I was unable to join my geeky kindred spirits in San Diego, California last week for Comic-Con International 2010, where they saw cosplayers, comics, and collectibles. These are the Comic-Con 2010 TV panels I would have attended.
- USA The USA Network has aired some of my favorite TV programs of the past decade, including Burn Notice, which is my favorite show on television right now. (I was very disappointed when Monk was taken off the air; Tony Shalhoub was genius in that series.) USA had panels at Comic-Con 2010 for Burn Notice (during which they announced a USA prequel movie starring Sam Axe), White Collar (whose star is "dreamy," according to my wife's Facebook friends), and Psych (which is chock full of '80s references for those who remember parachute pants). I would have attended all of these panels, and I would have gotten down on my knees and begged for one of the limited edition Chuck Finley shirts given out by Bruce Campbell at the Burn Notice panel. Read TV.com's coverage of the Comic-Con 2010 panels for Burn Notice, Psych, and White Collar.
- Bull**** Penn and Teller made their name doing a magic show, but their careers have expanded. One of the reasons I have Showtime is that I enjoy their show, Bull****, in which they go around the world debunking everything from the Loch Ness Monster to apocalyptic scenarios. I like that they challenge conventional wisdom, as in the episode entitled "Stranger Danger," in which they attack the myth that our children face a significant amount of danger from strangers. You can watch a YouTube video of Penn and Teller at Comic-Con 2010.
- The Big Bang Theory In a world that seems to revel in making fun of those labeled as geeks, nerds, and dorks, the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory takes it to a whole new level. The pure volume of inside jokes targeted to those so labeled is staggering, but the series is written and acted in such a way that you don't have to be a geek to find it absolutely hysterical. The jokes are funnier if you know people who fit the geek stereotype, but in today's online world, who doesn't? (Photo credit: CBS.com.) You can watch a CBS video excerpt of TBBT at Comic-Con 2010, and read a TBBT panel recap on Daemon's TV. (Related Geekend posts: The Big Bang Theory: My geeky TV show 'obsession' and 20 things that make Dr. Sheldon Cooper TV's biggest geek.)
- Community I am a longtime Chevy Chase fan — I actually remember when he was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live. My wife and I enjoy watching the NBC sitcom Community, in which Chase plays a dirty old man. You can watch the Comic-Con 2010 Community panel on the NBC site.
- MythBusters How can you not like the Discovery Channel's MythBusters? It's a show about adults who regularly blow stuff up, film it, and actually teach you something about science along the way. (My six-year-old made a card for school called "About my Daddy" and under "Favorite TV Show," he wrote Mifbusters.) My six-year-old's favorite parts of the show are the explosions, while my four-year-old prefers the guns, according to the long conversation we had on the way to dinner with my mother last night.
- Phineas and Ferb If you have kids, Phineas and Ferb is probably already a staple on your DVR. The show runs on the Disney Channel, but it is just as fun for adults as it is for kids, which is probably one of the reasons that new episodes run in the evening rather than Saturday morning (which is the time new cartoons ran when I was a kid). My favorite part of Phineas and Ferb is the music, and there is at least one original song in almost every episode ("Gitchi Gitchi Goo" is my ringtone when my wife calls, and my favorite is "Somebody Give me a Grade").At Comic-Con International 2010, the Phineas and Ferb crew previewed their one-hour special; the rest of us will have to wait to see the episode until August 2, 2010. Watch a YouTube video of a funny excerpt from the panel Q&A.
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