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July 21, 2010

Must-see Comic-Con TV panels

Comic-Con 2010  

CBS' "Hawaii Five-0"
Why: Can a CBS crime drama nobody's seen yet pull off a Comic-Con event? Will convention-goers embrace or shun? CBS figures fans will fill the room for the geek-auspices of the cast and producers and, hopefully, walk away impressed by its action-heavy trailer for the show ("'Lost' castaway found! 'Battlestar' Cylon becomes human! Star Trek writers return from space!" touts the panel's ad copy). 
Who: Executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and Peter M. Lenkov, director Len Wiseman, and stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park.
When: Friday at 10:15 a.m. in Room 6BCF

AMC's "The Walking Dead"
Why: Frank Darabout's zombie apocalypse drama has everybody curious. This show could be a major GeekTV milestone ... or prove that zombies and TV don't mix.
Who: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Emma Bell, Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman, more
When: Friday at 11 a.m. in Room 6BCF

Starz' "Spartacus: Blood & Sand"
Why: The triumphant return of Andy Whitfield to the "Spartacus" arena. Whitfield underwent treatment for cancer and is now ready to resume work. Yet the schedule disruption has resulted in an unexpected treat for fans -- next year will see a "Spartacus" prequel plus a second season. Plenty to talk about here.
Who: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, John Hannah and Viva Bianca. Executive producer Stephen S. DeKnight
When: Friday at 3:15 p.m., Room 6BCF

Fox's "Family Guy"
Why: Because you never know what Seth MacFarlane is going to say
Who: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green
When: Saturday at 11 a.m., Ballroom 20

NBC's "The Event"
Why: Following in the footsteps of "Lost," NBC will screen the entire pilot. This is a display of confidence, and more than a tad risky. Comic-Con fans are not representative of your average broadcast TV viewer (they are simultaneously more adoring and far more critical), yet bad buzz coming out of this screening can hurt the show's reputation in the media nationwide.
Who: Jason Ritter, Blair Underwood, Laura Innes, Sarah Roemer, Zeljko Ivanek, Ian Anthony Dale, and the producers: Evan Katz, Steve Stark, Jeffrey Reiner, Nick Wauters and Jim Wong .
When: Saturday at 11:15 a.m., Room 6A

G4's "Attack of the Show"
Why: Because G4's event is truly an attack of a show -- more live theater than panel. Remember last year's nerd rave?
Who: Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Alison Haislip, Blair Butler, and AOTS producers
Where: Saturday at 5 p.m., Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront

Fox's "Human Target"
Why: OK, I'm admittedly biased since I'm moderating this one. But this comic-book based Fox show has some significant changes coming for its second season, so expect some news out of this panel.
Who:  Matthew Miller, Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley
Where: Saturday at 6:15 p.m., Room 6BCF

Fox's "Glee"
Why: Normally fans are trekking home on Sunday, but Fox's panel for "Glee" shouldn't have trouble filling Ballroom 20. Last year, the "Glee" panel was a hit after only the pilot had aired. Having become the most talked about show on TV, this year's panel should be rocking.
Who: Executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, along with stars Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Mark Salling, Heather Morris, and Naya Rivera
When: Sunday, 1:30 p.m., Ballroom 20 

Honorable mentions: The anti-heroes of Showtime panel, Spielberg's mysterious "Falling Skies" project, HBO's "True Blood" panel, Comedy Central's "Futrama" panel, NBC's "Chuck," FX's "Sons of Anarchy" and "It's Always Sunny" panel ... Their dates? Times? Look it up yourself, I'm late to catch a train to San Diego!


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