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

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... 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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I had to laugh at your "princess beds" comment re: Bieber. I have two daughters that are in his demographic (ages 9 and 7), and they can't stand him! My 9-year-old would rather listen to Eric Clapton, and my 7-year-old prefers Elvis (although she just discovered Prince).
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Kevin Smith is a great panelist at Comic-con, or as he calls it, "CommieCon", but one of those panels he shilled at us the pilot for Reaper and it was a HUGE disappointment (the panel, not the pilot), Smith when he's talking about a project is so much lesser-than from when he's just talking about geek-interest general stuff.



Haw haw, Bieber's special slumped.



Tim, you realize that the NYPD Blue fine was for Dennis Franz's butt, right? You love Sipowicz's butt! (Ok, also I think Gail O'Grady's, but that's not fun to taunt with.)



Sounds like Esther Povitsky better be funny, lest she prove Adam Carolla right. Oh, and she better start becoming a television WRITER instead of a comedian, since that his point wasn about female comedy writers.
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Wow. lol I actually thought back during the finals of American Idol, maybe Jessica should join Glee. I thought she'd be a great fit. I was disappointed she didn't win, but we all know American Idol is a popularity contests. So, we have that, but still I was happy to see this news. I have no doubt she will turn a lot of heads if this is true.
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lol @ a teenager on glee.
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I have to go to Comic Con one of these years. It is like a half hour drive from here. There is no excuse not to go.
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Yeah, if I was that close, I'd certainly go.
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