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The Geek’s Guide to Comic Con 2012

By on July 5, 2012

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Comic Con returns to San Diego from Wednesday July 11 to Sunday July 15, showcasing the best of what pop culture has to offer. Check out our 2012 choice cuts below, including panel listings, dates, times, locations and which new shows made the list for Preview Night.


Wednesday July 11th – Preview Night (Ballroom 20)


(6:00-9:45) Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings— Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of five of the most highly anticipated TV series pilots of the 2012-13 television season: 666 Park Avenue, Arrow, The Following, Revolution and Cult.

666 Park Avenue — At 666 Park Avenue, anything you desire can be yours…for a price. Lost’s Terry O’Quinn and Desperate Housewives’ Vanessa Williams headline this scary, seductive drama from Alloy Entertainment as the owners of a Manhattan apartment building who recruit an idealistic young couple to manage the historic site with a dark history. The series also stars Rachael Taylor (Charlie’s Angels), Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), Mercedes Masohn (The Finder), Helena Mattsson (Iron Man 2), and Samantha Logan (Law & Order: SVU). Matthew Miller (Chuck), David Wilcox (Fringe), Leslie Morgenstein (The Vampire Diaries), Gina Girolamo (The Secret Circle), and Alex Graves (Fringe) are the executive producers. Based on the book series by Gabriella Pierce and from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, 666 Park Avenue will air Sundays at 10/9c on ABC this fall.

The Cast of ABC’s ’666 Park Avenue’ Photo Credit: (ABC/ANDREW ECCLES)


Arrow — From executive producers Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern), Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern), Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe), and David Nutter (Smallville), hard-hitting action series Arrow reinvents the DC hero. After being marooned for five years on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and a lethal new set of skills that he uses in a war on crime. The series stars Stephen Amell (Private Practice), Colin Donnell (Pan Am), Katie Cassidy (Supernatural), David Ramsey (Dexter), and Willa Holland (The O.C.), with Susanna Thompson (Dragonfly) and Paul Blackthorne (The River). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Arrow will air Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW this fall.

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen in the CW’s Arrow. Image © the CW.


The Following — Golden Globe winner/Emmy nominee Kevin Bacon (Mystic River) and Rome’s James Purefoy star in The Following, a cat-and-mouse thriller from Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries), about a diabolical serial killer (Purefoy) and the psychologically scarred ex-FBI agent (Bacon) called in to stop him. The Following also stars Natalie Zea (Justified), Jeananne Goossen (Alcatraz), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men films), Valorie Curry (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2), Nico Tortorella (Scream 4), Adan Canto (Amar No Es Querer), and Kyle Catlett (Unforgettable), with Maggie Grace (Lost) recurring. Executive produced by Williamson and Marcos Siega (The Vampire Diaries), The Following is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television and will air on Mondays midseason on FOX.

James Purefoy in ‘The Following’ © 2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: FOX


Revolution — What would you do without it all? In Revolution, an epic adventure thriller from Supernatural’s Eric Kripke, J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, and Iron Man’s Jon Favreau, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic landscape of empty cities, local militias, and heroic freedom fighters where every piece of technology-phones, computers, cars, even lights-has mysteriously blacked out…forever. Revolution stars Billy Burke (Twilight films), Tracy Spiridakos (Being Human), Anna Lise Phillips (Animal Kingdom), Zak Orth (Wet Hot American Summer), Graham Rogers (Memphis Beat), J. D. Pardo (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), David Lyons (The Cape), Maria Howell (The Vampire Diaries), and Tim Guinee (Iron Man films) and is executive produced by Kripke, Abrams, and Bryan Burk (Fringe). Favreau directed the pilot and will serve as co-executive producer of the series, with Kathy Lingg (Fringe). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises. and Warner Bros. Television, Revolution will air Mondays at 10/9c on NBC this fall.

NBC’s Revolution Cast. (Photo by: Nino Munoz/NBC)


Cult — There is television…and there is the world we live in. In the shadows where they meet, there is Cult. In this visceral thriller from the creator of Farscape and the producers of Chuck, a bright and driven reporter teams up with an inquisitive television researcher to investigate a series of disturbing disappearances all tied to a wildly popular new television show called…Cult. With everyone a suspect and no one to trust but each other, the two follow an obscure trail of tantalizing clues in an effort to find the reporter’s missing brother, a rabid fan of the show who unlocked the secret at the heart of the series-and seemingly paid the price. Moving from the real world into the labyrinthine world of the series and its two characters-a detective and a charismatic cult leader-events inside the show begin to bleed into the outside world and vice versa as the certainty of what’s real and what’s illusion crumbles into dust. Cult stars Matt Davis (The Vampire Diaries), Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield), Alona Tal (Supernatural), and Robert Knepper (Prison Break) and is executive produced by Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape), Josh Schwartz (Chuck), Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl), Len Goldstein (Hart of Dixie), and Jason Ensler (Chuck). From Fake Empire and Rockne S. O’Bannon Television in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, Cult will air midseason on The CW.

Robert Knepper as Billy Grimm in the CW’s ‘Cult’





What: Psych

When: 2:15pm-3:15pm

Where: Ballroom 20

Who: James Roday, Dule Hill, Corbin Bernsen, Maggie Lawson, Timothy Omundson and Kirsten Nelson.


What: Teen Wolf

When: 2:30pm-3:30pm

Where: Room 6A

Who: Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden and Colton Haynes and Jeff Davis.


What: Beauty and the Beast

When: 3:30pm-4:35pm

Where: Ballroom 20

Who: Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan; Jennifer Levin, Sherri Cooper, Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders.


What: Elementary

When: 4:40pm-5:45pm

Where: Ballroom 20

Who: Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, Robert Doherty and Carl Beverly.


What: Nikita

When: 6pm-7pm

Where: Room 6BCF

Who: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca and Craig Silverstein.


What: Dexter

When: 6:00pm-7:15pm

Where: Ballroom 20

Who:  Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Yvonne Strahovski, John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton and Scott Buck.




What: Community

When: 10:00am-11:00am

Where: Ballroom 20

Who: Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown and Gillian Jacobs.


What: Cult

When: 11:30am-12:30pm

Where: Room Room 6BCF

Who: Matt Davis, Jessica Lucas, Alona Tal, Robert Knepper and Rockne S. O’Bannon.


What: The Big Bang Theory

When: 12:05pm-1:05pm

Where: Hall H

Who: Panel TBA


What: Firefly 10th Anniversary

When: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Where: Ballroom 20

Who: Joss Whedon, Tim Minear, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, Michael Fairman, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin and Gina Torres.


What: 666 Park Avenue

When: 12:45pm-1:45pm

Where: Room 6BCF

Who: Terry O’Quinn, Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, David Wilcox and Matthew Miller.


What: The Walking Dead

When: 1:25pm-2:25

Where: Hall H

Who: Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, David Morrisey, Glen Mazzara, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero, and panel moderator Chris Hardwick.


What: Bones

When: 1:45pm-2:45pm

Where: Ballroom 20

Who: Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan, David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel.


What: Game of Thrones

When: 2:45pm-3:45pm

Where: Hall H

Who: Alfie Allen, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Richard Madden, Carolyn Strauss and panel moderator George R. R. Martin.


What: Arrow

When: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Ballroom 20

Who: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter.


What: Falling Skies

When: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Where: Room 6BCF

Who: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Carter, Remi Aubuchon and panel moderator Wil Wheaton.


What: Spartacus: War of the Damned

When: 5:45pm-6:45pm

Where: Room 6BCF

Who: Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett and Steven DeKnight.


What: Breaking Bad

When: 6:45pm-7:45pm

Where: Ballroom 20

Who: Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte and Jonathan Banks.




What: Warehouse 13

When: 10:00am-10:45am

Where: Ballroom 20

Who: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti and Jack Kenny.


What: Once Upon a Time

When: 11am-11:45am

Where: Ballroom 20

Who: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Meghan Ory, Emilie de Ravin, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.


What: Futurama

When: 12:00pm-12:45pm

Where: Ballroom 20

Who: Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio and Maurice LaMarche.


What: The Simpsons

When: 12:45pm-1:30pm

Where: Ballroom 20

Who: David Mirkin (moderator), Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike Anderson and Yeardley Smith.


What: Family Guy

When: 1:45pm-2:30pm

Where: Ballroom 20

Who: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Bornstein, Mila Kunis, Seth Green, Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan.


What: Alphas

When: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Where: Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom

Who: Panel TBA.


What: Being Human (US)

When: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom

Who: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington and Anna Fricke.


What: The Vampire Diaries

When: 3:30pm-4:15pm

Where: Ballroom 20

Who: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Michael Trevino, Zach Roerig, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec.


What: The Following

When: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Room 6BCF

Who: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega.


What: Shameless (US)

When: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Hilton Bayfront Indigo Room

Who: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Jeremy Allen White, John Wells and panel moderator Mike O’Malley.


What: True Blood

When: 4:30pm-5:15pm

Where: Ballroom 20

Who: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alan Ball, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Joe Manganiello and Chris Meloni.


What: Person of Interest

When: 5:15pm-6:00pm

Where: Room 6BCF

Who: Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman.


What: Glee

When: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Hilton Bayfront Indigo Room

Who: Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Naya Rivera and Executive Producer Brad Falchuk.


What: Revolution

When: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Room 6BCF

Who: Billy Burke, Giancarlo Esposito, Tracy Spiridakos, Eric Kripke and Jon Favreau.


What: Lost Girl

When: 8:15pm-9:15pm

Where: Room 6BCF

Who: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Ksenia Solo, Jay Firestone and Emily Andras.




What: Fringe

When: 10:00am-11:00pm

Where: Hall H

Who: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, and Showrunner J.H. Wyman.


What: Supernatural

When: 11:15am-12:15pm

Where: Hall H

Who: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, Mark A. Sheppard, Jeremy Carver and Ben Edlund.


What: Doctor Who

When: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Where: Hall H

Who: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner.


What: Sons of Anarchy

When: 2:45pm-3:45pm

Where: Hall H

Who:Kurt Sutter, Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Ryan Hurst and Dayton Callie.

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