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A Series Based On “Good Omens” Is Coming

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After my last post detailing the latest delay of Star Trek: Discovery, it’s good to have some good TV-related news to discuss.

So, Good Omens. Written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and originally published in 1990, it is quite possibly the funniest book about Armageddon that I’ve read. And it’s getting its own Amazon series.

It’s going to be a miniseries (only about 6 episodes long), but they have Neil Gaiman set to be the showrunner, as well as having adapted the novel. It’s going to be coming out next year, and is a joint production between Amazon and BBC UK, as well as Narrativa, the production company run by Pratchett’s daughter Rihanna Pratchett.

Good Omens centers around Crowley and Aziraphale, a demon and an angel respectively, who have been tapped by the powers that be to kickstart the apocalypse. However, neither of them are too keen on doing that, plus they’ve also lost the Antichrist. Hilarity ensues.

There have been other attempts to adapt the novel. Probably the most notable was an attempt made by Terry Gilliam (which would’ve starred Robin Williams and Johnny Depp, apparently), but that fell through. There was also a BBC-produced radio play starring Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz that came out in 2014 and is currently available on Audible.

There isn’t a current release date for the series, but according to the sources I’ve seen state that it should release sometime next year. After it’s debut on Amazon Prime, the BBC will also be broadcasting it in the UK.

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Star Trek: Discovery Is Delayed, And I Am Sad

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Well, this is disappointing. According to EW, the premiere date for Star Trek: Discovery has been pushed from this upcoming May to…we don’t know when.

The series, which is set to take place a few years before the original series, recently cast The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green for the lead role. It was supposed to have premiered next month, but was pushed back to this upcoming May last September. This, combined with the fact that Bryan Fuller stepped down as showrunner in October, doesn’t really fill one with confidence.

They did announce that they’ll start production next week, however. They also announced that Sarek (aka Spock’s dad) will be playing a major role in the series, and will be played by actor James Frain. This does provide some hope, since I don’t believe that they would be making casting announcements for a show that won’t see the light of day. According to a statement relased by CBS:

“Production on Star Trek: Discovery begins next week. We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created.  This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show.  We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows.”

So it does look like we’ll be getting Discovery, just not as soon as we had hoped.

Still, the fact that they pushed it back again, without giving us a release date, doesn’t bode particularly well. On the other hand, it may actually turn out to be a good thing if it results in a better program.

Time will tell.

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Shut Up And Take My Money: Bioware Announces Release Date For Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Earlier today, BioWare released information on their official website, finally giving us a release date for Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Yes, us lucky North Americans will be able to experience the next installment of the Mass Effect series on March 21, 2017, with the rest of the world getting it on March 23.

Mass Effect: Andromeda, which is set 600 years after the Mass Effect trilogy, will feature an entirely open world. Like with the previous games in the series, the player can choose to play a male or female character, Scott or Sara Ryder. Unlike in the previous games, however, the two characters are actually siblings and both will play a major role in the action.

I’m actually quite excited about this. As I’ve said before, Mass Effect is one of my favorite series, and the trailer that was released on November 7 looks absolutely fantastic.

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Michelle Yeoh Joins Cast of Star Trek: Discovery

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There’s been some news floating around that actress Michelle Yeoh has been cast  in the upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery.

According to an article on EW.com, one of the show’s producers Nicholas Meyer let the news slip during an interview; however CBS Television studios has declined to confirm the casting choice. Still, seeing who this news is coming from it seems like it’s pretty legit.

Meyer has stated that Michelle Yeoh will be playing a captain, but not the captain of the Discovery. Instead, she will be playing Captain Han Bo of the starship Shenzhou, but that she will “play a significant role in the show’s first season,” according to the EW article linked above.

Discovery was originally set to launch in January 2017, but due to issues finding the right cast as well as Bryan Fuller stepping down as showrunner, it was pushed back to May 2017. The series is set to follow a female lieutenant commander on board the eponymous vessel, about 10 years prior to the original series.

Personally, I’m very excited about this news. Michelle Yeoh is an actress that I quite like, and I count Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon among my favorite movies. Her casting also affirms Discovery’s commitment to having a diverse cast.

Plus, it’s also one of the first pieces of news that we’ve had about the first Star Trek series in over a decade since announcing the delay, which is definitely a sign to the positive.

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Bioware Has Put Out A New Andromeda Trailer, And It Is Awesome

(Just as an aside: It’s election day in the US! Are you a citizen and over 18? Vote! Seriously, get out there and vote, you motherfuckers.)

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I quite enjoy Mass Effect. It’s definitely one of my favorite game series (though I still need to finish the third game. There are a lot of games that I have that I need to finish, actually.) So naturally I was very excited when Mass Effect: Andromeda was announced last year.

And for N7 Day this year, Bioware gave us a new cinematic trailer for the game:

First off, I’d like to stay that looks very pretty.

It also does a good job of showing what we’re in for with this game, which takes place about 600 years after the original trilogy.  Basically the player chooses between two siblings as the playable character as they navigate the dangers of the Andromeda galaxy. It also looks like it’s going to be completely open world.

The game doesn’t have a set release date yet, other than the vague spring 2017. Still, I’ll be looking forward to it whenever it comes out.

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Shut Up And Take My Money: Nintendo Reveals Its Next Console

Nintendo revealed its newest console today, and it actually looks pretty interesting.

Previously referred to as the NX, the console is going to be released under the name Switch. Looking at the video, this makes sense: it looks like it’s going to be a hybrid between a handheld and TV-based console.

The console (which has a built-in screen) rests in a dock, where it connects to a TV. However, when it’s out of the dock, you can attach controllers to it and carry it around like a handheld device. So far, it looks like there’s a decent lineup of games so far. Naturally, the next Legend of Zelda looks like it’s coming to the Swtich, and I’m pretty sure I saw a couple of people playing Skyrim in the above video. There’s even a rumor that Blizzard may be releasing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to the console (although this has not been confirmed by neither Blizzard nor Nintendo).

Personally, I think the idea of a handheld/console hybrid is pretty cool. There are a lot of console games that I would love to be able to take with me while I’m on the go. It also seems to be cartridge-based like the DS and 3DS, which also leads to the possibility of backwards compatibility.

I actually really kind of want one. Alas, we shall have to wait until March before it becomes available.

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Footage From Cancelled Silent Hill Game Emerges

So, some footage from a scrapped Silent Hill game for the PS3 from 2006 has emerged. Entitled Silent Hill: Broken Covenant, the game would’ve been an exclusive for the console developed by Climax. Climax also developed the fairly well-received Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and the somewhat less well-received Silent Hill: Origins.

Apparently the game would have followed a priest named Hector Santos who’s called to a town in Arizona by his niece Anna. Apparently, said town is in the process of being taken over by the same evil infecting Silent Hill after that town’s resident cult decides to set up shop there. Apparently, after it didn’t get picked up, some changes were made (apparently Anna was set up to be the next Alessa, for some reason), only to be rejected again.

A lot of the assets in the video are obvious placeholders (the player character is actually Travis from Origins and the song “Maternal Heart” from Silent HIll 3 is used in some places). That doesn’t bother me too much Also, according to the commentary in the video, Pyramid Head and nurses (both of which appeared in way too many other games).

All in all, I’m not terribly impressed by this. From what we know of the plot, it sounds a lot like the first game (and that story’s been pounded into the dirt). I’m also disappointed by the return of Pyramid Head and the cult in general, as I feel they’ve been overused in the Western Silent Hill games and comics. The game taking place in a desert seems interesting, although it makes me think more of Welcome To Night Vale than Silent Hill. I wonder if the members of Silent Hill’s cult wear soft meat crowns?

Of course, as with Silent Hills, we’ll never really get to know how good it would’ve been.