SAN DIEGO, July 9, 2013 – It’s the granddaddy of all Cons, the one fans await each year with wild anticipation. San Diego’s 2013 Comic Con is just days away.
The entertainment fan fest for geeks and hipsters alike takes place from Wednesday, July 17 through Sunday, July 21. The schedule of events promises the return of some favorite panel discussions sprinkled with some hot topics and debuts among the dozens of panels scheduled over five days.
Although not all panels and attendees have been announced, Communities has reviewed the schedule and we’ve got the highlights for you here.
Wednesday, July 17
6 – 10 p.m.: Warner Brothers presents its Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings, an annual Preview Night Tradition. The shows featured this year include new 2013-14 TV series Almost Human, The Originals, The Tomorrow People, and The 100.
Thursday, July 18
10:30 a.m.: Battlestar Galactica Celebration. Actors from the series including host Richard Hatch, directors and producers plus “surprise BG guests” discuss and celebrate the 35 year history and future of the three Galactica series and franchise.
12 noon: Comedy Legends of TV Land panel. A panel featuring talent from shows airing on the cable network like Hot in Cleveland, Kirstie, The Soul Man, Happily Divorced, and The Exes. Whether fans will meet Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Kristin Johnston, or lesser lights remains to be seen, The panel invites fans of all ages to ask the stars questions about their current projects and their favorite sitcoms past and present.
1 p.m.: USA Networks’ Psych panel. For the fifth year running, fans will get a peek behind the pineapple as the show’s creative team discuss Psych’s upcoming musical episode, share exclusive video, and take audience questions. The panel, moderated by Psych guest star Cary Elwes features stars James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson, Kirsten Nelson and Corbin Bernsen as well as producers Steve Franks, Kelly Kulchak, and Chris Henze.
2:15 p.m. Sherlock panel. Co-creator and executive producer Steven Moffat leads a discussion of the latest adventures of Holmes and his faithful friend, Dr. Watson, coming to PBS Masterpiece during the 2013-14 season. This is the first time any PBS series has appeared in Comic-Con’s 44-year history.
3 p.m. The Blacklist. View a preview the first episode of the anticipated new NBC drama series The Blacklist. Then stick around for a discussion with stars James Spader, Megan Boone, and Diego Klattenhoff and executive producers The Blacklist airs Mondays at 10 p.m. this fall on NBC.
4:45 p.m. Entertainment Weekly’s Brand New Warriors. Meet the young actors who have fans swooning and critics raving. Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), and David Giuntoli (Grimm) reveal how they broke into the business, and share behind-the-scenes stories.
6 p.m. South Park: The Stick of Truth. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone discuss their upcoming South Park videogame, South Park: The Stick of Truth, the epic quest to become cool.
6:30 p.m. Dexter panel. After eight seasons, it’s time to say goodbye to America’s Favorite Serial Killer. Join the cast, writers/executive producers, and surprise guest stars for a final farewell panel including series star Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas and James Remar. The new season of Dexter airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.
6:45 p.m. Hannibal: Feed Your Fear. Executive producer Bryan Fuller and star Hugh Dancy reveal juicy morsels from behind the scenes of the groundbreaking NBC drama Hannibal and air a sneak previews of the second season.
Friday, July 19
10 a.m. The Black Panel. This year’s panel once again brings together movers and shakers from a variety of entertainment mediums: Wayne Brady, Orlando Jones, Tatiana El-Khouri, John Jenning and David Walker. Moderated by Michael Davis.
12:15 p.m. Kick-Ass 2 and Riddick. Universal Pictures presents an all-star panel featuring talent from two of its highly anticipated summer films. Attending from Riddick will be star/producer Vin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff and Dave Bautista.
12:30 p.m. Bones. Creator and executive producer Hart Hanson, executive producer Stephen Nathan, and star David Boreanaz discuss what’s in store for Booth and Brennan and screen previews from the upcoming season, followed by a panel discussion.
2:50 p.m. Game of Thrones panel and Q&A session. Featured cast include John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), and Richard Madden (Robb Stark). The panel will be moderated by Elvis Mitchell.
6:30 p.m. At the Drive-In Featuring Metallica. Join all four members of Metallica, one of the most influential rock bands in history — James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett (and Robert Trujillo for the world premiere of the theatrical trailer and an exclusive preview of footage, followed by a discussion on the making of the movie which opens September 27 in IMAX 3D.
Saturday, July 20
12 noon Futurama Panel. An epic panel celebrates Futurama’s final season featuring most of Futurama’s voice cast, consisting of Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Phil LaMarr, and Lauren Tom, performing never-before-heard scenes from the upcoming “Last Episode Ever.” Plus creator Matt Groening, and a cartooning showdown to the death!
12 noon. How I Met Your Mother panel. For the first time ever, the hit sitcom visits Comic-Con to kick off its final season with an exclusive look at the show and a panel featuring Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alyson Hannigan plus executive producers Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, and Pamela Fryman.
1 p.m. Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey. Actors Joe Mantegna, Malcolm McDowell, Edward James Olmos, Clifton Collins, Jr. and producer/director Michael O’Kelly come together to explore the creative process of bringing the life of Ray Bradbury to the big screen.
1:35 p.m. Lionsgate Panel Featuring The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The Lionsgate panel will feature new footage from both “Catching Fire” and “I, Frankenstein.” Expect appearances from stars TBA, although Jennifer Lawrence and Aaron Eckhart are rumored to be on board as well as new cast members of the highly anticipated second installment. Includes Q&A opportunity.
2:55 p.m. Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass. Fierce female actors Michelle Rodriguez (Fast and Furious franchise), Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), and others talk about playing tough women who refuse to back down.
3:30 p.m. True Blood Panel. Expect an all-star panel including Anna Paquin), Stephen Moyer and Eric Northman. Moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly.
4:50 p.m. Revolution Panel. Fans of the NBC series will be treated to an exclusive video presentation, followed by a special Q&A with series stars and producers. Revolution premieres this fall in its new Wednesday 8 p.m. time period on NBC.
7:15 p.m. ComiKey 2013: Kevin Smith Uses His Mouth on You. He’s billed as a “middle-aged man who hasn’t made a flick in years!” It wouldn’t be Comic-Con without its honorary ringleader, the Fat Lady of Comic-Con: flight-challenged writer/director/podcaster/author/actor Kevin Smith. Comic-Con wraps up a busy Saturday with its Clown Prince.
8:30 p.m. HBO Presents the International Masquerade. It’s the Nerd Prom. The ballroom of the San Diego Convention Center becomes an eye-popping scene with original and re-created costumes crafted by the imaginative attendees. The best are showcased on stage before an audience of thousands, with impressive awards and cash prizes bestowed to those deemed most outstanding.
Sunday, July 21
11:05 a.m. Comic-Con Independent Film Festival Awards. The films have been shown, now it’s time to award the recipients of the 2013 Comic-Con Independent Film Festival with their trophies and recognition. Comic-Con’s Gary Sassaman hosts the trio of judges Alex DeMille (winner of last year’s CCI-IFF Judges’ Choice award for The Absence), Entertainment Weekly senior writer Geoff Boucher and award-winning actress Kathy Najimy about the films and presents prizes and trophies to the winners.
Each night, 8 – 11 p. m. Comic Con Playback. With so many competing panels, no attendee can catch everything. This nightly three-hour block rebroadcasts highlights of some of the day’s popular panels. Those in attendance will get to vote in a show of applause on what they want to see.
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