Take some creative risks!

11:30 am EDT, September 6, 2011

I like to complain. I know, shocking as it is, it’s true. I enjoy criticising a predominantly sincere and sanguine outlook, often resulting from epistemological differences that share marginal and peripheral relevance to that which one can call his own, insofar as to instigate and culminate in a conjoined and coherent reconsideration of ideas resulting in a more satisfactory and desirable bifurcation of policy… what?.. I moan so much that people change their minds. Sadly, this trend is reaching pandemic heights and it’s affecting what has become one of our most valued civil liberties: good television.

Right now, I feel very disillusioned with what I watch on television; new game shows, sit-coms and even some mainstream dramas splurge out what often feels like a never-ending ooze of mediocrity. Studios and programme makers have found what works and are sticking to it like leg hair to a band-aid. This is particularly true for comedy shows and I think a lot of stems from public outcry in an increasingly outspoken conservative culture. I’m not saying there are suddenly more conservatively right-wing thinking people out there, just that they’ve suddenly got a lot better about voicing their opinions.

I love watching old sit-coms like Cheers or Mash or anything from that generation. The writing was original, sharp and funny. What’s more, these kind of shows were never afraid to toe the line every now and again. They were never overtly offensive, always relatively family-friendly but there was often the odd joke in there that made your mouth drop as you recoiled in laughter as you thought, “how did they get away with saying that?” It was precisely these moments that kept you watching series after series.

Over the years, original comedy slowly began to fizzle out; perhaps all the best jokes had already been told? However, suddenly that risqué style of programming suffered a bombardment of complaints from housewives and grandparents who, in their best Mrs Lovejoy expression proclaimed, “please, SOMEBODY please think of the children!” Well, I’m sorry Mrs Lovejoy, but look at your children now. Guess what, they’re bored! I’m not sure what it was, but television studios instantly took note of all these mollycoddled people and immediately started issuing apologies for any content that may have (or will ever in the future) caused offence. Script writers were told not to do it again and very quickly we’ve landed in the situation we are in now where T.V is boring and afraid to take any risks.

We can look back at shows like Cheers or Mash and say they were relevant for their time but the truth is, these (and many other) classics just wouldn’t get made in this current age. A studio just doesn’t have the will any more to risk the wrath of ill-informed pensioners armed with a laptop that their grandchild helped them buy and an on-line complaints form. Instead, they will continue to churn out unsatisfying droll that is as bland as the paper the script is printed on.

Sadly, this pathological antagonist feels partly to blame; perhaps it was people like me – people who like to complain – that spurred on this movement. It’s just a shame that creativity on the whole has to pay the price. At least I still have my DVD boxsets of old series to wash away the dissatisfaction.

Netflix announces new Bill Nye the Science Guy talk show

BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL!

11:39 am EDT, August 31, 2016

Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

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Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” said Bill Nye in a press release.

“Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”

Netflix also promises that “In Bill’s unfiltered style, he will bring in special guests, conduct experiments and demonstrations, and ultimately let the facts lead the argument.”

Bill Nye is best known for Bill Nye the Science Guy, the half-hour PBS show that ran from 1993 through 1998.

The theme song is iconic. Science RULES!

The new Netflix series seems like a continuation of Bill Nye the Science Guy, so we’re very excited for the new show to launch in 2017.

Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

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Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

Shannon Purser has also declared her interest in the role. You’ll know her as Barb from Stranger Things, but she’s also just been added to Riverdale.

Before we can start casting, however, we need a show, and according to TV Line, that show is New Warriors.

Marvel and ABC Studios are currently shopping the project around, which would be a half-hour comedy based on the character. One of the tell-tale signs of a Squirrel Girl story line is its lighthearted and humorous nature, so this sounds like a perfect fit.

TV Line reports that the show is being described as “the junior version of The Avengers,” and that “the New Warriors are a superhero squad made up of teenagers.”

Marvel has, of course, brought plenty of its characters to the small screen and to great success. There’s even a chance that this project could be tied to some of the Netflix properties, as Doreen acts as a nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ daughter, Danielle, in the comic books.

Just think about that crossover potential.

Are you looking forward to this ‘New Warriors’ show if it stars Squirrel Girl?

Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

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Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

EW is now reporting that Purser has joined Riverdale, the television show based on the Archie comics.

Purser will be portraying Ethel Muggs for at least three episodes.

Don’t expect her to follow in the footsteps of her comic book equivalent, however. Ethel may have a crush on Jughead in the source material, but EW is reporting that she’ll have her heart set on someone else.

Ethel will also be teaming up with Veronica and Betty as they set out to get revenge on Reggie Mantle, Archie’s nemesis.

In July, we brought you our thoughts on the Riverdale pilot after we saw it at San Diego Comic-Con. It’ll be premiering midseason next winter on the CW and provides a darker spin on the original Archie characters as they become wrapped up in a murder mystery.

Though the pilot has already been shot, the remaining 12 episodes have yet to be filmed. Production on the rest of the season will begin in early September, and the show is expected to premiere in early 2017, barring any complications.

Are you looking forward to seeing Shannon Purser on ‘Riverdale’?