Comic-Con 2011: First TV Panels & Non-Returning Shows Announced

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:19 am,

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Next month, the city of San Diego will be populated by the fanatical and fantastical for Comic-Con 2011. With a complete list expected in the coming week(s), today the first set of TV panels were announced.

Coinciding with the announcements of what TV shows we will see at the ‘Con, it was also revealed that 5 previously attending series will not be returning this year.

Comic-Con staples Chuck, The Big Bang Theory, The Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead are all slated to return. Along with these familiar series, ABC will also be bringing fan-favorite Castle back to Comic-Con for its second year. Accompanying Castle will be ABC’s new fantasy series Once Upon A Time, starring House alum Jennifer Morrison, and the Paranormal Activity-esque thriller The River. Rounding out the new fall series in attendance will be the highly-anticipated (and continuously delayed) Steven Spielberg Fox series, Terra Nova.

For those that attended Comic-Con 2010, you will remember that Fox canceled last year’s Terra Nova panel less than a week before Comic-Con was set to begin. Since Terra Nova is once again slated as a mid-season replacement, fans should expect to see a generous presentation by this long-awaited series – perhaps even a screening of the pilot.

Speaking of screenings: With Comic-Con being a favorite location to present upcoming titles (Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens is set to premiere at Comic-Con this year), one should expect many of television’s new fall series that will be attending to screen their respective pilots. While it’s likely that The River will not present its completed pilot (you’ll know why this September), one can only hope that ABC presents the pilot for Once Upon A Time. Considering I’m unable to review the actual pilot at this time (rules are rules), all I’ll say is that it would be a treat for everyone in attendance.

Along with the 13 announced television panels, it was also revealed that 5 of Comic-Con’s previously attending shows will not be returning. While some of the losses are bigger than others (In Plain Sight – really?), fans of USA will be disappointed to hear that Burn Notice and White Collar will be sitting out Comic-Con this year. Even though Bruce Campbell is considered a proverbial God amongst Comic-Con attendees, perhaps its best that Burn Notice takes a step back. Since Comic-Con 2009, Burn Notice has been a familiar face in the hallowed Ballroom 20, but with Bruce Campbell being the only attending main cast member, it often left fans expecting more. Not to mention Campbell’s inability to hide his displeasure of working with… Well, let’s just say that Burn Notice skipping Comic-Con may not be as bad as it sounds.

In contrast, the announcement of White Collar not attending Comic-Con does come at a bit of a shock. Last year, White Collar made its Comic-Con debut and for all intents and purposes, it was hit with the crowd. Even though White Collar is currently in the middle of filming season 3, it’s unfortunate that they couldn’t find some time in their production schedule to attend. Also announced as non-returning series are Hawaii Five-0, Royal Pains and the aforementioned In Plain Sight. Considering the fanatical nature of the audience at Comic-Con, I doubt that many will miss these three series.

Make sure to keep an eye on Screen Rant, as we’ll be bringing you live coverage of the panels, and interviews with your favorite stars, over on our Official Comic-Con Coverage Page.

You can find a full list of the recently announced TV panels (and non-returning series) below:


Thursday, July 21

Covert Affairs


Friday, July 22rd

Falling Skies

Saturday, July 23rd

Power Rangers Samurai


TV Shows That Will Be At Comic-Con 2011 (Day/Time TBA)

The Big Bang Theory



Once Upon A Time

The Nine Lives of Chloe King

The River

Terra Nova

The Vampire Diaries

The Walking Dead


Non-Returning Shows

Burn Notice

Hawaii Five-0

In Plain Sight

Royal Pains

White Collar


Comic-Con 2011 begins July 21st.

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  1. @Anthony Ocasio

    I don’t understand your comment when discussing Burn Notice: “Campbell’s inability to hide his displeasure working with…” Who are you implying Bruce was/is displeased with? I attended the Burn Notice panel in both 2009 and 2010, and didn’t see any displeasure from Bruce Campbell about the show, its creators or his costars. He appears to love the show, and despite his usual sarcastic manner of joking and razzing everyone in sight including his fans, he was and has always been extremely complimentary of everyone involved in making the show. I’m very curious to know what you think he said or did that expressed displeasure.

    • That also got my attention. So I’m curious to hear what he said and who he was talking about.

    • Perhaps I shouldn’t have included this bit. It’s a little gossipy, but completely correct. I’m not going to go into specifics, but it’s something that’s pretty well known amongst the press.

      I was referring to things that happened in the press room, not during the panel.

      • So you’re not going to say who you think he was displeased with, just leave it to us to assume, possibly incorrectly?

      • Perhaps I shouldn’t have included this bit. It’s a little gossipy, but completely correct.

        Its too late now,you have opened this can of beans,now finish them.

        I found ScreenRant 5 years ago and I love the straight forwardness of this site.If something is rumor,you guys say it is rumor.If it is an opinion,you say its an opinion.You guys say what you mean and I like that.

        What you don’t do is throw something out there and leave it open ended.So,whats scoop?

      • That’s my biggest pet peeve in the world. When someone teases something, but absolutely refuses to deliver.

        Wow I just heard the most amazing story the other day. So apparently John went to…. Oh you know never mind I shouldn’t say.

        My repsonse is usually F- You what a D Move. But Screen rant does not allow that so I’ll say. That’s pretty messed up. You start spreading gossip say something that is actually interesting and grabs everyone attention and just decide that you don’t feel like talking about it anymore.

        That’s like getting a hooker who refuses to do her job.

        I’m far to curious of a person to just move on. Everyone is different and we all have our littler quirks. One of mine is that I’m very interested in things I’m always curious and I absolutely hate being teased.

        Do you also hold up food in front of pets and small children and yank it away just as they get close then finally after 4 minutes eat it and laugh as you walk away? Sounds like the kind of person you just might be.

        Now I have to scour the interenet for days in hopes I’ll find something on it and probably won’t so it will eat away at me for weeks. Not at all an exaggeration that’s how I am and I can’t help it. Believe me wish I could just forget and get over it, but that’s not who I am. Can’t change.


      • It’s well known among the press, but it’s never been reported on? It’s well known when something was said or conveyed once in a press room? He has the inability to hide his displeasure in front of members of the press only, but not in front of fans? Okayyyyy then.

  2. Something’s known in the press room and it doesn’t get out?

  3. Will Glee be returning this year?

    • I’d be surprised if it didn’t – along with Fringe and Bones. We should have a better idea of the shows attending in the coming weeks. That being said, the actors attending from each series still won’t be completely known until July. Last minute changes are common.

      • So I am left to assume that Bruce Campbell hates any or all of the following people: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Sharon Gless & Coby Bell.

  4. Really?? Your not gonna tell us who Sam Axe has a problem working with??? The suspense is killing me!

  5. This is the problem with Comic Con and why people are pulling out of it. Why the hell are shows like 90% of these here? What in the world do they have to do with Comic Books? Big Bang Theory I can see. they deal with a lot of comic book topical humor. Most of the rest of these shows should get out!

    • yeah walking dead has nothing to do with comic books.

  6. No news on if Supernatural with be there yet?

    • Yeah they will! In the big H hall apparently! With J2! Yes I am over using ‘!’s!

  7. I don’t like the Big Bang Theory that much anymore… it was my favorite sitcom but the “geek” factor has seemed to have disappeared… the whole show is more about relationships these days than anything else.

    Chuck has also lost it’s touch… I mean, the Bearded One (Morgan) having the intersect? That is just SO wrong… they need to get back to the basics.

    • I love Chuck still I thought Season 4 was fantastic, but I agree the finale was weak and Morgan getting the intersect was just dumb.

  8. It sucks that Burn Notice and White Collar won’t be there this year. I look forward to the USA block on Thursday and I would much rather it be one of those shows instead of Covert Affairs.

  9. You didn’t mention Supernatural – it’s the only panel I’m crazy excited about. What gives? ;)