A special look inside Creation Entertainment’s Salute to Supernatural DC May 2-4, 2014 Convention.
Creation Entertainment was founded in 1971 by Gary Berman and Adam Malin, two youths with a shared vision of “traveling” fan conventions. Producing “live, interactive” shows, Creation Entertainment soon cornered the market on Star Trek conventions. Being fans of Sci-Fi, Berman and Malin began producing scores of genre-specific events that showcased individual movies and television series. Their policies are “not to oversell its venues” and “guarantees a seat in the main theatre for all ticket holders to see all guest appearances and attractions.” Having only ever attended conventions that sell until the Fire Marshall arrives and institutes the one-out-one-in policy, I couldn’t wrap my head around how this could work. I’m used to large convention centers, massive halls and ballrooms lined with tables of celebrities signing autograph after autograph. Even if you purchased your tickets in advance, you could spend an entire weekend standing in line and risk missing celebrity panels and photo-ops. Surely, an entire convention devoted to the CW series Supernatural, which is coming into its 10th season, couldn’t be confined to seats in a singular theatre, could it?
When I interviewed Barry Bostwick in March of 2014, he had this to say about Supernatural, “That show [Supernatural] has such a fan base! We were at a convention once where there was a whole panel of just people from Supernatural; people who maybe only did it twice. And the audience was rabid. I mean RABID. It was amazing!” (Bostwick appeared in a single episode of Supernatural). I have to be honest; I half-expected this weekend to be a hot mess. I was never more excited to be proven wrong!
The convention was held at the Double Tree by Hilton hotel in Crystal City, Arlington, VA, which is basically Washington DC. I should mention that an announcement was made that this was to be their first and only show in the DC area. Climate control was a major issue, with some areas too hot to breathe and other areas too cold. This, however, is a venue issue and not a convention issue. But since it was the only complaint I heard from attendees, I felt the need to mention it. We visited the vendor room downstairs first. I’d come to expect a sea of small store fronts. Surprisingly, there were less than a dozen vendors to shop with. Save for a handful of tables with handmade jewelry and vinyl stickers, the majority of the items for sale were top quality, officially licensed Supernatural products. What are we supposed to do during “down time” if we don’t have 100 booths of fan junk to sift through each day? The big laugh here is that I actually thought there would be “down time” at this show.
We returned to the lobby where the main stage theatre was located. The lines at the registration and photo-op ticketing tables were moving along in a timely manner. Volunteers at the theatre door were checking wristbands and credentials, guiding fans to their designated seats. With your ticket purchase, you are assigned a specific seat for the entire weekend. This meant you didn’t have to worry about lines, since you already knew where your seat would be. We took our place alongside the videographer, one of the many friendly volunteers at the show. Her name was Rachael Augsburger and she’s been volunteering exclusively with Creation Entertainment for 4 years. “It’s always so much fun,” she said. “No other show is put together like this. And I love meeting all the guests who visit us from so far away. We’ve had people from South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom.” As we chatted, I watched throngs of fans file into the room. No one was rushing around. No one was pushing to get closer to the stage. In a virtual sea of plaid-flannel and tan-Trenchcoats, fans were courteous and pleasant. I’d never seen anything like it. Adam Malin took the stage to make a few quick announcements. And then, the stars of the show literally took over the convention.
Dressed in patriotic garb, the house band entered the theatre in a military style march. They called themselves the Elastic Waste Band, but are professionally known as Louden Swain. The band is fronted by Supernatural cast member, Rob Benedict (Chuck), who adopted the stage name “Tango“. The band rocked from open until close each day of the convention, alternating between classic rock songs and original material. They were quickly joined by cast member, Richard Speight, Jr. (Gabriel/Trickster) who was our emcee for the weekend, and who described the long theatre room as being, “Like Jared [Padalecki] laying down; it keeps going and going and ends up in a pile of hair.” Speight and Benedict controlled the rhythm and pacing of the panels, both literally and figuratively, keeping the events as close to the program schedule as possible. For two cast members that had never worked together on the show, their friendship and quick-witted rapport was contagious. I am of the opinion that they should have their own late night talk show. That, or they should host every convention, every where. Forever.
Beyond being called out for photograph and autograph sessions, and perhaps the occasional visit to the lavatory, there was no need to leave the theatre. The momentum never ceased to build. Stars would come in and share in a mutually entertaining hour with the fans. There was a microphone set up at both stage left and right where fans could line the walls and wait their turn to talk to the stars. As each celebrity appearance ended, that guest would journey to another room in the hotel for private meet and greets, autograph sessions and photo-ops. But as I said, there was no “down time”. The time between guest appearances was filled with activities within the theatre such as trivia contests, a costume contest, a no-minimum-bid auction, music videos (made by fans), and a tribute to the “Angels, Demons and Other Creatures of Supernatural”. The entire weekend was one of perpetual motion. By the time I went to bed Friday night, I was physically exhausted! Kudos to Rob Benedict, by the way, for his energy, commitment and devotion to the fans and the show. Benedict suffered a stroke at last year’s Toronto Con. But he was back and in top form, outlasting the Energizer Bunny. Truly inspirational!
Benedict wasn’t the only heart-warming aspect of the show. Rachel Miner (Meg) made a late evening appearance on Sunday. Miner, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, was an example of strength in the face of adversity; a definite highlight for Supernatural fans. Over the weekend, various items were auctioned off with the proceeds going to an MS charity in her honor. Two things I love: shopping and philanthropy. I donated $70 and came away with quite a haul. Creation Entertainment also donates a table at every show to Random Acts, a non-profit organization started by cast member, Misha Collins (Castiel). Random Acts collects monetary and tangible donations at every event and donates them to a local charity in that particular city. This show’s donations went to support a local food bank in the DC area. On Saturday, Collins did a live, one-hour event through Stageit, broadcasting from the convention over the internet. Collins screened two the short films from his TSA America: Level Orange series, while fans in the audience and worldwide logged in to Stageit and made donations to help fund Random Acts. “Small sacrifices in your life can help other people’s lives in a big way,” said Collins. The selfless generosity displayed that day was overwhelming.
As Bostwick teased, Supernatural fans are rabid. As with any fandom, there will always be a contingency of people who take such possessive ownership over their beloved characters, that they tend to ruin it for everyone else. Those people are the reason the stars must find a working balance between connecting with the fans and maintaining a healthy distance. Thankfully, the majority of fans bond over their shared love, some returning time and again, following Creation Entertainment shows like rock concerts. For Alex Harbet, 20, this was her fourth time at one of their shows. “I prefer these conventions to other ones, especially the way they run the photo-ops. You actually get quality time with the stars. This is just awesome.” Cassandra Martin, a first time attendee, had a lot to say about her experience. “All of the volunteers are very kind. The photographer, Chris, is amazing and never takes a bad picture. This whole weekend has been very personalized. The lines move quickly, but when you are up there getting autographs or pictures, you never feel like you are being rushed. You definitely get your money’s worth.” Martin and her friend lost over a $1,000 in photo and autograph tickets and lost all hope for the weekend. The staff of volunteers quickly rallied, making announcements and getting other guests involved. Their tickets were recovered. “They were so helpful in resolving that. I haven’t had a bad experience yet.”
It helps that so many of the volunteers have been with Creation Entertainment for years. Johanna Burris first attended one of their Twilight conventions 4 years ago. “It stuck,” she told us. “I knew I had to volunteer with them. Everyone here is like family. I have met friends I wouldn’t have otherwise, who will be with me forever.” We spoke with volunteers and staff who had been with the company from 3 to 23 years, completely dedicated to their business model and willing to travel around the c0untry to assist with productions. For this show, volunteers suggested the idea of utilizing a designated hashtag for fans to use, then broadcasting their Twitter and Instagram posts on the screens in the theatre all weekend long. The interactive nature of the convention pleased a lot of fans.
Personal highlights for me included:
Osric Chau (Kevin) appeared dressed in fellow character Dean Winchester’s Ren Faire inspired costume, reciting the famous speech from the film, Braveheart. “When I said I would cosplay at every single con, I just…I forgot how many there were!”
Gil McKinney (Henry Winchester) making his first Supernatural convention appearance, seemed slightly overwhelmed, but with his sense of humor and charm, he quickly adapted. “Years ago, I actually auditioned for the role of Sam Winchester. So, when they called me about the role of Henry, I was surprised. I mean, I didn’t even know the show was still on the air,” he laughed with the crowd.
Sebastian Roche (Balthazar) commanded the theatre like a bona fide rock star. Though he answered only 3 fan questions in an hour, they didn’t seem to mind. For Roche spent the majority of that time singing, dancing, running through the audience, and being his naughty, flirtatious self.
Mark Sheppard (Crowley) came down from the stage to console a young woman who had broken down in tears at the microphone. He also proceeded to erupt Misha Collins in a fit of laughter over a story about the Wind in the Willows, leaving Collins unable to speak.
Chad Lindberg (Ash) spent the majority of his time on stage regaling the crowd with tales from his own ghost-hunting experiences, even using a “ghost box” on stage to try and summon spirits to communicate within the theatre.
Cast members pranked Matt Cohen (John Winchester), Benedict, and Speight during their panel. Unbeknownst to them, a message was displayed across the screens that faced the audience that read “Jacques E. Normus Please remove your package from the registration table.” That’s how it was for most of the weekend. This family of actors laughed, talked, sang and played with one another just as you’d expect a real family would.
The costume contest on Saturday had, from my best guess, around 200 contestants. They paid tribute to the obvious and the more subtle only-a-true-fan-would-know-this aspects of the series. A separate judging was held of approximately 30 dressed as Castiel. Those fans were judged by the angel himself, Misha Collins. On Friday night, guests were treated to an 80s themed Karaoke party, where fans had the opportunity to sing on stage with their favorite stars. On Saturday night, the cast held a special Cabaret, or as Collins put it, “…a bad talent show.” The cast members sang a variety of songs, some solo, others duet and in groups, showcasing their talents beyond hunting demons. McKinney, who was a voice major, stole the show (and ruined a lot of women) when he sang John Legend’s hit, All of Me.
Of course, a Supernatural weekend wouldn’t be complete without the Winchester brothers, themselves, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. The pair attended an exclusive breakfast with fans, then for one sweet hour, they took to the theatre stage, thrilling fans and answering questions. I would imagine seeing them years ago at a convention was a wholly different experience. But, as a parent, I found their honesty refreshing. Ackles and Padalecki admitted to being tired and sleep deprived, and they seemed most genuine when telling stories about their children. Both men were taken aback when a fan thanked Ackles for “saving my life“. She had heard him tell a story about losing a friend, some years back, and it moved her. She has since been sober for 8 years and through streams of tears, wanted to present Ackles with her sobriety chip. Ackles was hesitant, reminding her of the significance of the chip, but she assured him it was what she wanted. Ackles reluctantly and emotionally accepted it with a hug. From there, they humbly told the audience of how they feel about the impact of what they do, on their fans. Said Ackles, “We may not be curing cancer. But we sure may be helping someone who has it.”
Over all, the entire weekend was nothing at all like I’d expected it to be. The pacing was smooth enough that hours could go by and I’d completely forget that I’d been in the same theatre all day. There was constantly something more to see and do. Of course, there were a number of technical difficulties with regards to multi-media and lighting, but you’ll have that any show from time to time. There was some time lost due to seating confusion during the Cabaret, but that was mostly because once the fans had taken their seats, the stars encouraged them to all move forward, closer to the stage. Officials quickly had them retract and send everyone back to their designated seats. Aside from that, I honestly did not hear a single complaint from any of the fans (and you’d best believe I do my share of eavesdropping in order to hear what people really think). The volunteers were knowledgeable, committed and friendly. Again, the element of the house band and emcee was absolutely wonderful and, in my opinion, a necessity that should be considered by all conventions. The idea of having an emcee, yet no moderator during the panels was somewhat risky, as stars can become “trapped” by a fan’s question and momentum can be lost, denying opportunities to other fans who are patiently waiting their turn. Conversely, the absence of a moderator allowed each star to speak freely and plainly with the fans and “shoot from the hip” rather than dole out stock answers to the same tired questions posed interview after interview at other conventions. This show was completely unstructured in a structured way; controlled chaos, if you will. And that environment suits Supernatural very well.
Creation Entertainment truly and pleasantly surprised me with the level of intimacy and element of fun with regards to the atmosphere of their Supernatural convention. According to Speight, “All four leads [Ackles, Padalecki, Sheppard, Collins] have signed on to do one year of conventions worldwide, so that all of the fans would know when and where they’d be and could plan to meet them. That’s rare for a TV show cast.” Indeed. Rarer still, is the ability of a cast nearly 10 years later, to have this much fun spending time together. I only wish we’d had as much time with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as we did Misha Collins throughout the weekend.
Thank you, Creation Entertainment, for allowing us the opportunity to be a part of your Salute to Supernatural DC. It was an exciting weekend filled with laughter, good deeds and quality “entertainment”. I would highly recommend your conventions to any fan eager for a unique experience!
To see a full schedule of Creation Entertainment’s upcoming fan conventions, visit creationent.com
Supernatural airs on the CW Network. Check your local listings.
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, 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.
Exclusive Sneak Peek of Series and Panel Discussion with Series’ Stars and Creative Team on Thursday, July 21
Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) makes her highly anticipated return to television in the new Fall CW series RINGER, and will debut the series at Comic-Con 2011. Gellar, along with series stars and fan favorites Nestor Carbonell (“Lost,” The Dark Knight”), Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four”), Kristoffer Polaha (“Life Unexpected”) and the creative team will unveil the gripping new thriller. At the session, fans will see an exclusive sneak peek of the series as well as have an opportunity to win a three-night stay at a luxurious suite at a high-end hotel adjacent to the convention center during this year’s Comic-Con.
Thursday, July 21 at 1:45-2:45PM, 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 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”).
In addition to the RINGER panel, there will be exclusive fan giveaways during the session, including custom RINGER stools for everyone attending, a chance to win a three-night stay at a luxurious suite at a high-end hotel adjacent to the convention center during Comic-Con 2011 and 100 lucky fans will receive exclusive Comic-Con posters signed by the cast.