Comic-Con: Star-Crossed panel – Love triangle to be central to plot, lots of special effects teased and Matt Lanter says he welcomed “darker” role

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Comic-Con is well and truly under way in San Diego right now, and one of our TV picks, Star-Crossed has recently wrapped up its first panel.

The show, which is set to premiere this fall on The CW features 90210’s Matt Lanter, Aimee Teegarden and Grey Damon and we have been promised that a love triangle will be very important to the show’s plot and there’s going to be a lot of “awesomeness”.


Matt Lanter (90210, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night  Lights), and Grey Damon (Secret Circle, Nine Lives of Chloe King), along with executive producers Adele Lim (One Tree Hill), Meredith Averill (The Good Wife), Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Mission Impossible, Alias), and Scott Rosenberg (Gone In 60 Seconds, Con Air) all starred on the panel this afternoon, which is one of the first TV panels of this year’s Comic-Con.

The pilot episode was played to the audience, in which the cast and crew were a tad disappointed that Lanter’s shirt wasn’t off during the episode. Upon arriving to the stage, Lanter joked: “You guys thought the shirt was coming off!”

Elsewhere, it is apparent there is going to be a major love triangle throughout the season, with Lanter explaining: “The triangle is a very important part of the show. They represent very different but very attractive choices for her”.

Lanter continued: “We don’t know a lot, but I think we can expect a lot of awesomeness. Given [the executive’s] track record we’re in for some elevated storytelling”.

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For me, Star-Crossed is one of the show that really caught my eye upon seeing the series preview, and it does look like a very promising show for The CW and could do well in terms of ratings.

Appelbaum – executive producer – said: “We want to be highlighting what it is like to immigrate these students into the school, the social side, but also there’s a lot of sci-fi. We have a big spaceship sitting there. Also one day, we might visit their planet – who know?”

With the show being sci-fi based, that means there’s a lot of special effects in order, which is rather exciting and no doubt fired up some of the people in the audience. Adele Lim explained: “We’ve got a lot planned in terms of the Atrians and what their powers are”.

Of course, 90210 is a million miles away from Star-Crossed, which Lanter spent over five years on, when asked what made him make the move over from teen drama to sci-fi, he said: “90210 was a teen soap this is… we have those elements, but what’s bigger than that is the social issues and of course, the sci-fi. It’s fun for me as a fan to be in that world. I welcomed a darker, sci-fi fun aspect as opposed to the soapy stuff”.

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Damon meanwhile likened his character to Batman – which will have gone down well with some of the comic nerds in attendance… possibly. He said: “I always get cast in roles that are very straight man. But Grayson definitely has some secrets and a dark past. Like Batman”.

But, how could a panel go by without someone asking for some teasers. Lanter said: “Personally watching the show, there’s so much I want to know about the Atrians, their background, a wealth of culture on another planet.

Appelbaum added: “We move fast in a good way, we give answers quickly. Episodes two, three, four are a fast pace. Mysteries are solved and then new ones are asked”.

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