New Fall TV 2015: The Darkhorses

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Premieres September 15th, on FX

Wilkin Brattle, played by Lee Jones, is a 14h century English soldier and under the charge of Edward the First. After the horrors of war follow him home and revenge is directed towards his loved ones, Brattle retires from being a warrior. The first season will revolve around Brattle’s forced return to the English court, as he claims the executioner title. He exchanges one blood-splattered sword for another; past burdens of guilt for new ones; and finds himself to be a different type of merciless weapon within this medieval political system.imgres

Beloved Sons of Anarchy show runner Kurt Sutter is the man behind this new period drama. He understands the early comparisons between his newest creation and HBO’s Game of Thrones. The 14th century English court system politics and Brattle’s newfound faith in the catholic religion will root this series in the history books. While characters like Annora of the Alders, played by Katey Sagal, is a mysterious healer who will entangle Brattle’s story with medieval mysticism. Much like it’s predecessor the Bastard Executioner’s first season will consist of ten episodes.

FX’s The Bastard Executioner trailer click here

Flesh & Bone

Premieres November 8th, on Starzimgres-2

An eight-episode miniseries structured as a look inside the lives of ballerinas and written in the vain of the critically acclaimed film Black Swan. The series tells the tortured tale of Claire (Sarah Hay), a talented ballerina who is running from a dark past and finds herself joining a New York City company. The trailer promises that this will be a brutally honest look at both Claire’s and her fellow ballerinas struggle for perfection. Filled with eating disorders, rigorous training schedules that result in self-mutilating practices and the self-esteem shattering competitiveness found in this chosen profession.

The most haunting image from the trailer is of a padlocked bedroom door. We don’timages see the intruder’s face from behind the door, but we hear his voice as he demands that Claire let him inside. This indicates that Claire is potentially running from an abusive childhood and was sexually assaulted by her stepfather (maybe). Therefore, Claire could possibly be suffering from PTSD as she joins this ballet company. Former Breaking Bad executive producer and writer, Moria Walley-Beckett is the series’ creator. Knowing that Walley-Beckett is directing the ship dispels my belief that the series could potentially fall more in step with the film Center Stage, than Black Swan.

Starz Flesh & Bone trailer click here

Into the Badlands

imgres-3Premieres November 15th, on AMC

Welcome to the Badlands. A six-episode series that combines the stylized-western
aesthetic of Django Unchained with, the graceful violence found in Kill Bill. This martial arts series is based on the Chinese tale Journey To The West. A fierce enslaved warrior (known as a clipper in the show) named Sunny, played by executive-producer Daniel Wu, stumbles across a young boy named M.K., played by Aramis Knight. They develop a mentor/protégé relationship as they journey together across the dangerous land run by feudal barons.

The most intriguing aspect of the series stems from the villainess named the Widow, portrayed by Emily Beecham.   We are introduced to her as the one behind images-1the attempted capture of M.K., for unknown reasons.  Throughout the Comic-Con trailer we see her deviously wonder the Badlands, as she seeks to claim power by overthrowing the mighty Badland baron, Quinn. Then in a stunning sequence we watch the petite baroness turn into a lethal weapon, as she takes on a slough of assassins in a western burlesque bar.  Much like how The Walking Dead brought new life to the zombie genre, Into the Badlands shows promise in resurrecting the Kung-Fu martial arts genre.  Plus, this maybe the closest thing we will ever have to a Quentin Tarantino television series.

AMC Into the Badlands trailer click here

By Sarah Belmont
Featured Writer
@sjbelmont

2.25 – Mr. Reboot

Email us at SceneNNerd@gmail.com to have your comments or questions featured on the show! On today’s show, Pete, Matt, and Casey are reunited. First they recap last week’s show and Comic Con, then Pete brings us the latest movies out in theaters and DVD, Casey is called an idiot while giving the weekly Entertainment news (Hulk Hogan, Jurassic World sequal, Chris Brown), the boys have a heated discussion about the ethics of remakes and reboots, and Matt tells us what he thought of Ant-Man. In the second hour for TV Talk, the boys breakdown The 100, Mr. Robot, and Halt and Catch Fire. Dem classic picks doe, it’s an all new Scene N’ Nerd!

 

2.24 – Stories from Comic Con

Talk to us at SceneNNerd@gmail.com or @SceneNNerd on Twitter to have your questions or comments read on the show! Today Pete and Matt are back while Casey is out on vacation. The guys are joined by Rose Moore ofMoviepilot.com, Lauren Galloway from Assembly of Geeks, The Flash Podcast and EW Community and Lily Miranda from @WardsWarriors to share all their crazy stories from Comic Con. They also share their thoughts on the latest trailers from Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad and talk about how X-Men: Age of Apocalypse is shaping up. They’re back, they’re nerdy and they’re trying very hard to get over those post Comic Con blues. This is Scene N Nerd!

 

2.23 – The Condensed Comic Con Classic

Talk to us at SceneNNerd@gmail.com or @SceneNNerd on Twitter to have your questions or comments read on the show! Today, Matt and Casey trudge on while Pete is at Comic Con. They give you what movies are out in theaters this week, the latest in Entertainment news, and a review of all the things that have happened so far at Comic Con 2015 and things that have made the convention so historically special. Hosted by your two favorite jokesters, it’s a short and sweet Scene ‘N Nerd!

 

2.22 – Scene ‘N Nerd Turns 50!

If you’d like to be featured on the show, send us your questions or comments at SceneNNerd@gamil.com or tweet us on Twitter @SceneNNerd! This episodes marks the 50th recording session of the podcast. For this momentous occasion the Pete, Matt, and Casey literally huddle up to give you an extra funny podcast LIVE. They are joined by the fantastic Andy and the stupendous Amy to talk about the latest movies coming out in theaters and on DVD. They gang talks about which summer blockbusters they are most looking forward to in a new segment. They plan for their SDCC coverage. In TV Talk, they analyze Halt and Catch Fire, The 100, The Last Ship, and Ballers. Then they give you their 50th classic movie picks! It’s the semicentennial Scene ‘N Nerd!… We should buy a convertible.

 

2.7 – A Breaking Costume, A Broken Us

Welcome to a super packed episode of Scene N’ Nerd! Your hosts as always are Pacing Pete, Matt aka ImSalzy, and Casey Franco. Today the boys are joined by Amy Marie and Lauren Gallaway of The Assembly of Geeks. As well as SNN first-timer Andy Behbakht of The Flash Podcast!  Today on the show, Pete gives you all the new media coming out in the next couple weeks. Then Matt tosses a grenade into the internet and forces the group to decide whether or not The Big Bang Theory sucks. Casey brings you the latest entertainment catastrophes (Harrison Ford, Netflix, X-Files) in his Entertainment Whatever. Then for the infamous TV Talk, the group breaks down Gotham, 12 Monkeys, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Also, at a special point in today’s show, Andy breaks some Super costume news and the gang collectively lose their minds. Coming right at you, it’s an all new Scene N’ Nerd!