If you can’t tell “Being Human” (Syfy Channel’s take on a vampire, a ghost and a werewolf) from “Almost Human” (android partners with human cop on Fox) or ‘The Originals” (the CW’s vampire spin-off of “The Vampire Diaries”) from “The Awesomes,” (comic book superheroes coming to you on Hulu), Comic-Con can be a very confusing place. But for true fans that have loved the same show over the years, it is a place to pick up nuggets of news about what to expect from their favorite series next season.
For fans of the Fox procedural drama “Bones,” now entering its ninth season, Comic-Con was a major celebration. Between spoilers spilled in the press room and questions answered during the panel, it was revealed that forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) are headed for a wedding. Boreanaz stunned the screaming fandom of over 5,000 when he got down on one knee during the panel to propose (as Booth) to a giggling Deschanel.
Last season serial killer Christopher Pelant (Andrew Leeds) worked his electronic evil magic to keep these two from a formal engagement and wedding. If a wedding is on the horizon, when and where will he be disposed of? Panel moderator William Keck got showrunner Hart Hanson to admit that yes, Pelant will go but refused to disclose the date. In the meantime, Booth will rely on his former army chaplain, now out of the church and running a bar, as his confidant on the Pelant front. Fans can also look forward to an undercover episode that sends Booth and Brennan on a couples retreat that leads to an emotional showdown.
Over on ABC, fans of the sprawling fairy tale saga “Once Upon A Time,” entering its third season, were treated to a packed cast panel. Fan favorite Colin O’Donoghue, who plays Captain Hook, got the loudest applause. Asked how he approached the character of Hook, O’Donoghue received a huge ovation by telling the audience he modeled him on Wesley aka the Dread Pirate Roberts in the cult classic, “The Princess Bride.” The audience wanted to know if Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Hook will ever get together.
“Well, we shared a drink,” Morrison said, but, added the producers, “that would be telling.”
The fact that ABC is owned by Disney guarantees a continuing mash-up of classic fairy tales with the Disney cartoon world. Critics have complained that the show, which began as a love story between Snow White and Prince Charming, has morphed into a tangle of plots with more characters than a Dickens novel. This doesn’t look likely to change. The end of last season saw Emma’s son Henry (Jared Gilmore) kidnapped and carried off to Neverland with Emma, Snow White, Prince Charming, Rumpelstiltskin and Evil Queen Regina in hot pursuit. Expect the future appearance of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell interwoven with the saga of the Little Mermaid. And viewers have had to bid farewell to Meghan Ory as Little Red Riding Hood who left to star in the new CBS show “Intelligence.”
Cult hit “Sherlock” on BBC America is in the middle of filming its third season with newly minted film stars Benedict Cumberbatch (‘Star Trek 2’) and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit”). Producers Stephen Moffitt, Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue, who also produce the amazing sci-fi series “Dr. Who,” were on hand to tease the upcoming season.
“You know,” said Moffitt, “if we were starting now and proposed casting Benedict and Martin, we would never be able to get them.” Moffitt and company brought a clip from the second episode of the new season showing Sherlock giving his best man speech at Watson’s wedding. It proved that Cumberbatch could transition to stand-up comedy any time he wants.
For lovers of “Psych” on the USA Network, now in its seventh season, great news. “Psych, the Musical” will debut this fall. An excited audience cheered when co-stars Dule Hill and James Roday got up to perform a musical number from the episode. An extra episode has also been added which mashes together Harry Potter, Guy Richie’s lock and load films, and location shooting in London. Asked what the funniest part of this episode will be, executive producer Kelly Kulchak answered, “Dule Hill in Gryffindor robes.”
“We’re also doing something that has never been done before on television,” Roday revealed. “We’ve taken an early episode and remade it.”
Stay tuned “Psych” fans for before versus after.
Spoiler alert, over and out.