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Comic-Con 2010 Preview: TV Must-Sees

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 19th 2010 6:00PM
San Diego Comic-Con 2009If you're not yet familiar with the concept of San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC for short), don't despair -- by the week's end, the interwebs will be so saturated with coverage from the world's largest entertainment convention that you'll feel as though you were right there; standing in a line outside Hall H for five hours straight just for a chance to bask in the presence of your celeb crush or quiz the creators of your favorite TV show.

If you were one of the lucky few (OK, 125,000+) who snagged a ticket to the four day event in San Diego next weekend, then consider this a guide to what we at TV Squad consider Comic-Con 2010's must-see events, panels and giveaways.

And if you missed out on being part of this year's madness and have to live vicariously through us brave souls who plan to wade through the sea of fanboys, geek girls, Princess Leia impersonators and entertainment junkies just to bring you news from the convention floor, consider this a mere taste of some of the awesome coverage we'll be bringing you from July 22-25.

(Note: All times Pacific)

Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries (J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon)

When/Where: Hall H, Thu. July 22 at 3:30PM
JJ Abrams and Joss WhedonNerdgasm! The gargantuan Hall H will no doubt be crammed with fans of the two undisputed gods of geekdom, 'Buffy' creator Joss Whedon and 'Lost'/'Alias' mastermind J. J. Abrams, as they discuss all aspects of pop culture, from the future of TV and film production to their views on comic book movies. Here's hoping we'll also get scoop on Abrams' new spy show 'Undercovers' or his secretive new 'Super 8' project, and maybe a little 'Avengers' dirt from Whedon. Frankly, we'd settle for news on the 'Dr. Horrible' sequel -- we're not picky!

Our Heroes Have More Fun: The Anti-Heroes of Showtime
When/Where: Ballroom 20, Thu. July 22 at 4:45PM
We know that nice guys finish last, so it's no surprise that cable network Showtime has embraced the naughty; they're bringing the creative forces behind 'Dexter,' 'Californication' and 'Weeds' to San Diego to explain why it's so good to be bad. Expect to see Michael C. Hall, David Duchovny and Mary-Louise Parker, as well as their respective showrunners. We're just bummed that Edie Falco and Toni Collette won't be there to represent 'Nurse Jackie' and 'United States of Tara'.

'The Big Bang Theory'
When/Where: Ballroom 20, Fri. July 23 at 12.45PM
Our favorite socially inept scientists (and waitress) return to Comic-Con with a bang (ha ha) as the cast presents a special screening and Q&A, moderated by Sheldon Cooper's arch-nemesis, Wil Wheaton. Stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar will all be in attendance, along with showrunners Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, for what is certain to be a hilarious (and educational) panel.

Entertainment Weekly presents...Women Who Kick Ass: A New Generation of Heroines

When/Where: Ballroom 20, Fri. July 23 at 4PM
Comic-Con isn't just about the guys; every year, more and more kick-ass chicks decide to get their entertainment fix in San Diego, and where better to celebrate the enduring legacy of girl power than at this panel, featuring Jena Malone ('Sucker Punch'), Anna Torv ('Fringe'), Elizabeth Mitchell ('V'), and Ellen Wong and Mary Elizabeth Winstead ('Scott Pilgrim vs. the World') as they discuss the next generation of action heroines who are nobody's arm candy. Wonder Woman would be proud!

Anna Paquin and Alexander Skarsgard'True Blood'
When/Where: Ballroom 20, Fri. July 23 at 5.15PM
Who doesn't want to do bad things with the fangtastic cast of HBO's 'True Blood'? Every major cast-member (with the exception of dreamy Alexander Skarsgard -- sniff!) will be in attendance for this Q&A, which will no doubt also feature a juicy sneak peek of what's coming up later in the dramatic third season. Expect to see Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Nelsan Ellis, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Denis O'Hare and Joe Manganiello, as well as showrunner Alan Ball and author Charlaine Harris, creator of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Phew!

TV Guide Magazine: The 2010 Hot List
When/Where: Ballroom 20, Fri. July 23 at 6.30PM
Friday is a TV heavy day at SDCC, so why not finish as we started with a cavalcade of sci-fi and superhuman talent all on one stage? TV Guide brings together the actors and producers of some of the year's biggest and brightest genre shows, including Morena Baccarin ('V'), Brannon Braga ('Terra Nova', 'Flash Forward'), Michael Chiklis ('No Ordinary Family'), Morris Chestnut ('V'), Keith David ('The Cape'), Zachary Levi ('Chuck'), David Lyons ('The Cape'), Chi McBride ('Human Target') and Elizabeth Mitchell ('V'), with more supposedly to be announced. All that personality on one panel will definitely make for some interesting moments -- we can't wait.

'The Event': World-Premiere Pilot Screening and Q&A with Cast and Producers
Jason Ritter
When/Where: Room 6A, Sat. July 24 at 11.15AM
Saturday is traditionally the movie-heavy day of the convention, and you're more likely to score a candlelit dinner with Shatner and Nimoy than get a seat in Hall H today. That doesn't mean that Saturday is a wash on the TV front, though -- the hotly anticipated new NBC thriller 'The Event' makes its world premiere at Comic Con, and if the buzz is to be believed, you don't want to miss it. 'The Event' follows an unlikely hero who gets entangled in one of the government's biggest cover-up operations that could ultimately change the fate of mankind, and the panel will feature cast-members Jason Ritter, Blair Underwood, Laura Innes, Sarah Roemer, Zeljko Ivanek and Ian Anthony Dale, along with producers Evan Katz, Steve Stark, Jeffrey Reiner, Nick Wauters and Jim Wong. We just hope it fares better than last year's SDCC Next Big Thing -- 'Flash Forward' who?

ABC's 'No Ordinary Family': Exclusive Premiere

When/Where: Room 6A, Sat. July 24 at 3.15PM
If 'The Event' whets your appetite for further sneak-peeks, the cast and crew of superhero drama 'No Ordinary Family' will also be in the house to introduce a screening of the pilot, which is actually pretty super (sorry, we couldn't resist)! Stars Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz will be joined by producers Greg Berlanti, Jon Harmon Feldman and David Semel for a Q&A, and according to the Comic-Con schedule, everyone in the audience will receive a surprise ... Could it be our very own set of superpowers? Probably not, but we'll settle for a t-shirt.

'Supernatural' Screening and Q&A
When/Where: Ballroom 20, Sun. July 25 at 11.15AM
Sunday is usually pretty chillaxed as things start winding down, but we doubt that the audience in Ballroom 20 will be taking it easy when the strapping stars of the CW's cult drama 'Supernatural' arrive on stage. 2010 marks the first occasion that the show's two leads, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, have appeared on the Comic-Con stage since 2008, and we're guessing that the Super-fans will be glad to see them ... Fan-favorites Misha Collins and Jim Beaver will also be in attendance, as well as creator Eric Kripke, producer Ben Edlund, and newly promoted showrunner Sera Gamble. Expect a sneak-peek at footage from season 6, as well as a preview of this year's undoubtedly hilarious gag reel, which has become a Comic-Con staple.

When/Where: Ballroom 20, Sun. July 25 at 1.30PM
Don't stop believin', Gleeks, everyone's favorite musical set in a high school (ahem) is back at Comic-Con for a second year, following the unprecedented success of the show both at SDCC and across the globe. Disappointingly, the series' big guns, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch are not scheduled to appear, but we think that it's about time that the rest of the super-talented cast were given a chance to shine. Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Mark Salling, Heather Morris, Naya Rivera and Emmy-nominated Chris Colfer will all be on hand to dish the dirt about the show's eagerly awaited second season with exec-producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Fingers crossed for a musical number!

And what self-respecting TV junkie would go to Comic-Con without hoping for some Supernatural tote bagexclusive freebies? We just couldn't resist this bonus addition to our list:

The Warner Bros. Booth
When/Where: Exhibit Hall booth #4545, all four days and preview night.
The fine folks at Warner Bros. have been a consistent presence at Comic Con, and every year, their booth on the main floor of the Exhibit Hall gives out some of the best swag at the event -- 2010 is no exception. This year, WBTV has teamed up with Comic-Con to provide their coveted giant tote bags to every attendee at registration, but for fans who just can't get enough exclusive armwear, Warner Bros. will also be giving away free, limited edition bags featuring the hunky stars of the CW's 'Smallville' and 'Supernatural' at their booth, as well as a special Comic-Con edition of TV Guide which boasts four collectable covers featuring the casts of 'Smallville,' 'Fringe,' 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'The Big Bang Theory.' Bazinga!

Do you approve of our Top 10 Must-Sees, con-goers, or did your favorite show not make the list? For those stuck at home, which panel are you most interested in reading about? Give us your thoughts on Comic-Con mania below - we need your input to help us bring you the scoop that you want to see!

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I'll be stalking twitter for Sunday's Supernatural panel, waiting for more info about Tron Legacy and hope for a great preview of Walking dead. Not a Smallville fan but this year's SV seems to be special as well, since it's their last and the comic book writer Geoff Johns will moderate it.

July 20 2010 at 6:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Pf - Comic-Con's demise is greatly exaggerated. There's still plenty of geeky non-Hollywood goodness to be had, you just have to dig under the glitz.

As for the question at hand, I'd only consider maybe four of the panels listed - BBT (for Wil Wheaton), Heroines (in the vain hope of hearing something besides "wow, there are girl geeks"), TV Guide (for Zach Levi and Chi McBride)and No Ordinary Family.

What else would I like to hear about? At a minimum:

The Walking Dead
Batman: The Brave and The Bold
The Cape
Fallen Skies
Being Human
Any of the Nick/CN/AS panels
Yo Gabba Gabba

July 20 2010 at 2:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Laura Prudom

Good choices, Robyn! And you're in luck - there will definitely be full coverage of Walking Dead, Yo Gabba Gabba, Chuck, Futurama, Adult Swim, Castle and a whole heap besides. We're trying to get just about every TV panel covered, unless they clash, so keep checking TV Squad and our Twitter accounts! :) I'm planning to be glued to my seat in Ballroom 20 all weekend, eek!

July 20 2010 at 5:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Comic-con is dead. Hollywood has taken over and dictate the agenda. The geeks never had a chance.


July 19 2010 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F.C. Taylor

Always suspicious when anyone says I "must see" anything. If this is your idea of "must see", count me out. I may actually give a try to some of the suggestions, but not at the Comic-Con.

July 19 2010 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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