It was only a matter of time before this happened, to be honest: a talk show about nerds, nerd culture and the latest in pop culture was going to hit the airwaves before long and AMC took the lead after testing the waters with Comic Book Men by announcing Geeking Out, a 30-minute talk show hosted by die-hard nerd Kevin Smith and doomed superhero show producer Greg Grunberg. However, the show is just going to be one of the many other non-fiction (but nerd-themed) talk shows planned by the network for this coming season…
Neil deGrasse Tyson has proved his awesomeness as a rock star scientist with guest roles as himself on shows like The Big Bang Theory, hosting the critically-acclaimed science and discovery miniseries Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, and has appeared on numerous talk shows like The Daily Show. Now, to further confirm just how awesome he is, Tyson is getting his own talk show. On the National Geographic Channel no less. There’s no doubt that the late night landscape is changing, with Jimmy Fallon now holding court on The Tonight Show, and Stephen Colbert teeing up to takeover The Later Show, but is there room for an affable but combative scientist hosting a weekly talk show on a TV channel known more for education than entertainment? You better not doubt NdT! (more…)
In a triumph for those of us who actually understand how satire works (as well as how Faux Outrage is something to be ignored), Stephen Colbert has been announced by CBS as the replacement for David Letterman, following the late night staple’s retirement in 2015. The deal Colbert has signed is reportedly for five years, thus ending his decade long run at Comedy Central anchoring one of the best pieces of televised satire ever conceived on The Colbert Report.
Despite never claiming the crown in a fancy reality TV competition, Chris Hardwick (aka @Nerdist) could rightly be called King of the Nerds. A stand-up comic, Hardwick burst into our consciousness as the guy who stood next to Jenny McCarthy on Singled Out. Later, he would contribute to Attack of the Show, travel the country MCing panels at various Comic Cons and start the Nerdist podcast. Now, Hardwick is working as the host of AMC’s Walking Dead aftershow, The Talking Dead and his new show, The Nerdist, is about to kick off on BBC America as a part of their Supernatural Saturday’s lineup.
Given the chance to talk to Hardwick on a conference call this afternoon, we asked about his late night ambitions, which Doctor he’d like to bring back for the 50th Anniversary, and the chances of a Singled Out Kickstarter. Before we get to that, though, take a look at what Hardwick had to say when a some of the other writers on the call asked about his new show and whether he would choose The Walking Dead or Doctor Who if forced to make a choice.
You could feel nerdom explode last night when J.J. Abrams told TV host Conan O’Brien that he had brought with him a clip from his upcoming film, Star Trek: Into Darkness. The notoriously secretive filmmaker has been keeping a tight lid on the film, which completed shooting this past summer and is now in post-production. Aside from a paused frame of a masked Klingon and a couple of spy shots there is absolutely nothing substantive in way of details about Abrams’ latest Trek.
And that’s more or less remained unchanged even now.
Yes, Abrams said, the studio’s caveat for bringing a clip to Conan is that it had to be three frames long. As such it reveals absolutely zero about the plot of the film, except that at some point things get very hot for Spock. “This is a scene where Spock…for reasons that you’ll have to see the film to understand, is in a volcano in this crazy suit, and he’s in this volcano and this is the scene,” explained Abrams setting up the clip.
“I still believe that people are going to maybe freeze-frame this on their computer and study it and dissect it,” replied Conan.
So if you are interested in freeze framing it, the frames are unveiled somewhere in the 1:50 range.
Source: Hit Fix