In the last few years, New York Comic-Con has grown from nothing more than another fan convention that isn’t San Diego Comic-Con into an unstoppable force that sees attendance numbers matching those of its Californian counter-part. SDCC continues to serve as the major showcase for movie studios, so it's fitting that NYCC highlights television instead.
Thanks to its proximity to the start of the fall television season, NYCC has long served as host for shows like The Walking Dead and Arrow, and 2015 will be no different - with major panels for series like The X-Files and Jessica Jones planned. However, a few of the major TV shows that will be featured at NYCC 2015 will do so in a different venue than usual.
NYCC has long dealt with issues of overcrowding (much like SDCC), as NYC’s Javits Center is simply not built for the staggering amount of people that visit it every year for the continually growing convention. Now, to alleviate some of that stress on the building (and attendees), it’s been announced that a few NYCC TV show panels this year will be held at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom, instead.
According to a statement released by the event, the shows heading to the venue on Friday and Saturday of the NYCC 2015 weekend will be Adventure Time, Colony, Mr. Robot, Limitless, Elementary and Ash vs. Evil Dead. The exact schedule and details of those panels are as follows:
Cartoon Network Presents: Adventure Time Friday, October 9 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PMFor years, Fans have asked for it, and the magical minds behind Adventure Time are finally unlocking the secrets behind one of Ooo’s most righteous and mysterious characters! This October, Cartoon Network presents a special 8-part story that explores the life of Marceline the Vampire Queen! New York Comic Con Fans will be the first to get a sneak peek of the exciting story before it airs, LIVE with the cast and crew, with plenty of time for questions from you! Talent: Olivia Olson (Marceline), Jeremy Shada (Finn), John DiMaggio (Jake), Adam Muto (Executive Producer, Adventure Time) and Rebecca Sugar (Lyricist/composer Adventure Time; Creator, Steven Universe)
CBS TV Studios Block, featuring Elementary and Limitless Friday, October 9 – 1:30 PM – 3:00 PMJoin ELEMENTARY series stars Jonny Lee Miller (Dexter), Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels) and John Noble (Sleepy Hollow) with Executive Producer and Creator Robert Doherty for an exclusive sneak peek of the new season followed by a Panel discussion. As well, LIMITLESS stars Jake McDorman (American Sniper) and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) with Executive Producer and Showrunner Craig Sweeny for an exclusive sneak peek of the new season followed by a Panel discussion.
USA Network: Colony Screening and Q&A followed by Mr. Robot Panel with Cast and Creator Friday, October 9 – 3:30 PM – 6:00 PMBe one of the first to see the highly anticipated USA Network television series, Colony. Join Executive Producers Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Ryan Condal (Hercules)at an exclusive screening followed by a Q&A with series cast and creators. From Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, Colony stars Josh Holloway (Lost), Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), Peter Jacobson (House) and Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist). Following the Colony screening and Q&A, the cast and creators of USA’s cult hit, Mr. Robot will participate in a Panel. Produced by Universal Cable Productions, Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek (The Pacific), Christian Slater (The Adderall Diaries), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory), Portia Doubleday(Her), Marton Wallstrom (Simple Simon) and was created by Sam Esmail (Comet).
STARZ Presents “Ash vs Evil Dead” Saturday, October 10 – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PMOriginal filmmakers Sam Raimi (Executive Producer, Director, Writer) and Bruce Campbell (Executive Producer and star of the series, Ash) along with Craig DiGregorio (Showrunner/Executive Producer) Lucy Lawless (Ruby), Ray Santiago (Pablo) and Dana DeLorenzo (Kelly) discuss the highly anticipated new series and what Fans can expect in the premiere season.
All NYCC attendees will need to see the Hammerstein panels is their existing pass, though transportation will be an issue for many, due to the Javits’ inaccessibility via public transport. However, a new subway station was opened up at 34th Street-Hudson Yards (the first in the last two decades), and that should be especially useful for NYCC-goers in 2015, given this new development.
However, even with that addition, there’s no chance anyone who catches a panel at Hammerstein is going to be able to do a double-header with anything at The Javits, as the distance simply won't allow for it. NYCC attendees are advised to keep that in mind, while planning their actives during the event ahead of time.