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23 July 2009 @ 11:10 pm

So I don't know what's going on this year but apparently they told the whole volunteer staff that they need to stop EVERYONE who's trying to record ANYTHING at the panels - not just the clips from the studios. So I didn't get to actually record the panel via video like I expected that I'd be able to do. As it is there's no way that the footage was allowed too be shot, so unless Disney puts it up on LOTS.com don't expect to see it appearing anywhere. I DID however audio record the entire panel so when I'm back home next week we'll get the audio to listen to unless the whole panel shows up on LOTS.com. Audio will be posted over at The Confessor and the Seeker Society.

That being said - Terry seemed much more upbeat about the series than that IMDB article that's posted in the S2 spoiler thread. Yeah he mentioned that he thought the experience of others playing w/ his characters was odd for him after he had invested so much time into them BUT in the end he didn't really care because SOO MANY people had now discovered his books (IE his book sales have been through the roof.) He put a VERY positive spin on the whole experience...which should shut bashers up once and for all.

Billar also addressed the need to make the show different and that he knew/recognized the concerns of book purists but that they felt that the books just wouldn't translate in this format. Most people at the panel didn't seem to care. People who walked by the room looking for other panels - they all seemed to know about the series. The room being so full was proof that they've got a HUGE growing fanbase. The best news was that the small room that they picked was too small. The producers were stunned by the attendance actually - expect for a season 3 panel that we'll get a larger hall.


Bridget and Craig had a cute intro w/ both in costume saying how much that they wished that they were there. Craig is sporting a smallish beard and his hair is a bit longer. My eyes could be deceiving me because I've just been hungry for new Craigy stuff but he looked a little beefier too.

DVD News - looks like there will be a featurette on the disks w/ Bridget and Craig giving a tour around the set. There will be commentary w/ some of the eps including what Craig and Jessica were thinking during the torture scenes in Denna. It also sounds like that there will be a blooper reel.

Someone asked about a CD and the other producer who was there had his ears perk up and said that he'd definitely take that idea back to the studio, especially since De Luca was Emmy nominated. So I'm guessing that if we all email ABC we could get that to be made a reality!

Billar confirmed that w/ the whole time shift thing at the end of RECKONING that Kahlan did not succeed in Confessing Richard so the angst continues w/ them being in love but not being able to be together. He was very, VERY tight lipped about spoilers. BAH!

Footage was awesome - Richard/Kahlan/Zedd all standing around a gap in the ground w/ green light coming out of it.

They were all talking about a skreeling and wondering how it could've gotten loose in the world and Zedd mentioned that the creature was only a small problem that with the veil was broken that the Keeper could be unleashed if it gets any worse. The only thing to reverse it is the Stone of Tears. Richard of course says that he'll find it, Kahlan has faith in him. Zedd is unsure - it's been lost for centuries. He then tells Richard that the only thing that could have done this was the power of Orden - Richard realizes that it's his fault that the veil was broken and Zedd tells him about Wizard's Second rule that the best intentions can lead to bigger problems (paraphrased.)

Random clips included the ones mentioned above we also saw a glimpse of a black skreeling and Rachel hiding under a table.

Everyone bowing to Richard ROCKED.

Cara's hair is now blond. I'm guessing Denna will not be back. We got to see Cara and Tiara kissing. 

Richard leading an army of D'Haran soldiers against an army of Mord Sith - ROCKED harder. Mord'siths all in a line shooting arrows at Richard's army. Richard fighting like hell and not happy about it.

Casting news above was revealed Charisma Carpeter as Tiara, Talbret has been signed on as a full time cast member as Cara. Bruce being thrilled to be one of the good guys for once was really cute. He mentioned how he felt that he actually could be Craig and Bridgets grandfather - poor guy! But that by the end of the season all 3 of them had really meshed and he felt that that really translated well at the end of the season. They laughed about the naked chicken scene. Bruce stated that the costume never makes him feel like Zedd - it's what he feels on the inside. It's nice to know that they cast such a dedicated and talented actor in the part.

Overall not a lot of Richard/Kahlan news - no mention of a love triangle. I still contest that Cara isn't a "love interest" but that Kahlan and she will have power struggles over who gets to protect Richard. Affection doesn't necessarily mean love. The one thing that Ken said was that these 2 are so obviously head over heels in love w/ each other at the end of season 1 that even though they can't "be" together - they CAN'T be apart from each other...so we're likely not going to have they ripped apart like in the books.

Finally Ken said it was a conscious decision to make Kahlan even more kick ass than she was in the books because they really wanted her to be an arch-type warrior woman. This actually went well for me since I also attended the Women of Power panel earlier w/ Sigourney Weaver, Zora Saldano (sp?), Eliza Dushku, and Elizabeth Mitchell. Sigourney stated that TV really leads the way w/ how females are portrayed that it's more of a reflection of real life. Even though LOTS is a fantasy show, and maybe yeah Kahlan shows cleavage she isn't always subjected to having to wear skimpy outfits to show how ferocious that she can be. Bridget should be really grateful - I got the impression that life sucks being a film actress and having to try to justify why they shouldn't have to always wear skimpy clothes or get naked w/ the lead just because 65 year old studio execs want to see that.

Kahlan really is a change even from Xena who had to wear a skimpy outfit - Kahlan can look like a woman and be mostly covered up and yet still run, fight, scream, yell, kill, and kick ass as much as Richard does - you HAVE to love that :)

I got to run up to the stage at the end and Bruce Spence and Terry Goodkind both signed autographs for me :) Overall it was a satisfying panel the footage made up for the serious lack of spoilers. My Dad who came w/ me knew nothing about the series and after seeing the 6 minute season 1 recap came out saying that he would buy the DVDs when they were released.

The producers profusely thanked us all for watching the series and were humbled by the large crowd that arrived.

Season 2 premieres 11/7.

S1 DVDs 10/13.

Terry's new book "The Law of Nines" hits stores August 18th.

Here are a couple of photos of Bruce and Terry w/ pics of the promo photos that they used on the screen. Sorry I was on the other side of the room so they're not that great but they're an idea of what we'll see w/ new promo photos coming.

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Fate3: seekerfates3 on July 24th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Thank you sooo much for this!!! Really not happy about the new female joining the show and her fighting with Kahlen over Richard :-/ But psyched we FINALLY got some news on the coming season!

And glad to hear that the room was packed!!!

Thanks again for all of your details, it is MUCH appreciated!!!
lilmiss91 on July 24th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
lucky bum!! :P
"I got to run up to the stage at the end and Bruce Spence and Terry Goodkind both signed autographs for me "

your soooo lucky!!!

should totally scan it and post it for us!!! :P

I cant wait for season 2!!!
lilmiss91 on July 24th, 2009 06:59 am (UTC)
Re: lucky bum!! :P
would love to see that intro with bridget and craigy!!

if u have it or can get it!!
Re: lucky bum!! :P - rkc_erika on July 24th, 2009 10:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
lizzieonelizzieone on July 24th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
cool! am totally buying the dvd and cannot wait for the audio clip! thanks.
Rae: LotS. R/K standing.autumnrae89 on July 24th, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
This leaves me with so many questions!

I'm only up to book #6 so is Tiara a Mord-Sith we see later? Or is she sort of a culmination of Berdine and Raina? I'm glad we've got Talbrett for series regular, I'm hoping that we'll get a book!Cara/Richard friendship going on.

I do love Craig's new look, it's like a shaggy Richard. Is it so that we see that Richard's at least grown up in part? Or do you think they're filming any stuff with the Sisters?

Bruce Spence = WIN. It's nice to hear that his Zedd-ness comes from within. I think it's more real that way.

As for TG, it's always gonna be weird seeing people you've created and loved for a long time up on the screen and what not. But it's like he's said (Are the haters listening? :P) it's turning more people to his books. I found the show first but I love his books as a completely seperate entity. Show!Richard and Kahlan are simply showing us new journeys which I for one love. This way even after the 11 books are done and finished we can still go on more adventures with these characters.

Er, epic comment is epic.

ETA: Thanks for reporting this Erika, you're a star.

Edited at 2009-07-24 11:03 am (UTC)
fridalang: r/k confessionfrida_lang on July 24th, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
Thanks for the description of the panel! *hugs* Being on the other side of the world from SD Comic-Con, and internet being rather unhelpful thus far, any news is much appreciated. This show has made such a fan out of me! :P

In that R/K photo, Richard really reminds me on a bunch of fanart made prior to the series. Somehow, he always had more beard than Craig sported in S1.

Can't wait for the DVD! :D I mean, thoughts through Denna-torture... mmmmm! XD
cortexiphan juice box: [lots] and ladies with pretty hairhollywoodgrrl on July 24th, 2009 08:32 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the recap!!! Eeeee!!!
jenova_genesisjenova_genesis on July 24th, 2009 08:32 am (UTC)
Awesome! Thank you so much!!
mrssandersonmrssanderson on July 24th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
OMG Charisma Carpenter??? that's awesome!!!! thank you for the report hun. Geez, i can't wait for the episodes to air :D
Deej: [lots] cara om nom nomdeej on July 24th, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
IT'S CORDELIA KICKING YOUR ASS IN LEATHER, BEETCHES!!!! Aaaaaahahahahahaaa can't WAIT!!!! (Dude, are we going to have old Buffy fans tuning in to/recognising this?! It's sure to pop up in Whedonesque, could be huge for the LotS fandom, mebbe?) Still, LOL.

(Edit to apologise for randomly attacking you with my squee there, I might have got some excitement on your shoes, sorry :P)

Edited at 2009-07-24 01:08 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - mrssanderson on July 24th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
Deej: [jossverse] buffy the slayerdeej on July 24th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
OMG CHARISMA! “Excuse me I have to call everyone I have ever met right now”!!!!!
tabitha: pinwheeltabby_renee on July 24th, 2009 09:15 am (UTC)
yay! excitingness!
love is stronger than death: lots → craig&bridget @silentwilightsilentwilight on July 24th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
Thank you sooooooo much for your report and pictures! You rock!
I am so thrilled Charisma Carpenter will be guest starring.
However, I am little worried about Cara being a regular. I'm worried how that will change the dynamic.

Thanks again!
Serendipityxxi: KahlanKickingAssserendipityxxi on July 24th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC)
I had to read that twice when you said "Charisma Carpenter" thought for sure you were messing with us but HOLY CRAP IT IS CHARISMA CARPENTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 *DROPS DEAD OF GLEE* I might just become a Mord Sith fan yet! Thanks so much for keeping the rest of us who couldn't get to con updated!

Am not a fan of the beard but if we only get the beard and not R&K apart for 75% of S2 unlike book 2 I will live with it!
rkc_erika: Kahlan Rada'hanrkc_erika on July 24th, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
I have a feeling overall that the one person to *Squee* the most about Charisma joining the cast was probably Craig - remember he's a HUGE Buffy fan!

Me personally, I never watched either Buffy or Angel so that news didn't overly excite me but I have a feeling that it will bring new people to the series.

They mentioned that they also got a little larger budget for this season too! So I'm guessing that we'll see more awesome stuff!

Craig looks seriously hot w/ the beard - it's an EASY way for them to make him immediately look older than last season. The clip from the opening episode that they showed it was a little weird seeing him w/ the beard but he looked good. Kahlan & Zedd looked exactly the same.

So can't wait for season 2 to start. Bruce said that the first 3 scripts that he got were just superb! :)

(no subject) - dramaticgrl on July 24th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
Lilacwire: Kaylee Smilelilacwire on July 24th, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)

Thanks for this writeup; I am SO EXCITED.