San Diego Comic-Con is the most-anticipated pop culture event in the country, and 2014′s 4-day convention kicks off in less than a week. Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s schedules have been released, with many of the major film and television studios having announced their presentations.
Marvel is bringing panels for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Carter, Warner Bros. has their their film and television slate, including an early look at perhaps our final trip to Middle Earth (featuring Peter Jackson as our tour guide, anyway) with the concluding installment of The Hobbit, along with some kind of “surprise” that may or may not have to do with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
While Lucasfilm and Disney will be showing off their Star Wars Rebels series, we know that the hotly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII will not have a presence. Expect other Marvel-inspired properties (Ant-Man, Fantastic Four) to play a role, as well.
NBC’s full slate of presentations and panels has now been released, with DC Comics-based Constantine leading the pack with a huge presence at the convention, along with The Blacklist, Bates Motel, Hannibal, Grimm, and a new sitcom with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer.
Here’s the full list of NBC Comic-Con offerings:
NBC, UNIVERSAL TELEVISION READY TO INVADE COMIC-CON WITH PANELS AND PARTIES
“Constantine,” “The Blacklist,” “Hannibal,” “Grimm,” “Bates Motel” and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to Share Secrets With Fans
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — July 11, 2014 — NBC and Universal Television have announced their plans for the upcoming Comic-Con International gathering in San Diego, which runs from July 24-27.
The network will present panels for returning series “The Blacklist” and “Hannibal” while Universal Television will host panels for NBC’s “Grimm,” its A&E series “Bates Motel” as well as a new untitled series coming to Adult Swim that stars Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and “30 Rock” alumnus Jack McBrayer. Also, Warner Bros. Television will present multiple screenings and a panel for new NBC Friday night series “Constantine.”
Based upon the characters from DC Comics, “Constantine” reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a morally challenged character who doesn’t come down on the side of either good or evil … but ultimately might be the only thing defending us against the dark forces from beyond.
There will be a huge presence for “Constantine” at Comic-Con, including at Gaslamp Square (Thursday-Sunday between the Hard Rock Hotel and the Convention Center) where a 3-D experience will immerse fans in the world of “Constantine.” Limited edition souvenirs will also be given away.
Comic-Con fans will have a chance to see the world premiere of the “Constantine” pilot as part of Warner Bros. Television’s annual Preview Night screenings on Wednesday, July 23 at 6 p.m. in Ballroom 20.
The Warner Bros. Television panel for “Constantine” is set for Saturday, July 26 at 5:15 p.m. in room 6BCF. This will include a screening of the complete pilot, followed by a Q&A with cast members Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford, as well as executive producers David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone. The panel will be moderated by TV Guide magazine’s Michael Schneider.
Additionally, on Saturday, July 26 at 8 p.m. in Hall H, “Constantine” will be included in the Warner Bros. Television/DC Entertainment three-hour special Comic-Con event, with cast members and executive producers making appearances on the Hall H stage and footage from the pilot being screened.
To discuss its phenomenal first season, as well as what’s ahead for season two, Raymond “Red” Reddington himself, James Spader, will headline “The Blacklist” panel on Saturday, July 26 at 1:45 p.m. in room 6A. In addition to Spader, executive producers Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath will participate in the panel, which will be moderated by TV Guide’s Michael Schneider.
The No. 1 new series of the 2013-14 season, “The Blacklist” will take over Tin Fish Restaurant at Gaslamp Square (Thursday-Sunday). Fans will be able to get on “The Blacklist” via a custom photo opportunity and also receive “Blacklist” souvenirs.
Friday night fave “Grimm” will return to Comic-Con with a panel on Saturday, July 26 at 3 p.m. in Ballroom 20 that will feature an exclusive video. The panel, moderated by Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times, will include cast members David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, Bree Turner and Claire Coffee, as well as executive producers David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf and Norberto Barba.
For the critically beloved drama “Hannibal,” which Vulture.com says is “unlike anything else on TV or anything that ever has been on TV,” the panel will include cast members Caroline Dhavernas, Aaron Abrams and Scott Thompson, as well as executive producers Bryan Fuller, Martha De Laurentiis, Steve Lightfoot and David Slade. The panel, organized by Gaumont International Television and moderated by U.K. talk show host Jonathan Ross, will take place Thursday, July 24 at 4:45 p.m. in Ballroom 20.
Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin will be joined by the cast, including Vera Farmiga in her Emmy Award-nominated role as Norma Bates, Freddie Highmore, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell to discuss the hit series. Fans will hear firsthand details about what is to come in season three debuting in 2015. The panel will be moderated by Dan Snierson from Entertainment Weekly on Friday, July 25 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 6A.
TRIUMPH THE INSULT COMIC DOG/JACK McBRAYER SITCOM
The beloved Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and fan favorite Jack McBrayer team up to star in a new live-action original comedy series that is set to premiere in 2015 on Adult Swim. Join co-creator and voice of Triumph, Robert Smigel, co-creator Michael Koman and star Jack McBrayer as they discuss the new series Friday, July 25 at 1 p.m. in the Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
The invite-only Fifth Annual NBC Digital Network Party will take place Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at the Hotel Solamar Rooftop. Mingling with the array of Comic-Con bloggers will be an assortment of NBC and Universal Television cast and executives.
The fact that NBC is pushing Constantine for all it’s worth is not surprising. With Fox leaping into the live-action comic book television sandbox with Gotham and the CW augmenting their popular and successful Arrow series with spinoff The Flash, it makes sense that NBC is eager to show off their dark, occult-centered adaptation of the cult-favorite DC character – and from what we’ve seen so far, the network has something unique on their hands.
As for Hannibal, it’s no secret that NBC wants a wider audience for the critically-successful (but ratings challenged) serial killer drama, but is a panel at Comic-Con more preaching to the choir than anything else? With ongoing favorites The Blacklist and Grimm balancing NBC’s crowd-pleasing centerpieces with A&E’s Bates Motel, the network is still trying to reach out to a demographic which, while seemingly broad, still feels oddly specific.
One surprising addition to their convention offerings is the project pairing 30 Rock alum Jack McBrayer with veteran Conan act Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. The live-action Adult Swim show sounds like something of a departure for everyone involved, but fan-favorite McBrayer has been a welcome presence on animated shows like Bob’s Burgers and Archer, and could prove a nice foil for the caustic puppet’s rantings.
San Diego Comic-Con 2014 will take place from July 24 – 27th in San Diego, CA.