Comic-Con: The Big TV News

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New star Liam McIntyre (right) at the "Spartacus" panel
New star Liam McIntyre (right) at the "Spartacus" panel

This was the year that television truly took over San Diego's Comic-Con International, with over 60 panels and presentations devoted to the small screen. It's no wonder that fans had to line up for the TV programming in Ballroom 20 in the wee hours each morning, while the more movie-centric Hall H sat half-empty for much of the convention. Missed out? Never fear: We've got the highlights for TV fans.

'Spartacus: Vengeance'
Bloody good news: Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight is looking forward to killing lots of people. Plus, he told fans that "in Season 2, Spartacus learns how to be a leader. He goes from a guy with an ax to grind to being a leader. But the season is called 'Vengeance,' and he's not the only one who's out for it." And you can check out the Comic-Con teaser here.

The Showtime series returns October 2, and the Season 6 trailer is now available (see below). Also: We learned that Dexter is going to be worried that his son is going to be a little killer. Colin Hanks and Mos Def were mostly mum about their characters, but C.S. Lee did say that there may be some fun with interns.

Watch the "Dexter" Season 6 trailer right here:

Fans will be happy to know that when asked about a Season 7 at Comic-Con, USA Network co-president Jeff Wachtel told Entertainment Weekly: "The sixth season doesn't start until October, but the guys are amazing. I can see it running forever."

'Burn Notice'
At "The Fall of Sam Axe" panel, Bruce Campbell revealed a (hilarious) dark side of his character in "The Fall of Jeffrey Donovan." Watch a clip here.

You know how everyone was freaking out about Rachel, Finn, and Kurt graduating? It turns out that their leaving McKinley doesn't mean they're gone from "Glee." You say relieved; we say cop-out. It does look like Chord Overstreet is definitely going, though. Poor Mercedes!

[Related: Get the full sccop on what's next for "Glee" right here.]

We know this much about the final season: Mark Hamill is going to guest star as a villain, and listening to Zachary Levi talk about it makes everyone cry (including him). That's all we needed from this Comic-Con panel.

'Game of Thrones'
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss say that they're staying fairly true to the books, so get yourself reading, pronto. And author George R.R. Martin told fans that he has the ending to his saga in sight: "I still have two books to go, and I'm juggling a lot of balls... All I can keep doing is juggling as fast as I can, and hopefully bring everything together in the magnificent way I see it vaguely in my head stretching before me. But it's easier to dream these things than to do them."

'True Blood'
Unlike "Thrones," "True Blood" doesn't seem to have an ending in sight. We also learned that we'll see how Eric made Pam, that Tara and Sam are in no way over, and that we may not have seen the end of Claudine: Executive producer Alan Ball said fairies are born in litters and often identical. Ball also said the writers are researching different kinds of supernatural characters to add to the already insane series.

[Photos: See what the stars of "True Blood" were up to before arriving in Bon Temps.]

Ianto Jones from "Children of Earth" is officially gone. Otherwise, all we found out was that John Barrowman can still be wonderful -- he belted out "Tomorrow" from "Annie," talked about his love of practical jokes, and swore to the world that Captain Jack has more than one coat.

'The Walking Dead'
The Season 2 trailer is here! We also found that the new season will premiere October 16 and that there will be no time-jumping going on.

[Related: Ten cool things we learned from the "Walking Dead" Comic-Con panel]

If you're hoping a series produced by J.J. Abrams and starring Jorge Garcia is going to be a liiiiittle bit like "Lost," you're in luck. Said ol' Hurley: "We totally embrace it. Certainly, there's no better show. But we're our own show; we want to do our own thing."

Speaking of "Lost," here's a "deleted scene" from the Season 1 finale that producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse debuted at the convention. To its credit, it did answer a few of our burning questions.

We knew this panel was going to be great -- what we couldn't ever imagine was the delightful news that Michael K. Williams (Omar from "The Wire") is joining the cast in Season 3 as a biology professor. September 22 cannot come fast enough... we're sure Abed's already stocking up on Honey Nut Cheerios.

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