Weekly Nerd News: May 13


by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

Have you fallen behind on your nerd news? Don’t worry; we’re here to help! Here are a few stories to bring up at the water cooler this week:

Warner Brothers is looking to bring Dungeons and Dragons to the big screen. It was attempted thirteen years ago to disastrous results so the studio is looking to bring in a new screenwriter and producers to the film. The goal of the revival is to bring a new generation to D&D.

British television series The IT Crowd is coming back one last time. The production has been in limbo for over two years, but the creator just announced it’s finally coming to fruition and will serve as a series finale to the show. No word on when the 40-minute special will air, though.

Electronic Arts and Maxis have finally announced the release of The Sims 4. It’s been almost four years since The Sims 3 came out and the new installment will be available in 2014. The game will be a single-player, offline experience and will be coming to Mac and PC.

Big changes are coming to AppleCare this fall. For starters, repairs will be handled differently than they currently are. Instead of exchanging a device for a refurbished one, the company will concentrate on repairing and returning the original device to the customer. They are also looking to extend the AppleCare protection program. As it stands now, they only offer 90 days of free service, but will now offer one year of protection with the option to buy more. Apple is also looking to enhance online help, with employees taking a more active role in discussion boards to answer questions about their products.

Television upfronts continue this week, where networks unveil their new shows to advertisers and critics. One show that unsurprisingly got a pickup was Joss Whedon’s latest offering Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The show promises to continue where The Avengers film left off and – BIG NEWS – Coulson lives! Check out a promo that premiered last night here!

Two bits of news for you comedy nerds: first, it’s official – Seth Meyers is taking over Late Night! Jimmy Fallon will be transitioning to the Tonight Show in February and Meyers will replace him, though no premiere date has been announced. Secondly, Arrested Development premieres on Netflix May 26 and picks up where the show left off many years ago. Watch the trailer here!

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