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Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson roll on the ground during a brawl on a crossover between "The Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" to air this fall on Fox.

Top 5 TV moments from Comic-Con


As the weekend waned, so did the San Diego Comic-Con, the annual coming together of Hollywood productions, video games, films, TV shows and everything else geeky.

Culling from all of the headlines, sidebar stories and features the collective news outlets produced, I leave you here with the Top 5 TV moments from the Con.

No. 5: "Game of Thrones"

The fantasy land of dragons and harsh relationships will have a number of new actors in new roles for the fifth season of "Game of Thrones" on HBO. Different writers covering the panel discussion and new cast announcement simply joked that the new characters are merely there for writer George R.R. Martin to kill off.

Those familiar with the books know who survives the bloody confrontations, but Martin and book fans seem to take pleasure in the TV watcher's pain when their favorite cast member bites the dust.

Those in the audience were treated with a blooper reel from the set:

No. 4: Stephen Colbert and "The Hobbit"

Those who watch "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central know of Stephen Colbert's love of J. R. R. Tolkien's writings "The Fellowship of the Ring" and other "Lord of the Rings" books, and the beloved tale of "The Hobbit."

With the final of three films from "The Hobbit" coming out at the end of the year, Colbert took advantage of this group's last time together at the Comic-Con and hosted the panel discussion in complete regalia – well if you can call rags a costume.

At the convention, it was revealed that Colbert – who will be ending his run on Comedy Central to take over David Letterman's time slot on CBS – will make a cameo in the third film. His hope that people wouldn't roll their eyes when he talked about Middle Earth has been realized.

No. 3: Panels on new seasons

A number of well-established programs announced new seasons with new characters and plot points. Among them were "Walking Dead," "True Blood," "Sons of Anarchy," and "Supernatural."

As much as entertainment reporters wanted an update on the actors' contract talks with CBS and the producers of "Big Bang Theory," there were no answers at the writers panel. Fans of the show did find out that there were no plans for the elevator to get fixed at the apartment building.

Fans and the actors both seemed excited that Disney's "Frozen" world was being added to the fourth season of "Once Upon A Time," "American Horror Story" brought its own freak show to the convention and "Grimm" focused on upcoming wedding episodes. That was just a scratching on the surface at Comic-Con.

No. 2: Comic book-inspired TV shows

The two largest publishers of comic books, Marvel and DC, are riding the new technology available to bring the well-developed characters from the pages of graphic novels to films. And by the reaction that audiences have by spending money at the box office has shown great success.

As television programmers keep searching for content to keep an audience watching, they've tapped these content creators more now than they ever thought of before. When Bill Bixby brought the Hulk to the small screen, little did he know of the shows that were to follow.

ABC is launching its "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." for a second season, following a slow start of viewership of the first. Actress Lucy Lawless, known for her work on "Xenia: Warrior Princess" and "Battlestar Galactica," will be joining the show this fall as a veteran agent. Also, ABC is airing a new Marvel-based show, "Agent Carter." The new program, staring Hayley Artwell, takes off where the first "Captain America" film left off in 1946 with Carter starting S.H.I.E.L.D.

At Comic-Con, Marvel also shared details on a number of programs based on other comic book characters that will be on Netflix. "Daredevil," "Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist" and "Luke Cage," will be the first four 13-episode programs that will be available for binge viewing. Nexflix will also have a miniseries based on the popular Defenders comic books.

The "Daredevil" series was written by Drew Goddard, who had to leave the show production to someone else when he left the project to direct the "Sinister Six," a spinoff of the "Amazing Spider-Man" movies.

Rival DC has a number of shows in the works as well. The third season of "Arrow" with Green Arrow from the comic book series is set to start this fall on CW, and will be paired with a spinoff series on the same network for superhero "The Flash."

And NBC is ready to air "Constantine," a show based on the mystic and occult corners of the comic book universe. At Comic-Con, the producers produced this special look at the fall TV show:

No. 1: "The Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" crossover

Two of the most watched animated television shows in history are getting together for a full-hour crossover with the Griffins of "The Family Guy" finding themselves in Springfield, the home town of "The Simpsons."

Stewie and Bart make prank phone calls to Mo's tavern, while Peter and Homer bond over doughnuts and have a brawl over Duff and Pawtucket Patriot Ale. Seth MacFarlane has long said that "The Simpsons" is the reason his "Family Guy" even exists.

The crossover episode, called "The Simpson Guy" is scheduled to air on Sept. 28.

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