Pee-wee Herman Takes the Stage at San Diego Comic-Con

Fresh off his recent Emmy® nomination for the HBO production of his Broadway show, Pee-wee Herman will take the stage in Hall H at next week’s San Diego Comic-Con 2011. The sure-to-be-spectacular solo panel will be in Hall H on Thursday, July 21 at 1:15pm.  The three-time Emmy® nominated HBO special, THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW ON BROADWAY, comes to DVD in October from Image Entertainment.

Said Pee-wee Herman of his upcoming Comic-Con® visit: “Initially I was coming to San Diego with the cast of Twilight, but we’ve since decided it’s better for them to have two separate panels. I am SOOOO excited I can hardly breathe!”

THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW ON BROADWAY reunites Paul Reubens and Marty Callner, who directed both this new television production and the 1981 HBO special “The Pee-wee Herman Show.”

The character of Pee-wee Herman is experiencing a remarkable renaissance, with enormous followings on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.  Opening to critical acclaim at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Nov. 11, 2010, “The Pee-wee Herman Show” is 90 minutes of subversive humor and childlike wonder based on both Reubens’ original stage show, “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” and the Emmy®-winning Saturday morning TV show, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” which became a cultural phenomenon. “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” which celebrates its 25th Anniversary in September 2011, garnered 22 Emmy® awards during its original run, and was recently ranked among the “Ten Best Kids Shows With Grown Up Appeal” by NBC’s Today Show. Renowned writer-director-producer Judd Apatow recently announced that he and Reubens are developing a new feature film based on the character.

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NCIS: LOS ANGELES Techs Out at Comic-Con!

NCIS: LOS ANGELES stars Chris O’Donnell and LL COOL J will make a special appearance at Comic-Con 2011 in a panel discussion with series creator and executive producer Shane Brennan.  Other cast members that may participate in the panel include Eric Christian Olsen, Daniela Ruah, Renee Felice Smith, and Barrett Foa.  The “Teching Out With NCIS: LA”  panel will give fans a behind the scenes look at how the series uses some of the coolest and advanced technology available today, as well as how the cast  utilize technology and social media in their own personal lives to connect with their fans. Find out what’s real, what’s not and what’s in store for season 3!

The panel is scheduled for Friday, July 22nd at 7PM in Room 6BCF.  Everyone attending the panel will receive a limited collector’s edition NCIS: LOS ANGELES shirt with “Hettyisms,” including: “I sense impending mayhem,” “Oh, bugger!” or “Undercover work is a matter of confidence.”

Additionally, the NCIS: LOS ANGELES cast will sign autographs on Saturday, July 23 at 11:30AM-12:30PM at the CBS booth on the convention floor. (BOOTH #4129)

NCIS: LOS ANGELES, which premieres its third season on Tuesday, September 20 (9:00-10:00PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, is a drama about the high stakes world of the Office of Special Projects (OSP), a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation’s security.  By assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology, this team of highly trained agents goes deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets.

For the latest updates on all things “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” and behind-the-scenes coverage of Comic-Con 2011, follow us on twitter @NCISLA_CBS and @CBSTVStudios, and follow the cast @LLCoolJ @ChrisOdonnell @BarrettFoa @Ericcolsen @DanielaRuah @ReneefSmith.

Star Wars at Comic-Con International 2011

Fans attending Comic-Con International in San Diego from July 20-24th can expect to find the Force in force at the world’s biggest pop culture and media event!

Join the Band of Rebels and Get a First Look at the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray — For the first time, witness some of the exciting features from the more than 40 hours of bonus material on the upcoming Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray and experience one of the Saga’s most iconic moments from a unique, in-universe vantage point. This and additional surprises along the way can be found at booth #3528.

In addition to the programming listed below, don’t forget to drop by the massive Lucasfilm Star Wars Pavilion, where you can take a look at what licensees like Del Rey, Uncle Milton, Penguin, DK, Her Universe, Becker Mayer, Rock Rebel, Comic Images, Mimoco, Bioware (TOR), Museum Replicas, Volkswagen, LucasArts, Hallmark, Sony Online Entertainment, The Art of Ralph McQuarrie and EFX. And located right next door are booths for Gentle Giant, Hasbro, LEGO, and Dark Horse Comics making it a must-see Star Wars destination.

Plus Star Wars actor Mark Hamill will be signing both Friday and Saturday from 11AM-1PM at the EFX booth right inside the Lucasfilm Pavilion. Official Pix will have a selection of 8×10 photos available at his table. And Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams will be signing Friday from 12-1:30PM at the Mimoco booth in the Lucasfilm Star Wars Pavilion. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to meet two legendary Star Wars actors in person!

Be sure to also check at the booths for Del Rey, Penguin, DK, Comic Images, Bioware (TOR) and Dark Horse Comics for various artist and writer signings throughout the convention.

Here’s a list of some of the many panels, programming and fun events that Star Wars fans will want to keep an eye on.


THURSDAY, JULY 21

10:00-11:00 AM Kinect Star Wars Panel
Enter the Galaxy with studio head Jorg Neumann (Kinect Publishing) and lead producer Craig Derrick (LucasArts) as they discuss the highly anticipated title with USA Today‘s Mike Snider, sharing new game play from the iconic Star Wars universe, revealing an all-new mode, and unveiling an exciting announcement. All attendees will receive a limited-edition poster. Room 32AB

3:30-4:30 PM Star Wars: The Old Republic: Join Us, It Is Your Destiny
BioWare and LucasArts are creating the most immersive MMO experience you’ve ever played with Star Wars: The Old Republic. Hear from BioWare developers as they discuss development of a story-driven MMO, debut new gameplay footage, and perhaps spring a few surprises along the way. Exclusive reveals, giveaways, guests, and Q&A! Room 6BCF

4:45-5:45 PM Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Four Preview
The epic conflict of Star Wars: The Clone Wars intensifies in the upcoming season, as new battle lines are drawn, new threats arise, and old enemies resurface. Take an unparalleled first look into this fall’s action, drama, and adventure as the creators of hit series from Lucasfilm preview some of what will astound Star Wars fans in Season Four. Featuring supervising director Dave Filoni, CG lighting/FX supervisor Joel Aron, and other talents from behind the scenes at Lucasfilm Animation. Hosted by Pablo Hidalgo. Room 6BCF

6:00-7:00 PM Her Universe: What Women Want in Their Female Sci-Fi Heroes
In the early days of sci-fi, female characters were the designated damsels in distress. Thankfully, today a new generation of creative minds are molding the strong, intelligent, and powerful female roles we see in some sci-fi films, TV shows, comics and other media. What are the differences between past sci-fi adventures with female characters and today’s feminine heroes that women can really connect with? How do you create truly interesting and unique female characters in the sci-fi universe? How are they different from their male counterparts? As the voice of a strong female role model, host Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) wants to bring this conversation to the forefront. Join Ashley for a dynamic panel of creative minds from television, film, and comics to explore this timely topic, featuring Dave Filoni (supervising director, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Chris Sanagustin (SVP development and current programming for Universal Cable Productions), Bryan Q. Miller (executive story editor, Smallville; writer, DC’s Batgirl), Betsy Mitchell (editor-in-chief, Del Rey Books), Melinda Hsu Taylor (writer/producer, Lost, Medium; supervising producer, Touch), and Gail Simone (writer, DC’s Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Wonder Woman, and the new Batgirl comic). Room 25ABC

8:30-11:30 PM Star Wars Fan Movie Awards
Celebrating its tenth year, the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards are always entertaining, and often studded with surprises. Each year the top prize — the George Lucas Selects Award — is chosen by Star Wars writer/director George Lucas. Finalists wait with anticipation to learn who will win industry and audience recognition, as well as the coveted Star Wars-themed trophies. Hosted by David Collins, this promises to be a night of entertainment that fans won’t want to miss! Ballroom 20


FRIDAY, JULY 22

10:00-11:00 AM LEGO Star Wars
A behind-the-brick look with the LEGO Star Wars team at how the epic Star Wars story comes together with the creativity and imagination of the LEGO brand. Additionally, be among the first to hear about a special LEGO Star Wars entertainment event, and meet Emmy award-winning writer Michael Price. Also includes Q&A time. Room 7AB

11:00 AM -12:00 PM Hasbro Star Wars
Hear the latest from the Hasbro Marketing and Design teams — Derryl DePriest and Jeff Labovitz (Hasbro Marketing), Michelino Paolino and Mark Boudreaux (Hasbro Design) — on the exciting Star Wars lineup for the rest of 2011, and get a special sneak peek into some 2012 secrets. Room 7AB

12:00-1:00 PM Star Wars Books
Star Wars author Timothy Zahn and Del Rey editor Shelly Shapiro discuss the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire and preview upcoming Star Wars titles from Del Rey and LucasBooks. Room 7AB

1:00-2:00 PM Dark Horse Comics: 20 Years of Star Wars
Share favorite moments in Star Wars comics with resident Jedi Randy Stradley and a host of Star Wars guests from comics and beyond, including Mick Harrison (Dark Times — in his first public appearance!), Scott Allie and Stephane Roux (Jedi -The Dark Side), John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant), Dave Filoni and the Fillbach Brothers (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Timothy Zahn (Choices of One), and Shelly Shapiro (editor-at-large, Del Rey). There will be exclusive news and images, giveaways, and even a chance to win a custom stormtrooper helmet with art by Chris Scalf (Blood Ties)! Room 7AB

2:00-3:00 PM Star Wars Collectibles Update
Bryan Ono of eFX, Ashly Powell of Gentle Giant Studios, Dan Lujan of Kotobukiya, and Brant Bridges of Sideshow Collectibles for product development offer insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. Moderated by Chris Spitale of Lucas Licensing. Room 7AB

3:00-4:00 PM Rendering the Galaxy Far, Far Away: The Digital Art and Light of The Clone Wars
What does it take to bring The Clone Wars to the screen? How is the feature-film-quality animation produced on a weekly television schedule? These secrets are kept by the artists at Lucasfilm Animation, and they are here to take you behind the scenes of the hit animated series, offering insight into the creative and technical process of continuing the epic sweep and visual grandeur of the Star Wars saga. Featuring supervising director Dave Filoni, CG lighting and FX supervisor Joel Aron, and other talents from Lucasfilm Animation. Hosted by Pablo Hidalgo. Room 7AB

3:30-4:15 PM Adult Swim: Robot Chicken
Seth Green (co-creator, Robot Chicken), Matthew Senreich (co-creator, Robot Chicken), and Tom Root (head writer, Robot Chicken) discuss the popular Adult Swim series. The series uses stop-motion animation to bring pop culture parodies to life in a modern take on the variety/sketch show format. In Robot Chicken, no pop culture target is safe. Legions of action figures are used to spoof everything from reality television and Star Wars to past presidents. Moderated by Keith Crofford, vice president of production, Adult Swim. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront


SATURDAY, JULY 23

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Artist Portfolio Reviews w/ Lucasfilm (Troy Alders)
Want to put your skills to use for a top comic, animation, special effects, or design company? Then get that portfolio together and head up into the Sails Pavilion to the Portfolio Review Area, where you’ll find industry professionals waiting to critique your work and answer questions. Get all the information you need to sign up for a portfolio review here. Before you go, be sure to read: Be a Star Wars Artist: Portfolio Review Tips. Good luck! Portfolio Review Area, Sails Pavilion

4:00-5:00 PM Dark Horse and BioWare: A Comic and Video Game Partnership
Star Wars: The Old Republic and Mass Effect are creations of one of the most distinguished developers in video games — BioWare! Join Star Wars: The Old Republic senior writer Alexander Freed, Mass Effect 3 lead writer Mac Walters, Mass Effect comics scripter John Jackson Miller, Dark Horse editor Dave Marshall, and a cast of celebrities, as BioWare and Dark Horse announce their next collaboration and reveal exclusive details about the games and comics they’re working on. Room 23ABC

8:30-9:30 PM Star Wars Trivia Game Show
Think you know all about the galaxy far, far away? Put it to the test! Win valuable prizes at the San Diego Star Wars Society’s 10th annual Star Wars trivia game show. The San Diego Star Wars Society has challenged fans at Star Wars Celebration III and Comic-Con International for ten years with intriguing trivia. New this year: Multimedia clues and a game round for kids 12 and under. Do you have what it takes to win? Come and find out! Room 7AB


SUNDAY, JULY 24

12:00-1:00 PM Star Wars Crafts
Give in to the power of the crafty side! Find out how to turn felt and googly eyes into a Jedi Master with this fun, hands-on puppet tutorial. The Star Wars Craft Book (Del Rey/LucasBooks) author Bonnie Burton shows fans of all ages how to make a simple Yoda puppet from her new book. Bonnie is also the author of You Can Draw Star Wars (DK Publishing) and Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Klutz Books). Room 30CDE

2:00-3:00 PM 501st Costuming 101: Dressing to Serve the Empire!
This panel describes the essentials about what it takes to create a costume that meets the standards of quality for entry into the 501st Legion. It will provide an overview of what is involved in creating a costume, the various costume categories, and the amount of time involved in creating a costume that is screen accurate. A panel of experts will describe and display, and demonstrate tips and techniques used for their costume specialty. Plus learn about the mission of the 501st Legion. Room 24ABC

Please note that as always, this list is subject to change. Check the schedule at the event for any last-minute changes. Also visit Comic-Con International for more information.

Be sure to follow the official Star Wars Twitter and our Star Wars Blog for the latest coverage from Comic-Con!

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Details on IGN’s Off-Site Activities at Comic-Con!

IGN has three off-site activities where you do not need to have a Comic-Con pass to attend, but the party requires an invitation. The IGN Oasis runs Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 207 Fifth Avenue. The IGN – Sprint Experience runs Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Martin Luther King Promenade Park in front of the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter on K Street. IGN’s “Sin with the Saints” party is on Thursday, July 21 at Hard Rock Hotel’s FLOAT nightclub at 207 Fifth Avenue and is by Invitation Only.

IGN Oasis – The destination spot throughout the long weekend for Comic-Con attendees and IGN fans, the IGN Oasis, presented by AMD, is the perfect venue to chill out at, get limited edition t-shirts, create and share fun photos and videos, enter to win prizes, and meet special guests. Located across the street from the San Diego Convention Center at Hard Rock Hotel’s 207 bar and outside patio, the IGN Oasis will be open Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 207 Fifth Avenue.

IGN – Sprint Experience – The Sprint Gaming Lounge, presented by IGN, provided exclusive looks at three upcoming Capcom games: Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter x Tekken and Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition. IGN, Sprint and Capcom fans can also play games on the HTC EVO 3D, experience the 3D Photobooth with characters from Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and get custom t-shirts, sunglasses and more. Open Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Martin Luther King Promenade Park in front of the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter on K Street.

IGN’s “Sin with the Saints” Party – IGN celebrates Comic-Con with THQ for the upcoming release of Saint’s Row: The Third in an invitation-only party at Hard Rock Hotel’s FLOAT nightclub. Special celebrity guests will walk the red carpet on Thursday, July 21.

Panels – IGN editors will moderate and participate in several panels during Comic-Con, including:

  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
    Moderated by IGN Movies Editor in Chief, Eric Moro
    Thursday, July 21 from 11:15 to 12:15 p.m. in Hall H
  • Stan Lee/Blood Red Dragon
    Moderated by IGN Comics Editor, Joey Esposito
    Thursday, July 21 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Indigo Ballroom in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront
  • Warner Premiere: H+ and Mortal Kombat: Legacy
    Moderated by IGN TV Editor, Eric Goldman
    Thursday, July 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Indigo Ballroom in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront
  • Resistance 3: Exploring a 1950s Altered America: The Continuing Creation of the Resistance Universe
    IGN.com host, Colin Moriarty
    Thursday, July 21 from 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 7AB
  • THUNDERCATS panel
    Moderated by Matt Fowler
    Friday, July 22 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 6A
  • STARHAWK: The Evolution from Warhawk to Starhawk: The New Universe that is Starhawk
    Moderation by IGN editor, Greg Miller
    Sunday, July 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 25AB
  • Supernatural Panel (Screening and Q&A)
    Moderated by IGN TV Executive Editor, Eric Goldman
    Sunday, July 24 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Hall H

TNT’s Hit Series FALLING SKIES Invades Comic-Con with Panel, Preview Clips, Autograph Session and Collectible Pin Series

TNT’s Falling Skies, which recently chalked up cable’s #1 series premiere of the year and was renewed for a second season, is returning to Comic-Con in a big way. Falling Skies, which comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg, starring Noah Wyle, will have a multi-faceted presence at the annual gathering. Activities will include a panel discussion with stars Wyle, Moon Bloodgood and other members of the cast and production team, preview clips from upcoming episodes and an autograph session. In addition, TNT will give away a series of collectible pins. Attendees can pick up each pin in the five-pin Falling Skies set at specific locations throughout Comic-Con.

The following is a rundown of TNT’s Falling Skies activities at Comic-Con:

Falling Skies Panel: Friday, July 22, 3:15-4:15 p.m. in Room 6BCF – Series stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Sanguin Carter will join executive producers Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank and co-executive producer and writer Mark Verheiden for a Q&A panel session to be moderated by TV Guide Magazine editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum. The panel discussion will include never-before-seen clips from upcoming episodes.

Falling Skies Autograph Session: Friday, July 22, 5-6 p.m. at the Dark Horse Comics booth – All six Falling Skies cast members and co-executive producer and writer Mark Verheiden will be on-hand to sign autographs following the panel session.

Falling Skies, which airs Sundays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT, takes place in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. Tom Mason (Wyle), a Boston history professor and the father of three sons, must put his extensive knowledge of military history to the test as second in command of a regiment of resistance fighters protecting a large group of civilian survivors.
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TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 100.5 million households, the network is home to such original series as The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; the Peabody Award-winning Men of a Certain Age, with Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher; Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle; Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; Hawthorne, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; and Southland, from Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER). TNT also presents such powerful dramas as The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and, starting next year, Castle; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. TNT is available in high-definition.
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Spike TV Unveils 2011 Comic-Con Line Up Featuring a DEADLIEST WARRIOR Panel & Virtual Mobile Scavenger Hunt and Autograph Signings by TNA Wrestlers

Spike TV is taking its hunt for the Deadliest Warrior to San Diego Comic-Con.   The network announced today its plans for the Deadliest Warrior – Vampires Vs. Zombies panel on Thursday, July 21 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, the launch of a new “Deadliest Warrior” augmented reality mobile app available on iPhones and iPads beginning Thursday, July 21 and a hosted video game tournament at the Spike TV Booth for its new “Deadliest Warrior: Legends” game.  During Comic-Con, Spike will also host an autograph signing with TNA wrestlers Kurt Angle and Mickie James on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 at 1:00PM and 3:00PM, respectively, at Booth #3945.

  • Thursday, July 21: “Deadliest Warrior – Vampires Vs. Zombies” panel (Room 25ABC) 10:00 -11:00AMPanel Features WES CRAVEN (“Scream,” “Nightmare on Elm Street”), MAX BROOKS (Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z), STEVE NILES (30 Days of Night), RICHARD “MACK” MACHOWICZ (“Deadliest Warrior” host), DR. ARMAND DORIAN (“Deadliest Warrior” host), RASHA DRACHKOVITCH (“Deadliest Warrior” executive producer), ROBERT DALY (“Deadliest Warrior”) and moderator GEOFF BOUCHER (LA Times writer, HeroComplex.com founder) Vampires and Zombies have terrorized and tantalized their way through pop culture for decades – from “Dracula” to the “Twilight Saga” to “Walking Dead.”  SPIKE TV and its “DEADLIEST WARRIOR” franchise are going to finally answer the question – which of these mythical creatures would come out on top in a fight to the finish?  “DEADLIEST WARRIOR” steps outside the confines of history for this groundbreaking fantasy episode destined to rouse heated debates amongst fans in the blogosphere for months.  The special episode features an array of icons of film and fiction who are authorities on the topic.  Through these expert interviews, scientific tests and careful analysis, it will be determined who would win in a battle to the death between these two iconic groups, Zombies and Vampires. The “DEADLIEST WARRIOR ” team of Richard “Mack” Machowicz, Dr. Armand Dorian, Rasha Drachkovitch, Robert Daly and special guests Wes Craven, Max Brooks and Steve Niles will be on hand for this special Comic-Con panel to make their case for who is, indeed, the fiercest. Acclaimed Los Angeles Times writer and HeroComplex.com founder Geoff Boucher will serve as moderator.
  • Thursday, July 21: “Deadliest Warrior” Virtual Mobile Scavenger Hunt.  Spike TV has partnered with GoldRun to allow Comic-Con attendees to interact with various augmented reality (AR) warriors.  Throughout Comic-Con, attendees will get to enter the world of “Deadliest Warrior.”  Fans will get to hunt and capture the series warriors during the “Deadliest Warrior” Scavenger Hunt.  Users are encouraged to take a picture with the warriors and upload them to the Warrior’s Den Facebook page.
    • “Faceoff” – Attendees to the Spike TV booth will get the opportunity to “Conquer Warriors” by striking a fighting pose with the AR character.  A new warrior will be released each day (Joan Of Arc, George Washington and Ghengis Kahn).  Designated iPads will stream the action to the booth’s monitors.  Players will be prompted to upload these photos to their Facebook profiles as well as the Warrior’s Den Facebook page.
    • “Warrior’s Wardrobe” – Through this portion of the application, participants at the Spike TV booth can become George Washington or Ghengis Kahn by taking a picture of themselves with virtual props: George Washington’s wig and tricorn hat or Ghengis Kahn’s helmet. A slideshow of the best images rotate on the monitors at the Spike TV booth.
    • “Vampires vs Zombies Face-off” – this component of the app allows Comic-Con attendees to take photos of zombies, vampires, floating body parts and animated blood at the “Deadliest Warrior” panel. Players can then present their pictures for exclusive giveaways at the Spike TV booth.
  • Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 24 – “Deadliest Warrior: Legends” Video Game Tournament.  Throughout Comic-Con, fans can swing by the Spike TV booth to play the recently launched “Deadliest Warrior” video game.   Attendees can put their metal where their mouths are and battle the fiercest warriors in history with all new weapons, interactive environments, hand-to-hand combat and new finishing moves.  Prizes include DVDs, t-shirts, posters and more.
  • Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 – TNA Wrestler Autograph Signing at Spike Booth #3945.   Kurt Angle will sign autographs on Friday, July 22 at 1:00PM.  Mickie James will sign autographs on Saturday, July 23 at 3:00PM.  

“Deadliest Warrior” returns with 10 one-hour episodes on a new night with more unprecedented matchups, including the first female warrior and first fantasy matchup, beginning Wednesday, July 20 (10-11PM, ET/PT) on Spike TV.

“Deadliest Warrior” is produced by 44 Blue Productions, Inc. with Rasha Drachkovitch and Tim Warren serving as executive producers.  Sharon Levy, Tim Duffy and Jeff Savaiano are Spike TV’s executives in charge of production.
Spike TV is available in 99.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.   Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME, CHARLIE’S ANGELS, CASTLE and THE RIVER Take the Stage at Comic-Con 2011

Don’t Forget to Pack Your Bags for an Exlusive “Pan Am” Giveaway

ABC showcases its upcoming primetime lineup with an exciting peek at its new shows and an interactive booth at Comic Con 2011, taking place in San Diego in late July. Once Upon a Time, Charlie’s Angels, Castle and The River stars and executive producers will participate in the convention for Q&A panels, press room interviews and special autograph sessions. Additionally, the much buzzed about new drama series, Pan Am, will also be represented at Comic-Con. Below are the details:

Friday, July 22

The River, from Amblin Entertainment and ABC Studios, exclusive screening and Q&A panel for ABC’s newest supernatural series in Room 6A from 2:15-3:15 p.m. From the studio that brought you “Lost” comes a new adventure set deep in the Amazon. Join executive producers Oren Peli (“Paranormal Activity”), Michael Green (“Green Lantern”) and Zack Estrin (“Tru Calling”), plus cast members Joe Anderson (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”), Eloise Mumford (“Lone Star”) and Leslie Hope (“24”). All attendees will get a limited edition Comic-Con poster and flashlight. You don’t want to miss this! The moderator will be Monica Rizzo of People Magazine. Following the panel, the stars will participate in a special autograph session from 4:45-5:30 p.m. in Room 28C.

Saturday, July 23

Once Upon a Time exclusive screening and panel in Room 6DE from 3:15-4:15 p.m.: Calling all “Lost” fans! – join moderator Damon Lindelof (“Lost”) as he introduces you to the magical story of two parallel worlds: one in a distant fairytale land, the other in a present-day reality. Following the exclusive screening of the pilot, co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (“Lost” and “Tron: Legacy”) and Adam Horowitz (“Lost” and “Tron: Legacy”) along with Ginnifer Goodwin (“Big Love”), Jennifer Morrison (“House”), Robert Carlyle (“SGU: Stargate Universe”), Lana Parrilla (“24”) and Josh Dallas (“Thor”) will have a Q&A panel about this modern fairytale turned on its head. All attendees will get a limited edition Comic-Con giveaway! Arrive early for the exclusive posters and magic mirrors. After the panel, the stars will participate in a special autograph session from 5:45-6:30 p.m. in Room 28C.

Charlie’s Angels screening and panel in the Indigo Ballroom at Hilton San Diego Bayfront from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Hello Angels! This fun, glamorous, action-packed take on the 1970’s smash hit series introduces us to three new angels. After the screening, participate in a Q&A panel with Bosley and the ladies from the Townsend Agency. “Charlie’s Angels” stars Annie Ilonzeh as Kate Prince, Minka Kelly as Eve, Rachael Taylor as Abby Sampson and Ramon Rodriguez as Bosley. Written and executive produced by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (“Smallville”), “Charlie’s Angels” is also executive produced by Drew Barrymore (“Charlie’s Angels” movies), Leonard Goldberg (the original “Charlie’s Angels”) and Nancy Juvonen (“Charlie’s Angels” movies). It is directed and executive produced by Marcos Siega (“Vampire Diaries,” “Dexter”). “Charlie’s Angels” is produced by Millar/Gough Ink, Flower Films and Panda Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Sunday, July 24

Castle panel from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in 6BCF: After the smashing success of the Q&A panel last season, “Castle” returns with scheduled panelists, including Nathan Fillion (Richard Castle), Jon Huertas (Detective Tony Esposito), Seamus Dever (Detective Kevin Ryan), Tamala Jones (Medical Examiner Lanie Parish), Susan Sullivan (Martha Rodgers) and Molly Quinn (Alexis Castle). Fans will be treated to exclusive video highlights, bonus footage from the upcoming DVD release of Season 3 and an exclusive Comic Con poster and notebook giveaway. The moderator will be Will Keck of TV Guide Magazine. After the panel, the panelists will participate in a special autograph session at the Marvel Entertainment Booth (#2329) from 2:15-3:00 p.m.

In addition to those Q & A panels, Pan Am – from July 20 to July 24 – will have a special booth designed as the first class cabin of a 1960’s inspired Pan Am plane. Fans who visit the booth will be given a flight time and a boarding pass. Check in for your flight on time, board the plane and watch a preview of ABC’s new drama. Fans that visit the booth will receive a Pan Am giveaway such as a collectable, one-of-a-kind Pan Am travel bag.

For more information on these series, please visit ABC.com
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Comedy Central To Present UGLY AMERICANS and FUTURAMA Panels at Comic-Con

COMEDY CENTRAL‘s animated series return to Comic-Con with an Ugly Americans panel on Friday, July 22 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. and a Futurama panel on Saturday, July 23 from 12:15-1:00 p.m. Interviews with “Ugly Americans” talent and producers will be held in press Room 21 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. on Friday, July 22.

Friday, July 22: Ugly Americans panel (Room 23ABC)
4:00-5:00 p.m. The panelists include Dan Powell (Executive Producer), Devin Clark (Producer and Series Creator), Aaron Augenblick (Director of Animation), Matt Oberg (voice of Mark Lilly), Kurt Metzger (voice of Randall Skeffington), Larry Murphy (voice of Lt. Grimes) and moderator Randy Pearlstein (voice of Leonard Powers). The session will feature a live, in-character table read, a behind-the-scenes look into the current second season, a sneak peak from an upcoming episode, a Q&A, a look at the highly anticipated downloadable game, “Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon” and more.

Saturday, July 23: Futurama panel (Ballroom 20)
12:15-1:00 p.m. “Futurama” is back! Again!!! On stage will be Creator/Executive Producer Matt Groening, Executive Producer David X. Cohen and stars Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender) and Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker, Calculon, Morbo). A sneak peek at never-before-seen footage of “Futurama” reincarnated as Japanese anime will be revealed along with a thrilling preview from this season currently airing on COMEDY CENTRAL. Plus more! Much more! The panel will be moderated by Bill Morrison.

“Futurama,” the Emmy(R) Award-winning series, and “Ugly Americans” air as part of a weekly, one-hour “Thurs-Dimension” animation block on Thursdays from 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT on COMEDY CENTRAL with “Futurama” from 10:00-10:30 p.m. and “Ugly Americans” from 10:30-11:00 p.m.

Take New York City, add every horrifying beast, science-fiction freak and fantasy faerie, shake thoroughly, and you’ve got “Ugly Americans,” an animated series that follows Mark Lilly, a social worker at the Department of Integration, as he helps new citizens both human and “other” adapt to hectic life in the Big Apple. There are easier tasks than soothing a vengeful mummy, being a slave in Satan’s dark army and trying to circumcise wizards, but Mark proves he’s up to the challenge, even if his co-workers are as incompetent as ever.

Mark’s case load during the second season is heavy as always and his Department of Integration colleagues are less than helpful, including Twayne (Michael-Leon Wooley), a terrorizing demonic bureaucrat; Mark’s succubus co-worker and casual fling Callie Maggotbone (Natasha Leggero), who has some strange ideas about where to take their relationship; Leonard Powers (Randy Pearlstein), an aging drunken wizard and Mark’s office mate; and Lt. Grimes (Larry Murphy), a law-enforcement officer who despises non-humans. At least Mark still has his zombie roommate Randall Skeffington (Kurt Metzger), who doesn’t care what Mark does, as long as he covers his half of the rent.

In August, MTV Networks’ “345 Games” division will release “Ugly Americans: Apocalypseggedon” (available for Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network), a four player co-op side-scroller shooter game that features an exclusive script written by the show’s writers � including a new character unique to the game and custom voiceovers from the show’s actors. Uniting the spirit and humor of the series with addictive game play, players of “Ugly Americans: Apocalypseggedon” will hit the streets to clean up the chaos and prevent the impending apocalypse by resolving case files and fighting otherworldly citizens.
“Futurama” focuses on the life of Philip Fry (Billy West), a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy who accidentally freezes himself on December 31, 1999 and wakes up 1,000 years later with a fresh start at life at Planet Express, an intergalactic delivery company. There he meets love interest Leela (Katey Sagal), a sexy cyclops with anger management issues, and best friend Bender (John DiMaggio), a beer-powered kleptomaniac robot. The series aired for five seasons on Fox (1999 to 2003) earning Emmy(R) nominations each season while winning three times, including “Outstanding Animated Program” in 2002.
COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 98 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of Viacom Inc.’s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL’s Internet address is http://www.comedycentral.com.
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USA Network Returns to Comic-Con on July 21 with Critically-Acclaimed Original Series COVERT AFFAIRS and PSYCH plus BURN NOTICE: The Fall of Sam Axe!

USA, which just celebrated its 20th consecutive quarterly win as the #1 entertainment cable network and is currently dominating summer’s television landscape with a record number of original hits, returns to Comic-Con(R) for the third year in a row with talent and creators from three of its critically acclaimed and top rated shows – COVERT AFFAIRS, PSYCH and BURN NOTICE. USA panels will take place as Comic-Con kicks off on Thursday, July 21, 2011.

Making its debut at Comic-Con(R) is the entire cast of COVERT AFFAIRS, with a panel moderated by guest star Oded Fehr. COVERT AFFAIRS, which returned in June for its sophomore season, stars Golden Globe(R)-nominated Piper Perabo as Annie Walker, a young CIA operative whose exceptional linguistic skills make her invaluable to the Agency in missions that span the globe. The panel will also include Christopher Gorham, who stars as a blind tech ops agent and Annie’s agency confidant; Sendhil Ramamurthy, second generation agency man, Jai Wilcox, who’s intentions with Annie remain unclear; Kari Matchett, who plays Joan Annie’s no-nonsense manager and wife to Aurthur Campbell, the Director of Clandestine Services, played by Peter Gallagher; and Anne Dudek, Annie’s reliable older sister who has no idea what she really does for a living. From Universal Cable Productions, COVERT AFFAIRS is executive produced by Doug Liman and David Bartis through Hypnotic, and created and executive produced by Matt Corman and Chris Ord, who will be in attendance, as well.

PSYCH, USA’s current longest running hit series, returns to Comic-Con(R) with a panel moderated by guest Kurt Fuller, known to fans as “Woody The Coroner.” The entire main cast will take part in the panel including James Roday, who stars as Shawn Spencer, solving crimes for the Santa Barbara police department in his own special way; Dulé Hill who co-stars as Shawn’s best friend and reluctant sidekick Gus; Corbin Bernsen as Shawn’s disapproving father; and Maggie Lawson and Timothy Omundson who play the police detectives O’Hara and Lassiter who unwillingly rely on Shawn’s psychic skills, along with the police chief Vick played by Kirsten Nelson. Joining the panel will be creator and executive producer Steve Franks and executive producers Chris Henke and Kelly Kulchak. PSYCH returns for its sixth season on USA this Fall. Also returning to Comic-Con(R) is one of the convention favorites, BURN NOTICE, with Bruce Campbell, and executive producer Matt Nix with a panel to recap of the series’ signature movie, BURN NOTICE: THE FALL OF SAM AXE. The prequel film to USA’s smash hit series takes place in Columbia 2005 when Lieutenant Commander Sam Axe (Campbell) is sent to advise a local military platoon. It’s there he discovers deep layers of deception and ultimately realizes he may be allied with the wrong side. Shot on location in Bogota, Columbia, the two-hour movie is directed by BURN NOTICE star Jeffrey Donovan. BURN NOTICE: THE FALL OF SAM AXE also stars Ron Reaco Lee, Kiele Sanchez , John Diehl and Chandra West. The prequel is written and executive produced by BURN NOTICE creator Matt Nix. Donovan and Campbell also serve as executive producers on the Fox Television Studios project alongside the show’s Mikkel Bondesen.

USA Network is the #1 network in all of basic cable and is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes. A division of NBCUniversal, USA is the cable television leader in original series and home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, acquired television series and entertainment events. The award-winning USA website is located at usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.
USA Network is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.
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