(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Science-fiction, horror and fantasy will fuel Comic-Con, July 12-15, the 42nd annual mega-conference in San Diego, California, featuring the stars and directors of upcoming films and television shows, with sneak peeks of footage to get the 130,000 fans attending the event pumped with anticipation.
Last year the crowded television presentations far outnumbered the films, with 80 shows filling up the schedule in a dozen halls in the San Diego Convention Center. While the cast of The Twilight Saga finale will be one of the big events this year, the upcoming fall season on television offers an array of new shows and the return of popular supernatural series and super-action material.
The following is an early schedule for television show panels offering stars and previews. It highlights new shows and reruns of old ones, according to Entertainment Weekly:
Thursday, July 12:
• Nikita: based on La Femme Nikita, about the assassin gone rogue to stop the recruiting of teens. Stars Maggie Q, Shane West and Lyndsy Forseca.
Friday, July 13:
Highlights include the new spooky show 666 Park Avenue (ABC), starring Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn, Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable, who join the producers for a screening; andChildrens Hospital (Adult Swim channel), with star/executive producer Rob Corddry and producer Jonathan Stern plus stars Lake Bell, Megan Mullally, Henry Winkler and Ken Marino.
• Arrow (The CW): stars including Stephen Amell; with a screening
• Cult (The CW): stars Matt Davis, Jessica Lucas, Alona Tal and Robert Knepper join executive producer Rockne S. O’Bannon
• The Big Bang Theory (CBS): who shows up to be determined
• Bob’s Burgers (Fox): new show with cast appearances
• Bones (Fox): stars David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel and creator and producers
• Robot Chicken (Adult Swim): co-creators Seth Green (Austin Powers) and Matthew Senreich with Tom Root, Matthew Beans and Breckin Meyer joined by DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns; with a preview of the DC Comics Special
• Spartacus (Starz): stars Liam McIntyre and Manu Bennett join Steven S. DeKnight
Saturday, July 14:
Highlights include the new show The Following (Fox), for which stars Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy join producers to present footage of this new show, and Revolution (NBC), with stars Billy Burke, Giancarlo Esposito and Tracy Spiridakos joining director/co-executive producer Jon Favreau (Iron Man).
• American Dad (Fox) and Family Guy (Fox): Seth MacFarlane
• Futurama (Comedy Central): creator/producer Matt Groening joined by stars Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, and Maurice LaMarche
• Glee (Fox): with stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz and Naya Rivera and executive producer Brad Falchuk
• Person of Interest (CBS) costarring Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson
• The Simpsons (Fox): screening of “The Longest Daycare” short starring Maggie
• The Vampire Diaries (The CW): stars Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder join producers/writers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec
Sunday, July 15
• The Cleveland Show (Fox): Seth MacFarlane
• DC Nation (Cartoon Network)
• Fringe (Fox): stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole and John Noble joined by show’s executive producers
• Sons of Anarchy (FX): stars Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan and Mark Boone Junior with series creator Kurt Sutter.
• Supernatural (The CW): stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, and guest stars Misha Collins, Jim Beaver and Mark A. Sheppard, with producers
Comic-Con also features panels and workshops with comic book artists and writers, portfolio reviews, awards ceremonies, the Masquerade costume contest and the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, which showcases shorts and feature films.