San Diego Comic Con 2012 is almost upon us (July 12-15th). For those of you who’ll be making the pilgrimage to nerdvana and for those enjoying the con from the comfort of your own home, we have some news to share.
First of all, Nerd Bastards will be in attendance! NB correspondents, Devan Richards and Steven Sautter, will peruse the con floor, snap some photos of cosplay cleavage, tweet about their crazy adventures, conduct interviews and churn out panel reports. They are doing all this on the false (shhh! don’t tell em’ I lied) promise of chocolate chip cookies and a glass of Yoohoo. Muahahah, suckers! In all seriousness, Dev and Steven will be working hard to bring you the best SDCC 2012 coverage. We’ll actually have a special SDCC 2012 page loaded up on the site that will direct you to all of NB’s con coverage. I hope to have it up in a week or two, stay tuned.
Second, Warner Bros. has released the designs for their collectible hotel key cards that attendees will be be getting when they check into their hotel. The card designs are for three of their upcoming TV series that includes Arrow, 666 Park Avenue and Revolution.
Over 40,000 branded room keys will be available to fans at 38 participating San Diego–area hotels, courtesy of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing. Details on the individual shows are as follows:
Arrow: From executive producers Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern), Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern), Andrew Kreisberg (“Fringe”) and David Nutter (“Smallville”), the hard-hitting action series “Arrow” reinvents the DC Comics hero. After being marooned for five years on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and a very 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”), 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” is based upon characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels published by DC Comics and will air Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW this fall.
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 single 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, J.J. Abrams (“Fringe”) and Bryan Burk (“Fringe”). Favreau directed the pilot and will serve as co-executive producer of the series, with Kathy Lingg (“Fringe”) and producer Athena Wickham (Fringe). FromBonanza 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.
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 upon 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.
Lastly, Comic Con has officially turned into TV con. If the above key cards didn’t clue you in on how TV centric SDCC 2012 is, then check out this semi-completed TV panel guide (courtesy of our friends at screenrant.com).
Wednesday, July 15 (Preview Night)
666 Park Avenue (ABC) *SEE ABOVE
Arrow (The CW) *SEE ABOVE
Revolution (NBC) *SEE ABOVE
Thursday, July 12
MAD (Cartoon Network) – Get a glimpse behind the MADness with MAD television show producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek. (Room 6DE)
Nikita (The CW) – Series stars Maggie Q, Shane West and Lyndsy Fonseca join executive producer Craig Silverstein. (Room 6BCF)
Friday, July 13
666 Park Avenue (ABC) – Familiarize yourself with the luxurious, yet mysterious, New York City high-rise known as The Drake with series stars Terry O’Quinn, Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable joining executive producers David Wilcox (Fringe) and Matthew Miller (Chuck). (Room 6BCF)
Arrow (The CW) – Chills turn to thrills in this session when Arrow cast members, including Stephen Amell, join producers for a special pilot screening and discussion. (Ballroom 20)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – The Big Bang Theory gets even bigger —for the first time ever in Hall H! Series stars and executive producers will be on hand to answer burning questions (liftoff! handholding! was that really Mrs. Wolowitz?) and tease what’s to come in season six. (Hall H)
Bob’s Burgers (Fox) – Cast members H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal join creator/exec producer Loren Bouchard and fellow EP Jim Dauterive (Room TBD)
Bones (Fox) – Creator/executive producer Hart Hanson and EP Stephen Nathan join stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel. (Room TBD)
Brickleberry (Comedy Central) – Creators/executive producers Waco O’Guin and Roger Black join stars Daniel Tosh (Tosh.0), David Herman (Office Space), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Jerry Minor (Anchorman) and Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). (Room TBD)
Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim) – Star/exec producer Rob Corddry and EP Jonathan Stern join stars Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Megan Mullally, Henry Winkler and Ken Marino. (Hilton/Indigo Ballroom)
Cult (The CW) – Stars Matt Davis, Jessica Lucas, Alona Tal and Robert Knepper joining executive producer Rockne S. O’Bannon. (Room 6BCF)
Spartacus (Starz) – Stars Liam McIntyre and Manu Bennett join creator Steven S. DeKnight to take part in the Con one last time. (5:45 pm; Room 6BCF)
Saturday, July 14
American Dad (Fox) – Stars and producers Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane, Dee Bradley Baker, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman preview next season’s most hilarious moments. (Room TBD)
Family Guy (Fox) – Voice cast Seth MacFarlane, Alex Bornstein, Mila Kunis and Seth Green, as well as showrunners Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan, discuss the long-running animated series. (Room TBD)
The Following (Fox) – Series stars Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy join executive producers Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega. (Room 6BCF)
Futurama (Comedy Central) – The cast and crew of the Emmy-winning animated series discuss the upcoming season. (Room TBD)
Glee (Fox) – Stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz and Naya Rivera will be joined by series co-creator Brad Falchuk. (Indigo Room)
Person of Interest (CBS) – The stars and creators of this smash hit drama series discuss season one and give a sneak preview at what’s to come. (Room 6BCF)
Revolution (NBC) – Series stars Billy Burke, Giancarlo Esposito and Tracy Spiridakos join creator/executive producer Eric Kripke and director/co-executive producer Jon Favreau. (Room 6BCF)
The Simpsons (Fox) – Creator Matt Groening, exec producer Al Jean and supervising producer Mike Anderson join stars Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith. (Room TBD)
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – Seductive stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder and more join executive producers/writers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. (Ballroom 20)
SUNDAY, JULY 15
The Cleveland Show (Fox) – Panelists Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan and Kevin Michael Richardson debut the season four premiere, “Menace II Secret Society.” (Room TBD)
DC Nation (Cartoon Network) – Get a sneak peek at what’s in store for this action-comedy programming block. (Room 6BCF)
Fringe (Fox) – Celebrating its upcoming fifth and final season, Fringe has its first-ever Sunday panel at Comic-Con … in Hall H for the first time. Series stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole and John Noble join the show’s executive producers for the panel. (Hall H)
Sons of Anarchy (FX) – Creator Kurt Sutter joins stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Ryan Hurst and Dayton Callie. (Room TBD)
Supernatural (The CW) – Returning to Hall H are series stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, joined by recurring guest stars Misha Collins, Jim Beaver and Mark A. Sheppard, as well as new executive producer Jeremy Carver and consulting producer Ben Edlund. (Hall H)