12 highlights from the 'Big Bang Theory' 2014 Comic-Con panel
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12 highlights from the 'Big Bang Theory' 2014 Comic-Con panel

A 'Serial Ape-ist' trailer, an alternate Sheldon-Amy kiss and an Aquaman heir

The ongoing contract negotiations with CBS/WBTV and the core cast of "The Big Bang Theory" loomed over Friday (July 25) morning's San Diego Comic-Con panel, or at least the negotiations loomed if you happened to be obsessed with such things. If you're not, the negotiations were a total non-factor in the spirited and amusing give-and-take between the show's writers, moderator Craig Ferguson and the Comic-Con crowd. 

According to a Deadline.com story, question monitors at the panel prevented Deadline from asking about the negotiations, which raises exactly two issues for me:

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Stephen Amell and the 'Arrow' team tease Season 3 at Comic-Con: Live-Blog

How many questions will relate to Olicity and Mirakuru?

I'm not sure I understand everything in that panel for "The Originals," but I live-blogged it anyway. I definitely understood the "H20" question for Phoebe Tonkin.

But anywho...

When last we left Oliver Queen and "Arrow," the Flashback Oliver had awakened in Hong Kong, Slade was in a SuperMax prison after Felicity and Oliver flirted their way into stopping him and Thea was leaving town.

Let's see what Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim and the "Arrow" cast have to say about what's in store for Season 3...

Click through for all of the Ballroom 20 excitement...

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'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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"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.


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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