SDCC 2015: CBS details gigantic list of panels including Supergirl, Zoo and Extant
CBS is taking Comic-Con 2015 very seriously. The network will be hitting up the event with the most CBS show panels in the network’s history.
This year SUPERGIRL, LIMITLESS, ZOO and EXTANT will make their San Diego debuts, joining popular Comic-Con alums THE BIG BANG THEORY, PERSON OF INTEREST, SCORPION and UNDER THE DOME. The CBS series panels will present first-look videos, including world premiere screenings of the highly anticipated new fall dramas SUPERGIRL and LIMITLESS.
DETAILS ON PANELS/SCREENINGS (in chronological order as detailed by CBS):
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8
SUPERGIRL: 6:00-10:00 PM Special Preview Night Pilot Screening (Ballroom 20)
Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television continue their annual Preview Night tradition with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of four new series to be broadcast during the 2015-2016 television season, including CBS’s SUPERGIRL.
THURSDAY, JULY 9
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JAMES T. KIRK 10:45-11:45 AM (Ballroom 20)
William Shatner (“Star Trek: The Original Series”) will make a special guest appearance and read excerpts from The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, as James T. Kirk himself. This in-world memoir chronicles the greatest Starfleet captain’s life, from his boyhood on an Iowa farm and his youth spent on Tarsus IV to his time in Starfleet Academy, his meteoric rise through the ranks of Starfleet and his illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise. David Goodman (author, former “Family Guy” executive producer) will moderate. Advance copies of the book will be available at the Titan booth (#5537).
EXTANT Noon-12:30 PM (Ballroom 20)
Exclusive Sneak Peek & Panel – Academy Award winner Halle Berry (“X-Men”) returns to Comic-Con with her new co-star, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen”), executive producer Craig Shapiro and executive producer/creator Mickey Fisher for a panel discussion and an exclusive tease at what’s to come in the mystery summer thriller series, back for its second season with higher stakes and new faces. When Molly Woods discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, she and a mysterious stranger may be the only hope for survival. The panel discussion will be moderated by Chris Hardwick, comedian and host of @midnight.
UNDER THE DOME 12:35 PM-1:05 PM (Ballroom 20)
Exclusive Sneak Peek & Panel – It has been weeks since the dome descended upon Chester’s Mill with Barbie and the residents being urged to follow Melanie “home.” Season Three will pick up where Season Two left off, and the community will rise to new heights of ingenuity, courage and often darkness in their quest for freedom. There will be new faces, new alliances and betrayal of trust as residents learn what you “see” may not always be the truth, and that the real enemy is within. Join series stars (subject to availability) Mike Vogel (“Bates Motel”), Rachelle Lefevre, special guest star Marg Helgenberger (CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION) and executive producers Neal Baer and Tim Schlattmann for an exclusive look at the new season, followed by a panel discussion. The panel discussion will be moderated by Michael Yo, correspondent on THE INSIDER.
The third season of UNDER THE DOME premieres Thursday, June 25.
ZOO 1:10-1:40 PM (Ballroom 20)
Exclusive Sneak Peek & Panel – The wild shall inherit the Earth in ZOO, CBS’s newest summer event series, based on the #1 bestselling novel by James Patterson. ZOO is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans that are sweeping the planet. The series spans eight countries and features real lions, tigers, bears and more. Join series stars James Wolk (“Mad Men”), Kristen Connolly (“Cabin in the Woods”), Billy Burke (“Revolution”), Nora Arnezeder (“Safe House”) and executive producers Jeff Pinkner (“Fringe”) and Josh Appelbaum (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) for an exclusive sneak peek of the first season, followed by a panel discussion. The panel discussion will be moderated by Kevin Frazier, co-host of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT.
ZOO premieres Tuesday, June 30.
LIMITLESS 1:45-2:55 PM (Ballroom 20)
Exclusive Premiere Screening & Panel – Picking up where the hit feature film left off, LIMITLESS follows Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) as he discovers the power of the brain-boosting drug NZT. From executive producer Bradley Cooper, the fast-paced drama will explore what happens when there are no limits to man’s potential, as Finch is coerced by the FBI to use his newfound extraordinary abilities for good. The exclusive screening of the pilot episode will be followed by a panel discussion with series stars Jake McDorman (“American Sniper”) and Hill Harper (“CSI: NY”), director Marc Webb (“The Amazing Spider-Man” series) and executive producers Craig Sweeny, Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. The panel discussion will be moderated by Ben Blacker, creator of the Nerdist Writers Panel.
LIMITLESS premieres Tuesday, Sept. 22.
SCORPION 3:00-3:30 PM (Ballroom 20)
Exclusive Sneak Peek & Panel – CBS’s high-octane breakout hit about a team of brilliant misfits who use their smarts to solve the nation’s crises while helping each other fit in returns to Comic-Con. Team Scorpion will unveil an exclusive sizzle reel highlighting all of the best action scenes and fan-favorite moments from the first season. Fans will have the chance to hear firsthand about what’s ahead in Season Two and discuss the series with stars (subject to availability) Elyes Gabel (“World War Z”), Robert Patrick (“Terminator 2”), Katharine McPhee (“Smash”), Eddie Kaye Thomas (“American Pie”), Jadyn Wong (“Broken Trail”), Ari Stidham (“Huge”) and executive producer Nicholas Wootton. The panel discussion will be moderated by Ben Blacker, creator of the Nerdist Writers Panel.
The second season of SCORPION premieres Monday, Sept. 21.
FRIDAY, JULY 10
THE BIG BANG THEORY 10:00-11:00 AM (Ballroom 20)
Special Video Presentation & Panel – As THE BIG BANG THEORY approaches the premiere of its ninth season, its writers are returning to San Diego to once again solve the comedy equation and take you behind the scenes of the creative process of TV’s #1 comedy series! From huge guest stars to the shocking moments in the season finale – Was that a ring, my Precious? Will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas? – find out what it takes to make the hit series each week. Join the show’s writers as they take you inside the writers’ room for a lively discussion and special video presentation.
From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television, the ninth season of THE BIG BANG THEORY premieres Monday, Sept. 21.
SATURDAY, JULY 11
PERSON OF INTEREST 5:15-6:15 PM (Room 6BCF)
Special Video Presentation & Panel – Premiering midseason on CBS, PERSON OF INTEREST returns to San Diego for the fifth year! Join the discussion as the science “fiction” of PERSON OF INTEREST stays one step ahead of real-world events. John Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) have saved countless lives thanks to the omniscience of their supercomputer and their crack team of brave misfits – NYPD detective Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman), the unpredictable cyber-hacker Root (Amy Acker) and missing-in-action operative Sameen Shaw (Sarah Shahi). But a new threat puts their mission in jeopardy and their lives in even more danger. Samaritan, the rival AI, has initiated its lethal “correction.” Finch’s Machine is essentially dead. Shaw is still missing. And the team is once again hiding in plain sight. But with Samaritan’s invisible grip tightening everywhere, will Finch be able to rebuild and resurrect The Machine? And if he does, will it be the same Machine when it comes back online? Find out highly confidential intel when executive producers Jonathan Nolan, Greg Plageman and Denise Thé join series stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Kevin Chapman and Amy Acker to undergo a Comic-Con interrogation with a special video presentation and Q&A. The panel discussion will be moderated by IGN TV writer Matt Fowler.
PERSON OF INTEREST will return for its fifth season in 2015-2016.
SUPERGIRL 8:00-11:00 PM (Hall H)
Pilot Screening & Panel – This exclusive evening will feature several superhero-themed series, including a pilot screening of CBS’s highly anticipated new action series SUPERGIRL, followed by a Q&A with stars and producers to be announced. In the vast DC Comics Universe of superheroes, the rich mythology of Superman and the planet Krypton is perhaps the most famous and instantly recognizable. Enter Supergirl! Born on the doomed planet Krypton, the preteen Kara escaped at the same time as the infant Kal-El, but didn’t arrive on Earth until many years later after being lost in the Phantom Zone. Now at age 24, living in National City and working as an assistant for Catco Worldwide Media mogul Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), Kara (Melissa Benoist) has spent so many years trying to fit in that she forgot to ever stand out. All that changes when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. With the help of Daily Planet photographer James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), her foster sister Alex (Chyler Leigh), and the research of the super-secret, off-the-grid Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO) and its head, Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), who are tasked with keeping the Earth safe from aliens, Kara takes to the skies to protect her world.
SUPERGIRL premieres Monday, Oct. 26.