9:57 a.m. PT The “Chuck” panel is minutes away from its scheduled start. Ballroom 20 isn’t half-full yet, but the line still waiting to get in is longer than any Ballroom 20 line I’ve ever seen at Comic-Con. Are people here for “Chuck”? Are they here for “Futurama”? Are they truly committed “True Blood” fans waiting for the late afternoon panel? I can’t say.
9:59 a.m. I actually waiting in line for nearly 90 minutes even though the seat I prefer at events like this is usually the last to fill. I like being back and to the right, with a clear sightline of screens and easy access to power plugs, because on a day like today, my batteries are going to be taxed. If you want coverage of the day’s Ballroom 20 madness, it’s the price I have to pay.
10:01 a.m. Running late already. Past half-way full, though. And people still pouring in. As long as the Comic-Con WiFi holds up, I’ll be live-blogging “Chuck,” so check back.
10:11 a.m. “If you bought a sandwich or tweeted on Twitter or filled out a comment card at subway…” you’re a hero, a publicist tells us.
10:11 a.m. Woo! Sepinwall! Woo!
10:12 a.m. A recap package of “Chuck” Season Two plays well. Very well. Especially the shot of Yvonne Strahovsky in her underwear from the finale.
10:15 a.m. Biggest cheer? “Guys… I know kung fu.”
10:17 a.m. A filmed bit begins with Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak eating subs and asking Zachary Levi what he plans to do next after the cancellation of “Chuck.” A call comes from the NBC brass… “We got picked up!” Schwartz says with confusion.
10:18 a.m. The joke is that Schwartz and Fedak didn’t have any ideas. Fedak is particularly terrified, saying, “You said, there’s no way they’re going to pick us up for a third season, so let’s go out on a crazy thing. ‘I know Kung Fu!'”
10:19 a.m. Schwartz says they have one thing they know works…
10:20 a.m. JEFFSTER!!!!
10:20 a.m. LIVE!!! “Fat-Bottomed Girls!”
10:21 a.m. The rest of the cast comes out on stage and urges the crowd to its feed. People are filming and taking photographs everywhere. It is, as Ryan McPartlin’s alter ego might say… AWESOME!
10:22 a.m. People are still pouring in as Vik Sahay yells… “Thank you ‘Chuck’ fans, because of you… WE’RE BACK, BABY”
10:23 p.m. “Thanks. That’s all,” Levi says.
10:25 a.m. Already from the intros, Sepinwall is getting laughs and the cheers are loud. VERY. Adam Baldwin, as you’d expect, gets the loudest cheer. But others are comparable.
10:26 a.m. “We’re epic!” Sahay announces of Jeffster. Allison Adler is credited with the creation of Jeffster!
10:27 a.m. “I think we would be paid more not to sing again,” Sahay says in response to Sepinwall’s query about when the Jeffster album drops. He’s exhausted. Sahay. Not Sepinwall.
10:28 a.m. “We’re here because of you guys,” Levi says. “I felt cautiously optimistic.”
10:29 a.m. “As the only Jew at this table, no. Zero percent.” Schwartz says of the show’s saving before giving a nod to Sepinwall and other people who helped save Chuck.
10:30 a.m. SCHWARTZ JUST THANKED ME!!!!
10:31 a.m. Sorry. I missed the story of Wendy because I was still glowing.
10:31 a.m. Of plans for Subway placements, Schwartz says it’s TBD. “This year, we can only afford for Adam Baldwin to grunt,” Schwartz says of cutbacks. Baldwin responds, “My inner monologue when I grunt is the name ‘Joss Whedon.'”
10:32 a.m. Levi asks how we’re doing. We’re fine.
10:32 a.m. Sepinwall asks what Fedak and Schwartz can tell us. Fedak pretends his microphone is broken. Fedak then explains that it’s the story of a guy who could be a hero and what happens next, with the help of Sarah and Casey.
10:33 a.m. Schwartz adds: “Something very emotional and traumatic is going to have happened between Chuck and Sarah, but it’s gonna be really really good. Is that vague enough?”
10:35 a.m. On his fight training, Levi cracks: “I’ve been doing a lot of ‘Virtual Fighter.’ It’s very intense. My thumbs are worn to the bone.”
10:37 a.m. Levi says that his powers don’t necessarily last, that there’s a glitch in the system that causes his Chuck-Fu to come and go. As Fedak explains, it was actually designed for Bryce Larkin.
10:38 a.m. Schwartz says now that Captain Awesome knows Chuck’s secrets, “Awesome will start to be submerged into the spy world as well.”
10:39 a.m. “Chris Fedak told me on the train ride down here that my performances are much better when I don’t know anything,” says Ryan McPartlin, who didn’t know of Awesome’s involvement. Sarah Lancaster suggests that with Awesome off spy-working, Morgan may need to come take care of Ellie.
10:40 a.m. “It could be sooner than was announced. We don’t know,” Schwartz teases of the show’s premiere.
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10:41 a.m. Of last season’s guest stars, Schwartz raves about Scott Bakula. Levi references Tricia Helfer as a favorite guest star. The crowd is, as you may get, pleased to hear her name.
10:42 a.m. I just noticed that there isn’t enough room on stage for Big Mike. He’s on-stage, but not sitting at the table.
10:43 a.m. The crowd also cheers at references to Dominic Monaghan and Bruce Boxleitner.
10:43 a.m. That was swift. Sepinwall’s already kicking it to the audience. Not enough prepared questions, Alan?
10:44 a.m. The first questioner asks if there will be drawbacks to Chuck’s powers. Fedak and Schwartz are appreciative of their specific suggestions.
10:45 a.m. A small child asks Levi who he’s closest to, who his best friend is on set. There’s some question of the pronounciation of his last name. Levi praises the girl’s cuteness and says she should be bothered. It’s a nice hemming and hawing tangent. Levi says he loves everyone, but Josh Gomez in particular. He ends with, “Now go bottle your adorableness.”
10:45 a.m. We will be seeing people with beards next season on “Chuck.” Gomez’s beard is outstanding. I’m a beard afficianado and I appreciate these things.
10:46 a.m. Did Chuck’s dad program him with any language skills or other knowledge, a questioner asks. Schwartz and Fedak are, again, interested.
10:47 a.m. A young boy calls himself Orion. “That’s awesome. Are you my father?” Levi asks. “I’m not,” the kid says. His real question involves whether they’ll have action figures soon. Baldwin cracks, “I need another one.” Schwartz and Fedak feign being offended at Baldwin’s “Firefly” love. Levi goes on a riff about how he wants an action figure so that he can mock Baldwin and so that he can have a kung-fu grip.
10:48 a.m. Which superhero is Chuck like? Levi compares him to Peter Parker. “He gets bit, whether he likes it. Not by a spider, but by an e-mail, which is on the world wide web. Who would he like to be? I dunno. Deadpool? But apparently Ryan Reynolds gets ALL the jobs.” The crowd is loving Levi.
10:49 a.m. Does Baldwin yearn to do more romantic roles. “I just do what they tell me,” Baldwin responds. Schwartz suggests that if Ellie and Awesome are ever on the rocks, Ellie and Casey may have a moment. “I would do that,” Baldwin responds.
10:51 a.m. The questions are all going to Baldwin now. Which is harder, movies or TV? Will we meet Casey’s parents? Etc.
10:52 a.m. Will there be a musical episode? “Now there will be,” Schwartz replies.
10:52 a.m. “Yvonne, you’re hot,” somebody from the crowd yells. “From the ‘Duh’ Files,” Baldwin says. Wait. Has Yvonne said a word?
10:54 a.m. Guest stars for next season? People yell suggestions from the crowd. “It’s like the ‘Price Is Right’ right now,” Schwartz says. Suggestions include Adam Brody and Tony Danza. No word, though, on the return of Scott Bakula or anything else.
10:55 a.m. “The Buy More will still be a part of the show,” Fedak reassures the fans, promising that the show will retain its sense of humor.
10:55 a.m. Will we meet Sarah’s sister? And is it Corina? Schwartz says that Corina *is* coming back.
10:57 a.m. That’s it sports fans. It’s been a pleasure live-blogging “Chuck” with you… I’ll be live-blogging again for “True Blood”!