I'm taking a few days off before heading to press tour, but wanted to offer a forum for people to discuss the latest episode of "The Bridge." In particular, I'm curious where everybody stands on the mysterious Steven Linder after his conversation with the cops, and whether you side with Sonya or Marco on the question of whether he's their guy. But there's lots to talk about with "Rio," including Frye's visit to Juarez, the return of Sonya's one-night stand, all the business with Charlotte's horse (and whether you're at all interested in that story at this stage of things) and more. So have at it: what's everyone feeling about "The Bridge" so far?
"Sons of Anarchy" has traditionally debuted in the fall on FX, and that pattern will continue this year with the sixth season premiering on Tuesday, September 10 at 10 p.m.
It'll be another 90-minute episode for the motorcycle club drama; FX gives a lot of creative leeway in general with its shows, and especially to its most popular one, which last year did several 90-minute installments.
Fienberg covered the show's recent Comic-Con appearance, which included creator Kurt Sutter discussing the endgame for a series that at least tentatively is set to end with its seventh season, as well as talk about what happens now that Jax has ascended to the throne, what happens now for Gemma, Tara, Clay and company, and more.
Happy Monday, boys and girls! With any luck, I've caught up on my sleep after taking a redeye home from Comic-Con. But before I got to lovely John Wayne Airport, Dan and I recorded our annual Comic-Con roadtrip podcast, discussing the highlights and lowlights of the last four-plus days in San Diego. No need for a rundown, as we largely just go through the notable events of each day, pause for a patented Dan rant or two, complain about traffic and noisy trucks, and somehow wrapped up before we crossed the Orange County line and launched into a horribly off-key duet of Phantom Planet's "California." Sorry. We have failed you. Don't know if we'll be resuming the pilot rewatch for the next podcast, which will be recorded at some point while we're together at press tour, starting on Wednesday for Dan and Thursday for me, but your homework remains "My So-Called Life,"
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Dennis Farina had lived a life.
Even if you didn't know that Farina — who died Monday at the age of 69 after suffering a blood clot in his lung — had spent nearly 20 years as a cop in his native Chicago before director Michael Mann decided to cast him in his movie "Thief," it was clear from all Farina's performances that this was a man who had done things and seen things that your average character actor had not. He had enormous ease in front of the camera, and could be wildly funny and charming, but there was always something behind his eyes suggesting that the disarming smile could go away in an instant and be replaced by something very cold and hard and dangerous.
I'm taking a few days off to recuperate between Comic-Con and press tour, but I wanted to acknowledge what was a pretty special episode of "The Killing" last night. Spoilers coming right up...
A quick review of tonight's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I Google "Alan Sepinwall hate"...
A quick review of tonight's "Dexter" coming up just as soon as I'm majoring in beautiful...
It's taken the Comic-Con organizers a while to catch on to just how beloved "Community" is by the Con crowd, but the series finally gets a promotion to the big stage in Hall H, and for a panel that should be very interesting due to the return of creator Dan Harmon, who'll be appearing alongside returning producer Chris McKenna and stars Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong. (Joel McHale is busy filming a movie, Donald Glover is reportedly cutting back his involvement with the show, and Chevy Chase is... gone.) The crowd was enthusiastic enough last year in Ballroom 20 with replacement producers Moses Port and David Guarascio, but they adore Harmon. And Harmon has been blunt to a fault at times about his opinion of the one Port/Guarascio season. Will he be able to contain that impulse today, or will the sight of 6000 screaming fans bring out his exhibitionist impulses? Will he say what the plan is for dealing with the events of the Harmon-less season? How much, if anything, will they say about Glover's status? And what will the energy of the panel be like without McHale as the usual ringleader?
Sunday tends to be the lightest day of Comic-Con. The movie studios go home, and so do many fans who bought 3-day passes and fly out in the morning. But a "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary panel featuring Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and David Bradley (star of "An Adventure in Space and Time," an upcoming film about the origins of the franchise) made today's line for Hall H one of the longest and craziest of the Con. It should be a packed, delirious house for the Doctor, Clara and company. It's Matt Smith's farewell Con as the Doctor, as he'll be leaving after the Christmas special. The question is whether Moffat will announce his replacement in front of these 6000 American fans, or if he'll wait til he can announce it via a UK outlet.
As long as the wifi holds up, I'll be live-blogging the whole thing, so check back frequently for updates.
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.