So it’s been a crazy weekend; everything that happened in the comics and genre universe kind of ground to a halt for me when I found out about the passing of Dick Giordano. There’s been a few things worth mentioning, though, so away we go:
New Hampshire State Representative Nick Levasseur was pressured into a hasty apology this weekend after some ill-advised comments about anime that offended his Japanese-American constituents, as well as presumably thousands of pasty white kids wearing Pokemon t-shirts. Calling the art form “a prime example of why two nukes just wasn’t enough” on his Facebook page, he pretty quickly realized that Facebook is a public forum and not someplace that you say insanely stupid things if you don’t want news agencies everywhere reporting on it.
Call him Lex Luthor: Executive Producer. Smallville star Michael Rosenbaum is joining Jonathan Silverman as the showrunners for a new action-comedy for Syfy. “Saved By the Zeroes” will apparently be a buddy comedy that, from its description, will feature characters not entirely unfamiliar with the movie “Galaxy Quest” (over-the-hill former sci-fi TV stars), but without the real-life sci-fi backdrop.
My personal favorite news of the week: AMC has picked up The Walking Dead for a six-episode run, sight-unseen. Bloody-Disgusting.com has been reporting that Jonny Lee Miller is the prohibitive favorite to play Rick Grimes, with the pilot still set to shoot in June.
Former Superman Brandon Routh’s run on Chuck appears headed to a natural conclusion in the next few weeks, unless there’s a major shift in the writing. This week’s episode, which should appear online in the morning after airing tonight at 8pm, completely shifts his character’s raison d’etre; “Would I trade my life for the man who killed my wife?” He asks Sarah, and then answers in the affirmative–and shortly thereafter we come face to face with the killer. Check out the show on Hulu, where you can catch up (since my postgame review column kind of died on the vine when I had to take a more demanding day job–sorry about that, folks).