UpDated 7-2-09

Last year at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con, the event was ruled by several big named movies that ranged from youthful vampires to illegal vigilantes.  TV was more a side-note than anything else.

This year at the 2009 Comic-Con, things will be a bit different as television programming seems to have a bigger presence than last year.

For instance, the Warner Brothers Television Group will have 11 different panels for their shows.  That’s a studio best for them.  ABC Studios will have 7 panels.  20th Century Fox will have 9 panels.

Do you think your favorite television show will be represented?

This year, I’m ready…  I hope.  So in preparation, I’ve started sifting through the network press releases and other resources, pulling it all together for myself.  I decided…  OK, maybe I was nudged a bit by Vic, to actually put it all prep info together here, for you, our loyal readers.

I’m done chatting.  Let’s take a look at what television panels are lined up for the 2009 San Diego Comic Con.


Wednesday Evening, July 22nd:

6-9 p.m.:
Warner Brothers Television will be airing pilot previews this evening for the early-arriving crowd.

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Human Target, V and The Vampire Diaries are the shows being previewed on this evening.


Thursday, July 23rd:

Burn Notice, Time To Be Determined (TTBD)
This panel will feature Bruce Campbell and writers from the series.

Legend of the Seeker, TTBD

Psych, TTBD

5-6 p.m.: Dexter

8 p.m. – Special Screening – Green Lantern [UPDATED]
Catch a special screening of the 5th DVD in the Green Lantern series, titled Green Lantern: First Flight. It will have it’s world premiere in Ballroom 20.  That’s 5 days before it’s released to DVD!

Continue to the next page for Friday’s schedule

Friday, July 24th

10-11 a.m.: Batman: The Brave and the Bold (featuring Neil Patrick Harris)

10:15-(11:15) a.m.: Farscape [UPDATE]
Ben Browder and Claudia Black, creator Rockne O’Bannon and executive producer Brian Henson are going to be appearing. (Room 6BCEF)

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Stargate Universe [UPDATE]
Those attending the panel will be Robert Carlyle, Brian J. Smith, Elyse Levesque, David Blue, Alaina Huffman, Jamil Walker Smith and Ming-Na.  Co-creators Brad Wright and Robert Cooper will also be present.  (Ballroom 20)

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: The Prisoner

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Flash Forward

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Caprica/Battlestar Galactica: The Plan [UPDATE]
Ronald D. Moore, David Eick and Jane Espenson will be there, alongside Esai Morales (Joseph Adama) and Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama) as they chat about these two new additions to the Battlestar Galactica mythos.  (Ballroom 20)

12:45-1:45 p.m.: Spartacus: Blood and Sand

1-2 p.m.: The Big Bang Theory

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2:15-3 p.m.: 24
In attendance will be Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Anil Kapoor, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Katee Sackhoff.  Also on board will be showrunnner Howard Gordon.  There will be a sneak peek at the season 8 premiere episode.  (Ballroom 20)

2:15-3:15 p.m.: Past Life

3-3:45 p.m.: Bones
In attendance will be David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel with showrunner Hart Hanson. (Ballroom 20)

3:15-4:15 p.m.:  Eureka [UPDATE]
Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston and Jaime Paglia (executive producer/co-creator) will be there to interact with the panel session.  (Room 6BCF) [Check out the screenings section below here about viewing an episode of Eureka while at Comic-Con]

Joss is sizing up the audience!

4-6 p.m.: Dollhouse
Here, you can join Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku for a Q&A about season 2.  This Q&A will take place after a special screening of the never before seen episode “Epitaph One,” which will come out on DVD 4 days after this event. (Ballroom 20)

Show Screenings: [UPDATED]
8:30-10:30 p.m.:  The newest episodes of Warehouse 13 and Eureka will be screened, plus some clips from Ghost Hunters.  (Room 6DE)

Saturday, July 25th

Heroes, TTBD

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10-11 a.m.: Chuck
In attendance will be Zachary Levi (upcoming Alvin and the Chipmunks), Yvonne Strahovski (upcoming I Love You Too) and executive producer Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl).

10:15-11:15 a.m.: Eastwick
This panel will include a full pilot episode screening.

11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Lost

11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.: Family Guy
Listed as attending will be Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis, Seth Green and other creative team members.

There will also be a sneak peak at “Something, Something Dark Side,” the Empire Strikes Back parody episode. (Ballroom 20)

12-12:45 p.m.: The Cleveland Show
Co-creators Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry and Rich Appel and voice cast Sanaa Lathan and Kevin Michael Richardson will all be on hand. (Ballroom 20)

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Sanctuary [UPDATED]
Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne along with executive producers Martin Wood and Damian Kindler will be there for this session. (Room: Bayside Hilton Indigo Room)

1-1:45 p.m.: Futurama
On hand will be Executive Producers Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, with stars Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio and Maurice LaMarche.

They say that a Fox executive will decide live at the panel if the show will go on.  I don’t know what Fox is doing, but if you check out my bit about Comedy Central picking up Futurama, you’d know they have 26 episodes to tape.  So everyone can stay calm.  (Ballroom 20)

1:30-3 p.m.: Glee (including new episode screening)
On panel will be stars Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith along with the producers.

If you enjoy Glee, here’s some extra incentive for attending the panel: they’ll be airing a sneak preview of a new episode. (Indigo Room)

1:45-2:30 p.m.: The Simpsons
The panel will include Matt Groening, Showrunner Al Jean, Executive Producer Matt Selman and Supervising Director Mike Anderson. (Ballroom 20)

There will also be a sneak peak at the upcoming “Treehouse of Horror XX” episode.

2:15-3:15 p.m.: Warehouse 13 [UPDATED]
Eddie McClintock (Pete Lattimer), Joanne Kelly (Myka Bering), Saul Rubinek (Artie Nielsen) and Allison Scagliotti (Claudia Donovan) will be there, as well as Jack Kenny (executive producer/show runner) and David Simkins (executive producer).  (Room 6A)

2:45-3:45 p.m.: V
The panel will include Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Scott Wolf (Party of Five) and executive producers Scott Peters (The 4400), Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias).  There will also be a screening of the pilot episode.

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4-5 p.m.: Fringe
Anna Torv, Josh Jackson and John Noble will be in attendance.  Last year, Noble was a crazy hoot.  I look back and hope he was being in character to some degree.  If not, well, great casting.

4:45-5:45 p.m.: Human Target
The panel will have Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley.

The full pilot will be shown at this panel.

6-7 p.m.: Vampire Diaries
This blood thirst panel will have Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and executive producer Kevin Williamson will be in attendance.

They will be showing the full pilot episode.

7:15-8 p.m.: MythBusters
Any MythBusters fans in the core of Screen Rant readers?

Sunday, July 26th

10:00-11:00 a.m.: Doctor Who
On this panel will be David Tennant, executive producers Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn.

This is the first time anyone from the Doctor Who production will appear at Comic-Con.  Check out more details at Doctor Who & Torchwood Panels At Comic-Con.

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10:30-11:30 a.m.: Smallville
On the panel will be Erica Durance, Justin Hartley and Cassidy Freeman.

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: American Dad
Showrunners Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman will be on hand as will stars Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schall and Dee Bradley Baker.

Here, you’ll get an insiders look at how an episode is made.  (Ballroom 20)

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Supernatural
Panelists will be Misha Collins, Jim Beaver and executive producer Eric Kripke.

1-2 p.m.: Ghost Whisperer

2:15-3:45 p.m.: Torchwood & Being Human joint panel
John Barrowman will be in attendance in addition to executive producers Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn (Director)


In Closing

There is no news on True Blood yet, but I can’t imagine HBO not being there.  We also won’t see any panel for NBC’s Day One because NBC execs say it’s “too early” for that, but there will be some buzz marketing.  Huh?  Since when is it ever too early to tease fans?  Is this some kind of warning sign?

I don’t think this is the best time for Tom Welling to not be at the Smallville Comic-Con panel and that has me wondering.  I’m jazzed about Bruce Campbell from Burn Notice being there, though I just might have enjoyed the explosive Fiona attending as well.

I’m also curious about the mega successful panel that Ghost Hunters had last year, why I haven’t seen any news about them for this year?  The line to get into that panel went down the hall, out the back door, around the north side of the convention center and ended almost at the street out front.  Where are they this year?  Maybe it’s early and they haven’t announced anything yet.

Keep in mind that as with anything involving the actors, creative teams and such, all schedules, guests and plans are subject to change.  Last year the Knight Rider panel started without everyone except the showrunner because the cast got caught up in a pretty bad traffic jam trying to get to the event.

Are there any panels you, the reader, really need us to cover?  Let us know and the cadre of Screen Rant reporters will do their best to cover it!

Sources:  E Online, SF Universe, Chicago Tribune, Hollywood Reporter, Reuters, Warner Brothers, NBC, ABC, Fox