Monday, July 8, 2013

TV Highlights at Comic-Con 2013

Over the 4th of July weekend, SDCC released the schedule for the upcoming convention. Between comics, movies, video games, television shows, and countless other pop culture phenomena, hundreds of panels will take place between July 18th and 21st. Let's take a look at some of the television highlights. Check back this week for the schedule we will attempt to follow this year with two staffers at the event.
Thursday, July 18
Intelligence: 10 a.m. in Ballroom 20. It's the CBS thriller where a man has been implanted with a super-computer microchip so he can help the government by quickly hacking internet, telephone, and satellite data.

Star-Crossed: 11 a.m. in Ballroom 20. It's the CW drama where Aimee Teegarden is in love with an alien who is part of "The Orion 9," a group that has been in an internment camp since landing.

Beauty and the Beast: 12 p.m. in Ballroom 20. Back this year are Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan for CW's cult favorite.

Psych: 1 p.m. in Ballroom 20. Always a hit panel, James Roday, Dule Hill, and Maggie Lawson will be on the panel for this USA series.

The Blacklist: 3 p.m. in Room 6A. A new NBC drama, this police procedural will have a wanted criminal turning himself in, offering up all his colleagues, and then demanding to work with a rookie FBI agent.

The X-Files 20th Anniversary: 3:30 p.m. in Ballroom 20. The reunion of Mulder and Scully from the long-running FOX thriller. 

Dexter: 6:30 p.m. in Hall H. After several appearances at Comic-Con, it's time for this Showtime series to say goodbye with Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, and James Remar.

Hannibal: 6:45 p.m. in Room 6A. With one season in the books, this serial killer series makes its first appearance at SDCC.

Friday, July 19
The Big Bang Theory: 10 a.m. in Ballroom 20. What's interesting here is that the focus is not on the actors but on the writers for this CBS ultra-hit.

Adventure Time: 11 a.m. in the Indigo Ballroom at Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. The Cartoon Network cult hit's creator Pendleton Ward and some cast members.

Veronica Mars: 11:15 a.m. in Hall H. With a highly-anticipated film in the works, creator Rob Thomas and several stars (including Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, and Chris Lowell) will be available to show exclusive footage and answer questions.

Nikita: 11:30 a.m. in Room 6BCF. It's the end of the line for this CW cult series starring Shane West. Catch it one last time

Bones: 12:30 p.m. in Ballroom 20. Rather than giving up new scenes, CBS's Bones will share never-before-seen footage, coupled with some teasers.

The 100: 12:45 p.m. in Room 6BCF. Another of the CW's new dramas, this dystopia is based on not-yet-published books set 97 years after nuclear war destroys civilization. Can you handle another futuristic apocalypse drama?

The Walking Dead: 1:35 p.m. in Hall H. The line will surely be long for this one! Stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, and others will be in the room alongside the creative team to discuss what's ahead in season four of this AMC series.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1:45 pm. in Ballroom 20. Another highly anticipated panel will feature Joss Whedon and surprise guests to discuss the new ABC series.

Game of Thrones: 2:50 p.m. in Hall H. If you make it into the room, you're probably in for a treat. GoT has had hugely appreciated panels in the past, and with HBO's Emilia Clarke, Richard Madden, and Peter Dinklage around, it should be epic once more.

The Following
3:15 p.m. in Ballroom 20. Last year, the pilot was shown to attendees, so be sure to see what's in store for Kevin Bacon during season two of the FOX serial killer thriller.

Sleepy Hollow: 3:30 p.m. in Room 6A. FOX is bringing out the pilot for a screening!

Almost Human: 4 p.m. in Ballroom 20. It's J.J. Abrams' new FOX futuristic police series, featuring robot assistants.

Bob's Burgers: 4 p.m. in Indigo Ballroom Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. FOX's non-MacFarlane, non-Simpsons animated show will return to SDCC with more never-before-seen footage and a Q&A with the creator and several of the voice actors, including Dan Mintz and Kristen Schaal.

Falling Skies: 4:30 p.m. in Room 6BCF. Previous Comic-Con goers are likely after the killer swag from this panel, where TNT stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy and more will tease the remainder of season three.

Archer: 5 p.m. in Indigo Ballroom Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. A screening and Q&A from FX's covert operations cartoon, featuring voice actors H. Jon Benjamin (yes, it's poorly timed as he's also a voice for Bob's Burgers!), Aisha Tyler, and Judy Greer, among others.

TV Guide Magazine Fan Favorites: 5:15 p.m. in Ballroom 20. A real crowd-pleaser, this year's hot actors include Candice Accola, Joseph Morgan, Tyler Hoechlin, Henry Ian Cusick, Danai Gurira, Clark Gregg, and Blair Underwood.

Animination Domination High-Def: 6:45 p.m. in Room 6DE. FOX's anti-Adult Swim comedy block will preview two new series: Axe Cop and High School USA!.

Saturday, July 20
Bates Motel: 10 a.m. in Room 6A. Cast members Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, and others will participate in a Q&A as well as show some new footage from the A&E horror series.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: 10:15 a.m. in Ballroom 20. Premiere screening of the ABC spinoff, need I say more?

Once Upon a Time: 11 a.m. in Ballroom 20: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, and others will be available to discuss the upcoming Neverland episodes.

Futurama: 12 p.m. in Ballroom 20. Futurama is another show at the end of its life, so as Comedy Central waves goodbye, join voice actors Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, and more as they perform from "Last Episode Ever." Plus, Matt Groening will be there to showcase some of his excellent cartooning!

How I Met Your Mother: 12 p.m. in Indigo Ballroom Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The CBS comedy has never been to Comic-Con before, but the whole cast Josh Radnor, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, and Alyson Hannigan) will be in the house to promote their final season, as well as creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas!

The Simpsons: 12:45 p.m. in Ballroom 20. After 25 years on the air, the FOX animated family comedy is still going, here to show never-before-seen footage. Also, you can hear "We Put the Spring in Springfield" performed live.

The Originals: 1 p.m. in Indigo Ballroom Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Possibly the CW's most-promising pilot for fall and spun off from The Vampire Diaries, check out a preview and do a Q&A with the stars.

Family Guy: 1:45 p.m. in Ballroom 20: Fans can expect to see Seth Green, Alex Borstein and some surprise guests... if you can handle a twelfth season of this FOX feature.

True Blood
3:30 p.m. in Ballroom 20. With a new showrunner Brian Buckner, the series returns to Comic-Con with a chunk of stars to preview what's next for the HBO vampire series. 

Revolution: 4:55 p.m. in Room 6BCF. Season two of the NBC post-apocalyptic drama will move to Wednesdays, but here you can see an exclusive first look, as well as take part in a Q&A with actors and producers.

The Tomorrow People: 5:55 p.m. in Room 6BCF. Watch the pilot for the CW's new drama, based on a UK series where people are evolving to possess the powers of teleportation and telepathy. Several actor will also be in attendance.

Sunday, July 21
Supernatural: 10 a.m. in Hall H. Another CW series, this panel will combine an exclusive video presentation with stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, and Mark A. Sheppard answering fans' questions.

Doctor Who: 12:30 p.m. in Hall H. Why this panel is always on Sunday is beyond me, but BBC America is celebrating the show's 50th anniversary, so it's sure to be crowded in line!

Community: 1:50 p.m. in Hall H. NBC actors and showrunners will be around for this one, the show's first time in "the big room." Look for Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong and more.  

Under the Dome: 2:15 p.m. in Room 6BCF. The CBS summer hit series makes its debut with several actors and producers around, including Mike Vogel, Dean Norris, and Rachelle Lefevre. 

Sons of Anarchy: 3:50 p.m. in Hall H. The FX biker drama panel will include the full cast for a fun way to end Comic-Con.
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