With Comic Con a week behind us, I’m sure most of you have moved on with your crappy lives, but me, I’m living in the past! Here are some highlights from the panel discussions for some of the coolest stuff on TV! Be careful, because it includes some mild ***SPOILERS***

True Blood – HBO

Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball’s new series True Blood is set to premier September 7th. It is based on the book series by Charlaine Harris, in which vampires are “Out of the Coffin,” thanks to a synthetic blood substitute that allows them to live openly among human society. The story focuses on Sookie Stackhouse, played by Anna Paquin, a psychic cocktail waitress in rural Louisiana who becomes involved with the vampire world. Here are some bullet points!

  • Alan originally intended to make the story as a movie, but when he asked author Charlaine Harris how she felt about it, she said “I actually imagined it as a series for HBO.” Ball replied, “I think I can help with that.”
  • Ball discovered the book in his dentist’s office one day, and was intrigued by its tagline: “Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend wasn’t such a good idea.”
  • The show will be highly sexual, since the mythology of vampires always involves a great deal of seduction. There are communities of humans who like to sleep with vampires known as “fang bangers,” and vampire blood, which is illegal, is the best aphrodisiac on the black market.
  • The 1st season will cover the events of the first book, Dead Until Dark, and lay groundwork for the second season, which will pick up with the second book.
  • Though a few of the writers and directors from Six Feet Under are on staff with this show, a lot of the behind the camera talent is made up of— wait for it
fresh blood.

Dexter – Showtime

Dexter is the story of a serial killer who kills serial killers. It is very good. The panel was attended by stars Michael C. Hall and Julie Benz, showrunner Clyde Phillips, and writer Melissa Rosenberg. It returns for its third season on September 28th.

  • This season will focus on Dexter’s evolution as a man, developing his sense of family values, and social abilities.
  • Jimmy Smits will join the cast as the city’s new Assistant District Attorney. His character will be relentless in the investigation of—well
the events at the end of the scond season. He will also act as what may turn out to be Dexter’s only real, normal friend.
  • According to the shows writers, after two seasons of highly dysfunctional relationships, Dexter’s sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), needs to have a normal relationship. However, “It won’t be what you think.”
  • Michael C. Hall, despite his experience in musical theater, squirms at the jabs of his showmates to perform in front of a 3,000 person crowd.
  • When asked if he ever takes his work home with him, Hall responded “If you spend so much intimate time with such a dark person, you have to decompress at the end of the day. That being said, it’s also very fun to get away with it.”
  • It was announced that Echo Entertainment will be developing a Dexter game, which will be exclusively for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It will involve tracking information through SMS messages and phone calls, and will involve the motion sensors
you know, for stabbing.
  • The very beginning of the first episode will reveal something tremendous and set something in motion that could change Dexter’s life forever. WATCH IT!

Battlestar Galactica SciFi

This is the best show on TV. Seriously. If you start watching the first season now, and watch two or three episodes a day for the next month, you’ll be all caught up for the final dozen episodes of the series. The release date is not announced yet.

  • Kevin Smith moderated the panel. The language was very R rated.
  • Creator Ronald D. Moore and executive producer David Eick joked that they chose the 4 cylons revealed at the end of season 3 by using a very intricate process involving tequila, blindfolds, and darts.
  • In the second half of the final season, Number Six (Tricia Helfer), gets to shoot a lot of guns.
  • From the mouth of Mr. Moore “The final cylon is some one you have seen on camera before.” Thanks. Big clue.
  • They played a trailer for the new original series Caprica, which will focus on the creation of cyloons. It will star Eric Stoltz as the cylons creator. The tagline is, “Sometimes fate can be a victim of chance.”
  • The teaser trailer for the second half of season 4 included a shot in which Admiral Adama (Edward James Olmos) is tied to a post and blindfolded.
  • When asked if they felt their characters got closure from the series finale, Jamie Bamber replied that, “the ending IS an ending, and it is sublime. There is a great deal of resolution, yet there are some questions that remain.” This was all I wanted anyone to say at this whole thing. I can’t wait.

The Sarah Silverman Program – Comedy Central

Sarah Silverman plays Sarah, who is basically a crazy person. The show also stars other characters that bear the same names as the actors playing them, Brian Posehn, Steve Agee, Jay Johnston, and Laura Silverman. The program, now in its third season, premiers October 16th. The panel was attended by the whole cast, and director Rob Schrab.

  • The panel discussion was moderated by Patton Oswalt, who greeted everyone by shouting “Hello pasty shut ins!”
  • When asked if anything was too taboo for the show, Brian Posehn responded, “This season, Steve and I dress up as the twin towers, so probably not.”
  • The teaser trailer for season 3 announced, “Season 2 is back! With all new episodes!” It featured guest appearances by Andy Richter, some jerk named Armen, and a cat named Mark, The Chinese Lawyer.
  • One fan noted the appearances of other famous comedians, and asked how they would cast Mitch Hedburg in the series if he were alive today. The question drew boos and hisses from the crowd, and brought the momentum to a screeching halt. Jay Johnston said, “Thanks, pal. You’re a real downer. Make us all think about our dead friend, why don’t you?”
  • The whole cast enthusiastically acknowledged that the show is best viewed while under the influence of a certain substance that’s green, leafy, and gets you high.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia FX

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is manic, demented, coarse, arrogant, self centered, and completely offensive. It’s also the funniest show on television. The guys who made their and pilot for $30 as a desperate attempt to kick start their acting careers found a loving home on Fox’s FX network, and will begin their fourth season on September 18th. If you want to hear people say the word “shit” on basic cable, check out this awesome show. Creators and stars Charlie Day, Glen Howard, and Rob MacElheney attended the panel.

  • The first 1000 people who entered the convention hall were given free copies of the box set of seasons 1&2 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Also T-shirts.
  • It was confirmed by the guys that Sunny has been picked up for 3 more seasons, and that this coming 4th season will feature 13 episodes, which is 1 more than the 3rd season, 3 more than the 2nd season, and a 7 more than the 1st season. Hopefully they’ll have a full 24 by the end of this present contract.
  • They are currently developing a new show for FX, called Boldly Going Nowhere. They described it as, “The Office in space.”
  • When asked why Charlie and Mac kept their original names, but Glen changed his characters name to Dennis, Glen Howard replied, “I wanted to distance myself as much as I possibly could from this character.” Charlie added, “I kept my real name because I really didn’t think the show would go anywhere.”