Not to be outdone by the announcement that HBO's Game of Thrones was moved into the super-sized Hall H, Showtime has secured a place at Comic-Con 2012 for its biggest hit by bringing Dexter in for a first-day panel and Q & A session with two of the show's stars; namely, Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Jennifer Carpenter (Deb).
Meanwhile, in an apparent effort to consolidate its panels by offering content beyond that of the serial killing goodness that is Dexter, the network is planning to utilize some time to promote its newest hit, Homeland. According to a press release from Showtime, an exclusive trailer for Homeland season 2 will premiere along with an introduction by the show's executive producers Howard Gordon (24, Awake) and Alex Gansa.
Considering the critical and ratings success Showtime had with Homeland in its freshman season, one would think that warranted a kind of PR push for season 2 – which is just a few months away. While there has been no word on why the paranoid thriller didn't receive a panel (scheduling conflict, perhaps?) there's no doubt that the Dexter panel will have a packed Ballroom 20, to which they can offer the trailer.
And that's likely the thinking behind the trailer's debut: get it out to as many fans as possible. And after the events of Dexter season 6, the panel will definitely be playing to a full house. As mentioned above, Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter will be present alongside special-guest Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), who will be playing a mysterious character named Hannah in seasons 7 and 8. Rounding out the panel will be executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton and Scott Buck.
According to Showtime, before the panel's guests arrive, fans will be treated to a first-look at the new season of the animated webisode series Early Cuts: All in the Family – which is narrated by Hall. The series depicts events from Dexter's past that are specifically relevant to the upcoming season. This time around, Early Cuts will focus on a time when Deb seemed to detect something dark hidden away inside her adopted brother. Perhaps the cliffhanger that ended season 6 was only a true surprise for the audience. Either way, the Dexter panel is going to be a great way to kick off the 'Con.
Then, like the social outcasts they portray, some members of the cast of Shameless will be putting on their own panel away from the hustle and bustle in the Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel. Fans of the raunchy, but well-written series should definitely check in to see panel guests William H. Macy (Frank Gallagher), Emmy Rossum (Fiona), Justin Chatwin (Steve/Jimmy), Jeremy Allen White (Lip) and executive producer John Wells. At the very least, someone should lob some Dragonball Evolution questions at Rossum and Chatwin.
The Dexter panel will be in Ballroom 20 on Wednesday, June 12 while Shameless will have its panel on Saturday, July 14 in the Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Those not attending the Con can catch up with Screen Rant's complete coverage.