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And the most out of place Comic-Con panel award goes to...

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 2nd 2009 3:01PM
Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn star in When the San Diego Comic-Con opened its doors to allow every corner of television onto their floors, they weren't kidding. After seeing the roster of panels, I'm surprised the original panel from PBS's Washington Week didn't field questions from guys dressed in Transformer cosplay.

Apparently, Warner Brothers set up a panel for just about every television show that have in development including Patricia Heaton's new ABC sitcom The Middle, making it the most "fish out of water" selection for a panel at the geek confab.

And so did the geeks in attendance. The panel only drew around 75 attendees and studio heads ordered Heaton not to introduce the panel because the crowd was too small.

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Mythbuster Adam Savage goes undercover at Comic-Con

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 28th 2009 10:02AM
Mythbusters' Adam SavageI imagine a lot of stalkers must love a place like Comic-Con. All of their most sought after celebrities are together in one place for easy pickings. It must be their Costco.

One star, however, decided to turn the tables on his fans and used his own costume to stalk and hunt down a few of his fans on the floor of this year's convention.

To make it even creepier, he dressed up like a clown. That slurping sound you hear is my spine falling out of its socket from uncontrollable shivering.

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The convention that WAS and WASN'T - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 27th 2009 10:09AM
Not everyone at Comic-Con International was a fan of Twilight.There's still plenty of Comic-Con International coverage en route from me, including exclusive interviews you'll only find here.

But, as the Monday morning after the madness dawns, we'll take a few minutes and review the major impressions left by the four day weekend.

What happened? What were the biggest themes of the convention and what didn't happen that everyone was hoping would. In other words, what was Comic-Con 2009, and where did it fall short?

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Ghost Whisperer panel unveils new game, comic - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 26th 2009 8:00PM
Jennifer Love Hewitt plays the Ghost Whisperer and appeared at Comic-Con.When I looked at the panel schedule for Comic-Con International, I asked myself, "What's Ghost Whisperer doing on there? Really? Ghost Whisperer?"

I have nothing against the show, and I guess it has supernatural elements that put it in enough of a genre category to qualify for Comic-Con treatment. But I thought it was just an uber-sensitive, feminine product.

Then again, when you consider how Twilight dominated this convention, "chick stuff" ruled the day. There's no reason why Ghost Whisperer can't have its moment, too.

So, creators took the chance to announce two product tie-ins coming for Whisperer fans.

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Venture Brothers creators accept cult following - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 26th 2009 6:21PM
The Venture Brothers remains the funniest show on TV that the media ignores.The Venture Brothers have all the trappings of a major, cross-media animated comedy phenomena -- except the popularity and notoriety that comes with it.

Written on the same brilliant scale as The Simpsons or South Park and drenched in hip pop culture references, Venture Brothers remains a show with a devoted cult following that stays just off the mass media's radar. And series creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer aren't sure why.

"We didn't even get nominated for an Annie (animation) Award," Hammer told me. "Never mind an Emmy. We thought we could at least get an Annie. We can't explain it. You probably have a better idea of why that is than we do."

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Day three gallery - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 26th 2009 3:33PM
Day three transformed the fans at Comic-Con International.A new gallery is up and running featuring some of the fun sites of Saturday -- the busiest day of Comic-Con.

Have a look and share the vicarious convention experience here.













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Dexter posts infantile ad campaign - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 26th 2009 12:31PM
A new ad campgin treats Dexter's new baby like a killer in training.Showtime's Dexter came to Comic-Con International this year and brought along an ad campaign that would be consdiered in poor "taste" anywhere but in this four-day epicenter of debauchery.

As the Comic-Con premiere trailer shows, the fourth season of Dexter unveils the deadly title character's new arrival, a baby boy (Harrison). The kid is obviously cute (right), and he plays well off of the simmering sinister visage of his fictional fathr.

The little prince is featured in a massive ad campaign throughout downtown San Diego ads, inside the convention center, on buses and cabs, etc.

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Saturday Recap - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 26th 2009 9:11AM
Rover runs out of gas as Comic-Con International winds down.Sunday will bring Comic-Con International to a close. And, folks like me who have been working the convention since Wednesday are feeling a lot like The Prisoner's poor, run-down Rover (right).

Saturday is usually the busiest at Comic-Con International -- the day when crowds hit their peak. It was certainly the busiest day so far for me on the convention beat.

In an eight-hour period, I piled up several exclusive, one-on-one interviews for TV Squad. They're set to run soon as Comic-Con winds down for 2009.

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Rumor of the Day: Good-bye San Diego - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 26th 2009 8:50AM
Comic-Con International takes over the gas lamp quarter of san diego.While Wedneday brought the rumor that 2010 Comic-Con International's Preview Night would move up from Wednesday to Tuesday here in San Diego, today comes the rumor that the convention might be leaving San Diego altogether.

Word is going around that the popular entertainment world will descend on Los Angeles next year, leaving the San Diego Convention Center behind.

It's not the first time this possibility has been raised, but the sheer and ever-growing size of the convention is making it look more likely.

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Cinematical, TV Squad's detached fraternal siamese twin, also at Comic-Con

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 25th 2009 8:26PM
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Even though TV Squad's very own John Scott Lewinski is fighting his way through hordes of overweight Rorschachs and pre-pubescent Chun Lis to get exclusive interviews and scoops on the newest TV news at the San Diego Comic Con, don't forget that our partners-in-crime from Cinematical are also there covering the latest flim-flam in film.

The movie side of the annual pop-culture cavalcade opened with one of the biggest names in the history of film and what could very well be one of the biggest names in the future of film. Director James Cameron screened a solid 25 minutes of his forthcoming sci-fi epic Avatar. Blogger Todd Gilchrist got a hint of the plot and special effects movie-goers can expect when the film hits theaters later this year and said it "promises to be both hugely entertaining and technically groundbreaking." Man, that's got me worried. That's what they also said about Titanic.

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New gallery unveils the chaos - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 25th 2009 2:29PM
Torgo from MST3K haunts the halls of Comic-Con International.Just a quick note here to announce a new gallery we posted showing the random sights of 2009's Comic-Con International.

Check it out and enjoy some shots I took while on the run from event to event -- like the perfect Mystery Science Theater 3000 Torgo (right) from the Rifftrax panel.

You can check out the gallery here:


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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 25th 2009 9:02AM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

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They got the press room right - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 24th 2009 9:13PM
The press room at Comic-Con is half empty but still usefulIt's easy enough to whine about the crowds or the lines or the food, etc., at Comic-Con International. But it's organizers certainly got the press room right.

This is where most of the stories you read online at TV Squad and other sites (at least I think there are other sites) are written and filed. General attendees don't get a chance to see it. It's press-only, huge, air-conditioned, and chock full of free wi-fi. It's a bit of a hike to get to, but that's a quibble.

Since it's a reporter's job to be out collecting news on the floor or in the press conferences and not to sit around, it's half empty most of the time. And, amazingly, a lot of the reporters here don't know it exists and never use it.

So, shush. Let's keep it that way.

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TV Squad cruising to Comic-Con for complete coverage

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 22nd 2009 8:00AM
TV Squad will cover all five days of San Diego's Comic-Con.TV Squad will be on hand for all five days of Comic-Con to bring you the breaking news on all of the new shows, returning favorites and anything else cool and TV-ish.

Beginning during tonight's special preview night and running through to close on Sunday evening, I will be hitting every panel, press conference and premiere party he can before collapsing into a stupor Monday morning. My fellow Squadders will also be eyeballing the news coming from the con and providing news reports from TV-related panels and other events that I can't get to.

You'll be able to keep up to date on the breaking news here and via TV Squad's Twitter Feed.

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Paramount wants a photo of you and your Tribble

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 16th 2009 6:07PM
Star TrekTo celebrate the release of the second season of the original Star Trek on Blu-ray, Paramount will be handing out free Tribbles at the San Diego Comic Con. Not only that, but they are asking people to upload digital photos of them and their Tribbles in unusual circumstances.

This might not be the best of ideas. All it takes is one wise-ass uploading a Tribble while in a compromising situation involving leather, chains and whipped cream to ruin it for everyone else.

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