by Jess Lynde
All Hail the King --- Comic-Con 2012 --- When a Show Sneaks Up on You --- Casting News Galore
All Hail the King
The most notable news of the day (as far as I’m concerned) is that Breaking Bad Season 5 premieres tonight! Woot!
Billie has been pushing hard to finish retro reviews for the series in time to start fresh tonight, and she’s been doing a stellar job. Breaking Bad is not an easy show to watch, and given how layered it is, it has to be even more difficult to review. Especially when you need to cover so many episodes in such a short time! So let’s all give Billie a round of virtual applause for cranking out so many thoughtful and detailed reviews for this brilliant series over the last couple weeks. Kudos, Billie! And one more “Woot!” in anticipation of getting to “break bad” tonight. Woot!
In the immortal words of Inigo Montoya: “Let me explain --- No, there is too much. Let me sum up."
You know what? Even summing up would be too much. Coverage of this weekend’s Big Show is all over the web, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find news on your specific interests. I’ve mostly been following Hitfix to keep abreast of the latest and greatest. You can also check out TV Line, but tread lightly at that site if you are spoiler-averse.
A special highlight of the Con coverage for me was Alan Sepinwall’s live-blog of the Firefly 10-year reunion panel. He did a great job capturing the spirit and emotion in the room, and reading it actually made me tear up a bit.
The good news for all of us who couldn’t be at the reunion panel in person, is that the Science Channel will be airing an hour-long special titled Browncoats Unite on Sunday, November 11, following an all-day series marathon. The special will include footage from the reunion panel and a behind-the-scenes roundtable moderated by EW’s Jeff Jensen. I’m putting it on my calendar right now!
When a Show Sneaks Up on You
This week I was catching up with some backlogged Gateworld podcasts, and I finally listened to their tribute to Joel Goldsmith, the Stargate series composer who passed away in April. It drove me to rewatch the end of Stargate Universe again, just so I could listen to Joel’s beautiful scoring, and strangely, those final sequences still reduced me to tears. I remain amazed at how deeply those characters worked themselves into my heart. It really took me a long time to warm up to SGU, and even after it became a show I started to look forward to each week, I just didn’t realize how much I had come to care about the characters until I unexpectedly cried profusely at some of the final episodes. Isn’t it funny when a show sneaks up on you like that?
I’m having a similar experience right now with Falling Skies. I watched the first season, but only cared about a few of the characters (and not very strongly). But only a few episodes into this season, and I’m crying and laughing and grinning like an idiot fairly regularly over the course of an hour. (The overly convenient plot contrivances are even starting to bug me less!) So weird. But, good timing, I suppose, since the show was just renewed for a third season. Here’s hoping my newfound affection for the characters sticks!
Casting News Galore
Sam is apparently getting a love interest in the upcoming season of Supernatural. And a recurring one at that! Anyone want to start the wagering on how many episodes it takes before she gets killed in gruesome fashion?
Community’s Joel McHale will be doing a multi-episode guest turn in Season 5 of Sons of Anarchy. Interesting.
Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont, Game of Thrones) is going to be guesting on Haven this season.
Speaking of Game of Thrones, Diana Rigg has been cast as Lady Olenna Tyrell, the Queen of Thorns, for the show’s upcoming third season (set to premiere March 31, 2013). Emma Peel is in the house! Huzzah! A fairly comprehensive list of other GOT casting news announced at Comic-Con (with pictures and a video) is available at Winter-is-Coming.
Jorge Garcia may be the latest Lost alum to appear on Once Upon a Time, but the creators don’t yet have a specific role in mind for him. How about instead of adding new characters, they give their existing secondary characters something compelling to do? Of course, if I read my Con coverage correctly, Meghan Ory has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming season, so maybe there’s hope!
And in other Lost alum news, Titus Welliver is set for a guest role on White Collar. I don’t watch White Collar, but Titus Welliver is awesome, so I thought I’d mention it. He did a great interview a month or so ago with the A.V. Club for their 'Random Roles' column, and it really deepened my appreciation for him and Deadwood. He talks a good bit about his experience as The Man in Black on Lost, too. It’s very much worth a read. And the embedded video of the fake Swearengen auditions is hilarious. Welliver is a master mimic!
That's it for this week. Opinions, raves, rants, questions? Any favorite Comic-Con news of note? Any other shows people were surprised to discover they had emotionally invested in? Post a comment!