<p>Frank Darabont, seen here with &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;&nbsp;co-star Jon Bernthal, has stepped down as showrunner.</p>

Frank Darabont, seen here with "The Walking Dead" co-star Jon Bernthal, has stepped down as showrunner.

Credit: AMC

Frank Darabont stepping down as 'Walking Dead' showrunner

Was the weekly grind too much for the movie veteran?

In what's become a strange annual tradition, the eve of the Television Critics Association press tour has been marked by a surprise resignation. Two years ago, Ben Silverman bailed on NBC. A year ago, Steve McPherson bolted from ABC. Today, Frank Darabont stepped down as showrunner on AMC's "The Walking Dead."

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"Chuck" co-creator Chris Fedak and co-star Ryan McPartlin.
"Chuck" co-creator Chris Fedak and co-star Ryan McPartlin.

Watch: 'Chuck' co-creator Chris Fedak and co-star Ryan McPartlin at Comic-Con

How will things be different knowing all along that this is the final season?

Time for the next-to-last of my "Chuckvideo interviews from Comic-Con, this time a team-up between co-creator Chris Fedak and Captain Awesome himself, Ryan McPartlin.

Once again, we looked back over their memories of the show, and I also asked Fedak if he's approaching these 13 episodes differently from any of the previous seasons or half-seasons when he had no way of knowing if or when cancellation was coming.

Adam Baldwin will be running the anchor leg within a couple of hours.

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"Chuck" co-star Mark Christopher Lawrence.
"Chuck" co-star Mark Christopher Lawrence.

Watch: 'Chuck' co-star Mark Christopher Lawrence at Comic-Con

When will Subway come calling with an endorsement deal?

Time for yet another of my "ChuckComic-Con video interviews, this time with Big Mike himself, Mark Christopher Lawrence.

It's occurred to me many a time that Lawrence is as responsible for saving "Chuck" after season 2 as any fan, critic, etc., since it was Big Mike's love of Subway sandwiches that inspired the whole campaign. And since Lawrence has such a gift for describing sandwich ingredients, the show's various Subway plugs just feel like part of the fun rather than an intrusion.

So we talked about subs, where the Buy More employees fit in with the show's more spy-friendly castmembers, and what he'll miss most about working on this show. (Tease: Lawrence drops a "Designing Women" reference that reminded me of stories I read back in the day about what went on backstage at that show.)

Back a little later with Chris Fedak and Ryan McPartlin.

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"Chuck" co-star Yvonne Strahovski.
"Chuck" co-star Yvonne Strahovski.

Watch: 'Chuck' co-star Yvonne Strahovski at Comic-Con

What will she miss most about playing Sarah Walker?

After the final "Chuckpanel at Comic-Con, I conducted a series of brief video interviews with most of the cast. Last night, I posted my conversation with Zachary Levi and Josh Gomez, and now it's Yvonne Strahovski's turn.

We took a quick trip down memory lane, including talk of her favorite Sarah fight scene(*) and her most memorable outfit.

(*) FWIW on that, when talking to Chris Fedak at a Comic-Con party that night, I and a few other critics made clear how happy fans of the show would be to see some kind of sequel to "Chuck vs. Phase Three," and he said they were thinking on the best way to have the Giant Blonde Shemale of Thailand make a reappearance.

Big Mike himself, Mark Christopher Lawrence, is coming up in a bit.

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"Chuck" co-stars and friends Joshua Gomez and Zachary Levi.
"Chuck" co-stars and friends Joshua Gomez and Zachary Levi.

Watch: 'Chuck' co-stars Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez at Comic-Con

Has their real-life friendship been tested by Morgan getting the Intersect? Nah.

As I mentioned in my previous post, after the final "Chuckpanel at Comic-Con, I did a series of brief video interviews with most of the "Chuck" cast - some individually, some in pairs. By the time they made it to my spot on the line, Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez had teamed up, which gave me an excuse to see how their real-life friendship has been affected by Morgan getting Chuck's cool Intersect powers. (Hint: not much at all.) The guys also talked about some of their favorite memories of working together, and I asked each of them about their favorite scene involving the other's character. And, again, if you want more from Levi, read the interview we did later in the day.

More "Chuck" video interviews - including Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Mark Christopher Lawrence and a combined Chris Fedak/Ryan McPartlin chat - coming up tomorrow.

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<p>Zachary Levi at his final Comic-Con panel for &quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

Zachary Levi at his final Comic-Con panel for "Chuck."

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Interview: 'Chuck' star Zachary Levi on Comic-Con, fans and saying goodbye

The emotional actor got choke up at the final 'Chuck' panel

One of the most memorable moments from Comic-Con came at the end of the last-ever "Chuck" panel. The moderator asked if any of the panelists had final words for the fans, and after producer Chris Fedak gave a speech, he passed the baton to leading man Zachary Levi, who needed a moment to compose himself, then thanked the fans one last time, his voice breaking as he got to the end. (You can watch it here.) And the crowd responded with a prolonged standing ovation.

Goodbyes like that are rare at Comic-Con, as few shows go into a season knowing it's the end the way "Chuck" will. But also there aren't a lot of stars who feed off the love of their fans quite the way Levi does. During the unfortunate end of last year's Comic-Con panel, when we ran out of time without a single fan question, everyone was surprised, but Levi was genuinely hurt, because interacting with the audience is something he so clearly enjoys.

After that farewell panel, I interviewed most of the show's cast (Vik Sahay and Scott Krinsky never made it down to my end of the line, unfortunately) for a series of quick-hit videos that I'm going to be posting through the blog tonight and tomorrow. By the time Levi and Josh Gomez made it to me, time was running particularly short, so Levi agreed to sit down with me some more later in the day at Nerd HQ, the off-site location Levi and his Nerd Machine company set up for this Con. You can watch the Levi/Gomez video here, and after the jump, my conversation with Levi, starting with a bit of discussion about the origin of Nerd HQ...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 86: Road trip podcast, take two!

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 86: Road trip podcast, take two!

Dan and Alan post-mortem Comic-Con and discuss 'Breaking Bad' on a drive up the 405


Yes, we did it again.

We're either sadists or masochists - or possibly both - but Dan and I decided that the time was right to attempt another Firewall & Iceberg Podcast recorded inside Dan's car - this time on the drive back up from Comic-Con. More importantly, this time with a real microphone so that you can hear everything Dan says. If there's a difference in volume between us, it's just because I'm louder by nature. This will still not be our best-sounding podcast ever, but we made sure everything would be audible this time around, and if you grade on a curve based on last year, it's fantastic!

Anyway, we mostly rehashed Comic-Con (and stopped for dinner in the middle), then discussed last night's "Breaking Bad." The simple rundown:

Comic-Con 2011 -- 00:00 - 46:30
"Breaking Bad" -- 46:45 -  01:02:05
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>Lauren Bowles in a scene from tonight's &quot;True Blood.&quot;</p>

Lauren Bowles in a scene from tonight's "True Blood."

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'True Blood' - 'I Hate You, I Love You': Living arrangements

Sookie helps Eric, Sam helps Tommy and Arlene seeks help from God

Well, I suspect I know what most of the discussion of this week's "True Blood" will be about. So let me just link to Fienberg's live-blog of the "True Blood" panel at Comic-Con on Friday afternoon and I'll open the floor to you. (As usual, Leslie Gornstein will have a more thorough account of things later tonight at our Monkeys as Critics blog.)

Have at it, people. What do you think about what happened near the end there, and also about some of the things that were said (especially by Tara) earlier? 

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<p>Walt (Bryan Cranston)&nbsp;makes a purchase on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Walt (Bryan Cranston) makes a purchase on "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' - 'Thirty-Eight Snub': Death by stereo!

Walt, Jesse and Mike try to go on after the shocking events in the lab

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I leave recorded proof of my intention to buy a car wash...

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

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

Credit: HBO

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

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

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

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