Nerds love nerds. Even the candy.
But nerds also hate nerds, and no one more nerdy than a nerd can properly slam another nerd. You know the old nerd adage:
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.
There’s one exception to that:
Nerds’ words hurt nerds worst.
What I plan to examine here is a gaggle of famous nerd TV (and film) producers (and writers), and do what every nerd dares to do to others, but fears to have done to them — rank them as TV producers… from The Shit To Just Shitty.
WHAT HE’S DONE: Firefly… plus Dollhouse, Buffy, and Angel if you’re into those as well
WHAT HE HASN’T DONE: Screwed over his fans. Whedon is such a fanboy nerd, he took his box office failure of a movie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and created two long-running shows from that; he also took a failed TV show, Firefly, and wrapped up its story in a movie (Serenity)! BONUS: Fans have a lot of faith in his upcoming film, The Avengers, because of his previous writing credits in comics (The Astonishing X-Men) and earlier screenplay efforts (in whole or in part) for Toy Story, Speed, and one of my favorites, Waterworld.
WHAT HE’S DONE: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies
WHAT HE HASN’T DONE: Stayed with Heroes. He wrote the series best episode, Company Man, which fleshed-out Horned Rim Glasses in a fantastic way that the show could never replicate, and in many ways, would even abandon. Having characters that make sense? Heroes would never stoop so low.
WHAT HE’S DONE: Veronica Mars and Party Down
WHAT HE HASN’T DONE: Enough. More please!
WHAT HE’S DONE: Amazing Stories, Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, ER, and later, Band of Brothers
WHAT HE’S DONE: Felicity, LOST, What About Brian, Six Degrees, Undercovers, Person of Interest, and the upcoming Alcatraz
WHAT HE HASN’T DONE: Shit on me. LOST might not have been all his fault, but the supernatural element was his suggestion. I didn’t include Alias or Fringe because I haven’t seen them… but if you read this blog regularly (I doubt it) or know me (know one I know reads this), click here to see how I feel about LOST…