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Will increased use of Hall H for TV reduce Ballroom 20 lines?
For several years, Comic-Con tried pretending that it was acceptable to ghettoize TV entirely in Ballroom 20, even if that meant that roughly a third of the movie-related panels in Hall H were for features with fall less fan enthusiasm than a "Game of Thrones" or "Walking Dead." Then, as Ballroom 20 Lines became the new Hall H Lines, Comic-Con gave Hall H to TV on Sundays. And then gave TV a chunk of an additional day. This year, you've got TV programming in Hall H on three of the four Comic-Con days. Guess what? It still won't help. As long as high profile TV panels like the "X-Files" reunion and Joss Whedon plugging for ABC's "Marvel's The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." are shunted off to Ballroom 20, thousands of fans will be left standing out in the marina, even after queuing up for hours.
- Daniel Fienberg