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Comic-Con 2013: TV preview

'HIMYM,' 'Game of Thrones' and 'The Walking Dead': The shows old and new that you might see in San Diego

By Don Kaye
Special to MSN TV

TV has been a relatively new component of the annual San Diego Comic-Con, which once again takes over all of that lovely city's downtown area from July 17 to July 21. It's only with the explosion of genre TV in the last few years that the producers of those TV shows, and the networks behind them, have realized that Comic-Con can offer them the same kind of exposure that the movie studios have enjoyed there.

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In fact, television -- both cable and network -- has become a very big deal at Comic-Con, with TV panels moving gradually from smaller conference rooms to larger ballrooms to even the massive Hall H itself. Crowds for TV panels have become as sizable as those for the big movie presentations, and displays and exhibits for TV series and networks on the main convention floor have become as spectacular as any mounted for movies, gaming or comic book publishers.

With all that said, we expect to see quite a comprehensive lineup of TV panels at this year's convention, and we'll break them down below by network/cable channel, including returning shows and new ones (TV shows do individual panels and are not part of group presentations like the movies are). So put down the clicker and come to San Diego!

CBS: Like clockwork, you can count on seeing "The Big Bang Theory" at Comic-Con -- after all, tens of thousands of those guys attend the convention for real. "Person of Interest" is confirmed to return as well, as the sci-fi/crime show continues to grow in popularity. No word yet on whether "Elementary" will come back, but "How I Met Your Mother" will make its Comic-Con debut with a panel featuring stars Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan. As for new shows, the upcoming "Intelligence" will make its case with "Lost" alumnus Josh Holloway starring as an intelligence operative with a microchip in his brain, and we certainly hope to see the newly premiered "Under the Dome" show up as well.

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NBC: The mythology-based "Grimm" is coming back to Comic-Con, while the always controversial "Community" will also encore in the wake of creator Dan Harmon's triumphant return to the show. Look also for victory laps and second-season previews for this past season's "Revolution" and "Hannibal," both confirmed to attend. Creator Bryan Fuller, star Hugh Dancy and director-producer David Slade are confirmed for the "Hannibal" panel, which will take place on Thursday, July 18, at 6:45 p.m. As for new programs, NBC will give us a first look at its "Dracula" series with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, but there's no word yet on whether "Believe," the highly hyped collaboration of J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron, will turn up.

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ABC: With Marvel already in the house at Comic-Con on the movie front, the studio will also be bringing Joss Whedon's eagerly awaited "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." to the convention. Expect to see Whedon, Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson) and other stars at what's sure to be a standing-room-only Friday panel. The hit fairy-tale-based show "Once Upon a Time" is also coming back, and this time it's bringing its new spin-off, "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," which will make its on-air premiere this fall. Look for a double-header for those shows on Saturday. "Castle" won't have a panel this year, but we're sure Nathan Fillion will be there anyway.

FOX: The fourth network is bringing a ton of shows to Comic-Con this year -- although "Glee" will not be one of them. The network's twisted new animated cop comedy, "Murder Police," will star in a Thursday panel ahead of its 2013-2014 debut, while Friday will be a big FOX day, with no less than three panels: "Sleepy Hollow," the time-travel show that puts Ichabod Crane in the modern world; everyone's favorite forensic anthropology comedy "Bones," with star David Boreanaz and the executive producers bringing previously unseen footage; and the animated comedy "Bob's Burgers." The FOX parade will continue on Saturday with a triple decker of panels on "American Dad," "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons," which will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

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