Along with the rise of this Golden Age of TV, is the arrival of the celebrity showrunner. The job of a showrunner is to, as it says, run the show, and it’s been part of TV since TV began, but quick, name the person that ran Gilligan’s Island or Magnum P.I. And now try to name the showrunner for Orange is the New Black or Breaking Bad. Exactly. Well, a new book is attempting to put the rise of the celebrity showrunner cast into context, and break down what it takes to be successful in the business, and as a taste of the new book has been posted on the web in the form of an except that asks a couple of key nerd icons: What does it take to be a good showrunner? (more…)
Ronald D. Moore
Ronald D. Moore, creator of one of my favorite science-fiction programs of all time, the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, is back on SyFy with what seems like a similarly dark and claustrophobic series: Helix. (more…)
(article by nerdbastards contributor Adam A. Donaldson, @adamadonaldson)
It’s been a huge week in nerd-friendly news, but the in a surprise addition, we’ve got our first look at the new The Thing in the form of a trailer, which is just about the first time anyone’s heard anything about this movie in months.
The plot of the film follows a Norwegian research group that discovers something alien in the snow and ice of Antarctica. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, from a script by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Eric Heisserer (Nightmare on Elm Street remake) and is directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
What’s interesting about this trailer though is that the film it advertises has been marketed (or at least rumored) to be a prequel to John Carpenter’s version of The Thing from 1982. But did you seen anything in this trailer that suggested it takes place before 1982? And for that matter, why does a prequel carry the exact same title as the movie that preceded it? Oh forget it! Let’s just enjoy the image of Ramona Flowers with a big effin’ blowtorch.