On this episode we discuss a couple of notable exits — Colin Trevorrow getting canned from Star Wars Episode IX and Ed Skrein quitting the Hellboy film amidst whitewashing concerns. On a similar theme, Syfy has cancelled Blood Drive and Dark Matter, and the BBC has decided to not renew Doctor Who spinoff Class. We also tackle Joss Whedon getting a screenwriting credit on Justice League, and two people were injured when chairs were thrown from a balcony at Dragon Con. We start by touching on the recent losses of Len Wein and Jerry Pournelle.
Gen’s on vacation, so it’s just Trae and Nick — but hey, video is working again!
The summer series are ending, and Syfy has apparently decided not to renew its grindhouse series Blood Drive. Series creator James Roland broke the news to fans on his blog yesterday:
I found out not too long ago, but have been trying to think of a way to tell you guys since I felt it was up to me to let the fans know.
Ultimately I decided to wait until after the final episode aired so the news did not taint your experience. It simply didn’t seem right to burst the bubble so early, especially with how the last episode plays out. We always planned for a season two, but now that the future of the show is uncertain the final scenes seem so much more … final.
This news also comes on the heels of the announcement of Syfy cancelling Dark Matter, which also ran on the network this summer. Blood Drive was certainly unlike any other show on television, and even though it didn’t resonate with all of us, losing its uniqueness has made television a little less interesting.
Both Killjoys and Dark Matter just finished up their seasons on Syfy. But even though the two shows have similar ratings, only one show which involves a rag tag spaceship crew led by a woman with a mysterious past with a snarky ship’s AI in a dystopian corporate run future trying to stop an alien menace which takes over people is going to live to see another day.
I’m not saying these are the same show at all, but they are definitely what happens when two very different creators try to execute the same premise.
Both shows are three seasons in, and the end is in sight for both of them. For Killjoys, this isn’t really bad news — the show is being given two more ten episode seasons. That means the show will have a five season run, and the writers will have two years to finish up their story. Five seasons is a solid run for a show on Syfy.
Dark Matter on the other hand is being shown the door. A show that ironically had a five season plan won’t continue any further, as Syfy has opted to outright cancel it. Honestly, it makes sense — Dark Matter is more effects intensive and has a larger cast. The show’s just more expensive to make in general, and with the same ratings it probably isn’t worth the money.
I mean, especially since Killjoys is a better version of the same show.
The third series on Syfy’s summer lineup, Wynonna Earp, was already renewed for a third season back in July — so it’s not like the landscape will change all that much. I liked Dark Matter, but it was a show mostly carried by the charm of its cast. Frankly, there were several “plot twists” spoiled by series star Melissa O’Neil being too good of an actress for the material provided to her by the writers.
Too bad it ended on a cliff hanger, though that was pretty much the way every episode of Dark Matter ended.
In 1987 the original RoboCop hit theaters, and it was glorious. A mixture of satire, genuinely great action, and a robot that can’t handle stairs, it’s easily in my top five movies from the 1980s. It’s just a really great movie.
In celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting a one night event on September 10th. Peter Weller will be on hand at an event live streamed from Dallas City Hall (which served as the non-matte painting parts of OCP headquarters) to theaters across the country.
After a screening of the film, Weller will participate in a Q&A session. This event is being presented by Birth.Movies.Death, SYFY, and Alamo Drafthouse, and frankly is pretty damned exciting. Tickets for the event go on sale August 1st, and you can find more information at the event’s official webpage.
Two years ago someone at Syfy finally woke up to the fact that genre programming was exploding across almost every network across the dial except theirs — a network literally created for that purpose. So they smartly pulled wrestling from their schedule, started greenlighting more actual science fiction, and have been pushing to reclaim their old identity.
As the network heads to its 25th anniversary this September, they’ve decided to double down on this strategy. The first step was, apparently, to get a new logo for the network.
They’re also continuing to add new programming in line with their current mission. Besides Krypton (which we talked about yesterday), the network has also greenlit Happy! starring Christopher Meloni. Based off the graphic novel of the same name by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, it tells the story of an ex-cop turned hitman whose life is changed by a magical blue horse (who will be played by Bobby Moynihan).
So yeah, that one sounds weird.
They’re also developing a series based off of the George R.R. Martin novel Nightflyers. For those unfamiliar with the book, the network’s description is pretty straightforward:
Set in the future on the eve of Earth’s destruction, a crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship’s artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space.
So, y’know, family programming.
In any case, it’s nice to know the network is trying. The logo is a bit weird, in the sense that it ditches the purple which has been omnipresent since even the earliest “Scifi Channel” days. Really all we care about is the content though, and they seem to be at least trying to deliver it.
We last talked about Krypton on this site a year ago when Syfy ordered a pilot of the show, and honestly we’ve tried not to think about it since then. If you don’t remember what Krypton‘s about, the show is set on Superman and Supergirl’s home planet two generations before it blows up. Think Caprica meets Gotham, and if combining the show no one watched with the show no one likes seems like a good idea… well, welcome to Syfy?
David S. Goyer and Damian Kindler and executive producing, with Kindler showrunning. Cameron Cuffe will star as Superman’s grandfather, along with Georgina Campbell, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo, Rasmus Hardiker, Wallis Day, Aaron Pierre, and Ian McElhinney. The pilot was written by Goyer and Kindler.
And I just don’t understand why.
Who wants this show? Do you? I sure don’t. Caprica wasn’t a bad show, but a lot of us had a hard time getting invested with the fates of people we knew were going to get nuked from orbit. Krypton is effectively the same thing all over again, only shoehorning in a Superman connection. The planet is going to explode no matter what happens on the show, and I’m not sure how it’s going to be any fun.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss how Bill Paxton’s passing, Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s new season getting a release date, the addition of Generation 2 to Pokemon Go, Matt Reeves taking over The Batman, Syfy launching reality series Cosplay Melee, how “Jedi” is plural in The Last Jedi, and how Angry Goat Productions quietly cancelled their Sailor Moon Themed events.
Because who would have guessed that the company that cancels all of their events would cancel another.
Syfy channel has announced their latest reality competition show, and it’s diving into the world of cosplay head first. Called Cosplay Melee, each episode four cosplayers will compete against each other to make the best cosplay they can — the winner taking home a $10,000 prize. The contestants will be judged by costumer Christian Beckman (who did costumes for The Hunger Games), cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp, and actress Yvette Nicole Brown.
Yvette Nicole Brown will also serve as the show’s host.
This isn’t Syfy’s first foray into Cosplay reality shows, but unlike Heroes of Cosplay, this looks like a show we actually want to watch. Frankly, this is the series we’d been hoping for all along. The network has a trailer up on their website, and it looks pretty solid.
Syfy’s attempt to return to serious genre fiction continues, as they are now developing a television series based on Stranger in a Strange Land. Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt, William Sherak, Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch, Eli Bush, and Joe Vecchio are executive producing, with Julia Gunn as a co-executive producer.
Written by Robert Heinlein, the novel Stranger in a Strange Land was first published in 1961. It’s the story of a man, Valentine Michael Smith, who is raised by Martians and comes to Earth in early adulthood and how he affects terrestrial society. Stranger in a Strange Land is considered a classic by most fans of science fiction literature, and has had a fairly large impact on the culture — including introducing the word “grok” to the language.
A series based on this is an exciting prospect, and hopefully they do a good job with the property.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss Pearl Mackie’s casting as the new Doctor Who companion, Neil Gaiman is adapting Good Omens for Television, Syfy has ordered Krypton to pilot, Inhumans is off of Marvel’s schedule, John Macaluso has stepped down as the CEO of Wizard World, and Fox plans on skipping this year’s San Diego Comic Con.