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Episode 107 – It’s Been a Long Road

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.

So, y’know, fun stuff.

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‘Riverdale’ Spinoff ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Coming to The CW

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.

Via io9

Episode 91 – Titan Sized Edition

On the longest episode of Nerd & Tie so far, we mourn the passing of John Hurt, Warner Bros wants to make an American live action Attack on Titan, Star Wars Episode VIII finally has a title, the Axanar lawsuit has finally been settled, Jughead apparently isn’t asexual in Riverdale, Comic Excitement Convention flops, Phoenix Comicon has changed its staffing policies a second time, Angry Goat Productions is looking either incompetent or shady, and Evercon has filed for a restraining order against Scott Windorski.

This is a big one, so strap in.

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Unlike the Comics, Cole Sprouse’s Jughead Won’t Be Asexual in The CW’s ‘Riverdale’

One of the few mainstream representations of Asexuality in pop culture has been around for a long time, and that’s Archie Comics’ Jughead. He was only confirmed as such about a year ago, but has effectively (with only a few examples to the contrary) been portrayed as disinterested in the affections of any gender.

With Riverdale coming to The CW later this month, there was actually some excitement at the idea of increasing the (fairly rare) representation of asexual characters on television. Unfortunately, that seems not to be what we’re getting.

According to Hollywood Life, while actor Cole Sprouse (who will portray the be-hatted friend of Archie in Riverdale) tried to fight for Jughead’s asexuality in the series, it apparently just wasn’t in the cards.

“Jughead will have romances with women… and burgers,” Cole Sprouse told HollywoodLife.com in an exclusive interview during Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, adding that he actually fought for the character’s asexuality, but knew it wasn’t his role to make those types of decision. “I come from an educational environment that really praises, as do I, the forms of representation that are otherwise lacking in our public media. But at the end of the day, I still had to do my job.”

Sprouse is hopeful that the character could possibly still end up identifying as asexual down the road in the series, but nothing’s confirmed yet.

Honestly? I’m a little disappointed. Positive representation of canonically asexual characters is sparse on televsion right now. Off the top of my head, the only notable one I can think of is Todd from BoJack Horseman, and that’s on a streaming service, not broadcast. Hopefully the creative team behind the show comes to their senses and decides not to miss this important opportunity.

Riverdale premieres January 26th on The CW.

Via Hollywood Life, io9

The ‘Riverdale’ Trailer Shows a Town That’s Anything But Perfect

When we first heard that Greg Berlanti was helping develop an adaptation of the Archie comics called Riverdale for The CW, we expected it to look good – but maybe not this dark? The CW has released an extended trailer that has everyone asking who killed Laura Palmer Jason Cherry.

I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, far from it. But if you give me a rainy small town (introduced by the town sign) in a bunch of evergreens where “nothing’s as it seems” with a murdered high schooler, I’m always going to jump to Twin Peaks.

It’s in my nature.

But if Riverdale turns out to be a (more) Teenager-centric Twin Peaks, I’m pretty much okay with that. It’d be a unique way to look at all-American Archie and the gang, and I trust the creative team behind the project. I think I was just expecting a place where you’d get Luke Danes serving you in the local diner instead of Shelly Johnson.

Ah well, you can get a damn fine cup of coffee either way.

Riverdale premieres January 26th on The CW.