'The Originals' team seasons Season 2 at Comic-Con: Live-Blog
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'The Originals' team seasons Season 2 at Comic-Con: Live-Blog

Julie Plec, Phoebe Tonkin and a slew of Original Vampires hit Ballroom 20

First, my confession: I'm a good chunk of episodes behind on the first season of The CW's "The Originals." I fell behind on both of my CW vampire dramas this past season, but I was able to catch up on "The Vampire Diaries" in recent weeks. I'll catch up on "The Originals" before the second season premieres, but I'm not there yet. Hopefully I won't embarrass myself with this live-blog, but if I say anything stupid, you'll know why. Apologies.

That was an intense two hours in Hall H.

I live-blogged the "Walking Dead" panel, which included a premiere date.

And I live-blogged the "Game of Thrones" panel, which included a bunch of casting for Season 5.

Now it's time for an afternoon of CW live-blogs.

Up first, The CW's Hour With Phoebe Tonkin panel, which has been mislabeled as "The Originals" in your Comic-Con program and features a lot of people who aren't Phoebe Tonkin at all. 

Then it'll be time for "Arrow."

But follow along for vampire, werewolf, witch and New Orleans updates...

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<p>&quot;Game of Thrones&quot;</p>

"Game of Thrones"

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'Game of Thrones' offers Season 5 teases at Comic-Con: Live-Blog

Series creators and stars, characters living and dead, hit Hall H

That was a fine "Walking Dead" panel.

And now, Hall H is going from zombies to White Walkers, or from "Walking Dead" to "Game of Thrones."

The panel is supposed to include series masterminds David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, franchise creator George R.R. Martin and a slew of cast members including John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane), Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark). Oh and Craig Ferguson will be moderating.

That's another big panel.

Click through and follow along!

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<p>Andrew Lincoln of &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;</p>

Andrew Lincoln of "The Walking Dead"

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'Walking Dead' team teases Terminus and beyond at Comic-Con: Live-Blog

Andrew Lincoln, Scott Gimple, Robert Kirkman and more hit Hall H

Thursday was a big first day for live-blogging at San Diego Comic-Con.

I live-blogged "Penny Dreadful," "Community," "Under the Dome" (ugh) and "24."

Friday (July 25) started with "Big Bang Theory," which I'll write up later, but didn't live-blog.

Now it's time for chaos, with live-blogs for "The Walking Dead," "Game of Thrones" and "Arrow," plus possibly "The Originals," depending on timing.

Whee!

Up first? The Hall H panel for "The Walking Dead," which is likely to be as big as any panel at Comic-Con, featuring stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman and Michael Cudlitz, showrunner Scott Gimple, franchise creator Robert Kirkman, long-running EPs Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert, producer-director-makeup genius Greg Nicotero and moderator Chris Hardwick, who might as well be on the panel himself.

Let's see what goes down!

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<p>Thursday&#39;s &quot;Hell&#39;s Kitchen&quot; finale</p>

Thursday's "Hell's Kitchen" finale

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TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' leads Thursday as 'Hell's Kitchen' finale is flat

'Big Bang Theory' repeat is still Thursday's top show overall

Fast National ratings for Thursday, July 24, 2014.

FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" failed to get a big finale bump and also failed to help the network upset the normal Thursday order. "Big Brother" was still the night's top show in the key demographic, while a "Big Bang Theory" repeat still led the TV night overall.

The night also saw very small audience bumps for all of NBC's originals, though "Hollywood Game Night," "Welcome to Sweden," "Working the Engels" and "Last Comic Standing." Also flat? FOX's impressively steady, if not impressively strong, "Gang Related."

ABC's two-hour season [series?] finale for "Black Box" was up a little as it ended its run.

On to the numbers...

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'Penny Dreadful' men bring brooding horror to Comic-Con: Live-Blog
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'Penny Dreadful' men bring brooding horror to Comic-Con: Live-Blog

Creator John Logan is joined by Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway

It's been a long day in Ballroom 20.

I live-blogged "24."

I live-blogged "Under the Dome" by accident.

I live-blogged "Community."

And I watched thousands of young women squeal over Dylan O'Brien.

Now it's time to cap off Comic-Con Thursday with Showtime's "Penny Dreadful." While Eva Green is absent -- Too busy to kick off her 2015 Emmy campaign here? -- we have many of the "Penny Dreadful" men, including creator John Logan, Reeve "Dorian Gray" Carney, Harry "Frankenstein" Treadaway and Josh "Werewolf Guy" Harnett. 

Aisha Tyler is moderating. Click through and follow along...

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'Community' celebrates 6 seasons and a Comic-Con panel: Live-Blog
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'Community' celebrates 6 seasons and a Comic-Con panel: Live-Blog

Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs and more discuss their unlikely resurrection

It's been a busy day already in Comic-Con's Ballroom 20.

We welcomed Jack Bauer back for "24."

We tolerated 45 minutes of "Under the Dome" discussion.

We watched "Scorpion," a.k.a. "Katherine McPhee: Nerd Wrangler," which was surprisingly well-received by the crowd.

Now, after some quality time with Adelaide Kane and "Reign," it's time for the panel most of the crowd has been waiting to see...

"Community" is back...

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'Under the Dome' team talks Season 2 at Comic-Con: Live-Blog
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'Under the Dome' team talks Season 2 at Comic-Con: Live-Blog

Mike Vogel, Dean Norris, Rachelle Lefevre and company hit San Diego

That was a fun panel for "24," even if there was zero news.

Now? It's time for "Under the Dome." Last year, the show was a smash hit for CBS.

This summer, ratings have been plummeting on a weekly basis. 

Don't expect anybody to care about those ratings, but expect much concern about The Pig Flu and Yearbook Girl and other recent twists.

On to the live-blog.

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'24' and Kiefer Sutherland return to Comic-Con: Live-Blog
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'24' and Kiefer Sutherland return to Comic-Con: Live-Blog

Expect plenty of hints about the future of the '24' franchise

Let's get the Comic-Con 2014 live-blogging extravaganza started! Over the next four days, I'll be blogging and live-blogging on a slew of Comic-Con panels from Ballroom 20 and Hall H.

Thursday will see a number of live-blogs, as I sit in Ballroom 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Let's start with "24," which returns to Comic-Con for the first time in years, bringing Kiefer Sutherland and promising many, many questions about the future of the franchise, as well as "24: Live Another Day."

As recently as Sunday, Peter Rice said that no determinations had been made about whether "24" will live yet another day, but let's see if there were secrets being saved for San Diego...

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Extant&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Extant"

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TV Ratings: Big 'Extant' drop continues as 'Talent' leads NBC on Wednesday

'Taxi Brooklyn' also helps NBC in all measures

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

"America's Got Talent" and, to a much lesser extent, a series high for "Taxi Brooklyn" helped NBC control Wednesday night in all measures.

Over on CBS, despite a strong week for "Big Brother," "Extant" continued its steady decline.

That was pretty much it for Wednesday's notables, though "So You Think You Can Dance" was very slightly up for FOX, while "Motive" was slightly down for ABC.

On to the numbers...

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 239 - Pre-Comic-Con Roadtrip Podcast
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 239 - Pre-Comic-Con Roadtrip Podcast

Dan and Alan talk Press Tour, 'Manhattan,' 'Halt and Catch Fire,' 'Orange Is The New Black' and more

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!

It's Comic-Con Eve, which can only mean one thing... Roadtrip Podcast!

Because Alan's latest medical infirmity caused us to miss a video show on Tuesday, we had lots to discuss in this podcast, including the last week of TCA Press Tour and WGN's "Manhattan." Plus, we're both caught up on "Halt and Catch Fire," so we talked about that. Plus, we both finished Season 2 of "Orange Is The New Black" and we debriefed on that. And, heck, we saw "Boyhood" on a slow Press Tour night, so that was discussed as well.

The conversation was good enough that I went through the EZ Pass lane on the toll road, causing brief confusion and panic. 

Plus, I'd say this is probably our least-worst Roadtrip Podcast on an audio level. That doesn't mean it sounds great. Alan is louder than I am, because he's holding the mic. And there's a lot of "room tone," courtesy of my 2002 Ford Focus. 

Oh. And we sing. Badly. 

Here's the breakdown:
Quick Comic-Con Preview (00:02:00 - 00:05:30)
Press Tour Breakdown (00:05:35 - 00:41:45)
"Manhattan" (00:41:45 - 00:50:50)
"Halt and Catch Fire" (00:50:55 - 00:59:05)
"Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 (00:59:05 - 01:12:20)
"Boyhood" (01:13:50 - 01:21:30)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

 

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