Comic-Con Countdown: Friday, July 25th
Okay, show of hands. How many of you are going to the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con to see all of the panels being held by the many television studios and shows? Uh-huh, a good amount. Now, how many of you are going to be perusing the booths and dealers down at the exhibit hall? Ahhh, not so fast!
If you're a fan of all things television and you think you'll have some time to see what else is going on during this, the world's largest science fiction and comic book convention, you may want to re-think your plans. This isn't your grandfather's, father's, or even older brother's comic book convention.
Starting last year this convention has become the biggest television event between the TCA's the week before (which we are covering, by the way) and the Emmy's at the end of the summer. This year is no exception as the days are packed with shows varying from Stargate Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica to Big Bang Theory and Bones.
Both Friday and Saturday will be big days for television-related events. While Saturday panels will focus on some newer shows like Chuck and Sarah Connor Chronicles, Friday is devoted to classics such as Stargate and Family Guy. There are also panels dedicated to an anniversary for The Powerpuff Girls, a 24 panel featuring Keifer Sutherland and a talk with Seth Green and the rest of the team over at Robot Chicken.
Being that we are TV Squad, we won't be listing every single event taking place on Friday, July 25th. You can get that information from the official Comic-Con site. However, starting with the very next paragraph you'll see a listing of the television-related events taking place at the San Diego Comic-Con on that day, which is Star Wars Day. By the way, remember that times and events are subject to change.
10:00-11:00 Batman: Brave & Bold -- Take a look at the latest Batman cartoon, which premieres this fall on Cartoon Network. The producers, writers and directors of the new show will discuss the program along with the new voice of Batman, former The Drew Carey Show star Diedrich Bader. A Q&A session will follow.
10:15-11:15 The Big Bang Theory Screening and Q&A -- The Big Bang Theory makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the "Nerdvana Annihilation" episode and a Q&A with the show's creators and stars. Included in the panel are executive producers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, as well as stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. MythBusters' Adam Savage will moderate the session.
10:45-11:45 Stargate Continuum -- This is where it gets good! This panel will focus on the next Stargate full-length DVD -- Stargate Continuum. This panel features series co-creator and executive producer Brad Wright, director Martin Wood, and (subject to availability) stars Richard Dean Anderson (General Jack O'Neill), Amanda Tapping (Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter), Ben Browder (Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell), Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson), and Christopher Judge (Teal'c).
10:50-11:35 Star Wars: The Clone Wars 3D Modeling -- What gives The Clone Wars series its live action cinematic sensibility? The process is called 3D Story at Lucasfilm Animation. Learn how this innovative team of panelists worked together to redefine traditional storyboarding so that the majority of storytelling is now done in the computer. This panel will give you firsthand insights into the challenges the crew faced as they embarked on defining this new process, both technically and creatively, while training traditional and CG artists to combine skill sets and create a new process for television animation. Moderated by Clone Wars producer Catherine Winder.
11:15-12:15 Powerpuff Girls 10th Anniversary and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends -- Believe it or not, it has been 10 years since the Powerpuff Girls flew out of Professor Utonium's lab and into our hearts. Along the way Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles have kicked the butt of every major villain in Townsville. Celebrate their 10th Anniversary with show creator Craig McCracken and the voices of the Powerpuff Girls -- Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, and Elizabeth Daily. Craig will also be talking about his other Cartoon Network hit, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, along with co-creator Lauren Faust and voice talent Keith Ferguson (Bloo) and Tom Kenny (Mayor, Eduardo).
11:45-12:15 Stargate MMO -- It's a mix of television and online gaming. After nearly 15 years on the air, the Stargate franchise is launching its first-ever multilevel online game, with all the elements fans expect from the Stargate family. The key creative team from Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment and FireSky Studios present a compelling sneak-peek and answer questions. Panelists include Brad Wright plus Dan Elggren (FireSky Studio head), Chris Klug (creative director), Howard Lyon (art director), and Demetrius Comes (director of technology).
12:00-1:00 ABC Family: Samurai Girl -- We here at TV Squad Central have been getting quite a bit of promotional material for this show letting us know who will be at Comic-Con. And, it has started to pique our interest. Based on a series of popular young adult novels, Samurai Girl tells the story of a 19-year-old Japanese girl named Heaven, who discovers that the wealthy businessman who adopted her as an infant is really the head of the Yakuza (the Japanese mafia) and may have had her beloved brother brutally murdered. She breaks from her family, begins training to become a samurai, and with the help of a group of new American friends sets out to take down her father's evil empire. The panel includes Jamie Chung (Real World), Brendan Fehr (Roswell), and Stacy Keibler (WWE) -- along with executive producers Andre Nemec, Josh Applebaum, and Luke McMullen (all from Alias).
12:15-1:15 Stargate Atlantis -- With all of the changes going on during the fifth season, including the replacement of Amanda Tapping's Samantha Carter with Robert Picardo's Richard Woolsey, this should be an interesting panel. Panelists for this discussion include cast members Joe Flanigan, Robert Picardo, and Jewel Staite, co-creator and executive producer Brad Wright, and , Vice President of original programming on SciFi Chris Sanagustin. Moderated by Atlantis executive producer Martin Gero.
12:30-1:15 Spaced -- I'll be honest here...I have never seen an episode of Spaced in my life. However, I know that there are legions of fans who adore and worship this British comedy. Obviously, I'm missing something. This panel will feature Spaced actors and creators Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, and director Edgar Wright. They will recall the clever and edgy comedy series that started it all for the award-winning team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. A Q&A session will follow.
12:30-1:30 Spectacular Spider-Man -- Ask your burning questions about the first 13 episodes of Season 1, learn about what's in store for the next 13, catch an exclusive sneak peek at Season 2, and ask what network the show will be on since KidsWB has left the air. Michael Vogel from Sony Pictures Television Animation moderates a panel that includes supervising producer Greg Weisman (Gargoyles); supervising producer/supervising director Vic Cook (Hellboy: Blood and Iron); character designer Sean Galloway (Hellboy animated films); and voice director Jamie Thomason (2007's TMNT, Spirited Away). Also included in the panel will be voice actors Josh Keaton (Spider-Man); Vanessa Marshall (Mary Jane Watson); Ben Diskin (Eddie Brock and Venom), and Robert Englund (Adrian Toomes and Vulture).
1:15-2:00 Primeval -- Actor Douglas Henshall gives you firsthand info about his leading role in BBC America's new U.S. premiere sci-fi series Primeval, along with actors Juliet Aubrey and Karl Theobald. The plot of this series: when evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter (Henshall) discovers prehistoric creatures alive and well in the present day, the natural world is turned on its head and humanity faces a threat to its very existence. Followed by a Q&A session.
1:30-2:30 Joss Whedon -- My guess is, if you want a seat to see Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and the writers and cast of his new short film, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog you will need to show up some time around Wednesday afternoon. See never-before-seen clips of the web movie while Joss also discusses Buffy Season Eight, the Fray crossover, and the upcoming Serenity comic focusing on Shepherd Book.
1:45-2:45 Entertainment Weekly's The Visionaries: Showrunners -- Carlton Cuse (Lost), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Josh Schwartz (Chuck, Gossip Girl), Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) join Entertainment Weekly senior writer Jeff Jensen on a conversation about creative integrity in a commercial medium and the future of broadcast TV in an increasingly digital world. Spoiler Alert! Upcoming plot developments may be teased.
2:00-3:00 Meet the (Wannabe) Press: Get a Sneak Peek into the Minds Behind On the Bubble -- While not on television, this new weekly animated web series features a bunch of TV talent. On the Bubble takes a snarky yet refreshing look at current news through the eyes of four irreverent wannabe reporters from Middle Town Community College. Comedy Central alum Adam de la Peña, creator of Code Monkeys, unveils his new show. De la Peña is joined by Worldwide Biggies CEO Albie Hecht (SpongeBob SquarePants) and animation director Mark Salisbury (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), to give a behind-the-scenes peek into the latest technology used to produce this weekly show. The panel also includes On the Bubble voice talent Dana Synder (Master Shake on Adult Swim's Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and Glasgow Phillips (South Park). Panel attendees will receive a free exclusive Comic-Con On the Bubble premium.
2:45-3:30 American Dad -- Seth MacFarlane and the cast of the Fox animated hit reunite at Comic-Con to read a never-before-seen episode and take questions from the audience. I heard a bit of the table read that MacFarlane and his gang performed for Family Guy last year, so I'm interested to see it live this year.
3:00-4:00 SCI FI: Ghost Hunters -- Is it in your head-or in your house? Find out during Comic-Con's first ever panel discussion with Ghost Hunters' Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. Moderated by James Hibberd of The Hollywood Reporter.
3:30-4:15 Family Guy -- Stars Seth MacFarlane and Seth Green and the producers of the Fox animated hit give fans a sneak peek at a never-before-seen episode and discuss the highly anticipated spinoff The Cleveland Show.
4:30-5:30 Bones -- I am truly looking forward to this panel. Not only because I'm a fan and review the show for TV Squad, but also because there will probably be a bit of blood spilled after the fans express their feelings about the season three finale. Joining creators Hart Hanson and Barry Josephson will be the cast of Bones, including David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor, and John Francis Daley.
4:45-5:45 It's a Great Comic-Con, Charlie Brown -- Together for the first time at Comic-Con, Warner Home Video, United Media and the Schulz Estate bring you a Peanuts voice cast reunion in celebration of several great holiday DVD releases this September and October. Featuring Chris DeFaria (Peppermint Patty), Gabrielle DeFaria Ritter (Pigpen), Lisa DeFaria (Peppermint Patty), Sally Dryer (Violet and Lucy), Robin Kohn Glazer (Lucy), Jason Mendelson, Hilary Momberger (Sally), executive producer Lee Mendelson, and Jeannie Schulz, the wife of Charles M. Schulz.
5:00-6:00 Nickelodeon's Making Fiends Attacks Your Television -- Meet the minds behind Nickelodeon's upcoming show Making Fiends as they talk about translating the popular web series to the TV screen. Get an inside look at the series production from creator and voice of Charlotte, Amy Winfrey; character designer and voice of Vendetta, Aglaia Mortcheva; writer and voice of Grudge, Peter Merryman; and supervising producer Dave Wasson. See an exclusive sneak peek of the series, plus special bonus content and a behind-the-scenes look at how Making Fiends the TV series came to life. Moderated by Claudia Spinelli, executive in charge for Nickelodeon.
5:30-6:30 SCI FI: Sanctuary Room -- The incredible power of virtual set technology is unleashed in the all-new adventure series starring Amanda Tapping of Stargate fame. Find out how the show goes from green screen to small screen, and catch an exclusive look inside Sanctuary's unique and awe-inspiring world. Panelists include cast member and executive producer Amanda Tapping and executive producer Martin Wood. Moderated by TV Guide's Michael Logan.
5:30-6:30 Intern Etiquette: The Dos and Don'ts of Interning for Animation -- Josh Lieberman (Cartoon Network's Cartoonstitute), Mike Collins (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends), Sean Cole (Dreamwork's How to Train Your Dragon), and Alana Bubis (Madagascar) are prepared to discuss all aspects of interning for a major animation studio: how to secure an internship, the dos and don'ts, and ultimately how to turn them into work.
6:00-7:00 Exceeding Expectations and Exploring New Worlds: Feature Effects for the Small Screen -- Zoic Studios moderates a discussion with VFX supervisors on their passion for creating narrative enhancing, eye-popping effects for television. Some of the best in the business discuss future trends as well as their contribution to the television series Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, The Middleman, Lost, Eureka, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Smallville, and the new fall show Fringe.
6:15-7:00 [adult swim]'s Robot Chicken -- Damn you, Jack Bauer! Robot Chicken co-creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich join head writers and co-producers Tom Root and Doug Goldstein, writer and actor Breckin Meyer, and writer Kevin Shinick to speak about the [adult swim]'s original series.
6:30-7:30 The Write Stuff: Working in Genre Television -- Get the inside scoop on how to break in and break out of genre television. A panel of luminaries share their war stories and passion for genre storytelling with you in this once-in-a-lifetime summit of super sci-fi scribes who've turned their dreams into drama, including Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman), David Simkins (Warehouse 13, Dresden Files), Steve Kriozere (V.I.P, Sliders, Dead & Deader), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, The Batman), Ashley Miller (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Matthew Federman (Jericho, E-Ring), and Harry Werksman & Gabrille Stanton (Moonlight).
6:30-7:15 Prison Break -- In their first visit to Comic-Con, stars Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell and Sarah Wayne Callies join producers Matt Olmstead, Kevin Hooks, and Dawn Parouse to give a special sneak peek at the show's upcoming fourth season and take questions from the audience.
6:30-8:00 Kevin Smith Makes a "Porno" -- While not a television-based panel, Kevin Smith has touched the medium enough to make this panel of interest. During this 90-minute session Smith will talk movies, comics, and whatever else the audience wants to talk about. This year, he'll be highlighting his fall film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks.
7:15-8:15 Mystery Science Theater 3000 20th Anniversary Reunion -- Holy Hannah! Has it been 20 years already since the long-suffering captives aboard the Satellite of Love wisecracked their way through hundreds of B-movies? Man, I'm getting old. To celebrate the show's 20th Anniversary, join a historic reunion of cast and crew, including creator Joel Hodgson, producer Jim Mallon and fellow writer/performers Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, Paul Chaplin, J. Elvis Weinstein, Bridget Nelson, and Bill Corbett for a Q&A panel hosted by self-professed "MST3K nerd" and comedian Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens).
7:30-9:15 Nickelodeon Avatar: Sozin's Comet -- Executive producer and creative team Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino have built one of the most astonishingly complex and beautifully animated series in television with Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender. Join Bryan, Mike, and Avatar director Joaquim Dos Santos for a viewing of the exciting back-half of the Avatar season finale, "Sozin's Comet: Into the Inferno" and "Sozin's Comet: Avatar Aang," followed by a Q&A with the team as they discuss the rich mythology of the series, as well as a costume contest and fan art contest! Moderated by Roland Poindexter, VP, Nickelodeon original programming, animation.
8:30-10:30 SCI FI Friday Night: Eureka and Stargate: Atlantis -- SCI FI presents the season 3 premiere of Eureka a full three days before it airs! Also debuting will be a new episode of Stargate Atlantis, along with exclusive clips from the new Scare Tactics. Attendees will receive a mini-issue of the SCI FI Virgin Comics sensation The Stranded (while supplies last).
10:15-11:45 Spaced Screening -- Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, and Edgar Wright introduce a special late-night screening of their favorite episodes from the edgy British comedy series that started it all for the award-winning team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
10:45-12:00 Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog -- Okay, not TV-related. But, is was written by Joss Whedon and stars Neil Patrick Harris. So, it's as close to television as you can get. For the uninitiated, Sing-Along Blog is the story of a low-rent supervillain (Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible), the hero who keeps beating him up (Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer), and the cute girl from the laundromat he's too shy to talk to (Felicia Day as Penny). This musical in three parts, created for the Internet and written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Zack Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, premieres in its entirety on the big screen at Comic-Con.