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.
Warner Bros has fired The Flash and Supergirl showrunner Andrew Kreisberg. This comes in the wake of nineteen men and women coming forward and making sexual harassment and misconduct claims against him, which included inappropriate physical contact.
Kreisberg was an executive producer on all of The CW’s DC Comics’ Arrowverse shows, including Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow, as well as CW Seed’s Vixen. He has now officially been fired from the programs, and had his overall deal with Warner Bros cancelled. The studio released the following statement according to THR:
After a thorough investigation, Warner Bros. Television Group has terminated Andrew Kreisberg’s employment, effective immediately. […] Greg Berlanti will assume additional responsibilities on both The Flash, where he will work closely with executive producer/co-showrunner Todd Helbing, and Supergirl, where he will work closely with executive producers/co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.
This is, of course, troubling to find out that one of the creative forces behind some of the best superhero television ever made is potentially a creep, but the studio’s dismissal of Kreisberg is the right move. Production will not halt on the shows, and fans shouldn’t expect to see them interrupted.
On this episodes we celebrate Star Trek: Discovery‘s renewal, discuss Doctor Who‘s announced new companions, feel relief at the Han Solo movie finally having a title, get confused at the Settlers of Catan movie, and get elated that Constantine will get to be bisexual on Legends of Tomorrow.
Gen also went to Anime Fusion, and we discuss the differences between Wisconsin and Minnesota cons.
It looks like The CW is far from done filling its lineup with comic book properties. Apparently not satisfied with six comic book shows (with two more on the way), the network is apparently now developing a series called Project 13 centered around the DC characters Traci Thirteen and her father Dr. Terrance Thirteen.
I have those numbers right, don’t I? I mean the network currently airs Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, and iZombie, with Black Lightning coming soon an The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina arriving in 2018. Did I miss anything?
Anyway, Project 13 (as one would guess) will be centered around the paranormal. Elizabeth Banks (yes, that Elizabeth Banks) and Max Handelman will executive produce through their company Brownstone Productions. Daegan Fryklind will also serve as an executive producer, and is writing the project. Fryklind is probably best known for her work creating the television series Bitten (based off the book by Kelley Armstrong).
As we always warn, a show like this is still early in development and may never end up on screens. But man, this could be pretty cool if it does make it.
When Matt Ryan first played the title role on NBC’s Constantine, the peacock network was a little nervous about acknowledging two things about the character: his bisexuality and his chain smoking. And while they let John Constantine occasionally hold a cigarette, his being into guys was kind of a sore spot steadfastly avoided by the show. Ryan has since reprised the part on The CW’s Arrow, which merged the continuities. With the addition of a forthcoming CW Seed animated series, many fans of the comics’ version of the character have hoped his sexuality would be finally addressed.
And we’re happy to say, it will be.
It’s been announced that Matt Ryan’s Constantine will guest star on a Legends of Tomorrow two parter this season, and when he does his bisexuality will be directly acknowledged. It makes sense, as the CW’s Arrowverse is probably one of the better places for LGBTQ+ representation on broadcast television. Considering how infrequently male bisexuality is actually dealt with in popular culture, it’s kind of a big deal.
They’ll also let him chain smoke, but that’s kind of less important.
Constantine will appear in the ninth and tenth episodes of the season, which will take place after his previous appearance on Arrow. Executive produce Phil Klemmer told THR the episode would tonally be “The Exorcist meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and be based around demonic possession in a mental institution. So, y’know, fun stuff.
Legends of Tomorrow is currently airing Tuesday nights on The CW.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we review the first new episodes of Star Trek in over a decade with Star Trek: Discovery, tackle J.J. Abrams taking over Star Wars Episode IX, contemplate the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina coming to The CW, and then… well then we hit the con scene. In that corner, we have Anime Punch disbanding because their founder is now a convicted sex offender, and Rose City Comic Con is taking a stronger stance against Nazi cosplay.
The CW’s Riverdale has been pretty divisive here at Nerd & Tie, but personally I’ve enjoyed the Twin Peaks influenced take on Archie Comics’s namesake. Viewers as a whole seem to agree with me too, as the show has now been successful enough to generate its first spinoff show.
The CW and Archie Comics have now announced that another Archie Comics character is coming to the network in the form of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. As the show’s title implies, it will be at least in part based off of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s comic of the same name, which is a dark reimagining of the classic Archie character Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Of course, this isn’t the first time a Sabrina the Teenage Witch show has happened, but I seriously doubt this version will be remotely like the Melissa Joan Hart iteration. Aguirre-Sacasa will showrun the series, and it will be directed by Lee Toland Krieger. Obviously it is far too early to have any casting information.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is expected to premiere during the 2018-2019 television series.
So Kara Zor-El’s mom Alura is going to look a whole lot different in Season 3 of Supergirl. Laura Benanti, who previously played Alura (and her twin sister Astra), is apparently unable to return to the show due to acting commitments in New York. The character only appears in flashbacks and in the form of a CGI hologram, so you’d think it’s just be easy to not have her appear.
Apparently the writers of Supergirl disagree with me on that.
Instead, Alura will now be played by Erica Durance this upcoming season. Durance is probably best known for playing a different character in the Super- mythos, as she starred in the later seasons of Smallville as Lois Lane. For those of you keeping track, we’ll now have had two former Lois Lanes on Supergirl without ever meeting the one from this continuity.
On the upside, despite the weirdness of recasting, Durance is a solid actress. I expect she’ll give a good performance if we can all just suspend disbelief for a few minutes once she shows up.
Warner Bros and DC have announced that the big bad for the upcoming Supergirl season three is none other than the character Reign. Odette Annable will play the role, and it’s pretty clear that her character was the infant teased at the end of season two.
I was going to start this article with a dumb joke like “It looks like ‘Reign’ really is coming back to the CW next season,” but decided against it last minute. In the comics, Reign is one of the “Worldkillers.” The Worldkillers were aliens captured and experimented on by Kryptonian scientists, and came out of the New 52 Supergirl comics.
Annable is best known to our readers for her time on House, and it’s a solid casting choice. As most of Supergirl‘s villains on the show have come from the Superman comics, it’s nice to see one of her own adversaries showing up instead. This should also lead to some interesting moral questions for Kara regarding her Kryptonian heritage.
Last week we found out The CW has picked up their fifth DC superhero show with Black Lightning, and today they’ve released a trailer for the show. Starring Cress Williams as titular character Jefferson Pierce, Black Lightning will be a bit different than the other superhero shows on the network — and not for the obvious reasons.
The main character is a veteran superhero coming out of retirement, which is very different from the stories told on Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, or Arrow, which all feature younger characters and their origin stories. This means that Black Lightning can explore territory none of the other programs will be able to touch for some time.
Personally, I’m really excited for when this show premieres in the fall.