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Televisionary Update: Jace Recovers From Comic-Con 2007

Hello, readers. I'm taking the day off today from my writing duties at Televisionary, following a jam-packed three days at Comic-Con in which I poured my heart out for you, my gentle readers. Below you'll find a whole slew of Comic-Con related material, including exclusive interviews with Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and the cast of Pushing Daisies . What else do I have you? Well, there's also reports on panels for ABC's Lost , NBC's Chuck, FOX's 24 , USA's The 4400 , and Sci Fi's Eureka and Women of Battlestar Galactica , and information gleaned from the Futurama panel (new movies!) and the Joss Whedon panel ( Ripper is a go!), so browse and comment away to your heart's delight. Me, I think I need a day to sleep off my con experiences and finish writing up my notes from a few more panels I covered. Either that or a very, very large Coffee Bean tea latte. Shut Your Pie Hole: Televisionary Sits Down with "Pushing Daisies"

Fighting the Numbers (and the Odds): USA's "The 4400" Panel

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm never quite sure why The 4400 , a smart, slick series with sci fi appeal, somehow always gets overlooked , sitting there in the shadow of its sister network's series Battlestar Galactica . So I was happy to see that the cast and crew of The 4400 --including Jeffrey Combs, Jenni Baird, Conchita Campbell, Megalyn Echikunwoke, supervising produce Craig Sweeney, and executive producer Ira Steven Behr--returned to Comic-Con again this year to drum up some support for the series. Let's get the big news out of the way. Two former cast members are due to return to The 4400 this season; of all the casting changes over the past few seasons, I've noticed the loss of these two most acutely. (Stop reading right now if you're spoiler-adverse!) Returnee #1: it's going to happen in Episode Nine and it's none other than Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, a.k.a. the telekinetic Richard Tyler, who has a reunion of sorts with his

Shut Your Pie Hole: Televisionary Sits Down with "Pushing Daisies" Creator Bryan Fuller

Can I just say how huge a fan I am of writer/producer Bryan Fuller? After all, he's the creative genius behind such groundbreaking and original series as Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls. Next season, he's giving the American public a chance to fall in love with the breathtaking, resplendent, and whimsical drama series Pushing Daisies , which ABC describes as a "forensic fairy tale." Following my Q&A sessions with Pushing Daisies ' adorable and talented cast, I rendezvoused with creator Bryan Fuller in an extremely rickety private room, perched high atop the Warner Bros. Television booth, minutes after the mass hysteria that was the cast signing. I was armed with a few questions and intended to catch up with Fuller, a quick witted writer whom I consider to be the next Joss Whedon. (Yes, there, I've just said it.) High praise indeed, but if you've seen the gorgeous and touching pilot for Pushing Daisies , you know exactly what I mean. Q: How is Pushin

Digging Up Dirt: Televisionary Sits Down with the Cast of "Pushing Daisies"

Day Two of Comic-Con is finally at a close and, while I am ready to collapse from the sheer breakneck pace of today's events, there's so much to recount, not the least of which was the face time I got with the cast of ABC's new fall series Pushing Daisies . It was with great excitement that I sat down with the gorgeous cast of Pushing Daisies , which longtime readers of this site will recall I pegged as my favorite new fall series back in May when I first reviewed the pilot . Like the whimsical nature of the series, from the fertile mind of Bryan Fuller ( Heroes , Wonderfalls , Dead Like Me ), the cast proved to be absolutely charming. Joining me for a series of one-on-one interviews, following the pilot screening and panel, were series regulars Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, and Kristin Chenoweth. First up: series lead Lee Pace ( Won derfalls ). Pace plays the pie maker Ned, gifted (or cursed) with the ability to bring people back from the dead who re-discovers his c

Joss Whedon Confirms "Ripper" Happening

Better sharpen those stakes. In a surprise Comic-Con announcement, Joss Whedon has confirmed that the long-gestating Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off, entitled Ripper , finally looks like it's going forward. Whedon says that he's thisclose to signing a deal with the BBC to finance a 90-minute telepic that will star Buffy 's Anthony Stewart Head as former Watcher Rupert Giles as he combats the things that go bump in the night sans Slayer. The deal hasn't been signed yet, so anything can happen, but Whedon was quick to say that no US distribution has been decided. Meaning that it's still a bit soon to circle a launch date on your calendar or break open the bubbly. Meanwhile, Whedon has launched a non -Buffy -related online comic called Sugar Shock with Dark Horse (the publishers of the Buffy Season Eight comic). It's free, it's online, and it might just tide you over until Ripper ... or the next issue of the Buffy comic.

"Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History": The Women of "Battlestar Galactica"

I wasn't sure how many spoilers would really come out at the Comic-Con Battlestar Galactica panel. After all, I like to keep my love for BSG very much spoiler free. That said, there were a few reveals that were announced at what became the "Women of Battlestar Galactica " Panel, moderated by Entertainment Weekly 's Marc Bernardin, himself an avid BSG watcher. Assembled for the event were Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Tricia Helfer, and Battlestar creators Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. Joining them after a kick-ass montage of the female stars of BSG saying "frak" an awful lot was surprise guest Lucy Lawless. Hmmm, now what could Lawless be doing there since her character--D'Anna--was put into, er, cold storage last season? Brace yourselves, Xena fans, Lawless has announced that she is returning to Battlestar Galactica for the fourth season! Lawless will return for a story arc of about two to three episodes in length during Season Four. Look

Counting Down with "24" at Comic-Con

I've been very upfront about my feelings about 24 's Day Six. So I was curious to see how the producers of 24 would address the, er, creative inconsistencies of the series' sixth season. It was with a little trepidation that I arrived at the 24 panel at Comic-Con. No cast on hand (sorry, Chloe fans!) but the series' producers turned out in droves for this panel, including John Cassar, Evan Katz, David Fury, and Manny Coto. What tidbits did the producers offer for Day Seven? -No CTU. However when Season Seven starts, CTU has been disbanded by the government. Jack will be hauled before Senate committee to face crimes and dragged/pushed into something HUGE. -The writers have been locked in a room for the last three months figuring out a course for Season Seven and confirmed the rumors that the writers went down a particular creative road (Africa), stopped, and then started over from scratch. They said that Season Seven is going places series hasn't gone before.

"Chuck" Bowls Over Fans at Comic-Con

It was serious pandemonium as fans, who had waited in line for hours, finally got a chance to see the main event they had been waiting for. There were cheers, whoops of victory, and quite possibly a swooning, teary female fan or two among the throngs of people jostling for seats. No, I'm not talking about the arrival of a rock star or celebrity. No, the thing that had electrified and enraptured the hundreds of people gathered at Comic-Con on Friday was the pilot for NBC's new fall drama Chuck . (I reviewed the pilot episode back in May in a review that can be found here .) Watching a pilot has never been a bigger joy than it was with Chuck , not unsurprisingly the sleeper hit of Comic-Con. After all, Chuck--from creators Josh Schartz and Chris Fedak--has got a geek-friendly formula that blends workplace comedy, heartfelt romance, quarter-life crisis, and, well, action. I've been a fan of the show since I read the pilot script early this year and every cut of the pilot th

Storylines Kept Firmly Under Wraps at Sci Fi's "Eureka" Panel

People really seem to love Eureka . And I mean REALLY love it. There's a lot of love emanating from the several thousand people who lined up to see the cast of Eureka --including Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson, Ed Quinn, Joe Morton, and Jordan Hinson--and showrunner Jamie Paglia deliver on update on just what exactly the audience can expect to find in Season Two of the grounded sci fi series. Salli Richardson was immediately pelted with a key question: will her character end up with Carter or Stark? Richardson hedged her bets (much to the crowd's chagrin) by saying, "This is Eureka and we're progressive... so I'm doing them both." As for what else we can expect for Season Two, showrunner and executive producer Jamie Paglia said it will be based more about the characters and their interactions, while still maintaining a standalone quality (i.e., mystery of the week). There will be ongoing storylines for all of the characters and Paglia promises that Eureka

Bunny #15 and Other Gleanings from the "Lost" Panel at Comic-Con

I have to say that I wasn't all that impressed with the announcements that Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse--armed with bells to keep one another from spilling too much--made at the Lost panel at Comic-Con yesterday. Besides, the big Lost news--that Harold Perrineau's Michael would be returning next season as a series regular --was spoiled the day before at ABC's TCA panel by none other than the network president himself. So what else was apparently gleaned from the Lost panel at Comic-Con yesterday? Not all that much, to be honest. Season Four will NOT be taking place in the present day (2007/08) or the future, but will instead take place during the same timeline the series has always existed in, albeit with flashbacks and flash-forwards next season. Damon claims that they wanted to use the flash-forward device earlier on in Season Three but, until they received an end date from the network, decided to hold off. Getting off the island isn't the ultimate endgame f