Here at TB Talks TV, we thought we’d get a little more hands on this year and take the short(ish) trip down to San Diego for Comic Con 2014. (Plus, we really like TV and there’s a lot of it going on down there.) We’ve got a jam-packed (tentative) schedule of events and panels from sci-fi to supernatural to downright disgusting (we’re looking at you, Hannibal).
Between the crowds and the lines and the need to eat at some point, we know we’re fighting to get into the best of the best. We’ve got a tentative schedule of the panels we want to get into, but if there’s anything YOU GUYS want us to cover, let us know and we’ll do our best to deliver. We’ll be posting our coverage of the panels, the parties, and everything in between to The Tracking Board regularly. And don’t forget to check out our party grid here!
Here’s what we’re thinking about hitting up, time (and space) permitting:
Thursday the 24th
We’re headed straight to the UNDER THE DOME panel to listen to Mike Vogel (Barbie), Dean Norris (Big Jim)and Rachelle Lefevre (Julia) sound off about their characters, the series, and how it feels to be trapped under a giant bubble. Alexander Koch (Junior), Colin Ford (Joe), Eddie Cahill (Sam) and executive producer Neal Baer will make appearances, too.
Next up, we’ll find out if Sean Bean can keep his head at the LEGENDS panel. (Get it? That’s not an old joke yet, is it?) The notorious murder victim is set to star in the new drama from TNT where he plays a deep cover operative who can transform himself into a different person for each job, which brings his own identity into question.
Then, we’ll set sail on THE LAST SHIP, and try not to get swept away by the talented Eric Dane (Captain Chandler/McSteamy). This will be our first ‘global pandemic’ panel and we can’t wait to see what is in store for the crew of the Nathan James as they travel the world looking for a vaccine and a way to survive.
After that, it’s time to devour whatever morsels of information we can from the HANNIBAL panel. We’ll hear from executive producer Bryan Fuller and stars Caroline Dhavernas (Alana), Aaron Abrams (lab tech Brian), and Scott Thompson (lab boss Jimmy). Meanwhile, we’ll keep clear of anything Hannibal’s serving for dinner, no matter how hungry we get.
Last but not least, we’ll head over to the PENNY DREADFUL panel, which will be moderated by Aisha Tyler. Series creator John Logan, cast members Josh Hartnett (Ethan), Reeve Carney (Doran Gray), and Harry Treadaway (Dr. Frankenstein) will all be around to answer whatever questions we might have about re-animated corpses or eternal life…you know, normal stuff.
Friday the 25th
First on the docket is THE WALKING DEAD panel, which is being moderated by the one and only Chris Hardwick. He’ll be joined by cast and zombies alike, including: Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Melissa McBride (Carol), Chad Coleman (Tyreese) and Michael Cudlitz (Sgt. Abraham Ford). They’re joined by executive producers Scott Gimple, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert. We only have one question: where’s Carl?
Next, we head over to Westeros (called Hall H in San Diego) to catch a glimpse of characters we love and love to hate on GAME OF THRONES. We’ll be graced by the presence of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Rory McCann (The Hound), Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth). And maybe showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss can satisfactorily explain ‘that scene’ to us, while late night host Craig Ferguson will moderate. When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.
Then, we’ll go back in time with OUTLANDER, the new drama/sci-fi/romance series from Starz. We’ll follow Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. Executive producer Ronald D. Moore, author Diana Gabaldon, and stars Caitriona Balfe (Claire), Sam Heughan (Jamie), Tobias Menzies (Frank), Graham McTavish (Dougal), Lotte Verbeek (Geillis) will all be on hand to discuss the out of time series.
Back in the present, we’ll get to know Marvel’s AGENTS OF SHIELD and AGENT CARTER. Showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen as well as executive producer Jeff Bell will give us the low down on all the upcoming missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, while Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Brett Dalton (Grant Ward), Chloe Bennet (Skye), Ian de Caestecker (Leo Fitz), Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons), and Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter) will give us insight into their heroic characters.
Our last stop of the day will be oft snubbed but universally adored BBC America series ORPHAN BLACK. Superstar actress Tatiana Maslany (Sarah, Allison, Cosima, Helena, etc.), Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Dylan Bruce (Paul), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mrs. S.), Evelyne Brochu (Delphine), Ari Millen (Mark Rollins), and creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett are sure to discuss the logistics of cloning and why the Emmys seem so hellbent on snubbing such an amazing show. We’re so excited to join the Clone Club!
Saturday the 26th
We’ve got a little bit of everything planned for today, but we start off with the ONCE UPON A TIME panel, moderated by “Community’s” Yvette Nicole Brown. Showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz join Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin), Lana Parrilla (Regina Mills/Evil Queen), Josh Dallas (David Nolan/Prince Charming), Emilie de Ravin (Belle/Lacey), Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook/Killian Jones), and Jared Gilmore (Henry Mills/Peter Pan) for more fairytale weaving.
Now it’s out with the old and in with the new for the DEFIANCE panel. Grant Bowler (Chief Lawkeeper Joshua Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa Nolan), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Jesse Rath (Alak Tarr) and executive producer Kevin Murphy meet us to discuss what life is like on a new Earth in 2046. It’s like a futuristic “Game of Thrones!”
Next, TRUE BLOOD. The show is wrapping up it’s 7th and final season, just in time for a big ol’ retrospective of the time we’v all spent in Bon Temps. And given that this is the supernatural series’ last showing at the convention, it makes sense that the cast is making a huge showing. We’ll be there to see EP Brian Buckner and stars Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Swynford de Beaufort), Anna Camp (Sarah Newlin), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Nathan Parsons (James), Carrie Preston (Arlene Bellefleur), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby). Is that the whole town? Dead or alive.
Our last panel of the weekend will be one of the most epic – the DC Entertainment Special Presentation of ARROW, CONSTANTINE, GOTHAM, and THE FLASH. Stephen Amell will emcee the event, which will feature appearances by cast and producers of all four shows. We’ll watch “The Flash,” “Constantine,” “Arrow,” and the world premiere of “Gotham” amongst hundreds of our closest friends…well, they will be after this, anyway.
Here’s a more concise breakdown of the schedule:
11:15am – Under the Dome
12:30pm – Legends
1:45pm – The Last Ship
4:45pm – Hannibal
6pm – Penny Dreadful
12:20pm – The Walking Dead
1:40pm – Game of Thrones
2:15pm – Outlander
3pm – Marvel’s Agents of Shield
6pm – Orphan Black
11am – Once Upon a Time
1pm – Defiance
5pm – True Blood
8pm – DC Panel
Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @mytrackingboard where we’ll be using the hashtag #TBatCC to keep you guys in the know of all the nitty gritty details from San Diego. And follow us on Tumblr! We’re going to have some new and exciting things going up in the weeks to come.
(If you guys have any scoops on the hottest parties going on, hit us up. We’d love to see you there…)