'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.
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!
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.
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.