<p>&quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot; (two of these guys, anyway)&nbsp;came to Comic-con this year.</p>

"Sons of Anarchy" (two of these guys, anyway) came to Comic-con this year.

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Comic-Con: 'Sons of Anarchy' has a successful first ride at the Con

The motorcycle drama does well for itself.

Howdy, folks. I'm now hunkered down in my hotel room for the next two weeks of the Television Critics Association summer press tour, which starts tomorrow with a day of set visits, then does its more traditional thing at the hotel starting on Wednesday.

I have a lot of screeners to catch up on, plus some reviews to write in advance, but before I dive fully into the world of press tour (and in case you don't know how press tour works, my tour primer still sits on NJ.com), I wanted to offer a very quick recap of the "Sons of Anarchy" panel I moderated in the final hours of Comic-Con, right after the jump...

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<p>Jon Hamm as Don Draper in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in "Mad Men."

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'Mad Men' - 'Public Relations': Ho-Ho, ho

Don adjusts to a new firm and a new personal life in the season four premiere.

A new season of “Mad Men” is finally here, and I’m really damn happy to be talking about the show again. For those of you joining us late, you can find all of my reviews of the first three seasons at my old blog, and you can find my interview with “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner about the events of the season four premiere, “Public Relations,” right here.

A review and spoilers galore for “Public Relations,” coming up just as soon as I have a lot of tsuris with Lucy and Desi...

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<p>Matthew Weiner, center, with &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;star Jon Hamm and director Phil Abraham working on last year's premiere.</p>

Matthew Weiner, center, with "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm and director Phil Abraham working on last year's premiere.

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Interview: 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner talks season four

On the new era, Don's luck with women and the genius of Stan Freberg.

“Mad Men” is back for another season, and you can read my review of the season premiere, “Public Relations,” right here. I also spoke with the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, about the premiere, some leftover business from last season (for instance, the shift in Betty’s attitude towards Don between the end of “The Gypsy and the Hobo” and the events of “The Grown-Ups”) and his latest thoughts on how long the series might go, and that’s all coming up just as soon as I lift a shadow off this evening...

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<p>John Oliver, left, and Ken Jeong, right, will both have new roles in the new season of &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

John Oliver, left, and Ken Jeong, right, will both have new roles in the new season of "Community."

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'Community': John Oliver gets a promotion

Look for "The Daily Show" veteran to be more prominent in season two.

As mentioned in my recap of the "Community" panel at Comic-Con, afterwards I did several interviews with the cast and creative team. Most of those probably won't get published until I'm done with Comic-Con and then the TV critics press tour, but I should have a video interview with Donald Glover and Danny Pudi up tomorrow, and right now I wanted to immediately share one piece of news from a long interview I did with creator Dan Harmon, coming right up (note there are some small spoilers for the season premiere, but the usually spoiler-averse Harmon wasn't bothered to reveal them, so neither am I)...

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<p>Chi McBride, Mark Valley and Jackie Earle Haley will be getting some female company on the new season of &quot;Human Target.&quot;</p>

Chi McBride, Mark Valley and Jackie Earle Haley will be getting some female company on the new season of "Human Target."

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Comic-Con: 'Human Target' gets a new boss, on and off-screen

A "Chuck" vet takes over in real life, and Indira Varma does in fiction.

The "Community" panel yesterday afternoon was an example of one kind of successful Comic-Con panel. The one at the end of the day for "Human Target" was another kind: the one where a pretty good show suggests it's about to get much better.

Based on the response on my blog and elsewhere, "Human Target" in its first season was a show with a great cast and some really well-done action, but that was a little more lightweight and disposable than fans were hoping for. The season finale promised the show could go deeper, and at the panel, new showrunner Matthew Miller (a "Chuck" veteran) presented some promising ideas for season two, while still leaving plenty of time for stars Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley to bounce off each other and be funny. My recap after the jump...

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<p>&quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;stars Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs and Yvette Nicole Brown were overwhelmed by the Comic-Con response.</p>

"Community" stars Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs and Yvette Nicole Brown were overwhelmed by the Comic-Con response.

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Comic-Con: A 'Community' love-fest

The NBC comedy is a hit in its San Diego debut.

The "Community" panel yesterday afternoon went exactly the way you would hope a show's Comic-Con debut would: a large room, packed with fans so knowledgeable about and in love with the show that they cheered an episode title ("Modern Warfare," of course) and the stars and producers of a terrific but low-rated show getting to experience first-hand just how passionate their small fanbase is.

Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs and Yvette Nicole Brown all paused before answering questions to talk about how overwhelmed they were by the crowd response. Jacobs apologized for her smeared makeup, since she began crying "tears of joy" upon entering the room, and Brown said, "We have never seen so much humanity in one place celebrating our show. Thank you, so much."

I kept running into the cast and producers throughout the afternoon and evening (including for some interviews that will be turning up on the site in the days and weeks ahead), and they were all still floating on that love. And the crowd in turn got to experience one of the most entertaining TV panels of the con, and I'll have details about it after the jump...

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<p>Matt Smith as The Doctor in &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

Matt Smith as The Doctor in "Doctor Who."

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'Doctor Who' - 'The Big Bang': The waiting's over

The timeline changes a few times over in the exciting season finale.

Several weeks back, I promised that I would take the next few "Doctor Who" episodes off, then return with a review after the finale. At the time I made that promise, I didn't realize that the finale would air during Comic-Con, nor that I wouldn't have time to write anything sooner due to Comic-Con prep. But a promise is a promise, so my thoughts (perhaps not as elaborate as I'd otherwise like) on "The Big Bang," and this first Steven Moffat/Matt Smith season as a whole, coming up just as soon as I tell you that I wear a fez now...

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<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.

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

David Lyons in "The Cape."

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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.