As promised (sort of), here’s a quick write-up on what went down on the first two days of Comic-Con in San Diego in terms of TV panels:
– Marvel and Netflix renewed Daredevil for a third season, which should drop next year. As you recall, Cage appeared in a few early episodes of Jessica Jones, another Marvel/Netflix series set in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City. Meanwhile, a trailer for Luke cage was released Thursday you can see below…
In a sign all three shows are connected (you know… “It’s All Connected”), the Luke Cage cast features a few familiar names: Rosario Dawson, who played a nurse named Claire on… you guessed it, Daredevil which is based in…you guessed it, Hell’s Kitchen. Which would make it difficult for Cage if he decides to pack it all up one day and head to Atlanta.
Marvel also dropped a trailer for The Defenders, scheduled to premiere in 2017. The show is not related to the previous two CBS legal dramas (1961-65, 2010) of the same name. The Defenders first appeared in Marvel Comics in December 1971. And in case you’re wondering, the two CBS dramas are also not related to each other.
– It’s a 8 Simple Rules reunion – during the Big Bang Theory’s writers panel Friday, it was revealed that Katey Sagal has been cast as Penny’s (Kaley Cuoco) mother on a few episodes next season on the show. Sagal was cast in the same role opposite Cuoco in 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter, which ran from 2003 to 2006. The series lost John Ritter after the first season after he died in September 2004. Sagal, who recently appeared in Sons Of Anarchy, is also known for her role as Peg Bundy, the lazy, sex-starved housewife on Married…with Children, Fox’s first breakout hit.
– Comic-Con panels are tailored for big announcements – and Thursday and Friday were no expectations. MTV announced Thursday the final season for Teen Wolf after six seasons, while A&E’s Bates Motel closes out after five. But the Bates panel also dropped a major bombshell: the casting of Rihanna as Marion Crane, stunning the packed crowd (in a good way.) Creator Carlton Cuse (a Lost alum) said the casting of Rihanna was planned all along and not an instant one-spot decision.
– And it wouldn’t be a Comic-Con without Hall H presentations from Games Of Thrones and The Walking Dead. The latter unveiled a trailer (below) and announced a return date for October 23 for its seventh season. Also entering its seventh season (in 2017) is Thrones, which killed off lots of characters this past season and is now killing itself after next season. While the panel didn’t answer most of the questions fans were asking (of course), they did say the next season of Thrones was being delayed because they were waiting to film in winter.
Anyway, here’s The Walking Dead trailer: