If you’ve followed my writing on Downright Creepy, you already know that my guilty pleasure television series is MTV’s Teen Wolf. One of the things I anticipated at Comic-Con was attending the panel on Thursday afternoon in Room 6A.
Let me give you a quick Comic-Con tip. When you really want to see a particular panel, it’s often a good idea to sit through the one before, then move closer to the stage when people clear the room. Further, it’s often a better idea to stand in line for the panel before that. Yes, it sometimes kills a couple extra hours for you, but it’s the only way I know to be guaranteed entrance into a room. (Hall H and Ballroom C are different beasts entirely; I’m talking about the “smaller” rooms like 6A, 6B, 8 or 9.)
Gauging the reaction of the audience at the Teen Wolf panel, I’m guessing it will be held in one of the larger rooms next year. The popularity of the show is growing, as reflected in the announcement at the beginning of the panel that it has been renewed for not only a third season, but a 24-episode season, which is double the number of episodes of seasons one and two.
After showing the July 16 episode in its entirety, five days before its air date, cast members sat on a panel moderated by TV Guide’s Damian Holbrook. This was a panel aimed squarely at the target audience of the show: screaming teenage girls. The hardest-hitting question from the moderator was, “Why don’t any of the men on the show have body hair?” One of the panelists, perhaps Tyler Posey, who plays Scott McCall, the title character, replied that it’s because they are “Nairwolves”.
The biggest news I took from the panel was the actor Dylan O’Brien, who plays Scott’s spastic best friend, Stiles, has been cast in a movie starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. That would be very exciting for a young actor, and other cast members were cheering for him. However, O’Brien was humble about it, saying that it’s really “nothing”. By the way, judging from the shrieking of the audience, it is O’Brien who is the most popular cast member.
In a moment of life imitating art, actor Colton Haines unintentionally demonstrated a dumb jock moment more akin to his character on the show, Jackson. When the cast was asked by an audience member to tell something embarrassing about the person to their left, Haines started talking about Holland Roden (Lydia), who was actually sitting on his right.
Sexual innuendo and inappropriate comments ruled the panel. When speaking about a surprise announcement for romance on the show, Tyler Hoechin (Derek) reached down the table and grabbed Dylan O’Brien’s hand. Ha, ha. I guess that’s something you’d expect from a bunch of beautiful kids high on life and trying to be funny in front of their fans. Yep, MTV is where they belong.