Vol. 3, Issue 39 (Part 1)
I posed a question on the C&CC Facebook page earlier this week about whether I should split this week's NN into two, since I was sitting on had two weeks' worth of information. The lovely people who replied (thank you, friends!) all thought it would be best to divide things up, so look below for TV, webseries, video game and science news (plus fun things). Check back tomorrow for movie and comic news (plus more art).
In TV news:
- Castle is currently searching for someone to play ... Nathan Fillion. Hilarious!
- The main character roles for the new Whedon S.H.I.E.L.D. show have been announced.
- Here's a taste of how the Ponds' Doctor Who exit could have been different. (My thoughts on the whole ending business are still a bit in flux, but I hope to post something regarding the episode soon ...)
- Two movie directors—Peter Jackson and Rian Johnson (Looper)—are interested in directing Doctor Who episodes.
- Tom Baker will return for Who's 50th anniversary celebrations next year.
- After only one episode (which was "soooooooo goooooooooood" according to TGG), the new TMNT cartoon has received an order for a second season. Here's a spoiler-free review of the first two episodes. (Thanks, TGG!)
- A Downton Abbey spin-off about the early lives of Cora and the Earl could become a reality.
- NBC has canceled the remake of Munsters show (Mockingbird Lane).
- Season 4 of The Walking Dead has been confirmed.
- Here are some set photos from the new season of Game of Thrones.
- The star of the new superhero show being written by Max Landis (Chronicle) (which I've posted about previously) will be "a brilliant 20-year old woman who is also a social outcast."
- The man behind the most recent iteration of Battlestar Galactica is working on a Knight's Tale show.
- There's a Fargo show in the works, too.
- Here's some news on the Discworld-based show The Watch.
- A new Christopher Guest comedy series starring Chris O'Dowd will be a joint production of HBO and BBC 2. (Thanks, Megan!)
- FOX is working on a modern-day Hamlet spin, described thusly: "When a beloved presidential hopeful dies in a tragic car wreck, a renegade JFK Jr. type returns home to D.C. to discover his father’s death was no accident."
- The TV rights to Guillermo del Toro's The Strain, a series of books about a vampire virus, has been picked up by FX.
- An adaptation of the Vertigo comic Midnight, Mass. is being developed by NBC. The story is about a married team of paranormal investigators.
- Also in development (this time by ABC), a new show called Gaslight, which is a "lavish soap opera of passion, greed and hope set in a present-day Steampunk World in a re-imagined San Francisco."
- Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane will host the 2013 Oscars.
Here's a trailer for Primeval: New World:
In webseries news, mostly thanks to TGG:
- The first episode of The Guild's season 6 is here!
- If you're not quite ready, you can catch up on all five seasons of The Guild on Geek and Sundry and watch each season seamlessly (without titles/credits between each episode) like they're movies. Here's the season 1 video.
- Here's a trailer for the new Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn live-action series, which starts Oct. 5.
- A three-part web series called Tales from Dunwall has been launched; the series provides back story for the video game Dishonored.
- A new Syfy original series, Nuclear Family, premiered on Xbox 360 Oct. 1.
This is surprisingly moving. (And now I really want to see a Who/Oz mash-up.)
Oh, the feels. (Thanks, Erin!)
Love these old-school-looking Star Trek posters.
Haha! (I really need to catch up on Mad Men. And by catch up, I mean watch all of.)
In game news, from TGG:
- EA is releasing a Mass Effect Trilogy. The $60 compilation will release on Nov. 6 for PC and 360 (and at a later date for PS3). Here's more info on the set.
- Here are some new screenshots and two new weapons trailers (1 and 2) for Halo 4.
- Also, if Xbox users tune in to 3 out of 4 of the presidential debates through Xbox Live they'll earn Halo armor for their avatar.
- Left 4 Dead 2 almost had Cabin in the Woods DLC, and even though it didn't come to fruition, there were still L4D2 zombies in the movie.
- Here's a trailer for Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix ... in Japanese.
- 311 has made its Rock Band debut.
- PS3 is getting an exclusive Assassin's Creed "Ezio Trilogy" including Assassin's Creed 2, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed Revelations. The collection will also include previously released DLC.
- Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is bringing back base-building from the last game Peacewalkers.
- Classic fighting games Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes and Marvel Super Heroes are now available to download on Xbox Live or PSN as a two-pack under the title Marvel vs. Capcom Origins. Here's a trailer.
- And here's a trailer for the upcoming Xbox Live game Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth.
- Groundbreaking artistic game Okami is being remade in HD and will be released for the PSN Oct. 30.
- Valve's creative software has finally (officially) launched.
- Here's a new trailer for Injustice: Gods Among Us, which will come out in April 2013 for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. The collector's edition will feature a statue of Wonder Woman choking Batman.
- A Minecraft community member has recreated the Battle of Hoth in Minecraft.
- This article outlines the "quest" system in the upcoming PC zombie MMO The War Z, which, basically, doesn't exist. As TGG says, "The game world is persistent, but it doesn't generate any quests. All quests are generated by users and it makes for a lot of really great story telling opportunities and a much more interactive player dynamic."
- Do you enjoy creepy games? Here's some screenshots from Slender: The Arrival and a trailer for Anna.
- A new multiplayer steampunk airship fighting game, Guns of Icarus Online, launches on Steam Oct. 29; preordering now gets you in the beta.
- Street Fighter x Tekken is now available for iOS devices.
- There's a new website up similar to Kickstarter—but specifically designed for game developers—called Gambitious.
- The AbleGamers Foundation is opening a permanent arcade geared towards people with disabilities Oct. 10 at the main branch of the public library in Washington, D.C.
Related: (Awesome artist) Olly Moss was disappointed that the Borderlands 2 package design "lifted" from his designs. (Thanks, Shaun!)
How great are these Dragon Age-styled Mass Effect characters?
In SCIENCE! and tech news:
- A newly discovered comet will likely be the brightest ever. (Thanks, Colt!)
- A space tourism company has bought land in south Texas.
- NASA is considering plans for an outpost on the far side of the moon.
Here are two videos that make it apparent that I'm not yet ready to give up (on the hilarity of) the "Gangnam Style" trend.
Be sure to check out this audio mash-up, too. (Because it's not already stuck in your head for the rest of your life.) (Thanks, TGG!)
And finally, these illustrations for Harry Potter textbooks are so cool. I want a whole set (of both the books and the posters)!
Don't forget—check back tomorrow for more Nerd News!