Top 10 TV Videos From Comic-Con 2011

The best trailers, previews and spoofs from "Doctor Who," "Dexter," "True Blood," "Fringe" and more!

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Television series were out in force for this year's San Diego Comic-Con International, with over 50 panels devoted to current and upcoming shows as well as older or concluded series. When movie studios were supposedly packing up and moving out of Hall H, TV was there to fill up the Sunday schedule with "Supernatural," "Doctor Who" and "Sons of Anarchy."

There were actually far too many TV panels for any one person to cover. Even multiple clones would have had a hard time of it. Unlike film, there weren't any real losers among the TV shows that came out to Comic-Con. But the smart shows came to the con with new footage to unveil or clever parodies to get their audience excited for the new season. Among the plethora of new trailers and teasers, these 10 clips were the most memorable TV videos to debut at the show. And if you disagree, feel free to let us know what should have been here in the comment section.


10: Lost: The Last Deleted Scene

Even a year later, the ending of "Lost" is still divisive among fans of the series. Some hated it, some loved it. On a panel earlier in the con, Jorge Garcia alluded to the fact that people still tell him how strongly they felt about it and he seemed resigned to it lasting for a long, long time.

At least "Lost" creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse appear to be self-aware about how the ending was received. During the "Totally Lost: One Year Later" panel, the duo unveiled a new "deleted" scene from the first season finale, "Exodus" that features Mark Pellegrino and Titus Welliver in their roles as Jacob and the Man in Black as they proceed to argue about every plotline from there to the end of the show.

It's actually very funny, especially when Jacob blurts out the one secret we never learned about his ancient nemesis.

 

 


9: Alphas

"Alphas" has a long way to go to prove it can maintain itself over the course of the season. But the early episodes have been well received and Syfy helpfully brought a trailer to reintroduce the lead characters and tease the rest of the story yet to come.

 

 


8: Warehouse 13

"Warehouse 13" is the current flagship series for Syfy, so it doesn't really need the intro that it gets in the next video.

But for those of us who watch the series, it does hint at the return of Jaime Murray's H.G. Wells and Neil Grayston's Fargo, as well as a special guest appearance by Jeri Ryan ("Star Trek: Voyager"). The clip also warns of an "artifact outbreak;" which may be a major storyline later in the season…

 

 


7: Castle

On the season finale of "Castle," Police Captain Roy Montgomery (Ruben Santiago-Hudson) was killed in part due to his connection to the murder of Detective Kate Beckett's (Stana Katic) mother. And at Montgomery's funeral, Beckett herself was shot by an assassin, shortly before Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) confessed his love for Beckett as she passed out in his arms.

ABC has been trying to downplay whether Beckett is going to survive (it would be a lot more surprising if she didn't), but the early preview shown at Comic-Con does dispel at least one rumor: the shooting clearly wasn't faked.

  


 

6: Beavis and Butt-Head

Some might argue that Mike Judge is wasting his time by going back to the show that made him famous. But in a world in which "Jersey Shore" has any kind of audience, "Beavis and Butt-Head" are badly needed to comment on the stupidity of it all. America's favorite morons return later this year, with Judge once again writing voicing the duo. To prepare the world for their return, Judge screened a few minutes from one of the new episodes that features the reappearance of Beavis' alter ego, The Great Cornholio!

 

 


5: Fringe

As "Fringe" is just starting production on its fourth season, there is no new footage yet. However, the producers and cast did bring a hilarious video of several established actors attempting to replace Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop. Among the contenders are Zachary Quinto, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, Bobby Moynihan, Paul Scheer, Rebecca Mader, Geoff Stults and more!

Jackson even gets in on the fun himself, in a possible hint for what Peter's future will be now that he no longer exists.

 

 


4: Dexter

On the first day of Comic-Con, Showtime unveiled a stylish new trailer for "Dexter" season six that gives us a glimpse of Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks in their new roles as Dexter's next potential villains.

The only problems are that the trailer doesn't have much substance beyond its style and it doesn't really tell us much about the upcoming storyline. All we really know is that Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) has found faith, which may just make him more dangerous than he was before…

 

 


3: True Blood

HBO's "True Blood" has mastered the trick of promoting a show in its midseason at Comic-Con.

In the latest trailer, it quickly becomes clear that the witches are just getting more powerful, with the vampires quickly falling before them. And Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) may be badly injured in her upcoming confrontation with her sometimes rival, Debbie Pelt (Brit Morgan).

 

 


2: Doctor Who

Someone at the BBC deserves a raise. The "Doctor Who" trailers are almost always some of the most exciting in television and this year's midseason trailer was no exception. Witness, if you will… Rory (Arthur Darvill) punching Hitler, the Doctor (Matt Smith) hunting a minotaur and… is that River Song (Alex Kingston) as Madame Kovarian?!

 

 


1: The Walking Dead

All nine of the preceding videos were entertaining, but none of them matched the intensity of the new trailer for AMC's "The Walking Dead."

In the opening moments alone, Shane (Jon Bernthal) is featured in a tense chase sequence as a zombie horde converges upon him. The trailer also indicates a willingness by Frank Darabont to depart from the narrative of Robert Kirkman's original comic. For example, the scene on the freeway is brand new and extremely compelling.

The closing moments of the trailer feature Rick (Andrew Lincoln) desperately running towards the farm of Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson). Now the question you probably haven't asked yet, is why is Rick running when no zombies are behind him? Ponder that the next time you watch this…