With TV set to dominate this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, more panel and screening info has come in with regard to some of our favorite shows, including one that is being admitted into the hallowed confines of Hall H! Read on for the details of who’ll be there from Warner Bros. TV and Showtime’s “Dexter” along with how you can get a sneak peek at Fox’s failed pilot for “Locke & Key”.
First up is the who, when, and where for The WB’s “The Vampire Diaries”, “The Secret Circle”, and “Supernatural” (which is indeed returning to the big show despite being left off a previous list):
SATURDAY, JULY 23:
“The Vampire Diaries”: 3:30–4:15 p.m., Ballroom 20
Stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Candice Accola and Joseph Morgan join executive producers/writers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec.
“The Secret Circle”: 5:10–6:00 p.m., Room 6BCF
Stars Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin and Natasha Henstridge join executive producers/writers Kevin Williamson, Andrew Miller and Richard Hatem.
SUNDAY, JULY 24
“Supernatural”: 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Hall H
Series stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles will topline the panel, held this year for the first time ever in Hall H. Additional cast members and executive producers to be announced.
SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK PILOT SCREENINGS
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 • 6–9 PM • BALLROOM 20
WBTVG continues its Comic-Con tradition of hosting a special sneak peek premiere event on preview night. This year the Studio is offering fans the opportunity to see some of the most anticipated new premieres of the year:
“The Secret Circle”: The ordinary becomes extraordinary in this romantic drama about a coven of young witches, from “The Vampire Diaries” executive producer Kevin Williamson, based upon the book series by L.J. Smith (“The Vampire Diaries”).
“Supernatural: The Anime Series”: The popular series “Supernatural” makes history this summer as the first-ever live-action show to be re-imagined in Japanese anime style. Renowned animation studio Madhouse — working with the full approval of series creator Eric Kripke — produced the anime series, which mirrors the story arc of “Supernatural’s” first two seasons, providing supplemental stories ranging from prequels and spin-offs to untold tales that fit within the “Supernatural” mythology.
Next is info from Showtime on the “Dexter” panel:
Showtime is returning to the San Diego Comic-Con this year with a stellar panel on opening day, Thursday, July 21 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in Ballroom 20 (first up are “Shameless” and “Homeland”, followed by “Dexter”):
“DEXTER” SEASON SIX: Comic-Con fans will be the first to see the exclusive world premiere of the new season’s trailer; then moderator Ralph Garman (KROQ Entertainment Reporter) will preside over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers. Featured panelists include Michael C. Hall (series star/executive producer), series stars C.S. Lee (Vince Masuka) and David Zayas (Sgt. Angel Batista), guest star Colin Hanks (Peter Jackson’s King Kong, Roswell) and more. Also appearing will be executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck and Manny Coto.
Lastly, courtesy of Deadline comes word that a “Locke & Key” session will be held Friday, July 22, at 10:30 AM and will include a screening of the pilot, followed by a panel discussion featuring Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, the pilot’s writer/executive producer Josh Friedman and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Behind the event is the publisher of the Locke & Key comic, IDW Publishing. IDW asked the pilot’s producer, 20th Century Fox TV, for permission, and with the studio’s blessing, it moved to book space for the screening. Because the convention is so packed, there was some juggling involved so the screening will be in Room 8 and the panel next door in Room 9. “This one-time-only screening of the entire pilot will show you just what a void there will be on your TVs this fall,” IDW’s ad materials say.
“Locke & Key”, directed by Mark Romanek and starring Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl, was one of the highest-profile pilots this past season. It was given an early pilot order and originally envisioned as a summer series before it was switched to fall consideration. Despite its great pedigree and top auspices involved, the pilot didn’t make the cut at Fox, and after shopping the show to cable networks, the studio, faced with mounting costs of keeping the production alive, decided to pull the plug. While IDW will no doubt use the the footage to drum up interest for the next chapter in the comic book series, it will be interesting to see what kind of reaction the pilot will get. Can the power of the Comic-Con crowd make network chiefs change their mind?
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