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.)


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 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, then show up for music, singing, and dancing crazy! Ballroom 20


adam _______________________ said...

I may be outing myself as being oblivious to Comic-con here, but I have to ask, what in the world is it's deal?

I read the articles after-the-fact for fun info, but I have no conception of when something called Comic-con became the nexus of the TV and feature universe.

Is it just a case of the business realizing the marketing potential of that many geeks flocking to one location? Will they start holding panels for Steven King books and the latest model of the Prius?

I'm honestly curious, not just snarky. :)

Josh said...

Q: What in the world is its deal?
A: SWAG from geeky stuff you love; listening to Joss/Kevin Smith/Tarantino/et al talk about their projects and just generally entertain you for an hour or so; seeing trailers, pilots and sometimes even full movies months before the rest of the world; random meetings and sightings of the above-named people, as well as others; potential parties with the above-named people, as well as others (if you've got friends in the right places...); and just general fun and comraderie. And this is coming from someone who, after two years, is still a little weirded out by the whole costume thing.

Q: (Did Comic-Con become) the nexus of the TV and feature universe... (because the business realized) the marketing potential of that many geeks flocking to one location?
A: That's not really a question, is it? Last year there were 120,000 people in San Diego for Comic-Con. Of course marketing takes advantage of it.

Q: Will they start holding panels for Steven King books and the latest model of the Prius?
A: I'd be shocked if there haven't been a few King-related panels in the past, and if Toyota's smart, at least advertising their cars there probably isn't a bad idea. Though they might have to hire costumed actors to hang around it if they want anyone's attention. :)

adam _______________________ said...

I was being 40% sincerely curious, 40% sarcastic, and 20% annoying.

Sorry. Guess I need sarcasm emoticons.

But Comicon does baffle me. I'm revolted and drawn to it in equal measures.

Can we look forward to pictures and anecdotes?

Josh said...

Pictures? Maybe. Anecdotes? Oh yeah. And article/reviews. And possibly even drunken ramblings.