Next month, FOX will be bringing a number of their shows to San Diego Comic-Con, including new series The Gifted, Ghosted, and The Orville. Though SDCC started out as a mostly comic-focused event, the years since have seen it grow into a showcase for all things pop culture. It's also become a hub for movie studios and TV networks to show off their upcoming offerings, in hopes of building up dedicated fandoms similar to those comics and other genre media enjoy.
While Marvel will naturally be bringing films like Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok to the convention next month, animated shows like Archer will be joining comic shows like Legion at SDCC as well. Along with those FX offerings, the flagship FOX network is hoping to build buzz for a number of their upcoming shows. Last month, we got our first batch of trailers for FOX's fall TV lineup, with looks at Ghosted, The Orville, and the X-Men-adjacent The Gifted. While the latter makes sense for inclusion at the con, it looks as if FOX are hoping to generate similar excitement for some of their other new shows.
FOX have just released their Comic-Con schedule, with panels for the above shows along with their TV adaptation of The Exorcist. There will also be panels for animated series The Simpsons, Family Guy, and American Dad.
THURSDAY, JULY 20:
GhostedTime: 4:45 – 5:45PMWhere: Room 6BCF
The ExorcistTime: 6:00 – 7:00 PMWhere: Room 6BCF
FRIDAY, JULY 21:
The GiftedTime: 3:45 – 4:45 PMWhere: Ballroom 20
Bob’s BurgersTime: 4:15 – 5:00 PMWhere: Indigo Ballroom
SATURDAY, JULY 22:
The SimpsonsTime: 12:00 – 12:45 PMWhere: Ballroom 20
Family Guy & American DadTime: 1:00 – 2:15 PMWhere: Ballroom 20
The OrvilleTime: 4:15 – 5:15 PMWhere: Room 6A
The inclusion of The Exorcist, Ghosted, and The Orville do make a certain amount of sense. The first two shows respectively take a dramatic and comedic approach to the supernatural, while the latter is a humorous sci-fi show akin to the film Galaxy Quest. The Simpsons, of course, has long had a passionate fandom. Family Guy and American Dad, on the other hand, are likely included as they share The Orville creator and actor Seth McFarlane in common.
Out of all the series, The Gifted certainly has the most buzz behind it thanks to its connection to the X-Men. And while the team won't be showing up anytime soon, the first trailer and the recent TV spot prove there will be plenty of mutants on the show.
Interestingly, both Gotham and Lucifer aren't on the docket for FOX. As both are based on comics, they seem like no-brainers for the network. Lucifer will even be sharing a night with The Gifted when they both premiere in October. There's no word on why the two shows are missing, but perhaps we'll learn more in the coming weeks as Comic-Con approaches.