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June 08, 2010

What's going to Comic-Con: 'Terra Nova,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Nikita,' more

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Comic-Con 2010  

The network is bringing its new police drama “Hawaii Five-0” to the upcoming Comic-Con, just one of several cop shows and off-beat choices invading the increasingly broad-based fan event (full list below). In addition to “Five-0,” ABC is touting crime show “Castle” and FX is paneling outlaw biker drama “Sons of Anarchy” -- both for the first time.

The additions come after Fox and USA Network helped trail-blaze Comic-Con for procedurals last year with panels for “Bones,” “Burn Notice” and “Psych.” All three drew a large enough crowd to earn a return performance this year, plus USA is adding a panel for “White Collar.”

Though the dramas play in more grounded genres than early Comic-Con TV pioneers like ABC’s “Lost” and Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica,” each choice needs to present a compelling case to be included in the lineup. Comic-Con picks are debated by networks and studios and discussed with Comic-Con organizers -- who veto shows from participating if they’re too off-brand. All agree it’s not anybody’s best interest for a show to go to the event if fans ridicule its inclusion or fail to pack its ballroom. (Networks declined to comment for this story since Comic-Con organizers prefer to announce the event’s schedule).

In the case of “Five-0,” there’s a few factors that make the show more Comic-Con friendly than one might expect. It’s remake of the 1970s series, plus CBS’ tentpole new title for the fall and boasts heavy amounts of action. But what best lures Comic-Con fans to a new show is the panelists, and “Five-0” has former “Battlestar” vet Grace Park and ex-"Lost” co-star Daniel Dae Kim, as well as “Star Trek” producers Alex Kutrzman and Roberto Orci.

Networks are using similar logic behind including “Sons” and “Castle.” “Sons” stars “Hellboy” lead Ron Perlman and “Futurama” co-star Katey Sagal, while “Castle” has “Firefly” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” star Nathan Fillion.

Some other new shows making their Comic-Con debut include NBC’s thriller “The Event” and superhero drama “The Cape”; ABC’s superhero family drama “No Ordinary Family”; AMC’s zombie drama “The Walking Dead” and the CW’s action-series “Nikita.” Fox’s new animated show “Bob’s Burgers” will be there, as well as Steven Spielberg’s new dino-drama “Terra Nova.”

Though Fox will not have started shooting "Terra Nova" by Comic-Con, expect some kind of teaser footage for the show. 

TBS hasn’t yet had conversations with Conan O’Brien about attending Comic-Con, but having the former “Tonight” host make an appearance would certainly seem like a smart play.

The San Diego event will also host a slew of returning shows, including Fox’s “Glee,” “Fringe” and “Human Target"; ABC’s “V"; Starz’ “Spartacus"; The CW’s “Vampire Diaries"; NBC’s “Chuck” and the CW’s “Vampire Diaries.” 

Also interesting is what's not going to Comic-Con: HBO's "Game of Thrones" and NBC's "Undercovers" are not expected to have their own panels.

The list will continue to fill out as the Comic-Con dates approach, which are July 22-25.

Here's the list:

FOX

Glee
Bones
Human Target
Fringe
Bobs Burgers
Terra Nova
Simpsons
Family Guy
Cleveland Show
American Dad

NBC

The Cape
The Event
Chuck

ABC

No Ordinary Family
Castle
V

THE CW

Vampire Diaries
Nikita
Smallville
Supernatural  

CBS

Hawaii Five-0
Big Bang Theory

FX

Archer
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Sons of Anarchy

USA

White Collar
Psych
Burn Notice

COMEDY CENTRAL

Futurama
Ugly Americans
+ Free comedy stand-up show at House of Blues

SHOWTIME

Dexter

HBO

True Blood

STARZ

Spartacus

AMC

The Walking Dead

TBS

Neighbors From Hell

DISCOVERY

Mythbusters

SYFY

Eureka

CARTOON NET / ADULT SWIM

Adventure Time, Generator Rex, Ben 10 , Unnatural History, Tower Prep, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Venture Bros, Robot Chicken, Metalocalypse and Tim & Eric 

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