Ballroom 20: Where You'll Want to Be Stuck On Thursday
Comic-Con San Diego kicks off today, and if there’s one thing a Comic-Con attendee needs, it’s a schedule. A successful Comic-Con adventure is one that has been planned down to the last second. Comic-Con goers need to develop a strategy: prioritize panels, events, etc, and create at least one daily schedule (complete with locations and waiting time) of first choices (and second choices, third, etc). A happy Comic-Con attendee is an organized one.
A good Comic-Con strategy for the more lazy fans is this: pick a room, take a seat, and stay there all day long. At Comic-Con, they don’t clear the room between panels or events, so you can claim a good seat early on and stay as long as you’d like. This might mean having to sit through a panel or two that aren’t interesting to you, but it will all be worth it in the end when you catch a glimpse of Michael C. Hall or Gillian Anderson. My pick for the room you most want to camp out in on Thursday is Ballroom 20.
Ballroom 20’s television-centric day has exclusive video presentations and celebrity panels galore, making it the place to be. Here's a list of what's happening. (It's a packed day, so don't forget snacks and water!)
10 A.M. – 11 A.M. Intelligence – At the panel for CBS’ new thriller, fans will get to see the pilot episode, followed by a panel discussion with stars Josh Holloway (Lost), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), Marg Helgenberger (CSI), executive producers Michael Seitzman, René Echevarria and Tripp Vinson.
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11 A.M. – 12 P.M. Star-Crossed – The CW’s newest fantasy/romance/teen drama is set to deliver an exclusive peek at the show, plus a discussion with stars Matt Lanter (90210), Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights) and Grey Damon (Secret Circle), and executive producers Adele Lim, Meredith Averill, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg.
12 P.M. – 12:45 P.M. Beauty and the Beast – Another CW sci-fi drama with appearances from Kristen Kreuk (Smallville) and Jay Ryan (Terra Nova).
1 P.M. – 2 P.M. Psych – USA’s detective comedy show is set to deliver one of the funniest panels of the day with stars James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson, Kristen Nelson and Corbin Bernsen. Cherry on top: guest star, Cary Elwes will serve as moderator.
2:15 P.M. – 3:15 P.M. Sherlock – Cumberb**ches might want to settle down, no actors are confirmed to attend the panel for the BBC hit, but there will be a discussion with co-creators/executive producers/writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, along with producer Sue Vertue.
3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. The X-Files 20th Anniversary – Now, this is the panel many will be waiting for, so, get ready to fight your way into Ballroom 20 if you’re not already in there. To celebrate the groundbreaking sci-fi’s 20th Anniversary, stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will be there (yes, Mulder and Scully reunited just for you!). Joining them are creator Chris Carter and a slew of fellow writers and producers.
4:45 P.M. – 5:45 P.M. Entertainment Weekly’s Brave New Warriors – EW is bringing together sci-fi’s most elegible bachelors together for a fangirl’s dream panel. Participants include Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), and David Gluntoli (Grimm). So many fandoms, so little time!
6 P.M. – 7 P.M. Teen Wolf – Fans everywhere will spend the entire panel waiting for one of the boys to take his shirt off. Yes, the frequently shirtless Tyler Hoechlin will be there, as will co-stars Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden, Charlie Carver, Max Carver and Dylan O’Brien.
Not a television fan (or don’t feel like having to fight to the death for a seat at The X-Files event)? Fear not, there is never a dull moment at Comic Con. Try your luck exploring the main floor, see artists do what they do best and have fun admiring costumes or competing in video game contests. And, if you're looking for other big events, check out our picks of the biggest, bestest panels taking place all weekend.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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