I’ve recently been meeting more and more people who appear to be affected by a new phenomenon I’d like to dub "cancelphobia." People suffering from chronic cancelphobia refuse to start a new TV show because they’re simply too afraid it will be cancelled by the end of its first season—or even sooner. First I would like to send a message to people with cancelphobia: this is not your fault . You’ve contracted this condition as a direct result of the four major broadcast networks ( NBC , ABC , CBS , and FOX ). While these networks provide America with the bulk of its most popular primetime sitcoms and dramas, in years as of late, they have adopted policies not unlike that of the late, great warriors of Sparta. In Sparta, if a child was born weak or sick, rather than care for said child and raise it, they would—quite literally— chuck it off a cliff and leave it to the wolves . Major networks, with their ruthless, cannibalistic ways have had a deeply negative effect on television audiences; people are just too afraid to get attached to a show, in case it’s abandoned and fed to the wolves. Now I could go deep into the reasoning behind the networks’ ruthless decisions to cancel shows, and explain why they have all adopted these similar, highly competitive and unforgiving policies, but that’s not why I’m writing this. No, I’m here to (metaphorically) pat you on the back and tell you it’s going to be OK, and provide you with a piece of advice that might help: Keep watching TV! To fight your cancelphobia, remember why it is that you watch television in the first place. Your condition is telling you that it isn’t worth the pain of getting attached to a show only to have it be pulled out from under you, but I ask you this: isn’t it? You, like I, love television; that’s why you’re a member of SideReel. You love the suspense, the action, the laughter, and most of all, the emotion that comes from watching the characters you root for week after week. You love to support potential onscreen romances like #Casket or #Olicity . You love to tweet your favorite celebrities’ compliments in the hope that they’ll send you a two-word reply. How can you receive any of these great 21st century gifts if you choose not to start watching a show? Yes, it may very likely be cancelled, and quite frankly, going by the numbers alone, it probably will be—but that doesn’t matter! Enjoy it while it lasts, like Cadbury Mini Eggs™ . They only come out at Easter, and it’s that exclusivity that helps make them as phenomenal as they are. Let me ask you this: Do you think Firefly would be the cult classic it has become if hadn’t been canceled? Was it not worth it to watch those 14 episodes if only to know what everyone was talking about? Of course it was worth it! So I ask you, not for my sake, but for your own, keep watching television, and banish cancelphobia forever.
Announced today at Comic-Con: All of the original Firefly stars will reprise their characters for the online game! And Alan Tudyk is playing multiple roles. Also showing up will be Michael Fairman as the crime lord Niska, who is apparently hiring. Read More... http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/io9/full/~3/7MVy-XhKVuM/fireflys-cast-will-reunite-for-firefly-online-1610617567
"Guardians" director James Gunn confirms that the "Firefly" and "Castle" actor has a "very small fun cameo" in the film -- but it isn't Nova. Read More... http://www.hitfix.com/news/which-firefly-veteran-is-making-a-cameo-in-guardians-of-the-galaxy
With the premiere of the riotously funny Silicon Valley , SideReel's editorial team got to thinking about our favorite TV nerds. Being of that disposition ourselves, we had a lot of very well-informed opinions, backed up by rigorously researched and tested evidence. But in the end, we had to pick just eight—and so we did. Think we missed yours? Sound off in the comments. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey S1E4: A Sky Full of Ghosts Like everyone else in the world, the editorial team members are big fans of Neil deGrasse Tyson. Following in his mentor Carl Sagan's footsteps, he's bringing complex scientific concepts to the masses through storytelling, analogies, and mind-blowing graphics. The show isn't without controversy, but it's fascinating, and when Tyson makes physics personal, we can't help but want to be swept along for the ride. The Big Bang Theory S2E13: The Friendship Algorithm The best part of The Big Bang Theory has always been Jim Parsons' portrayal of Sheldon Cooper: the brilliant, jittery, physicist who's also one of the most off-kilter straight men ever to be seen on TV. Throughout its long run, we've gotten plenty of great Sheldon episodes, but this one from midway through season two is the first time it really all coalesces. As the episode title implies, he creates an scientific process for making friends—with predictably zany results. @midnight S2E38: Nikki Glaser/Steve Agee/Kyle Kinane We'd be remiss if we didn't include the Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick on this list. He'd already done more for today's nerdkind than almost anyone else, and then Comedy Central went and gave him his own nightly game show. As host, he gets comedians to riff on everything from the day's internet headlines, to emojii, Star Wars fan art, and Craigslist cosplay personals. It's on late (it starts, as Hardwick always announces, at 11:59 and 59 seconds), but it's making waves among TODAY'S YOUTH (and those of us on the cusp of olds-hood), and it's a good way to get in your daily recommended dose of belly laughs. Breaking Bad S1E1: Pilot Over the course of Breaking Bad 's run, Walter White came to stand for many, many things, but rewatching the pilot is a good reminder that before he was The One Who Knocks, Heisenberg, meth kingpin of the American Southwest, and the best anti-hero, um, EVER, he was just a high school chemistry teacher; a nerd, if you will. He made science cool for Jesse Pinkman (for a little while at least), and he definitely lived the motto safety first when it came to cooking. What a role model! The X-Files S2E22: F. Emasculata If ever the divide between geek and nerd was on display, it was in the personas of Mulder and Scully. Mulder was the geek, Scully was the nerd. She had a rigorous scientific background (don't forget, she was a medical doctor!) and always came equipped with a gun and a hefty dose of skepticism—or at least she did before the show went off the deep end. In "F. Emasculata", her training is in full display as she tackles an unstoppable plague sweeping through a prison's population. The Late Show with David Letterman S21E31: February 27, 2014 We didn't have to pick this particular episode of Letterman , but the inclusion of the "Stupid Human Tricks" segment didn't hurt. A pioneer in the world of late night comedy, Letterman will be sorely missed when he steps down at the end of his current contract (Spring 2015). He brought a curiousity not present prior to his reign that's now a staple of late night shows. From "Will it Float?" to "Know Your Current Events" to the aforementioned "Stupid Human Tricks", there was always a burning desire to know something behind those fashionable spectacles. Whoever takes over the Late Show throne will have to match that. Firefly S1E9: Ariel Thousands of gallons of digital ink have been metaphorically spilled discussing the merits and cancelation of this modern classic series, so please don't begrudge us adding a few more words. Simon Tam, like his sister, River, was a prodigy, the Doogie Howser of his time, even. Thankfully, he only used his unmatched scientific skills for good (or at least what passed for good in the ambiguous world of Firefly ), and in "Ariel" we get to see the demons with which he wrestles, and just how much he'd have been able to accomplish if he'd been willing to play the game rather than going rogue. Futurama S5E10: The Farnsworth Parabox Good news! The last fantastic nerd on our list is Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, citizen of Earth circa the year 3000. He's tenured at Mars University, is a perennial contender for the Nobel Prize, and he's definitely unparalleled at using his abilities to create insane things, like, for instance, a box containing another universe—in which his doppelganger has created a box which contains our universe. It hurts our brains, but that's why Farnsworth is in a league of his own. Leah E. Friedman is the editor of SideReel.com. Her nerd power is the complete recall of plots from 19-year-old episodes of Sliders . You can follow her musings on Twitter .
Firefly Online will launch in Summer 2014, according to developer QMx . In addition to the originally planned platforms (iOS and Android), the Firefly MMORPG will also release on PC and Mac, "and may expand to include additinoal platforms." Pre-order dates, prices, and distribution partners will be announced "shortly." When you're not running jobs, "You can focus on pimping your ride, getting a new ride, hiring a crew, keeping them happy, trading, crafting, collecting swag, or just flying around the multitude of terraformed worlds of the Verse in the freeform flight simulator," QMx's Andy Gore told io9 . Gore also confirmed that players, as captains of their own crews, would be dealing with Firefly's iconic menace, the Reavers. As well, "In the first release, players will take the part of a Browncoat captain. However, we are looking at adding factions in a later DLC release," Gore explained. Read More... http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/12/13/firefly-online-is-coming-to-pc-and-mac-in-2014
The guest-star list is growing for the second season of The CW’s Arrow with the recent announcement that ‘Firefly’ alum Sean Maher will be appearing in an upcoming episode of the comic-book-laced drama. Maher will play evil Mark Scheffer (otherwise known as DC Comics super-villain Shrapnel), a “serial bomber who places Starling City in a grip of terror and threatens the life of Sebastian Blood (recurring guest star Kevin Alejandro). Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2013/10/23/firefly-hunk-sean-maher-to-guest-as-villain-on-arrow/
There have been plenty of Firefly/Serenity comics, but only now will you get to see the rest of the story. Dark Horse has announced the first-ever continuation of the Firefly series, with a new Serenity comic set after the events of the beloved (if somewhat devastating) movie. Read More.... http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/io9/full/~3/jCJs6Cgds0k/the-future-of-firefly-will-finally-be-revealed-in-a-new-1376970047
In nerd culture, few short-lived television shows have a more hardcore and passionate fanbase than that of Firefly. Created by Joss Whedon – the man behind the Buffy and Angel TV shows, as well as the upcoming show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Firefly ran on television for literally four months. There are only 14 episodes of the show (plus a movie, Serenity). And now, there will be a Firefly video game. READ MORE...
Nathan Fillion, one of the stars of this summer's Pixar animated film 'Monsters University,' talked to us about how likely he sees another 'Firefly' reunion on either the big or the small screen. Read More... http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/nathan-fillion-dismisses-the-idea-of-more-serenity-as-an-impossibility
Fans of Veronica Mars are still celebrating that they've successfully paid to give Warner Bros. another film in their schedule, but because the pleasure of others means nothing, non-Veronica Mars fans have quickly moved on to asking what this Kickstarter revival thing might mean for canceled shows they like. Here are some answers. For Firefly vocal fan base, it won't mean a lot--at least not for a long time. Though Whedon's legions of loyal zealots would seem the perfect candidates to throw some money at something, the writer-director just sat down with Buzzfeed to remind everyone how he has some other kind of big things going right now. Said Whedon: READ MORE...