It seems that Arrow is adding so many people for its fourth season on a semi-regular basis, we’re going to start wondering whether there’s going to be enough room for the regular cast. If the third season of Arrow struggled with finding a way to tell a compelling story about Ra’s al Ghul and Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) struggle with his dual identity, it seems that season four will compensate by throwing so many new characters at us, we’ll be too busy trying to keep up with all the new faces to critique the actually plotting. Kidding aside, we now have two new faces to keep up with on Arrow this season, one mysterious and one obvious. (more…)
There is no question that audiences are super excited about Netflix’s new original series, Marvel’s Daredevil. The excitement for the series carries far beyond the fan base that follows the comic book series and extends all the way through every actor and producer who has had the privilege of working on the show. While we have recently been highlighting several comments that are specifically centered around the series itself, at last week’s press junket for the show, NerdBastards did have a chance to ask one of the series stars, Deborah Ann Woll, a bit of a deeper question and the response we received was a wonderful one. (more…)
I think it’s been an avowed rule of portrayals of Jimmy Olsen that Superman’s best friend is – What’s the word I’m looking for? – a nerd. He was a young kid that wore a bow tie for decades for crying out loud! Unless you’re The Doctor, nothing says “nerd” like wearing a bow tie and being under the age of 50 (of course Doctor Who may not exactly be the lampshade I’m thinking of for this rule). But if Jimmy Olsen isn’t supposed to be anything, it’s a well-cut side of beef that’s part underwear model, and part athlete. After all, what good is it to be Superman’s best friend if it looks like you’d have a good chance at kicking his ass if he didn’t have super-powers? To wit, Mehcad Brooks has now been cast as Olsen in CBS’ Supergirl series. (more…)
In Marvel’s hands, the Daredevil series for Netflix audiences is on an upward spiral. It seems every week there’s news of a pivotal New York City shoot or some well-received casting news. In terms of the latter, it looks a like long-term love interest to series protagonist and ace attorney Matt Murdock, played by Charlie Cox, has been cast today. The lovely Karen Page is set to grace the small screens, educating the uninitiated that our hero actually got to date someone besides Elektra. Karen started out as a secretary at Matt’s law firm. The two started getting hot and heavy and eventually she’d find out about his alternative lifestyle as a Hell’s Kitchen hero. And who is the lucky actress taking on this small but important task? The answer lingers outside the world of superheroes and borders on the supernatural… (more…)
This June, True Blood returns, bringing all of the boobs, blood, chiseled abs, vampires, werewolves and on-the-nose political metaphors with it. Season Seven is the show’s final hurrah and, if this first full-length trailer is any indication, it’s going to be a total slaughter-fest.
I have to tell you right off the bat that I haven’t watched a single episode of True Blood. I know, I know, what the hell is wrong with me? It’s just that Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Big Bang Theory, and a whole lot of life got in the way. So you can imagine that when I had this teaser to cover, that I might be a little confused, but I’ve been confused before. (more…)
Today HBO announced True Blood‘s next season will be its last, finally burying their long-standing, vampy smut fest after seven years. And there’s no denying it was a good seven years. Continually, True Blood would bring in incredibly good ratings, and up until Game of Thrones came along the series was HBO’s flagship drama.
HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo,
True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.
It also survived a turbulent period where showrunner Alan Ball left the series before it came back for the sixth season, bringing into question whether or not that sixth season would happen at all. But under the guidance of new showrunner, Brian Buckner, the series has re-surged with some calling this season one of its best, yet. Plus, it’s been confirmed all major players (Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, etc.) will be returning for True Blood‘s final season.
Personally, I stopped watching early on last season as I couldn’t handle its dive from the delightfully ridiculous to the outright ludicrous, but the news next season will be its final has certainly intrigued me to catch up. You?
It must be reassuring for the producers of AMC’s The Walking Dead to see a headline about showrunner drama on a major cable series and realize that for once it’s not about their show.
But this is the case for True Blood, the popular HBO gothic soap about sexy vampires and their sexy adventures with sexy humans and other supernatural creatures. As you’ll call, show creator and executive producer Alan Ball stepped down at the end of last year, replaced by Mark Hudis. Well, The Hollywood Reporter tells us today that Hudis is stepping away from True Blood before his first season as showrunner, the series’ sixth, has even aired.
“Mark Hudis has stepped down as showrunner of True Blood to focus on development under his overall deal with the network.” said an HBO spokesperson. Hudis will continue under his two-year development deal he signed with HBO last spring.
Brian Buckner, a writer/producer who’s been with True Blood since season one, will take over for Hudis.
So why is Hudis gone? No one – with surprise sarcasm – is talking. Perhaps he couldn’t cope with the horrible mess Ball left behind in the season five finale, and I don’t just mean the massacre at vampire HQ.
True Blood season six debuts on HBO this summer.
HBO has premiered the full trailer for True Blood Season Five. This NerdBastard hasn’t really watched much, but the addition of Christopher Meloni to the cast has gotten me interested. All you True Blood fans . . . is it worth a re-look?
The new season begins on June 10th.
“True Blood” takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. Alan Ball created and executive produces the show, based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.
Charlaine Harris, who wrote the book series that inspired HBO’s True Blood, will be stepping back from the world of vampires and werewolves to develop Grave Sight, a television adaptation of her Harper Connelly Mysteries, for Syfy.
Announced at Syfy’s 2012 upfronts on Tuesday evening, Grave Sight will follow Harper Connelly, who, after being struck by lightning, is able to sense the location and last memories of dead people. Teaming up with her stepbrother Tolliver Lang, the pair attempts to help find a missing teenage girl… only to uncover a network of lies and murders throughout a small town in the Ozarks.
So, this is going to be AMC’s The Killing mixed with a little Medium and Jennifer Love Hewitt’s The Ghost Whisper? Wow that sounds pretty nifty… oh, but wait, it’s on SyFy? Fuck it, never mind.
Grave Sight would be best suited in the hands of AMC or FX, as they are stations that care about story and production value. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy many programs on SyFy, but the bulk of their programming is way too campy. Fun and cheesy is not the approach to take with a property like Grave Sight.
OK, so I am cursing SyFy for something they haven’t made yet. I should give them chance. However, it’s one of 27 additional scripted and reality projects, as well as 6 unscripted series orders in development. With so many projects on the docket, it’s likely Grave Sight will get lost in the shuffle of things.