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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Leonard Nimoy and "Big Bang Theory" showrunner get all geeky about new sci-fi TV project created by early Star Trek writers and starring original Uhura Nichelle Nichols. Make it so   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 51
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2013-05-25 08:00:56 AM  
"Leonard Nimoy and other big names in the sci-fi arena have endorsed a new project from original Stark Trek writers"

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I'm gonna stop you right there.
 
2013-05-25 09:44:32 AM  
I wish I had heard about this sooner. Only 8 days left and they've a long way to go.
 
2013-05-25 09:46:57 AM  
I see DC Fontana can finally admit to the sci-fi community that she's female.
 
2013-05-25 09:51:20 AM  
So, Leonard Nimoy is selling out to work with one of the men behind the "nerd blackface show?"

Uncle Spock.
 
2013-05-25 09:53:42 AM  

Radak: "Leonard Nimoy and other big names in the sci-fi arena have endorsed a new project from original Stark Trek writers"

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I'm gonna stop you right there.


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David Gerrold is most famous for the Tribble episode but I like his non-Trek stuff, specifically The War Against the Chtorr series which he needs to finish he makes GRRM look like Asimov in terms of prolificity - last entry was in '93 last update on forthcoming titles in 2004).

So on one hand, I'm looking forward to seeing this if it gets off the ground. On the other hand, part of me is saying "Finish up what you started 30 years ago before you jump into something that's going take all of your time"
 
2013-05-25 09:55:29 AM  

stoli n coke: So, Leonard Nimoy is selling out to work with one of the men behind the "nerd blackface show?"

Uncle Spock.


Nerd blackface? Isn't that a bit dramatic?
 
2013-05-25 10:01:10 AM  
I did not know there was nerd outrage over "The Big Bang Theory", but now that I think about it, I should have.
 
2013-05-25 10:09:40 AM  

Confabulat: I did not know there was nerd outrage over "The Big Bang Theory", but now that I think about it, I should have.


Are you kidding? Every thread about that show is filled with physics majors complaining that the show is an unrealistic caricature of what physics majors go through. I guess they're offended at the show's notion that physics majors can get girls or something.
 
2013-05-25 10:11:43 AM  
Off Topic: When did the term "showrunner" start? I feel like I never heard that term a few years ago, now everyone says it.
 
2013-05-25 10:17:21 AM  

obeymatt: Off Topic: When did the term "showrunner" start? I feel like I never heard that term a few years ago, now everyone says it.


Probably around the mid-90's. It used to be executive producer but that term has come to mean the people responsible for taking care of the financing or given to actors to massage their egos.
 
2013-05-25 10:29:28 AM  
May the Force be with them!
 
2013-05-25 10:37:49 AM  
Big Bang Theory has a showrunner? I just assumed it was just the standard TV sitcom writing staff and they hired a nerd to write down nerdy phrases that they can slip into each episode.
 
2013-05-25 10:45:06 AM  

obeymatt: Off Topic: When did the term "showrunner" start? I feel like I never heard that term a few years ago, now everyone says it.


According to John Rogers, head writer and showrunner for Leverage, if a show is a corporation, the studio and network are the Board, while the showrunner is the CEO. He or she is responsible for making all of the decisions about the show in light of the wishes of the Board.
 
2013-05-25 10:52:30 AM  

Snapper Carr: David Gerrold is most famous for the Tribble episode but I like his non-Trek stuff, specifically The War Against the Chtorr series which he needs to finish he makes GRRM look like Asimov in terms of prolificity - last entry was in '93 last update on forthcoming titles in 2004).


The collapse of the Soviet Union kinda killed it as realistic Sci Fi, IIRC
 
2013-05-25 11:04:38 AM  

stoli n coke: Are you kidding? Every thread about that show is filled with physics majors complaining that the show is an unrealistic caricature of what physics majors go through. I guess they're offended at the show's notion that physics majors can get girls or something.


I don't know what physicists are like, but I have a group of 4 friends who work in computing and electronics who really aren't too much different from these guys.

The only thing that doesn't ring true is that a hot single girl would hang out with them.
 
2013-05-25 11:06:28 AM  

obeymatt: Off Topic: When did the term "showrunner" start? I feel like I never heard that term a few years ago, now everyone says it.


I first started hearing it in reference to Lindelof and Cuse during Lost's run.  An earlier example of the concept would be JMS with Babylon 5.  I don't know if he used the term "showrunner", but that's what he was.

"Executive Producer" is almost meaningless now since it's gotten to the point where nearly every starring actor gets an EP credit as part of their contract negotiations if the show runs long enough.
 
2013-05-25 11:07:17 AM  

Mrbogey: I wish I had heard about this sooner. Only 8 days left and they've a long way to go.


This. I saidly doubt they'll make their goal. They set the bar way too high. If they'd asked for $20-$30 thousand they'd be made in the shade, then make everything else a stretch goal. It's a shame. It looks like a great projects.
 
2013-05-25 11:11:38 AM  

greentea1985: Mrbogey: I wish I had heard about this sooner. Only 8 days left and they've a long way to go.

This. I saidly doubt they'll make their goal. They set the bar way too high. If they'd asked for $20-$30 thousand they'd be made in the shade, then make everything else a stretch goal. It's a shame. It looks like a great projects.


I'm not sure they could have made a pilot for 30 grand.
 
2013-05-25 11:13:02 AM  
I'm pretty sure that anyone interested in things Star Trek knows who Nichelle Nichols is, subby.

/if they don't they're sadder even than those cosplaying as pavel chekov, and can google it
 
2013-05-25 11:15:20 AM  

Gunther: Snapper Carr: David Gerrold is most famous for the Tribble episode but I like his non-Trek stuff, specifically The War Against the Chtorr series which he needs to finish he makes GRRM look like Asimov in terms of prolificity - last entry was in '93 last update on forthcoming titles in 2004).

The collapse of the Soviet Union kinda killed it as realistic Sci Fi, IIRC


That's what alternate timelines are for.
 
2013-05-25 11:18:24 AM  

Snapper Carr: Gunther: Snapper Carr: David Gerrold is most famous for the Tribble episode but I like his non-Trek stuff, specifically The War Against the Chtorr series which he needs to finish he makes GRRM look like Asimov in terms of prolificity - last entry was in '93 last update on forthcoming titles in 2004).

The collapse of the Soviet Union kinda killed it as realistic Sci Fi, IIRC

That's what alternate timelines are for.


The collapse of the Confederacy didn't stop turtledove
 
2013-05-25 11:32:54 AM  
Ugh... I'm reading Voyage of the Star Wolf right now and it's... well... not good so far.  I got only about thee books into War Against the Chtorri before dropping that series, too.  I know other people like Gerrold's writing, but something about it grates on me.
 
2013-05-25 11:53:40 AM  
Nimoy can choke on Jar Jar Abrams's dick as far as I'm concerned. Sellout scumbag.
 
2013-05-25 12:16:04 PM  
Snapper Carr: David Gerrold is most famous for the Tribble episode but I like his non-Trek stuff, specifically The War Against the Chtorr series which he needs to finish he makes GRRM look like Asimov in terms of prolificity - last entry was in '93 last update on forthcoming titles in 2004).
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Read the 'Man who folded himself' by David Gerrold. Amazing amazing amazing book.
 
2013-05-25 12:18:20 PM  
As much as I want another space science fiction show to exist that doesn't suck, this isn't the answer. Sorry.
 
2013-05-25 12:20:03 PM  

gameshowhost: I'm pretty sure that anyone interested in things Star Trek knows who Nichelle Nichols is, subby.

/if they don't they're sadder even than those cosplaying as pavel chekov, and can google it


That's sad. They should dress up as Mr. Bester.
 
2013-05-25 01:31:25 PM  
He could have some fun playing up the A.I. from When Harlie Was one, as part of the ship's complement.

Star Wolf was I though an EXCELLENT outline for a stand-alone space adventure movie, with potential for a follow-on series. Bust it is also kind of similar overall to the Wing Commander movie and game series.
 
2013-05-25 01:42:47 PM  

farkeruk: stoli n coke: Are you kidding? Every thread about that show is filled with physics majors complaining that the show is an unrealistic caricature of what physics majors go through. I guess they're offended at the show's notion that physics majors can get girls or something.

I don't know what physicists are like, but I have a group of 4 friends who work in computing and electronics who really aren't too much different from these guys.

The only thing that doesn't ring true is that a hot single girl would hang out with them.


Thats actually the thing - Computer type nerds actually match very well with that show (well, sans the part where the nerds repeatedly get super hot girlfriends).  It doesn't match that well with physics types, who are usually quite different.
 
2013-05-25 01:45:33 PM  

simplicimus: gameshowhost: I'm pretty sure that anyone interested in things Star Trek knows who Nichelle Nichols is, subby.

/if they don't they're sadder even than those cosplaying as pavel chekov, and can google it

That's sad. They should dress up as Mr. Bester.


"If I had my talent working, I could have warned you when he was coming."

"And if I had a baseball bat, we could hang you from the ceiling and play piñata."

"A piñata, huh? So, you think of me as something bright and cheerful, full of toys and candy for young children? Thank you, Mister Garibaldi! That makes me feel much better about our relationship."
 
2013-05-25 01:47:56 PM  
Geek moment: Steven Molaro is the showrunner of TBBT. Bill Prady is the EX-showrunner of TBBT.

Bill Prady still writes for the show on occasion and is pretty involved in the production, but he's not the showrunner anymore.
 
2013-05-25 01:51:22 PM  
DC Fontana? I'm in.

/didn't know she was still working
 
2013-05-25 01:51:30 PM  

stoli n coke: Confabulat: I did not know there was nerd outrage over "The Big Bang Theory", but now that I think about it, I should have.

Are you kidding? Every thread about that show is filled with physics majors complaining that the show is an unrealistic caricature of what physics majors go through. I guess they're offended at the show's notion that physics majors can get girls or something.


I'm not a physics major, but I have a problem with the utterly terrible writing and the heavy use of the laugh track. The show is just plain weak. It makes Three's Company look like high art.
 
2013-05-25 01:53:26 PM  
Nichols, who played Uhura in the original Star Trek series, has signed on in the recurring role of Admiral O'Hara.

A female admiral? Who is going to be making sandwiches and ironing shirts then?
 
2013-05-25 01:53:32 PM  

stoli n coke: So, Leonard Nimoy is selling out to work with one of the men behind the "nerd blackface show?"

Uncle Spock.


man up pansy
 
2013-05-25 01:59:58 PM  

Mrbogey: stoli n coke: So, Leonard Nimoy is selling out to work with one of the men behind the "nerd blackface show?"

Uncle Spock.

Nerd blackface? Isn't that a bit dramatic?


With Nichelle Nichols involed, it's Uhuru blackface.
 
2013-05-25 02:15:57 PM  
Leonard Nimoy and "Big Bang Theory" showrunner get all geeky about new sci-fi TV project created by early Star Trek writers and starring original Uhura Nichelle Nichols. Make it so

Bullshiat. Everyone knows that the original Nichelle Nichols died in 1968 and was replaced by a look-alike. There are just way too many clues in season three of TOS and the movies to deny it.
 
2013-05-25 02:17:35 PM  
Star Wolf is the name of it?  Really?

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2013-05-25 02:50:46 PM  
and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" star Chase Masterson

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/Dabo girls should know their place
 
2013-05-25 03:28:15 PM  
The origiinal Nichelle Nicholls? Shouldn't they be using a clone? She must be, like 80 by now. I'd go with a 3G or 4G Nichelle Nicholls, possibly even a 5G if you want to bring in the horny geeks and nerds.

The Star Wolf?

...to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee! Khaaaaaaaaaaan!

And by Hell's Heart, I mean Hollywood.
 
2013-05-25 03:46:05 PM  

stoli n coke: Confabulat: I did not know there was nerd outrage over "The Big Bang Theory", but now that I think about it, I should have.

Are you kidding? Every thread about that show is filled with physics majors complaining that the show is an unrealistic caricature of what physics majors go through. I guess they're offended at the show's notion that physics majors can get girls or something.


Really? Physics majors complain a network sitcom about them isn't realistic? Wow. Welcome to something every bartender and young New Yorker have known for decades.
 
2013-05-25 04:20:30 PM  
Confabulat:Really? Physics majors complain a network sitcom about them isn't realistic? Wow. Welcome to something every bartender and young New Yorker have known for decades.

The show receives a lot of accusations of being a "nerd minstrel show" because a lot of nerds assume that the show is supposed to be representative of all nerds in general, which is a lot like complaining that "30 Rock" is supposed to be representative of all white people.

The other part is that they don't seem to realize that Sheldon Cooper is basically the most beloved character on the show, which is why Jim Parsons won numerous golden globes.  The whiners assume that audiences despite the character and only watch the show for the sake of making fun of him, which I suspect is a projection of their own social experiences.  If you're used to being mocked and ridiculed your entire life, you're probably more likely to assume that everyone else sees Sheldon the same way.
 
2013-05-25 05:37:51 PM  
Now, I'm no physician, but I saw this documentary called "Real Genius" and the physics students in it ended up with hot babes, so I don't think that aspect of "The Big Bang Theory" is unrealistic.
 
2013-05-25 06:55:29 PM  

brantgoose: The origiinal Nichelle Nicholls? Shouldn't they be using a clone? She must be, like 80 by now. I'd go with a 3G or 4G Nichelle Nicholls, possibly even a 5G if you want to bring in the horny geeks and nerds.


Yeah, I gotta wonder about that. She came to our brand spanking new con in Houston last year and I got to be in the meet and greet. Really cool lady, but she's just gettin' too old for that shiat, unless they give her a role that involves sitting at a desk a lot.
 
2013-05-25 07:14:48 PM  

Confabulat: stoli n coke: Confabulat: I did not know there was nerd outrage over "The Big Bang Theory", but now that I think about it, I should have.

Are you kidding? Every thread about that show is filled with physics majors complaining that the show is an unrealistic caricature of what physics majors go through. I guess they're offended at the show's notion that physics majors can get girls or something.

Really? Physics majors complain a network sitcom about them isn't realistic? Wow. Welcome to something every bartender and young New Yorker have known for decades.


Throw in cops and people serving in the military, while you're at it.
 
2013-05-25 07:18:18 PM  

Confabulat: stoli n coke: Confabulat: I did not know there was nerd outrage over "The Big Bang Theory", but now that I think about it, I should have.

Are you kidding? Every thread about that show is filled with physics majors complaining that the show is an unrealistic caricature of what physics majors go through. I guess they're offended at the show's notion that physics majors can get girls or something.

Really? Physics majors complain a network sitcom about them isn't realistic? Wow. Welcome to something every bartender and young New Yorker have known for decades.


Huh? You mean some sitcom somewhere portrays young New Yorkers as something other than douchebags?
 
2013-05-25 07:20:06 PM  
If you've read the series, then you'll get it--it's perfect casting for the Admiral.  There are a couple scenes I hope make it into the series just based on that.

That said, I think that doing this as a Kickstarter may have doomed it.  With one character almost having to be done as CGI and with it being of necessity pretty effects-heavy, they may have been asking too much of the fans, but the amount may not be enough to pull it off.  Granted the first episode will be effects-heavy at first, but then mostly interior shots and character pieces during the aftermath, they've set a pretty low bar for later eps.  (the back half of the first book will have *two* characters that will probably be fully CGI--that'll cost too much).

/I just hope they escape the trope and make the voice of HARLIE *not* a soft British tenor.
 
2013-05-25 07:38:33 PM  

RoyBatty: Leonard Nimoy and "Big Bang Theory" showrunner get all geeky about new sci-fi TV project created by early Star Trek writers and starring original Uhura Nichelle Nichols. Make it so

Bullshiat. Everyone knows that the original Nichelle Nichols died in 1968 and was replaced by a look-alike. There are just way too many clues in season three of TOS and the movies to deny it.


Most people know she intended to leave the show after the first season. When she told Martin Luther King Jr., he had her replaced with a life model decoy in order to keep the character of Uhura on television.
 
2013-05-25 08:58:02 PM  

farkeruk: stoli n coke: Are you kidding? Every thread about that show is filled with physics majors complaining that the show is an unrealistic caricature of what physics majors go through. I guess they're offended at the show's notion that physics majors can get girls or something.

I don't know what physicists are like, but I have a group of 4 friends who work in computing and electronics who really aren't too much different from these guys.

The only thing that doesn't ring true is that a hot single girl would hang out with them.


You don't know many women, do you? Let me fix that for you...


The only thing that doesn't ring true is that a hot, single, broke girl would hang out with them to get free grub, her rent paid, etc.

Still don't ring true? Seriously, wasnt that a running gag until they paired up her and Leonard?
 
2013-05-25 11:07:15 PM  

JammerJim: brantgoose: The origiinal Nichelle Nicholls? Shouldn't they be using a clone? She must be, like 80 by now. I'd go with a 3G or 4G Nichelle Nicholls, possibly even a 5G if you want to bring in the horny geeks and nerds.

Yeah, I gotta wonder about that. She came to our brand spanking new con in Houston last year and I got to be in the meet and greet. Really cool lady, but she's just gettin' too old for that shiat, unless they give her a role that involves sitting at a desk a lot.


she's playing an admiral.  Sitting at a desk is pretty much all those guys do.  Sure, there'll be one episode where the base gets hit and her stunt double becomes John McClane for a few scenes until she dies/gets wounded heroically, but every other episode she'll just sit behind the desk.
 
2013-05-26 03:05:04 AM  

Badgers: and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" star Chase Masterson

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/Dabo girls should know their place


When she broke up with Dr. Bashere to go marry Rom.. that made everyone go WTF?

Splendid rack, though.
 
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