Middle Eastern tensions come to Larry's neighborhood in a hilarious episode
Kurt Sutter and company move on up to Hall H
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan invade Hall H.
Adaptations, spin-offs and sequels were the topic of the day for the Comic-Con icon
I went to Dark Horse Comics' Joss Whedon panel yesterday afternoon curious to hear what, if anything, he had to say about the making of "The Avengers." Instead, the superhero movie barely came up, but Whedon did add some more fodder to my pre-Comic-Con discussion about how certain series translate from one medium to another.
Where will season 3 find Pierce, Jeff and the rest?
'The Wire'/'Boardwalk Empire' co-star to play the group's new professor
"Community" has found its new teacher, and I can describe the casting in two words:
Michael Kenneth Williams, beloved by "The Wire" fans for his work as larger-than-life stick-up man Omar Little - and also by "Boardwalk Empire" fans for his current role as non-bookcase-building Chalky White - has agreed to appear in at least three episodes of "Community" season 3.
One of Russell T. Davies' favorite boogeymen pops up as a potential villain
Did Darlton offer definitive proof that they had a plan?
Over the last few days, it appeared that the two main creative architects of "Lost" were having a Twitter war, as Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse kept sending increasingly hostile tweets at each other about something they only called "the Marble Rye." It got to the point where some "Lost" fans were sending out anguished tweets about how Mommy and Daddy were fighting.
As it turns out, the entire beef was staged to set up Team Darlton's surprise, hilarious entrance into the memorable "Entertainment Weekly Presents... Totally 'Lost': One Year Later" panel.
What will the zombies have in store for us this October?
The way Comic-Con logistics work, I wound up attending the "Locke & Key" screening while "The Walking Dead" made a triumphant return to the Con over in Ballroom 20. Fienberg has the blow-by-blow of that in his live-blog of the panel, including the news that the new season will debut on October 16, and now in a 9 p.m. timeslot. (So that AMC can no doubt use it as a lead-in to "Hell on Wheels.")
One of the things that happened at the panel was a screening of a nearly five-minute trailer for season 2, which AMC has wisely already placed online. Take a look, though keep in mind it's not one of those trailers that keeps every upcoming plot point carefully-hidden; it'll tell you a few notable things about where the new season seems to be going.
Also, they used a pull quote from my review of the series at one point, but keep in mind that the phrase was specifically referring to the series pilot, which to my mind was easily the high point of that abbreviated first season.
FOX passed on the pilot, but fans got to see it
Comic-Con has for the most part evolved from a fan event into a marketing event, where the bulk of the panels are designed to sell something, hype something, get the gears of the publicity machine churning.
That's what made the "Locke & Key" screening and panel on Friday morning so unusual - and cool. Here was a screening for a pilot that hadn't been picked up by its network, that was never going to air anywhere, and that comics publisher IDW had gotten special permission to show just because they wanted fans of the "Locke & Key" comic to get a chance to see the work.
As the writer and lead producer of the pilot, Josh Friedman, put it before the screening, "I hope that we can not think about what could have been, but just appreciate what is, because what I think we have is pretty fantastic."