Super panels: The Comic-Con 2018 TV lineup so far
We know you’re already kinda sad about the fact that Game of Thrones, Westworld, and Outlander are skipping San Diego Comic-Con 2018, but there are still plenty of great TV shows that will be in attendance there to help lick those wounds and keep the excitement hyped. Taking place between July 19 and July 22, the SDCC official TV lineup so far is full of some serious dazzlers that you won’t want to miss out on. Here’s the schedule so far with more waiting to be announced.
Confirmed but awaiting schedule
The show might currently be the least popular of the Marvel Netflix oeuvre, but after Luke Cage S2 hinted at a version of Danny Rand (Finn Jones) we’ve been wanting to see, we’re excited to see what’s next for the superhero. Hopefully this panel can shed a bit more light on the character’s development.
This could be the last time Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually) gets to talk about Rick Grimes at the convention as the actor has announced he’s leaving the show. Expect plenty of sad, adorable hugs between him and Norman Reedus (Vacation). Probably.
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
Now that the Clark and the Manawa families who started this crazy journey into a zombie wasteland have been all but wiped out save for Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), it’ll be interesting to find out where the show will be headed next.
The ever-charming Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch) will likely be her usual excitable self and answering strange questions about paradoxes, time travel, and whether women can even handle a goddamn TARDIS (spoiler: they can!) at this sure to be bustling panel.
The Russo Brothers’ adaptation of the savage coming-of-age comic book series by Rick Remender and Wesley Craig is one of the most exciting TV shows premiering this fall. It’s definitely worth checking out the panel before you become officially obsessed with the show.
The highly anticipated sci-fi thriller from the mind of George R.R. Martin is likely going to be a huge point of interest at Comic-Con this year, particularly for Game of Thrones looking for viable replacements for its soon to be finished fantasy series.
Based on Stephen King’s Bill Hodges trilogy, the first season of this dark serial killer thriller proved to be one of the most underrated gems on TV in 2017. The second season is coming soon and you’ll definitely want to see what Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges), Harry Treadaway (City of Ember), and maybe even King himself have to say about it.
Friday July 20
Young Justice: Outsiders (DC Universe) 10-11 a.m., Room 6DE
The cute young adult animated series is still fairly popular among younger comic book fans and is a must-attend event for anyone with little caped crusaders in training attending the event.
Big Bang Theory writers room panel (CBS) 10:15-11:15 a.m., Ballroom 20
Find out how the bigwigs of the Big Bang writers room have managed to recycle the same five jokes for the past eleven seasons!
Vikings (History) 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Ballroom 20
The most beautiful-ugly cast on TV will be spilling all the gory secrets of TV’s most violent and badass historical drama. (That’s right, Game of Thrones – Vikings does it better!)
DC Super Hero Girls (Cartoon Network) 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 6DE
Another one sure to inspire the younger generation, particularly if you have some young girls in your Comic-Con squad this year who are crazy for the teen antics of Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn in DC Super Hero Girls.
Castle Rock (Hulu) 12:45-2 p.m., Ballroom 20
Quite possibly the highest profile panel at Comic-Con this year and the one most attendees will likely be most excited for. We’re hoping J.J. Abrams (Super 8) and King himself will be in attendance along with your boyfriend Bill Skarsgård (It) and other cast members including Andre Holland (Moonlight), Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men), and Sissy Spacek (Carrie).
Bob’s Burgers (Fox) 4:15-5:10 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
Always the most boisterous panel at Comic-Con, don’t miss the opportunity to see H. Jon Benjamin (Family Guy), Kristen Schaal (The Muppets), John Roberts (Gravity Falls), Dan Mintz (Veep), and Eugene Mirman (Flight of the Conchords) discuss the show, maybe do some improv, and bring out their best voices.
Benjamin will also likely be in attendance at the Archer panel (hell, he won’t even have to leave his set for it) along with Judy Greer (Ant-Man), Aisha Tyler (The Talk), Amber Nash (Mr. Robot), and hopefully even Jessica Walter (Arrested Development).
The Passage (Fox) 6-7 p.m., Room 6A
Admit it, you’ll want to attend this one just to get all moon-eyed over Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) who has aged like a fine-ass wine. But also – zombies.
Saturday July 21
Unikitty (Cartoon Network) 10-11 a.m., Room 6DE
The breakout character of The Lego Movie has her own show! It’s kind of awesome and super perky and way more transgressive than it appears. Perfect for kids who like fun happy things and great for adults who understand that there’s actually something deeply wrong with Unikitty.
Black Lightning (The CW) 11-11:45 a.m., Ballroom 20
The CW superhero show will see stars like Cress Williams (Never Been Kissed), China Anne McClain (House of Pain), Nafessa Williams (Twin Peaks), and Christine Adams (Batman Begins) taking to the panel to discuss the hit show.
The Simpsons (Fox) Noon-12:45 p.m., Ballroom 20
Where are we at now? The 250th season or something equally as ludicrous? We’re not sure what else you can ask besides “When is this all going to end?” but we’re anticipating some more heated discussions regarding Hank Azaria (Brockmire) voicing Apu.
Krypton (Syfy) Noon-12:50 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
American Dad / Family Guy (TBS / Fox) 1-2:15 p.m., Ballroom 20
The first of two Seth MacFarlane comedy shows to be enjoying a panel at Comic-Con this year is a mashup between his two hit animated shows.
The latest thriller from Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future) offers a head scrambler of a mystery, making this panel an essential one for anyone intrigued by what the first season may be investigating when it starts in September.
Legacies (The CW) 2-2:50 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
One for fans of The Originals and The Vampire Diaries, the latest spinoff from the supernatural universe should see Danielle Rose Russell (Wonder) and Matthew Davis (Blue Crush) taking to the panel for a chat with fans.
The Gifted (Fox) 2:30-3:15 p.m., Ballroom 20
This young adult superhero show is based within the X-Men universe and connected to the current film franchise. Stars Stephen Moyer (True Blood) and Amy Acker (Alias) will hopefully in attendance to chat about the show.
Supergirl (The CW) 3:30-4:15 p.m., Ballroom 20
The Orville (Fox) 4-4:50 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
McFarlane will be back discussing his Star Trek inspired comedy alongside co-stars Scott Grimes (Critters), Halston Sage (Paper Towns), Adrianne Palicki (Agents of Shield), and Peter Macon (Shameless).
Arrow (The CW) 4:15-5 p.m., Ballroom 20
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 5-5:45 p.m., Ballroom 20
The DC series closed out its third season by doing some switching up of the cast, which means the panel could be a great opportunity to acquaint yourself with the newbies.
The Flash (The CW) 5:45-6:30 p.m., Ballroom 20
Sunday July 22
Supernatural (The CW) 10:30-11:30 a.m., Hall H
Riverdale (The CW) 11:45-12:45 p.m., Hall H
Prepare all your most crazed screams for K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, and Madelaine Petsch, as Riverdale will likely have one of the most energized and entertaining panels worth attending this year. Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will hopefully also be in attendance and dropping some major clues about what insanity and villains we can all look forward to in S3.
Mayans M.C. (FX) 1-2 p.m., Hall H
Legion (FX) 2:15-3:15 p.m., Hall H
Still TV’s most subversive superhero show, we likewise expect the panel to be just as acerbic and intriguing as the show. Stars like Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Rachel Keller (Fargo), and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) will likely be in attendance.