Will splitting time between McKinley and the graduates help or hurt?
"Glee" has been a show that even in its better creative periods (which most fans would agree the third season was not) has struggled with storytelling ADD. It's also about to enter its fourth season, with many of its original characters having graduated high school — a precarious moment in the life of any teen drama.
'Pushing Daisies' creator gets to reimagine Herman Munster and Hannibal Lecter
Through his work on "Wonderfalls," "Dead Like Me," "Pushing Daisies" and even "Heroes" (where he wrote the one episode, "Company Man," that people still look back fondly on), Bryan Fuller has established a reputation as one of the more distinctive, creative voices in the TV business. Yet this season, his two NBC projects aren't original visions, but one reboot and one reinvention of a pair of very familiar concepts.
Will Adam Baldwin now be asked John Casey questions?
If "Firefly" isn't the most beloved Comic-Con TV show of the 21st century, it's easily in the top 2 or 3. Joss Whedon's space cowboy drama (which I revisited a couple of summers ago) had a short run, but has lived on in the hearts and minds of the fans, to the point where some shows featuring "Firefly" alums might as well not have brought any other actors to their panels. Even another Comic-Con institution like "Chuck" annually received one or two "Who'd win in a fight: John Casey or Jayne Cobb?" questions for Adam Baldwin.
So I'm guessing the Ballroom 20 crowd will be going nuts as Baldwin, Nathan Fillion, most of the show's cast and Whedon himself reunite for a 10th anniversary panel, and I'll be live-blogging the whole thing. Remember that the Convention Center wifi is iffy at best, and just because you haven't seen an update in a while doesn't mean I'm not still typing. I will update this thing as often as I can during the hour.
How will Dan Harmon supporters react to Port and Guarascio?
It's time for what could be the most interesting TV panel of Comic-Con, in which "Community" fans are placed in the same room as the NBC comedy's new showrunners, Moses Port and David Guarascio. Will the audience Q&A portion of the hour turn into a non-stop harangue of these men who would dare to fill the shoes of fired creator Dan Harmon? Will Port and Guarascio — who will be joined by stars Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Danny Pudi, plus returning writer/producers Megan Ganz and Andy Bobrow — be able to deflect any criticism in advance by pointing out that they had nothing to do with Harmon's exit, and insisting they want to keep making his version of the show? Or will their presence on stage turn out to be a minor sideshow compared to the chance for 4,000 fans to yell their love of the show's stars?
I'm going to be live-blogging the panel, with the caveat that the Convention Center wifi is iffy at best. Remember: just because you haven't seen an update in a while doesn't mean I'm not still typing. I will update this thing as often as I can during the hour.
Producer wonders if getting answers on TV shows is always a good thing
Yesterday at Comic-Con, I moderated the panel for FX's "Wilfred," which began with a screening of an upcoming episode that somehow managed to be even more disturbing than last year's episode (the one with Raffi, "the deepest throat in the stuffed animal kingdom"), and that launched a discussion that at times had me fearing would get us all banned from Comic-Con forever — yes, even Elijah Wood. For those who weren't there, all I will say is that it turns out there are some things you can't even show on FX, as showrunner David Zuckerman explained that one scene in particular will have to be altered before it airs in a few weeks. (It's what I believe is the season's seventh episode, titled "Avoidance.")
On telling Jesse to run, being The One Who Knocks, and a lot more
Earlier this week, I sat down with "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston to look back on his memories of some of the classic Walter White moments from the AMC drama's first four seasons. It was such a long conversation that I had to split it into two parts. Part one ran yesterday, and after the jump, I talked with Cranston about two of the most famous Walter White lines of all — "I am the one who knocks!" and "Run." — the breakdown in the crawl space, and more.
Louie makes a new friend and tours Miami's Cuban neighborhoods
Offer the latest salvo in war between cable channel and satellite provider
The new season of "Breaking Bad" premieres on Sunday night at 10 on AMC, but because of a contract dispute between Dish and AMC's parent company, AMC has been yanked from the satellite provider's channel lineup. The show is available by other means (episodes appear on iTunes early the following morning, for instance), but AMC has offered Dish customers a free alternative for at least the season premiere.
The website Breaking Bad 4 Dish allows Dish customers to register (beginning Friday at 3 p.m. Eastern) for a chance to watch a live-stream of the premiere on Sunday night. It sounds like a one-shot deal, as the press release states:
AMC wants its loyal DISH viewers to experience the excitement of the “Breaking Bad” premiere at the same time as their friends and neighbors, and we want to give DISH customers an extra week to switch providers so they can enjoy the rest of the season.
But it's something, at least.
On everything from the Heisenberg hat to the poisoning of Brock
Though "Breaking Bad" will have another eight episodes to run next summer after the eight that start airing Sunday night at 10 on AMC, this is technically the start of the show's final season. So when given the chance to sit down with the show's two leading men, I thought this might be a good time to let each of them revisit some of the most memorable moments for their characters, and what it was like to play those scenes. I first spoke with Aaron Paul, then sat down for lunch with Bryan Cranston.
This conversation wound up being quite a bit longer than the one with Paul, so I'm splitting it into two parts. Today deals with a variety of topics, from Heisenberg's hat to what Cranston knew when about the Brock storyline. The second half (which includes "I am the one who knocks!" and "Run.") will come tomorrow at this time.
Dan and Alan also talk about 'Bunheads' on another road trip podcast
Continuing an annual tradition for Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, Dan and I got in his car and attempted another road trip podcast, this time on the road from Los Angeles to San Diego for Comic-Con. Along the way, we chatted about "Breaking Bad," "Political Animals" and "Bunheads," bickered about missed exits and exalted at certain familiar landmarks along the way.
As mentioned on the show, our next podcast will be next Thursday, July 19, where we'll discuss Emmy nominations, the "Breaking Bad" premiere, and possibly more.