On this episode of Nerd & Tie Nick and Gen go it alone, as Skype decided it hated Trae just before the episode began. The two of them discuss Netflix’s renewal of Mystery Science Theater 3000, The CW’s firing of Andrew Kreisberg, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s departure from American Gods, Anime Boston’s lawsuit against Boston AnimeFest (with Trae chiming in in post-production), and how Waxacon wrote some bad checks.
The first season of Starz’s American Gods, based off the of the Neil Gaiman book of the same name, was honestly just plain amazing. It accurately captured the novel’s feel and tone, while expanding on the material in interesting ways. The show is just plain good. Unfortunately though, we don’t know if that will continue in the show’s second season, as it’s now been announced that showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller are leaving the series.
There haven’t been any officials reason for their departure, but the prevailing theory was that it was a dispute over budget. The first season of the show was far more expensive than Starz anticipated, and the network may have been wanting to cut back.
The network is reportedly looking for a new showrunner to take over American Gods right now. The small upside is that over half of the upcoming second season has already been written, so at least something close to Fuller and Green’s vision may reach screens. It’s discouraging though, as one of the reasons fans were drawn to the program was Fuller’s unique style.
American Gods season 2 is still expected to reach screens mid-2018, though if a new showrunner isn’t found soon that may be delayed.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we mourn the loss of Ron Glass, explain Bryan Fuller’s departure from Star Trek: Discovery, rejoice in Lin Manuel Miranda’s involvement in the screen adaptation of The Kingkiller Chronicle, talk about Twin Cities Geek’s Holiday toy and book drive, and take a long hard look at whether or not the pop culture convention bubble might finally be bursting.
On this episode of the Nerd & Tie Podcast: Bryan Fuller has stepped down as show runner for Star Trek: Discovery, DC’s Flash Movie has lost its second director, Young Justice is actually getting a third season, The Dark Tower is delayed until next summer, Wizard World is cutting back for 2017, Steve Wozniak’s Tokyo Comic Con takes a bad crossplay position (and then reverses it), and actor Ray Park was questioned by police for allegedly assaulting a woman at Super Megafest Comic Con.
Also, we talk a bit about Doctor Strange and the basic formula of lazy writers’ genre shows.
One of the most anticipated series of 2017 is, of course, Star Trek: Discovery. It marks Star Trek’s much awaited return to television, and with the talented Bryan Fuller at the helm, it seemed poised for greatness.
Well… about that…
Variety is reporting that Fuller has officially stepped down from his role as showrunner. Apparently this was Fuller’s choice, as he’s far too busy also showrunning Starz’s American Gods and NBC’s Amazing Stories. The hope is that he’ll step back into the showrunner position once he has more time.
Fuller is still an Executive Producer and will remain involved with the creative direction of the series. In his stead, Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts will take over the day to day duties of showrunning, and the series is still on track for a May 2017 release on CBS All Access. Berg and Harberts both previously worked with Fuller on Pushing Daisies, and writer/director Akiva Goldsman is expected to also join the creative team.
While this is disappointing, it’s understandable. Fuller is being pulled in multiple directions, and it seems like he had to finally pick one. Hopefully this all still turns out for the best.
While we’re super excited for Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods, we admittedly haven’t been keeping up on the casting too much. I mean once we knew who was playing Shadow and Mr. Wednesday, we were pretty much onboard and just started waiting for the thing to finally air.
For those unfamiliar with the book, Media is one of the “new gods” who have formed in the modern world… and rather than spoil the story at all, I’ll just say that Anderson is perfectly cast in the role. Honestly, I’m just excited to see more of her on American television.
American Gods is expected to premiere later this year.
While most shows in the franchise have filmed in Los Angeles, it appears that the forthcoming (as of yet untitled) Star Trek being put together by Bryan Fuller will actually shoot in Toronto. The choice in using the Canadian city for when production begins this fall shouldn’t be too surprising though, as Fuller is also showrunning Starz’s adaptation of American Gods (which is also produced in Toronto).
There isn’t a lot of confirmed information about the show. Rumors have stated that it’s set in the Prime reality (and not the Alternate reality of the current film franchise), that it will be an Anthology series (each season with a different setting), and that the first season will be placed between The Original Series and The Next Generation… but none of these have been confirmed by the studio.
Heck, it’s entirely possible none of that is true.
What we do know is that Nicholas Meyer (writer of all the best Star Trek films) is helping Fuller write the show, and that it will premiere in early 2017 (likely January) on CBS All Access (with the pilot also airing on CBS proper).
On this episode we talk about Deadpool‘s remarkable turn at the box office, Fox considering an R rating for Wolverine 3, the unfortunate continuation of the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Bryan Fuller taking the reigns of the upcoming Star Trek TV series, the final nail in TCE2‘s coffin, and how y’all really need to stop trashing convention hotels.
Last November we learned that a new Star Trek television series is in development for CBS’s online streaming service “CBS All Access.” Very little about the actual show itself has trickled out so far, but we’re finally getting our first real news about it — namely who exactly will be in charge of it.
It’s been announced now that Bryan Fuller will be showrunning the still untitled Star Trek series. Fuller is best known for his work on shows like Hannibal, Pushing Daisies and the forthcoming American Gods, but he got his start in television as a writer for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.
The boy’s all grown up and coming home as it were.
Still no word on what the actual setting will be for the new series (let alone plot or characters), but knowing that such a strong creator is at the helm of the new show is reassuring. The show is set to air its premiere episode on CBS in January of 2017, with the rest of the episodes following on the CBS All Access service.
Here’s hoping it’s worth the cost of adding another service to my monthly bills…
On this fortnight’s episode we mourn the loss of Christopher Lee, discuss Jurassic World‘s amazing box office record, gawk at the release of Mother in the US for the first time, rejoice for the announcement of Shenmue 3, let out a sigh of relief for the American Gods TV show moving forward, let Nick talk about the Cyborg 009/Devilman crossover, and stare puzzled into the abyss at the incompetence of Saskatoon Blitz.
Also, Trae’s going to Oz Con next weekend in West Plains, MO. You should come.