Only two more weeks until San Diego turns upside down and welcomes geeks from all over the world for its annual Comic Con International. Apart from massive comic book franchises, it seems that this year’s shindig comes with a few surprising panels and events unrelated to meta humans and super heroes, courtesy of CBS Studios.
One of the studios contribution to The CW’s new slate this year, the eagerly-awaited Charmed reboot, will start the part off on Thursday (July 19) morning with a panel attended by cast and creators in the second largest room the convention center holds:
“CHARMED” EXCLUSIVE SCREENING AND PANEL, 11:15 AM–12:15 PM, BALLROOM 20– The iconic CHARMED is back just in time to celebrate its 20thanniversary. This reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who, after the tragic loss of their mother, discover they are powerful witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done. Please join series stars Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock and Rupert Evans, along with producers Jennie Snyder Urman, Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, for an exclusive sneak peek of the first episode of The CW series followed by a panel discussion.
Immediately following the magical sisters will be a panel that could be especially interesting to fans of ABC’s Once Upon A Time, which aired its series finale earlier this year. Dawson’s Creek creator and TV veteran Kevin Williamson is bringing his new show Tell Me A Story to San Diego:
“TELL ME A STORY,” 12:15–12:45 PM, BALLROOM 20– Step into the world of TELL ME A STORY, the latest project from the brilliant mind of Kevin Williamson. In this reimagining of the world’s most beloved fairy tales, see “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel” come to life as dark and twisted psychological thrillers interweaving with each other against the backdrop of modern day New York City. Join executive producer Kevin Williamson, as well as series stars Paul Wesley and James Wolk, for an exclusive sneak peek of the CBS All Accessseries followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by the editor-in-chief of Entertainment Weekly, Henry Goldblatt.
Continuing with the latest trend of reboots CBS is bringing Magnum P.I. back for another run. You’ll be able to celebrate a classic Throwback Thursday with cast and creators in the afternoon:
“MAGNUM P.I.” EXCLUSIVE SCREENING AND PANEL, 4:15–5:30 PM, ROOM 6A– MAGNUM P.I. is a modern take on the classic series starring Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. A charming rogue, an American hero and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum has Juliet Higgins and her Dobermans to keep him in line, as well as his trusted buddies and fellow POW survivors TC and Rick when he needs backup on a job. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is back on the case! Please join series stars Jay Hernandez and Perdita Weeks and executive producers Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim for an exclusive sneak peak of the premiere episode of the new CBS series followed by a panel discussion.
A big surprise, but an incredibly pleasant one, is that CBS is bringing the award-winning Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to San Diego to celebrate the end of an era. Join the show’s creators on Thursday night as they look back on the best the show had to offer, and hopefully dish on what’s to come:
“CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND”: THE FINAL CURTAIN CALL, 5:45–6:30 PM, ROOM 6A– As the critically acclaimed CW series enters its final season, come celebrate and take a trip down memory lane with co-creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna as they look back on some of the series’ most memorable moments and talk about what’s ahead for Rebecca Bunch. The panel will be moderated by series guest star Michael McMillian and will include a special performance and never-before-seen footage.
In addition to the panel, the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend cast is taking the stage on Saturday night at the Balboa Theatre for a night of singing and dancing. The event is sold out, and if you weren’t able to score tickets we feel for you.
Friday afternoon sees the cast and creators of CBS All Access’s Star Trek: Discovery take the stage in the infamous Hall H for a scoop on the new season:
“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” PANEL, 1:30–2:30 PM, HALL H– Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon. “Star Trek” inspired developments in science and technology, broke social barriers, and transported viewers around the globe to new adventures and uncharted frontiers. Last fall, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY continued that tradition and followed the voyages of Starfleet aboard the U.S.S.Discovery. Join the cast and producers of this CBS All Accessseries to look back on season one and find out where the crew is headed as it transports into its second season. Cast members scheduled to appear include Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo and Anson Mount alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. The panel will be moderated by series guest star Tig Notaro, who will appear as Chief Engineer Reno.
Last but not least CBS has set up a marathon screening of the classic tv series The Twilight Zone, in anticipation of the upcoming CBS All Access reboot. Your Friday night is sorted:
“THE TWILIGHT ZONE” MARATHON SCREENING, 7:15–9:15 PM, ROOM 6A– THE TWILIGHT ZONE new original series will be coming soon to CBS All Access in amodern reimagining of the iconic series that took viewers to another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. It was a journey into a wondrous land of imagination for five years on CBS, from 1959-1964. The godfather of sci-fi series, the show explored humanity’s hopes, despairs, pride and prejudice in metaphoric ways conventional dramas could not. Please join us for a special marathon screening and a look back at some of the fan-favorite episodes from the original series. Concessions and an exclusive giveaway item will be provided.
Which of these panels has caught your attention? The 4YE team will definitely be around for the Charmed and the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend panels, as well as the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend live tour, so make sure you follow us via Twitter for all SDCC related updates!
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