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4:45 p.m. - And so the madness continues. The "Chuck" Q&As ended up running long so I missed out on the actual panel. (Oh the geek irony! Look for interviews with Josh Schwartz, Zach Levi and more tonight.) But enough of my troubles, the cast, crew and executives are here - Mark Stern, Jamie Paglia, Ed Quinn, Salli Richardson, Colin Ferguson, Jordan Hinson, Joe Morton and Tony Oplican. (As always, forgive my spelling/grammatical mistakes as I'm writing this literally as it happens. Look for updates tonight with full corrected quotes.)
4:56 p.m. - Sci Fi's Mark Stern asks when Salli Richardson will choose Ed Quinn or Colin Ferguson. The crowd shouts out their favorites. She says it's a 21st century show, she can have both.
4:58 p.m. - Jamie Paglia says the new season will be much more about the characters and the ongoing subplots but obviously still have a weekly mystery.
5:00 p.m. - Mark asks about the changes in dynamic between Salli and her men - she's now the boss of Carter but also starts remembering what her husband used to be like.
5:01 p.m. - Ed gives a shout out to Neil Gracen, who apparently couldn't make it and is stuck in Denver.
5:02 p.m. - Mark asks Joe Morton if Henry is a villain now. "He's just looking for closure with Kim," Joe notes. "He'll always go far out on a limb to do what he wants."
5:03 p.m. - Jordan Hinson talks about how her character has matured and that she's begin dating, a fact that Carter isn't too thrilled about. "There has to be adaptation at some point [to the town]," she adds. "And I think she has."
5:05 p.m. - Mark mentions that they are bringing in Carter's ex, Abby, for a few episodes this season. (I'm behind on TiVo but I'm guessing this is old news.)
5:07 p.m. - Everybody raves about the new sets this year from production designer Lance King (sp?). "You'll see a lot more coming," Ed notes.
5:08 p.m. - Colin says his favorite episode to date airs on Tuesday (or a special sneak preview tonight for Con attendees).
5:09 p.m. - Mark asks about the genesis of Ed Quinn's character. Apparently it's based on Stern himself.
5:10 p.m. - Audience Q&A time. Colin is asked if people think he's dense in real life. "What was the question again?" he jokes. Salli notes that he's actually very smart in reality. "He really knows everything," she adds. This is riveting stuff. As far as his work ethic, Ed mentions Colin's first day off of work this season was the last day of production. "I can answer questions for myself," Colin quips.
5:13 p.m. - Jamie gives a shout out to staff writer Eric, who was behind the webisodes last season and wrote this season's 10th episode.
5:14 p.m. - Someone asks about if the writers think we'll actually see some of the inventions on the show. Joe mentions Leonardo Da Vinci's drawings being the precursor to the submarine and other modern-day inventions. Jamie adds that they like to look at today's current cutting edge technology for inspiration.
5:19 p.m. - A fan asks about the budget for the show and more specificaly, would it ever get too expensive to sustain itself. Mark notes the show costs "probably half" of what most network shows costs and looks just as good. "As long as we're handling that and the audience is there," he adds (and I'm paraphrasing). "It's not going to be an issue." Mark also adds that Sci Fi is one of the most DVRed networks so people need to watch the show live.
5:23 p.m. - Ed reveals that the show's DP is leaving to join "Jericho."
5:28 p.m. - Colin gets a shoutout from a fan about his podcast. He's hoping to get the rest of the cast involved for season two.
5:29 p.m. - A fan nitpicks the fact that Jack Carter features the names of the two lead characters from "Stargate SG-1." Yes, this is Comic-Con boys and girls.
5:30 p.m. - Jordan talks about being the youngest cast member. "At first it was like, what am I going to do all day?" she jokes. "I'm a hermit and she pulls me out of my house," Colin adds.
5:33 p.m. - Colin says the cast hangs out quite a bit since they know what each other is going through. Plus, Salli notes, they tend to not have their families there like the local Vancouver crew. Ed jokes that he hangs out with the "Battlestar Galactica" guys because they're cooler. (Mark adds that it's sad but true.)
5:36 p.m. - Someone asks how much of themselves are in their characters. Colin says he tends to work in the Meisner (sp?) or in the moment so his actual self comes across quite a bit. Jordan adds she's pretty much like her character, except for the whole credit card fraud thing.
5:40 p.m. - A fan gives Salli a props for her voice work on "Gargoyles."
5:41 p.m. - Someone asks when the cast and producers knew they had a "home run" instead of a trainwreck like "Tremors" (the person's words, not mine). A few audience members give some "oooooohhhh"s.
5:43 p.m. - A little kid confesses that "Eureka" is his favorite show. The audience "awwwwwws."
5:45 p.m. - On that note, we'll sign off on this panel. "Babylon 5" is up next.