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Dispatches from FanX 2017: “The Walking Dead,” the new “Twin Peaks,” more “Psych,” and surprise Stan Lee
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
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Stan Lee during the Skype panel. 
Photo by Rachel Collings | Davis Clipper
Stan Lee during the Skype panel. Photo by Rachel Collings | Davis Clipper
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The return of “Psych”

The day opened with a panel featuring James Roday and Dulé Hill, who played Shawn and Gus on the TV series “Psych.” In addition to life advice and stories from the set, the two teased the possibility of more “Psych” in the future.

Roday, on how to be cool and confident: “You’ve got to get yourself a team of writers.”

Hill, on the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich recipe: “A lot of jelly, a lot of peanut butter, and life is good.”

Roday, on whether there would be any more “Psych”: “I can neither confirm nor deny that something is in the works. But Dulé and I have never done a con, and all of a sudden we’re here with you guys. That’s kind of weird. Oh, and don’t try to get any information from Zachary Levi, because he doesn’t know anything either.”

A “Walking Dead” reunion

The dead lived again when Michael Cudlitz, who played the recently deceased Abraham on the TV series “The Walking Dead,” joined Josh McDermott and Khary Payton on a panel about the show. In addition to sharing stories from the set and insight about the shocking deaths that opened the season, McDermott discussed how little he could discuss his work in the upcoming “Twin Peaks” reboot:

Cudlitz, on the fan reaction to Glenn’s and Abraham’s deaths: “I would argue that there’s been a lot more gruesome deaths on the show. The audience cared so much about those characters, and that’s what made the scene so intense.”

Payton, on the often gory details of the deaths: “This is a horror crew. When they take you out, they’re going to show their love by giving you a death worthy of what they do. They’re not just going to hit you over the head. They’re going to take time on your head.”

McDermott, about working on the new “Twin Peaks”: “It’s even more secretive than ‘The Walking Dead.’ I get an e-mail once a week saying they’ll kill me if I say anything.”

Stan Lee rides again

Though illness kept him from attending the con in person, Stan Lee requested the opportunity to do a Skype panel late Friday afternoon. Though there were a few technical details, he seemed in good spirits as he talked about his work and his feelings about Salt Lake.

On why his cameo in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is his favorite: “The reason it’s my favorite is it’s the only cameo I ever did that’s two scenes.”

On why Doctor Doom is his favorite villain among those he’s created: “The thing I like about Doctor Doom is that, legally, he might not be a villain because all he wants is to conquer the world. You can walk up to a police officer and say ‘I want to conquer the world,’ and there’s nothing they can do. It’s not a crime.”

As he was saying goodbye: “This little interview is the best medicine I could have had. Being with you guys is the best way I can think of to spend any time. You guys are all wonderful.” 

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