Comic-Con 2010: Sunday's Noteworthy TV Panels

Let's face it—after three action-packed days at Comic-Con, you're probably going to want to slow down a bit on the last day. Good news first: Sunday's schedule is lighter than Friday's or Saturday's. And now, the bad news: You're still going to have to get up early and hustle if you want to hit up all the best events. Here are Sunday's most intriguing TV-centric panels. You can sleep when you're dead.

Nickelodeon Presents: SpongeBob, Fairly OddParents, Fanboy, and The Troop: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Didn’t get your Nick fix on Saturday? No cast or crew here—just screenings of new episodes of all the aforementioned shows. Don’t ask me how they can fit four different series into one hour. That’s just the magic of Comic-Con and, more likely, 12-minute “episodes.”

Smallville Screening and Q&A;: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Tom Welling (the secret identity of Clark Kent) makes a rare appearance at this Smallville panel to talk about the upcoming final season of the show. He’ll be joined by his co-stars Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, and Justin Hartley, along with showrunners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson. Maybe Welling will come out wearing the Superman costume, because that seems likely.

ABC’s Castle: Nathan Fillion & Stana Katic: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Yeah, you’re going to have to decide between Smallville and Castle. For some of you, I know that won’t be an easy choice to make. But if you attend the Castle panel, you get “exclusive videos and fun surprises.” And, most importantly, the chance to interact with Nathan Fillion during the Q&A.;

Cartoon Voices II: 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
For a minute there, I was worried that Cartoon Voices I wouldn’t have a follow-up. Anyway, this is more of the same, and since I’m pretty consistent in my love for voice actors, you shouldn’t be surprised that I’m pleased to include it on this list. The guests are Phil LaMarr (Futurama), Janet Waldo (The Jetsons), and Laura Summer (The Garfield Show). I’m hoping LaMarr shows off some of his Hermes-inspired limbo moves.

Tower Prep with Firebreather Sneak: 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Or you could get your cartoon fix in Room 6DE with this Cartoon Network panel. But wait—Tower Prep is actually live-action, which confounds me. Anyway, plenty of actors in attendance: Drew Van Acker, Elise Gatien, Ryan Pinkston, and Dyana Liu. You’ll also see a preview of the CGI movie Firebreather. Hey, at least it’s animated.

Supernatural Screening and Q&A;: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
OK, what gives? No actors at all? Still, Supernatural fans won’t want to miss out on exclusive footage from the upcoming sixth season. And you can still ask questions to creator and executive producer Eric Kripke and his fellow executive producers Sera Gamble and Ben Edlund. I’m sure it’ll be informative. I’m just saying, the Winchesters should be there.

International Hit Merlin: 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
The BBC’s Merlin makes its Comic-Con debut with a panel featuring co-creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, and stars Colin Morgan and Anthony Head. My fellow Buffy devotees know Head as Giles, which makes this a must-see panel. And for the rest of you, there will be lots of nifty English accents, and we all know how much fun it is to listen to those.

Phineas & Ferb: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Even if you don’t watch Phineas & Ferb—and that’s OK, you’re probably not the target audience—you might be able to appreciate the fact that creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh initially teamed up on Rocko’s Modern Life. See them as well as two voice actors, Vincent Martella and Mitchel Musso, and catch a sneak peek of a Comic-Con-themed episode.

American Dad!: 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Or stick with Ballroom 20 for a more distinctly adult animated series. For some reason, the American Dad panel got shoved to Sunday, but you can still see Seth MacFarlane (again) as he chats with show producers and cast members Dee Bradley Baker, Scott Grimes, and Rachael MacFarlane. (I wonder if there’s any relation.)

Unnatural History Episode Screening and Q&A;: 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Yes, it’s another non-animated series from Cartoon Network. But this one does look like fun, and you can see actors Kevin G. Schmidt, Jordan Gavaris, Italia Ricci, and Martin Donovan. Feel free to ask creator and executive producer Mike Werb why his clearly live-action series is on Cartoon Network. Go ahead, I dare you.

Nickelodeon’s The Troop: A Monster a Day Is All We Ask!: 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
If you’re familiar with The Troop—which I’ll admit, I’m not—you definitely want to hit up this panel, which offers a look at how an episode gets made. Listen to the creators, producers, and writing staff each try to look more important than the other. I’m kidding, this is a Nickelodeon show. I’m sure they’re all the best of friends.

Glee: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
I’m not going to rag on Glee, because I’ve done that enough, so I’ll just give you the info. It’s in Ballroom 20, a large chunk of the cast will be there, and you’ll need to show up several hours early if you want to get a good seat. You want names? Executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck, and cast members Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Heather Morris, and Naya Rivera. That’s right, no Lea Michele or Cory Monteith.

Sons of Anarchy and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Woo, more FX shows that really have no place at Comic-Con. But that’s OK, because part of the fun is complaining about how things aren’t genre enough to be there. From Sons of Anarchy, see Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, and creator Kurt Sutter. From It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, you can catch Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, and Danny DeVito.

Yo Gabba Gabba! First Look and Live Show Ticket Giveaway: 3 p.m.-4 p.m.
Wait, more Yo Gabba Gabba? Apparently. Whatever, this show is awesome, and if you don’t believe me, check out this screening of new episode “Space.” You also have the chance to win tickets to seeYo Gabba Gabba! Live!, which is like regular Yo Gabba Gabba! but more in-your-face.

Phineas & Ferb Special: 3 p.m.-4 p.m.
Apparently summer belongs to you. Yeah, I had no idea either, but if the title of the new Phineas & Ferb episode, “Summer Belongs to You,” is any indication… Anyway, this is your chance to see an episode of the series before anyone else (who's not at Comic-Con) does. Remember, this is mostly a kids’ show, but it’s entertaining enough to delight your adult mind, too.

Buffy the Musical: 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, take note. This is our Rocky Horror. Enjoy a big-screen showing of the greatest musical episode of television ever produced (according to me). “Once More, With Feeling” is a wonderful hour of television and a great way to close out your Comic-Con experience. No special guests on the agenda, but you never know who might show up. (Come on, Anthony Head. Do it for me.)

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