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Amazon Picks Up “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” From Ron Moore and Bryan Cranston

Amazon has now officially picked up science fiction anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams for a ten episode season. Executive Produced by Ronald D. Moore, Bryan Cranston and Michael Dinner, each episode will feature a different science fiction tale based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick.

The project, developed at Sony, was originally intended to air on AMC in the states, but was dropped by the network. Amazon picking it up makes perfect sense though, as they already have one series based on Dick’s work on air (The Man in the High Castle) and it gives them something to compete with rival streaming service Netflix’s Black Mirror.

Personally, I’m excited.

Via Tracking Board

No, ‘The Grand Tour’ is NOT the Most Pirated Show of All TIme

So I want you repeat after me: “I will never trust The Daily Mail, I will never trust The Daily Mail, I will never trust The Daily Mail… ” and just keep going with that for at least an hour. Once you know it by heart, we can proceed.

The internet was awash in articles today with headlines like “Amazon’s The Grand Tour is the Most Illegally Downloaded Show Ever,” “The Grand Tour May Be The Most Illegally Downloaded TV Show In History,” and “Amazon’s ‘Grand Tour‘ may be the most pirated TV show ever.” Everyone seems to be talking about how the spiritual successor to the “new” Top Gear (old-new Top Gear?) had miraculously become the most pirated show of all time.

I mean, that would be miraculous. Because while The Grand Tour has been an unparalleled success for Amazon’s streaming platform, to beat out The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones in popularity on illegal platforms would take such a massive ground swell of activity it would boggle the mind. Piracy is usually proportional to popularity, and if The Grand Tour really was the most pirated show of all time, it’d surely be headline worthy. Except here’s the thing – it’s really not.

Not by a long shot.

You see, all of those articles go back to a singular source — this Daily Mail article. And, if you recall how I started this particular article, you should never trust The Daily Mail.

Their article cites data from Muso, a London based anti-piracy company, but doesn’t really contextualize it. Everyone just started repeating what The Daily Mail published without actually confirming it (or even checking to see if that’s what Muso’s data said). Well, everyone except Variety.

Variety actually contacted Muso, and Muso told them that it was The Grand Tour was the most pirated British TV show and had the “highest level of piracy for a TV series in its first season through the first three episodes.” Muso didn’t release any actual numbers though, so Variety sought out other sources of data:

Data from another research firm, Germany-based Tecxipio, shows that “Grand Tour” was not even close to being the most-pirated show over the last three weeks. From Nov. 18 to Dec. 11, episodes of “The Grand Tour” were shared 1.92 million times by internet users on peer-to-peer piracy networks, per Tecxipio. By comparison, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” over the same time period saw 9.87 million total illegal downloads.

And while those numbers for The Walking Dead seem impressive, they’re nothing compared to how often Game of Thrones gets pirated. But people didn’t want to dig, and saw potential for a flashy headline — going to press with dubious claims promoted by The Daily Mail.

And, as I always say, you should never trust The Daily Mail.

Via Variety

Episode 83 – The Bare Minimum

On this episode of Nerd & Tie, Trae and Nick fly it alone without Pher (who was busy elsewhere — possibly arm wrestling with the Governor of Minnesota). We talk about the new Power Rangers trailer, how Wonder Woman is (finally) canonically queer, Iron Fist getting a release date, Ben Affleck’s Batman movie maybe (but probably not) having a title, the second Wine Country Comic Con, and how well the Nerd & Tie Expo went.

It’s a good time, trust us.

Clarkson, Hammond and May are Back in the Trailer for ‘The Grand Tour’

For over a decade, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May hosted the BBC’s Top Gear — and it was amazing. Honest to god, it’s what got me back into cars as an adult. But then Clarkson had what is best described as a bad day, and punched one of the show’s producers. While it’s completely understandable that the BBC decided to fire him, most of us were still sad to see that version of the show go. Frankly, it meant no more Top Gear for a lot of us (as I have a hatred for the other Chris Evans, though now that he’s off the show I might check it out).

Clarkson, Hammond and May landed on their feet though, of course, as they soon made a deal with Amazon Studios to produce a new show. And while multiple titles got tossed around, they apparently settled on The Grand Tour. We also now have a trailer for the show, which makes the new show look pretty damned familiar for long time fans of the trio. I could add more comment, but honestly, I’m just excited to get to watch more of the three.

The first episode of Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour will premiere on November 18th, with a new episode following every week after for the rest of the first season.

Amazon Orders ‘The Tick’ To Series

One of the shows we’ve been looking forward to the most for the last couple of years is Amazon’s reboot of The Tick. We got the pilot not that long ago, and it was pretty damned amazing. The new version is not exactly like either the previous live action adaptation or the animated version, but still captures the feel of the original comics. This is a new Tick, but it still feels connected to the old.

Unlike most other networks and services, Amazon’s process is to put its produced pilots online and let the viewers decide whether or not a show will continue. We’ve been waiting anxiously to find out whether or not the show would keep going.

And the answer is “yes it will.”

The show has been picked up for a full season order, and it’s expected to premiere sometime in 2017. Personally, I’m excited. The pilot was rock solid, and I think the show is going to be pretty damned great.

Via Screenrant

Peter Serafinowicz Has Been Cast as ‘The Tick’ in Amazon Reboot

The return of The Tick to television has been a long time coming, with the development of an Amazon live action version first announced back in 2014. Even thought the new show will likely be darker than the previous live action adaptation, many had hoped that Patrick Warburton would return to the role. (as he is a a producer on the show).

Sadly though, once it was announced earlier this month that Amazon was finally moving forward on a pilot, Warburton’s schedule would not allow him to return to the role. So while we’re getting more The Tick, we didn’t know who would play him.

Well, time passes and new information has come to light. We now know who will be donning the blue suit in the pilot, and that’s none other than Peter Serafinowicz.

Serafinowicz is best known to audiences for his appearances in Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, he’s an interesting choice. He definitely has the comedy chops for the role, though they may have to do something about his chin…

In any case, if we can’t have Warburton, Serafinowicz seems like a pretty solid alternative. No word when the pilot for The Tick will be released (as Amazon tends to decided which shows to order to series based on how well the pilots do with their users), but we’re sure to have thoughts on it once it’s out.

Via The Wrap

Amazon Finally Orders Pilot for ‘The Tick,’ Sadly Without Warburton

We first heard about the possibility of The Tick making a live action comeback on Amazon back in 2014. Everyone around these parts got pretty excited, but then there was… nothing. In fact I was starting to think this project was just dead.

Well, after a long silence, Deadline is now reporting that Amazon has finally gotten around to ordering the series to pilot.

Sadly, it turns out (due to his schedule) that Patrick Warburton is unavailable to return, so the role will have to be recast. Arthur has already been recast with Griffin Newman now filling the role, and Valorie Curry will play Arthur’s sister Dot. Warburton will still be involved as a producer, and The Tick creator Ben Edlund will (of course) be showrunning the series if it gets picked up.

On the upside, Amazon releases its pilots whether or not they end up making a full show out of it – so we’re going to get to watch some The Tick no matter what. I think that’s pretty awesome.

Via Deadline

‘Galaxy Quest’ TV Show Ends Up at Amazon

Last spring there was a lot of buzz about the possibility of a Galaxy Quest TV show. Here at Nerd & Tie, we were a bit skeptical whether or not this was a good idea (as we love the movie so much and worry about its legacy).

Well, it seems like Paramount has found a home for the project, as news has hit that the show is being developed over at Amazon. As Amazon tends to put any pilots it makes online, that means we will definitely find out what the heck this TV series is going to look like.

No word as to what the actual premise is. We don’t know if any of the (very expensive) cast will return, nor do we know if this will be a continuation or a complete reboot. To be honest, we know… well… nothing when you break it down beyond the fact that this is a thing that is happening. It is happening to all of us.

Well, to those of us with Amazon Prime accounts it is at least.

Via EW

“The Tick” TV Relaunch May Be Darker Than Previous Series

Talking Movieweb, Patrick Warburton hinted that the new incarnation of The Tick TV show that’s being developed for Amazon may end up being a lot darker than his previous outing as the character thirteen years ago. This would make the show more in line with the original comics appearances of the character, where the Tick was more of a dangerous lunatic than a loveable (yet nigh-invulnerable) oaf.

But beyond general hints, Warburton is fairly tight lipped about the reboot:

I’m really not at liberty to discuss anything in regards to The Tick right now. I will say, isn’t it ironic that Captain Liberty’s friend isn’t at liberty? Are there discussions? I would say things look very interesting and positive. I love The Tick. I’d love to do it again. I never would have thought I’d have the opportunity to do this again. I think it would be a blast to do it again. We’ll see what happens.

We’ll see what happens indeed.

Via Movieweb

Episode 29 – Definitely Not CBS

On this episode of Nerd & Tie we talk about Marvels (lack of) plans for an Iron Man 4, the return of The Tick live action series, DashCon rebranding to “EmotiCon”, a Supergirl TV series being developed, the DC Carnival of Sadness being official policy, Dwayne Johnson and Benedict Cumberbatch’s future with DC, and our thoughts on Geek.kon.

Oh, and Nick kept losing his connection. Podcasting is fun!