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.
The journey of Neil Gaiman’s wonderful novel American Gods to TV screens has been a long one. HBO was originally developing the project as far back as 2011, but ended up passing on the project. Starz then put the show back into development almost a year ago.
Well, Starz has finally decided to move forward with the project, and has placed ordered the show to series officially. Bryan Fuller is still writing, Michael Green (now “of Gotham fame”) is still showrunning, and Neil Gaiman is still executive producing. No cast announcements yet, but as soon as we know who is playing Shadow I’m sure I’ll be dissecting whether or not said unnamed actor is right for the part.
Because I love this book very, very much. Here’s hoping they actually shoot in Wisconsin. Or Minnesota I guess. That looks a lot like Northern Wisconsin.
Eh, who am I kidding – it’ll end up being Vancouver, won’t it.
At first HBO was all like “We’ll totally make an American Gods TV Show,” but then they dropped it faster than a highschool sweetheart the August before going off to college. The project seemed mostly dead, right up until now. What changed? Starz has picked up the ball and is now running with it.
Was that too many metaphors? I think it might have been.
Anyway, Bryan Fuller (yes THAT Bryan Fuller) and Michael Green are going to the showrunners, with author Neil Gaiman Executive Producing.
“Neil Gaiman has created the holiest of holy toy boxes with American Gods and filled it with all manner of magical thing, born of new gods and old,” adds Fuller. “Michael Green and I are thrilled to crack this toy box wide open and unleash the fantastical titans of heaven and earth and Neil’s vividly prolific imagination.”
As someone who lived a good chunk of his life in Northwestern Wisconsin and a huge fan of the novel, needless to say I’m excited.