San Diego Comic Con is a Big Deal for fans of TV.
For the annual TV, film and comic convention is the place that sets the pop culture landscape for the year ahead.
It is where execs see fit to announce their latest project, give a first glimpse into long-awaited ones, or to just reveal big, big news. Comic Con is the event, you see, so companies want to use that platform to make sure their show is an event too. This year is no different.
Here, below, we pick the five TV panels to look out for over the next four days – and what could possibly come out of them.
For most RadioTimes.com readers, this is the big one: Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and producer Sue Vertue talking about Sherlock series three.
With the next series shrouded in mystery and the third episode not even shot yet, expect loads of guarded, teasing answers from Moffat on how Sherlock cheated death, and possibly a nibble or two of tasty tid-bits from Gatiss and Vertue about its premiere date and the former’s recently announced role in Game Of Thrones.
It’s also entirely possible that fans might get to see the first footage of series three, although don’t expect the trailer to amount to anything beyond a tease.
The X-Files (Thursday)
This is most certainly one for fans: to mark the show’s 20th anniversary, actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are to reunite on a panel which is bound to be dominated by nostalgic anecdotes and opinions on the legacy of The X-Files. They will be joined by Vince Gilligan, regarded as one of the best X-Files writers, who will also at the convention to talk about some other show he’s involved with… now what’s that one called again?
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Following on from the super success of Joss Whedon’s Avengers comes the long-awaited Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: the TV version of Nick Fury’s secret spy agency.
Whedon himself, Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb and “surprise guests” will “reveal top-secret new information” at the panel, apparently. We have no idea who these guests could be, but a smart guess would be that Clark Gregg, who stars as the popular Agent Coulson, will be popping by to – presumably – tell everyone just how the hell he survived being stabbed in the heart by Loki in The Avengers.
Breaking Bad (Sunday)
The end is nigh for the one who knocks. In a huge panel, creator Vince Gilligan joins cast Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R. J. Mitte, and Bob Odenkirk to talk about Breaking Bad’s final eight episodes.
With the arc of teacher-turned-meth lord Walter White coming to an end, it’s certain that the cast and creator will be allowed some reflection on the making and impact of the show, as well as dropping some tantalizing hints of what’s to come. Also, as of yet, there’s been pictures and episode summaries released but no sign of a trailer. Could Comic Con be the place to see it?
Doctor Who (Sunday)
What with it being its 50th year, this is a panel that comes with a certain weight of expectation.
There to promote Doctor Who in the US – where the show is seen as more of a hardcore sci-fi than the family tea-time show it is here – are Steven Moffat, Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Mark Gatiss and David Bradley.
Conversation will, no doubt, focus on the 50th anniversary special this year, Matt Smith’s decision to leave and the 12th Doctor; yet it will also include Gatiss’ Doctor Who drama An Adventure In Space And Time, which Bradley stars in as William Hartnell.
Given that a trailer for the latter aired at Paris Comic Con recently means that nothing new will emerge there until it surfaces online. The big question, however, is this: will we get a 50th anniversary trailer?
To hear whether all this speculation becomes news, keep an eye on RadioTimes.com over the next four days.
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