Monday, July 9, 2007

Comic-Con For TV Junkies

The schedule for Comic-Con is finally available (thank you Ain't It Cool for the heads up) and my writing partner and I now have a real reason for making ourselves wake up in the wee hours of Saturday morning to make the trek down to San Diego: Bryan Fuller.

(Hi, Bryan! Missed you at the Buffy Sing-A-Long a few months back. Guess Jul and I were too busy learning about Ben Edlund and the joys of donut shops to notice you were there. And I'm pretending that I know you because I'm a moron. Moving on...)

To be more specific, we're excited about Pushing Daisies. If you haven't watched the trailer yet, please "get off your ass" and click on the link. And if you don't get that Wonderfalls reference, stop reading and go rent or buy it so you can spend 13 hours of snarky, possibly insane bliss with Jaye Tyler. But I digress...

Pushing Daisies is THE new TV series my writing partner and I are most excited about. It's created and written by Fuller, and the pilot is directed by Barry Sonnenfeld but feels like something by Tim Burton.

They're screening said pilot at Comic-Con at 9:15 am on Saturday. Awesome. Cruisin' down the 5 at 5am. Actually, it will probably be closer to 6, but "5 at 5" sounds better. Um, yeah.

Anyway, I picked out most of the TV panels that interest me Saturday and Sunday and will post them for your streamlined reading pleasure. Note that these do not represent ALL of the TV-related things at Comic-Con, they're just the ones that I'll probably try to get to.

SATURDAY

9:15-10:15 Special Early Screening: Pushing Daisies—Get to Comic-Con early to see this exclusive screening of one of the fall's most eagerly anticipated new shows! The stars and creators, including executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller (Heroes), of this new series—about an ordinary guy who can bring people back from the dead with the touch of his finger—come together to screen the Pushing Daisies pilot and answer fan questions. Produced by The Jinks/Cohen Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, Pushing Daisies will air Wednesdays at 8 PM ET/PT this fall on ABC. Room 6CDEF

10:00-11:15 Bionic Woman: Exclusive Pilot Screening and Q&A—Be one of the first to see this special version of the Bionic Woman pilot and participate in a Q&A panel session with series star and newcomer Michelle Ryan (EastEnders); executive producers David Eick (Battlestar Galactica), Glen Morgan (The X-Files), and Jason Smilovic (Lucky Number Slevin); co-stars Miguel Ferrer (Crossing Jordan) and Will Yun Lee (Witchblade); as well as a special guest appearance by Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), who portrays Sarah Corvis, and more. When a devastating car accident leaves Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan) at death's door, her only hope for survival is a cutting-edge, top-secret technology that comes at a hefty price. With a whole new existence and a debt to repay, Jaime must figure out how to use her extraordinary abilities for good, while weighing the personal sacrifices she will have to make. It's Jaime's journey of self-discovery and inner strength that will help her embrace her new life as the Bionic Woman. Ballroom 20

11:30-12:30 TV Guide Hot List—The hippest and hottest names in supernatural/ fantasy/sci-fi television, as featured in TV Guide's current collector's issue, will offer sneak peeks at what's coming up on their shows as well as a look at the genre's future on the small screen. Panelists include (in alphabetical order) Ira S. Behr (The 4400), Billy Campbell (The 4400), Matt Dallas (Kyle XY), Tim Kring (Heroes), Masi Oka (Heroes), Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman), and Skeet Ulrich (Jericho), among others to be announced. TV Guide's West Coast Bureau Chief Craig Tomashoff moderates. Ballroom 20

12:45-2:00 Heroes: Exclusive Volume II Clip and Q&A—Heroes chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. Be the first to see an exclusive clip from Volume II and learn more about the DVD Heroes 360 and more. Participate in a Q&A session moderated by co-executive producer/comic book writer Jeph Loeb, with creator Tim Kring, comic book artist Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween), and the entire cast—Jack Coleman ( H.R.G.), Noah Gray-Cabey (Micah Sanders), Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman), Ali Larter (Niki Sanders), James Kyson Lee (Ando), Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura), Hayden Panettiere (Claire Bennet), Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli), Zachary Quinto (Sylar), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder Suresh), Dania Ramirez (Maya), Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli), and more. Ballroom 20

2:15-3:15 Battlestar Galactica—Michelle Tauber of People Magazine calls it "an instantly addictive, girl-powered show that packs emotional punch, rip-roaring adventure and surprisingly sexy heat." Come see what all the buzz is about as SCI FI celebrates the ladies of Battlestar Galactica. Panelists include Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin), Katee Sackhoff (Kara "Starbuck" Thrace), Tricia Helfer (Number Six), Ronald D. Moore (executive producer), David Eick (executive producer), and Erik Storey (VP, original programming, SCI FI). Moderated by Mark Bernardin of Entertainment Weekly magazine. Ballroom 20

3:30-4:30 Futurama—Matt Groening is proud to announce the long-awaited return of the animated sci-fi comedy classic Futurama! Matt and executive producer David X. Cohen will be on the dais, accompanied by writer Ken Keeler, animation directors Peter Avanzino and Dwayne Carey-Hill, and for the first time together on stage in any universe, actors Billy West (Fry), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker)! The cast and crew will entertain your questions and present a sneak peek at Bender's Big Score! in glorious wide-screen format! Moderated by Bill Morrison. Ballroom 20

4:45-5:45 Dark Horse Presents: Joss Whedon—With the hugely successful release of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 for Dark Horse Comics, Joss Whedon (Fray, Astonishing X-Men) talks about picking up where the TV series left off, his other projects, future plans, and possibly even a few surprises. A sneak peek from the upcoming Serenity—Collector's Edition DVD will be shown. Ballroom 20

5:15-6:30 The Sarah Connor Chronicles Screening and Q&A—Catch the first-ever fan screening of The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the television incarnation of the Terminator franchise, followed by a Q&A with stars Lena Headey (300), Thomas Dekker (Heroes), Summer Glau (Firefly), and Richard T. Jones (Event Horizon), along with executive producers Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), David Nutter (The X-Files), and James Middleton (of C-2 Pictures, producers of the Terminator trilogy). Produced by C-2 Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Sarah Connor Chronicles will air Sundays at 9 PM ET/PT on FOX, starting midseason. Room 6CDEF

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Mark Verheiden—The popular writer of movies (The Mask, Timecop), television (Smallville, Battlestar Galactica), and comics (Superman Batman, The American) comes to Comic-Con as a special guest. Mark Verheiden talks to writer and friend Jeff Gelb about his career storytelling on the big screen, the small screen, and the printed page. Room 2


6:00-7:00 The Pitching Hour —Jermaine Turner (director, original series, Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group), Jill Stewart (manager, original series, Disney Channel Animation), Dan Evans (network exec, Digimon), Jeremy Love (VP, Gettosake Entertainment), Laurenn McCubbin (producer, Showtime's Rent Girl), and Jonas Agin (senior VP, Tom Lynch Company) will take an idea from conception through production. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creator should adapt to make their way into the Hollywood creative battleground. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be IP lawyer Brendan McFeely to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood! Room 5AB

9:00-11:30 Buffy the Vampire Slayer 10th Anniversary Screening—Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a screening of two Buffy episodes, including the musical episode, "Once More with Feeling," presented by Whedonopolis.com. There will be free keepsakes for attendees and a few other surprises! Stop by for some music, singing and "dancin' crazy." Room 5AB

SUNDAY

10:45-11:45 TV Guide: Super(Natural) Women—When it comes to supernatural, fantasy, and sci-fi shows these days, more women than ever are kicking ass and saving souls. Some of prime time's most fantastic females will tell all about how they've been able to make it in what has traditionally been a (super) man's world. Panelists include (in alphabetical order) Jenni Baird (The 4400), Allison DuBois (real life inspiration for Medium), Lisa Klink (Painkiller Jane), Lucy Lawless (Battlestar Galactica, Xena Warrior Princess), Marti Noxon (Private Practice, Buffy The Vampire Slayer); and several others. TV Guide's West Coast Bureau Chief Craig Tomashoff moderates. Room 6CDEF

No comments: