Jon Bernthal’s turn as The Punisher in season two of Netflix’s Daredevil was incredibly well received, so no one was surprised when a solo series starring the vigilante was green lit. Filming wrapped on the series back in April, and fans have been waiting patiently to find out when we’d get to see the final product.
While Netflix hasn’t said anything official yet, a rough window for that release date may have now slipped. Dearbhla Walsh, who directed an episode of the upcoming season, was talking with The Hollywood Reporter when she offhandedly said (on a question about shooting in North America):
One other time that hasn’t been aired yet, which was an episode for the new Marvel series The Punisher, which I did just before Christmas, but it’s not airing until November
Now this is far from official, but it would fall in line with Netflix’s previous releases of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. It’s also entirely possible that Walsh is repeating information given to her back when she was filming, which means it may very well have changed since then. Still, it’s a good sign for the series that fans are looking for even the vaguest indication of when the show is finally going to get here.
After two seasons, Netflix has now officially announced that they’re canceling science ficiton drama Sense8. Created by the Wachowski sisters and J. Michael Straczynski, the show followed eight people who had become mentally linked to each other.
Starring Tuppence Middleton, Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Max Riemelt, Tina Desai, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith, and Jamie Clayton, the show ran twenty three episodes in total. Honestly, I have to admit that I could never get into the show. I gave up after a few episodes, as the show never grabbed me. That said, we know a lot of our readers were fans, and I guess we’re sad to see it go on your behalf?
Yeah, that’s pretty much the takeaway here.
Frankly, Sense8 was a risky show that would probably have never made it to air on any other network or service. It’s unfortunate the show couldn’t find enough of an audience on Netflix to keep going, but hopefully the service continues to take risks on series like this.
It was first revealed to the world that Netflix was making a television series based off of the classic Konami Castlevania video games back in February. We honestly had very few details about the show beyond “Castlevania show” and “coming in 2017,” but that’s finally starting to change.
The streaming service has now released a teaser for the series, along with a premiere date of July 7th. The teaser itself actually only includes a little footage from the actual show, spending over half of it trying to tug the NES nostalgia strings of the viewer. If the first season wasn’t coming out in less than two months, I might think it was because they had very little of the show done yet.
What we do see of the show looks dark, bloody, and (frankly) very Castlevania. Hopefully the quality of the show itself will match the faithfulness of its visuals.
On this fortnight’s episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss the new Star Trek: Discovery trailer, Netflix making a Witcher television series, Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s twenty-nine city live tour, and then move onto the convention scene. And the con scene was busy these last two weeks, with Great Lakes Fur Con cancelling due to “Staffing Issues,” Duke City Comic Con organizer Jim Burleson putting his foot in his mouth again, and Space City Comic Con rebranding (and weirdly lying about it).
Netflix has officially ordered a prequel to Jim Henson’s classic 1982 film The Dark Crystal to series. And when I say “classic” I think I really mean “movie that gave me nightmares as a kid.” There’s just something about the Gelflings faces…
Anyhow, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance‘s first season will run ten episodes, and is set “many years” before the film. The official plot description is pretty straight forward: “When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.” Louis Leterrier will direct and executive produce the show.
No word yet on when The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will premiere, but Netflix has put out a very brief teaser for the project.
Netflix is officially adapting Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher series of books for television. Most of our readers probably haven’t heard of the Polish fantasy novels, but likely are very familiar with CD Projekt Red’s popular video games based off of them.
Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant on the show, and Tomas Baginski (who directed the opening cut scenes for the games) will direct at least one episode. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown are executive producing, with Polish company Platige Image co-producing.
This is, of course, not the first television series based off of the series, as a thirteen episode Polish series came out in 2002. A year before that series was aired, a chopped down 130 minute edit was released as a film, though it was received poorly. As these were both in Polish, we assume you haven’t seen them either. If you have seen them… you get a gold star?
So we’ve been pretty clear about how much we love Mystery Science Theater 3000 here at Nerd & Tie, so needless to say we’re pretty excited about the latest news: the show is going on tour. Show creator Joel Hodgson made the announcement via a Youtube video and email to Kickstarter backers:
Look, it’s the end of a long week full of drama, angst and television show cancellation. We all need a little bit of humor, and thankfully MST3K and Netflix are up to the task.
The streaming service has put out a handful of Mystery Science Theater 3000 shorts on their Youtube channel, and they’re just the thing to help you go into the weekend right. Watch Tom Servo and Crow pitch new series ideas to Netflix’s CCO, enjoy the bots read Youtube comments, or find out how Tom Servo likes to get his makeup done.
And then afterwards, maybe watch Cry Wilderness or something.
The Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building towards The Defenders since it began, and the payoff is coming later this year. While we got a brief teaser (which revealed the release date) a month ago, today the streaming service released a real trailer for the show.
And it’s a doozy.
I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s everything you could hope for. Set to a version of Nirvana’s “Come as You Are,” you couldn’t have pulled the clips in this trailer from my wildest dreams. It’s pretty great looking, and you should watch it.
The full season of The Defenders hits Netflix on August 18th.
On this (audio only) episode of Nerd & Tie, your three hosts have gathered in the Wisconsin Dells to do an episode of the show live at No Brand Con 2017! We discuss the first trailer for The Last Jedi, celebrate the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000, contemplate Monica Valentinelli and Tad William’s withdrawal from Odyssey Con, and marvel at the fall of Rocky Mountain Fur Con.
We were tight on time, so there’s not a lot of audience interaction – but we did remember to mock Arcemise.