One thing that is obvious when you do a deep dive in all things Star Trek, is that the producers love to bring back actors that “get it.” That is why actors like Diana Muldaur, Jeffrey Combs, and Joseph Ruskin appeared as more than three characters over the various incarnations of the franchise. One thing that stands out about many “regular” cast members is the fact that they appeared in Trek prior to the role they are best known for.
This time we take a look at three regular cast members of Voyager that had made previous appearances on Trek before landing the role they would spend the rest of their lives signing autographs for.
Add this to the list of things that should happen, but probably won’t. There was some talk a few years ago about an animated Fireflythat went nowhere. Firefly fan and animator Stephen Bryne put together this teaser on what an animated Firefly series might look like and it looks fantastic. If only Joss Whedon would write a couple of episodes, get the original cast to do some voice work, which shouldn’t be too hard considering how easy it is to do in various locations. The only issue would be scheduling. We can dream, until then, check out this nice little video and get your hopes up because anything can happen out in the black. (more…)
Word is making the Internet rounds that Wil Wheaton (STNG, Tabletop) has joined the cast of Playstation‘s Powers. You’ve probably seen talk about Powers online, but aside for the pilot episode one can find on Youtube, you, or one of your friends, has got to have a Playstation to watch the series. That has certainly limited the audience that Powers could have developed, but Sony is determined not to just give it away. There are ways though, read on to find out how you can watch Powers without owning a Playstation. (more…)
It looks like everyone’s favorite geek guru is gearing up to do a new series. You may have seen him on his YouTube series TableTop. You may have witnessed him make his way through The Guild. Oh yeah, you might remember him from that Star Trek: The Next Generation show that all the kids were talking about. He is Wil Wheaton and now he’s coming back with his own talk show. (more…)
I could be unbelievably corny and opine that we’ve “Come A Long Way, Baby…” And regardless of how hackneyed a comment that would be, it’s the simple truth: Nerds and Geeks (use whatever term you like–the differences between them are a subject for another article) are at the vanguard of modern pop culture and entertainment: Scientists are celebrities, comic book heroes are movie stars, supermodels talk of their love for video games….This is the world Nerds built….
And this list celebrates some of it’s greatest architects.
Honored here are actors, comedians, filmmakers, physicists, TV personalities, and writers. All are card-carrying geeks, and all have contributed something unique to this wonderful Nerdiverse of ours. In the interest of communicating exactly what makes each of these personalities worthy of inclusion here, I have included a quotation from each of them (and links to their respective Facebook Pages in their names).
Anyhoo, let’s proceed with the list proper–starting at number ten with:
In the last twenty-four hours people have been stunned by SyFy’s latest freak of nature Sharknado, ourselves included. The made for TV movie starring Cassie Scerbo, Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, and John Heard was a social media sensation, sparking over a half million tweets on Twitter alone, but only gained an average 0.4 rating for viewers. That doesn’t translate to quality television, but as Deadline‘s reporting, this hasn’t stopped SyFy from thinking about their next shark-related sequel.
Not waiting for the viewing numberds, and based solely on those tweets, SyFy announced it was re-airing the film:
“Given the enormous popular demand, Syfy will present a special encore presentation of Sharknado on Thursday, July 18 at 7PM (ET/PT),” the network announced proudly this morning before the audience numbers came in.
There’s a reason they ok’d this before the actual audience numbers came in, the movie sucked – even by SyFy’s standards. In a report from Business Week the SyFy original movie, involving a freak hurricane flooding the city of Los Angeles and filling the city with man-eating sharks from tornadoes, only gained 1.3 million where on average SyFy movies have a regular viewership of 1.5 million viewers. It’s because social media like Twitter, where it received 5,000 tweets per minute at its peak, made Sharknado the “success” it appears to be.
So I guess things like Twitter and outrageous TV movies can come together and create magic. Those tweets were what made it made a worthwhile watch. Read on for the top 25 tweets from all the madness, including a few from one of Nerd Bastards own after the jump. (more…)
Unsurprisingly, ever since the announcementMatt Smith‘s leaving Doctor Who all anyone can talk about is who’ll be his replacement. There’s all sort of rumors ranging from the next Doctor being older, maybe younger, no longer white, and possibly a woman. Of course, it’s all hearsay as I’m sure eve the BBC doesn’t know who’ll be the next Doctor. Or, do they?
All right, so yesterday the Radio Times ran a story stating there could be an announcement of who is the next Doctor by next month, because it’ll be impossible to keep things secret while filming the Christmas special. And this is Radio Times, not The Sun or Daily Mail, they’re not printing total bullshit just to drive up their numbers. If an official announcement is only a month away, surely the role already is cast, right?
Then there’s this from one Mr. Wil Wheaton, who on his Tumblr wrote,
Am I the only person who knows who has been cast as the next Doctor, and who has known this was coming for several weeks? I figured that if it filtered down to me, it must be common knowledge among people who matter.
…now I feel kind of special. Yay me.
The post was in response to a quote from an article naming actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor as the running favorite for Doctor Who. He apparently has very good odds, coming in at 7/1. Back in 2011 when Ejiofor was asked if he’d ever be interested in playing The Doctor he responded,
Yes, of course. It’s always good to be asked to come back to London and do great stuff not only in television but in theatre and film too.
And while a little vague, still an affirmative. But what does Wheaton’s cryptic confession and the good odds for Ejiofor have to do with one another? Other than both appeared on Wheaton’s Tumblr? Absolutely nothing, but it’s interesting nonetheless, no? Could Wheaton’s response mean Ejiofor is a likely candidate, or that he isn’t?
I certainly think Ejiofor would make an excellent Doctor and his casting would comply with wishes of those, like myself, who’d like to see someone other than a white male as the Time Lord. What do you think? Is Ejiofor someone you’d like to see the BBC consider? Does Wheaton actually know who’s been cast? Meaning, have they already cast Smith’s replacement?
Ok, this one doesn’t need much set-up, but you may need a handkerchief by the end. While speaking at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment expo this past Saturday Wil Wheaton, everyone’s favorite starship ensign/Twitter star (and actor and writer and all around awesome guy,) was asked by an audience member/new mom to explain why being a nerd is awesome to her newborn baby girl. His response was perfect, amazing, and very heartstrings tugging.
Veteran nerdy musicians Paul and Storm, of w00tstock! fame, are already known for their nerdy music and catchy Twitter hashtags but they’re about to catapult into geek royalty with their new show Learning Town. The show, which centers around the shenanigans of the duo as they try their hand at children’s television, premiers on Geek and Sundry January 15th. Check out the interview below to see Paul and Storm dish about being nerds, setting puppets on fire and what makes them geek-out.
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at email@example.com.
Above: The bidding may have ended for this bit of Wil Wheaton memorabilia – earning a total of $1,035.00 for charity! – but that doesn’t mean you can’t share in the story. See, Wheaton was autographing this card for a friend when with a swipe of the marker he drew a big, ugly line across his face. To rectify it he added sunglasses and the requisite, “Yeeaahh!” WIN. [Nerd Approved]