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Episode 110 – Unexpected Attacks

On this episode of Nerd & Tie we tackle Marvel’s New Warriors‘s search for a new network, give a spoiler free review of Thor: Ragnarok, contemplate Zachary Levi’s casting in Shazam!, and consider CBS All Access rebooting The Twilight Zone. We also talk about how Libya’s second annual Comic Con was shut down by an armed militia.

So yeah, things had to get a bit serious at the end.

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Marvel’s ‘New Warriors’ (Featuring Squirrel Girl) Is Looking for a New Network

Marvel’s New Warriors television series (which will feature Milana Vayntrub as Squirrel Girl) is apparently searching for a new home. The show was originally ordered straight to series by Disney owned family oriented network Freeform, but the cable network couldn’t find a home for it in their 2018 lineup.

And Marvel really wants it to air in 2018.

The complicating factor is that there’s a rumor that Marvel isn’t allowed to shop their new shows to non-Disney owned networks. Marvel denies this (and it would certainly make life complicated for Netflix and Hulu regarding future deals), but if it’s true New Warriors may have a rocky road ahead of them.

Besides Vayntrub, the show’s cast also includes Derek Theler as Mister Immortal, Jeremy Tardy as Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy as Speedball, Matthew Moy as Microbe, and Kate Comer as Debrii. The show apparently has tested extremely well internally at Marvel/Disney, and it would be a shock if it never aired.

We just have no idea where it’ll end up.

Via THR

Milana Vayntrub Cast as Squirrel Girl in Freeform’s ‘New Warriors’ TV Series

A few months ago we learned that Freeform had ordered a comedic television series based on Marvel’s New Warriors. What got us most excited about this though was finding out that the series would prominently feature Doreen Green — aka Squirrel Girl. As Squirrel Girl is the single best character in all of Marvel’s comics canon, getting to see her on screen finally is kind of a big deal. Our biggest question was, as you’d expect, who the heck is going to play her?

Well, it looks like we have our answer.

Marvel has announced that Squirrel Girl will be played by none other than Milana Vayntrub. Vayntrub has appeared in a number of projects, but honestly most of you probably know her from playing Lily in the AT&T commercials. Really, in my opinion, where she shined brightest was as Tina in Other Space.

If you haven’t watched Other Space yet, do so immediately.

The announcement also mentioned that cast will also include Derek Theler as “Craig Hollis/Mister Immortal,” Jeremy Tardy as “Dwayne Taylor/Night Thrasher,” Calum Worthy as “Robbie Baldwin/Speedball,” Matthew Moy as “Zack Smith/Microbe,” and Kate Comer as “Deborah Fields/Debrii.” And while that’s a pretty great lineup for the show, here at Nerd & Tie it just kind of faded into the background as we all thought about how wonderful it will be to see Squirrel Girl on screen.

New Warriors is slated to debut in 2018 on Freeform.

Via Marvel, h/t Wurm

American ‘Misfits’ Remake Ordered to Pilot at Freeform

British television series Misfits, which ran from 2009 until 2013 on E4, was an interesting show about a group of young people on community service suddenly given super powers. It’s funny, dark, and pretty much like someone turned Heroes on its head.

And whether we want it or not, it’s getting an American remake.

Cable network Freeform has ordered a remake to pilot from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire. Diane Ruggiero-Wright wrote the pilot and will showrun if it gets picked up. Ashleigh LaThrop, Tre Hall, Allie MacDonald, and Jake Cannavale have been cast as Alicia, Curtis, Kelly, and Nathan respectively. Their character descriptions pretty closely line up with the characters from the original show. No word yet on who will play Simon yet though.

Howard Overman, creator of the original series, will executive produce alongside Murray Ferguson of Clerkenwell Films, Schwartz, Savage, and Ruggiero-Wright. Honestly… this could be okay? In truth I think the hardest thing is going to be recreating the irreverence of the original. I honestly think that once the first arc completes, it will likely largely depart from the original’s plot.

And if they screw it up, we can just go back and watch the original show.

Via Deadline

The First Trailer for Freeform’s ‘Cloak and Dagger’ Is Here

Freeform’s television adaptation of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger comics may not be premiering until 2018, but that hasn’t stopped the network from putting out the show’s first trailer. The show, which follows a pair of runaways from vastly different backgrounds who end up with superpowers, has a ten episode order at the cable network.

People have been trying to adapt this comic for the screen going back to 2011, when it was initially intended to air on broadcast network ABC alongside a version of Jessica Jones. Needless to say these adaptations have taken divergent paths to eventually make it to audiences.

The trailer itself gives us a tease of our two main characters, Tandy (Olivia Holt) and Ty (Aubrey Joseph), but with only minor flashes of the “superhero” angle of the show. Mostly it’s a moody trailer about a couple of runaways with a flash of superpowers at the end. Is it enough to whet the appetite of the (creepily named) “becomers” demographic Freeform is targeted at? I’m not sure.

I guess we’ll find out.

Episode 96 – Complete Con Chaos

On this, our officially longest ever episode of Nerd & Tie, we celebrate Invader Zim‘s impending return, discuss John Simm’s returning as The Master on Doctor Who, lose our minds over the New Warriors television show (featuring Squirrel Girl), contemplate Rainn Wilson’s casting as Harry Mudd on Star Trek: Discovery, and speculate on the possibility of a Joss Whedon written/directed Batgirl movie.

Then we tackle the con scene, where Angry Goat Productions continues to do things that are absolutely insane, and AnachroCon’s management seems to have devolved into complete anarchy. We also talk about the great time we had at Karoshi Con, and look forward to No Brand Con.

Plus, y’know, there’s a mailbag. This episode is just full of stuff.

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Freeform Orders a ‘New Warriors’ TV Series (Featuring Squirrel Girl)

Guys – there’s some pretty exciting news out there today. Squirrel Girl is coming to television screens. I repeat, this is not a drill – Squirrel Girl is coming to television screens. SQUIRREL GIRL. IS. COMING. TO. TELEVISION. SCREENS.

I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.

To be clear, what’s happening here is thatFreeform has officially ordered a New Warriors television series, but that show will prominently feature fan favorite Squirrel Girl. Because, y’know, Squirrel Girl is awesome, and if you have the option to put her on your show, you put her on your show. Kevin Biegel is reportedly in negotiations to helm the ten episode season, and I am just so excited right now.

What a time to be alive.

Via THR

Freeform’s ‘Cloak and Dagger’ Has a Cast

Family friendly network Freeform ordered a TV adaptation of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger last year. The series titular characters are a pair of runaways from vastly different backgrounds who end up with superpowers. Okay, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but that’s the one sentence summary version.

We now know who the cast is going to be for the series too, which is expected to go into production soon. To start with, Marvel actually announced that Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph would be filling the main roles of Tandy and Tyrone two weeks ago. Yesterday, Marvel filled out the rest of the cast as well.

To start with Andrea Roth will play Tandy’s mother Melissa Bowen, with Gloria Reuben and Miles Mussenden playing Tyrone’s parents Adina and Michael Johnson. Carl Lundstedt will play Liam, Tandy’s “partner in crime” and boyfriend. The rest of the cast fills out with James Saito as Dr. Bernard Sanjo and J.D. Evermore as Detective Connors. It’s a solid looking cast, and a promising start for the series.

Cloak and Dagger is expected to premiere on Freeform in 2018.

Via Marvel, Marvel

Episode 89 – 2016 in Review

Hey everyone, it’s time for our annual year in review special, where we talk about the best and worst things that came out over the span of 2016. We go through our picks for movies, new television shows, video games, comics, conventions, and things to come out of Japan. It’s a pretty broad scope. Before that though, we take a moment to remember the late Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who passed since our last episode.

Which is pretty damned sad.

This is also Pher’s last episode on the podcast, and we bid him a fond farewell.

That’s less sad, because Pher is still alive.

(This episode was sponsored by Paul Langland.)

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Freeform Orders Marvel’s ‘Cloak and Dagger’ to Series

In what is a fairly familiar story, people have been trying to adapt Marvel Comic’s Cloak and Dagger to screen for a while now. Most notably ABC was trying to bring it to series in 2011 (alongside Jessica Jones). Well the series is finally going to see the light of day, and like Jessica Jones it won’t be on ABC as was originally intended.

Of course, unlike the aforementioned Jessica Jones the series isn’t landing on Netflix — instead on the family friendly Freeform network (which you may remember as its previous name ABC Family).

Those hoping for a “dark and gritty” version of the characters may end up disappointed, but the romance angle of the property fits well into Freeform’s targeted 14-34 year old demographic (which apparently gets referred to as the creepy sounding label of “Becomers”).

This will be Freeform’s first live action Marvel property, co-produced by Marvel Studios and ABC Signature Studios. No one has been signed on to write the project yet, though the search is under way. It’s also not known whether or not the series will take place in the MCU along with ABC and Netflix’s shows.

It will be interesting to see where this one goes.

Via Variety