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

2.19 – That’s Our Bad

Send us your comments or questions on Twitter @SceneNNerd or email us at for a chance to be featured in our new “Comments Corner” segment. On today’s show, the boys take over. Pete, Matt, and Casey bro out as they cover the new movies coming out in theaters, Casey decimates the entertainment news of the week, and Matt tries his best not to spoil Game of Thrones. In TV Talk they discuss Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, the first episode of House of Cards season 3, and finally The 100. They’re looking forward to a summer of laughs, merriment, and inappropriate euphemisms, and they’re only on Scene ‘N Nerd!



Be on the show! Tweet us @SceneNNerd, email, or review us on iTunes! Today, the gang tries to record four shows in a single day and loses their collective minds. Join Pete, Matt, Casey, Andy, and Amy as they discuss The Flash and make finale predictions, are joined by Rebecca Johnson of Supergirl Radio to discuss the new Supergirl trailer, and breakdown what they’d like to see most in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Pete tells you what’s coming out in theaters and on DVD, Casey barely survives this week’s entertainment news, and everyone else tries to stay sane. Back from the future, it’s an all new Scene ‘N Nerd!


2.14 – The Nameless Everynerds

Want to be on the show?!? Just tweet @SceneNNerd or review on iTunes for a chance to be mentioned. On this week’s episode, Pete, Casey, and Lauren delve into Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Arrow, and The Flash and the confusion, name-dropping, and space-time continuum issues that arise therein. Lauren takes over Redactions in Matt’s absence, Casey swan-dives into the weekly Entertainment news, and Pete lets us know the best and worse of what’s coming out in theaters and on DVD. Spoiler Alert: curve balls will be thrown. There’s more to life than being really really ridiculously good looking; there’s also listening to Scene N’ Nerd!


2.13 – The Hero Formerly Known As “Superman”

This week on Scene N’ Nerd Pete, Matt, and Casey are back together and they’re joined once again by Lauren Gallaway of The Assembly of Geeks Podcast. Pete gives us what’s coming out on DVD and what’s going on at the box office. Matt skillfully redacts a new series of mistakes. Casey, battling a cold, stumbles through entertainment news. All while Lauren keeps them credible. They dig into the new Game of Thrones AND Silicon Valley season premiers, Arrow, The Flash, as well as the spoiler-filled season finale of 12 Monkeys. There may even be a surprise visit from Amy Marie! #PreviouslyConnected. It’s an all-new, super-sized Scene N’ Nerd.




2.3 – Titles Are Hard (The Long Week)

This week the guys are more back then they’ve ever been before! Today’s episode begins as the boys somberly adjust to a busy week. Matt tells us how exactly we sucked last episode. Casey gives his usual disjointed entertainment whatever. TV gets Talked as this week the boys professionally analyze Agent Carter, Arrow, The Flash, and Parks and Recreation. Pete then wraps up the show with the biggest things happening in comic book movie news. Scene N Nerd has never been better or more unique… or less racist.


2.1 – Cumberbotched

This week the guys are SUPER back. Join them for the first episode of season 2 of Scene N’ Nerd! In today’s episode the guys bring you the losers and winners from The Golden Globes and the new and shiny nominations for The Oscars. Then Pete gives you which movies to see (or not see) coming out in theaters in the next few weeks. Then Casey introduces actual sound effects to his “Entertainment Whatever.” TV gets Talked as the guys give you their opinions on the musical stylings of Galavant and where in the world is Agent Carter. Finally they’ll wrap it up with comic book movie news and what big TV and movie events to watch for in the coming year. Don’t touch that metaphoric dial! You won’t wanna miss the first episode of an all new season of Scene N’ Nerd!


1.25 – XI˥Ⅎ┴ƎN, Dolphin Hate, and Rose Moore

THEY’RE BACK! The guys are back and NOT recording from a car! They’re back in the studio and joined by guest host Rose Moore of and she’s giving us the lowdown on Kingsman: The Secret Service and what its like to eat pancakes with Matthew Vaughn! The guys and gal are talking about the newly released Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1. Then they let you know whats new on Blu ray (hint: Only 22 Jump Street might be worth watching). Casey brings you his weekly entertainment segment and then everyone gets done to the nitty gritty and talk LOTS of TV. Everybody LOVES Constantine and talk about why you should definitely be watching. Gotham is getting better but did they introduce Harvey Dent in the best way, Pete and Rose discuss. Then the group talks Arrow and about their favorite new show of the season, The Flash! Is Harrison Wells who he seems to be? PacingPete then brings up some Comic Book Movie news and rumors and the shows ends with everyone giving you their classic Movie/TV picks for this week. Join the crazy ride for an all NEW episode of Scene N Nerd!


1.18 – Not enough TV

PacingPete and Matt are joined this week by The Geek Speak Show’s Henry San Miguel to talk a little TV, weekend box office, and comic book movie news. Henry is stoked for The Maze Runner, while Pete and Matt are unsure about what qualifies as a Young Adult. The guys share their expectations of season 2 of Sleepy Hollow and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This week’s episode of Legends is discussed and the guys give you their classic Movie/TV picks. It’s all here on a brand new episode of SCENE N NERD!


My 10 Favorite TV Shows of 2014

One of the fun things about our Scene N Nerd podcast is we get to discuss our favorite TV shows and films on an “almost” weekly basis. We cram as much opinion and content about a few shows as we can in a short time frame. It’s not easy and if you heard our season finale episode, we did our best to talk more TV and give you what we thought were our favorite shows from the past year. Again, in a short time frame. So, I decided to do something about that. Something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Give my own list of my favorite TV shows of 2014.

I titled this with, “My FAVORITE TV shows of 2014”, quite frankly, because I can’t watch every single TV show out there. Believe me, I wish I could. I truly feel that we’re living in a “Golden Age of Television” with so many great shows available. Streaming has become so huge with Netflix, Amazon and Hulu all providing you with the newest and most popular TV shows, even producing content of their own. No longer are we channel surfing and being stuck with limited options of awful scripted reality TV shows and another rerun of FRIENDS (Editor’s Note: There’s always time for another rerun of FRIENDS, just saying).

With that said, let’s get this party started……


10. The Flash – CW


As I said earlier, I don’t get to watch all TV shows. Especially, the rookie ones. I really have to pick and choose with them. With that said, The Flash has been nothing short of amazing during the first half of its inaugural season, from bringing in characters from the scarlet speedsters rouge gallery and teaming up with the Arrow a couple times. Every episode has been exciting, hilarious and wonderfully entertaining from start to finish. This show continues to show promise and I look forward to see what the second half of the season holds especially after the winter finale cliffhanger.

9. Veep – HBO


I’ve really enjoyed Veep each season. It’s always funny and entertaining. I’ve thought of it as “The Office” but with cussing. Which makes it that much funnier. Not because of the foul language but because it’s well-written. The writers aren’t just throwing “shit” and “damn” in the dialogue for shock value. It works well with how discombobulated the cast can get. This past season of Veep was my absolute favorite. Watching Selina Meyer become president, her staff scramble as usual and evade hilarious scandalous rumors about her professional relationship with her “personal trainer”. Now, with Selina Meyer becoming President you have to wonder how much crazier the show will get. With her staff operating out of the West Wing, I can only imagine things will get funnier.

8. Silicon Valley – HBO


Another rookie show makes my top 10 list and it can be argued it deserves a higher ranking. Silicon Valley hit the ground running with its pilot and never looked back. It’s smart, funny and filled with hilariously interesting and crazy characters. I’d have no problems sitting down and stating the case that T.J. Miller’s character, Erlich steals almost every scene he is in. If you want to gauge the comedy of this show I would recommend watching the season finale titled “Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency” where you’ll watch one of the funniest dick jokes ever made played out in a mathematical equation. Trust me.

7. Game of Thrones – HBO


I felt Game of Thrones really had a good bounce back season. Show runners said before the season began that every episode would have a season finale feeling to it. I don’t think that necessarily rang true for the most part but there were a few episodes that did leave that feeling. For example, in “The Lion and the Rose” we saw one of the craziest and most unexpected endings of the series, the death of King Joffrey. I remember sitting there and thinking “I’m not prepared for this, I’m not prepared for this.” Believe me, I wanted Joffrey dead just as much as everybody else did, I just didn’t expect it to happen in the SECOND episode of ANY season. But, hey, that’s why we love this show. I look forward to more of this next season, hopefully. Especially, with the way things were left.

6. Homeland – SHOWTIME

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This was not a show I expected to have this high on my list. Hell, I didn’t expect to even have it on my list let alone even watch it after last season. I’ll be honest, I got really sick of the Carrie/Brodie storyline to the point of where I sleepwalking through the third season. Seriously, I remember waking up during the season finale, saw Brodie hanging and went back to sleep. It was all “meh” to me. But, I wondered where the show would go from here? How would they move on since their key story revolved around a character who was now dead? Well, I’ll give it to you guys over at the writer’s room, Homeland. You got me. This season has been like an energy shot straight to the arm and never letting up. The characters were great, the intensity and suspense was rock freaking solid and the overall story arc for this season was AMAZING! This show is back to being great again. However, I will say that the season finale was a bit anticlimactic. But, that’s ok. It wasn’t terrible, it just left us with a few cliffhangers that they can certainly build on for next season.

5. The Walking Dead – AMC


So many great things this season, so many. I could devote an entire article to this season, but I’ll keep this short and sweet. Terminus was handled very well. Bringing in the cannibals storyline was a great way to start the season. It built up to a crescendo in the third episode with a showdown that didn’t let anyone down. Rick doesn’t care anymore, he just kills when he needs to and doesn’t give his foe a second chance. I don’t know about you guys, but I love it. The guy is doing what is necessary for the group to survive and if it means being stone cold and killing then so be it. Hey, we’re talking about the zombie apocalypse here. Now, if you don’t mind, let’s take a moment for Beth………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Okay, I wanted to let that out. What a sad death that I didn’t see coming. Did you?! Yea, well, you’re freaking psychic then. Cause, I didn’t think it was something that people saw coming or had any inkling of happening until that moment when she stabbed Dawn. Then all bets were off. Even Dawn’s reaction to blowing Beth’s head off was crazy, she looked shocked beyond words. But, it happened and then Daryl took absolutely no time in offing Dawn for retribution. It was justice, but it didn’t make anyone feel better. We ALL lost Beth, a character who had grown into a strong young women. Such a stark contrast to the young girl we met in season 2. It was great character development and someone the show will truly miss. To put it simply, as said on twitter, “When Daryl cries the world cries”. Yup.

4. The Newsroom – HBO


I’ve enjoyed the few seasons that The Newsroom has been on. It’s had me from day one and never let go. Season 1 was super intense, taking you into the lives of a news room and how crazy it can be to deliver not only the right story but the FACTUAL story. Season 2 stuck to one storyline, a lawsuit played out over an entire season. It was a good follow up. Then, it was announced that season 3 would be the final one. Then it was announced that the final season would run for only six episodes. SIX.EPISODES. Such a bummer especially with how they ended the series. It was a tremendous send off for the series delivering one strong episode after another leading up to the shows series finale. If you didn’t catch feels I’m not sure what to tell you. The dialogue was amazing and Charlie’s funeral brought about even more amazing dialogue from the characters as they reminisced about their former boss. When Charlie’s wife tells Don not blame himself for Charlie’s death, I mean, how could you not get emotional during that scene. I’ll admit it, tears were building up. I’m going to miss this show, it was truly one of the greats that in its short time frame delivered every time it hit the screen.

3. Ray Donovan – SHOWTIME


This is one of my personal favorites. This is a show I was looking forward to when it premiered last year and it fully delivered. So, I wondered, after such a strong start would it maintain its strong presence or fall into a sophomore slump of boring yet staying afloat stories? As it turns out, neither! It was even better than the first season. The characters were all amazing again. Jon Voight was still great as Mickey Donovan, a father who does nothing but think about himself and leaves everyone around him in the dust, even if they’re his own sons. While I enjoyed Voight’s performance again I believe it was Liev Schreiber who truly shined. As he should seeing that he is the main character. He was good during the first season and it lead to many award nominations. But, in season 2 he got even better. Continuing to battle his personal demons, fight through his marriage, fend off a feisty reporter and be a father. The story arcs for each character in the show were handled well and all intertwined in some way that paid off at the end. This show continues to grow in the right ways and can only get better going into season three.

2. House of Cards – NETFLIX


When Walter White went out in grand fashion last year I wondered who would take the mantle as the TV anti-hero you found yourself actually rooting for. Without hesitation Frank Underwood stood up and said “I got this” (he didn’t actually say this). Season 2 of the hit Netflix series provided plenty of bang for your buck as Frank single handedly went to work destroying anyone and everyone in his path as he looked to claim the Presidency. Kevin Spacey once again turned in another amazing performance as Frank Underwood. A man so hell bent on revenge that he’d even go as far as ruining the credibility of The President just to get what he wants. He’ll go toe to toe with the toughest business men and even kill a person to make sure none of the skeletons in his closet make it out into the open. Poor Zoe. With Frank now taking over as The President we can only imagine what he’ll do as the most powerful man in the world. One things certain, if you question him he’ll make it known that you don’t do it again. I don’t know about you guys but I can’t wait till next February.

1. True Detective – HBO


You can’t end a list like this without including the best show on television of 2014. This show was outstanding in every aspect. The acting was stellar (see what I did there), the story was great, the dialogue was sharp and the characters were excellent. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are great as two detectives who are drawn back into a homicide case they originally thought they solved. While the story overall was great, I found the interaction between the two characters equally interesting. From the outset you could see how the two men could work together and use their own tactics to complement each other but at the same time rub each other the wrong way. Often putting the two at odds. This along with back stories of the men were a nice balance that didn’t overtake the key storyline going on throughout the series. By the end I found myself wishing that we were getting more than one season out of these characters. But, if True Detective can find the magic that made it successful this season with its new cast then I think we’re all in store for some more amazing television.

Honorable Mention: Justified (FX), The Mindy Project (FOX), Red Band Society (FOX)

Thanks for reading the list and look for our podcast to return in 2015! Happy New Years everyone!