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NY Comic Con 2009 - my TV experience

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 9th 2009 1:35PM
Robert Culp and William KattBraving the crowds and the weather, I managed to attend the 2009 New York Comic Con for the weekend. While I wasn't able to see everything or sit in on every panel, I thought I'd give an overall synopsis of the stuff I did manage to do as it relates to television.

I should note that Robert Culp and William Katt were both at the Con giving us a Greatest American Hero reunion. They were kind enough to pose for a picture.

I arrived at 1 p.m. on Friday, and after a short wait as I and my fellow geeks was slowly herded in like cattle, I browsed around the dealer room.

While perusing the dealers on the first day, I got a glimpse of Colin Baker, the actor to play the sixth Doctor on Doctor Who. Afterwards, I caught the screenings of both Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder and the new Wonder Woman animated movie. Both were excellent, and I will be posting a review of each in the coming week.

On Saturday, I attended panels. Lots of them.

The first was the Robot Chicken panel, and that was a lot of fun. Some clips were shown (and I honestly don't know if it was new material or previously broadcast stuff).

Robot Chicken PanelSeth Green and company told some interesting stories. One of the rejected ideas from the Star Wars special was having Han and Luke in an alley with Luke on his knees and Han saying "Now let's blow this thing and go home". I don't understand why that didn't make the final cut.

The final episode of the first ten was shown on February 8th (the last day of the Con). The next set of episodes will be broadcast in April.

The Torchwood panel consisted of actress Eve Myles and director Euros Lyn (who is scheduled to direct David Tennant's final Doctor Who episode). Apparently, it was Myles' first convention. I hope the attendees didn't scare her away from future ones.

Torchwood panelI didn't really get any new information from this panel about the show. They were mostly hyping the upcoming mini-series Children of Earth. The only thing I got was that the Weevils do not make an appearance but P.C. Andy Davidson does.

Following that, I was in the audience for The Venture Brothers panel where we received no spoilers whatsoever. Creators Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick are quite expert at side-stepping questions. They did, however, answer each question in such an amusing fashion that the panel was worth attending. I did learn one important lesson: Venture Brothers fans seem to represent among the rudest folks I've ever had the misfortune of sitting with at a Con.

Dollhouse panelOn Sunday, I attended the Dollhouse panel with resident geek object of worship, Joss Whedon (guest-starring Tahmoh Penikett). Joss was easily the most intelligent and articulate guest at the Con, and very willing to share about his works both old and new. The audience was shown the first act of the pilot and then asked questions. I got the following information from it:

  • Penikett's character, FBI agent Paul Ballard, will meet Echo before the end of the season, but Echo won't remember him after each episode.
  • Episode Six is a key episode of the first thirteen.
  • Despite the need to re-film certain things, the season still ends the same way as was originally planned.
  • Fox is following the pattern of the Sci Fi Channel with Battlestar Galactica and is hoping to carve a Friday night niche consisting of low initial ratings and high DVD sales.
  • Eliza Dushku sings in the third episode.
Life on Mars panelFinally, I went to the Life on Mars panel with co-creators Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg and actors Michael Imperioli and Jonathan Murphy. They first showed this coming Wednesday night's episode (a comedic one which includes an appearance by Wallace "Inconceivable" Shawn), but it got interrupted about two-thirds in when sound problems occurred. Here are some pieces from the discussion that followed:
  • The fictional 125th Precinct is located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
  • Location filming is difficult because they have to redress any streets they use in terms of roadsigns and cars to look like 1973.
  • No matter how many seasons the show will last, the "past" will always be 1973.
  • Windy will be back before the season's end.
  • A young Barack Obama will make an appearance (I'm not certain if they were serious when they mentioned this).
I attended many panels but missed a few others (most notably Chuck and Fringe). I'm only one person. If anybody else attended the Con and learned anything of interest from any of the aforementioned panels, please feel free to share.

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Pasha

I was at that Venture Bros. panel which is one of the main reasons I attended Comic Con and I completely agree with you that the audience was comprised of a bunch of tools. I also waited for an hour afterwards to get my season dvds signed only to be turned away cause Doc and Jackson had to leave.

Robot Chicken panel was the best though. Seth Green and Breckin Meyer are just hilarious together.

February 09 2009 at 9:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
divineparasite

As a fan of anything Whedon, will the panels be posted on youtube or some other video viewing site? And who was everyone on the "DollHouse" panel. Whedon, Dushku, Penikett, was it does three? Were there any more from the cast? Amy Acker?

February 09 2009 at 4:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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