What to Expect at Comic-Con: TV Shows

Last week, we took at look at what you should expect at Comic-Con this week, in terms of movie panels and previews.

But the convention, which runs from July 21st to July 24th, isn't all about movies. Actually, the whole thing started to cover comic books. But BWP doesn't really cover comic books and graphic novels, so we're going to focus on the other aspects of the festival, and part of that is the slew of television shows which get their own panels and presentations at the show, usually later in the week.

There are plenty of shows, new and returning, which fans are excited to hear about, and creators, writers, and actors alike will all be on hand to hold panels, show off new content and interact with fans.

The booth / show that's likely to draw the most attention at the show is The Walking Dead. The zombie show is unique in its formula, at least for the television medium, but it's also well-entangled with the comic book genre, seeing as its based on a set of graphic novels from Robert Kirkman. The writer will be on hand along with Frank Darabont and cast members Andrew Lincoln, Jon Berthnal, Sarah Wayne Callies, as well as others. Expect a sneak preview at the upcoming season, which should reveal more than the one minute clip that debuted during Breaking Bad.

Likely just as highly anticipated is the Game of Thrones panel. The HBO super-hit, based on the bestselling fantasy book series of the same name by George R.R. Martin, is coming off an astounding 13 Emmy nominations, and will have castmembers Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Jason Momoa, among others, in a panel moderated by the author of the books himself.

HBO will also have the cast and crew of True Blood on hand for a Q&A. The supernatural romance/thriller is currently in the middle of its fourth season, so they'll have plenty to promote, and Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer will be among the panelists.

Showtimes Emmy-nominated line-up will be highlighted by three shows:

  • Dexter panel, where the producers will unveil the first full trailer for season six (following a string of ridiculous teasers that tell us nothing). Michael C. Hall, C.S. Lee (MASUKA!), David Zayas and Colin Hanks (Tom's son) will be among the panelists. Dexter fans should be expectially exciting, because we know nothing about what season six is going to be about, something that's certain to change before this weekend.
  • Shameless will be the other main Showtime series with a panel, with William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum on hand to take questions.
  • Finally, the new drama Homeland, about a soldier presumed dead for eight years who returns from Afghanistan, only to be accused of being a terrorist. The show stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, and Comic-Con regular Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Stargate) will be on hand to present footage.

The Big Bang Theory will also be back for a panel. Creator Chuck Lorre will join stars Johnny Galecki and Jim Parson (coming off Emmy nominations), Kaley Cuoco, Simon Hedberg, Kunal Nayyar and others for a discussion and a screening of footage from the new season.

Another Comic-Con favorite, Chuck, will be on hand to show off its fifth and final season. Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, and Adam Baldwin, among others, will be there for what might be the last time -- at least for this NBC show.

FOX will then take their turn shoving Avatar ripoff Terra Nova down our throats. The show is about a family who travels back in time when the world becomes uninhabitable in order to rebuild society, only to encounter badass dinosaurs. It is produced by Steven Spielberg, who might might a surprise appearance, and stars Stephen Lang, who will be on hand for the panel. We'll just be glad when this show finally airs, following multiple delays, so FOX can stop promoting it already. And on top of ripping off Avatar, it seems as if they're trying to rip off District 9 as well in their new promotional posters.

For the animated series enthusiasts:

  • The Cleveland Show will take a break from being terrible to show a sneak preview from the show's upcoming Die Hard parody. Seth McFarlane won't be on the panel, but the voice of Cleveland himself, Mike Brown, will be, with other cast members.
  • Probably steaming from being snubbed at the Emmys, McFarlane won't be on hand for the Family Guy panel either, even though he does like all the voices. Alex Borstein, Seth Green and Adam West will, with a sneak peak at the upcoming episode, "Stewie Goes for a Drive".
  • American Dad will be up after it, to show off footage of Cee-Lo green as a singing hot tub (only McFarlane...). 
  • Futurama will also be on hand with footage from their upcoming season, with Matt Groening, Billy West, Katey Sagal, and Joe Dimaggio on hand for questions.
  • Groening will stick around for the Simpsons panel, as they celebrating the approaching 500 episode milestone of the show.

The cult CW hit Supernatural will be getting a promotion at this year's event. The Comic-Con favorite will hold its panel in the main Hall H, and cast and crew members will be on hand to take questions on Sunday. 

Speaking of Supernatural, there will also be a presentation of the new Supernatual: The Anime Series, which is significant as it is the first US property to be turned into an anime show. The presentation will be part of WB's preview nigth, where we'll also get previews of three new highly anticipated shows:

  • Alcatraz is the newest show from J.J. Abrams, about the infamous prison with the same name, set to debut on FOX later this year. Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Sarah Jones (Sons of Anarchy) and Jorge Garcia (Lost) highlight the all-star cast. Think of this show as Lost meets a dumbed-down version of Oz. There will be a screening of the pilot on Saturday evening.
  • Person of Interest stars Jim Caviezel (the guy who played Jesus), Michael Emerson (Lost) and Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow) in a crime drama about an ex-CIA agent who partners with a billionaire to stop violent crimes in corrupt New York City. And yes, it's on CBS. The show is produced by Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) and Abrams.
  • The Secret Circle is a romantic drama about a girl who discovers she is a witch, airing on the CW from the people behind the Vampire Diaries.

Burn Notice is the best show on cable that you're not watching. And Comic-Con will debut the highly anticipated prequel to the show, which is hitting DVDs soon, Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe. Sam Axe, is, of course, Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell, who will be on hand for a one-on-one panel, along with creator Matt Nix. Other USA Network properties on hand at the show will be Covert Affairs (Piper Perabo, Peter Gallagher) and Psych (James Roday, Dulé Hill).

Nearly a decade after Buffy the Vampire Slayer went off the air, and following a failed movie career, Sarah Michelle Gellar is coming back to TV, and she will be on hand at Comic-Con to present her new show, Ringer, a show about a woman who witnesses a murder and goes on the run, assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin. Wut?

Other shows with panels at this year's event will be It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (all five main castmembers will be there), Sons of Anarchy (Charlie Hunnan, Katey Sagal, Ron Pearlman), Doctor Who, Torchwood (Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman), Bones (David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel), SyFy's Eureka (with appearances from guest stars Felicia Day, Will Wheaton -- pandering much?) and Warehouse 13, The Vampire Diaries, Fringe, and Castle, where I'm sure people will ask Nathan Fillion mostly about Firefly and Uncharted.

We'll be covering all the Comic-Con news, so stay tuned to BWP for all the latest from the event!