THE BIG BANG THEORY BOLDLY GOES WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE WITH LIMITED EDITION CO-BRANDED THE BIG BANG THEORY/STAR TREK™ AND THE BIG BANG THEORY/DC COMICS MERCHANDISE
SUPPORTING THE NEW COLLECTIONS, WARNER BROS. TEAMS UP WITH HOT TOPIC TO OFFER THE BIG BANG THEORY ULTIMATE FAN GIVEAWAY IN THEIR SECOND ANNUAL COMIC-CON SWEEPSTAKES
Fans Will Have a Chance to Win a “BIG BANGtastic” Trip to Comic-Con International: San Diego And Other Great Prizes, Including $500 Gift Cards from Hot Topic
Burbank, Calif. (May 14, 2013) – In a bold twist to bring The Big Bang Theory to a new frontier, Warner Bros. and CBS Consumer Products are launching an exclusive, limited edition co-branded collection of The Big Bang Theory/Star Trek merchandise for the first-time ever that includes Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj’s preferred version of “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard Spock” themed product, as well as t-shirts and Funko bobble-heads featuring characters in Starfleet uniforms. This new co-branded collection of merchandise will be available only at Hot Topic stores nationwide and HotTopic.com from now until July. Hot Topic will also be the exclusive home to a new, limited edition The Big Bang Theory/DC Comics t-shirt, featuring Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj in their favorite DC Comics Super Hero costumes.
In support of these exciting new collections, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution have teamed up with Hot Topic to celebrate The Big Bang Theory airing 5 Nights a Week (check www.BigBangWeeknights.com for local listings) in off-network syndication. The partnership offers a second annual sweepstakes inviting fans to enter the “Ultimate Fan Giveaway” for an opportunity to attend the biggest pop culture convention in the world – the legendary Comic-Con in San Diego. Fans will also have the chance to win many great prizes, including the special edition DC Comics t-shirt and $500 Hot Topic gift cards. This year’s partnership is offering an even bigger bang with a larger collection of exclusive Big Bang merchandise at Hot Topic locations nationwide.
From Monday, May 20, through Friday, May 31, avid fans and pop culture junkies can enter the contest either by watching The Big Bang Theory every weeknight in syndication (in select markets) and identifying Sheldon’s special Hot Topic t-shirt online at www.BigBangContest.com or by visiting any Hot Topic store nationwide now through Sunday,
June 2, signing up to be a HT+1 rewards member and purchasing any The Big Bang Theory t-shirt, including the exclusive “Big Bang DC Comics” Comic-Con edition t-shirt only at Hot Topic. One lucky fan will receive an all-expenses paid, fun-filled getaway for two to Comic-Con in San Diego, CA – including two tickets to Comic-Con, round-trip airfare, three days/two nights hotel accommodations, ground transportation and special access to various events at the Warner Bros. booth.
“We’re excited to pay-it-forward to The Big Bang Theory’s legions of fans in this perfect alliance that brings together this pop-cult favorite with the iconic brands of Star Trek and DC Comics,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “We had such a great fan reaction and experience with this promotion last year that we’re excited to team up with Hot Topic again to bring fans a bigger bang offering and more chances to win another out-of-this-world opportunity.”
“We are thrilled to renew our partnership with Warner Bros. on such an exciting merchandise program,” said Cindy Levitt, VP and General Merchandise Manager at Hot Topic. “We feel like we’ve created the perfect geek storm by combining The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek, DC Comics, Comic-Con and Hot Topic in this program and promotion, and we couldn’t be happier that we can make it happen for our customers.”
“We approach each and every initiative we endeavor from the perspective of giving back to the fans,” said Lisa Gregorian, Chief Marketing Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group. ”We know that fans of The Big Bang Theory and fans of Star Trek are going to go mad for this co-branded merchandise. We set out to deliver a truly unique co-branded opportunity and are thrilled to have gone where no man – or woman – has gone before.”
As part of the promotion, Hot Topic stores will also feature an exciting array of merchandise from The Big Bang Theory spanning apparel, accessories, gift and novelties, and toys, including Funko bobbleheads of fan-favorites Leonard, Sheldon and Howard in Starfleet uniforms.
The more viewers tune in to The Big Bang Theory 5 Nights a Week on broadcast television (check www.BigBangWeeknights.com for local listings) and go to a Hot Topic retail store, the more chances they have to win.
In addition to the trip to Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Hot Topic are offering viewers in 47 markets the opportunity to also win local prize packages that include $500 gift cards from Hot Topic. Markets include:
WPCH – ATLANTA, GA
KTBC – AUSTIN, TX
KBAK – BAKERSFIELD, CA
WUTB – BALTIMORE, MD
WTTO – BIRMINGHAM, AL
WCCB – CHARLOTTE, NC
WFLD – CHICAGO, IL
WSTR – CINCINNATI, OH
WACH – COLUMBIA, SC
KDFW – DALLAS, TX
KDVR – DENVER, CO
WKBD – DETROIT, MI
KFOX – EL PASO, TX
KMPH – FRESNO, CA
WWMT – GRAND RAPIDS, MI
WXLV – GREENSBORO, NC
WHNS – GREENVILLE, SC
WTIC – HARTFORD, CT
KHON – HONOLULU, HI
WTTV – INDIANAPOLIS, IN
WJXT – JACKSONVILLE, FL
WBXX – KNOXVILLE, TN
KVMY – LAS VEGAS, NV
KTTV – LOS ANGELES, CA
WBFS – MIAMI, FL
WDJT – MILWAUKEE, WI
WFTC – MINNEAPOLIS, MN
WNAB – NASHVILLE, TN
WTVZ – NORFOLK, VA
KOKH – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
WOFL – ORLANDO, FL
WPHL – PHILADELPHIA, PA
KUTP – PHOENIX, AZ
WPGH – PITTSBURGH, PA
WPFO – PORTLAND, ME
WSJP – PUERTO RICO
WLFL – RALEIGH, NC
WFXR – ROANOKE, VA
KABB – SAN ANTONIO, TX
KICU – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
KCPQ – SEATTLE, WA
WCWW – SOUTH BEND, IN
KPLR – ST. LOUIS, MO
WMOR – TAMPA, FL
KQCW – TULSA, OK
WTTG – WASHINGTON, DC
About THE BIG BANG THEORY: Comedy has Expanded to 5 Nights a Week (check www.BigBangWeeknights.com for local listings)! The Big Bang Theory is the story of two brainy best friends who could tell you anything you want to know about quantum physics – but when it comes to dealing with everyday life here on Earth, they’re lost in the cosmos. Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) are brilliant physicists – wizards in the laboratory, but socially inept outside of it. Enter their beautiful, free-spirited neighbor, Penny (Kaley Cuoco), who aims to teach them a thing or two about life. While Leonard spends his days looking for love, Sheldon is quite content video-chatting with platonic partner Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) or playing Star Trek 3D chess with their ever-expanding universe of friends, including fellow Caltech scientists Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar), Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), and Howard’s new wife, the adorable microbiologist Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). www.BigBangWeeknights.com
Created by Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) and Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg), who also serve as executive producers along with showrunner Steven Molaro (The Class), The Big Bang Theory stars Emmy® and Golden Globe nominee Johnny Galecki (Roseanne), Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Jim Parsons (The Muppet Movie), Kaley Cuoco (Hop), Simon Helberg (A Serious Man), Kunal Nayyar (Ice Age: Continental Drift), Mayim Bialik (Blossom) and Melissa Rauch (True Blood). The Emmy®-nominated series is from Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.
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About STAR TREK: With an over 45-year history and more than 700 hours of content from six television series and twelve movies, Star Trek is an entertainment and pop culture icon across the world. With its visionary philosophy and thrill for adventure, the Star Trek universe only continues to broaden into new territories. Star Trek is licensed by CBS Consumer Products.
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About Hot Topic
Hot Topic is a mall- and web-based specialty retailer beloved by rebellious and expressive teens for more than 20 years. Hot Topic offers music and pop culture junkies band-related apparel and accessories, licensed merchandise, and fashion apparel and accessories. Hot Topic operates 621 stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and an online store at hottopic.com. Find Hot Topic on Twitter (twitter.com/hottopic), Facebook (facebook.com/hottopic), YouTube (youtube.com/hottopic) and Instagram (instagram.com/hottopic).
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CBS Consumer Products manages worldwide licensing and merchandising for a diverse slate of television brands and series from CBS, CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Distribution, as well as from the company’s extensive library of titles, Showtime and CBS Films. Additionally, the group oversees online sales of programming merchandise. For more information, visit www.cbsconsumerproducts.com.
CBS, SHOWTIME® AND THE CW TO CONVERGE AT COMIC-CON® 2012 Panels to Feature the Stars and Creative Teams Behind CBS Television Studios’ “Elementary” (CBS) and “Beauty And The Beast” (CW) And SHOWTIME Series “Dexter®” and “Shameless”
First-Look Pilot Screenings of “Elementary” and “Beauty And The Beast,” Exclusive Sneak Peeks of the Trailer for Season Two of “Homeland” And the First Two Minutes of the Season Seven Premiere of “Dexter®”
The Popular Casts and Producers of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Person Of Interest” Return to Sign Autographs and Headline Warner Bros. Television Panels
CBS Home Entertainment Hosts a Behind-the-Scenes Panel About “Star Trek: The Next Generation’s” Journey into High Definition With Before and After Clips and Featurettes
Stars from “Criminal Minds,” “Elementary,” “Beauty And The Beast” and “Shameless” to Sign Autographs Along with Ben Schwartz from “House of Lies” And Pauley Perrette from “NCIS,” Who Is Also Appearing On the TV Guide Magazine Fan Favorite Panel
CBS Interactive Will Again Host the CNET Base Station Featuring GameSpot and Cover Comic-Con’s Hottest News and Events via CBS.com and GameSpot.com
The “CBS Buzz Tour” Bus Hits Comic-Con as a Key Stop on Its Summer-Long Cross-Country Quest to Reward CBS’s Loyal Fans
Popular “Survivor” Winner Jenna Morasca to Return as Master of Ceremonies of the CBS/SHOWTIME/CW Booth (#4129), Which Will Feature Contests, Signings, Thousands of Giveaways And a Special Comic-Con Photo Experience
CBS, SHOWTIME and the CW will make their mark at Comic-Con 2012 with star-studded sessions and signings, including premiere screenings of new series and first looks at the new seasons of returning hits. CBS Corporation’s extensive presence includes cast and creative team panels with exclusive debuts of episodes, clips and trailers; non-stop booth activity with autograph signings, contests and giveaways; “CBS Buzz Tour” activities and swag; interactive opportunities and on-site coverage via CBS Interactive’s CBS.com, GameSpot and CNET; and the CNET Base Station featuring GameSpot.
The panels will include a CBS Television Studios/CBS session and world premiere pilot screening for the highly-anticipated new series Elementary, a contemporary take on the legendary characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu; a SHOWTIME panel and sneak peek of the first two minutes of the upcoming seaso n premiere of the Emmy-nominated series DEXTER and a first-look trailer of the Golden Globe Award-winning series Homeland; the SHOWTIME panel for the hit series SHAMELESS; the CBS Television Studios/CW panel and pilot premiere viewing of the new series Beauty And The Beast, a modern adaptation of the beloved fairy tale; and the CBS Home Entertainment panel “Before and After: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION’s Journey into High Definition,” featuring illustrative before and after clips and a sneak peek at all-new featurettes.
Stars scheduled to participate include Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan from Beauty And The Beast; cast members of the Emmy Award-nominated The Big Bang Theory; Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, AJ Cook, Kirsten Vangsness and new cast member Jeanne Tripplehorn from Criminal Minds; Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter and Yvonne Strahovski from DEXTER; Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu from Elementary; Ben Schwartz from HOUSE OF LIES; Pauley Perrette fromNCIS; Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman from Person Of Interest; William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Cameron Monaghan and Jeremy Allen White from SHAMELESS; and even Craig Ferguson’s robot skeleton sidekick, Geoff Peterson.
CBS.com will offer a window into CBS events, news and action at Comic-Con for fans throughout the country via www.cbs.com/comiccon. Coverage will include interviews with attending CBS stars, man-on-the-street interviews, on-demand video coverage of the CBS series panels and photos from key Comic-Con and CBS events, including autograph signings and CBS booth activities. In addition to CBS.com, fans can get real-time updates through Twitter (@CBSatComicCon or @CBS) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/CBS), including live-tweeting of panels and events and access to photos and video.
For the second year in a row, CNET along with GameSpot will host an interactive station at the iconic Lou & Mickey’s restaurant located in “Ground Zero,” the gateway between San Diego Convention Center and the Gaslamp Quarter where tens of thousands of Comic-Con goers walk by each day. The CNET Base Station featuring GameSpot will be open to all Comic-Con show attendees the first three days of the show (Thursday, July 12-Saturday, July 14) where they can recharge mobile devices, refuel, enjoy some free grub, win cool prizes and play some of the hottest video game titles.
Additionally, GameSpot will cover Comic-Con from the gaming perspective, with a live-streaming stage show at Lou & Mickey’s from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, PT (4:00 PM-7:00 PM, ET), on Thursday, July 12, Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14. GameSpot coverage will also feature a camera person roaming the show floor who takes direction from users at home, who can email their requests to email@example.com. Visit www.comic-con.gamespot.com closer to the event for regular updates.
“Survivor” winner Jenna Morasca will serve as the official Master of Ceremonies at the CBS/SHOWTIME/CW booth (#4129) on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, welcoming and informing fans about the company’s various Comic-Con activities, as well as hosting numerous trivia games with fun prizes. Booth giveaways throughout the five days will include handy Elementary string bags to hold special swag; “CBS Good-eBag cards” to access free downloads of a variety of prized CBS television and publishing content; Person Of Interest screen cleaners; Sharpies for The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, Person Of Interest and Elementary; special “Star Trek: The Next Generation” 25th anniversary posters for 1701 lucky fans; the very first cycling jerseys to feature iconic art from “Star Trek: The Original Series”; sought-after U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D ornaments from Hallmark marking the 25th anniversary of Picard’s brave crew; exclusive collectible Beauty And The Beast lenticular buttons; and to-be-announced SHOWTIME items. Plus, back by popular demand, the booth will again feature the green screen photo booth, which enables fans to insert themselves within cast shots for select CBS, SHOWTIME and CW series.
Additionally, as a key stop on CBS’s summer-long “CBS Buzz Tour” (#cbsbuzz) campaign, the Network’s star-branded and mobile studio-equipped “CBS Buzz Tour” bus will be at Comic-Con through Saturday, July 14. CBS reality star veterans Alex Boylan (THE AMAZING RACE) and Burton Roberts (SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS), will lead the Buzz Tour’s on-the-road fan activities and will engage viewers from anywhere in the U.S. with CBS.com webisodes, blogs and social media contests and posts. In San Diego, they will give fans special CBS-branded Comic-Con swag, secure behind-the-scenes interviews with CBS stars at the conference and facilitate having the stars answer fan questions submitted via Twitter. Buzz Tour schedules and content will be accessible via www.cbs.com/buzz. Fans can also follow via www.facebook.com/cbsbuzz or on Twitter at @cbsbuzz, @alexboylan and @burtonroberts.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE PANELS:
CBS Home Entertainment – “Before and After: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION’s Journey into High Definition” Panel
(Thursday, July 12 at 2:00-3:00 PM, Room 7AB)
“Star Trek: The Next Generation” fans are finally getting their wish, with all seven seasons of the beloved series being retransferred into high-definition. “Star Trek: The Next Generation – The First Season” will be released on Tuesday, July 24, and the team behind the project will give fans an insider’s look at how the original film elements were transferred into high-definition and how the visual effects were painstakingly recreated from the source material to look better than ever. The session will include a first look screening of before and after clips (standard definition versus high definition on Blu-ray).
Robert Meyer Burnett will moderate the panel, which includes Roger Lay, Jr. (Producer/Director, Blu-ray), Mike and Denise Okuda (Project Consultants), David S. Grant (Vice President, Multimedia, CBS Television Distribution), Ryan Adams (Director, Multimedia, CBS Television Distribution), Craig Weiss (Creative Director, CBS Digital), Eric Bruno (Lead Compositor) and Wade Felker (Film Transfer Technician).
For updates, check www.facebook.com/StarTrek or follow on Twitter at @StarTrek.
CBS Television Studios/CW Beauty And The Beast Screening/Panel #batbSDCC
(Thursday, July 12 at 3:30-4:35 PM, Ballroom 20)
Kristin Kreuk (“Smallville”) and Jay Ryan (“Terra Nova”) along with Executive Producers Jennifer Levin (“Without a Trace”), Sherri Cooper (“Brothers & Sisters”), Brian Peterson (“Smallville”) and Kelly Souders (“Smallville”) discuss the new CW fall series, a modern adaptation of a beloved fairy tale. Centering on Catherine Chandler (Kreuk), a tough-minded NYPD homicide detective who is haunted by witnessing her mother’s murder nine years ago – as well as the murderer’s quick demise at what she perceived to be the hands of a beast. After years of searching, Catherine finally discovers the beast is Vincent Keller (Ryan), a survivor of a military experiment that went disastrously wrong and left him in hiding to lead a secret life. Join the cast and producers for an exclusive viewing of the first episode, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dalton Ross (Assistant Managing Editor, Entertainment Weekly).
For the latest updates on Beauty And The Beast, go to www.cwtv.com/beauty-and-the-beast,www.facebook.com/BeautyandtheBeast, or follow on Twitter at @CW_Network, @CBSTVStudios and @MsKristinKreuk.
CBS Television Studios/CBS Elementary Screening/Panel #ItsElementary
(Thursday, July 12 at 4:40-5:45 PM, Ballroom 20)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduced the world to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson over 120 years ago, and this fall on CBS the dynamic duo gets a modern-day makeover cracking cases in contemporary New York City. Brilliant investigator Sherlock, played by Jonny Lee Miller (“Dexter”), is a recent rehab graduate paired with his worst nightmare: sober coach Joan Watson, played by Lucy Liu (“Charlie’s Angels”). Together, Sherlock’s unique detective skills and Watson’s medical expertise form a formidable force capable of solving the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Comic-Con guests will be the first to see the premiere episode of the new television series, followed by a panel discussion with series stars Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Executive Producers Robert Doherty and Carl Beverly moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Assistant Managing Editor, Dalton Ross.
The SHOWTIME DEXTER Panel – and Exclusive SHOWTIME Trailers #dexterSDCC
(Thursday, July 12 at 6:00-7:15 Ballroom 20)
The gasps from last season’s finale can still be heard among every DEXTER fan as their worst fears were realized… Dexter got caught, and by none other than Deb! What will he do, what will she do… what’s next for America’s favorite serial killer? If the suspense is killing you, then don’t miss this incredible panel, where you’ll be the first to see the Comic-Con exclusive first two minutes of the season premiere. Moderator Ralph Garman (KROQ entertainment reporter) presides over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers of the Emmy Award-nominated Dexter. Featured panelists include series star/executive producer Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), the series’ upcoming special guest star Yvonne Strahovski and executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton and Scott Buck.
Plus, Dexter fans will be the first to see the world premiere trailer of one of the hottest series on television, the Golden Globe Award-winning Homeland, presented by executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.
Prior to the DEXTER panel, SHOWTIME will also debut the first chapter of the new season of the animated webisode series “Early Cuts: All In The Family,” narrated by Michael C. Hall, written by Dexter producer Scott Reynolds and illustrated by celebrated comic book artist David Mack. “Early Cuts: All In The Family” continues to tell important stories from DexterMorgan’s past – this season written thematically to tie-in to the season six cliffhanger, as Dexter reflects back on other instances where his sister, Deb, has sensed his darkness.
For the latest updates on DEXTER and Homeland and behind-the-scenes coverage of Comic-Con 2012, go towww.facebook.com/dexter, www.facebook.com/HomelandOnShowtime or follow on Twitter at @SHO_Dexter, ?@J2thecarpenter, @Y_Strahovski, @SHO_Homeland and @HowardMGordon.
The SHOWTIME SHAMELESS Panel #shamelessSDCC
(Saturday, July 14 at 4:00-5:00 PM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront)
The mischievous, unabashed Gallagher clan returns to Comic-Con for a completely shameless panel! Meet the cast and creative team behind one of the hottest SHOWTIME original series, Shameless, moderated by series’ writer and consulting producer Mike O’Malley (“Glee”). This scrappy, unique family is incredibly engaging, but being a Gallagher isn’t always as easy as it looks. The cast and executive producer discuss how they capture some of their most shameless moments, plus be there when they answer fan-submitted Twitter questions and reveal the Top Five Fan Favorite Moments as voted on by you! Featured panelists include William H. Macy (Frank), Emmy Rossum (Fiona), Justin Chatwin (Steve), Cameron Monaghan (Ian), Jeremy Allen White (Lip) and more, along with executive producer John Wells (West Wing, ER, Southland).
For the latest updates on SHAMELESS and behind-the-scenes coverage of Comic-Con 2012, go towww.facebook.com/ShamelessOnShowtime or follow on Twitter at @SHO_Shameless, @emmyrossum, @Justingchatwin and @cameronmonaghan.
THE DAILY CBS/SHOWTIME/CW BOOTH HOURS (#4129):
Wednesday, July 11 (6:00-9:00 PM)
Thursday, July 12 through Saturday, July 14 (9:30-7:00 PM)
Sunday, July 15 (9:30 AM-5:30 PM)
CBS/SHOWTIME/CW BOOTH AUTOGRAPH SIGNING SCHEDULE:
Thursday, July 12:
11:30 AM-12:30 PM – Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu from Elementary
5:00-6:15 PM – Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan from Beauty And The Beast
Friday, July 13:
2:15-3:00 PM – Cast members from The Big Bang Theory
Saturday, July 14:
11:00 AM-12:15 PM – Ben Schwartz from HOUSE OF LIES
12:30-1:45 PM – Cast members from SHAMELESS
6:30-7:00 PM – Cast members from Person Of Interest
Sunday, July 15:
11:00 AM-Noon – Cast members from Criminal Minds
12:30-1:30 PM – Pauley Perrette from NCIS
1:45-2:30 PM and 3:30-4:15 PM – Craig Ferguson’s robot skeleton sidekick Geoff Peterson
CBS to Feature Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu for “Elementary” and Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan for “Beauty And The Beast” at SDCC 2012
CBS TELEVISION STUDIOS TO FEATURE WORLD PREMIERE SCREENINGS OF HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED NEW SERIES “Elementary” AND “Beauty And The Beast” AT COMIC-CON 2012
Star-Studded Panels to Include Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu for “Elementary,” and Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan for “Beauty And The Beast”
June 26, 2012 – Los Angeles – CBS Television Studios will feature the world premiere screenings of its highly-anticipated fall series Beauty And The Beast and Elementary at Comic-Con 2012 during back-to-back panels inBallroom 20 on Thursday, July 12. After premiering the first episodes exclusively for Comic-Con fans, panel discussions will follow with producers and fan-favorites Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan from Beauty And The Beast and producers and series stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu for Elementary.
Beauty And The Beast Screening and Panel Hashtag: #batbSDCC
(Thursday, July 12 at 3:30-4:35 PM, Ballroom 20)
Kristin Kreuk (“Smallville”) and Jay Ryan (“Terra Nova”) along with Executive Producers Jennifer Levin (“Without a Trace”), Sherri Cooper (“Brothers & Sisters”), Brian Peterson (“Smallville”) and Kelly Souders (“Smallville”) discuss the new CW fall series, a modern adaptation of a beloved fairy tale. Centering on Catherine Chandler (Kreuk), a tough-minded NYPD homicide detective who is haunted by witnessing her mother’s murder nine years ago – as well as the murderer’s quick demise at what she perceived to be the hands of a beast. After years of searching, Catherine finally discovers the beast is Vincent Keller (Ryan), a survivor of a military experiment that went disastrously wrong and left him to lead a secret life in hiding. Join the cast and producers for an exclusive viewing of the first episode, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dalton Ross (Assistant Managing Editor,Entertainment Weekly).
Kreuk, Ryan and the show executive producers will participate in an exclusive autograph signing following the panel at the CW/CBS Booth at 5:00-6:15 PM on the convention floor.
For the latest updates on Beauty And The Beast and BTS coverage of Comic-Con, go to:www.cwtv.com/beautyandthebeast, www.facebook.com/BeautyandtheBeast; Twitter: @CW_Network, @CBSTVStudios, @MsKristinKreuk
Elementary Screening and Panel Hashtag: #ItsElementary
(Thursday, July 12 at 4:40-5:45 PM, Ballroom 20)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduced the world to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson over 120 years ago, and this fall on CBS the legendary characters get a contemporary update cracking cases in present-day New York City. Brilliant investigator Sherlock, played by Jonny Lee Miller (“Dexter”), is a recent rehab graduate paired with his worst nightmare: sober coach Joan Watson, played by Lucy Liu (“Charlie’s Angels”). Together, Sherlock’s unique detective skills and Watson’s medical expertise form a formidable force capable of solving the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Be the first to see the premiere episode of the new television series followed by a panel discussion with series stars Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Executive Producers Robert Doherty and Carl Beverly and moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Assistant Managing Editor Dalton Ross.
For the latest updates on Elementary and behind-the-scenes coverage of Comic-Con 2012, go to www.cbs.com/shows/elementary, www.facebook.com/ElementaryCBS; Twitter: @Elementary_CBS, @CBSatComicCon @CBSTVStudio
Stars Miller and Liu and creators of Elementary will participate in an exclusive autograph signing at the CBS/CW Booth on Thursday, July 12 at 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM.
For continuing info on the Studio’s plans at Comic-Con, please follow us on Twitter @CBSTVStudios and visit http://cbstelevisionstudios.tumblr.com/.
CBS CONSUMER PRODUCTS REVEALS EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2011
Star Trek, Dexter, NCIS, The Twilight Zone, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation And More Hit Convention With Exclusive Products, Sneak Peeks and Signings
SAN DIEGO, CA – July 18, 2011 – CBS Consumer Products touches down at Comic-Con International 2011 with exclusive sneak peeks, signings and limited-edition product based on popular television properties including Star Trek, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, Dexter, The Twilight Zone and more. It will be a fanboy’s – or girl’s – dream with the collection of merchandise amassed at San Diego’s premiere entertainment event, with hot products that can’t be seen anywhere else. CBS will be located in Booth 4129.
“Comic-Con is the ultimate destination to reach our audience directly – whether it’s the die-hard fan or casual admirer,” said Liz Kalodner, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Consumer Products. “By offering these exclusive items we can reward our greatest fans with products that can’t be found anywhere else.”
A complete rundown of product introductions and promotional items from CBS Consumer Products follows.
CBS (Booth #4129): StarTrek.com will offer free Enterprise Bottle Opener Keychains and wristbands to fans. The keychains are made of stainless steel and only 1701 will be available. There will also be a series of red, blue and yellow wristbands with Star Trek phrases on them. Collectors will find the wristbands at the CBS booth as well as the booths of Star Trek partners throughout the show. Be sure to watch the official Star Trek Facebook and Twitter pages for updates during Comic-Con for information on finding each wristband.
Abrams (Booth #1216): Fans can get the first glance at the publisher’s new Star Trek Vault book from author Scott Tipton.
Anovos (Booth #2913-E): Anovos Productions will offer an exclusive three badge pin set for the price of $20. Fans will also have a chance to get their picture taken with the Orion Slave Girls and Star Trek uniform models.
Bandai (Booth #mez 15B): The toy company will be unveiling a Jean Luc Picard Trading Card at the convention. Additionally, Bandai is showing off its Star Trek-inspired deck building games — based on The Next Generation — so fans will get a chance at a hands-on trial.
Chronicle Books (Booth #1506): The publisher will have their new trivia book, Obsessed with Star Trek, based on all Star Trek series and the first ten movies. Author Chip Carter will be there to sign autographs on Thursday, July 21st from 2pm-3pm and Saturday, July 23rd from 10am-11am.
Diamond Comics (Booth 2607): Fans will have a chance to check out Star Trek Mr. Potato Heads from PPW featuring characters from The Original Series.
Hallmark (Booth #2343): The greeting card company will continue to create Star Trek-themed holiday ornaments and will be offering sneak peeks of its 2012 designs at Comic-Con. They will also show off new Star Trek greeting cards.
IDW Publishing (Booth #2643): The award-winning publisher will host fan-favorite Star Trek comic book writer Mike Johnson, who will hold a signing. This follows the announcement that a new movie comic book series will begin in September. IDW will also offer a variety of new movie, TOS and TNG Star Trek comics series.
Lightspeed Fine Art (Booth #3745): The company will be unveiling five brand new limited edition lithographs featuring the Captains from all five Star Trek series. The lithographs will be titled “Trading Places” and will depict all five in one of their alter ego roles shown from the shows. Lightspeed will also hold a number of signings at its booth, including Stan Lee, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn,Eddie McClintok, Robert Picardo, Saul Rubinek and other Star Trek guests.
Quantum Mechanix (Booth #2994): New replicas will be on display in the booth, including the (ST2009) Enterprise Artisan Replica, the Kirk Animated Maquette and the Enterprise “Refit” Artisan Replica. New phaser replicas will be available for purchase.
Quirk Books (Booth #1636): The publisher will be showing off its upcoming title Star Trek: Book of Opposites which will hit shelves in September.
Simon and Schuster Kids (Booth #1128): The publishing giant will have Starfleet Academy Titles #1 – #3 available at the show.
Bif Bang Pow! (At Entertainment Earth, Booth #2343): Television’s most popular scripted show will hit Comic-Con with a brand new Abby Sciuto bobblehead available for purchase.
CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION
Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing (Booth #1128): The publishing company will be promoting Club CSI chapter books for tweens at the show.
THE TWILIGHT ZONE
Bif Bang Pow! (At Entertainment Earth, Booth #2343): Television legend William Shatner will introduce a limited edition black-and-white Signature Edition version of the Mystic Seer Replica from The Twilight Zone. The authentic, functioning replica is featured in iconic episode #43 “Nick of Time” starring the famous actor. This exclusive version is limited to only 150 pieces and is signed by Shatner himself! Additionally, he is scheduled to be on hand to introduce the piece on Friday, July 22.
The exclusive black-and-white Signature Edition is available for $499.99, while a red limited edition with a cream colored head and not bearing Shatner’s signature is $249.99. Both items are completely authentic, arriving with napkin and menu holders, a working coin mechanism, can act as a bank, and dispense “fortunes”. These life-size Mystic Seer Replicas measure 13 ½ inches tall, 7 ½ inches wide and 6 inches long, and come with a certificate of authenticity. Both items are available for pre-order at sdcc.EntertainmentEarth.com and will ship in late 2011.
Classic television fans will have even more chances to purchase Comic-Con exclusives at reasonable prices. The Twilight Zone Bob Wilson/Don Carter Deluxe 8-inch action figure ($30), Icons of The Twilight Zone5-inch bobble head ($15) and the The Twilight Zone Talky Tina Doll Replica – EE Exclusive ($139.99) will both be available at the show as part of a slew of new collectibles including 8 exclusives and 21 product debuts.
Zenescope (Booth #2301): Author Paul Ruditis, who has written books based on the television show Charmed, will hold a signing at the Zenescope booth on Thursday, July 21st from 2pm-3pm and 5pm-6pm and Friday, July 22nd from 11am—12pm and 2pm-3pm.
Hallmark (Booth #2913-H): The greeting card company will be showing ornaments and greeting cards based on the classic television show Cheers.
Bif Bang Pow! (At Entertainment Earth, Booth #2343): Everybody’s favorite serial killer gets his very own action figure. The Dexter Dark Defender 3 ¾-inch figurine will be available exclusively at Comic-Con for $15.
CBS, SHOWTIME® AND THE CW TO CONVENE AT COMIC-CON® 2011
Panels and Autograph Signings Will Feature Cast Members and Creative Teams Behind CBS’s “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” CBS Television Studios/CW’s “Ringer” And SHOWTIME Series “Dexter ®” and “Shameless”
CBS to Launch a “Person of Interest at Comic-Con” Promotion And Host “Person of Interest” Cast Autograph Signings In Conjunction with the Warner Bros. Television Panel For the Network’s New Crime Thriller Series
“The Big Bang Theory” Cast Members Return by Popular Demand to Sign Autographs and Headline a Warner Bros. Television Panel
Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, Stars of CBS’s Highly Anticipated New Comedy Series, “2 Broke Girls,” to Sign Autographs –As Will Pamela Adlon from “Californication”
CBS Interactive Will Host the CNET Base Station with GameSpot And Cover Comic-Con’s Hottest News, Events and Series Via CBS.com and GameSpot.com
Popular “Survivor” Winner Jenna Morasca to Serve As the Official Master of Ceremonies of the CBS/SHOWTIME/CW Booth (#4129), Which Will Feature Contests, Signings, Thousands of Giveaways And a Series-Themed Green Screen Photo Op
CBS, SHOWTIME and the CW are San Diego-bound with fan-favorite stars, coveted creative teams, exclusive previews — and superb swag — for Comic-Con 2011. From Preview Night, Wednesday, July 20, through Sunday, July 24, the company will have an extensive presence through panels, a booth, autograph signings, contests, interactive opportunities and on-site coverage via CBS Interactive’s CBS.com, GameSpot and CNET.
The panels will include a SHOWTIME session with the Emmy Award-nominated and Peabody Award-winning series “Dexter,” and the new hit series, “Shameless” as well as an exclusive first-look trailer of the upcoming new SHOWTIME drama series, “Homeland”; a CBS Television Studios/CW panel for the gripping new thriller series, “Ringer,” in which Sarah Michelle Gellar makes her highly anticipated return to television; and a CBS “Teching Out with NCIS: LA” panel, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at how the series and stars of the #2 drama/scripted series use some of the coolest and most advanced technology available today. The CBS Television Studios/CW and CBS panels will also feature exclusive trailers and giveaways for those in attendance.
Stars scheduled to attend include Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch from “The Big Bang Theory”; Pamela Adlon from “Californication”; Michael C. Hall, C.S. Lee, David Zayas and James Remar, as well as special guest stars Colin Hanks and Mos from “Dexter”; Morena Baccarin from “Homeland”; LL COOL J, Chris O’Donnell, Renee Felice Smith and Barrett Foa from “NCIS: LOS ANGELES”; Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson and Taraji P. Henson from “Person of Interest”; Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nestor Carbonell, Ioan Gruffudd and Kristoffer Polaha from “Ringer”; William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin from “Shameless”; and Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs from “2 Broke Girls.”
“Survivor” winner Jenna Morasca will serve as the official Master of Ceremonies at the CBS/SHOWTIME/CW booth (#4129) to welcome and inform fans about the company’s various Comic-Con activities, and host numerous trivia games featuring fun prizes. Booth giveaways will include “NCIS: LOS ANGELES” iPhone skins, “Person of Interest” tee-shirts and sharpies, “2 Broke Girls” change purses and sharpies, and assorted CBS series DVD sets; SHOWTIME will, once again, provide thousands of their sought-after SHOWTIME Comic-Con bags. “Big Brother’s” sassy “robot” Zingbot will make several booth appearances on Sunday, July 24 to pose with fans and hand out four collectible Comic-Con edition “Big Brother” buttons. Also, CBS Consumer Products/StarTrek.com will offer hundreds of Enterprise bottle opener key chains, as well as a series of wristbands with Star Trek phrases on them. A new addition to the booth this year is a special green screen photo booth, which will enable fans to insert themselves within cast shots for “Ringer,” “2 Broke Girls,” “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” “Person of Interest,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Dexter,” “Weeds,” “Shameless” or “Homeland.”
CBS will present a “Person of Interest at Comic-Con” promotion throughout the five days of Comic-Con. CBS’s “Person of Interest” is a new crime thriller from J.J. Abrams and “The Dark Knight” co-writer Jonathan Nolan about a presumed dead former-CIA agent who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. As of Wednesday, July 20, Comic-Con attendees will have the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes to win a customized and cast-signed “Person of Interest” iPad 2 – five in all. Details about the giveaway will be Tweeted from @cbsatComicCon, posted at the CBS/SHOWTIME/CW Booth (#4129) and listed on CBS.com’s microsite (www.cbs.com/comiccon2011/) on July 20.
Also on Saturday, Warner Bros. Television will host the “Person of Interest” panel (6:45-7:30 PM in Room 6BCF) with stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson and Taraji P. Henson, and executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman. The cast and executive producers will also interact with fans at the CBS/SHOWTIME/CW booth and the Warner Bros. booth (#4545). (Fans will have the opportunity to view the first episode of “Person of Interest” at the Warner Bros. Television Sneak Peek Premiere event on Wednesday, July 20 at 6:00 PM in Ballroom 20.)
Comic-Con favorites Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar from the Emmy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-nominated, #1 comedy series, “The Big Bang Theory,” will this year be joined by recurring cast members Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. On Friday, July 22, they will interact with fans at the CBS/SHOWTIME/CW booth and the Warner Bros. booth and, along with creators/executive producers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and executive producer Steven Molaro, will participate in Warner Bros. Television’s “The Big Bang Theory” panel from 12:30-1:30 PM in Ballroom 20.
Kat Dennings (“Thor,” “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) and Beth Behrs, stars of CBS’s highly anticipated new comedy series, “2 Broke Girls,” will sign autographs in the CBS/SHOWTIME/CW booth. In the series, they play two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner who strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful cupcake business. Pamela Adlon from Golden Globe Award-nominated SHOWTIME series “Californication” will also appear in the booth to sign autographs.
CBS.com will offer a window into CBS events, news and action at Comic-Con for fans throughout the country via www.cbs.com/comicon. Coverage will include interviews with attending CBS stars, “man on the street” interviews, on-demand video coverage of the CBS series panels, photos from key Comic-Con and CBS events and interactive games that enable fans to immerse themselves in the excitement of Comic-Con. In addition to CBS.com, fans can get real-time updates through Twitter (@CBSatComicCon or @CBS) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/CBS), including live tweeting of panels and events and immediate access to photos and video.
CBS Interactive is hosting the CNET Base Station with GameSpot, where Comic-Con super fans can recharge their gadgets, play some of the hottest new video game titles in the GameSpot Game Room, grab snacks (including thousands of “2 Broke Girls” cupcakes), and win prizes. The CNET Base Station is located at the iconic Lou & Mickey’s restaurant at the heart of the gateway between San Diego Convention Center and the adjacent Gaslamp Quarter, and will be open Thursday, July 21 and Friday, July 22, from 11:00 AM-8:00 PM. For more information and to register for the event, visit http://cnetbasestation.eventbrite.com/.
Additionally, GameSpot will cover Comic-Con from the gaming perspective, with special editions of its daily Web show, “On the Spot,” from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM, PT (2:00-5:00 PM, ET), on Thursday, July 21, Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 22 as well as special editions of “Tonight on the Spot” on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. GameSpot coverage will also feature a live backpack cameraperson, capturing the action from the entire show floor with direction from users at home, who can email their requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visithttp://comic-con.gamespot.com closer to the event for regular updates, including the times of GameSpot’s evening shows.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE PANELS:
The CBS Television Studios/CW “Ringer” Panel (Thursday, July 21, 1:45-2:45PM in Ballroom 20):
Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) makes her highly anticipated television return in the gripping new thriller, “Ringer,” as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister — only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind. Be the first to see an exclusive sneak peek of the new television series about family secrets and stolen identities, followed by a panel discussion moderated byEntertainment Weekly Executive Editor Kristen Baldwin with series stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nestor Carbonell (“Lost,” “The Dark Knight”), Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four”), Kristoffer Polaha (“Life Unexpected”), Executive Producer Pam Veasey (“CSI: NY”) and Co-Executive Producers Nicole Snyder (“Supernatural”) and Eric Charmelo (“Supernatural”).
Additionally, there will be a never-before-seen trailer and exclusive fan giveaways during the session, including portable custom “Ringer” stools for everyone in attendance, a chance to win a three-night stay in a luxurious suite at a high-end hotel adjacent to the convention center during the remainder of their Comic-Con stay, and cast-signed Comic-Con posters for 100 lucky fans.
For the latest updates on “Ringer” and behind-the-scenes coverage of Comic-Con 2011, go to www.cwtv.com/shows/ringer, www.twitter.com @cw_network and @CBSTVStudios #Ringer and www.facebook.com/ringer.
The SHOWTIME Panel and Exclusive SHOWTIME Trailers (Thursday, July 21, 5:30-7:30 PM in Ballroom 20):
The SHOWTIME panel will include the casts and creative teams behind the Emmy Award-nominated series, “Dexter,” and the new hit series, “Shameless” – and will feature exclusive first looks at trailers for Season Six of “Dexter” and their upcoming new drama series “Homeland.” Get the inside scoop on what’s in store for the dysfunctional Gallaghers on “Shameless” as TV Guide Los Angeles Bureau Chief Mike Schneider leads an interview and Q&A with series stars William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin, along with executive producer John Wells. Additionally, Comic-Con fans will be the first to see the world premiere new season trailer for “Dexter,” after which KROQ Entertainment Reporter Ralph Garman will moderate a revealing interview and Q&A session with series star and executive producer Michael C. Hall, series stars C.S. Lee, David Zayas and James Remar, special guest stars Colin Hanks and Mos, and executive producers Sara Colleton, Scott Buck and Manny Coto. Also, Comic-Con favorite and “Homeland” series star Morena Baccarin will make a special appearance to introduce the exclusive trailer for the new fall series, “Homeland,” a psychological thriller involving a volatile CIA officer and the war on terror which also stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin. Howard Gordon (“24,” “The X Files”) and Alex Gansa (“24?) are the executive producers. For up-to-the-minute information on SHOWTIME and its stars at Comic-Con, fans can check out www.twitter.com/SHO_Network orwww.sho.com/comiccon.
“Teching Out with NCIS: LA” Panel (Friday, July 22, 7:00-8:00 PM in Room 6BCF):
The “Teching Out with NCIS: LA” panel will feature series stars Chris O’Donnell, LL COOL J, Renee Felice Smith and Barrett Foa, and series creator/executive producer Shane Brennan, and will be moderated by Christina McLarty, a correspondent for CBS Television Distribution’s “The Insider.” The session will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at how the series uses some of the coolest and advanced technology available today, as well as how the cast members utilize technology and social media in their own personal lives to connect with their fans. Find out what’s real, what’s not and what’s in store for season 3.
Everyone attending the panel will receive a limited collector’s edition “NCIS: LOS ANGELES” shirt with “Hettyisms,” including: “I sense impending mayhem,” “Oh, bugger!” or “Undercover work is a matter of confidence.”
For the latest updates on “NCIS: LOS ANGELES” and behind-the-scenes coverage of Comic-Con 2011, follow on twitter @NCISLA_CBS and @CBSTVStudios, and follow the cast @LLCoolJ @ChrisOdonnell @BarrettFoa @Ericcolsen @DanielaRuah @ReneefSmith.
THE DAILY CBS/SHOWTIME/CW BOOTH HOURS:
Wednesday, July 20 (6:00-9:00 PM)
Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24 (9:30 AM to 7:00 PM)
CBS/SHOWTIME/CW BOOTH AUTOGRAPH SIGNING SCHEDULE:
Thursday, July 21:
12:30-1:30 PM — “Dexter” stars C.S. Lee and James Remar
2:00-3:00 PM — “Shameless” stars Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin
3:30-4:00 PM — “Ringer” star Nestor Carbonell
Friday, July 22:
11:30 AM-12:30 PM — “Dexter” star David Zayas
1:00-2:00 PM — “Californication” star Pamela Adlon
2:15-3:00 PM — “2 Broke Girls” stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs
3:15-4:15 PM — “The Big Bang Theory” stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch
4:30-5:30 PM — “NCIS: LOS ANGELES” stars Chris O’Donnell, Barrett Foa and Renee Felice Smith
Saturday, July 23:
11:30 AM-12:30 PM — “NCIS: LOS ANGELES” star LL COOL J
4:15-5:15 PM — “Person of Interest” stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson and Taraji P. Henson
In addition to @CBSatComicCon, fans can check out www.twitter.com/CBSTweet to follow even more behind-the-scenes moments with CBS stars at Comic-Con.