THR's 2012 Comic-Con TV Awards: 'Fringe,' 'True Blood,' 'Once Upon a Time' Among Big Winners
With the annual pop culture event in the books, The Live Feed takes a look back at the highlights, which included tears, a trip to space and Alan Ball dancing.
Four full days featuring scores of panels with stars of new and returning shows flocking to San Diego for the annual pilgrimage to the pop culture geek-fest that is Comic-Con International are in the books.
Freshman entries including CBS' Sherlock Holmes take Elementary and the CW's highly anticipated DC Comics Green Arrow adaptation made their debuts and were widely accepted by genre fans waiting with bated breath. Returning fare True Blood and The Big Bang Theory hosted high-energy panels that featured a dancing cast and a lucky fan walking away with a trip to space. Meanwhile, Fox's Fringe made the most of its final trip to Comic-Con with a panel that could best be described as a love letter to fans.
The Live Feed team was on the scene for these panels and many more, and now that the costumes are back in storage and swag properly displayed, brings you The Hollywood Reporter's inaugural Comic-Con TV Awards.
Best Panel Swag Award: CBS' The Big Bang Theory followed a season in which Howard successfully made it to space (and got married!) with a panel that featured NASA astronaut Richard Searfoss giving one lucky fan a trip to space. Really. It capped off a fun hour that also saw the cast sing "Soft Kitty" in the round. Try topping that next year, guys!
Biggest Surprise: The 500 or so who got in to Saturday's Q&A with Bryan Fuller were treated to a four-minute sizzle reel of thePushing Daisies creator's Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane. The footage from the pilot (NBC has ordered four more scripts) quickly became the talk of the town. Don't be too surprised to see this get a series order.
Most Emotional Panel: Emotions got the best of the Fringe cast when they relived some of their favorite scenes from the past four seasons at its final Comic-Con panel, which ended on a fitting note: a standing ovation. Drawings of white tulips and Observer fedoras took over the cavernous Hall H, a touching sight for a tearful farewell to the little show that could. A close second came to Joss Whedon's Firefly, with a dry eye hard to find among the panelists on the cult favorite show's first appearance at the Con -- after 10 years off the air.
Best Scoop Session: ABC's Once Upon a Time -- Captain Hook! Jack and the Beanstalk! The two famed fairy tale characters will join previously announced Mulan (Jamie Chung) and Aurora (aka Sleeping Beauty played by Sarah Bolger) in the second season of the ABC Sunday drama. Can Peter Pan come, too?!
Mirrorball Trophy: True Blood's Alan Ball pulled a Magic Mike after co-star Joe Manganiello showed off his body roll to cat calls. The series creator actually jumped up on his chair on the panel and busted a move of his own to equally vocal fans, who later gave the departing showrunner a standing ovation for his contributions to the vampire drama.
Best Footage: The first two minutes of Dexter with Deb's reaction to watching her brother (whom she's in love with!) plunge a sword into Travis ranks right up there with The Walking Dead's impressive Season 3 trailer with the real first footage of fan favorites Michonne and The Governor (and Merle!) that way exceeded fans' expectations. Tie.
The Oprah Award: You get a role on Game of Thrones! And you get a role on Game of Thrones! And … you get a role on Game of Thrones! The HBO fantasy drama officially confirmed that 14 new cast members would join Kit Harington and company when the series returns next year. Can The Live Feed get a role on Game of Thrones?
Best Simulated Sex: Now that The Vampire Diaries' Elena is a vampire, co-stars Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley joked that their shared on-screen love interest is rarin' to go for quickie vampire lovin' anywhere, at any time. The duo used their Comic-Con platform to provide a soundtrack to the on-screen action with multiple rapid-fire rat-a-tat sound effects. That's one-minute sex that wouldn't be bad.
Newsmaker Award: Though all the above panels certainly brought big news with them, MTV's Teen Wolf took the crown, announcing not only a third-season renewal but that the next round of the series would double in size -- to 24 episodes. Needless to say, howls were had during the session.
The Newbie Award: The Following and Elementary screenings wowed crowds; Arrow was undoubtedly hurt by competing panel Game of Thrones in Hall H. 666 Park and Beauty and the Beast received modest receptions.
Best Entrance: At the first Comic-Con panel for AMC's Breaking Bad, series stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul walked out wearing yellow haz-mat suits -- the on-screen duo's oft-worn wardrobe during their copious meth-cooking scenes -- with Paul nonsensically carrying a doll wearing a mini version of their own getups. This of course came just moments after co-star Dean Norris (Hank Schrader) walked out (barely) wearing a Xena: Warrior Princess costume, complete with exposed hairy belly and long black wig.
Honorary Prize: While FX's American Horror Story bypassed a Comic-Con presentation, the anthology series was there in spirit courtesy of a smart retailer hawking Rubber Man costumes for a cool $40.
What did you most enjoy at Comic-Con? Hit the comments!
Philiana Ng contributed to this report.