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Comic-con 2013 End of Day One
July 18th, 2013 9:14PM

So as promised here is my update after the panels of day one. I'm happy to report getting in to see not only my beloved Psych panel but also Intelligence, a new CBS drama starring Josh Holloway and Marge Helgenberger, Star Crossed, a new CW show starring Matt Lanter of 90210 fame and Beauty and the Beast, making its second appearance at Comic-con.

Intelligence seems at first look like a typical spy procedural, with the hook being a chip which instantly downloads all of the world's digitized data into Holloway's Gabriel's brain. There's the typical will they are won't they dilemma, a tough boss who secretly understands more about the characters than we are led to believe, and two lead characters who are ruled more often by their hearts than their heads. It's a successful formula which works well in a show like Alias and more recently Covert Affairs, only time will tell whether or not Intelligence lives up to the genre. The panel was very engaging, especially Holloway, whom the crowd adores.

it's not surprising first day bugs pushed the panels back 15 minutes, meaning there wasn't time for Q&As with some shows like Star Crossed. The Beauty and the Beast panel boasted one of the funniest gag reels I've seen in awhile, and Star Crossed elicited a definite emotional connection to the material from the target audience members in the crowd.

But the highlight of the day is definitely Psych. The entire cast was on hand and seemed genuinely excited to be interacting with the crowd, many of whom got a chance to see the cast members the night before for an exclusive engagement wherein the upcoming musical episode was shown at local theaters. As a special treat for audience members who missed the chance to see the musical, James Roday and Dule Hill treated the panel to an acapella performance of one of their songs. It was a special treat to have Cary Elwes moderate the panel, as he is a fan favorite not only from his iconic role in The Princess Bride, but also his role on Psych as criminal master mind Despereaux. Psych also is the first panel of the convention to give me swag in the form of a free t-shirt which is always appreciated.

I skipped out on the rest of the panels in order to spend my remaining time walking the floor of the exhibit hall in order to try and obtain as many of the exclusives on my list as I could. I can report about 80 percent in my possession as we speak. One of the things I know from today is I'm going to wake up at an even more insane single digit hour in the morning so until tomorrow I bid you all a fond farewell.

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