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<p>Lauren Bowles in a scene from tonight's &quot;True Blood.&quot;</p>

Lauren Bowles in a scene from tonight's "True Blood."

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'True Blood' - 'I Hate You, I Love You': Living arrangements

Sookie helps Eric, Sam helps Tommy and Arlene seeks help from God

Well, I suspect I know what most of the discussion of this week's "True Blood" will be about. So let me just link to Fienberg's live-blog of the "True Blood" panel at Comic-Con on Friday afternoon and I'll open the floor to you. (As usual, Leslie Gornstein will have a more thorough account of things later tonight at our Monkeys as Critics blog.)

Have at it, people. What do you think about what happened near the end there, and also about some of the things that were said (especially by Tara) earlier? 

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<p>Walt (Bryan Cranston)&nbsp;makes a purchase on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Walt (Bryan Cranston) makes a purchase on "Breaking Bad."

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'Breaking Bad' - 'Thirty-Eight Snub': Death by stereo!

Walt, Jesse and Mike try to go on after the shocking events in the lab

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I leave recorded proof of my intention to buy a car wash...

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<p>Larry David and Jeff Garlin on &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm.&quot;</p>

Larry David and Jeff Garlin on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'The Palestinian Chicken': The social assassin

Middle Eastern tensions come to Larry's neighborhood in a hilarious episode

A review of tonight's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" coming up just as soon as I quote Theodor Herzl...

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<p>&quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;&nbsp;returned to Comic-Con, this time in a bigger room.</p>

"Sons of Anarchy" returned to Comic-Con, this time in a bigger room.

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Comic-Con 2011: 'Sons of Anarchy' panel live-blog

Kurt Sutter and company move on up to Hall H

Wi-fi permitting, I'm going to live-blog the "Sons of Anarchy" panel - featuring "Sons" creator Kurt Sutter and stars Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal - that will close out the final day of Comic-Con 2011.

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<p>Lea Michele of 'Glee'</p>
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Lea Michele of 'Glee'

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'Glee' producers clarify graduation controversy backstage at Comic-Con

What did Ryan Murphy say and what did he mean?

I'll lay the groundwork for you quickly:

Nearly two weeks ago, The Hollywood Reporter ran an interview with "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy saying that stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith wouldn't be returning for the show's forth season. While it had been common knowledge that a large percentage of the "Glee" cast would be graduating, no producer had yet gone on the record to say which stars specifically would be graduating and what their ongoing future with the show would be.

In the interview, Murphy repeatedly and clearly said that Michele, Colfer and Monteith won't be back, which set off a firestorm online with reactions ranging from outrage to "Of course they won't be back, why is this news?"

On Sunday (July 24) morning at San Diego's Comic-Con, the "Glee" producers didn't have to wait long to be asked about the reported departures. And with Murphy absent, co-creator Brad Falchuk minced no words.

"I don't know where that reporter got that information," he said. After more questioning of the original report, Falchuk added, "Just because they're graduating doesn't mean they're leaving the show."

The reporter in question, a respected reporter from a respected industry trade publication, got the information from a lengthy interview with Murphy, an interview that was posted as a full transcript, a transcript in which the reporter asks Murphy to clarify, on multiple occasions, that the three actors in question won't be back next season. The complete transcript of the interview and the lengthy quotes in the original story were pretty clear and unequivocal. That left the "Glee" producers with the choice of either clarifying Murphy's words in front of 5000-plus fans, or throwing a reporter under the bus. Falchuk took the latter approach.

This caused me to head back to the "Glee" pressroom to try getting a little additional information.

[More after the break...]

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"Supernatural"
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'Supernatural' panel reveals that a new God may go bad in season 7

Jo and Death are set to return and fans get a peek at the new anime series

Even though the CW's "Supernatural" was sandwiched between fan favorites "Glee" and "Dr. Who" in Hall H during Comic-Con, the show still managed to attract plenty of its own rabid fans. Those loyalists were treated to some plot reveals, a cute gag reel and a quick hit of the show's new anime series.

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<p>Karen Gillan and Matt Smith from &quot;Doctor Who&quot;&nbsp;came to Comic-Con.</p>

Karen Gillan and Matt Smith from "Doctor Who" came to Comic-Con.

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Comic-Con 2011: 'Doctor Who' panel live-blog

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan invade Hall H.

Seated in a packed Hall H on the last day of Comic-Con for the "Doctor Who" panel, which will feature Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and writer Toby Whithouse. Wifi permitting, I'll try to live-blog as much as I can.

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<p>Joss Whedon as he appeared at Comic-Con two years ago.</p>

Joss Whedon as he appeared at Comic-Con two years ago.

Comic-Con 2011: Joss Whedon talks 'Buffy,' 'Firefly,' 'Dr. Horrible'... and, oh yeah, 'Avengers'

Adaptations, spin-offs and sequels were the topic of the day for the Comic-Con icon

I went to Dark Horse Comics' Joss Whedon panel yesterday afternoon curious to hear what, if anything, he had to say about the making of "The Avengers." Instead, the superhero movie barely came up, but Whedon did add some more fodder to my pre-Comic-Con discussion about how certain series translate from one medium to another.

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<p>Darren Criss of FOX's 'Glee'</p>
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Darren Criss of FOX's 'Glee'

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Comic-Con Live-Blog: FOX's 'Glee'

TV Sunday in Hall H kicks off with FOX's musical hit

Happy Sunday, Comic-Conners.

TV is taking over Hall H this morning, starting with "Glee." As always, we'll see how my wifi holds up, but attempts will be made to live-blog.

10:08 a.m. The "Glee" panel is running late. The room is packed. If things get really tense, there may be angry singing from the audience.

10:13 a.m. We open with a 3-D clip. It's a shameless tease to make us put on our silly glasses. 

10:15 a.m. OK. Real clip now. This will be the best chance to watch teenage girls scream in 3D since that Justin Bieber movie. There's a funny into with Heather Morris talking about how good her boobs look in 3-D. Or maybe it's Britney talking about how good her boobs look in 3D? It's hard to tell. Either way, why aren't we seeing her boobs in 3D? Instead, we're just watching teenagers talk about how "Glee" has helped them build their self-esteem. In 3D. 

10:17 a.m. I take back any cynicism. Heather Morris singing "Slave 4 U" in concert IS what 3D was made for. That was kinda remarkable.

10:23 a.m. Not my cup of tea, but The Warblers doing "Teenage Dream" looks fun, too.

10:28 a.m. "You're going to get a chance to see interaction of characters behind the scenes and fans of the show and how the show has impacted their lives," Kevin Tancharoen says of the "Glee: 3D" film." "That was the weirdest thing I've ever seen," Criss says of watching the clips on the big screen.

10:27 a.m. What's the story with Lea, Chris and Cory leaving. "I don't know where that reporter got that information," Falchuk says, throwing a reliable Hollywood Reporter reporter under the bus. "Just because they're graduating doesn't mean they're leaving the show," he says. He adds, "A number of the original people are not graduating this year." He concludes "They will not be leaving the show."

10:30 a.m. "I can tell you that Tina's a junior," Falchuk adds. "I am!" squeals Jenna Ushkowitz.

10:33 a.m. "We really do want to spend some time with these characters in the first nine episodes," Falchuk says. And what of Chord Overstreet? Falchuk says that Harry Shum Jr. and Darren Criss are regulars now because they earned it. "For reasons Chord is aware of, we decided not to make him a regular," Falchuk says. Ouch. Apparently Overstreet has turned down the option to return in a recurring capacity this season. "Chord decided that he would have opportunities elsewhere that he would prefer to pursue," Falchuk says. So Mercedes is going to have a new boyfriend in the premiere. He compares the relationship to the one between Cuba Gooding Jr. and his wife in "Jerry Maguire." 

10:33 a.m. Dot Marie Jones will be back next season. Since she's on this panel, it's not a huge surprise. "Lot of huggin'," Jones says of reactions from fans. "Everybody has been fantastic. Fans for The Biest are awesome," she says. 

10:35 a.m. Falchuk reassures Jenna and Harry that their characters are going to remain coupled for a while. We're also going to meet Tina's parents. Somebody asks about meeting Mike's parents as well, but Ian Brennan responds, "Maybe they're the same."

10:36 a.m. "It's been incredibly bizarre and wonderful and I feel so lucky to be on this panel," Criss says, calling this "a thrill-ride." He adds that "It's been eerily wonderful." Where are Blaine and Kurt heading? "They kinda in the honeymoon phase... I hope they continue to learn and grown together, just like any relationship should," Criss says. "They're good. They're solid. They've got problems... You've got two stars dating each other, so there's going to be some troubles, but they're solid," Falchuk says.

10:37 a.m. The know who the winner of "The Glee Project" is and they're happy with them. Zach Woodlee promises we'll be happy with the result.

10:38 a.m. "I can't confirm that. That's very cool that that's out there in the air," Criss says of rumors that he's going to be joining the cast of "How to Succeed..." on Broadway. 

10:39 a.m. Audience question time. The first query is about Criss' solo album. "I don't know. Between 'Glee' and I guess hypothetically a Broadway musical... I'll be quite busy and an album is a hard thing to pull off," he says. But he adds, "I would love to, but we're all very busy."

10:40 a.m. They're asked about the episode with the deaf school. "It was incredibly moving on the day and everyone was so articulate and accomplished so much in a few hours," Dante di Loreto says.

10:42 a.m. Which comes first? Music or storyline? "It's always the story first. Always. It would be like making a movie based just on the action sequences," Falchuk says.

10:42 a.m. Will we see more families? Will we meet Rachel's dads? They had a scene with Rachel's dads in the second episode. They even cast the roles and the actors showed up. "When you're in high school, the parents stop being the major influence on your life. You're sort of on your own," Brennan justifies.

10:44 a.m. Bartie or Brittana? The cast/producers are confused. "I do like Britana," says Ushkowitz. "Santittan is so much funnier," Brennan interrupts.  "We weren't surprised, because we knew there were a group of people looking for something like that," Falchuk says of the Britana pairing. "It was like 'Oh my God,' how did we get so lucky to find those two actors," Brennan says, recalling that Morris was cast as a background dancer and Naya Rivera was cast as a pretty face.

10:47 a.m. "Yes," Falchuk says of the possibility of building a spinoff around Chris Colfer and the other actors who Falchuk said previously weren't leaving. "I think we're leaning against doing it," Falchuk says, though he adds that there have been discussions. Falchuk and Murphy are too busy with their new FX drama.

10:51 a.m. "I would be intimidated to sing a Disney song. Disney's a tough machine to get ahold of, as far as rights are concerned. I don't know, but I'd probably want to sing something from 'Aladdin,'" Cris says.

10:52 a.m. How are they like their characters? "I look like Mike Chang. Very similar," Shumm says. Shumm later says "He's a stand-up guy." Is Dot like Coach Biest? "In some ways yes and in some ways no," Jones say. Well, OK. She's not as mean as Biest is, except for when she is.

10:53 a.m. Were Harry and Heather Morris on the LA dance scene before the show? Apparently Harry shot Heather dance at a convention long before the show, but they didn't realize this until four months ago. "We knew of each other. It's a small world," Shumm says.

10: 56 a.m. Did the show's popularity take away from its creative this past season? The producers agree "No." Dante di Loreto says, "The stories that are coming out are going to really knock your socks off. IT's going to be the most extraordinary season ever." "We didn't sit down to write a phenomenon," Brennan adds.

10:56 a.m. Will Coach Biest find love this season? "We haven't thought of that. Or we've thought of that, but we haven't come up with anything yet," Falchuk says."She spent a lot of time playing the obvious character for her. Knowing her, she's literally one of the mushiest people I've ever met," he adds.

10:57 a.m. "Sue's running for Congress, in case you didn't hear. On the Sue Sylvester Liberty for America Party," Brennan says. "She's tried destroying Will and the Glee Club at a local level. Now she's going to try to do it on a national level," Falchuk says. He adds, "Sue is running on a No Arts platform."  

10:59 a.m. "The ability to cut and do it again is always a challenge when shooting a live show," says "3D" director Kevin Tancharoen. "Everyone is a fan of a different character and it's really hard to capture in a live event," he adds.

11:00 a.m. Last question. Do the writers know somebody like Britney. "They flutter on little wings in the air and sometimes you just pick them up," Brennan says. "It's one of the most fun things about our job is writing that character. It's really a remarkable opportunity," Brennan adds. 

That's all, folks.

 

 

 

 

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<p>Stephen Lang of FOX's 'Terra Nova'</p>
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Stephen Lang of FOX's 'Terra Nova'

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Comic-Con panel finally takes viewers to 'Terra Nova'

How did the Ballroom 20 audience react to the FOX drama?
I'm still not ready to tell you what I think of FOX's heavily hyped, abundantly speculated upon new drama "Terra Nova." I'm certainly not ready to do a review and I don't even think I'm ready for something as vague as a Take Me To The Pilots entry. 
 
I've seen "Terra Nova" twice now, once in a short version last month and once in the extended cut that had its premiere at San Diego's Comic-Con on Saturday (July 23) morning.
 
The Comic-Con panel was FOX's first time putting all of its cards on the table when it comes to "Terra Nova." An initial Comic-Con panel last summer, before the pilot was even shot, was scheduled and then canceled. The network screened a scarcely substantive, barely sizzling sizzle reel for critics back in January and then presented a nearly identical glimpse of clips at Wonder-Con in April. Even advertisers got basically the same glimpse at the FOX upfront in May.
 
So Saturday's screening was a pretty big deal. 
 
A few quick reactions and some details from the brief Q&A after the break...
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<p>&nbsp;Maggie Q of 'Nikita'</p>
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 Maggie Q of 'Nikita'

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'Nikita' brings Season 2 teases, Maggie Q stunts to Comic-Con

What's new for Nikita, Alex, Michael and Division?
On the TV side, Saturday was a day of memorable moments, from the emotion-filled final Comic-Con panel for "Chuck" to an unbilled surprise appearance by "Fringe" star Joshua Jackson, but I'd put Maggie Q attempting to demonstrate stunt-work on a shy audience member in the upper tier.
 
If Maggie Q is not already a beloved Comic-Con institution, the "Nikita" star is well on her way with appearances like Saturday afternoon's panel.
 
It's the sort of moment that can't be described properly, but I'll try.
 
Maggie Q was asked about her enjoyment of stunt-work and, specifically, the responsibility to frequently do stunts in less-than-ideal attire.
 
"If I could fight in pajamas, I would, but I don't think that would sell,” she laughed, with resignation. "I think the bikini would be a better selling point." She added that she often finds herself telling the show's costumer, "I can't do that in that."
 
Here, showrunner Craig Silverstein mentioned, "I like when you run and climb up big dudes." 
 
Jokingly, Maggie Q said that she'd demonstrate if anybody in the audience happened to be 6'7". Up goes a hand. There's a very tall, very large guy in the audience and Maggie Q brings him up on-stage and -- wearing an outfit I'm not sartorially qualified to describe other than that it involved very brief yellow shorts and a matching yellow long-sleeved top -- attempted to run and climb up on the big dude, or at least display how it might be done. She didn't quite pull off the full stunt -- embarrassment may have set in either for Maggie Q or her human prop -- but it was a moment of such game enthusiasm it was hard not to root for the star of The CW's newly transplanted Friday action drama.
 
More Maggie Q and more on Season Two of "Nikita" after the break...
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<p>Adele</p>
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Adele

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Does Adele's '21' pop back up to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week?

Who ranks higher? 3 Doors Down or 311?

The unsinkable Adele floats back to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart next week as "21"  is poised to pop back to No. 1.

The title is No. 3 this week. It has not slipped out of the top 5 since its February release and is this year's top seller at well over 2 million units in the U.S. It will sell around 75,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double. http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/news/rumormill.cgi?10

The Top 10 will likely see four debuts: the latest edition of "Kidz Bop Kids" should handily snare second place with sales of up to 65,000, while 3 Doors Down's  "Time of My Life"  is in a tight race with Beyonce's "4" for the No. 3 spot.  Similarly, new sets from 311 ("Universal Pulse") and DJ Khaled  ("We The Best Forever" ) are in a dead heat for fifth place.

Otherwise, this week's No. 1, Blake Shelton's "Red River Blue" will likely drop to No. 7, Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" is No. 8, Selena Gomez & The Scene's "When The Sun Goes Down" is at No. 9 and Bad Meets Evil's "Hell: The Sequel" is at No. 10.

 

 

 

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