If you’re the kind of person who reads Nerd Bastards on a regular basis, then the chances that you need to have the fact that Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a spin-off of last year’s Avengers film explained to you are rather slim.
However, it’s more than just geeks that watch TV, and while we represent a sizeable demographic–especially where TV viewers are concerned–ABC and the makers of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. are wise to be doing what they can to market their new series to a broader audience.
This new promo features a voice-over from Avengers star and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. guest star Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill. She does her best to tie together the plots of the movie and the TV series….Observe:
It’s almost here – the Agent Coulson and Friends show is almost here! Honestly, while that sounds like a great title, Marvel‘s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is much better and ABC has been on its A game promoting this juggernaut of nerd television. And while nobody outside of SDCC has seen the pilot episode yet, at least we get to see some fun new promos featuring Agent Coulson himself Clark Gregg.
The September 24th premier is still weeks out, but the Joss Whedon pilot episode has been making it’s rounds through clever trailers and online. In the first promo, with Gregg out of character, we get our first official descriptions of Coulson’s team. As you can expect, it’s as awesome as it sounds. Check it out:
In the second promo we’re treated to a highlight on Skye, the talented hacker and obsessed superhero fan played by Chloe Bennet. It’s not much, more of her saying some words between action shots, but at the very least, it shows off a few new pieces of footage seen in half-seconds.
Reprising his role as Marvel’s Agent Coulson, Clark Gregg returns in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Assembling a small,but highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D the team investigates the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.
From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers, ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville”) comes Marvel’s first TV series. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.
Did you catch this weekend’s premiere of Game of Thrones season two? It was awesome, wasn’t it? This week will be agony waiting for next Sunday night to come. But, in the meantime, we got cool shit to share so maybe this will make the wait a little easier.
First, let’s get right to the real good stuff and check out a few teasers for what’s coming up this season on Game of Thrones, including clips from next week’s episode, “The Night Lands.”
All right, yeah. Watching these teasers have only made the upcoming week and the waiting seem worse. Sorry ’bout that. But, uh, we can suffer together and just keep watching the clips on repeat. We can make it through this, okay?
You’ve probably heard Kevin Smith‘s been working on reality show for AMC. Don’t worry, it’s not going to be a look inside the Smith household à la The Osbournes or The Kardashians (Even if I would watch the fuck out of such a program, just sayin’). No, Smith’s new show is basically Pawn Stars for comic book fans, where they’ll assess the value of comics and collectibles. Also expect a lot of focus on the store’s employees, the daily running of a comic shop and of course, their loyal customers.
The show is based in Smith’s own comic book store in Redbank, N.J. called Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. In fact the show was originally going to be called Secret Stash but it’s been changed to Comic Book Men, as we can see from these promos,
Comic Book Men premieres on AMC right after the return of The Walking Dead‘s second season on February 12th. Nice time slot I’d say.
[NOTE: I’m going to go all editorial-like from here on out. If you’d prefer to not read the ranting of a comic book and Kevin Smith fangirl coming to terms with the name, Comic Book Men, move along.]
I’m really excited for this show and I hope it opens up the “mysterious” world of comic book shops to the unknowing public. I just have one teeny, weeny, itsy, bitsy problem. Did it really need to be titled Comic Book MEN?
First off, I think this is a dumb name no matter what gender it references. I understand Secret Stash could have been misleading, and this new title is very clear, but I still find it dumb. Then again, I’d find just about any reality show name dumb, but even Comic Book Fans, or The Comic Shop or something along those lines would sound better.
Secondly, calling it Comic Book Men makes me feel not welcomed. I love comic books and I frequent a fantastic local shop where I’ve never felt excluded or like a freak of nature for having boobs. To clarify, having boobs and reading the comics as opposed to posing on their covers. This comic shop also has a fairly diverse staff, gender-wise. For people a little weirded about comic shops this is where I send them, because it’s clean, organized, helpful and very welcoming. Comic book stores are in a bit of trouble if you didn’t know, they want your business, not matter who you are. So why would they choose a title that seems to say, “We’re a show for the boys, by the boys”? Why exclude female fans? What I’m afraid will happen is the title and the way they’re promoting the show might turn off other female comic books fans or maybe, women who don’t even know they’re comic book fans yet because they’ve not had the same wonderful experience at a local shop like I have.
I’m not going to vilify Kevin Smith. I adore him and I don’t think he set out to make a show about comic books where women are not welcomed. Unfortunately, it seems like that’s what happened. I know plenty of people will think I’m freakin’ out over the title for really no reason (and it’s not just me, Jill Pantozzi, who also auditioned for the show, wrote about her disappointment of the show’s new direction over on Newsarama). But after this passed year, which was freakin’ RIPE with controversy over the portrayal of women in comics, the lack of women creators being hired by the big companies and especially after those kerfuffles at conventions between comic book companies and their female fans (I’m lookin’ at you DC Comics at SDDC), you’d think someone would have seen Comic Book Men as a possibly controversial title.
All right, I’ve aired my grievances. I’ll still tune in after The Walking Dead, and I’m sure I’ll love what I see. Why? Because I love comics, and I love people who are fans and enjoy talking about them as much as me. I just would have liked to see someone like me invited to the party.
The season two premiere of The Walking Dead seems so close, yet still so far away. Sunday, October 16th simply cannot come soon enough. In these final weeks AMC is beginning their final promotional push, on the front lines are these two 30 second promos.
The first video is a super-quick montage of action, promising this season will be scary as hell and full of kick-ass zombie pwnage. The second focuses on the group and their hope for survival. I’m also fairly certain we see some scenes that must be Herschel’s farm.
Whoa. How excited am I to see a zombie take a machete through the skull? Oh so. Everything I’ve seen of season two appears to not only out-scare the first season but the drama between the survivors is going to skyrocket. How close will they remain to the comic this year? Only time will tell, but I know fans of Robert Kirkman‘s work are anxious for one really important plot point to come to fruition. Seriously, how long will they keep him alive!?
When you’re constantly defending the universe from the dark side of the force it’s nice to just lay back and enjoy a nice game of golf. This may be golf but these are most definitely not the Jedi your looking for, hell Tiger Woods couldn’t even avoid his wife’s golf swing in an SUV. While the BBC is mainly a Doctor Who zone their not afraid to take a little Star Wars and toss it in a golf commercial. The British must really be expecting a ton of viewers for the Masters Golf 2011 tour to add lightsabers and John Williams original music to their promos.
Use the 4 wood Luke
If Darth Vader played a round with these golf pros he wouldn’t even use a handicap, they’d all be dead before Vader sunk his first hole in one.