Still poring over Comic-Con’s Thursday and Friday line-ups? This weekend, the masterminds behind the event released the full schedules for Saturday and Sunday as well. Now we can finally sit back, look at all the possible permutations of panels, and freak the eff out. Here are the TV-related panel highlights for Saturday, July 24; and choose wisely, 'cause it's gonna be a long day.
Nickelodeon Presents: The SpongeBob SquarePants Secret Formula Revealed!: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
No, you’re not going to find out what Krabby Patties are made of—sorry, Plankton—but if you hang out in Room 6A, you will get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of an episode of SpongeBob. Lots of writers and artists will be available to answer questions, as will Mr. SquarePants himself, Tom Kenny.
Chuck Screening and Q&A;: 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Your fan campaigns helped save the show—now check out the panel. As always, this will be a star-studded event. Cast members in attendance: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Joshua Gomez, Sarah Lancaster, Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Vik Sahay, and Scott Krinsky. So, you know, all of them. Last year, the panel opened with a performance by Jeffster. I’m just saying.
Family Guy: 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
The real reason I want to hit up the Family Guy panel? Brand new footage from the third Star Wars parody. They screened scenes from the second one last year, and it killed. Plus, it’s always fun to see some great voice actors in person. Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, and Seth Green are already confirmed, but you never know who else might show up. (Mila Kunis? You busy?)
The Event: World-Premiere Pilot Screening and Q&A; with Cast and Producers: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Well, that title pretty much says it all. I’m not sure if The Event will prove to be event television, but the panel has some heavy-hitters, including Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Blair Underwood (In Treatment, Dirty Sexy Money), and Zeljko Ivanek (Damages, True Blood, House, and so many more). Plus, the lovely Kristin Dos Santos of E! News is moderating. Don’t miss it.
Dragon Ball Z Kai Voice Actor Panel: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
I can’t say that I’m a Dragon Ball Z fan, but I do love to see voice actors in the flesh. These guys are all pretty impressive multitaskers, too: Voice director Christopher R. Sabat voices Piccolo, Vegeta, and others; producer Justin Cook voices Raditz. And Sean Schemmel is just the voice of Goku, but I guess that’s enough.
Hartman’s Heroes: The Fairly OddParents and T.U.F.F. Puppy: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Butch Hartman is seriously awesome. Just look at his track record—The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phanton are great kids’ cartoons with plenty of crossover appeal. He’ll be on hand, along with other producers, editors, and T.U.F.F. Puppy star Jerry Trainor, who’s best known for iCarly. Yeah, I watch iCarly. I don’t need your judgment.
The Cleveland Show: 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
If we’re being honest here, and we are, I find The Cleveland Show to be the weakest link in Seth MacFarlane’s animation empire. Still, I’m intrigued by the amount of talent on this panel: MacFarlane, Mike Henry, Rich Appel, Sanaa Lathan, and Kevin Michael Richardson. Plus, it’s in Ballroom 20, which is your best bet when it comes to camping out.
The Venture Bros.: 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Comic-Con is really doling out the treats to fans of good adult animation this year. Representing The Venture Bros. on this panel are creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, along with voice actors Patrick Warburton and James Urbaniak. Funny, funny people, and the promise of exclusive clips from the upcoming season doesn’t hurt either.
Futurama: 12:45 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Good news, everyone! Those who attended the incredibly depressing Futurama panel last year—at that point, all of the voice actors were set to be replaced—will be delighted to know that this year’s event will feature the original team once again. Animation pioneers Matt Groening and David X. Cohen will be joined by cast members Billy West (Fry), John DiMaggio (Bender), Katey Sagal (Leela), and Maurice LaMarche (a whole lotta side characters).
The Write Stuff: Creating Genre Television: 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
If you can't get ino Futurama or if you’re looking for a more practical panel, check out the writers on hand in Room 8. There's lots of impressive talent; you can check the Comic-Con website for the full listing, but just to give you a sense of what you’re in for, the writers on this panel have worked on series such as Lost, The Vampire Diaries, Moonlight, V, Alias, Heroes, Firefly, Deep Space Nine—need I go on?
Sanctuary: 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Then there’s this panel for a much loved SyFy series I know next to nothing about. I do know, however, that panelist Amanda Tapping is familiar to fans of the Stargate universe, with appearances on SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, and SGU. Also appearing: actor Robin Dunne, executive producers Martin Wood and Damian Kindler, and moderator Josh Gates.
The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack: 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
For Lost fans, it’s been rough coping with the, um, loss of one of television’s most innovative and dynamic series. So, hey, why not hang out with two of the podcasters who helped make the Lost fandom experience so unique? Jay and Jack Glatfelter will talk about the series finale (even though the creators won’t), and do their best to answer your burning questions.
The Simpsons: 1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
It’s tough for me to feign enthusiasm for a show that I think jumped the shark over a decade ago. That said, I still have plenty of respect for Matt Groening, who is responsible for those amazing first 10 seasons. (Nothing to sniff at!) If you enjoy the audio commentary on The Simpsons DVDs as much as I do, you’ll like hearing from showrunner Al Jean, executive producer Matt Selman, and supervising director Mike Anderson.
Cartoon Voices I: 1:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
But if you’re more interested in the voice actors than the writers-producers, you can head to Room 6BCF for this catch-all panel on voiceover work. A nice, random group has been chosen—it includes April Winchell (Phineas & Ferb), Jason Marsden (Teen Titans), Gregg Berger (The Garfield Show), Tom Kane (Star Wars: Clone Wars), and Candy Milo (Jimmy Neutron). It's probably more exciting if you watch one of those shows.
Cartoon Network: Action Adventure Animation: 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Wow, these 'toons are really making us choose. This panel focuses on Ben 10 and Generator Rex. There will be plenty of producers, and some voice talent, too—namely Daryl Sabara and Wally Kurth of Generator Rex. Plus, a preview of Sym-Bionic Titan. Action! Adventure!
CBS' Teching Out on TV: 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
What, a nerdy panel at Comic-Con? Who woulda thought? I snark, but for those of us interested in how technology is used in our favorite shows, this sounds like a lot of fun. The represented shows are CSI (creator Anthony Zuiker, executive producer Rich Catalani), NCIS (actor Pauley Perrette), NCIS: Los Angeles (actor Barrett Foa), and Criminal Minds (actor Kirsten Vangsness). Expect really nerdy questions once the Q&A; begins.
The Guild: 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Tough decision, eh, geeks? I think I might have to go with this panel for popular web series The Guild. Where else are you going to see Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton in action? Well, on any number of other panels, but this one looks especially cool. I suppose this isn’t TV, proper—as it’s, you know, online—but a great series is a great series.
V Screening and Q&A;: 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
I can’t lie. The main reason I want to attend the V panel is to see the amazing Elizabeth Mitchell, who owned my heart as Juliet on Lost. But for fans of V there’s plenty to look forward to, like a screening of exclusive footage and a Q&A.; Lots of other great cast members will be there, too: Joel Gretsch, Morris Chestnut, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, and Scott Wolf, to name… several.
Nickelodeon’s Fanboy & Chum Chum: Blah! Blah! Blah!: 3 p.m.-4 p.m.
They’re not exactly selling me with that title. But uber-hunk Josh Duhamel is going to be here, because this show has some A-list voice talent. He joins David Hornsby, Nika Futterman, Jamie Kennedy, Jeff Glenn Bennett, and others. Oh, and they’re showing an episode you’ve never seen before! (For me, that could be any.)
NBC’s Community Cast and Creative Team: 3 p.m.-4 p.m.
If Josh Duhamel doesn’t do it for you, maybe Joel McHale is more your speed? Either way, Community was one of last season’s best comedies, even if The Emmys refuse to acknowledge it. The expansive panel includes creator Dan Harmon and all your favorite Greendale students: McHale, Chevy Chase, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, and Yvette Nicole Brown.
No Ordinary Family: Exclusive Premiere: 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
And here’s another can’t-miss panel that you may have to miss. Now’s your chance to see the pilot of ABC’s much-hyped new series, which follows a family with superpowers. ’s Michael Chiklis and Dexter’s Julie Benz will be hanging with the executive producers to answer your questions after the episode.
Fringe Screening and Q&A;: 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
They’re trying to kill us, right? Sigh. If you can make it to Ballroom 20, the Fringe panel should be great. You get an exclusive video presentation and the chance to hear from that wonderfully charismatic cast: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, and Jasika Nicole. And appearing for the first time—Lance Reddick and Blair Brown. If you miss the panel, hopefully you can catch one like it in the alternate universe.
Warehouse 13 and Eureka: 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
But wait, there’s more! You can also opt for this supersized SyFy panel featuring the cast and creative team from Warehouse 13 and Eureka. From Warehouse 13, you’ve got Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti, and executive producer Jack Kenny. From Eureka, there's Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Neil Grayston, James Callis, and executive producers Jaime Paglia and Bruce Miller. Phew.
The Vampire Diaries Screening and Q&A;: 4:15 p.m.-5 p.m.
We’re finally out of that damned 3pm hour! Series stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Michael Trevino, and Matt Davis will all be around—not to mention writer Kevin Williamson. For extra awkwardness, ask Williamson a question about his apparently lacking Scream 4 script. (Please don’t.)
Dark Shadows: The Classic Series, the Comic Books, and the Upcoming Film: 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
How good’s your memory? If you were a fan of the original Dark Shadows series, you’ll be delighted to see Lara Parker, Kathryn Leigh Scott, and Jim Pierson. Jonathan Frid, Barnabas Collins himself, will be appearing in a video, which isn’t really the same as seeing him live. Still cool, though.
G4: Attack of the Show: 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
If you never watched Dark Shadows, you’ll likely prefer this panel for Attack of the Show—AOTS, if you’re nasty. Panelists are Kevin Pereira, Alison Haislip, Blair Butler, and (newest Daily Show correspondent!) Olivia Munn. Billed as a live episode of the show, this panel will also screen the world premiere of music video “I’m Awesomer Than You.”
Nikita Pilot Screening and Q&A;: 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
More early looks at fall pilots! The CW’s reboot of Nikita has gotten lots of positive buzz, due in no small part to action star Maggie Q in the title role. Maggie will be on the panel to answer questions after the screening, along with her co-stars Shane West and Lyndsy Fonseca, and executive producer Craig Silverstein.
Adult Swim: Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job! And Mary Shelley’s Frakenhole: 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Wow, Adult Swim is really making its presence known at Comic-Con. Also, wow, that’s a long title. Anyway, it’s pretty self-explanatory. Join show creators Dave Willis, Jim Fortier, Matt Maiellaro, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, and Dino Stamatopoulos for assorted madness and LOLs.
Lost But Not Forgotten: 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Because you just can’t move on. That’s fine, I can relate. Enjoy a chance to hear from Lost Encyclopedia authors Tara Bennett and Paul Terry, who will be reflecting on the series—and that series finale. Panel attendees also have a chance to win a signed copy of the Lost Encyclopedia, which will be useful when you’re doing your umpteenth rewatch.
Human Target Screening and Q&A;: 6:15 p.m.-7 p.m.
But if you prefer your series a bit more still-on-the-air, check out the Human Target panel in Room 6BCF. I had the pleasure of interviewing these guys at WonderCon earlier this year, and they were as entertaining as their show. On hand: executive producer Matthew Miller and stars Mark Valley, Chi McBride, and Jackie Earle Haley. There’s also a special video presentation, but that’s pretty much a given at this point, right?