After announcing Alpha, our new membership service with Geek & Sundry, a few months ago, we went back to our
Dan Batcave and continued work.
It’s been a while, and we know that you want more information. You want this information like Zod wants Kryptonite. Now we’re here to deliver.
First off, one thing you should know: Alpha won’t just be throwing new delicious content in your face all the time–it’s also a new way for you to view the content that you’re already a fan of. Many of the shows you watch right now will be available to watch on Alpha… but they’ll be debuting 48 hours earlier on Alpha than they will anywhere else. And don’t worry–all of these shows will be available to watch later on VOD, just in case you can’t make the livestream.
Now, let’s get to the real meat of it.
Alpha, among its many features, such as live video chats and polls, will have TONS of new shows for you to point your eyeholes* at. Alongside some of the returning favorites such as The Dan Cave, Co-Optitude, and Because Science, you can look out for:
SIDEKICK WITH MATT MIRA: The other guys, the number twos, the Sidekicks. You’ve all heard of them, and if you can’t figure out who yours is… well, it’s probably you. And as co-host of The Nerdist Podcast, Matt Mira gets it. Mira acts as the ultimate late-night talk show sidekick to a brand new, different “guest host” each week on Sidekick.
VAST: What happens when esteemed comic book creator Jackson Lanzing plays Game Master to an intrepid space exploration crew in a completely original science fiction role-playing game? VAST! Lanzing guides a crew of rotating celebrity guests, (rife with audience interactions!) through the sprawling universe of VAST, navigating this space opera with countless unique stories to tell.
ESCAPE: Hosted by comedian Janet Varney, Geek & Sundry brings the newest trend sweeping the world, escape rooms to the screen with ESCAPE! Teams of celebrities like Josh McDermitt (The Walking Dead), Alison Haislip, Ingrid Oliver (Doctor Who), Burnie Burns (Rooster Teeth), and Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) work together to solve complex puzzles and enigmatic riddles to ESCAPE the room before time runs out!
Those are just a few of the upcoming programs that you can look forward to. There are many, many more slated for release (that you can see at the bottom) including an improv show that changes direction every week based on audience suggestions, a live game show where audience members play mini-games and win prizes, and a public access style show where anything goes!**
Now if you want the chance to check out some of these shows before Alpha launches, you’re in luck. Early access to Alpha will be available starting on October 3. With early access, you’ll be able to start viewing some of the new shows right away!
While you’re experiencing Alpha, we’ll need your help. We want you to tell us what you think about the site, your experience, what works and what doesn’t. We want you to break all the things, and tell us about all those things!
Sounds good, right? Now all you have to do is get in. Visit alphainvite.com for early access.
For those of you who don’t mind waiting (but really, why would you want to wait?), Alpha will officially launch on November 3 and will be available to members at the monthly subscription price of $4.99.
To learn about all of the shows, continue reading below!
* We at Nerdist are not responsible for anything involving your eyeholes. In fact, we do not even condone owning eyeholes as the sole owner of all eyeholes is Eyehole Man and he may do whatever is necessary to get his eyeholes back.
CRITICAL ROLE: ALPHA
Geek & Sundry’s hit show, Critical Role uses Dungeons & Dragons as the launching pad for the best-in-class voice actors to create an immersive storyline and gaming experience that fans can’t get enough of! The campaign is invigorated as Alpha members experience several enhancements like special real-time dynamic character sheets, damage and heal animations, and visualizations. For non-Alpha members, Critical Role will still be freely available on Geek & Sundry’s Twitch channel at 7pm PST on Thursday evenings.
TABLETOP SEASON 4
Nerd icon Wil Wheaton invites his friends to share witty banter, cheeky camaraderie, and curated board games bi-monthly with TableTop! Pairing notable geek celebrities with a healthy mix of classic games and highly anticipated new tabletop games, TableTop is one of the most engaging shows to watch week after week! TableTop will premiere on Alpha exclusively and will be available on other platforms after a short window.
Hosted by comedian Janet Varney, Geek & Sundry brings the newest trend sweeping the world, escape rooms to the screen with ESCAPE! Teams of celebrities like Josh McDermitt (The Walking Dead), Alison Haislip, Ingrid Oliver (Doctor Who), Burnie Burns (Rooster Teeth), and Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) work together to solve complex puzzles and enigmatic riddles to ESCAPE the room before time runs out!
SIDEKICK WITH MATT MIRA
The other guys, the number twos, the Sidekicks. You’ve all heard of them, and if you can’t figure out who yours is… well, it’s probably you. And co-host of the Nerdist podcast, Matt Mira gets it. Mira acts as the ultimate late-night talk show sidekick to a brand new, different “guest host” each week on Sidekick.
What happens when esteemed comic book creator Jackson Lanzing plays Game Master to an intrepid space exploration crew in a completely original science fiction role-playing game? VAST! Lanzing guides a crew of rotating celebrity guests, (rife with audience interactions!) through the sprawling universe of VAST, navigating this space opera with countless unique stories to tell.
WELCOME TO THE SHADOW ZONE
Detroit local Mark Trillbury (you might know him as Onyx the Fortuitous) “skyrocketed” into local fame as Weird Satanist Guy on a Detroit newscast. Now, Onyx has leveraged his fame into a public access show filmed in his mother’s basement. Tired of not having his voice heard, Trillbury gives us a glimpse into the weird world of Onyx. From his opinion on horror films and video games, to debuting music videos from his band, Thrice Damned and interviewing family members, neighborhood antagonists, and celebrity guests, Welcome to The Shadow Zone has it all!
Discussing the latest adventures of Vox Machina and hosted by writer and friend of the Critical Role cast, Brian W. Foster Talks Machina! Featuring cast members of Critical Role, every week the group discusses the latest episode with fans and offers one-of-a-kind prizes from Vox Machina!
WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE
Comedy, wordplay, hip-hop, this show has it all! A thirty-minute mixture of live and pre-taped segments, comedian/rapper Zach Sherwin (“Epic Rap Battles”) examines the world around him from his unique perspective. Sherwin dives deep down the rabbit hole of funny and meets audiences at the intersection of funny, relevant, and super smart word-nerdery with Watch Your Language!
Programming Premiering Later in 2016:
CHOOSE OUR DESTINY: IMPROV ADVENTURE – Premieres November 9
Featuring YouTube improv stars/LA-based sketch comedy group The Tin Can Brothers, Alpha’s premiere improv show Choose Our Destiny: Improv Adventure brings the freshest comedy to your screen! Driven by the Alpha audience, suggestions will push the action to determine which direction the show takes next, creating a brand new hilarious act every time.
PREDICTAMENT – Premieres November 21
On the surface, this is just a typical celebrity interview, but just across the internet, the truth is revealed… on Predictament! Each celebrity guest will have no idea that for the engaged Alpha member, each moment is a wager opportunity, and each answer is a win or loss! Make the right guesses, and audience members can win great prizes on this interactive talk show.
PUBLIC ACCESS – Premieres December 4
We at Geek & Sundry and Nerdist consider our viewers more than just “fans,” they’re equals, so why should we be the only ones with cameras? Public Access gives members of the community the chance to make a show… any show! Every Sunday, Alpha lets viewers have an opportunity to watch or even host their own shows! Whether it be a little standup comedy, an arm-wrestling competition, or a round of a homemade board game, Public Access is your new home!
MAJORITY RULES – Premieres December 9
Majority Rules is a weekly live game show where audience members selected at random play a collection of mini-games. Ranging from simple flash challenges to move involved multi-round segments and trivia, viewers will have the chance to win epic prizes as long as the rest of the audience votes in their favor!
Alpha is the new premium content platform from Legendary Digital Networks that allows fans to interact with feature channels and personalities to form immersive communities around their passions. Alpha’s fully interactive channels include Nerdist Alpha, which features exclusive content from the genre and popular culture experts at Nerdist, as well as Geek & Sundry Alpha, offering specially curated content from the award-winning geek culture and lifestyle authorities at Geek & Sundry. Alpha bridges the gap between the audience and content through special features including original programming, chat, polling, and live fan experiences.
Offering online and offline perks to its members, including access to special Alpha members-only events, prizes, product discounts, and more, Alpha will provide a highly immersive, interactive experience with its original content. Additionally, members will have access to select episodes of existing fan favorite Nerdist and Geek & Sundry shows including The Dan Cave hosted by Nerdist Senior Editor Dan Casey, Co-Optitude featuring Felicia Day and Ryon Day, Because Science hosted by Nerdist Science Editor Kyle Hill, and more, 48 hours before the shows are available anywhere else.