When I first went to Comic-Con two years ago, I had no idea what to expect. Sure, I’d heard about the event from numerous people but I figured it would be just like any other film festival. Boy, was I wrong! After you spend four days in the presence of Klingons, Spider-Man, and multiple versions of Darth Vader (plus many other characters I have yet to identify) it changes you in the best way possible. And for that very reason, I am truly looking forward to heading down to San Diego for Comic-Con 2011, from Wednesday, July 20th – Sunday, July 24th. I’ll be covering mostly TV panels and events, so here’s a few things I’m looking forward to.
On Preview Night, I plan take advantage of the sneak peek pilot screenings for a few series that are scheduled to debut this fall. I’m going to check out two of J.J. Abrams-produced series: “Alcatraz”, a drama about the infamous prison, starring Jorge Garcia, Sarah Jones, and Parminder Nagra; and “Person of Interest”, a crime-action drama written by Dark Knight writer Jonathan Nolan, starring Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, and Taraji P. Henson. I will also stay for “The Secret Circle”, the CW series about a teen who moves to a new town and falls in love with a mysterious boy, only to discover they are all witches. Oh the horror!
On Thursday, when everyone else is fighting with the Twi-Hards to get into the Breaking Dawn panel, I will be heading over to “Ringer”, a new thriller starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as a woman who goes on the run after witnessing a murder, and assumes the identity of her identical twin. After hitting panels for “Game of Thrones,” “Dexter“, and “Awake”, I’m excited to go to Entertainment Weekly’s panel: The Visionaries: A discussion with Jon Favreau and Guillermo Del Toro on the future of pop culture, moderated by Jeff “Doc” Jensen. Last year, they had a similar panel with J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon, and even though the discussion never really got to the topic of pop culture, it was pretty cool to see the two filmmakers on stage together. I certainly won’t miss it this year.
Over the next few days, when I’m not taking pictures of all the awesome costumes, I’ll be hopping from panel to panel. I plan to catch up on some new favorite shows including “The Walking Dead” and “Falling Skies”, and discover some older shows with a new perspective. I am looking forward to meeting Liam McIntyre, the new star of “Spartacus: Vengeance”, the renamed season two of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand“. McIntyre stepped into the role when Andy Whitfield was forced to leave the show due to health issues and he’s got some pretty big sandals to fill. It should be interesting to hear about the new direction they are taking the show. I also plan to check out “Torchwood: Miracle Day”, the new drama starring “Torchwood” alumni John Barrowmen, Eve Myles, and Kai Owen, as well as Bill Pullman, Mekhi Phifer, and Lauren Ambrose.
Each year I’ve been to Comic-Con, there’s been few shows where I have to remind myself that I am “working” so I don’t completely geek out. The first year it was “Lost“. Last year, it was “Caprica” (for its association with “Battlestar Galactica”). And this year– “Fringe”. Anna Torv, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, Blair Brown, and the always wonderful John Noble are scheduled to attend and although I’m sure they won’t give away any spoilers, I hope we at least can learn if Peter still exists!
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