow People and The 100 for the first time ever in public. Additionally, WBTV will unveil a special presentation of The Originals on the big screen, featuring never-before-seen footage that did not air as part of “The Originals” episode of The Vampire Diaries episode in April.
Almost Human: In the near future, technology and crime will increase so quickly that law enforcement will not be able to keep up. To maintain order and keep the public safe, all police officers must partner with highly evolved human-like-androids known as synthetics. From J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Production and Fringe executive producer J.H. Wyman, Almost Human is the story of Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban – Star Trek), and his life-like android partner Dorian (Michael Ealy – Underworld Awakening).
The Originals: From executive producer Julie Plec comes The Originals, a spinoff of The CW’s #1 series among Adults 18–34 and Comic-Con fan-favorite The Vampire Diaries. The sexy new drama centers on the Original Family, as Klaus (Joseph Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans.
The Tomorrow People: From executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow), Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries), Phil Klemmer (Chuck) and Danny Cannon (Nikita), The Tomorrow People is a story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically.
The 100: 97 years ago, Earth was devastated by a nuclear apocalypse, and mankind was nearly destroyed. The only survivors were the inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit at the time. The stations came together to form the Ark, but with resources dwindling and population growth soaring, the decision is made to send The 100, a group of juvenile delinquents, to the surface to test whether Earth is once again habitable.
TV SERIES SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, JULY 18
Murder Police (Fox): Panelists include creators David Goodman and Jason Ruiz, as well as voice talent Will Sasso, Chi McBride, Peter Atencio and Justina Machado.
MAD (Mondays 8:30/7:30c Cartoon Network): Get a glimpse behind the MADness with MAD television producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek.
FRIDAY, JULY 19
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC): Panel to include Joss Whedon, Marvel’s head of TV Jeph Loeb and additional special guests.
Banshee (Cinemax): Panelists TBD.
Sleepy Hollow (Fox): EPs Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Fringe) and Len Wiseman will unveil the new project with an exclusive, world premiere screening of the pilot followed by a Q&A with fans featuring series lead Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie.
Bones (Fox): Creator/EP Hart Hanson, EP Stephen Nathan and star David Boreanaz all return with unseen footage and a Q&A session.
Bob’s Burgers (Fox): The entire cast, featuring H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal and Larry Murphy, will be on hand for the screening and panel.
Brickleberry (Comedy Central): A full new episode of season two will debut with an intro from creators and EPs Waco O’Guin and Roger Black.
Almost Human (Late Fall, Mondays 8/7c FOX): Step into the future with series stars Karl Urban, Michael Ealy and executive producer J.H. Wyman.
The Big Bang Theory (Thursdays 8/7c CBS): In a panel sure to be filled with debate and discussion — and more than a few surprises — executive producers Steven Molaro and Bill Prady and the writers of The Big Bang Theory take fans behind the scenes of TV’s #1 comedy.
Childrens Hospital (Returning This Summer, Adult Swim): Creator/star Rob Corddry and executive producers David Wain and Jonathan Stern join cast members Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Ken Marino and Rob Huebel for a sneak peek of the show’s upcoming fifth season.
The Following (Midseason, Mondays 9/8c FOX): Become a follower with stars Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore and Valorie Curry joining executive producers Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega.
Nikita (Midseason The CW): Nikita makes its Comic-Con farewell with stars Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Devon Sawa and Noah Bean joining executive producer Craig Silverstein.
The 100 (Midseason The CW): Series stars Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell, Marie Avgeropoulos, and Henry Ian Cusick join executive producers Matthew Miller and Jason Rothenberg.
The Paranormal and Extraterrestrial Squad (Coming Soon, CWTV.com) Join producers Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) & Russ Cundiff and creators/stars John Dale & Michael Hobert as they introduce a new digital series about the misadventures of a ragtag group of ex-community college students searching for paranormal and extraterrestrial (PET) activity.
SATURDAY, JULY 20
Once Upon a Time (ABC): Panel to feature cast and producers.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC): Panel to feature cast and producers.
How I Met Your Mother (CBS): Cast members Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan join the EPs for their first ever panel.
Futurama (Comedy Central): Most of the voice cast from the series will be on hand to discuss the resurrected (and re-canceled) cartoon and introduce scenes from the upcoming “Last Episode Ever.”
The Simpsons (Fox): The 25-year-old cartoon promises never-before-seen footage from guest director Guillermo del Toro, among other things.
Family Guy (Fox): A season 12 preview is on the schedule, along with Seth Green, Alex Borstein and surprise guests.
American Dad (Fox): Will include world premiere of a song from the never-before-seen Christmas episode.
Arrow (Wednesdays 8/7c The CW): Chills turn to thrills in this session with stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards and Colton Haynes joining executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg.
The Originals (Tuesdays 8/7c The CW): Series stars Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin and Charles Michael Davis join executive producer Julie Plec.
Person of Interest (Tuesdays 10/9c CBS): Executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman join members of the cast for their third visit to Comic-Con. (You’re being watched.)
Revolution (Wednesdays 8/7c NBC): Series stars and creator/executive producer Eric Kripke power up this panel.
The Tomorrow People (Wednesdays 9/8c The CW): Practice your teleportation skills and get to this session featuring series stars Robbie Amell, Mark Pellegrino and Peyton List with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer and Danny Cannon.
The Vampire Diaries (Thursdays 8/7c The CW): Comic-Con veterans Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham and Candice Accola join executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries.
SUNDAY, JULY 21
Sons of Anarchy (FX): Creator Kurt Sutter and stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie and Jimmy Smits are all on board for the closing day panel.
Supernatural (Tuesdays 9/8c The CW): Returning to Hall H are cast members Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and Mark A. Sheppard with executive producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer.
Beware the Batman (Saturdays 10 a.m. ET/PT Cartoon Network, premiering July 13): The Dark Knight makes his return to television in this new action-packed CG animated series. Producers Glen Murakami and Mitch Watson will give fans a peek behind the cape.
Teen Titans Go! (Tuesdays 7:30/6:30c Cartoon Network): Producer Aaron Horvath joins members of the voice cast, including Greg Cipes and Scott Menville, for this screening and Q&A. Go!
It’s that time of year where we take stalk and make lists, and today we make a list of the Best Nerdy TV Shows of 2012. Now the Best Nerdy Shows are not the same as the regular Best Shows of the Year. Sure, your average nerd may love to watch Homeland, or Mad Men, or Breaking Bad, or maybe even the recently departed Gossip Girl, but the content of those shows are not necessarily nerdy. So for the purposes of this list, the “Best Shows” are ones that take place in a nerdy genre – like sci-fi, fantasy or horror – or feature a cast of characters who fit the definition of nerds.
So now that we’ve gotten than bit of preamble/introduction out of the way, let’s take a look back at the year that was (the final year?) on the boob tube. With a nerdy bend, of course.
Nerdy Bits: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Apartment Layouts, Cookie Monster Slayer, COPS: Skyrim, Mario & Luigi Bare Knuckle Brawl, and MOAR!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ask the Bastards #1: The Birth of Nerd Bastards, Superhero Sidekicks, The Future of Batman and The Inevitable Prequels Question
Welcome to Ask the Bastards, a new weekly feature in which you, the readers, get to ask us, the staff of Nerd Bastards, all the questions you want on our favorite nerdy topics of interest. Why? Well, because we’re nerds, and we love to give lengthy explanations to things. We’ll be here every week sounding off on comics, TV, film, video games, toys, cosplay and everything in between. This week we’re kicking things off by tackling questions on hated comic book characters, Batgirl and Batwoman, Final Fantasy 7, the future of DC Comics on Film and just how Nerd Bastards was born.