Comic-Con Countdown: Sunday, July 27th
Whew! After several days of sore feet (and sore booties from sitting on the hard floor waiting for the next panel), dwindling funds, and tons of TV-related panels, San Diego Comic-Con comes to an end. That doesn't mean that all of the television folks have packed up an left in order to catch the Silver Bullet train to Los Angeles (does a train even run between San Diego and Los Angeles?) or an aeroplane to Vancouver. There are still some panels waiting for your utmost attention.
It's Kids' Day at the convention, so there are panels on a Mr. SquarePants, Phineas and Ferb, The Backyardigans, and those wacky Muppets from Fraggle Rock. For the more adult crowd there are Q&As for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Supernatural, Smallville, and another panel on cartoon voices. The final TV-related event is a rousing sing-a-long with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Once More With Feeling." After that, you can climb into your hotel bed, train berth, car seat, or nearby street corner resplendent with the fact that you had taken in everything television at the Comic-Con.
So, if you are staying just one more day, here are the television-related events for Sunday, July 27th. For a full schedule of events you can check out the official schedule on the Comic-Con website. And, for old times sake, remember that times, panelists and events can change at a moment's notice. That, and the panels are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
10:00-11:00 Smallville Screening and Q&A -- Comic-Con favorite Smallville returns with series stars Allison Mack, Justin Hartley and the introduction of Sam Witwer alongside new showrunners Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson, Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer to talk about the year ahead, answer fan questions and give an exclusive sneak peek at clips featuring the new villains for season eight. Heroes producer and Smallville alum Jeph Loeb will moderate the session.
10:15-11:15 Nickelodeon: SpongeBob SquarePants Sneak Peek, and More! -- There was a lot of Nick during this convention and it continues today. Be the first to watch some brand spanking new episodes of one of your favorite Nickelodeon shows, SpongeBob SquarePants! And there's more! You'll also catch a never-before-seen episode from Nick's latest breakout hit, The Mighty B!, and watch the hilarious antics of Otis and his friends from the show Back at the Barnyard. Plus, you'll be the first to get a sneak peek at an upcoming Nickelodeon series.
10:30-11:30 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia -- See an unaired episode from the upcoming season followed by a panel discussion featuring series stars Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, and director Fred Savage. The panel will be moderated by Damon Lindelof, creator/executive producer of Lost. Attendees of the screening and panel have the chance to win one of thousands of prizes. Hopefully, they can give these all away within an hour.
11:15-12:15 Supernatural Screening and Q&A -- Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, along with creator/executive producer Eric Kripke, co-executive producers Ben Edlund and Peter Johnson, and supervising producer Sera Gamble, present exclusive sneak peek footage from the highly anticipated fourth season premiere of this thrill-ride series, answer questions, and show a portion of the special features from the upcoming third season DVD release.
12:00-1:00 Phineas and Ferb -- Join creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh along with special guests from the show's cast to learn more about Disney Channel's newest smash hit series, including an insider's look at how the show came to life and what's in store for these inventive step-brothers and their tattletale sister in the future. Plus never-before-seen footage, audience Q&A, and a chance to win Phineas and Ferb merchandise!
12:00-1:00 The Business of Cartoon Voices -- Lots of people think they can do them...but how does one go about making a living as a voice-over actor? Co-hosts Mark Evanier and Earl Kress gather together a panel of agents, casting directors and performers to explain all about agents, casting directors, demos, classes, what to do and (most important) what not to do. If you've ever been interested in a career in the field, this is the panel you've been waiting for.
12:30-1:30 Paranormal State -- See the stars of the A&E series Paranormal State: Ryan Buell, Eilfie Music, Sergey Poberezhny, Heather Taddy, and Katrina Weidman. Be the first to see the Season 2 premiere of the show that seeks out the truth behind terrifying real life mysteries, hauntings, and ghosts. Hear the cast share behind-the-scenes details not revealed in the show. Moderated by Dave Schrader of Darkness Radio.
12:30-1:30 Nick Jr. Presents: Backyardigans and Ni Hao, Kai-lan -- This is a must-see screening for all you Nick Jr. fans! Catch a brand new episode from The Backyardigans. And then sit back for some more Nick Jr. fun with a music and dance filled episode of Ni Hao, Kai-lan.
1:00-2:30 Chowder and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack with Underfist Sneak Peek -- Meet the creators of Chowder and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack! Chowder creator Carl Greenblat and voice talents Nicky Jones (Chowder), Dwight Schultz (Mung Daal), and Tara Strong (Truffles) join The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack creator Thurop Von Orman, creative director JG Quintell, and writer/voice talent Steve Little for the funniest panel discussion you'll attend all weekend. And that's not all! You'll also get to grill Adam Burton (The Grim Adventure's of Billy and Mandy) on the sneak peek at his twisted new spectacle -- Underfist.
1:00-2:00 Marvel: TV Writers of Marvel -- Heroes, Eli Stone, Carnivale, Underworld, and Big Love. You love these shows & films, but did you know the writers behind them are also at Marvel? Find out what's in store for some of TV, movies, and comics' biggest projects from the people behind them with Jeph Loeb, Aron Coleite, Joe Pokaski, Marc Guggenheim, Daniel Knauf, Kevin Grevioux, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa!
1:15-2:30 Cartoon Voices II -- This should be a must-see just to see Billy West again. Another round from those animation voice work actors who will demonstrate their craft and dazzle you with their talents. Co-hosts Mark Evanier and Earl Kress welcome Chris Edgerly (Harvey Birdman, Celebrity Deathmatch), Dee Baker (American Dad, SpongeBob SquarePants), Cheryl Chase (Rugrats, All Grown Up), Katie Leigh (Dungeons & Dragons, Totally Spies!), Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy) and a few surprises.
1:30-2:30 Magic, Mystery, and Missions: Huntik: Secrets & Seekers -- This animated TV adventure series will be taking over the airwaves in January 2009! Get a sneak peek at this new show, including footage never shown publicly before, and learn about the heroes, villains, and mythical creatures that make up this exciting story! Plus, while supplies last, each attendee will receive an exclusive Huntik: Secrets & Seekers gift!
1:45-2:45 Ghost Whisperer Season Four: The New Spirit Mythology of Melinda -- Be on hand for revelations about the mysteries that will unfold in the upcoming season of Ghost Whisperer. Including the introduction of a new cast member Jamie Kennedy, and an exclusive first look at video clips from the season premiere episode. The panel will feature Jennifer Love Hewitt (Melinda), Jamie Kennedy (new cast member Eli), and executive producers Kim Moses, Ian Sander, and PK Simmons.
2:45-4:15 Fraggle Rock -- Help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Fraggle Rock and learn more about this fall's newest DVD release! Join Red, who is making a personal appearance, as she sneak peeks the DVD special features and some other DVD surprises!
3:00-4:30 Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon TV Series 50th Anniversary -- Harry Guyton (Milton Caniff Estate), Bob Hoy (Sgt. Charlie Bergeron Steve Canyon), Mrs. Frank Ball (star Dean Frederick's daughter), and John Ellis (Steve Canyon DVD producer) present a discussion of what is quite possibly the most legendary long-lost (and now found) television series in history! Come delve into the mysteries surrounding the most expensive show on TV in 1958. Includes the first public screening of the restored 1959 NBC Steve Canyon episode "Operation Big Thunder" in 48 years.
4:00-5:00 Buffy the Musical Why not end your time at Comic-Con with a little song, a little dance, and a little Buffy. The powers that be behind Whedonopolis.com host a screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More With Feeling" as Comic Con 2008's big closing event! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffy-verse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! These eps were made for talkin' back as well as singing and shouting and dancing in the aisles! Audience participation: it isn't just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore. For more details on the screening visit www.whedonopolis.com.