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Dexter's baby on board for ad campign, merchandise

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 13th 2009 12:02PM
Showtime is releasing Dexter's deadly baby campaign across the web.The Comic-Con ad campaign that featured Showtime's Dexter buddying up with a bright-eyed little serial-killer-in-training is spreading into the mainstream media and onto the show's online merchandise page.

Dexter producers added the new diapered supporting character at the end of last season. To build buzz for the show's Comic-Con panel, Showtime plastered posters like the one shown around the San Diego Convention Center, area buses, billboards, etc.

I questioned at the time where the line between cute and creepy resides when the campaign equates baby behavior with serial murder -- and maybe cannibalism in the ads where the kid is splattered with red jam.

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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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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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Middleman creator talks about the show's Comic-Con reunion -- and possible revival

by TV Squad Editors, posted Jul 25th 2009 2:00PM
The Middleman on ABC FamilyRecently, the cast of The Middleman, the comic book-based ABC Family show about a secret agent crime fighter and his female sidekick, reunited at Comic-Con for a panel and a table reading of the unreleased final episode of the series, which is soon to be a comic.

Middleman creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach talked to Laura Hudson from our sister site Comics Alliance before the panel about how comics gave him the freedom to create Stormtroopers riding missile-equipped kangaroos, whether the show could ever come back to TV, and why Batman: Streets of Gotham writer Paul Dini is the godfather of it all.

We previewed this interview yesterday, but CA has kindly let us reprint the entire interview here. More after the jump.

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Whedon, Dushku talk new season of Dollhouse - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 25th 2009 10:02AM
Eliza Dushku faces the reportersJust a few short months ago, you wouldn't have thought that Joss Whedon's Dollhouse would have a presence at 2009's Comic-Con International. The show seemed on the brink of oblivion right up until its renewal for a second season.

Whedon and Dushku appeared at a press conference Friday to discuss the future and recent past of Dollhouse as it prepares for its new season this September.

The panel for the fans was built around a new, second pilot for the show, "Epitaph One." The story darkens the show and reveals Dushku's character in a new and very special light. (It's too late in the dead of night for spoilers, so more on this later.)

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Star Wars Saturday preview - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 25th 2009 7:02AM
The Clone Wars will head up Star Wars Saturday at Comic-Con.Today is Star Wars Saturday at Comic-Con International, and TV Squad has some special exclusives lined up for the event.

The Clone Wars is the big title for Lucasfilm's TV slate currently, but will George Lucas use this big event as the perfect launching pad to announce a live-action Star Wars series?

Of course, not everything is from a galaxy far, far away today, as other top shows hold their first panels and press events. I'll be running from interview to press conference to panel as fast as my sore feet will carry me.

You can keep tabs on where TV Squad's Comic-Con presence is in and out of the Convention Center by following our Twitter stream, @tvsquad.

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Farscape cast, creators reunite to celebrate DVD - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 25th 2009 6:02AM
The creators of Farscape announce a new compelte DVD set for September.It's hard to believe the live-action-meets-puppeteering sci-fi series Farscape is a decade old, but that's the occasion that brought Brian Henson and stars of the show to Comic-Con International Friday to announce a new complete series DVD set.

As unveiled to a full, if partially groggy Comic-Con crowd during one of the day's first events, the DVD collection will include every episode of the show, more than 90 minutes of extra footage and 29 episode commentaries.

Henson joined series creator Rockne O'Bannon with stars Ben Browder and Claudia Black to unveil the comprehensive set of the show Henson repeatedly referred to during the panel as "psychotically ambitious" because of its mix of live-action, muppet technology, and then-state-of-the-art visual effects.

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The Prisoner looks to escape the odds - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 25th 2009 5:22AM
Prisoner panel @ comic-conIt's always daunting to remake a classic. In TV circles, it doesn't get much more "classic" than The Prisoner.

In a press conference at Comic-Con International Friday, the cast and creative team from AMC's six-episode remake discussed the rigors of re-envisioning Patrick McGoohan's landmark show.

Series stars Jim Caviezel and Jamie Campbell-Bower joined writer Bill Gallagher to greet the press after presenting a nine-minute trailer for the show to a packed Comic-Con panel.

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Syfy is booking a trip back to Eureka for a fourth season

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 25th 2009 3:30AM
Eureka renewed for fourth seasonDespite a lengthy hiatus in the middle of its third season due to that pesky WGA Strike, and a shift to Friday nights, it was reported at Comic-Con that Syfy has renewed Eureka for a fourth season. And not one of those crappy 12- or 13-episode seasons we usually get on cable. This is a full 22 episodes, for which I say ... well, that would be a bit obvious, wouldn't it?

The good news is that the absence didn't hurt the show at all. It's just as compelling as it ever was. And fun. By fun, of course, I mean for us. Poor Sheriff Carter seems on the verge of a nervous breakdown half the time. Between negotiating a teenage daughter and the geniuses and their dangerously inventive concoctions, it's a wonder Eureka hasn't been blown off the map. Maybe for the series finale.

Even better, if you've yet to add it to your weekly list of stops, you can catch the latest four episodes of Eureka streaming on Hulu, along with tons of other fun clips.

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