Thursday, July 31, 2008

What if Fellowships want you?

Besides that being a really good problem to have, I mean.

BooM, who's so awesome that she has quite a bit of experience with this, wrote up a nice bit of advice.

READ!

Friday, July 25, 2008

San Diego Comic-Con '08 - Live(ish) Coverage

Jul and I are updating when we can on Pink Raygun.

Or for even faster updates, she's become a twittering fiend.

More thorough coverage to come from both of us short(ish)ly.

Enjoy your weekends. Get some sleep for me.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Just a reminder...

Warner stuff is due this Friday. That means it needs to be postmarked by July 25 to be eligible.

(I bring this up because apparently NBC's Writers on the Verge not only gave a date, but also a time by which submissions needed to be received. Which is fine, in theory, except when submitters don't notice that time and IT'S 3PM. I mean, seriously? Who puts a deadline at 3pm? Not that I don't love you, WOTV people, but that's just cruel.)

Ahem.

Disney ABC stuff is due Friday, August 8. Don't forget that they also require you to turn in a "statement of interest" (i.e. 500 word essay).

Good luck to all, but mostly Jul and I. :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

IT IS ON, CRIMINALS

Elana reflects on Batman and a lack of superheroes. Mostly the lack of superheroes. Elana is the shiznit:

"Why don’t some of these young people who have too much money stop doing coke and making sex tapes and instead FIGHT CRIME?"

I am so there. Sounds like the comedy event of the summer.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Is it a waste of time to write a spec animated feature?

Comic Book Guy ponders this question posed to me a few days ago (okay, weeks technically) by reader Matt.

Short answer: Worst. Idea. Ever.

Slightly longer answer: Or...maybe not. Depending no what you mean by that and (say it with me now) who you know.

From everything I've seen and been told by people in animation, in a very general sense, no one is going to buy an animated feature script on spec. The big studios with animation arms--Disney Pixar, Dreamworks, Sony--develop all of their projects in-house. These places have stables of writers they already know they like to use, and an army of artists chomping at the bit to get their own ideas developed into features. Not to mention that animation is slow, and the development slates for these places--even conservatively--are probably full through 2012. It's simply not worth it for Average Joe Writer to spend his time (or her time, if you're Josephine) slogging through a full 120ish page feature.

In fact, unless you are in some way connected to people in animation, I'd suggest trying to shove that animated feature idea into a deep, dark corner of your brain and move on to something else. That or re-imagine it as a non-animated script. Remember that the last decade or so has made it so that a lot of previously "animated" ideas are now possible in "live action." (And yes, those both deserve quotes.)

"But Josh," you say, "I love this idea and have to try. It's brilliant and will completely change animation forever." Fine, fine, fine. If you really like the idea, write a treatment for it. Or simply create a logline and send out some query letters. Someone bites, you'll know if you've got something worth spending a little more of your time on. Alex Epstein has suggested trying this method for any spec scripts over on his blog. The difference is that for live action feature specs, you've got a few hundred potential places to send your work; for an animated spec, replace the word "hundreds" with "dozens." And I think that's being generous.

The only--and I mean only--reason Jul and I started developing an animated project is because I got a job at an animation company and heard about a few specific ideas/types of characters that some of the higher-ups there were interested in finding and making. Without that information, I wouldn't have dreamed of attempting an animated feature. And even with that knowledge, Jul and I don't plan on doing much more than (as I suggested above) outlining the story and maybe putting together a treatment.

Still not dissuaded? Fair enough. The industry is still the industry, and the way to get your work in the hands of people that can help you doesn't differ all that much. Wanna write animated movies? Read the Animation Writers blog. Network. Get a job at an animation company. Doing whatever. This way, you'll have the opportunity to meet people who at least in theory can help. Do a good job. Befriend the storyboard artists and animators. Talk to the D-girls (sorry, D-girls) and see what they're recommending to their bosses and what kinds of stories and characters their bosses are passionate about. See if your company has an open door policy for pitching or certain times when it's acceptable to bring your idea(s) to them. And then, before you actually start pitching your story or passing out your script, make sure it's the best you can make it.

Who knows, maybe you'll get lucky and they'll buy your work and then hire someone (or, likely, many someones) to rebuild it from the ground up until your baby becomes an unrecognizable Frankenstein to you. Not that you'll be anywhere near the development process to see it. Sounds enjoyable, no?

Friday, July 18, 2008

(Auto) Pilot: Reviewing the Pilot Script of Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas

(Simul-posted at Pink Raygun)

If his pilot script for Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas is any indication, Thomas Wheeler is one ambitious storyteller. Combining elements of Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and a slew of Saturday morning kids shows and young adult fantasy books, Wheeler's script is a breezy, enjoyable read that seems aimed at younger viewers, but still manages to include enough layers to be of interest to the adults in the audience.

Atlas begins with a narrator, who quickly fills us in on the mythology of the show. Captain Cook was the greatest English navigator of his time, not only exploring the unknown corners of this world, but also embarking on adventures in "another world existing beside our own, a fantastical world of adventure and magic." He wrote all of his magical adventures down in his Extraordinary Atlas, then hid it so that it would not fall into the wrong hands. Yet, over the years, a few have found it and become Navigators, traveling to the other world to have adventures. And now, it appears, it's time for a new Navigator to find the book.

Immediately we get a sense of adventure and mystery, and learn that Atlas takes itself seriously when the narrator tells us of Captain Cook's death at the point of a native spear: adventurers can be killed. There's fun to be had here, not to mention adventure and excitement, but do not expect the whimsical humor of something like, say, Pushing Daisies.

Following the opening narration, we are immediately introduced to the Malloys as they move into their new home. There's Marion (Janel Maloney), the cheerleader-like mom who just wants her family to be normal; Phinneas Sr. (Patrick Breen), the college professor father; Finn (Nathan Gamble), whom IMDB expositionally lists as simply Brother; and Gwen (Jodelle Ferland), the 13-year-old tomboyish heroine of the show. Quickly and efficiently, their characters are established and they arrive at the house of Phinneas's new boss, Dean Winters, for a party. Marion warns Gwen not to sneak off exploring because it's "embarrassing," but naturally Gwen does just that. In short order, she discovers a secret stairway inside a closet, which leads her to a basement room full of antique objects, maps...and Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas. A mysterious, pale boy interrupts her reading and scares her away, but not before she's able to learn about the "secret world beside our own." As Gwen rejoins the party, Dean Winters shares a secret smile with her and tells her that she's welcome to stop by at any time.

The next morning before school, Gwen goes to talk to Dean Winters, but when she discovers his house is empty she decides to return to the secret room. She's just started looking at the Atlas when a closet door creaks open and Gwen bolts, unintentionally stealing the Atlas. The school bus disappears as Gwen exits the dean's house, and she arrives late to school, having the typical fish-out-of-water experiences we've all come to expect from any kid-goes-to-a-new-school story. There's even a complete jerk of a teacher, Mr. Boots (Marc Vann), who takes joy in embarrassing her in front of his class.

But now Gwen has the Atlas, and it's not long before she's accidentally off on a Dragon Safari. She learns from the ever-helpful Atlas how to spot the telltale signs of a nearby dragon and that one should bring diamonds, rubies or gemstones to appease them. Unfortunately, Gwen left all of her rare jewels at home (whoops!), and it's only with the help of a mysterious stranger that she escapes with her life. More adventures and danger follow, but it would be a shame to give any more of it away. Suffice it to say that we see more of the dean, the pale boy, the stranger and even Mr. Boots, and before the end of the pilot, Gwen learns that the Atlas has chosen her to be the new Navigator and explore as many of its mysteries as she is able.

At its best, Atlas feels like a young adult fantasy novel, safe for kids but layered enough for adults, and containing a fantasy world that feels both real and fully realized, but never in a way that feels too ridiculous or silly. More importantly, by the end of the script it's made quite clear that Wheeler has specific plans for where this show will go. Seeing as how he has no other IMDB credits, I can only hope that whatever showrunner ABC brings on board actually lets him stay true to his vision.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Emmy nominations--for realz this time!

I know you're all wondering who the nominees are, but let's face it, if you just wanted that information there are far more professional sites where you can find it. But there's something much more important you can learn by coming here: how correct were Josh's picks from a few weeks ago?

Important stuff, kids.

Here are the actual Emmy noms:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Curb Your Enthusiasm
Entourage
The Office
30 Rock
Two and a Half Men

Outstanding Drama Series

Boston Legal
Damages
Dexter
House
Lost
Mad Men

My choices were:

Comedy

Entourage
The Office
Pushing Daisies
30 Rock
Ugly Betty

Drama

Damages
Dexter
Lost
Mad Men
The Wire

As you can see, I've bolded my choices that match the actual nominations. Drama -- pretty dead on. Comedy -- not so much.

Seeing the differences in these lists immediately brings a few things to mind:
1) Drama gets six nominees? Really? Fine. Then I choose House over Boston Legal.
2) I don't know what the solution is, but classifying shows as simply either Comedy or Drama doesn't seem to cut it. No one-hour shows got nominated for Comedy? Come on.
3) I stand by my choice of The Wire and will bludgeon all who disagree. Not my favorite TV show ever, but quite possibly the best.

How did your favorite shows do?

When writers RSVP to something, apparently they mean it

Holy crap, guys.

Apparently hopeful TV writers are a lonely, lonely people, because last night 80 or so of us swarmed the Cat & Fiddle in Hollywood for the first ever event for the TV Writers (and friends) in LA group.

Standing room only doesn't even cover it. We were crammed into what at first seemed like a giant side room of the pub, but in short order tables were being pushed against walls and people were struggling to navigate through the crowd.

By which I mean: it was awesome.

Congratulations, Jane, on such a great turnout, and for realizing there's a need for a group like this in LA. This was, without doubt, the most fun meetup/mixer/networking event-type thing that Jul and I have ever attended.

What did you, Gentle Reader, miss? Why, a veritable who's who of writers who aren't quite anybody yet :)

There was, of course, Jane, hopping from table to table and being a good host; Sullivan stopped by to brag about the 19th script he's written this year (I kid, but seriously, I've never known anyone as good as he is to be so prolific... bastard); Matt was beard-y and friendly, just like he was when we had lunch a few weeks ago; Adam had trouble deciding which TV show he watches is his least favorite and made me realize I'd lost my fiancee; Amanda was too busy networking with people she doesn't know to talk to me until the end of the night...wait, actually that was me; Elana says she was there...but I think she's lying; Furey was all like, "Secretariat this, Secretariat that. Joss Whedon played a practical joke on me because I'm so cool;" David complained that his new job is so slow that he's been forced to hang out with all the Caprica writers (boo-hoo, David, boo-hoo); Elliot, always thinking, brought a friend; Thomas and Lily and Bethany chatted about the specs they're trying to get ready for Warner Bros. and Disney ABC.

And, yes, there were people I didn't already know who attended as well. Like Jami and Louis and Grace and Ben and about 20 others I "met" and conversed with and (naturally) promptly forgot their names. Have I mentioned that I was an RA in college and that it was my job to remember names...? Yeah, so...

Overall, it seemed like everyone had a really good time, and it was great to spend a few hours mingling with people who are largely in the exact same position as Jul and I. Again, Jane, thanks. I'm already looking forward to the next event.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

TV Writers Meetup Tonight

Looking forward to crawling out of my cubicle tonight for some much needed D&R and hopefully meeting some readers. Because I'm pretty sure that of the 12 of you out there, at least half are coming. :)

(And yes, that's Drinking and Relaxation. Mmm, beer...)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Horrible, Just Horrible

In video blog form. :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Nerds, engage! Full San Diego Comic Con Schedule (Sunday)

Rejoice, geeks of the world, because the full programming schedule for the 2008 San Diego Comic Con is now available.

Jul and I will be going Friday-Sunday this year, sporting Pink Raygun tees (until they get too ripe...) and writing up articles left and right, so feel free to say hi if you see us.

Now, since this is ostensibly a blog devoted to TV writing and just TV in general, below is a list of potentially interesting programs involving television in one way or another.

This list is just for Sunday. For Friday, click here. For Saturday, click here. I really didn't want to break this up into three different posts, but holy Jeebus there's a lot of stuff. Oh well. Enjoy!

(Note: Please do not take this list as my endorsement of any of these individual programs. I am listing anything TV-related.)

SUNDAY

10:00-11:00 Smallville Screening and Q&A— Comic-Con favorite Smallville returns with series stars Allison Mack, Justin Hartley and the introduction of Sam Witwer alongside new showrunners Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson, Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer to talk about the year ahead, answer fan questions and give an exclusive sneak peek at clips featuring the new villains for season eight. Award-winning comic book writer, Emmy-nominated film and television writer/producer, and Smallville alum Jeph Loeb (Heroes) will moderate the session. From Tollin/Robbins Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Smallville airs Thursdays at 8:00 PM on The CW. Room 6CDEF

10:15-11:15 Nickelodeon: SpongeBob SquarePants Sneak Peek, and More!— Be the first to watch some brand spanking new episodes of one of your favorite Nickelodeon shows, SpongeBob SquarePants! And there's more! You'll also catch a never-before-seen episode from Nick's latest breakout hit, The Mighty B!, and watch the hilarious antics of Otis and his friends from the Emmy-nominated show Back at the Barnyard. Plus, you'll be the first to get a sneak peek at an upcoming Nickelodeon series. Room 6B

10:30-11:30 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia The FX hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is coming to the Con. See an unaired episode from the upcoming season followed by a panel discussion featuring series stars Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, and director Fred Savage. The panel will be moderated by Damon Lindelof, creator/executive producer of Lost. Attendees of the screening and panel have the chance to win one of thousands of prizes. Ballroom 20

11:15-12:15 Supernatural Screening and Q&A— Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles (Smallville) and Jared Padalecki (House of Wax)—along with creator/executive producer Eric Kripke (Boogeyman), co-executive producers Ben Edlund (Angel) and Peter Johnson (Supernatural: Origins comic book series), and supervising producer Sera Gamble (Eyes)—present exclusive sneak peek footage from the highly anticipated fourth season premiere of this thrill-ride series, answer questions, and show a portion of the special features from the upcoming third season DVD release. Produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supernatural airs Thursdays at 9:00 PM ET/PT on The CW. Room 6CDEF

12:00-1:00 Phineas and Ferb Join creators Dan Povenmire (Family Guy) and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (Rocko's Modern Life) along with special guests from the show's cast to learn more about Disney Channel's newest smash hit series, including an insider's look at how the show came to life and what's in store for these inventive step-brothers and their tattletale sister in the future. Plus never-before-seen footage, audience Q&A, and a chance to win Phineas and Ferb merchandise! Room 5AB

12:00-2:00 Browncoats Fan Group— Calling all Browncoats! Fans of Firefly and Serenity are welcome to join the California Browncoats to hear about upcoming events and products that you'll really love. Stop by and listen to some quality storytelling by ’verse-related and ’verse-friendly authors. And last but not least, come to meet and hang out with all the great Browncoats at Comic-Con! Room 24A

12:30-1:30 Paranormal State See the stars of the hit A&E series Paranormal State: Ryan Buell, Eilfie Music, Sergey Poberezhny, Heather Taddy, and Katrina Weidman. Be the first to see the Season 2 premiere of Paranormal State, the show that seeks out the truth behind terrifying real life mysteries, hauntings, and ghosts. Hear the cast share behind-the-scenes details not revealed in the show. Moderated by Dave Schrader of Darkness Radio. Room 6CDEF

12:30-1:30 Nick Jr. Presents: Backyardigans and Ni Hao, Kai-lan This is a must-see screening for all you Nick Jr. fans! Catch a brand new episode from the Emmy Award–winning show, Backyardigans. And then sit back for some more Nick Jr. fun with a music and dance filled episode of Ni Hao, Kai-lan. Room 8

1:00-2:30 Chowder and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack with Underfist Sneak Peek— You’ve laughed your butt off watching the shows, now meet the creators of Chowder and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack! Chowder creator Carl Greenblat and voice talents Nicky Jones (Chowder), Dwight Schultz (Mung Daal), and Tara Strong (Truffles) join The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack creator Thurop Von Orman, creative director JG Quintell, and writer/voice talent Steve Little for the funniest panel discussion you’ll attend all weekend. And that’s not all! You’ll also get to grill Adam Burton (The Grim Adventure’s of Billy and Mandy) on the sneak peek at his twisted new spectacle—Underfist. Room 6A

1:00-2:00 Marvel: TV Writers of Marvel— Heroes, Eli Stone, Carnivale, Underworld, and Big Love. You love these shows & films, but did you know the writers behind them are also at Marvel? Find out what’s in store for some of TV, movies, and comics’ biggest projects from the people behind them with Jeph Loeb (Ultimates), Aron Coleite (Ultimate X-Men), Joe Pokaski (Secret Invasion: Inhumans), Marc Guggenheim (Amazing Spider-Man), Daniel Knauf (Iron Man), Kevin Grevioux (New Warriors), and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (The Stand)! Room 7AB

1:30-2:30 Magic, Mystery, and Missions: Huntik: Secrets & Seekers This animated TV adventure series will be taking over the airwaves in January 2009! Get a sneak peek at this new show—including footage never shown publicly before—and learn about the heroes, villains, and mythical creatures that make up this exciting story! Plus, while supplies last, each attendee will receive an exclusive Huntik: Secrets & Seekers gift! Room 4

1:45-2:45 Ghost Whisperer Season Four: The New Spirit Mythology of Melinda— Be on hand for revelations about the mysteries that will unfold in the upcoming season of the hit television series, the introduction of a new cast member Jamie Kennedy, and an exclusive first look at video clips from the season premiere episode. Panel will feature Jennifer Love Hewitt ("Melinda"), Jamie Kennedy ("Eli"—a new series regular cast member in season four), and executive producers Kim Moses, Ian Sander, and PK Simmons. Room 6CDEF

2:45-4:15 Fraggle Rock Help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Fraggle Rock and learn more about this fall's newest DVD release! Join Red—making a personal appearance—as she sneak peeks the DVD special features and some other DVD surprises! Room 6B

3:00-4:30 Milton Caniff’s Steve Canyon TV Series 50th Anniversary— Harry Guyton (Milton Caniff Estate), Bob Hoy (Sgt. Charlie Bergeron Steve Canyon), Mrs. Frank Ball (star Dean Frederick's daughter), and John Ellis (Steve Canyon DVD producer) present a discussion of what is quite possibly the most legendary long-lost (and now found) television series in history! Come delve into the mysteries surrounding the most expensive show on TV in 1958. Includes the first public screening of the restored 1959 NBC Steve Canyon episode “Operation Big Thunder” in 48 years. Room 3

4:00-5:00 Buffy the Musical Let's end this show with a bang! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis.com host a screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More With Feeling" as Comic Con 2008's big closing event! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffy-verse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! These eps were made for talkin'—back, that is—and singing and shouting and dancing in the aisles—with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: it isn't just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore. For more details on the screening visit www.whedonopolis.com, then show up for music, singing, and dancing crazy! Ballroom 20

Nerds, engage! Full San Diego Comic Con Schedule (Saturday)

Rejoice, geeks of the world, because the full programming schedule for the 2008 San Diego Comic Con is now available.

Jul and I will be going Friday-Sunday this year, sporting Pink Raygun tees (until they get too ripe...) and writing up articles left and right, so feel free to say hi if you see us.

Now, since this is ostensibly a blog devoted to TV writing and just TV in general, below is a list of potentially interesting programs involving television in one way or another.

This list is just for Saturday. For Friday, click here. For Sunday, click here. I really didn't want to break this up into three different posts, but holy Jeebus there's a lot of stuff. Oh well. Enjoy!

(Note: Please do not take this list as my endorsement of any of these individual programs. I am listing anything TV-related.)

SATURDAY

10:00-11:30 The Black Panel ’08— This is not the year to miss the Black Panel, and you know why! Featuring Method Man (The Wu Tang Clan), Reggie Hudlin (president, B.E.T.), Denys Cowan (B.E.T. Animation, “The Origin of the Joker”), Rusty Cundieff (director, Chappelle’s Show, Fear of a Black Hat) John Dokes (Marvel Comics), Dwayne McDuffie (Milestone Media, Justice League, Ben 10), and Faith Cheltenham (Tor.com). This is the definitive panel for what’s up in black and hip hop culture—and what a year it has been! Look out for some surprise guests. Hosted by Michael Davis (The Underground, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Black People, But Were Afraid to Ask). Room 5AB

10:00-11:00 Marvel: Iron Man: Armored Adventures Animated Screening— Tony Stark, heir to a billion-dollar corporation, lives a life of luxury, free to pursue his chief interests—seeking extreme thrills, solving scientific mysteries and creating mind-boggling inventions. But everything goes horribly wrong when a tragic accident robs Tony of his father and nearly costs him his own life. Now dependent on his own impressive technology for survival and dedicated to battling corruption, Tony must reconcile the pressure of teenage life with the duties of a superhero. Inside his remarkable invention, Tony Stark is geared for high-speed flight, high-tech battles and high-octane adventure! He is Iron Man. Meet Josh Fine (Marvel Studios), Christopher Yost (head writer), and others involved with this exciting new animated series and watch an episode of Iron Man: Armored Adventures before its Nicktoons 2009 premiere. Room 6CDEF

10:00-11:00 Nickelodeon’s The Fairly Odd Parents: Past, Present, and Future— Help celebrate the 7 years of Fairly OddParents magic, as creator Butch Hartman (Danny Phantom), co-executive producer and story editor Scott Fellows (Johnny Test), and writer Kevin Sullivan (Danny Phantom) share some of their favorite moments from the past—and give you an inside look at the future of the series! You’ll also be treated to an exciting live table-read performed by the stars of the show: voice of Timmy, Tara Strong; voice of Cosmo, Daran Norris; voice of Wanda, Susanne Blakeslee; and voice of Mark Chang, Rob Paulsen. Moderated by Rich Magallanes, executive director for Nickelodeon. Room 7AB

10:00-10:45 Futurama Secrets Revealed!— Join Futurama creator Matt Groening and executive producer David X. Cohen in a mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, fact-checking panel extravaganza! Appearing with Matt and David are series regulars Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif, Morbo). And if that's not enough, enjoy color commentary from Eric Kaplan (co-executive producer, writer) and lots of insider straight dope from producer Claudia Katz and director Peter Avanzino of Rough Draft Animation. Plus, don't miss out on your chance to see the sneak peek of "Bender's Game," the all-new feature-length Futurama adventure, crash-landing on store shelves this November! Ballroom 20

10:15-11:15 Ben 10: Alien Force and The Secret Saturdays Sneak Peek— Join ├╝ber-cartoon-creator-genius Glen Murakami and his crew as they discuss their hit new Cartoon Network show Ben 10: Alien Force. It’s your chance to get the inside story on all the new alien heroes—and, of course, all the bad guys! Accompanying Glen are story editor Dwayne McDuffie and voice talents Yuri Lowenthal (Ben), Ashley Johnson (Gwen), Greg Cipes (Kevin), and Dee Bradley Baker (Aliens). And that’s just half the excitement! Jay Stephens will also be on hand to talk about his mysterious and cool new show The Secret Saturdays. Room 6A

10:15-11:15 Spotlight on Ralph Bakshi On par with such auteurs as Walt Disney, Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, and art spiegelman, Comic-Con special guest Ralph Bakshi redefined animation and became a hero to countless generations of fans and filmmakers. His name is synonymous with the great tradition of American cartooning. Bakshi is responsible for such memorable films and television shows such as Fritz the Cat (the first X-rated animated feature film), The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse, Spider-Man, Heavy Traffic, Wizards, Cool World, and The Lord of the Rings, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Join Ralph Bakshi for a rare, in-person appearance as he discusses his legendary career. Moderated by Jon M. Gibson and Chris McDonnell, co-authors of Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi, the only book chronicling the career of one of the pioneers of animation. Room 6B


10:45-11:30 The Simpsons Entering into their record setting 20th season, The Simpsons debuted their first feature film in July 2007, grossing over $500 million worldwide. "The Simpsons Ride" opened in May 2008 at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and Hollywood, California to great success. Now join the creative team behind this historic show and get the inside scoop on the upcoming season! Featuring Matt Groening (creator and executive producer); Al Jean (executive producer and head writer); Matt Selman (executive producer); Michael Price (co-executive producer); Matt Warburton (co-executive producer); Don Payne (consulting producer); Carolyn Omine (consulting producer); Mike Anderson (supervising director) and David Silverman movie and TV series director). Ballroom 20

10:45-11:45 Heroes: Exclusive First Look at “Villains” and Q&A with the Entire Cast, Tim Kring, and Tim Sale— Heroes chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. Watch an exclusive first look at “Chapter 3: Villains.” Moderated by co-executive producer/comic book writer Jeph Loeb, participating in a Q&A session with creator Tim Kring, comic book artist Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween), and the cast: Jack Coleman (H.R.G.), Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman), Ali Larter (Niki Sanders), James Kyson Lee (Ando Masahashi), Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura), Hayden Panettiere (Claire Bennet), Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli), Zachary Quinto (Sylar), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder Suresh), Dania Ramirez (Maya Herrera), Cristine Rose (Angela Petrelli), and Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli). Hall H

11:30-12:30 B.E.T. Animation— Don’t get up, it’s time for the second part of the “Black” block! Panelists include Reggie Hudlin (president, B.E.T.), Denys Cowan (senior V.P., B.E.T. Animation), Eric Rollman (president, Marvel Animation), Cort Lane (Marvel Animation), John Romita Jr. (way too many credits!) and some surprise guests who you will not want to miss. The Black Panther announcement was just the beginning... Room 5AB

11:30-12:30 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Screening and Q&A— Back for a second year at Comic-Con, the producers and stars of this hit action-adventure drama will debut the trailer for season two and answer questions from fans during this one-hour session. Executive producers Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), John Wirth (The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.) and James Middleton (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) will be joined by returning series stars Lena Headey (300), Thomas Dekker (Heroes), Summer Glau (Serenity), Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Richard T. Jones (Event Horizon), as well as new series regulars Garret Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men) and musician Shirley Manson (Garbage). Produced by C2 Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Television, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles returns for a second season September 8 and airs Mondays at 8:00 PM ET/PT on FOX. Room 6A

12:00-1:00 The Writers Room: Writing Prime Time Animated Comedy— Join real live prime time animation writers as they recreate a TV animation rewrite room. Jokes will be "pitched," stories will be "broken," and lunch will be "ordered”. Panelists: Eric Kaplan (Futurama, Malcolm in the Middle), Opus Moreschi (Li'l Bush), Dan McGrath (King of the Hill, The Simpsons), Bill Freiberger (Drawn Together, The Simpsons), Maiya Williams (The PJs, Mad TV), and Carolyn Omine (The Simpsons). Moderated by Patric M. Verrone (Futurama, The Simpsons). Room 10

12:00-1:00 Lost If the most recent season finale was any indication of things to come, you will not want to miss this panel. Co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Carlton Cuse will discuss season 4 of Lost, leading up to the season finale. They will answer your questions and maybe even offer up some surprises of their own. Hall H

12:30-1:30 ABC Family’s Kyle XY: Q&A with the Cast and Producer and First Look at Season Three— Kyle XY actors Matt Dallas (Babysitter Wanted) and Jaimie Alexander (Rest Stop) and producer Julie Plec (Scream 3) give fans a sneak peek at the exciting new season, in which lives are saved, secrets are exposed, and hearts are broken, as Kyle discovers that being a hero doesn’t come without a price. Room 5AB

12:30-2:00 Cartoon Voices I— It's the first of two gatherings this weekend of actors who lend their voices to animation, as they discuss and demonstrate their craft. Co-hosts Mark Evanier and Earl Kress welcome Jason Marsden (Fairly OddParents, Loonatics Unleashed), Wally Wingert (The Garfield Show, Family Guy), Phil LaMarr (Justice League, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends), Alicyn Packard (The Mr. Men Show, World of Warcraft), TV legend Chuck McCann, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), and a few surprises. Room 6CDEF

12:45-1:45 Exclusive Q&A with the writers of The Office Meet the writers of the EmmyAward–winning comedy The Office and hear them talk about their favorite episodes, characters, and fun behind-the-scenes stories. Moderated by cast member Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute), panelists include executive producer/showrunner Greg Daniels (The Simpsons) and writers Jennifer Celotta (Andy Richter Controls the Universe), Michael Schur (Saturday Night Live), B.J. Novak, Lester Lewis (The Larry Sanders Show), Gene Stupnitsky (Year One), Lee Eisenberg (Year One), Mindy Kaling (Matt and Ben), Justin Spitzer (Scrubs), Ryan Koh (various commercials), and Anthony Ferrell (The Audacity). Room 6A

1:00-2:00 Dollhouse When news broke that Joss Whedon was returning to television with a vehicle for “Buffy” alum Eliza Dushku, legions of fans around the world rejoiced. Although most will have to wait until January to learn more about the exciting new project, Comic-Con fans will hear it straight from Joss and Eliza in person! Ballroom 20

2:00-3:00 Attack of the Show! Attack of the Show! is G4's irreverent interactive daily live "variety" show that paves the inside track to today's entertainment, technology and pop culture. Hosts Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, comic book expert Blair Butler and show producers give fans a rare opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how this show brings tech-obsessed viewers all the up-to-the-minute news on Internet culture, technology, comic books, gadgets, live events and more. Get a glimpse of a day in the life of a daily tech show. Room 3

2:15-3:15 Battlestar Galactica Last year, Battlestar Galactica took San Diego by storm. Now the best show on television returns to Comic-Con for a panel filled with excitement, laughter, and a sneak peek into the final revelation. Focusing on the character relationships that give this hit series its power, this exclusive panel sheds new light on the ties between Humans and Cylons and provides valuable insight into the adventure ahead. Panelists include cast members Tricia Helfer, James Callis, Michael Trucco, and Katee Sackhoff and executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, along with moderator Kevin Smith. Ballroom 20

3:15-4:15 Pushing Daisies Screening and Q&A— The cast and producers of the Golden Globe Award-nominated Pushing Daisies return to Comic-Con for a special screening of exclusive clips from the acclaimed show’s upcoming season, highlights from the first season and a Q&A with fans. Stars Lee Pace (The Fall), Anna Friel (Land of the Lost), Chi McBride (Boston Public), Ellen Greene (Little Shop of Horrors), Swoosie Kurtz (Superman Doomsday), and Kristin Chenoweth (The West Wing) join executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller (Heroes) and executive producers Dan Jinks (American Beauty) and Peter Ocko (Dead Like Me) for the session, to be moderated by special guest and executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black). From Living Dead Guy Productions, The Jinks/Cohen Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, Pushing Daisies airs Wednesdays at 8:00 PM on the ABC Television Network. Room 6A

3:30-4:30 Chuck Screening and Q&A— Chuck executive producer Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl), co-creator Chris Fedak, and stars Zachary Levi (Less Than Perfect), Yvonne Strahovski (Gone), Joshua Gomez (Invasion), Sarah Lancaster (Everwood), Ryan McPartlin (Super Capers), and Adam Baldwin (Serenity) return to Comic-Con for a Q&A to discuss the People’s Choice Award–nominated action-comedy, and to screen an exclusive series highlight reel debuting new footage from the upcoming second season. Produced by College Hill Pictures, Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Chuck airs Mondays at 8:00 PM on NBC. Ballroom 20

4:00-5:00 Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack— Jay Glatfelter and Jack Glatfelter have one of the oldest and biggest podcasts dedicated to ABC'S Lost with The Lost Podcast. Learn about the huge, dedicated online community for TV's most mind twisting drama. Join Jay and Jack for this special interview and Q&A session! Room 24A

4:45-5:45 SCI FI Eureka SCI FI’s hit summer series returns for its triumphant third season on Tuesday, July 29 (9:00 pm/8:00 pm Central). But first, fans can experience the quirky fun of America’s smartest little town up close and personal by joining the cast and executive producers of Eureka for an exclusive Comic-Con discussion. Panelists include cast members Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, and Joe Morton plus co-creator and executive producer Jamie Paglia, executive producer Charlie Craig, and Tony Optican, SVP for original programming, SCI FI. Room 6CDEF

4:45-5:45 Fringe Q&A and Trailer Screening— J. J. Abrams (Lost), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman—the team behind Mission: Impossible 3, Alias, and the upcoming Star Trek feature—join fellow Fringe executive producers Bryan Burk (Cloverfield) and Jeff Pinkner (Lost), as well as stars Anna Torv (The Pacific), Josh Jackson (Shutter), and John Noble (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), for an exclusive Q&A about one of the most anticipated new television series of the fall season, a drama that will thrill, terrify and explore the blurring line between science fiction and reality. The session will kick off with the screening of a trailer for the series. Television Week deputy editor and columnist Joe Adalian moderates. From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe premieres September 9 and airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM on FOX. Ballroom 20

6:00-7:00 TV Guide TV Guide takes an in-depth look at some of the new and returning TV series, featuring the hottest TV talent—in front of the camera and behind the scenes. TV Guide executive editor Craig Tomashoff moderates this panel offering the inside scoop, with some fun surprises. Participants include (in alphabetical order) Josh Applebaum (executive producer, Life on Mars), Jaimie Alexander (Kyle XY), Matt Dallas (Kyle XY), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (creator, The Middleman), Ronald Moore (executive producer, Virtuality), Natalie Morales (The Middleman), Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars), and Jason Smilovic (executive producer, My Own Worst Enemy), among other special guests. Room 6B

6:30-7:30 The Anthropology of Star Trek Daryl G. Frazetti of the Department of Anthropology at Lake Tahoe Community College discusses anthropological themes in the Star Trek universe. Select themes include politics, religion, social problems, and the anthropological concept of “race.” The subculture of fandom is also explored. All topics will span the franchise and look at the relationship between Star Trek at any given point and contemporary society. This forum is based on the course offered at Lake Tahoe Community College and professional research. Room 30AB

7:15-8:15 MythBusters Q&A and Sneak Preview— Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of MythBusters talk about their offbeat Discovery Channel series that uses science to determine the truth behind urban legends. With backgrounds in animatronics, robotics, model building, and prototyping, Adam and Jamie will answer questions about the 300+ myths they’ve busted to date, show untelevised clips from their most explosive myths, and feature a Comic-Con exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming NASA moon landing hoax episode. Room 6B

7:15-8:15 Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program Sarah Silverman (Jesus Is Magic) plays a character (aptly named Sarah Silverman) whose absurd daily life is told through narrative and an occasional song. In each episode, Sarah falls into unique, unsettling, and always hilarious predicaments, with her sister (played by real-life sister Laura Silverman, The Comeback), her geeky gay neighbors Brian (Brian Posehn, Just Shoot Me) and Steve (Steve Agee, Jesus Is Magic), and dim-witted Officer Jay (Jay Johnston, Mr. Show with Bob and David) never far from her side. Silverman, Rob Schrab (Monster House), Heidi Herzon (Jesus is Magic) and Dan Sterling (The Daily Show) are the executive producers. Join the entire cast and executive producers of the Comedy Central hit series for a Q&A session. Room 6CDEF

Nerds, engage! Full San Diego Comic Con Schedule (Friday)

Rejoice, geeks of the world, because the full programming schedule for the 2008 San Diego Comic Con is now available.

Jul and I will be going Friday-Sunday this year, sporting Pink Raygun tees (until they get too ripe...) and writing up articles left and right, so feel free to say hi if you see us.

Now, since this is ostensibly a blog devoted to TV writing and just TV in general, below is a list of potentially interesting programs involving television in one way or another.

This list is just for Friday. For Saturday, click here. For Sunday, click here. I really didn't want to break this up into three different posts, but holy Jeebus there's a lot of stuff. Oh well. Enjoy!

(Note: Please do not take this list as my endorsement of any of these individual programs. I am listing anything TV-related.)

FRIDAY

10:00-11:00 Batman: Brave & Bold See an exclusive first look at the latest take on the Dark Knight, which premieres this fall on Cartoon Network. Producers Sam Register (Teen Titans) and James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited) discuss the show, along with writer Michael Jelenic (The Batman), director Brandon Vietti (Superman Doomsday), voice director Andrea Romano (Superman Doomsday), and the new voice of Batman, Diedrich Bader (Surfs Up), followed by a Q&A session. Room 6B

10:00-10:50 Star Wars: Designing the Clone Wars Universe— Meet the original in-house team that designed the unique look of the Clone Wars series. They will discuss how they worked with supervising director Dave Filoni to come up with the graphic, painterly style of imagery that gives Clone Wars its distinct look. Drawing on the last three years of production, they will share how the characters and environments have evolved using much of the rich classic Star Wars imagery as reference for designing the show's overall look. Moderated by Lucasfilm's Steve Sansweet. Room 7AB

10:45-11:45 Stargate Continuum Following on the heels of the hit DVD release Ark of Truth, the next full-length feature will be released Tuesday, July 29, with principal cast members returning for the biggest adventure of them all! This panel features Brad Wright (series co-creator and Continuum developer, executive producer and writer), Martin Wood (director), and (subject to availability) stars Richard Dean Anderson (General Jack O'Neill), Amanda Tapping (Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter), Ben Browder (Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell), Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson), and Christopher Judge (Teal'c). Ballroom 20

11:15-12:15 Powerpuff Girls 10th Anniversary and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends Believe it or not, it has been 10 whole years since the Powerpuff Girls flew out of Professor Utonium’s lab and into our hearts. Along the way Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles have kicked the butt of every major villain in Townsville. Celebrate their 10th Anniversary with show creator Craig McCracken and the voices of the Powerpuff Girls—Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, and Elizabeth Daily. They will answer all of your questions and accept all of your praise! And Craig will also be talking about his other Cartoon Network hit, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, along with co-creator Lauren Faust and voice talent Keith Ferguson (Bloo) and Tom Kenny (Mayor, Eduardo). Room 6A

11:45-12:15 Stargate MMO— After nearly 15 years on the air, the Stargate franchise is launching its first-ever multilevel online game, with all the elements—and more!—fans expect from the Stargate family. The key creative team from Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment and FireSky Studios present a compelling sneak-peek and answer questions. Panelists include Brad Wright (Stargate series’ co-creator, executive producer and writer) plus Dan Elggren (FireSky Studio head), Chris Klug (creative director), Howard Lyon (art director), and Demetrius Comes (director of technology). Ballroom 20

12:00-1:00 ABC Family: Samurai Girl Based on a series of popular young adult novels, Samurai Girl tells the story of a 19-year-old Japanese girl named Heaven, who discovers that the wealthy businessman who adopted her as an infant is really the head of the Yakuza (the Japanese mafia) and may have had her beloved brother brutally murdered. She breaks from her family, begins training to become a samurai, and with the help of a group of new American friends sets out to take down her father's evil empire. The panel includes Jamie Chung (Real World), Brendan Fehr (Roswell), and Stacy Keibler (WWE)—along with executive producers Andre NemecJosh Applebaum,—and Luke McMullen (all from Alias). Samurai Girl will air as a special event premiering with six hours over three nights, on September 5, 6, and 7. Room 2

12:15-1:15 Stargate Atlantis With new allies and new challenges, Stargate Atlantis is making big waves in its action-packed fifth season. Be on hand for this exclusive panel discussion with the cast and creators of SCI FI's hit series. Panelists include cast members Joe Flanigan, Robert Picardo, and Jewel Staite, co-creator and executive producer Brad Wright, and , Chris Sanagustin, VP original programming SCI FI. Moderated by Martin Gero, executive producer. Ballroom 20

12:30-1:15 Spaced Actor/creator Jessica Hynes (Shaun of the Dead), actor/creator Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), and director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz) recall Spaced, the clever and edgy comedy series that started it all for the award-winning team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Plus: Q&A session. (Look for the Spaced screening tonight in the same room at 10:15PM!) Room 6A

12:30-1:30 Spectacular Spider-Man Spend some time with the cast and creators of the renowned webslinger's newest animated adventures, The Spectacular Spider-Man, a Culver Entertainment Production. Ask your burning questions about the first 13 episodes of Season 1, learn about what's in store for the next 13 and catch an exclusive sneak peek at Season 2! Michael Vogel from Sony Pictures Television Animation moderates a panel that includes supervising producer Greg Weisman (Gargoyles); supervising producer/supervising director Vic Cook (Hellboy: Blood and Iron);—character designer Sean "Cheeks" Galloway (Hellboy animated films); voice director Jamie Thomason (2007's TMNT, Spirited Away);—the voice of Spider-Man, Josh Keaton (The Young & The Restless); the voice of Mary Jane Watson, Vanessa Marshall (Star Wars: Jedi Knights II); the voice of Eddie Brock and Venom,—Ben Diskin (Codename: Kids Next Door), and the voice of Adrian Toomes and Vulture, Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street). Room 6CDEF

1:00-2:00 Production Designers— For the second consecutive year, Comic-Con attendees will have the opportunity to interact with a lineup of master production designers—the artists responsible for creating the looks of today's most celebrated sci-fi/fantasy films and television. Organized by the Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800, these production designers will show clips, answer questions, and share their methods for creating imaginary worlds and convincing environments. Participating panelists (listed alphabetically) include Richard Hudolin (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica—BSG prequel), Alex McDowell (Watchmen, Corpse Bride), J. Michael Riva—(Iron Man, Spider-Man 3),—Barry Robison (Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader). Moderating the panel is John Muto, designer of Terminator 2 3D, Species, and Home Alone. Room 32AB

1:15-2:00 Primeval Actor Douglas Henshall gives you firsthand info about his leading role in BBC America’s new U.S. premiere sci-fi series Primeval, along with actors Juliet Aubrey and Karl Theobald. When evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter (Henshall) discovers prehistoric creatures alive and well in the present day, the natural world is turned on its head and humanity faces a threat to its very existence. Followed by a Q&A session. Room 6A

1:15-2:00 Primeval Actor Douglas Henshall gives you firsthand info about his leading role in BBC America’s new U.S. premiere sci-fi series Primeval, along with actors Juliet Aubrey and Karl Theobald. When evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter (Henshall) discovers prehistoric creatures alive and well in the present day, the natural world is turned on its head and humanity faces a threat to its very existence. Followed by a Q&A session. Room 6A

1:45-2:45 Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Showrunners— Carlton Cuse (Lost), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Josh Schwartz (Chuck, Gossip Girl), Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) are the television producers who are changing the face of television with deeply immersive entertainments marked by distinctive, cutting edge storytelling. They have also been at the forefront of bringing "genre programming" or "cult TV" to the mainstream. Prepare for a candid conversation about creative integrity in a commercial medium and the future of broadcast TV in an increasingly digital world. Spoiler Alert! Upcoming plot developments may be teased. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly senior writer Jeff Jensen. Room 6CDEF

2:00-3:00 That ’70s (Animation) Panel— Comic-Con special guest Mark Evanier talks to animation legends Joe Ruby and Ken Spears—of Ruby-Spears Productions—about their amazing output of television cartoon shows in the '70s, '80s, and beyond.Meet the men who gave you Thundarr the Barbarian, Scooby Doo, Dynomutt, Fangface, Jabberjaw and so many more. Room 8

2:45-3:30 American Dad Seth MacFarlane and the cast of the Fox animated hit reunite at Comic-Con to read a never-before-seen episode and take questions from the audience. Ballroom 20

3:00-4:00 SCI FI: Ghost Hunters Is it in your head—or in your house? Find out during Comic-Con first ever panel discussion with Ghost HuntersJason Hawes and Grant Wilson, stars of the #1 paranormal reality series on Wednesday nights. What you’ll hear is real—and scary. Moderated by James Hibberd (The Hollywood Reporter). Room 6B

3:30-4:15 Family Guy Stars Seth MacFarlane and Seth Green and the producers of the Fox animated hit give fans a sneak peek at a never-before-seen episode and discuss the highly anticipated spinoff The Cleveland Show. Ballroom 20

4:30-5:30 Bones Join the entire cast (David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley) and creators Hart Hanson and Barry Josephson for an hour of behind-the-scenes secrets and the chance to ask them everything you always wanted to know about the hit Fox drama. Ballroom 20

5:00-6:00 Nickelodeon's Making Fiends Attacks Your Television— Meet the fiendish minds behind Nickelodeon’s upcoming show Making Fiends as they talk about translating the popular web series to the TV screen. Get an inside look at the series production from creator and voice of Charlotte, Amy Winfrey; character designer and voice of Vendetta, Aglaia Mortcheva; writer and voice of Grudge, Peter Merryman; and supervising producer Dave Wasson (Time Squad). See an exclusive sneak peek of the series, plus special bonus content and a behind-the-scenes look at how Making Fiends the TV series came to life. Moderated by Claudia Spinelli, executive in charge for Nickelodeon. Room 7AB

5:30-6:15 [adult swim]’s The Venture Brothers Jackson Publick (creator and voices of Hank Venture, The Monarch, Henchman 24, Pete White and Sgt. Hatred) and Mike Sinterniklaas (voice of Dean Venture) speak about [adult swim]’s original series, The Venture Brothers. Now in its third season, the show picked up after the explosive wedding of The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend from the season two cliffhanger. Room 6B

5:30-6:30 24 It's been off the air since May, 2007 but Comic-Con fans will get the first look at the exciting prequel shot in South Africa and the upcoming 7th season of the Emmy winning Fox series, as well as chat with the executive producers and stars Kiefer Sutherland and Carlos Bernard. Room 6CDEF

5:30-6:30 24 It's been off the air since May, 2007 but Comic-Con fans will get the first look at the exciting prequel shot in South Africa and the upcoming 7th season of the Emmy winning Fox series, as well as chat with the executive producers and stars Kiefer Sutherland and Carlos Bernard. Room 6CDEF

6:00-7:00 Exceeding Expectations and Exploring New Worlds: Feature Effects for the Small Screen— Zoic Studios moderates a discussion with VFX supervisors on their passion for creating narrative enhancing, eye-popping effects for television. Some of the best in the business discuss future trends as well as their contribution to the television series Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, The Middleman, Lost, Eureka, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Smallville, and the new fall show Fringe. Room 32AB

6:00-7:00 Exceeding Expectations and Exploring New Worlds: Feature Effects for the Small Screen— Zoic Studios moderates a discussion with VFX supervisors on their passion for creating narrative enhancing, eye-popping effects for television. Some of the best in the business discuss future trends as well as their contribution to the television series Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, The Middleman, Lost, Eureka, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Smallville, and the new fall show Fringe. Room 32AB

6:30-7:30 The Write Stuff: Working in Genre Television— Get the inside scoop on how to break in, break out, and deal with some incredibly stupid network notes. A panel of genre luminaries share their war stories and passion for genre storytelling with you in this once-in-a-lifetime summit of super sci-fi scribes who've turned their dreams into drama, including Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman), David Simkins (Warehouse 13, Dresden Files), Steve Kriozere (V.I.P, Sliders, Dead & Deader), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, The Batman), Ashley Miller (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Matthew Federman (Jericho, E-Ring), Harry Werksman & Gabrille Stanton (Moonlight), and moderator Mark A. Altman (Geek Monthly). Room 5AB

6:30-7:15 Prison Break In their first visit to Comic-Con, stars Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell and Sarah Wayne Callies and producers Matt Olmstead, Kevin Hooks, and Dawn Parouse give a special sneak peek at the show's upcoming fourth season and take questions from the audience. Room 6CDEF

7:15-8:15 Mystery Science Theater 3000 20th Anniversary Reunion— From 1988 to 1999, the long-suffering captives aboard the Satellite of Love wisecracked their way through hundreds of cinema's problem children—those delirious B-movies of yesteryear created by twisted imaginations and, possibly, the need for a tax shelter. To celebrate the show's 20th Anniversary, join a historic reunion of cast and crew, including creator Joel Hodgson, producer Jim Mallon and fellow writer/performers Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, Paul Chaplin, J. Elvis Weinstein, Bridget Nelson, and Bill Corbett for a Q&A panel hosted by self-professed "MST3K nerd" and comedian Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens). Room 6B

7:30-9:15 Nickelodeon Avatar: Sozin's Comet Executive producer and creator team Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino have built one of the most astonishingly complex and beautifully animated series in television with Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender. Join Bryan, Mike, and Avatar director Joaquim Dos Santos (G.I. Joe Microseries) for a viewing of the exciting back-half of the Avatar season finale, "Sozin's Comet: Into the Inferno" and "Sozin's Comet: Avatar Aang," followed by a Q&A with the team as they discuss the rich mythology of the series, as well as a costume contest and fan art contest! Moderated by Roland Poindexter, VP, Nickelodeon original programming, animation. Room 6CDEF

8:30-10:30 SCI FI Friday Night: Eureka and Stargate: Atlantis SCI FI presents the season 3 premiere of Eureka a full three days before it airs! Also debuting will be a new episode of Stargate Atlantis, along exclusive clips from the new Scare Tactics. Attendees will receive a mini-issue of the SCI FI Virgin Comics sensation The Stranded (while supplies last). Room 6B

10:15-11:45 Spaced Screening— Actor/creator Jessica Hynes (Shaun of the Dead), actor/creator Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), and director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz) introduce a special late-night screening of their favorite episodes from the edgy British comedy series that started it all for the award-winning team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Room 6A

10:45-12:00 Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog— The story of a low-rent supervillain (Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible), the hero who keeps beating him up (Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer), and the cute girl from the laundromat he's too shy to talk to (Felicia Day as Penny). This musical in three parts, created for the Internet and written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Zack Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, premieres in its entirety on the big screen at Comic-Con. Room 6B