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Comic Con 2015 TV Round-Up

This weekend, a hoard of television shows descended upon San Diego Comic Con to bring teasers for the 2015-2016 television season. Rather than put together a series of posts to highlight all the goodies, I’ll do my best to consolidate the most important pieces of television information (and teaser trailers) here. Feel free to let me know if a particular show is missing, and I’ll throw that information into the piece as well. I will, however, avoid unleashing any spoilers that may have been discussed at panels- most panels are available in full via YouTube at this point, so feel free to search them out for more in-depth information.

Arrow/Flash/DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Unfortunately, Arrow hasn’t begun shooting its fourth season yet, so the series didn’t bring along a teaser for what lies in store. It did, however, provide a look at the new Green Arrow costume (confirming reports that Oliver Queen will officially be transitioning from the Arrow into the lighter and less dour Green Arrow). The series also announced that season four baddie Damian Darhk will be played by the incredibly talented Neal McDonough. Joining Darhk will be Anarky (no casting announcement), and Mr. Terrific will be working with Team Arrow this season. In the show’s version of the character, he will be gay and friends with Felicity. The fourth season will premiere on October 7, on the CW.

Like Arrow, Flash didn’t have any new footage to present at Comic Con. However, a number of new casting and character announcements were made at the show’s panel. Joining the series this year will be two versions of the Flash: Jay Garrick (played by Masters of Sex actor Teddy Sears) and Wally West will both show up in Central City this season. Barry will also be getting a new love interest in the form of Patty Spivot, who will be played by Shantel VanSanten (The Messengers). Finally, Zoom was confirmed as the major bad of Flash‘s second season. Flash returns October 6, on the CW.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow may not be arriving until next year, but a “new” trailer was released for the show. I say “new” because it didn’t really tell us anything more about the series itself, and pretty much rehashed old footage (I’ve embedded it below). The show’s panel did reveal that the seeds for the spin-off will be sown throughout the early episodes of both Flash and Arrow this fall, with characters getting into their correct place (introducing Hawkgirl on Flash, having Sara resurrected on Arrow, etc.). That will allow the team to be ready to go when the series premieres in 2016.

Hannibal

Despite the recent cancellation of Hannibal, and its failure to find a home at Amazon or Netflix, Bryan Fuller was still talking about ways to save the series. The most likely idea (although, at this point, any chance of saving the series in any form is highly unlikely) remains a film, or series of films, dealing with the remaining elements of the Will-Hannibal relationship. Hugh Dancy, who joined Fuller on the panel, said he and Mads Mikkelsen would certainly be open to that option. Fuller also presented a long trailer for the remaining half of the season- the much anticipated Red Dragon arc. I’ve embedded the trailer below, but be warned it is pretty spoiler-filled, so proceed at your own caution.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loOgfXNs-VI

Heroes Reborn

The big news out of the Heroes Reborn panel was the release of a new trailer for the special event series set to launch on NBC on September 24. Personally, I’m still pretty skeptical of the relaunch (despite the presence of a number of characters from the original series), but I will definitely be checking it out to see if the series has recaptured the magic is lost throughout its four year run. Check out the extended trailer below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FLHB2zB_cA

The Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead

The Walking Dead didn’t really offer all that much in terms of news for their upcoming season at their panel (the announcement of Merritt Weaver and Ethan Embry as new characters was the biggest piece of news- with Weaver set to play an unnamed character from the comics). It did, however, debut an extended season six trailer that filled in a number of gaps and really increased the hype for the upcoming season (which will premiere on October 11 on AMC). Check out the trailer below.

Joining its big brother at Comic Con was Fear the Walking Dead (still the worst title possible for this prequel). While there’s still a number of lingering questions surrounding the series (most crucially, how an audience already attuned to the world of walkers will respond to a group of people only beginning to learn about them), the series does boast a strong cast (including, in my opinion, one of the most underused actors in the business with Kim Dickens), so I will be reviewing this series when it launches on August 23 on AMC. Check out the trailer below.

 

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