Vol. 4, Issue 8 (Part 1)
Sorry again for the delay on the important stuff last week, friends. I'd tell you to write letters of complaint to Time Warner Cable, but unfortunately, I doubt it would do much good.
I'm hoping that you haven't already seen much of the following info. But if you did turn to other sources for your nerdy news last week ... I don't want to know. *sniffle*
Today's post features TV, comic/book and gaming news, with some art and miscellaneous fun thrown in. Tomorrow's will cover movies, SCIENCE! and more miscellany and art. Enjoy!
In TV news:
- Check out this official launch poster for the second half of Doctor Who's seventh series. (Look close ... there be monsters in them shards!)
- The first new episode will be called "The Bells of St. John."
- Here are some photos from season 7.5. (Definitely spoilery, so beware.)
- John Barrowman is currently
channeling Moffatsaying that Jack Harkness will have a part to play in the series' 50th Anniversary shenanigans.
- Community will be having a puppet episode later this season. Here's a first look at said puppets.
- J. Timbs will be hosting SNL for the fifth time this Saturday.
- It was reported a couple of weeks ago that, due to scheduling conflicts with Captain America: Winter Soldier, Sebastian Stan wouldn't be able to continue in the role of Mad Hatter/Jefferson on Once Upon a Time (Also in the article: The fact that the network is considering a Mad Hatter spinoff). However, the scheduling conflicts have turned out to be a nonissue.
- The titles for the episodes in the third season of Game of Thrones have been released. Here are some character posters and some production stills. (Find a couple of trailers for the new season below.) Also—the show will likely see a season four.
- Archer has been renewed for a fifth season.
- And Lost Girl has been renewed for a fourth season.
- Also renewed: New Girl and The Following.
- Siobhan Finneran (O'Brien) will not return for Downton Abbey's season four.
- Netflix is only planning on one season of Arrested Development. It'll be jam-packed, though: among other stars, Ben Stiller is returning to reprise his Tony Wonder role.
- The new series based on the Sleepy Hollow story involves time travel. Ichabod Crane has been cast.
- Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) is working on writing and directing Believe, a new series about a girl with superpowers.
- Who's Line is it Anyway is returning to TV?!?
- Dermot Mulroney will be returning to New Girl.
- Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Reaper) has joined new show Super Clyde (starring Rupert Grint) as Clyde's brother.
- Lee Pace (
Party King ThranduilThe Hobbit, Pushing Daisies) has joined a new 1980s-set AMC computer drama.
- Tim Curry has taken over the voice of Chancellor Papatine/Darth Sidious in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- Cory and Topanga's son in Girl Meets World has been cast.
- The Canadian spin-off of awesome Brit show Primeval, Primeval: New World, has been cancelled. I know that SyFy had bought the rights to air the series in the U.S. last fall, but I'm not sure that we'll ever be seeing it now.
- Dexter will likely end this year.
- Mad Men's season six will air beginning April 7. (A teaser for the new season is below.)
- Kathy Bates will join America Horror Story's third season.
- Webcomic Achewood might become a TV show.
Here are some teasers:
Broadchurch (Included for Tennant and Darvill, natch.)
Game of Thrones (Thanks, Samar, for the first one!)
In the Flesh (New BBC zombie show.)
Also smart. (Thanks, Colt!)
Anyone getting Great Mouse Detective vibes? (I can't decide if Irene's head's on backwards in the last one ...)
OneBluebird's "minds" series is awesome, and his other art is equally great.
In comics/books/audio news:
- Neil Gaiman has announced that he is working on two new books: Fortunately, the Milk, which involves aliens, pirates, dinosaurs and “a ridiculous amount of time travel,” and a Neverwhere follow-up novella.
- If you'd like to listen to Gaiman's A Calendar of Tales in addition to/rather than reading them yourself, you can do so here. Bonus: They're read by Neil himself. (Ha! Totally didn't even mean to do that.)
- Here's a photo of part of the (ridiculously awesome) cast of the Neverwhere radio play. (You are adorable, Britain.)
- A new 12-issue Mass Effect comic mini-series will flesh out some of the stories we were shown hints of in-game. (Thanks, TGG!)
- Two new Fables books—an encyclopedia and a new Fairest—will be released this year.
- Get to know the Guardians of the Galaxy (perhaps before next year's movie?) with this new digital comics four-book series.
- A new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic, Nemo: Heart Of Ice, is now available.
- An audio version of Marvel's Civil War miniseries is available for purchase.
- Seth Grahme-Smith (Pride & Prejudice & Zombies) will be working on the Fantastic Four reboot.
- Orson Scott Card's Superman story has been shelved.
- X-Files lives again: The show's tenth season will be released in comic form.
Cute ladies! I love the mischievous look on Rogue's face.
I feel like I need to make more of an effort to get to know these characters.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Screenshots from the new Star Trek game have been released.
- Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix has officially been announced for US and European regions. As TGG says, "On a more personal note, OMFG I'M SO EXCITED!"
- Here's a teaser for the first new TMNT game, TMNT: Out of the Shadows. It'll be downloadable later this summer for PSN, Xbox Live and Steam.
- Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag will be released Oct. 29. Here's the box art. And a couple of trailers and a few screenshots.
- Uncharted 3's multiplayer is now free to play on PSN.
- A single player demo for God of War: Ascension is out.
- One of three new Need For Speed: Most Wanted DLC packs centers around famous movie cars: two different James Bond Aston Martins, Smokey's 1977 Pontiac Firebird, The Shelby GT500 from Gone in 60 Seconds and, most importantly (TGG's words, not mine. This is why we're friends.),Vin Diesel's 1970 Dodge Charger from Fast and Furious.
- Beyond: Two Souls will be released Oct. 8, and Willem Dafoe is definitely in it.
- This new Last of Us video focuses on the design of the infected.
- Here's a comprehensive preview of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the upcoming MMO.
- New game Thief, which TGG describes as a "mix between Batman and Assassin's Creed," has a cover story in the new issue of Game Informer.
- Check out this trailer for Star Wars Pinball's Boba Fett "table."
- And this one for StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm.
- And this one for Remember Me.
- Sinestro and Hawkgirl have joined the ever-expanding roster of Injustce: Gods Among Us.
- The actual storyline of the game revolves around Superman going insane after Joker executes a nuclear strike on Metropolis.
- Out later this year: Way of the Dogg, which combines action with, you might have guessed it, Snoop Dogg's songs.
- The PS4 version of Diablo 3 will allow for offline play. But there will be no cross-play with the computer versions.
- Bomberman is now an unofficial MMO you can play online for free.
- A fan-created Helm's Deep map for Left 4 Dead 2 has been added officially to the game in the latest update.
- Temple Run will be releasing a new version of the game as a tie-in with Oz the Great and Powerful.
- PS4 video will be output in 4K, a.k.a. crazy high-def, the console won't require an always on Internet connection, and the PS4 Eye will have two cameras. Here's a look at the interface.
- PSN purchases won't work on the PS4 to start, but could possibly in the future.
- A former linebacker for the Chicago Bears is working on a new service called OverDog that would allow athletes to issue challenges through an app, which fans would then respond to.
- The new RetroN 4 console will play NES, SNES, Sega Genesis and Game Boy Advance cartridges. Plus, it's got an HDMI out, ports for all the original controllers, and its own bluetooth controller.
- Austin Wintory, the composer of Journey's soundtrack, has posted a video in which he walks you through the soundtrack and comments on the inspiration and meaning behind the music.
I found a couple of items as well:
- Gather your friends and your games—the geekier the better—March 30 is Tabletop Day.
- A Princess Bride board game is in the works.
- Check out this crazy Toy Story mod for Grand Theft Auto 5.
Donkey Kong mashups!
In webseries news:
- The Lizzie Bennet Diaries ends March 28. (*SOB*)
- And here's a promo for a new Aperture Science webseries:
Karen Hallion really needs to quit it with these Disney Princess/Who combos. They just keep getting better.
The Disney/Who Pocket Princesses are super adorable, too. (Thanks, Kristen!)
And finally, this is so well done. (And the screengrab is hilarious.)