News Briefs: The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad Are Headed to Comic-Con

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BUSINESS TIME

... AMC is heading to Comic-Con this year, and it's bringing the goods. Yes, Mad Men is staying home, but The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad will each get their own panels! The zombie drama lumbers into Hall H on Friday, July 13 at 1:25pm, and will feature showrunner Glen Mazzara; producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and Greg Nicotero; and a huge chunk of the cast that hasn't been eaten: Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, and David Morrissey (the Guv'na!). No Carl, though. Breaking Bad makes its first (I think?) trip to Comic-Con and will occupy Ballroom 20 on Friday, July 13 at 6:45pm. Attending will be Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Jonathan Banks, and the lord creator himself, Vince Gilligan. I will NOT be missing this panel. Also, Kevin Smith will be chatting about his reality show Comic Book Men during his annual panel on Saturday, July 14 at 10pm in Hall H. [AMC via press release]

... Justin Bieber's NBC special Justin Bieber: All Around the World was pretty much garbage in the ratings department. Sorry, girls. The special pulled in 3.3 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the adult demo. I guess all of Bieber's fans had been sent to their princess beds by 8pm. [TV By the Numbers]

... The Supreme Court has ruled that the FCC's high-profile indecency fines against Fox (for language) and ABC (for a bare butt in NYPD Blue) were pretty much stupid, mostly because the FCC didn't give warning or ample time of what it considered to be indecent. Good. I love butts of all shapes and sizes. [Washington Post]

... MTV has ordered a pilot called Little Esther, a docu-comedy (?) that follows young female stand-up comic Esther Povitsky while she pals around the mostly male comedian circuit. What do you think about this, Adam Carolla? [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Glee is thinking about adding American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez to its ranks. The 16-year-old singer would join the sing-song show halfway through the upcoming fourth season in a role created specifically for her. [E! Online]


SAD NEWS

... Actress Caroline John has passed away. John is best known for playing Liz Shaw in Doctor Who in 1970. She was 72 years old. [Telegraph]


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