Time for the final day of Comic-Con, and the final Comic-Con appearance of "Breaking Bad." The AMC drama was a big hit last year in Ballroom 20, despite not being an overtly Con-friendly series, and the farewell panel has been updated to the convention center's enormous Hall H. On hand will be stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R. J. Mitte, and Bob Odenkirk, plus creator Vince Gilligan. Assuming the ballroom wifi holds up, I'll be live-blogging the whole thing, so check back frequently for updates.
"How I Met Your Mother" doesn't fit the classic definition of a Comic-Con-friendly TV show, but that definition becomes less relevant with each passing year. What we have here is one of the most popular comedies on television, with a cast that includes Willow Rosenberg, Dr. Horrible and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill. Between those two factors, "HIMYM" should easily fill the mid-sized ballroom they've been slotted in. (Fans have been camping out in line since yesterday.) The panel will have the full cast — Josh Radnor, Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel — plus creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays and the series' longtime director Pamela Fryman. You know that I'm incredulous that Thomas and Bays actually mean to stretch the final season over the long weekend of Robin and Barney's wedding, but maybe the panel will shed more light on exactly what that'll mean, and whether the wedding may just be a framing device while we visit the past and future of the gang and the Mother (new castmember Cristin Milioti). Assuming the wi-fi holds up, I'll be live-blogging the whole thing, so check back frequently for updates.
Yesterday,"Veronica Mars" made a successful return to Comic-Con with most of the core cast from the movie and creator Rob Thomas entertaining the huge crowd in Hall H with memories of the series and teases about what's going to happen in the film. I live-blogged the panel as it was happening, and was pleased with the bits of movie footage we got to see. Now the clip reel — including scenes from the movie, plus the actors and Thomas talking about the whole Kickstarter phenomenon that made the film possible — has been posted online. It gives some sense of where Veronica is in her life at age 28 and lets you see all the regulars (and a great joint interview between "Party Down" alums Ryan Hansen and Martin Starr), but doesn't give away much about the film's plot or some of the other casting surprises that Thomas hinted at on the panel.
Time for my third and final Comic-Con live blog of the day from Hall H, with what may be the biggest "Game of Thrones" panel to date. Scheduled to appear: showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and stars (some current, some former) Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie and John Bradley (Sam). And as a change of pace, George R.R. Martin won't be serving as moderator, with Elvis Mitchell leading the discussion, potentially in some very different directions from previous con appearances. Assuming the wifi holds up (which it has for live-blogs of "Veronica Mars" and "The Walking Dead"), I'll be posting updates pretty frequently, so keep reloading until I say we're all done.
Hey, all. Time for another Comic-Con live-blog from Hall H, this time for the highest-rated drama on television: AMC's "The Walking Dead." This is the show's second year in the convention center's biggest room, and one featuring yet another showrunner change, as Scott Gimple may have to explain what his vision for the show is, as compared to the departed Glen Mazzara (and, before him, Frank Darabont). This will be a big panel, with stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, David Morrissey, Scott Wilson, and Chad Coleman, Gimple, comic author Robert Kirkman, and other producers Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Greg Nicotero. The wifi seemed to hold up during my
"Veronica Mars" movie live-blog, so knock wood, I should be able to update frequently here, as well.
"Veronica Mars" made a visit or two to Comic-Con back in its mid-'00s days as a beloved but low-rated TV drama. Today, the cast — including stars Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, Ryan Hansen, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino and Krysten Ritter — and creator Rob Thomas will return to the city where the series was shot under very different circumstances. Now "Veronica Mars" is the Kickstarter phenomenon movie (which Thomas and I discussed back in March), and the belief is that the interest in both the movie and the campaign will be enough to fill the convention center's cavernous Hall H. I'll be somewhere in the room live-blogging it all (wifi permitting), and trying to capture both the anecdotes and whether the atmosphere in Hall H evokes the passion that raised $5.7 million to pay for the movie (and t-shirts and posters and digital downloads and all the other Kickstarter perks).
For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.
While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.
Thoughts on episode 7, "Unauthorized Cinnamon," coming up just as soon as I interrupt your sleep with this beard...
A year ago, Bryan Fuller came to Comic-Con for a small panel to discuss two NBC projects he had in the works: his "Munsters" re-imagining "Mockingbird Lane," and a "Silence of the Lambs" prequel about the early serial killing career of "Hannibal." "Mockingbird Lane" wound up never being ordered to series, though NBC aired the pilot, while "Hannibal" recently finished a brilliant (if incredibly low-rated) first season and was renewed for a second.
I spoke with Fuller about the end of the season, and now he's back at Comic-Con with a show that fans have actually seen now, and with star Hugh Dancy in tow, along with director David Slade and producer Martha De Laurentiis. Convention center wi-fi permitting, I'll be live-blogging the discussion right here starting a little after 6:45 Pacific.
Happy Thursday, boys and girls! It's day 1 of Comic-Con, but the entertainment gods decided to mess with us by making it also be the morning that the Emmy nominations were announced. Since Dan and I were in the same city at the same time as the HitFix video team, we decided to sit down for a quick chat about today's nominations, including the quality glut that led to so many "snubs," exactly how good a day it was for Netflix, which nominations (and omissions) surprised us the most, and more.
As I've said, we should be recording our annual road trip podcast in the traditional audio form on Sunday night as Dan drives me to the airport. Look for that sometime Monday. In the meantime, here we are in bright technicolor from the couch in my hotel room. The glitz! The glamor! The t-shirts!
UPDATE: This is now the full 17-minute-plus version. Enjoy.
We are in the middle of a massive glut in quality scripted television. Every other week, it seems, some new channel — or, in the case of Netflix, some new content delivery service — gets into the original programming game, and starts churning out product that at least merits awards consideration.
So you can look across the 2013 Emmy nominations list and be outraged by all the quality performances and series that weren't included. (And, on occasion, by the sorts of people and shows that were.) Or you can look at it as the Emmy voters just trying to keep their head above water and recognize what they could, even as they knew they wouldn't come close to covering everyone who deserved recognition.