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Holiday Nerdery – 5 Holiday Specials You Should Watch!

Had enough of watching A Christmas Story after the fifth time? Can’t quite get into the spirit of the holiday season when there isn’t enough nerdiness in your celebrations? Well never fear, Gay-Nerds has your back like always. We’ve compiled a short list of fantastically nerdy holiday specials and movies to get you ready for the big day. Move over, dreams of sugar plums. There’s a robotic Santa Claus from Neptune here to haunt our dreams this yuletide season.

And this will *not* be on our list.

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Nerd Premiere: The Walking Dead

AMC, the channel that brought us Mad Men, surprised comic book fans last year when they announced that they were adapting Eisner Award-winning comic book, The Walking Dead into a serialized television series.  More shocking was that it would be helmed by Frank Darabont, scribe of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist.  In the year since the show was announced, fans of the comic waited with bated breath as the production slowly leaked cast, crew, and locations while keeping production stills and video footage as under wraps as possible.  Much of the press that has had the opportunity to take a look at the show as it filmed heavily praised it for what they saw.  Since the show has aired,  positive reviews have lauded AMC for producing another top-tier drama.  But how does this fare for someone who is totally unfamiliar with the source?

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Nerd Premiere: Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-O first aired in 1968 and ended in 1980.  That was while my mother and father grew from 3 and 5 to 15 and 17 years old, respectively.  Six years before I was born.  Thirty years later, Hawaii Five-0 (note the difference between ‘O’ and ‘0’) is back, with the power of writer/developers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers, Mission Impossible III, Fringe), important collaborators of JJ Abrams.  Carrying the show is Alex O’Laughlin, former star of Moonlight (the sad vampire detective show that was canceled before every network clambered to air shows about bloodsuckers), supported by Scott Caan (Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen) and nerd favorites Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Angel) and Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica).  Imbued with the makings of geek might, how well can Hawaii Five-0 grasp an audience who are all too young to understand the nostalgia of the reboot is supposed to evoke in the first place?

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Nerd Premiere: Nikita

Nikita is the new-ish show that premiered on the CW this month.  I say ‘new-ish’ because I have lots of memories of watching Weird Science on USA as a child and seeing the ‘adult’ block of programming they had at night with Silk Stockings and La Femme Nikita, the latter of which is also based on a French film of the same name when I was only four.  Anyways, when I heard that Maggie Q was taking over the role of the titular spy, I thought it could be pretty cool.  Q, whose credits include various Chinese films, Mission:  Impossible III, and The King of Fighters (as Mai Shiranui), is supported by Chad West (Tom Sawyer in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Aaron Stanford (Pyro in Bryan Singer’s X-Men films), and Lyndsey Fonseca and Xander Berkeley who were both in Kick-Ass.  With all these actors having familiarity in action films, and adaptations, how does the pilot for Nikita fare as a total production?

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Nerd Premiere: No Ordinary Family

No Ordinary Family is the latest television show from Greg Berlanti, creator of Eli Stone, Brothers and Sisters, and Everwood. The show will be the first that the public gets to see of how Berlanti is able to write superheroes, which is important because he is the screenwriter for the impending Green Lantern and Flash films.  The cast has names and faces that nerds may be familiar with:  Michael Chiklis was Ben Grimm/Thing in the first two Fantastic Four movies; Julie Benz was Darla in Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Jimmy Bennett played a young Captain Kirk in Star Trek; and if you think Kay Panabaker looks familiar, it’s because her sister controlled plants in Sky High.  So with so much going for it how does No Ordinary Family stack up on its own and against it’s predecessor, Heroes?