<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

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

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.

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<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 2011: 'Locke & Key' gets a screening

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."

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<p>&quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;went for a drive last night.</p>

"Louie" went for a drive last night.

Credit: FX

'Louie' - 'Country Drive': Who the (bleep) are you?

Louie takes the girls on an ill-advised road trip

As I've said, the busy schedule of Comic-Con and then press tour is going to put a lot of regular reviewing on hold for a while. But I did get a chance to watch last night's "Louie" this morning, and while there's no time for a full review, I have a couple of thoughts on it, after which you can discuss, coming up just as soon as I suddenly find myself doing a Bill Cosby impression...

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<p>The Comic-Con crowd loved Jason Gann and &quot;Wilfred.&quot;</p>

The Comic-Con crowd loved Jason Gann and "Wilfred."

Credit: FX

Comic-Con 2011: FX's 'Wilfred' charms, horrifies and amuses

An Elijah Wood love-fest turned into a Jason Gann/'Wilfred' love-fest, to everyone's delight

When FX asked me to moderate the "Wilfred" Comic-Con panel, I wondered what percentage of the room would be filled with people just hoping to get a closer look at "Lord of the Rings" alum Elijah Wood, and what percentage of the questions would be Frodo-related. And when FX sent me a copy of the incredibly raunchy and twisted - even by "Wilfred" standards - episode being screened before the panel (it airs next Thursday at 10), I wondered just how those Frodo fans would react to 21 or so minutes of (minor spoiler alert) a guy in a dog suit trying to seduce a stuffed giraffe.

I needn't have worried. Though the crowd response to the opening moments of the episode was a bit reserved, it seems that was the result of the audio being played too low, and once the volume was cranked up so everyone could hear Wood and Jason Gann banter and say and do inappropriate things, their laughter was frequent and at times explosive. (And, at other times, just plain horrified. And rightly so.) And though I was all prepared to keep a running tally of the number of "LOTR" questions, there were actually none - and only a couple of questions that even began with a Wood-worshipping preamble.

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<p>&quot;Archer&quot;&nbsp;made a successful visit to Comic-Con today.</p>

"Archer" made a successful visit to Comic-Con today.

Credit: FX

Comic-Con 2011: FX's 'Archer' brings the raunch

A boisterous screening and Q&A for the animated spy comedy

In his many voiceover roles, H. Jon Benjamin has played a spy ("Archer"), a frustrated burger chef ("Bob's Burgers"), a soccer coach ("Home Movies") and a little boy (also "Home Movies"), among others. Thursday afternoon at Comic-Con, he tried to play the role of insurrectionist.

Late in the "Archer" panel, a fan asked about the possibility of a feature film about Archer, Lana and the rest of the agents of ISIS. "Archer" creator Adam Reed said he considers the idea all the time, but "The trick has been getting FX to even entertain the thought of considering it. I get the, 'Well, we'll see. When you're 12, we'll talk about getting a pony."

Reed then pointed out a handful of FX execs sitting in the front row and said, "Don't let 'em leave until they agree to do it."

And then Benjamin smiled maliciously and barked, "There's thousands of you against them!"

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 85: Comic-Con, 'Entourage,' 'Breaking Bad' and more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 85: Comic-Con, 'Entourage,' 'Breaking Bad' and more

Dan and Alan also discuss CBS' 'Same Name' and the latest 'Twin Peaks'


Welcome to a special San Diego edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I preview Comic-Con, discuss "Entourage" (and somehow completely forget about the existence of the Comic-Con episode of "Entourage"), look back on the "Breaking Bad" premiere, and more.  The rundown:

Comic-Con -- 01:15 - 08:40
"Entourage" -- 08:40 - 18:30
"Same Name" -- 18:30 - 27:00
"Breaking Bad" -- 27:15 - 42:15
"Twin Peaks" -- 42:30 - 52:00
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
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<p>&quot;Queen &amp;&nbsp;Country&quot; spy Tara Chace has appeared in both comic books and prose novels.</p>

"Queen & Country" spy Tara Chace has appeared in both comic books and prose novels.

Credit: Oni Press

Which medium is right for the message?

On eve of Comic-Con, thoughts on characters that appear in multiple media

Comic-Con starts tomorrow, and before I head out to San Diego, I had a few idle (and unsurprisingly nerdy) thoughts on a subject that feels particularly germane, given the blending of comics, movies, TV, etc. at what was once primarily a convention about comic books:

What happens when characters from one medium cross over into another?

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<p>Got any questions for the &quot;Wilfred&quot;&nbsp;cast at Comic-Con?</p>

Got any questions for the "Wilfred" cast at Comic-Con?

Credit: FX

Comic-Con 2011 TV preview: Moderating 'Wilfred' and a lot more

Lots to do and see in San Diego later this week

Big doings in the world of TV - and film, and comics, etc., etc. - start up on Thursday, with the 2011 Comic-Con International in sunny San Diego.

I'll be heading out there to join the rest of team HitFix, then staying in California for the TV critics press tour, which begins a couple of days after Comic-Con ends. It's a very long road trip, but one that should be filled with lots of interesting shows, panels, interviews and random incidents.

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<p>Gus (Giancarlo Esposito)&nbsp;and Victor (Jeremiah Bitsui)&nbsp;ponder their next move on the &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) and Victor (Jeremiah Bitsui) ponder their next move on the "Breaking Bad" season premiere.

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' - 'Box Cutter': The waiting is the hardest part

Another masterclass of tension as Walt awaits Gus's counter-move

The long-awaited fourth season of "Breaking Bad" has finally begun. Earlier this week, I posted interviews with Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Betsy Brandt, a photographic tour of the show's sets and my overall review of the season's first three episodes. Now I have specific thoughts on "Box Cutter," the season premiere, coming up just as soon as we get matching Kenny Rogers t-shirts...

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<p>Larry went ice cream shopping on tonight's &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm.&quot;</p>

Larry went ice cream shopping on tonight's "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Credit: HBO

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'The Safe House': A black and white issue

Larry and Leon's relationship comes under close scrutiny

I'm taking a couple of days off this week before I head out to California for the Comic-Con/press tour double feature, and since I didn't see tonight's "Curb Your Enthusiasmin advance, I don't have time to write much about it. Fortunately (or unfortunately), "The Safe House" was easily the weakest of the five I've seen so far (including the premiere, next week's episode, and two from later in the season), so I wouldn't have much to say even in another week. A couple of amusing isolated moments (the scene in the ER, for instance), but mostly an episode that was more awkward than funny, and where the individual pieces didn't seem to fit together very well.

What did everybody else think?

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