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'Orphan Black' at Comic-Con: Fans share gifts, heartfelt stories with Tatiana Maslany

If you doubted that fans really, really love Orphan Black, the show’s Comic-Con panel would immediately change your mind.

The BBC America series’ panel was in one of Comic-Con’s smaller rooms as far as TV shows go, 6A, but the cheers and laughter in the audience were at a volume of a bigger room. When star Tatiana Maslany first walked on stage, she got a standing ovation. Over a dozen security guards had to block audience members from storming the stage at the end of the panel. A representative for fan group Clone Club presented Maslany with “The Best Actress in the World Award.” (Who needs an Emmy when you have that?) Another fan gave Maslany a set of Russian nesting dolls with each painted as one of her characters. Helena was the tiny one in the middle. READ FULL STORY

'Bates Motel' at Comic-Con: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga talk about the kiss

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Near the end of season two, A&E’s Bates Motel gave a tantalizing glimpse of teen Norman Bates experiencing the personality split integral to his later-life behavior. Since the character has already racked up a body count, the next question might be when he’ll begin wearing his mother’s clothes. In a discussion after the Bates Motel Comic-Con panel in San Diego Friday afternoon, star Freddie Highmore addressed the inevitable.

“It’s going to come at some point, isn’t it? I can see Norman sitting down in her room in front of the mirror and thinking ‘Oh, I’m going to put on her clothes and see what they look like,’” Highmore said. “Whether that’s this year or next year or the year after, who knows? I don’t know with any certainty at all. But, yeah, there’s certainly going to be the merging of the two parts of Norman’s life and of his personality… The furthest [he's gone] was probably in the motel with Caleb when he starts speaking as her. And that’s when she’s kind of taken over his personality. I mean, maybe if there had been a dress around—who knows?” READ FULL STORY

'Falling Skies' at Comic-Con: David Eick, cast tease what happens next

Falling Skies is halfway through its fourth season, which saw a lot of changes from season 3, along with the addition of new showrunner David Eick. With the 2nd Mass separated after an Espheni attack, our ensemble cast found themselves in very different worlds from one another.

“In Tom’s world we were in darkness. Lexi’s world — it was light. It was almost like Munchkinland,” Eick said during the show’s Comic-Con panel. “In Anne’s world it was very gritty but stripped down.”

At Comic-Con, Eick and the show’s cast teased what’s to come on Falling Skies now that the characters have reunited. Most important to know right off the bat? As Sarah Sanguin Carter (Maggie) said on the panel, “The second half is gnarly, you guys.”

Here’s more that Eick and the cast revealed on their panel: READ FULL STORY

Your first peek at season 2 of 'Sleepy Hollow' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Haunted by the lack of Sleepy Hollow in your life these days? Do not your lose your head over this, for a tantalizing peek into season 2 awaits you. The producers of Fox’s supernatural drama—which features the revived history professor-turned-Revolutionary War soldier Ichabod Crane trying to save his witch wife while staving off the End of Days—unspooled a bit of footage from an upcoming episode at Comic-Con on Friday afternoon. Using a few special incantations, we are able to summon one of those precious clips on this very page. So press play and watch Crane (Tom Mison) dabble in the magical arts, as he and Abbie (Nicole Baharie) use the skull of Headless to unleash a new, powerful demon that just might prove an asset in their epic battle against Moloch and War.

Sleepy‘s new season awakens Sept. 22. READ FULL STORY

'Arrow' at Comic-Con: That happy ending isn't going to stick

Although a lot has changed since Comic-Con began, fans still show the most passion for a classic superhero. So Stephen Amell and the cast of the CW’s Arrow did not disappoint in Ballroom 20 for the show’s panel. After an eventful second season, lots of questions remained about the future of Olicity and Starling City in general that needed to be answered. Here are the highlights (spoilers ahead if you’re not caught up):

Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg admitted the beginning of season two was his biggest challenge to write because of the pressure he had put on himself and the show. However, some of Arrow‘s biggest twists—Sarah not being dead, Oliver waking up in Hong Kong—were discussed when writing the original pilot. Because season one ended on a low note with the death of Tommy, Kreisberg and the writers figured a happy ending to the second season would be the biggest surprise for fans. But don’t get too comfortable: “The minute you give your character happiness, you have to yank it away from him,” Kreisberg said, quoting Joss Whedon.

• Star Stephen Amell said that when the show premiered back in 2012, he felt as much responsibility for its success as his character does for Starling City. “I remember sitting in this ballroom [two years ago] and making a promise to the people who were here that we were going to work really hard and the show wasn’t going to suck,” he said. “It sounds simple, but that’s what drives us every day.” Then someone who didn’t want things to get too heavy yelled for him to take off his shirt. (He didn’t.)

• Willa Holland had to check with the producers about how much she could say regarding Thea’s future. Now that we know she’s Malcolm’s daughter, maybe evil lurks within her too? She said she’s been hitting the gym a bit and hinted that Thea would return a different person, but couldn’t elaborate. The producers did say that they will flash back to the season-two scene where Willa entered a limo with Malcolm and show how that played out.

John Barrowman will return as a series regular in season three as Malcolm Merlyn, having spent some time on Doctor Who—as Kreisberg put it, sometimes “you have to go away a little bit so you can come back better.” Because of his work schedule, Barrowman hasn’t finished reading the third season, but he says he finished the entire DC Comics Encyclopedia that he keeps on his bedside table.

• The producers already announced that Brandon Routh would join Arrow this season as The Atom.”We were looking to add a lighter hero, someone a little more fun, a little bit Superman—so we got Superman.” Routh’s character will also start a love triangle with Oliver and Felicity.

• Also already announced was the episode-eight crossover of The Flash and Arrow, and when asked which actor from the former he most wants to work with, Amell answered Jesse L. Martin—apparently forgetting that his cousin, Robbie Amell, is on the show. As for other teases, Colin Donnell will return for a flashback in episode two of an unknown encounter between Oliver and Tommy. Just don’t expect more island flashbacks to what Amell described as the “cold and rainy and wet, no matter what time of year” location where they shot.

• And yes, Stephen Amell can actually shoot an arrow and would beat Katniss Everdeen in any competition. Hands down.

Arrow returns for season 3 on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.

Stay tuned for EW’s all-access coverage of Comic-Con at EW.com/ComicCon.

Kol comes to 'The Originals' in season 2 trailer

As The Originals Comic-Con panel is currently taking place in San Diego, the season 2 trailer has already hit the internet—and it is full of blood, revenge, and really questionable parenting.

In the trailer, fans get a glimpse at a very hungry hybrid Hayley, Marcel’s new “vampire community,” Elijah with facial hair, and of course, the Original parents. Mikael and Elijah come face-to-face with their unfinished business, while mommy dearest Esther has the most exciting scene of all: She has Kol’s body.

As fans of The Vampire Diaries know, Kol is another of the Original siblings, played by Nathaniel Buzolic. He has yet to make an appearance on The Originals, mostly because he was killed by Jeremy Gilbert. Then again, Mikael was dead just last season, and he’s back, so we wouldn’t put anything past these witches. Perhaps Julie Plec is planning that big family reunion she discussed with us after the season 1 finale.

The trailer also gives a first look at Teen Wolf‘s Daniel Sharman as Kaleb, a new witch in town.

The Originals returns Monday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Kenny Johnson returns to 'Bates Motel' as series regular

Dylan’s dad/uncle (duncle?) is coming back to Bates Motel… and this time, it’s full-time.

At a Comic-Con panel on Friday for A&E’s suspense thriller and Psycho quasi-prequel, it was announced that Kenny Johnson would return to the show in a big way, joining the cast as a series regular in season 3. Best known for his dirty work on The Shield and Sons of Anarchy, Johnson guest-starred in two episodes last season as Caleb, the mysterious estranged brother of Norma (Vera Farmiga)—whom she says raped her and impregnated her with Dylan (Max Thieriot). “When Kenny Johnson came on the show last year, the writers and the actors fell in love with his character, even though his character was kind of gnarly,” executive producer Carlton Cuse tells EW. “He added this cool but also incredibly creepy element to the show… Kerry and I felt like once we wrote him in and wrote him out, we didn’t have enough. We underestimated what we could get out of that character, so this season is about rectifying that.” READ FULL STORY

Watch Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore audition for 'Bates Motel'

Finding the perfect actors for your show is a painstaking art: A few right moves, and you can back up an Emmy truck next to that Brinks truck. A couple of wrong moves, and the whole project is a disaster.

Bates Motel executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin certainly had their hands full when they set out to cast their contemporary Pyscho prequel for A&E. At Comic-Con on Friday, they treated the audience to a behind-the-scenes look at Bates’ audition process, screening footage of Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, and Max Thieriot trying on their character for the first time. They show off their acting skills… and Ukranian folk-dancing skills… and Spider-Man impressions. Want to see a true horror show? Watch their auditions below. READ FULL STORY

New 'Outlander' trailer hits Comic-Con: Great Scots!

The folks behind Outlander, Starz’s upcoming time-traveling romance series, just unveiled their first full trailer. Based on the popular cycle of books of the same name by Diana Gabaldon, the show follows a woman from 1945 who gets sent hurtling back through chronology to period Scotland, where she discovers love and adventure atop the highlands of Caledonia. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'Agents of SHIELD' gag reel: It takes a few takes to save the world

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Last summer at Comic-Con, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were an unproven bunch tasked with spreading Marvel’s Avengers universe to television. After an up and down first season that alternately fascinated and frustrated viewers, the show got picked up by ABC in May for a second season. C’mon, who was really worried that they brought Agent Phil Coulsen back to life just to pull the plug after 22 episodes?

Today—just one day after production began on season 2—the S.H.I.E.L.D. gang was back together in San Diego for the show’s panel to tease upcoming episodes and discuss the first-season Blu-ray. Reflecting on the first season, they played the gag reel that is one of the bonus features on the disc release, due Sept. 9. READ FULL STORY

'Agents of SHIELD': Patton Oswalt reveals Marvel's sexy new character

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What’s better than seeing Patton Oswalt at Comic-Con? How about two Patton Oswalts. Or even better than that: Two Patton Oswalts revealing a new Marvel character to be introduced next season on Agents of SHIELD.

Below is an EW exclusive video that just played at Marvel’s TV panel at the San Diego fan convention where Oswalt — as his recent SHIELD guest-star role of Agent Koenig — reveals that next season SHIELD will add…

Barbara Morse — aka Mockingbird! For fans of the comics, she’s a SHIELD field agent who used the costumed identity of the Huntress and also  Mockingbird (comics image below). Check out the video from Oswalt to the SHIELD fans in Ballroom 20 and there’s more to come from Marvel’s TV panel at Comic-Con…updates to come…

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Comedy Central renews 'Drunk History,' 'Nathan For You'

Look for more crazy history lessons and even crazier business ideas: Comedy Central announced today that it has picked up a third season of both Drunk History and Nathan For You. Both comedies are currently in the middle of airing their second season. READ FULL STORY

David Tennant previews his 'Gracepoint' character in new clip

For David Tennant, Fox’s upcoming 10-episode event series Gracepoint is a chance for him to more or less revisit his Broadchurch character. In the U.S. version of the U.K. series, Tennant’s character is now named Emmett Carver, a city detective who enters a small town to discover what might be the most interesting murder case of his career.

We’ve got an exclusive look at the show’s poster (above), as well as an exclusive video of Tennant talking about his character (below).

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