BuddyTV's Top Comic-Con TV-Panel Picks
BuddyTV's Top Comic-Con TV-Panel Picks
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV

There's a lot going on at Comic-Con every day. A casual attendee might get a little bit overwhelmed when trying to choose exactly which panels to attend on every day of the convention.

That's where BuddyTV can help.

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We've gone through the Comic-Con 2011 schedule and chosen the very best in TV-related panels and presentations. Follow our guide, and you'll be sure to catch the panels and the shows you want.

Or you might want to choose for yourself. If so, here's the full schedule of television panels at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con:

Wednesday and Thursday Schedule
Friday Schedule
Saturday Schedule
Sunday Schedule

BuddyTV's Top TV Panel Picks

Thursday Picks
11am-12pm: Obsession: How TV and Movies Go from Fascination to Phenomenon | Panel features Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Skyler Samuels (The Nine Lives of Chloe King), Allison Dubois (Medium), Mel Lowry (ChuckTV.net, True-BloodTV.net, NiceGirlsTV.com), Karen Bailey (Starz Channel), Zack Stentz (writer on Fringe, Thor, X-Men: First Class), Amy Berg (writer on Eureka and Leverage), Deric Hughes (writer on Warehouse 13) and Benjamin Raab (writer on Warehouse 13) (Room 23ABC)
Why?
OK, we're a little biased here, since BuddyTV is presenting this panel. But it's going to be awesome! Before you spend four days chasing down your obsessions, why not take some time to explore how those obsessions came to be? It'll be fun!

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12:30-1:30pm: Psych | Panel features James Roday, Dule Hill, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernsen, Steve Franks, Kelly Kulchak and Chris Henze, moderated by Kurt Fuller (Ballroom 20)
Why?
Pretty much the whole Psych cast will be there, so you know it's going to be a good time.

1:45-2:45pm: Ringer | Sneak Peek, Panel features Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ioan Gruffudd, Nestor Carbonell, Kristoffer Polaha, Pam Veasey, Nicole Snyder and Eric Charmelo (Ballroom 20)
Why?
Ringer is one of the more anticipated new shows of the upcoming fall, and the cast (pretty much all in attendance) is amazing. Plus, it's only the second time Sarah Michelle Gellar has ever attended Comic-Con!

3-4pm: Game of Thrones | Panel features Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington and Jason Momoa, moderated by author George R.R. Martin (Ballroom 20)
Why?
It was only one of the biggest hits of the summer, with legions of fans in place from the books series. This will be your first chance to find out what season 2 might have in store.

4:15-5:15pm: TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites | Panel features Nestor Carbonell (Ringer), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Jorge Garcia (Alcatraz), Leslie Hope (The River), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries) and Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), moderated by Debra Birnbaum (Ballroom 20)
Why?
So many geeky stars gathered into one room? How could you miss it?

5:30-7:30pm: Showtime: Tired of Ordinary Television? | Sneak Peek of Dexter, Panel features Michael C. Hall, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, Colin Hanks, John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck and Manny Coto, moderated by Ralph Garman | Shameless Panel features William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum and John Wells, moderated by Mike Schneider | Sneak Peek of Homeland hosted by Morena Baccarin (Ballroom 20)
Why?
Any advance look at Dexter is a good thing. Not to mention that Showtime series are always interesting.


Friday Picks
Get ready to camp out in Ballroom 20, because Friday, July 22 is a doozy of a day for TV.

10-11am: Torchwood: Miracle Day | Panel features John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman, Alexa Havins, Lauren Ambrose and Jane Espenson (Ballroom 20)
Why?
Torchwood is roughly perfect for the Comic-Con environment, and this might be your only non-Starz chance to get a glimpse of the new series.

11:15am-12:15pm: AMC's The Walking Dead | Sneak Preview, Panel features Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman and Greg Nicotero (Ballroom 20)
Why?
The zombies are back! This panel gives you the chance to be among the first to see season 2's collection of ragtag survivors and rotting corpses.

12:30-1:30pm: The Big Bang Theory Screening and Q&A | Panel features Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady, Steve Molaro, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch (Ballroom 20)
Why?
If nothing else, The Big Bang Theory is one of the few programs on television featuring characters who would actually attend Comic-Con on their own.

1:45-2:45pm: Bones | Panel features Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel and the stars of The Finder (Ballroom 20)
Why?
Get the scoop on that pregnancy, upcoming baddies and where the show could possibly go next. Plus, cool t-shirts!

2:15-3:15pm: Exclusive Screening of ABC's Newest Supernatural Series, The River | Panel features Oren Peli, Michael Green, Zack Estrin, Joe Anderson, Eloise Mumford and Leslie Hope (Room 6A)
Why?
People have been calling it the new Lost. Weird stuff happens. This will either be a big hit or a bigger miss, so find out which early.

3-4pm: Eureka | Panel features Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Neil Grayston, Felicia Day, Jaime Paglia and Bruce Miller, moderated by Wil Wheaton (Ballroom 20)
Why?
Certain shows just embody the spirit of Comic-Con. Eureka is one of them.

3:15-4:15pm: Falling Skies | Panel features Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Collin Cunningham, Sarah Sanguin Carter and Mark Verheiden (Room 6BCF)
Why?
Maybe there will be creepy alien bugs!

3:30-4:30pm: Entertainment Weekly Presents... Totally LOST: One Year Later | Panel features Jeff "Doc" Jensen and Dan "Dan" Snierson (Room 5AB)
Why?
Even if you disliked the ending, you've got to respect a show worthy of a panel dedicated to obsessing over it a year after the finale.

5:30-6:30pm: True Blood Panel and Q&A session | Panel features Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alan Ball, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Joe Manganiello and Kevin Alejandro, moderated by Tim Stack (Ballroom 20)
Why?
So many stars! So much hotness! In a gathering of nerds, this is like nirvana.

6-7pm: Alphas | Panel features David Strathairn, Zak Penn, Ira Steven Behr and cast members, moderated by Geoff Boucher (Room 6A)
Why?
If you're still mourning the loss of Heroes, this might help.

7:30-8:30pm: Lost Girl | Panel features Anna Silk, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Jay Firestone and Michelle Lovretta (Room 24ABC)
Why?
The story of a girl who can't kiss anyone has been done before (see X-Men), but the rumors about this new show seem to go the Buffy route (meaning awesome).


Saturday Picks
TV fans have some tough choices to make, with TV panels happening constantly throughout the day.

10-10:45am: Chuck Screening and Q&A | Panel features Chris Fedak, Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Sarah Lancaster and Adam Baldwin (Ballroom 20)
Why?
With the announcement by NBC that this would be Chuck's final season, Saturday's panel may be your last chance to catch the show at Comic-Con. Besides, it's Chuck. Hilarity will ensue.

11am-12pm: Terra Nova | Panel features Stephen Lang, Rene Echevarria, Brannon Braga and Jose Malina (Ballroom 20)
Why?
If advertising and CGI expenditure have anything to do with it, this will be the biggest show on television ever. Even if it's not, dinosaurs!

1-1:45pm: The Simpsons | Panel features Matt Groening, Al Jean, Rob Lazebnik, Matt Warburton and Mike Anderson, moderated by Tom Gammill (Ballroom 20)
Why?
The Simpsons are a cultural icon at this point, and you know it'll be fun.

1-2pm: Community | Panel features Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Donald Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Gillain Jacobs, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Dan Harmon, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan and Russ Krasnoff (Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront)
Why?
The panel features just about everyone associated with the craziest, funniest and weirdest show on television. Thus, the panel should be very, very interesting.

2:30-3:30pm: TV Guide Magazine Presents: Super Supernaturals | Panel features John Barrowman, Kristin Bauer, Thomas Dekker, David Greenwalt, Theo James, Jim Kouf, Britt Robertson, Phoebe Tonkin and Tyler Posey, moderated by William Keck (Room 5AB)
Why?
The stars and creators of shows like True Blood, Torchwood, Teen Wolf and The Secret Circle will be on hand. It's an efficient way to see them all without attending multiple panels.

3:15-4:15pm: Calling All Lost Fans: Once Upon a Time | Panel features Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla and Josh Dallas, moderated by Damon Lindelof (Room 6DE)
Why?
The new show with a complex, fairy tale-based plot looks intriguing. Or you can just come to see the moderator, Damon Lindelof.

3:30-4:15pm: The Vampire Diaries Screening and Q&A | Panel features Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Candice Accola, Joseph Morgan, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec (Ballroom 20)
Why?
Is Stefan really gone? What happens after Damon and Elena's kiss? And why are there dead girlfriends? This may be your only chance for answers before season 3.

4:15-5:15pm: Grimm: World Premiere Pilot Screening and Q&A with Cast and Producers from the New Supernatural Series | Panel features David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt (Room 6A)
Why?
The other fairy tale-based show of the fall has the potential to be a new kind of procedural. It's worth checking out.

4:30-5:15pm: Fringe Screening and Q&A | Panel features Anna Torv, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman (Ballroom 20)
Why?
It's not like they're really going to say what's going on with Peter, but it's worth a try.

5:15-6pm: The Secret Circle Screening and Q&A | Panel features Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin, Natasha Henstridge, Kevin Williamson, Andrew Miller and Richard Hatem (Room 6BCF)
Why?
Because vampires, werewolves and zombies have been covered. It's the witches' turn now.

5:15-6pm: Alcatraz Pilot Screening and Q&A | Panel features Elizabeth Sarnoff, Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia (Ballroom 20)
Why?
It won't be on until mid-season otherwise, so this is your chance to see the pilot way in advance.


Sunday Picks
Sunday is a little quieter at Comic-Con, but that doesn't mean there's nothing for the TV lover. On the contrary, TV invades Hall H on Sunday -- look for some of the biggest panels of the weekend.

10-11am: Glee | Sneak peek at Glee The 3D Concert Movie, Panel features Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the stars of Glee (Hall H)
Why?
This is one of your best bets for singing and dancing at Comic-Con. And it's also a chance to bug Ryan Murphy about why he doesn't like Sam anymore.

11:15am-12:15pm: Supernatural Screening and Q&A | Panel features Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and other cast members (Hall H)
Why?
Possibly the most-devoted fan base in current TV has justified a visit to Hall H for the first time. Come for the spectacle, stay for the hot monster-fighters.

11:45am-12:45pm: One-on-One with Castle Star Nathan Fillion | Panel features Nathan Fillion and the cast of Castle (Room 6BCF)
Why?
Castle is awesome, and Nathan Fillion is adorable. What more could you want?

4-5pm: Buffy the Musical (Hall H)
Why?
Could there be a better way to end your Comic-Con experience? Probably not.


Which panels are you most excited for at Comic-Con? If you could only attend one panel, which would it be? Which do you expect would be the most crowded events? Share your thoughts and comments below!

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