Fandom week in review (January 27, 2012)
January 27th, 2012
10:16 PM ET

Fandom week in review (January 27, 2012)

Here are a few things that superfans in the geek community are buzzing about this week:

Have nerds conquered TV? "The Big Bang Theory" beat "American Idol" in the all-important 18-49 demographic this week for the half-hour the two shows went head to head on Thursday. [New York Times]

There's more where that came from: CBS has ordered the Conan O'Brien-produced "Super Fun Time," a comedy revolving around nerdy women. [Twitter/@RebelWilson]

Joss Whedon tweeting! For 30 minutes anyway. It was announced that the writer/director will be joined by old Twitter pros Tom Hiddleston and Clark Gregg on Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET @Avengers.

Do you think "The Amazing Spider-Man" movie is a reboot? According to the synopsis, it is an "untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story." So it may depend on your definition of the term. [Marvel.com]

It's not looking too good for a new "Ghostbusters." [MTV]

Yes, Virginia, there was almost a 1970s TV series about Daredevil and Black Widow. [Comicbookmovie.com]

Brian Michael Bendis told fans to stay hopeful about the FX TV adaptation of "Powers." (Titus Welliver told CNN about his character, Triphammer: "He's very powerful and he uses his power for good but he sort of has a proclivity towards kink and weirdness which makes him a flawed, fallible and realistic character rather than ... you know, he's not Clark Kent!") [@BRIANMBENDIS/Twitter]

Just in time for the 30th anniversary of "Macross" comes a Blu-Ray boxed set (to Japan, at least). [TheBluRayBlog.com]

Speaking of home video fun, the first season of the 1980s "Pac-Man" animated series is coming to DVD. Really! [TVShowsonDVD.com]

Stan Lee will appear at the London Super Comic Convention. Excelsior! [Whosay]

Another look at "The Secret World of Arrietty." [Anime News Network]

Sci-fi/fantasy genre movies to for Oscar gold: 11 nominations for "Hugo," four for "Midnight in Paris," three for "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," and one each for "The Adventures of Tintin," "The Muppets," "Real Steel," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," (sorry, not Andy Serkis) "Rio" and "Time Freak," as well as the animated features and shorts categories. [Oscars.org]

Finally, iReporters remember five seasons of "Chuck!" [CNN iReport]

Conventions this weekend:

Wizard World New Orleans Comic-Con


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Saying goodbye to 'Chuck'
January 27th, 2012
08:09 AM ET

Saying goodbye to 'Chuck'

"It was the [first time] I felt that being geek wasn't bad, and I should feel proud about that."

Catia Felix from Lisbon, Portugal tweeted that earlier this week, about the TV series "Chuck." She is one of many fans who have strong feelings about the NBC show, which makes its final bow on Friday night after five seasons.

Those five seasons – about a "Nerd Herder" who becomes a spy, and gets the girl – would not be possible if not for its legion of devoted fans (quite a few of them we spoke to worried that they might get too emotional talking about the show, and they're not alone).

When it looked as though NBC would not renew the show in 2009, Wendy Farrington of Pennsburg, Pennsylvania had an idea for what she could do to save it. She thought like the network instead of a fan.

"This crazy little idea came into my head to visit Subway [a major sponsor] on the day of the second season finale," she said. "It popped into my head and I scribbled the words 'finale' and 'Footlong.'"

She got the word out to entertainment bloggers. "Nothing happened at first, and about a week before the finale, it was everywhere," including Twitter and CNN iReport.
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