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The Big Bang Theory

  1. Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and the Mainstreaming of Fan Culture

    This is just like magic!

    A few weeks ago, the Syfy network announced their plans to adapt Lev Grossman's fantasy trilogy, The Magicians, into an hourlong drama series. The small handful of blogs and online news outlets who covered the story labelled the project "Harry Potter for adults," or else slapped it with a somewhat derisive-sounding "Young Adult fantasy" label. On the surface, it's easy to see how people can mistake The Magicians for any number of other "young people discovering they're mystically special" narrative, but it's a description that is, nevertheless, inaccurate. Now I'm not crazy. I know a story about a group of young adults who attend a magic school and then go traipsing around an alternate universe which can be accessed via an interstitial forest sounds a lot like "Harry Potter/Narnia for adults." But what that description betrays is a failure to understand that Grossman's series isn't a rip-off of either story, but is instead something newer and stranger than that. 

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  2. Haters Gonna Hate: I Love The Big Bang Theory

    Essay

    The Big Bang Theory takes a lot of crap from the nerd community. We have a hard time being happy, don’t we? The science is too sciency. The science isn’t sciency enough. Where are the women? Well we don’t like those women – give us some we can. Don’t get me wrong: I like to pick apart a TV show just as much as the next girl. But I really love The Big Bang Theory, and the reason why might surprise you. I totally adore the women in the show. Yeah, I said it. I totally adore Penny and her Lady Posse. 

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  3. Two Primetime Sitcoms Are Getting Star Wars-Themed Episodes For May The Fourth

    Never let it be said that Lucasfilm doesn't love tie-ins. Both The Big Bang Theory and The Goldbergs have partnered with the Star Wars production company to honor that most revered holiday, May The Fourth. Geek culture is kind of the entire point of The Big Bang Theory, so no real surprise there. However, it sounds like they're going all out with the set design for this one. Here's a hint: I'm sure it's perfectly safe for droids.

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  4. Reader Halloween Costumes!

    The Mary Sue

    We asked, and you delivered! Pictures of your Halloween costumes, that is. And what amazing costumes they are! Come in and look at your incredible handiwork.

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  5. Our Friend Bill Nye and His Friend Bob Newhart Will Guest Star on The Big Bang Theory [Updated]

    So that's happening.

    Whether you're a fan of The Big Bang Theory or not, you might want to tune in to a very special episode next month. Our friend Bill Nye just announced on Twitter that he'll be guest starring on an episode with comedy legend Bob Newhart.

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  6. Warner Bros. Reveals Their SDCC 2013 Bags Complete With Detachable Capes

    Submitted For Your Approval

    Warner Bros. has revealed the bags that will be available this year at San Diego Comic-Con, and they have some exciting extra features. Each bag can be turned into a backpack and comes with a detachable cape! Check out the bags and capes for Teen Titans Go!, Supernatural, Revolution, and other popular shows, and decide which design you want before you're confronted with the 130,000 bags made for Comic-Con next week. Though there are no photos yet, Warner Bros. is also releasing Godzilla, LEGO Movie, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, classic television Batman, and 300: Rise of an Empire bags.

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  7. Game of Thrones is Officially the Most Pirated Television Show of 2012

    the internet is serious business

    Game of Thrones lost out on the "most pirated television" title last year to Dexter. Could the scrappy younger show pull out the ignominious win this year? Yes. Yes it could.

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  8. Star Trek Actor Michael Dorn Gives Details On A Possible Worf Spin-Off

    Make It So

    I don't know about you but Worf was one of the best characters to come out of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I was glad he continued on to Deep Space Nine but since the TNG films wrapped, there's some serious Woft withdrawal on my part. That's why I'm so excited actor Michael Dorn is trying to figure out if he can get the green light for his own spin-off! Read on for some details.

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  9. I’m Batman, You’re Batman, We’re ALL Batman! [VIDEO]

    Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

    Just in case you forgot who Batman was, here's a fantastic supercut of lots of people claiming to be Batman. Now obviously, we all know there is only one Batman and his name is Bruce Wayne, but that doesn't mean the rest of us can't have a little fun playing pretend now and then. Watch as several actors who have played Batman on the screen take their turn claiming the title, while several others from our geek realm try the same. (via The High Definite)

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  10. Why NBC and Sony Continue to Make Community the Rodney Dangerfield of Sitcoms

    Essay

    Back in its 1990s heyday, NBC latched on to its sitcom hits and ran with them. Friends and Seinfeld were like the golden children who could do no wrong. And yes, those were good shows. You know what's also a good show? Community. So why does NBC continue to treat it like its red-headed stepchild? That red-headed stepchild is hilarious, sweet, and has tons and tons of friends! Well, as one of those friends (and a fake redhead), I want to discuss how Community became the Rodney Dangerfield of television.

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