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.
It’s all very exciting.
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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.
This is just one big ball of gross though.
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.
Supergirl Season 3 premieres this Fall on The CW.
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.
Supergirl season three comes to The CW this fall.
To say that The CW’s Supergirl is one of our favorite shows around these parts is kind of an understatement. The show has given us some of the best onscreen versions of some characters, and not just our headlining heroine. One of those is Calista Flockhart’s version of Cat Grant, who left the series as a regular after its move to The CW from CBS (pretty much because budget cuts meant they couldn’t afford to pay her), and another is Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman — who guest starred earlier this season.
Well guess what, they’re both coming back for the finale.
Its been confirmed that Tyler Hoechlin will suit up again as Superman in the show’s two part second season finale. It’s also being reported that Calista Flockhart will return as Cat Grant as well. This is exciting, as we’re always happy to see more of Hoechlin’s Superman, and Cat Grant has been sorely missed on the show lately.
The first part of the Supergirl season two finale will air May 15th, with part two following on May 22nd.
Via E! News, Deadline
Lynda Carter, best known for starring the classic Wonder Woman television series, appeared earlier this season of Supergirl as the mysterious President Olivia Marsdin. The character’s brief appearance teased a larger backstory that could lead to some serious repercussions, and we’ve all been waiting to know when she’d return.
Well, the good news is that we shouldn’t have to wait too long, because (as Screen Crush reports) Lynda Carter will be back later this season for sure. We know this thanks to an Instagram post by Kevin Smith.
This post is also why we know that her appearance will be in an episode directed by Smith as well, for obvious reasons. We’re not sure when the episode will air, but there’s obviously only so many episodes left in Season 2 at this point.
Supergirl airs Monday nights on The CW.
Via Screen Crush
There has been no shortage of Superman and DC comics on screen alum popping up on the current Supergirl television series, and it looks like yet another one is being added to the ranks. It’s now being reported that former Lois Lane (and co-star of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) Teri Hatcher has been cast in a recurring role.
Supergirl‘s executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said in a statement:
No offense to any of the wonderful actresses who have also played the part, but Teri Hatcher is my all time favorite Lois Lane. To have her come back to the SuperWorld in a completely different part is an unbelievable gift to me, Greg, and the fans
No word yet on who exactly she’s playing, but she’s contracted for multiple appearances. It’s also believed that the role will be a villain, and possibly a significant one. And, of course, as her former Lois & Clark co-star Dean Cain also appears in a recurring part on the show, it means we have a chance for nice little onscreen reunion.
I mean, we can hope at least.
Supergirl airs Monday nights on The CW.
Via E! Online
The upcoming musical crossover between The Flash and Supergirl has finally found its Music Meister. TVLine is reporting that Darren Criss has been cast as the villain in the two part crossover event.
Criss is best known from Fox’s Glee, a series in which both Supergirl‘s Melissa Benoist and The Flash‘s Grant Gustin both previously appeared in as well. Criss may also be known to our readers as the voice of Sideswipe on the current Transformers: Robots in Disguise series. This is pretty sensible casting and a rather unsurprising choice. I think it makes sense at least.
The first part of the crossover is expected to air Monday, March 20th (Supergirl), with the second half following on Tuesday, March 21st (The Flash).
The CW announced yesterday that it was renewing seven of their shows, including all of their DC properties (Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow) as well as the long running Supernatural. None of this is all that surprising, as the DC shows remain some of the highest rated programming on the network, and it makes sense that they would all get another year.
That and it seems to be literally impossible to kill Supernatural, which will be going onto its thirteenth season. I mean, wow — I like the show, but this is going to have to end sometime, right? I mean, it started out as a WB show. Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars both got cancelled and revived in that time period.
Also renewed are Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The only two shows from this last fall’s lineup we haven’t heard about are No Tomorrow or Frequency, but since neither received a season one back order either… let’s just say it doesn’t look good for their prospects. The Vampire Diaries, of course, is officially on its last season.
This whole thing just remains as a reminder that The CW still remains one of the best homes for genre television on broadcast.
One of the more interesting pieces of news about Supergirl Season 2 is that Mechad Brooks’s James Olsen would be suiting up this season as ‘Guardian’. Along with confirmation of this news, we’ve gotten our first look at Brooks in Guardian’s costume, which looks pretty damned rad:
Now while there have been a couple of characters to use the name, the mantle of ‘Guardian’ isn’t usually associated with Superman’s Best Pal Jimmy Olsen. In fact, it’s much more closely connected to Jim Harper, who was played by Eddie McClintock in season one of Supergirl
. That said, Guardian is a character often connected to this season’s main antagonist Project Cadmus. Frankly, it’s also nice to see Mechad Brooks being given a storyline that doesn’t have to do with whether he and Benoist’s Supergirl will be romantically involved or not.
Supergirl Season 2 is currently airing Monday nights on The CW.