With the casts of a bunch of genre-oriented shows -- "Lost," "Heroes," "Dollhouse," "Fringe," et. al. -- appearing at Comic-Con last week and this week, a bunch of juicy tidbits and hints for the upcoming season have been dropped.
Some of the more interesting, gleaned from various sources around the Web (since I'm not lucky enough to attend):
--Clark will wear a Superman-style costume, sans cape, on "Smallville." I haven't been able to find an image of the suit yet, but it seems to violate the producers' original "no flights, no tights" edict when the series started. Also, Lois becomes more enthralled with Metropolis' new savior. Among the villains this season: Metallo (Brian Austin Green), Zod (Callum Blue), Toyman and possibly Roulette.
--Faraday (Jeremy Davies) and Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) will return in some fashion to "Lost" next season, and rumor is, so will Charlie (Dominic Monaghan). Time travel and flash forwards/backs won't be present this season, producers said.
--Two Whedonverse alums will be appearing this season on "Dollhouse": Alexis Denisof (Wesley on "Buffy" and "Angel") and Felecia Day (one of the slayers on "Buffy" and the love interest in "Dr. Horrible"). Joss Whedon has also been trying to recruit Summer Glau ("Firefly").
--"Chuck" fans got a live performance from Jeffster, covering Queen's "Fat bottom Girls." Capt. Awesome will get further drawn into the spy world, while Chuck's new found skill set may not work as well as he would like.
--"True Blood" fans got a sneak peak of the rest of the season, including Evan Rachel Wood as a vampire queen.
--"Caprica," the "Battlestar Galactica" prequel, will premiere on SyFy on Jan. 22.
--On "Heroes," Hiro (Masi Oka) will get sick and start a business with Ando; Sylar will still be a part of Nathan; and Madeline Zima ("Californication) is introduced as Claire's college roomie.
SILVERMAN OUT: Things might be looking up at NBC, where chairman Ben Silverman announced he is leaving to get back into producing. He'll be replaced by Jeff Gaspin, who oversees all of NBC's cable ventures, including Bravo, USA and SyFy. Considering that's where all NBC's quality stuff is, and considering Silverman helped make NBC the fourth-place network it is today, this can only be a positive move.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: "The Bachelorette" (ABC, 8 p.m.) picks her mate, no doubt making for yet another successful TV reality union.
NBC's controversial reality show "The Wanted," in which the network goes after notorious war criminal types, returns with a new episode.
On cable, "The Closer" (TNT, 9 p.m.) and "Raising The Bar" (TNT, 10 p.m.) are both new, as is "Secret Life of an American Teenager" (ABC Family, 8 p.m.)
On pay cable, you've got new episodes of "Weeds" (Showtime, 10 p.m.) and "Nurse Jackie" at 10:30 p.m.
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