Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'The Palestinian Chicken': The social assassin

Middle Eastern tensions come to Larry's neighborhood in a hilarious episode

<p>Larry David and Jeff Garlin on &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm.&quot;</p>

Larry David and Jeff Garlin on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Credit: HBO

A review of tonight's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" coming up just as soon as I quote Theodor Herzl...

Comic-Con 2011: 'Sons of Anarchy' panel live-blog

Kurt Sutter and company move on up to Hall H

<p>&quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;&nbsp;returned to Comic-Con, this time in a bigger room.</p>

"Sons of Anarchy" returned to Comic-Con, this time in a bigger room.

Credit: FX

Wi-fi permitting, I'm going to live-blog the "Sons of Anarchy" panel - featuring "Sons" creator Kurt Sutter and stars Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal - that will close out the final day of Comic-Con 2011.

Comic-Con 2011: 'Doctor Who' panel live-blog

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan invade Hall H.

<p>Karen Gillan and Matt Smith from &quot;Doctor Who&quot;&nbsp;came to Comic-Con.</p>

Karen Gillan and Matt Smith from "Doctor Who" came to Comic-Con.

Credit: BBC

Seated in a packed Hall H on the last day of Comic-Con for the "Doctor Who" panel, which will feature Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and writer Toby Whithouse. Wifi permitting, I'll try to live-blog as much as I can.

Comic-Con 2011: Joss Whedon talks 'Buffy,' 'Firefly,' 'Dr. Horrible'... and, oh yeah, 'Avengers'

Adaptations, spin-offs and sequels were the topic of the day for the Comic-Con icon

<p>Joss Whedon as he appeared at Comic-Con two years ago.</p>

Joss Whedon as he appeared at Comic-Con two years ago.

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.

Comic-Con 2011: 'Community' blows the roof off again

Where will season 3 find Pierce, Jeff and the rest?

The "Community" cast (minus Alison Brie) returned to Comic-Con.
The "Community" cast (minus Alison Brie) returned to Comic-Con.
Credit: NBC

For the second year in a row, "Community" took over the Indigo Ballroom(*) at Comic-Con and provided a raucous, risque, multi-media love-fest between the show's actors, creator Dan Harmon and the fans.

Omar comin': 'Community' casts Michael Kenneth Williams

'The Wire'/'Boardwalk Empire' co-star to play the group's new professor

<p>&quot;The Wire&quot;&nbsp;alum Michael Kenneth Williams will play the study group's new professor on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

"The Wire" alum Michael Kenneth Williams will play the study group's new professor on "Community."

Credit: HBO

"Community" has found its new teacher, and I can describe the casting in two words:

Omar comin'.

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.

'Torchwood: Miracle Day' - 'Dead of Night': Miles to go before we sleep

One of Russell T. Davies' favorite boogeymen pops up as a potential villain

<p>Rex (Mekhi Phifer)&nbsp;goes for a drive in &quot;Torchwood:&nbsp;Miracle Day.&quot;</p>

Rex (Mekhi Phifer) goes for a drive in "Torchwood: Miracle Day."

Credit: Starz/BBC

As I said in last week's "Torchwood: Miracle Day" review, I'm too swamped with Comic-Con to give a proper write-up to tonight's episode, but I have a few quick thoughts coming up just as soon as I sit at my desk and read blogs for a living...

'Lost' producers reunite at Comic-Con, present new footage

Did Darlton offer definitive proof that they had a plan?

<p>&quot;Lost&quot;&nbsp;producers Damon&nbsp;Lindelof and Carlton Cuse reunited to talk about the show at Comic-Con.</p>

"Lost" producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse reunited to talk about the show at Comic-Con.

Credit: ABC

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.

Comic-Con 2011: 'The Walking Dead' season 2 trailer

What will the zombies have in store for us this October?

<p>The gang from &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;&nbsp;as last we saw them last fall.</p>

The gang from "The Walking Dead" as last we saw them last fall.

Credit: AMC

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.

Comic-Con 2011: 'Locke & Key' gets a screening

FOX passed on the pilot, but fans got to see it

<p>The pilot based on the &quot;Locke &amp;&nbsp;Key&quot;&nbsp;pilot screened at Comic-Con.</p>

The pilot based on the "Locke & Key" pilot screened at Comic-Con.

Credit: IDW

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."

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