Warner Bros. Television Announces 2011 San Diego Comic Con Lineup
WARNER BROS. TELEVISION GROUP
CONFIRMED COMIC-CON 2011
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011
6:00–9:00 p.m. Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings – Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue its annual preview night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of three of the most highly anticipated TV series pilots of the 2011–12 television season — Alcatraz, Person of Interest and The Secret Circle — as well as Supernatural: The Anime Series, the first-ever anime adaptation of a U.S. television series. Ballroom 20
- From executive producer J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Fringe) and showrunner Elizabeth Sarnoff (Lost) comes Alcatraz, a chilling new drama revolving around America’s most infamous prison and onetime home to the nation’s worst criminals. The series stars Sarah Jones (Sons of Anarchy), Jorge Garcia (Lost), Jonny Coyne (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life), Parminder Nagra (ER), Santiago Cabrera (Heroes), Jason Butler Harner (Fringe), with Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park). Abrams, Bryan Burk (Super 8, Fringe) and Sarnoff are executive producers: Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt (both Kyle XY) are co-executive producers. Alcatraz will premiere in midseason and air Mondays 9/8c on FOX.
- Jim Caviezel (The Thin Red Line), Michael Emerson (Lost) and Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow) team up in Person of Interest, a thought-provoking crime action-drama from The Dark Knight’s Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (Super 8, Fringe). Set in New York City, with all of its multifaceted elements of justice (cops, criminals, corruption), this procedural centers on an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who partners with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes. Kevin Chapman (Rescue Me) also stars in the series, which is executive produced by Nolan, Abrams, Greg Plageman (Cold Case) and Bryan Burk (Super 8, Fringe). Person of Interest is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series will air Thursdays at 9/8c on CBS this fall.
- The ordinary becomes the extraordinary in The Secret Circle, a romantic drama full of mystery, intrigue and danger from executive producer Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries) and based upon the book series by L.J. Smith (The Vampire Diaries). The series chronicles the story of a young girl who discovers not only that she is a witch and part of a secret coven, but that she is the key which will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil. Britt Robertson (Scream 4), Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Gale Harold (Queer as Folk), Shelley Hennig (Days of our Lives), Phoebe Tonkin (H20: Just Add Water), Louis Hunter (Out of the Blue), Jessica Parker Kennedy (Valemont), Ashley Crow (Heroes) and Natasha Henstridge (Species) star in the series, from executive producers Williamson, Leslie Morgenstein (The Vampire Diaries), Gina Girolamo (Alloy Entertainment), Andrew Miller (Nothing) and Richard Hatem (Supernatural). The Secret Circle will air Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW this fall.
- Warner Bros. Television’s hit series Supernatural (Fridays 9/8c, The CW) makes history this summer as Supernatural: The Anime Series is released in the United States, the first-ever live-action series to be re-imagined in Japanese anime style. Inspired by the U.S. series’ sensational following oversees, Warner Home Video Japan and renowned animation studio Madhouse — working with the full approval of series creator Eric Kripke — produced the anime series, which mirrors the story arc of Supernatural’s first two seasons, providing supplemental stories ranging from prequels and spin-offs to untold tales that fit within the Supernatural mythology. The all-new, 22-episode animated series will be distributed July 26 by Warner Home Video on Blu-rayâ„¢, DVD, On Demand and for Download.
FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011
10:00–11:00 a.m. MAD Screening and Q&A – Often imitated but never duplicated, MAD is more than just the country’s best-selling humor magazine — it’s also the inspiration for the outrageous animated series from Warner Bros. Animation. Featuring short animated parodies, crazy commercials, pretend promos and classic gags inspired by the iconic magazine, MAD is currently one of the highest-rated series on Cartoon Network -- and back at Comic-Con to share more laughs and explore the world of MAD. Join MAD Magazineeditor John Ficarra, art director Sam Viviano and “Spy vs. Spy” artist Peter Kuper, along with MAD series producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek, for a sizzle reel of laughs from season one, a sneak peek at season two and a wise-cracking Q&A that’s bound to be, well, MAD. MAD airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network. Room 25ABC
12:30–1:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory Screening and Q&A – Dr., Dr., Dr., Dr., Dr., Mr., Miss-- Join everyone’s favorite scientists (and engineer and waitress) from The Big Bang Theory as the show’s producers and stars return to San Diego with a special screening and Q&A. Executive producers Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men), Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg) and Steven Molaro (iCarly) will join stars Johnny Galecki (Roseanne), Jim Parsons (Garden State), Kaley Cuoco (Charmed), Simon Helberg (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Kunal Nayyar (NCIS), Mayim Bialik (Blossom) and Melissa Rauch (True Blood) for a fun and lively discussion. From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS, and The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fourth Seasonwill be released on Blu-rayâ„¢ and DVD on September 13. Become a fan of the show on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/TheBigBangTheory and follow the show on Twitter @BigBang_CBS. Ballroom 20
1:30–2:20 p.m. Childrens Hospital Screening and Q&A – Come watch a never-before-seen episode ofChildrens Hospital and hear from the show’s creative team, led by series creator/star Rob Corddry (Cedar Rapids) and executive producer Jonathan Stern (The Ten). They will be joined by members of the show’s ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights, including Malin Akerman (Couples Retreat), Lake Bell (No Strings Attached), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood), Rob Huebel (I Love You Man) and Megan Mullally (Will & Grace).Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors ruled by their healthy libidos. Produced by Abominable Pictures, Childrens Hospital airs Thursday nights at Midnight/11c on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
2:00–3:00 p.m. Green Lantern: The Animated Series Video Presentation and Q&A – Warner Bros. Animation brings the Green Lantern to television in an all-new CG animated action series for Cartoon Network from world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series). Based upon the DC Comics super hero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series centers on Hal Jordan and his partner Kilowog who find themselves alone on the edge of the Guardian Frontier fighting off an invasion by the deadly Red Lantern Corps. Timm will headline a panel — moderated by Warner Bros. Animation’s Sam Register (Teen Titans) — which will also feature producer Giancarlo Volpe (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and producer/story editor Jim Krieg (Ben 10: Alien Swarm). In addition to the Q&A, fans in attendance will be treated to footage of this highly anticipated new series prepared exclusively for Comic-Con. Don’t miss out, or you’ll be waiting ’til 2012. Room 6BCF
3:30–4:30 p.m. ThunderCats Premiere Episode Screening and Q&A – Comic-Con, Ho! From the moment this series was announced, fans have answered the call — now, the wait is finally over as Warner Bros. Animation is proud to bring the fans at Comic-Con the world premiere of this all-new reimagining of the beloved ’80s franchise. Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wily Kit, Wily Kat and Snarf are back! After the screening, producers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and Ethan Spaulding (Avatar: The Last Airbender), art director Dan Norton (G.I. Joe: Resolute) and members of the voice cast will discuss what viewers can expect in the first season of this exciting new series. ThunderCats premieres in a special one-hour episode on Friday, July 29 at 8/7c on Cartoon Network. Become a fan of ThunderCats on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thundercats. Room 6A
SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011
10:00–10:45 a.m. Chuck Screening and Q&A – Comic Con fan-favorite Chuck returns with a bang for its farewell panel to celebrate its fifth and final season. Join executive producer and co-creator Chris Fedak, along with series stars Zachary Levi (Alvin and the Chipmunks), Yvonne Strahovski (upcoming My Mother’s Curse), Joshua Gomez (Without a Trace), Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence (The Pursuit of Happyness), Vik Sahay (Good Will Hunting), Scott Krinsky (The O.C.) with Sarah Lancaster (The Good Doctor) and Adam Baldwin (Serenity), for a Q&A with fans and an unforgettable video presentation. Produced by Fake Empire, Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television,Chuck airs Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, and Chuck: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on Blu-rayâ„¢ and DVD this fall. Become a fan of Chuck on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chuck and follow the show on Twitter @nbcchuck. Ballroom 20
3:30–4:15 p.m. The Vampire Diaries Screening and Q&A – All the way from Mystic Falls, the cast and creative team behind The Vampire Diaries descend on Comic-Con for a third time! Series stars Nina Dobrev (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Paul Wesley (Roll Bounce), Ian Somerhalder (Lost), Candice Accola (Juno) and Joseph Morgan (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) join executive producers/writers Kevin Williamson (Scream) and Julie Plec (Kyle XY) to enthrall fans with a season two highlight reel and Q&A session. This edgy, romantic drama remains the number one series on The CW, and promises another round of twists, turns and “triangles” in season three. From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Vampire Diaries will return for its third season on September 15, airing Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW, and The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-rayâ„¢ and DVD August 30. Become a fan of The Vampire Diaries on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/thevampirediaries and follow The CW on Twitter @CW_network. Ballroom 20
4:15–5:00 p.m. Fringe Screening and Q&A – Fringe returns to Comic-Con with series stars Anna Torv,Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole and John Noble, and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman for a Q&A with fans and an exclusive video presentation. Delve into parallel universes and alternate doppelgangers and join the discussion about this critically acclaimed thriller as Fringe continues to explore otherworldly cases with endless impossibilities. From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe airs Fridays at 9/8c on FOX, and Fringe: The Complete Third Season will be released on Blu-rayâ„¢ and DVD on September 6. Become a fan of Fringe on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/Fringe and follow the show on Twitter @FRINGEonFOX. Ballroom 20
5:00–6:00 p.m. Alcatraz Pilot Screening and Q&A – Catch a special pilot screening of Alcatraz, a chilling new thriller centering on America’s most infamous prison and the mysterious return of its most notorious criminals. When an Alcatraz inmate is discovered walking the streets of present-day San Francisco, not having aged a bit since the 1960s, a sinister threat begins to unravel. Where have these prisoners been? Why are they back? After the screening, there will be a special Q&A with Alcatraz writer and executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff (Lost) and series stars Sarah Jones (Sons of Anarchy) and Jorge Garcia (Lost). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television,Alcatraz will air midseason on FOX. Become a fan of the show on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/AlcatrazonFOX. Ballroom 20
5:10–6:00 p.m. The Secret Circle Screening and Q&A – The coven is coming to Comic-Con! The Secret Circle series stars Britt Robertson (Scream 4), Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Phoebe Tonkin (H20: Just Add Water) and Natasha Henstridge (Species) join executive producers/writers Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries), Andrew Miller (Nothing) and Richard Hatem(Supernatural) for a screening of the pilot and Q&A session. The ordinary becomes extraordinary when the new girl in town, Cassie Blake, learns that she is part of a circle of young witches living in Chance Harbor, Washington. As Cassie discovers her abilities and adjusts to her new surroundings, she uncovers some of the town’s dark secrets -- which may be tied to the death of her parents. Mystery, romance and danger await. From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Secret Circle premieres September 15 and airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thesecretcircle and follow The CW on Twitter @CW_network. Room 6BCF
6:00–6:45 p.m. Nikita Screening and Q&A – Nikita returns to Comic-Con with series stars Maggie Q(Mission: Impossible 3), Shane West (ER), Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass) and executive producer Craig Silverstein (Bones) for its latest mission: to unveil an exclusive video presentation and reveal classified information from the highly anticipated second season that finds Nikita and Michael on the run with a black box containing the government’s darkest secrets. Leading the hunt for them is Alex -- and she knows all of Nikita’s tricks. What will the Comic-Con Q&A reveal? Nikita: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-rayâ„¢ and DVD on August 30. From Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, the second season of Nikita premieres September 23, and the series airs Fridays at 8/7c this fall on The CW. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nikita and follow The CW on Twitter @CW_network. Room 6BCF
6:45–7:30 p.m. Person of Interest Pilot Screening and Q&A – A peerless creative team is behind this new white-knuckle action series — including creator/executive producer Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) and showrunner/executive producer Greg Plageman (Cold Case) — about an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who partners with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes in New York City. Join these producers plus stars Jim Caviezel (The Thin Red Line), Michael Emerson (Lost) and Taraji P. Henson (Academy AwardÂ© nominee for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) for an inside look at one of the most anticipated new shows of the fall season, including an exclusive screening of the pilot episode and Q&A. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Person of Interestwill air Thursdays at 9/8c on CBS. Become a fan of the show on Facebook. Room 6BCF
SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011
10:00–11:00 a.m. Young Justice Screening and Q&A – Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, Red Arrow and Superboy — these aren’t your average sidekicks and this isn’t your average cartoon. In a short amount of time, and with just a small number of episodes, fans have embraced this new action-adventure series as Warner Bros. Animation has brought some of their favorite DC heroes to life. Following a special screening, producers Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood) and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles), lead character designer Phil Bourassa (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) and additional members of the creative team will be on hand to answer your burning questions on what the future holds for “the team.” Young Justice Season 1, Part 1 is available on DVD now. Room 7AB
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Supernatural Screening and Q&A – For the first time ever, the Supernatural panel will be in Hall H! Join series stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th ) and Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D) and additional cast members and executive producers for an exclusive sneak peek at footage from the highly anticipated seventh season of this thrill-ride series. The panel will answer questions from the audience; show a portion of the special features from the upcoming Supernatural: The Complete Sixth Season DVD and Blu-rayâ„¢ release, in stores September 13; and give Comic-Con fans a sneak peek atSupernatural: The Anime Series, coming to DVD and Blu-rayâ„¢ on July 26. The seventh season ofSupernatural premieres September 23, airing Fridays at 9/8c on The CW. The series is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Supernatural and follow The CW on Twitter @CW_network. Hall H
1:00–2:00 p.m. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Screening and Q&A – The gang from Crystal Cove is packing up its best traps and bringing them to San Diego, and it’s no mystery as to why fans have embraced this most recent take on Scooby-Doo from Warner Bros. Animation. Join supervising producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (both Duck Dodgers) and producer Mitch Watson (Ben 10: Race Against Time) for a special screening of the first season finale and a lively panel on the adventures that await Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma in season two. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated airs Tuesdays at 7:30/6:30c on Cartoon Network and the original movie Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur will be released on DVD September 13. Become a fan of Scooby-Doo on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/scoobydoo. Room 6A
2:15–3:15 p.m. The Looney Tunes Show Screening and Q&A – Comic-Con can be a crazy place, but it’s about to get Looney. After an extended break from the limelight, animation’s favorite mismatched duo Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck (along with all your other favorite Looney Tunes characters) return in The Looney Tunes Show, an all-new animated half-hour comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation. Following a special screening, the laughs continue when supervising producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (bothDuck Dodgers), story editor Hugh Davidson, writer Rachel Ramras and other members of the creative team will take the stage to answer your questions. Just don’t ask them, “Eh, what’s up, Doc?” From Warner Bros. Animation, The Looney Tunes Show airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Cartoon Network. Become a fan of The Looney Tunes Show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/looneytunes. Room 6A