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Episode 72 – Changing of the Guard

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.

…which I guess we care about?

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Syfy Orders ‘Krypton’ To Pilot, Part of My Soul Dies a Little

So for the last couple of years, David Goyer has been trying to get a television series called Krypton off the ground. The show would take place on the birth planet of Superman and Supergirl, but a couple generations prior to it exploding into green fiery chunks.

The show would follow members of the House of El (y’know – the previously mentioned Super-family), which has to pull itself out of disgrace and rise to power. You know, before the planet explodes and the last few refugees go off and find Earth.

…does this sound like Caprica to anyone else? I can’t be the only one who thinks this sounds like Caprica.

Well after sitting on the concept for quite some time, Syfy has finally chosen to bite the bullet, ordering a pilot for the show.


Look, I’m going to level with you guys for a minute: I hate this so much I can’t even begin to describe it. Prequels like this are rarely good – Caprica (the prequel series to the rebooted Battlestar Galactica) was passable, but I could never get into it because I knew the whole place was going to burn in nuclear fire. I mean, that’s literally how every version of Battlestar Galactica starts.

Likewise, it’s hard for me to care about some existential threat to Kryptonian society, because I will always know while watching this series that Krypton is going to explode.

Prequels only work if you know that at least a good number of the cast have at least the possibility of an open ending. I mean, I don’t particularly like Gotham, but as a concept it works because even in the current part of the timeline the damned city exists. Our main character on that show is very much alive in most versions of the continuity.

To stick with the Man of Steel, Smallville likewise genuinely worked as a prequel because adult Clark Kent still goes back and visits every once and a while in later set stories.

While I have no problem watching a prequel film, that’s only investing a few hours into a doomed cast. Don’t ask me to invest thirteen hours into a full season of this kind of thing. It’s just not something that I ever feel like I can build any connection with. I’d honestly rather see Syfy invest in a current DC property or just do something original.

Krypton hinges on the eventual destruction of Krypton… and that’s just not good television.

Anywho, Damian Kindler is executive producing the pilot, and Colm McCarthy is directing. David Goyer and Ian Goldberg co-wrote the original draft of the pilot, and a version of that is likely to be used.

But Syfy, I’m begging you — don’t let this thing go any further.


Yes, Dead 7 is a Real Syfy Original Movie. Yes, it’s Really Airing April 1st.

So when the Dead 7 trailer hit Buzzfeed yesterday, I swear to god my Facebook feed sprung to life with people questioning whether or not the made-for-TV movie could possibly be real. You see, it’s a Zombie-Western starring members of the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, O-Town, and 98 Degrees. It is an amazing beast that in all rights should not exist, and it has an April 1st air date.

But I’m here to reassure you: the film is real. I’ve known about it since last summer, and it was just as mind boggling then too.

The trailer pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the film (I’ve embedded a bootleg version below — but you can find it on Buzzfeed if that Youtube video gets pulled). It was produced by The Asylum, who you may know from such cinematic “classics” as Sharknado and Transmorphers, along with the (surprisingly watchable) television series Z Nation.

So yes – this is real. This is happening. You are not having a stroke as far as I can tell.

Dead 7 arrives April 1st on Syfy.

Syfy Reveals 12 Monkeys Season 2 Premiere Date, New Images

Syfy’s television adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys (itself based off of Chris Marker’s La Jetée) was a surprisingly outstanding piece of television last season. I admit, I was skeptical that the film could be reworked into an ongoing narrative, but they managed it. Those of us who watched it have been patiently waiting for its return, wondering what exactly is going to happen next.

Well, we now know when that’ll be.

Syfy has announced that 12 Monkeys will return to the airwaves Monday, April 18. They’ve also released some images from the season, which have been embedded below. So rejoice, as we’re finally going to learn a bit more about what the heck is going on.

Assuming you can wait until spring that is.

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Via TVLine

Syfy Launching New Horror Anthology Series ‘Channel Zero’

With Syfy’s new push towards doing more serious genre programming, it’s no surprise that they’ve also decided to jump onto the Anthology Series bandwagon made so popular by FX’s American Horror Story and HBO’s True Detective (well, the first season at least). Last week the network announced that they’ve greenlit a new series by Max Landis and Nick Antosca called Channel Zero for two six episode seasons.

These first two seasons will apparently tell one story titled “Candle Cove.” If that name sounds familiar, it’s because the story will be based on the popular Creepypasta of the same name created by Kris Straub.

Like FX’s American Horror Story, after this initial twelve episode story the show will move on to a different set of characters and an unrelated plot. Considering the Creepypasta origin of their first story and the use of Slenderman imagery in the promotional image released, it can be assumed that the show is going for a more “modern mythology” slant versus American Horror Story‘s more classical approach – which is refreshing.

Part one of Channel Zero’s “Candle Cove” will air in the Fall of 2016, with part two following in the Fall of 2017.

Via Syfy

Go Behind the Scenes of Syfy’s Adaptation of “Childhood’s End”

We learned last year that Syfy was adapting Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End into a miniseries, and I’ve been excited ever since. The three part miniseries starts airs December 14 on Syfy, and it looks like it’ll be pretty solid.

To build up hype, Syfy has sent a a behind the scenes video about the adaptation to nerd-news site io9. The video gives some plot background for people unfamiliar with the novel, along with the general feel for the series.

I think it looks quite good, but come to your own conclusions.

Via io9

Syfy Developing ‘Vanessa Helsing’ TV Series

So Neil LaBute is developing a series for Syfy called Vanessa Helsing — which is like Van Helsing, y’know, if he was a girl. Get it? I mean, never mind that “Van Helsing” was the character’s complete last name…

Anywho, the series itself actually sounds pretty cool — it follows Vanessa, the most recent descendant of a long line of vampire hunters, as she fights in a world pretty much ravaged by a vampire apocalypse. Effectively it’s like Buffy if the vampires had won.

It’s not a bad concept, and the only remaining question is whether or not they’ll execute it well. LaBute’s track record is spotty (as it includes the remake of Wicker Man), so I’m sticking with a “wait and see” approach.

Via io9

Syfy Officially Cancels ‘Dominion’

According to Variety, Syfy has officially cancelled post-Apocalyptic Angel-fest Dominion. It’s second season, which finished airing October 1st, had a severe drop in ratings over season one. And when I say severe, I mean 40%.

We’re talking about a show that lost almost half its audience.

Dominion was always a strange beast. It was a sequel to the 2010 movie Legion — which, while a profitable film, wasn’t exactly a blockbuster. When Dominion premiered, I actually had to go look up the film because I had never heard of it.

Honestly, while the cast featured some solid actors (Anthony Stewart Head for example), the show never quite made any of their characters all that likable. It made the already opaque premise hard to get into. Their are many Syfy shows whose passing I have mourned, but this isn’t one of them. Mostly I think I just feel indifferent.

Goodbye Dominion, we barely cared about you.

Via Variety

Syfy Renews ‘Killjoys’ and ‘Dark Matter,’ No Word Yet On ‘Defiance’

Syfy brought back Sci Fi/Syfy Friday this year, and it featured two new shows, Killjoys and Dark Matter (alongside returning series Defiance). Well, the two freshman shows seem to have done pretty well (or at least well enough), as Syfy has renewed both of them.

It’s interesting, because while I have developed a deep love of Dark Matter, none of it is because I think the show is any good. It’s writing is fairly weak, and continues to prove that series co-creator Joe Mallozzi hasn’t met a sci fi cliche he didn’t like. What’s saved the show for me is the performance of the cast.

Killjoys fairs better plot wise (and I’m actually very interested to find out where it’s going), but the characterization is only saved by Aaron Ashmore’s innate charm. I think Killjoy‘s would actually be more enjoyable for me if it were a worse show.

…wow, that sounded really negative. Especially since I go out of my way to watch the shows every week.

No word yet on whether or not Defiance will receive a fourth season, but it would be a shame if it didn’t. I argue that Defiance is actually the strongest series on the network right now, and it would be a shame to see it go. Hopefully we’ll get word soon.

Via TVLine

The Trailer For ‘Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!’ is Here, Because Why Not?

Sharknado movies just sort of keep happening it seems. Mostly because people like you and me turn on Syfy every time they make one, so Syfy keeps paying The Asylum to produce more. I mean, it’s better than The Asylum making more terrible Mockbusters like they used to fill their time with, so I guess that’s something.

Anyway, the film series that most resembles a terrible accident on a freeway because of our inability to look away whether we want to or not is getting a third installment, subtitled “Oh Hell No!” Since the second film was subtitled “The Second One,” this is actually an improvement.

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! debuts on Syfy July 22nd at 9/8c.