New York Comic Con’s Best TV Panels
Okay, TV watchers. You may rue the day that comics took over television, but certainly not the day that television took over New York Comic Con. The once paper-and-ink-dedicated convention is now chock full of TV-centric events—so much so that one can enjoy an entire day of them and not see one superhero. Unless, of course, you like superpowers with your telly. In that case, the cast and crew of Netflix and Marvel’s upcoming Jessica Jones adaptation will deliver your dream panel.
To help you navigate this year’s con, here’s our roundup of the top TV-centric panels and screenings organized by day. For exact times and locations, download the official NYCC schedule.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
Game of Thrones: A Panel of Ice and Fire
Cast members Finn Jones (Ser Loras Tyrell), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) and Keisha Castle-Hughes (Obara Sand) chat hypothetically about season 6 and, we’re assuming, talk s–t about those Lannisters.
[Syfy] Presents: 12 Monkeys Panel
The cast and crew of the time-jumping film adaptation temporarily jetee (wink wink) saving mankind from total annihilation in order to deconstruct season 1 and preview season 2 for fans.
Star Wars Rebels Season 2 and Sneak Preview Panels
Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels does double duty at Comic Con this year. First, a panel of “special guests” promises to reveal characters and storylines from season 2. Then, later Thursday evening, the network will preview two shiny new episodes in their entirety.
AMC’s Comic Book Men Panel
Kevin Smith and Co. discuss their reality show’s upcoming fifth season. No standing up and shouting, “What’s a Nubian?” Even if you really, really want to.
[Syfy] Panel Block
The channel previews its two new book-to-series adaptations, futuristic thriller The Expanse and supernatural drama Hunters. The latter is executive produced by The Terminator, Aliens and The Walking Dead legend Gale Anne Hurd, who will be among those on hand for a Q&A.
Sean Bean Brings Legends to NYCC Panel
The Lord of the Rings star makes his first appearance at New York Comic Con to give fans a first look at the spy series’ second season premiere, which moves the action to Europe.
Cinemax Presents Banshee: The Final Season Panel
New cast member Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse) joins creator/writer/executive producer Jonathan Tropper and fellow actors Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Matt Servitto and Frankie Faison to show footage from the drama’s fourth and last season.
WBTV Preview Night Screenings
On the menu: Back-to-back advanced showings of Warner Bros.’s Supergirl and Containment pilots, along with a dessert of clips from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. And if you like what you see, cast members of all three shows will appear during Friday panels.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9
CBS TV Studios Block Featuring Elementary and Limitless
Elementary creator Rob Doherty and stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu welcome newbie John Noble to the cast (as Sherlock’s estranged dad) and to his first panel discussion. Then, the Limitless team (with stars Jake McDorman and Jennifer Carpenter and showrunner Craig Sweeny) also has some never-before-seen-clips from their show.
In Conversation With Seth Meyers
The Late Night host, former Saturday Night Live star and The Awesomes creator chats about his rise to fame and his longtime love of comics.
The Adventure Continues: A Justice League Reunion Event
The Watchtower is calling! If you know what that means, you’ll be thrilled that the original Justice League is back together for the first time in 10 years. Batman (Kevin Conroy), Wonder Woman (Susan Eisenberg), Superman (George Newbern), Green Lantern (Phil LaMarr), Hawkgirl (Maria Canals-Barrera) and Martian Manhunter (Carl Lumbly) will answer fan questions and also read a new JL script.
USA Network: Colony Screening and Mr. Robot Panel
First, Lost producer Carlton Cuse and actor Josh Holloway preview their latest collaboration, the drama Colony, with an exclusive screening of the pilot and a Q&A. Then, a portion of the Mr. Robot crew (including Christian Slater) sweeps in for a panel discussion about the cult hit’s first season.
Amazon: The Man in the High Castle Panel
Creator Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) and cast tell all about the dark new adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s supposedly un-filmable novel. If you’re a total Dick head, this season’s other show based on his work, Fox’s Minority Report, has a panel Saturday.
Senior Writer Damian Holbrook hosts an exorcism. Live! Just kidding: He’ll be talking to producers of Destination America’s Exorcism: Live! about prepping to film the first live televised exorcism in U.S. History, which airs on October 30.
Once Upon a Time: An Evening With the Dark Swan
OUAT creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz will screen an upcoming episode, after which star Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan) will join them to talk about her character’s recent shift from too goodie to very baddie.
MTV’s Teen Wolf Panel
Cast members Tyler Posey, Dylan Sprayberry, and Cody Christian and executive producer Jeff Davis give a first look at the show’s next season and answer audience questions.
Marvel Presents: Agents of Primetime
Con Man: A Series 13 Years on the Making Panel
It took Firefly star Alan Tudyk, you guessed it, 13 years to get his Vimeo On Demand show, Con Man (about his experiences at global comic conventions), made. Stars Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, Seth Green and others join him for a panel about the show’s slow creation
The Walking Dead: Screening at Madison Square Garden
A show so big, it couldn’t fit in a convention center. The action moves to Madison Square Garden Friday night, when Community actress and Walking Dead superfan Yvette Nicole Brown emcees a screening of the season six premiere (two full days before it airs on AMC), plus a panel featuring showrunner Scott M. Gimple and cast members.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10
Into the Badlands and MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles Panels
Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Miller are back at Comic Con with two new shows, martial arts epic Into the Badlands and fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles, and two corresponding panels. (Plus: Our very own Damian Holbrook will be moderating the latter.)
Firefly Reunion Panel
Browncoats rejoice! Actors Nathan Fillion (Mal), Gina Torres (Zoe) and Jewel Staite (Kaylee) re-gather to discuss their cult classic.
The X-Files Panel
Believe it. Comedian Kumail Nanjiani leads a screening of the first ep of January’s very highly-anticipated X-Files miniseries, plus a Q&A with producer Chris Carter and star David Duchovny.
ABC Family’s Shadowhunters
Nearly the entire cast of this series adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments will be on hand to preview exclusive footage and answer audience questions. The panel’s wrangled, once again, by Damian Holbrook.
Robert Kirkman’s New Series: Outcast
The Walking Dead comic writer Kirkman and Outcast cast members discuss their new Cinemax series, about a man named Kyle who’s been possessed by a demon since childhood.
Starz Presents Ash vs. Evil Dead
Kevin Smith moderates as Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless and more tell all about the crazy good TV spin-off of the cult classic horror series, The Evil Dead.
The Netflix Original Series: Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Daredevil Panel
The cast of Marvel and Netflix’s latest collaboration, Jessica Jones, makes their first (of a lot) of Comic Con appearances to answer questions about the show and wax poetic about predecessor Daredevil’s first season.
[Syfy] Presents: The Magicians
Les Grossman’s fantasy series The Magicians—about college kids in New York who discover magic is real and that they have unbelievable abilities—gets the small screen treatment. The cast and crew of the show will be offering a first look at the new show.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
Our executive editor Rich Sands hosts an advance screening of Fox’s upcoming Lookinglass, about a dead 75-year-old sheriff who gets a second chance at living when a pair of scientists/social networking gurus bring him back to life as a 35-year-old with superpowers. “Seriously?” is what you should ask during the following Q&A with star Rob Kazinsky and executive producers Howard Garden and Rand Ravich.
Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production Special Video Presentation and Q&A Panel
Warner Bros. Television Takeover Featuring Gotham, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Blindspot, Supergirl and Person of Interest
Pack a lunch: The stars of all five series will be on hand for a four-hour panel of Q&As and clips.
Sleepy Hollow’s stars and executive producers have a lot to say about the show’s new season, new showrunner and, in characters Ichabod and Abbie’s cases, new haircuts. All after a screening of a new episode, obviously.