Elizabeth Mitchell, Christopher Shyer, Morena Baccarin

ABC's V will be holding a panel discussion with its cast at Comic-Con this Saturday in San Diego (2:30 p.m. in Ballroom 20). While it's sure to be exciting, I've already received some early intel on two new characters joining the sci-fi series in its second season.

On the ground, a radical anti-Visitors Fifth Column sect will emerge, headed by a leader the show is currently casting.

But the new role that has me most jazzed: the mother of devilish V leader Anna (Morena Baccarin) will be making her debut. Could this part possibly go to Jane Badler, who played the wicked Diana in the original 1980's V? Executive producer Scott Rosenbaum recently told me he was looking to bring in some of the stars from the original series, so wouldn't casting Badler make perfect sense? I can only imagine the sparks that would fly if Diana and Anna ended up in the same 'mother' ship. Diana is about the only being I can think of who could possibly put Anna in her place, and then take granddaughter Lisa (Laura Vandervoort) out for a gerbil burger.

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