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"Chuck" Panel

Popspotting #98: “Fringe” at Comic-Con 2011

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As Jen struggles with late-onset nerd flu, we kick off this off week with more audio from the San Diego Comic-Con. As always, the sound quality isn’t perfect (and this one was a doozy), and audio levels can only be tweaked so far. Nonetheless, we hope it helps you feel a little closer to the wonder and chaos of this incredible annual event.

Today’s featured panel is “Fringe,” on FOX. Here’s the official synopsis:

Fringe returns to Comic-Con with series stars Anna Torv, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole, and John Noble and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman for a Q&A with fans and an exclusive video presentation. Delve into parallel universes and alternate doppelgangers and join the discussion about this critically acclaimed thriller as Fringe continues to explore otherworldly cases with endless impossibilities. From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe airs Fridays at 9/8c on FOX, and Fringe: The Complete Third Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 6.

Chuck Panel

Popspotting #97: “Chuck” at Comic-Con 2011

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Chuck Panel

Once again, we’re happy to bring you audio from the San Diego Comic-Con. As always, the sound quality isn’t perfect, and audio levels can only be tweaked so far. Nonetheless, we hope it helps you feel a little closer to the wonder and chaos of this incredible annual event.

Today’s featured panel is NBC’s “Chuck,” entering its fifth and final season. The show kicked off the Saturday program in Ballroom 20. Here’s the official synopsis:

Comic-Con fan-favorite Chuck returns with a bang for its farewell panel to celebrate its fifth and final season. Executive producer and co-creator Chris Fedak, along with series stars Zachary Levi (Alvin and the Chipmunks), Yvonne Strahovski (upcoming My Mother’s Curse), Joshua Gomez (Without a Trace), Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence (The Pursuit of Happyness), Vik Sahay (Good Will Hunting), Scott Krinsky (The O.C.) with Sarah Lancaster (The Good Doctor), and Adam Baldwin (Serenity), offer a Q&A with fans and an unforgettable video presentation. Produced by Fake Empire, Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Chuck airs Friday at 8:00 ET/PT on NBC, and Chuck: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD this fall.

Carlton Cuse the Storm Trooper

Popspotting #96: “LOST” at Comic-Con 2011

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Carlton Cuse the Storm TrooperOnce again, we’re happy to bring you audio from the San Diego Comic-Con. As always, the sound quality isn’t perfect, and audio levels can only be tweaked so far. Nonetheless, we hope it helps you feel a little closer to the wonder and chaos of this incredible annual event.

Today’s feature is the Entertainment Weekly panel for “LOST,” which brought in surprise guests Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

Here’s the (misleading) official synopsis:

Entertainment Weekly Presents…Totally LOST: One Year Later— EW’s Lost gurus Jeff “Doc” Jensen and Dan “Dan” Snierson wax nostalgic about the past, perhaps with a surprise guest or two, and discuss how they’re “moving on” in the wake of Lost’s departure from the air a year ago. The duo will look to the future by previewing promising TV obsessions.

Watch the ‘deleted scene’ here.

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Popspotting #95: “Torchwood” at Comic-Con 2011

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Torchwood PosterOnce again, we’re happy to bring you audio from the San Diego Comic-Con. As always, the sound quality isn’t perfect, and audio levels can only be tweaked so far. Nonetheless, we hope it helps you feel a little closer to the wonder and chaos of this incredible annual event.

Today’s feature is the “Torchwood: Miracle Day” panel in Ballroom 20. Here’s the official synopsis:

Torchwood: Miracle Day— John Barrowman (Doctor Who) and Eve Myles (Doctor Who) join cast members Mekhi Phifer (ER), Bill Pullman (Independence Day), Alexa Havins (All My Children), and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), along with writer Jane Espenson (Battlestar Galactica), to discuss the fourth installment of the hit BBC Worldwide show, a Starz Originals co-production, currently airing Friday nights at 10 ET/PT on Starz.

Big Bang Theory

Popspotting #94: “The Big Bang Theory” at Comic-Con 2011

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Big Bang TheoryOnce again, we’re happy to bring you audio from the San Diego Comic-Con. As always, the sound quality isn’t perfect, and audio levels can only be tweaked so far. Nonetheless, we hope it helps you feel a little closer to the wonder and chaos of this incredible annual event. We continue our series with “The Big Bang Theory,” a show that in many ways epitomizes the geek-positive ethos of SDCC.

From the official synopsis:

The Big Bang Theory Screening and Q&A— Dr., Dr., Dr., Dr., Dr., Mr., Miss…See everyone’s favorite scientists (and engineer and waitress) from The Big Bang Theory as the show’s producers and stars return to San Diego with a special screening and Q&A. Executive producers Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men), Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg), and Steve Molaro (iCarly) join stars Johnny Galecki (Roseanne), Jim Parsons (Garden State), Kaley Cuoco (Charmed), Simon Helberg (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Kunal Nayyar (NCIS), Mayim Bialik (Blossom), and Melissa Rauch (True Blood) for a fun and lively discussion. From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS, and The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 13.

Walking Dead Poster

Popspotting #93: “The Walking Dead” at Comic-Con 2011

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Once again, we’re happy to bring you audio from the San Diego Comic-Con. As always, the sound quality isn’t perfect, and audio levels can only be tweaked so far. Nonetheless, we hope it helps you feel a little closer to the wonder and chaos of this incredible annual event. We kick things off with the panel many of you said you were most excited to hear: “The Walking Dead.” Here’s the official synopsis:

AMC’s The Walking Dead— Stars Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually), Jon Bernthal (The Pacific), Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), Laurie Holden (The Mist), Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints), Steven Yeun (The Big Bang Theory), Jeffrey DeMunn (The Green Mile); series creator/writer/director/executive producer Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption); executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator); executive producer Robert Kirkman (creator/writer of The Walking Dead comic book series); and makeup artist and consulting producer Greg Nicotero discuss the success of season one of AMC’s series The Walking Dead and reveal what to look forward to in season two, which will air on AMC this fall.

The Swell Season

Popspotting #92: “Wailin’ Brave” (July 15, 2011)

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The Swell Season

This week’s Feedback Friday opens with a couple of musical gems (The Wailin’ Jennys and The Swell Season), then races through books (Sarah Vowell and “Robopocalypse“), TV (“Shameless“), movies (“Highlander,” “Cars 2” and “Brave“) and yes, once again, “Firefly.”

Next week is Comic-Con, and we’re bringing the whole family out to San Diego! While that means we’ll be soaking in all kinds of news and stories to tell on our podcast, we may not be putting out our regular set of daily shows. We hope you’ll stick with us, though!

In the mean time, we encourage you to catch up on any shows you might have missed… and more importantly, maybe take a moment to send us an email. What topics would you like us to tackle? Are our shows still too short, or getting too long? Is a daily podcast a treat, or a challenge to keep up with? We make Popspotting for you, so we’d love to know what you want!

Need more awesomeness? Watch The Swell Season cover “Two Headed Boy” by Neutral Milk Hotel on AV Udercover!


The Swell Season covers Neutral Milk Hotel

Des

Popspotting #91: Falling Luther (July 14, 2011)

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DesOur guest this week is Desiree (@sitakatherine), or “Des,” who joins us from Jen’s home state of Florida. She’s a podcaster herself, with the proudly not-safe-for-work “NonsenseCast,” as well as the TV-centric “What’s On With Steph and Des.”

She shares her love of “Falling Skies” on TNT, “Luther” on the BBC, and perennial favorite “Firefly.” Then, Des is subjected to our most awkward trivia segment yet, wherein we can’t quite decide how many answers count as a win. Nonetheless, Des was a great sport, her long resume of podcast guest stints clearly shining through as she makes us feel like we knew what we were doing, even when it’s painfully obvious we didn’t.

Natalie Ai Kamauu

Popspotting #90: Hawaiian Music Artists (July 13, 2011)

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Natalie Ai KamauuYou want more music? You’ve got more music. This week, Jen highlights five Hawaiian music artists that have caught her ear lately. Fresh from the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s version of the Grammy Awards), we look at some younger acts with a bright future in Hawaiian music:

Of course, there are as many different kinds of Hawaiian music as there are colors in a rainbow. And the local music scene is always changing and evolving. It probably won’t be long until our next Hawaiian music show… but we’re betting you won’t mind.

The Wire on HBO

Popspotting #89: “The Wire” (July 12, 2011)

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The Wire on HBONo less than the leader of the free world has declared “The Wire” on HBO to be his favorite show. This series, which ran for five seasons, pretty much appears in most dictionaries next to the entry for “critically acclaimed.” Written by author and one-time police reporter David Simon, “The Wire” explores every facet of urban life in Baltimore, from top-level civil servants to lost children on the streets.

There are so many characters with so many stories, our brains practically exploded trying to cover everything we loved in one short podcast. And we’re not even done watching the entire series.

In our obviously not very humble opinion, you should be watching “The Wire.” If you are, or are not, we’d love to hear what you think about what many say is the best television drama there ever was.

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