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The Internet’s Wil Wheaton Comes to The Big Bang Theory

If you follow @wilw on Twitter or read his excellent blog, then I’m not telling you anything new.  If you’re trying to remember who Wil Wheaton is, then follow the links and check out the preview for next week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, a show that is making a serious run for my favorite current comedy.

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Internet, Science, Technology, Television | , , , | 1 Comment

Mythbusters Season 7 Returns Oct 7th

Adam Savage

If you’re like me, following @donttrythis on Twitter hasn’t been enough to keep your mythbusting jones at bay since season seven was paused back in June. Never fear!  Mythbusters returns on October 7th with at least nine new episodes that are scheduled to air  before the end of the year.

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Renewed, Science, Technology, Television | , , , , , | Comments Off on Mythbusters Season 7 Returns Oct 7th

Ziggy Says There’s a 99% Chance a Quantum Leap Reboot Would Suck

Both io9 and TVSquad have reported about the possibility of a SyFy reboot of classic series Quantum Leap. For a moment, I was really excited about the idea, but once I finished reading the headlines I quickly came back down to Earth.

When I was 9 years old, I was taking my second year of piano lessons, and I made my mother race home each week because I didn’t want to miss a second of my favorite new show, Quantum Leap. As a young geek, the idea of time travel immediately captivated my imagination, perhaps in part because I wasn’t old enough to consider the paradoxical implications of the show’s plot (and plot holes).

My memories of the show’s five seasons aren’t crystal clear, but I distinctly remember the satisfaction and relief that came each week when Sam got things right and made his next leap. I also remember the laughter that immediately followed when that leap put him in another crazy situation. As I look back at the series, I realize that I enjoyed it so much because I didn’t take it too seriously.

Sam & Al’s adventures took place in a world before the Internet and the hyper-critical fanboys that came with it. Donald Bellisario was hot off the eight season run of Magnum, P.I. when he created Quantum Leap in 1989. Despite his previous experience in sci-fi with the original Battlestar Galactica, Bellisario never bothered to give much of an explanation of the science behind Sam Beckett’s journey. If SyFy is going to reboot the show, it would definitely need a stronger base in science if they don’t want it to be immediately eviscerated on the message boards. Unfortunately, I think that would take away a lot of the show’s charm. Come to think of it, maybe Quantum Leap was really more fantasy than sci-fi.

Bellisario created a unique show that was consistently entertaining through its full 96 episode run, but television has changed in the 20 years since Quantum Leap premiered. I’m not saying it would be impossible for a reboot to be great, but not every series can be fortunate enough to get a reincarnation as good as BSG. I certainly wouldn’t want to be the person who leaps in to take the Executive Producer role for this project. Oh boy, indeed.

July 11, 2009 Posted by | Drama, New Series, News, Science, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Ziggy Says There’s a 99% Chance a Quantum Leap Reboot Would Suck

Lost Season 5 Blu-ray Collector’s Set Announced

Dr. Chang

I don’t normally get excited about the “collector’s edition” sets that usually throw in a stupid doll or die cast model with your favorite movie or tv series. However, this just-announced version of Lost Season 5 on Blu-ray looks pretty amazing to a geek like me. The theme is that the set is actually a Dharma Initiation Kit, so I’d like to think there will be some sweet bonus videos like some of the uncut orientation films we haven’t seen before. Either that, or this is some kind of conspiracy between Disney/ABC and the last remaining VCR manufacturers. Lost: The Complete Fifth Season Dharma Initiation Kit will be released on December 8, 2009, on the same date as the standard Blu-ray and DVD versions.

July 9, 2009 Posted by | Blu-ray, Drama, dvd, Home Video, Science, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Lost Season 5 Blu-ray Collector’s Set Announced

Good News Everyone! Futurama Returns!

The long-standing rumors of Futurama’s potential return to Comedy Central have been confirmed by Collider.com, although all the attention appears to have brought down their site. It looks like creator David X. Cohen is ramping up production for a 13 episode run that will air at an undetermined date in the future. Based on my limited knowledge of the production cycle for shows like this, I would anticipate something in early 2010. Based on Comedy Central’s scheduling, I wouldn’t be surprised if Futurama shares the South Park timeslot on Wednesdays at 10/9c.

UPDATE – It’s official. 26 episodes are coming in mid-2010.

June 9, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Renewed, Science, Scifi, Technology, Television | , , , | Comments Off on Good News Everyone! Futurama Returns!