We are inching ever closer to this year’s San Diego Comic Con, and since we’re getting into crunch time, it only stands to reason that networks would begin announcing some fun and exciting Comic Con panels. NBC may not have a ton of popular fan programs on the schedule, but the network has already announced a panel for Hannibal last week. Now, the network has added new panels for Revolution, Grimm, Community, and new series The Blacklist, which stars James Spader as a fugitive who decides to turn himself in.
Names involved with each of the above shows will be in attendence, including Spader, but also Megan Boone, Hugh Dancy, David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, and a star-studded Community panel featuring Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, and Dan Harmon, who recently returned to the series as showrunner. SNL and soon-to-be late night host Seth Meyers is also set to appear at the Hulu panel.
While a stacked Community panel should be fun for fans, the Grimm panel might be even more exciting. During the panel, NBC has plans to unveil a “special” trailer for the network’s new series, Dracula, starring The Tudors vet Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Let’s take a look at that panel, first.
Saturday, July 20
Who: David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Russell Hornsby, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bitsie Tulloch, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee, and executive producers Todd Milliner, David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf and Norberto Barba
Grimm, a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brother’s Fairy Tales, follows Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (Giuntoli) as he tries to find the balance between normal life and his birthright as a Grimm, an elite line of criminal profilers who have the ability to see the monsters that lurk below a seemingly human surface.
Thursday, July 18
Who: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff and executive producers Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath and John Fox
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives. Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: He will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone), an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. Liz soon discovers that Red has compiled a secret list of criminals over the years: a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies, and international terrorists. He will help catch them all … with the caveat that Liz continues to work as his partner.
Saturday, July 20
Who: Executive producer Eric Kripke and others to be determined
In its first season, “Revolution” examined why the Earth’s power was turned off and asked how the world’s citizens are expected to survive. In the season finale, the power is turned back on, but at what cost and consequence? The second season begins in the fall.
Sunday, July 21
Who: Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong and executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna
Community is back at Comic-Con and ready to celebrate with the show’s devoted fandom. Come be a part of the study group for a panel and Q&A moderated by Chris Hardwick (“The Nerdist”) and find out firsthand what surprises are in store for the series when it returns to NBC for its fifth season.
While no exact times have been listed for the panels in the press release, that information should be available, shortly. Additionally, if you were looking for the Hannibal panel information and were too lazy to click the link topside, that panel is set from 6:45 to 7:45 on Thursday, July 18 in Room 6A. It should be a pretty good year for NBC, but keep your eyes peeled for more NBC Comic Con coverage when the panels actually start taking place later this month.