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The Heroes panel, which started at 12:45 p.m. Saturday and was held in the Convention Center's second-biggest room, holding about 4,000 people, hit maximum capacity almost as soon as the doors opened at 10 a.m. Fans arrived early and sat through two other presentations -- for NBC's Bionic Woman and a TV Guide panel on TV heroes -- just to hear the Heroes creators and to offer their love to the cast. Even Danny Bonaduce stood in line to ask a question. Thousands more waited in line for hours in case, by chance, some room opened up.
When it was announced that Kevin Smith would direct the first episode of spinoff show Heroes: Origins, an already electric room amped off the charts.
Television's presence was the strongest it's ever been at the Con, where the small screen's influence has been slowly growing since ABC launched Lost in 2004, previewing the pilot in a large hall that was only half full at the time. But it was those early fans that helped the show become a buzz-worthy hit, and when an unknown show called Heroes previewed in 2006 and went on to become one of the biggest new dramas of the season, the Con's launching pad status was solidified.
Shows that lined up in hopes of blasting off this year included ABC's Pushing Daisies, CBS' Moonlight, NBC's Chuck and CW's Reaper. Underscoring the importance of the Con, even Fox's 24, heading into its seventh season, made its first trip to San Diego, perhaps to shore up geek support after a less-than-stellar year.
Also whipping geeks into a frenzy was word of Lucy Lawless returning to Sci Fi's Battlestar Galactica, and Sam Jones, who played Flash Gordon in the 1980 movie, set to appear as a guest star on the channel's upcoming Flash Gordon series. The channel also announced that Farscape creator Rockne S. O'Bannon has signed on to executive produce and develop stories for a new 10-episode webisode series based on the beloved show that will run on SciFi.com.
This year, the film contingents at the Con didn't offer many standouts. The exceptions were Warner Bros. Pictures' Get Smart, with its cast in tow; Paramount Pictures' orchestration of the dual Spock casting of Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto in its next Star Trek movie; and Marvel Studios' Iron Man.
Marvel's efforts were almost a textbook example of how to make an impression at the Con. The company stoked the flames with a large mysterious crate with the words "Stark Industries" sitting on the convention floor. »
For almost 75 years, the intergalactic hero Flash Gordon has been featured in comic strips, comic books, movie serials, feature films and even on a U.S. postage stamp. He's also had more than a few television series. It looks like he's about to get one more.
Flash Gordon was created back in 1934 by comic strip visionary Alex Raymond. The popular King Features strip centered around the exploits of the heroic Flash, his beautiful girlfriend Dale Arden, and the brilliant Dr. Hans Zarkov. The three are marooned on the distant planet Mongo as they attempt to stop an invasion of Earth by the evil dictator Ming the Merciless.
Olympic swimmer Buster Crabbe played Flash Gordon in three movie serials in 1936, 1938 and 1940. The 1936 serial was later condensed and released as a feature film. Flash returned to theaters in 1980 in a camp movie best known for its Queen soundtrack. The film featured Sam J. Jones as Flash, »
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