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Based on the legendary horror novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist told the tale of  a Greek-American Catholic Priest going through a crisis of faith, a Jesuit badass going up against the ancient Babylonian demon-king of the wind (and Hubert Farnsworth‘s bound servant) Pazuzu and fiction’s scariest possessed little girl, Regan McNeil. The book stirred up a lot of controversy on its 1971 release, especially considering that the author allegedly based most of the facts of the exorcism on an actual rite, performed on a 14-year-old boy with the assumed name of Roland Doe.

The series was stuck in development hell since 2012, when the first attempt to create a TV series was made, but now it seems that FOX have given the go-ahead to finally bring the classic to the small screen…

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The Truth is Out There. The X-Files return to Fox TV January 2016

1993 was a good year for young, impressionable nerds: it gave us the high-octane hijinks of the Animaniacs, taught us how to judge a person by the content of their character with Bonkers and gave us a solid founding to pursue our dreams of one day getting abducted by actual space aliens with X-Files. The latter taught us some of the most important things about nerddom: how to pursue our dreams even when evidence points to the opposite, how to temper our expectations through scientific reasoning and lastly, how to plot out our very first, ultra-creepy slashfics.

Now, after decades of speculation, gigabytes’ worth of fanfiction, a meh kinda feature length film and the occasional bit of speculation, X-Files finally comes back to Television in a miniseries, starring nerd-favorite Fox Mulder (reprised by David Duchovny) and perpetual cynic Dana Scully (played by Gillian Anderson). But the good news doesn’t stop there, because Jimmy Kimmel added a little extra touch to the series promo, which aired on his Live Show.

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Deadpool Movie Checklist: Tights…check,  Guns…check. Matching industrial set katanas…check Marvel superhero cameos…you bet your sweet hinny. If only we got a teensy bit more roundhouse kicking…oh wait. Now we do. Deadpool is kicking things up a notch in this new television spot that aired over the weekend. Go ahead and watch it, your boss isn’t looking and if he or she does catch you at it… blame us.

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New ‘MST3K’ Finds Its Henchman in Patton Oswalt

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With 12 days left on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter campaign, a new cast member has been revealed!  Consumate character actor Patton Oswalt has been announced as the next evil henchman, TV’s Son of TV’s Frank.  For those who are not avid fans of the B movie-riffing television show that ran from 1988 until its cancellation in 1999, TV’s Frank was the henchman to Mad Scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester.  It seems family ties are strong in this reboot/continuation, since it has already been announced that Felicia Day is to play Dr. Forrester’s daughter, Kinga Forrester. (more…)

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As expected, the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead gives us no time for an emotional reunion between Glenn and Maggie. It’s immediately chaos now that the walls of the safe zone are fractured. Walkers have taken over Alexandria and all anyone can do is run for their lives.

“Start to Finish” gives us something a bit different than the show’s typical violent zombie invasion storyline does. We see part of the episode through the eyes of Jessie’s son, Sam. Whether or not you like him as a character, seeing his panic at the onslaught of walkers is emotional. He is only a fragile little boy. Alexandria has sheltered him. He doesn’t have any experience with this violence. He doesn’t have a hardened spirit like Carl does. The few scenes with him do what Fear the Walking Dead never did – they make us feel the fear of realizing that your normal life is over and zombies are coming to eat your face. (more…)

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The previews for “Always Accountable,” tugged on the emotions of fans everywhere. They implied that Daryl’s life may be in trouble. Although many view his character as sacrosanct, no one on this show is impervious to zombies or to bullets.

Since Glenn’s supposed death, every moment on this show is tense. Anyone can go at any moment. That intensity was there for all three of the central characters of the episode – Daryl, Sasha and Abe. They all saw some character development and not all of it is interesting.

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Last week was one of the most pivotal and emotional episodes of The Walking Dead. It left many of us hopeless and many of us rewatching a certain scene frame by frame looking for signs of hope.

We don’t get a resolution to that this week. Instead, we see Morgan’s origin story – and all good superheroes have an origin story.

Morgan tells his story to the Wolf that he encountered at the end of JSS, the same Wolf who approached him in the woods in season 5’s “Conquer.” Morgan tells him that if he truly wants to take everything from him, then he’s going to give him everything. Like most of us, “everything” to Morgan isn’t something material. It’s not something he owns. It’s his memories, his history, his emotions.

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Halloween is only one scant week away, and this year we get a little extra treat with our tricks: Ash vs. Evil Dead premieres on Starz that very night!  While the further adventures of everyone’s favorite groovy hero-wannabe is a long time coming, initial reviews for the show have been positive, and honestly, who can’t use a little more Bruce Campbell in their life, am I right?  Today, Starz gives its fans an advance candy-bar of a gift, even if it is a little fun-sized: they’ve put the first four minutes of the first episode online for the whole world to enjoy!

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Fall 2015 TV Guide for Nerds

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As summer comes to a close, the powers-that-be at the cable and network television stations (and let’s not forget the burgeoning online and on-demand TV original content as well) are ready to unleash a wave of brand-new shows and returning fan favorites.  Will you and your DVR have the time, capacity, and dedication to be like a Pokemon master and catch ‘em all?

If you do find yourself able to watch every single show that’s skewed towards the sci-fi, fantasy, super-hero, horror, and pop-culture-entertainment genres, then you likely either don’t have a job and live in some type of underground dwelling or are a trophy-partner, Real Housewife/Husband of <<Insert Major City Name Here>> type.  For the rest of us “normal” folks, however, choosing what to commit our precious free time and fan fervor to can be a daunting task; heck, there’s such an overload of stuff coming our way in the next few weeks that you may not even know about everything or when it’s going to start coming at you!  Fortunately, NerdBastards has got you covered. (more…)

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As the first season of Fear the Walking Dead progresses, it inevitably moves further away from the “talking about the zombie apocalypse” stage and progresses into the “in the thick of the sh!tstorm of the zombie apocalypse” stage, where – let’s face it – most fans want the show to be.  Last night’s episode, “The Dog,” took a major leap in that direction… so let’s talk all about it!

WARNING: What you’re about to read contains spoilers about this episode and possibly this season of Fear the Walking Dead.  Proceed at your own risk/reward!

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