<p>Linda Hamilton will be playing Mama Bartowski next season on &quot;Chuck,&quot;</p>

Linda Hamilton will be playing Mama Bartowski next season on "Chuck,"

Comic-Con: Chuck's mom is Linda Hamilton

The "Terminator 2" star is Mama Bartowski, and your co-moderators would like to issue a formal apology.

The "Chuck" Comic-Con panel ended a few minutes ago, and since Fienberg and I were on stage for it, Todd VanDerWerff will have a full report later today, and I will link to that here. In the meantime, two things of note, one about casting, one about the end of the panel:

The panel opened with a long highlight reel of season 3 that closed with the brief glimpse of Chuck and Ellie's mom. An on-screen caption asked who's going to play Chuck's mom, and, as the crowd roared its approval, added, "Okay, we'll tell you." Cue the pounding drums of the "Terminator 2" score, and a glimpse of one of the baddest women in sci-fi history, Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, turning to face the camera in the "T2" scene where the audience first sees her in the mental hospital.

Sheer pandemonium.

Josh Schwartz later said that we would first see Hamilton in the season premiere (which also guest stars Olivia Munn and Dolph Lundgren), and that gossip about the potential casting spread so quickly that when he finally spoke to Hamilton, she said, "So, I hear I'm playing Chuck's mom."

Now, because of that long intro video, and because the panel started late, I was somewhat taken aback when a Con staffer nudged me on stage and told me we had five minutes left. I jogged backstage to ask if he meant five minutes until we had to start audience Q&A, and he said, "No, five minutes. Period. Then we cut you off."

I ran back up, told Dan and we asked the audience to line up quickly for a few questions, and while we did that, we asked two quick filler questions for Josh Schwartz and for the Buy More guys, none of whom had had a chance to talk yet. Then we kicked it to the audience, only the Con staffer in charge of the line announced that there was no time for any questions.

So we're sorry. Had we realized about the late start, the long video, factored in for how prolonged the applause would be as we introduced the cast, etc., and that the Con staff was going to stick so strictly to ending at 10:45, we would've thrown it to the audience much, much sooner. (Though we would have risked not getting everyone on the panel to speak, which happened last year.) 

It was a fun panel, I think, but that was a bummer note to end on, and the point of Con is to let the fans interact with their favorites. Our sincerest apologies to those of you in the room who wanted to ask something and couldn't.

Here's Todd's recap of it all.

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<p>David Lyons in &quot;The Cape.&quot;</p>

David Lyons in "The Cape."

Credit: NBC

Comic-Con: 'The Cape,' 'Teen Wolf,' 'Falling Skies' and the great unknown

Three new shows try to connect with the crowd, to varying degrees of success.

While Fienberg spent the day at Comic-Con in Ballroom 20, covering high-profile TV panels like "True Blood" and Joss Whedon, my assignment was to roam around to some of the smaller rooms and see how some other shows - all of them new, and most of them not debuting until sometime in 2011 - were received.

I already wrote about "The Walking Dead" lovefest and the promising response to "Hawaii Five-0," but both those panels featured known quantities in some way: everyone at the former panel had already read the comic book (or just really liked zombies), and at the letter, everyone knew some combination of Daniel Dae Kim on "Lost," Grace Park on "BSG" or the theme song.

The three afternoon panels I attended - for NBC's "The Cape," MTV's "Teen Wolf" remake and TNT's "Falling Skies" - were far sketchier in what fans knew going in, and only the first of those provided much new intel before the questions started. So how did the crowds react? Some thoughts on each, after the jump...

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<p>Jess (Jurnee Smollett)&nbsp;is worried about Vince (Michael B. Jordan)&nbsp;on &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Jess (Jurnee Smollett) is worried about Vince (Michael B. Jordan) on "Friday Night Lights."

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'Friday Night Lights' - 'Injury List': No good deed goes unpunished

Tami, Luke, Vince and Riggins all find themselves in big trouble as the season approaches its end.

Once, again, I reviewed all the episodes for this season of "Friday Night Lights" on my old blog as they aired on DirecTV. Because I can't bring content from the old blog over here, each week I'm going to link to those reviews so you can see what I and the DirecTV audience thought of them back in the fall, then discuss them here.

This week: "Injury List," in which Tami suffers unintended consequences from her meeting with Becky, Luke's hip gets worse, Jess worries about Vince and Tim and Becky's mom have a misunderstanding. Go read the review and - keeping in mind that we will not be discussing, or even hinting at, anything that happens in episodes that have yet to air on NBC (and also that the No Politics rule applies in the extreme with regards to this episode) - tell me what you thought.

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<p>Another zombie from AMC's &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Another zombie from AMC's "The Walking Dead."

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Comic-Con: Zombie-loving crowd eats up 'The Walking Dead' trailer

Darabont, Kirkman and company get a warm reception at the Con.

Yesterday, I interviewed "Walking Dead" producer Frank Darabont on how he's adapting Robert Kirkman's zombie apocalypse comic book series to the screen for AMC. That was before I got to see footage of the show, which was screened early in the show's Comic-Con panel this morning.

Before the sizzle reel, Darabont was asked if he needed to set up the clip.

"It's a show about zombies," he said. "Roll it."

And I will say this (with the usual caveat that it's easier to make a good trailer than a good show or movie): zombies aren't really my thing, but that trailer looked terrific. Great make-up work (by zombie specialist Greg Nicotero, who was on the panel), great production design on the abandoned, ruined post-zombie civilization, lots of chills, etc. The crwod went nuts for it, and eagerly watched it again at the end of the panel.

During the panel, Darabont rehashed several things he said to me, but after the jump I have a few additional details:

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<p>The cast of CBS' &quot;Hawaii Five-0&quot;&nbsp;remake.</p>

The cast of CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" remake.

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Comic-Con: 'Hawaii Five-0' cashes in on its 'Lost' & 'Battlestar Galactica' nerd-cred

Fans were as excited to talk 'Lost' as to hear the iconic theme song.

CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" remake isn't a classic Comic-Con-type show, but it does feature a bunch of classic Comic-Con-type shows, including Alex O'Loughlin from "Moonlight" (though he wasn't here), Daniel Dae Kim from "Lost" and Grace Park from "Battlestar Galactica." (Scott Caan, the best part of the pilot, was also not here.) And two of its producers, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, have worked on "Alias," "Fringe," "Transformers," and the "Star Trek" movie reboot.

So unsurprisingly, the show's Comic-Con panel spent as much time on the cast and creative team's sci-fi work as on rebooting the '70s cop show with the iconic theme song. Some notable quotes about the theme, "Lost," "BSG" and more (including spoilers for both of those shows' finales if you care but somehow haven't seen them yet) coming right up...

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<p>Michael Cera kicks ass in &quot;Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.&quot;</p>

Michael Cera kicks ass in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World."

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'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' rocks Comic-Con

Edgar Wright, Michael Cera and company do right by Bryan Lee O'Malley's great comic.

If you listen to the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast (including this week's often-inaudible road trip edition, an experiment we will not be repeating) recently, you've heard Fienberg and I make occasional mention of our love of "Scott Pilgrim," a graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O'Malley, and now "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," a movie directed by Edgar Wright ("Hot Fuzz") that comes out on August 13.

O'Malley's final volume came out on Tuesday, and I read it on the plane to Comic-Con, and I saw a Comic-Con screening of the movie last night (after what I hear was a great panel at Hall H), and I have some (as non-spoilery as I can be) thoughts on the book, the movie, and the fantastic experience of the screening itself coming up just as soon as I get my skateboarding proficiency...

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<p>Stringer (Idris Elba)&nbsp;and Avon (Wood Harris)&nbsp;have a difference of  opinion on &quot;The Wire.&quot;</p>

Stringer (Idris Elba) and Avon (Wood Harris) have a difference of opinion on "The Wire."

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'The Wire' Rewind: Season 3, Episode 8 - 'Moral Midgetry' (Newbies edition)

D'Angelo's murder continues to reverbate.

Once again, we're spending Fridays this summer revisiting season three of HBO's "The Wire" (you can find my reviews of the other four seasons on the siderail of my old blog) in two versions: one for fans of the show who have seen it all the way through, and one for people who haven't gotten that far and don't want later episodes and seasons spoiled for them. This is the newbie version; click here for the veteran-friendly one.

A review of episode eight, "Moral Midgetry," coming up just as soon as you meet my partner...

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<p>Stringer (Idris Elba)&nbsp;and Avon (Wood Harris)&nbsp;have a difference of opinion on &quot;The Wire.&quot;</p>

Stringer (Idris Elba) and Avon (Wood Harris) have a difference of opinion on "The Wire."

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'The Wire' Rewind: Season 3, Episode 8 - 'Moral Midgetry' (Veterans edition)

D'Angelo's murder continues to reverbate.

Once again, we're spending Fridays this summer revisiting season three of HBO's "The Wire" (you can find my reviews of the other four seasons on the siderail of my old blog) in two versions: one for fans of the show who have seen it all the way through, and one for people who haven't gotten that far and don't want later episodes and seasons spoiled for them. This is the veteran version; click here for the newbie-friendly one.

A review of episode eight, "Moral Midgetry," coming up just as soon as you meet my partner...

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<p>Jeffrey Donovan and Burt Reynolds on &quot;Burn Notice.&quot;</p>

Jeffrey Donovan and Burt Reynolds on "Burn Notice."

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'Burn Notice' - 'Past & Future Tense': Burt Reynolds and a day at the beach

The '70s icon offers Michael a glimpse of his future in a very strong episode.

Comic-Con and press tour are going to knock a lot of the usual shows out of the rotation for the next few weeks, but USA wisely sent out advance screeners of tonight's Burt Reynolds-errific episode of "Burn Notice." A quick review coming up just as soon as I switch to autumn colors...

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<p>Matthew Bomer and Tim DeKay of USA's &quot;White Collar.&quot;</p>

Matthew Bomer and Tim DeKay of USA's "White Collar."

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Comic-Con: 'White Collar' comes to San Diego

The USA crime show has a modest Comic-Con debut.

"White Collar" had a tough act to follow at Comic-Con. There are few actors on any TV show as beloved by this crowd as Bruce Campbell, who headlined an exuberant "Burn Notice" panel immediately before "White Collar" made its Con debut.

Though "White Collar" isn't inherently a Comic-Con-type show, it does - as we were reminded by an amusing filmed sketch about the cast planning a Comic-Con heist of the trailer for "Tron: Legacy" - feature a number of actors with some sci-fi cred. Matthew Bomer was Bryce Larkin on "Chuck," Marsha Thomason was Naomi on "Lost," Sharif Atkins was on "The 4400," etc. So the crowd had some reserves of goodwill for these people.

Ultimately, though, "White Collar" the panel felt very much like "White Collar" the show: lots of likable, funny people who play well off of each other, but not much of a sense of direction. (Particularly since the panel was moderated by "White Collar" co-star Willie Garson, which gave the hour the feel of a very long in-joke we were only sometimes privvy to.)

A few notable moments after the jump...

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