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San Diego Comic-Con celebrates its 45th year July 23-27 and once again, dozens of networks and TV studios will descend on the city with hundreds of stars and producers to promote their new and returning shows — but will your favorites make the trip? View our constantly updated schedule of Comic-Con’s TV panels and events below, and bookmark this page to check back for updates as Sdcc draws closer. Variety will be on hand at the convention to bring you the latest news and interviews direct from San Diego, so even if you won’t be attending Sdcc, you won’t miss any of the action.
July 23 (Preview Night)
“24″ (Fox, 10 a.m., Ballroom 20) Sneak preview and Q&A with the cast moderated by exec producer Jon Cassar. »
- Shelli Weinstein
With less than three weeks to go before the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International gets underway, a full list of TV events has arrived online, with details of panel guests and more…
Wednesday, July 23 (Preview Night)
Thursday, July 24
• Dig (USA Network) The miniseries will feature Tim Kring, Carol Barbee and Alison Sudol on the panel, with Gideon Raff, Jason Isaacs, Anne Heche and Lauren Ambrose appearing live via satellite from Israel. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Indigo Ballroom at the HIlton Bayfront.
• Hannibal (NBC)
- Gary Collinson
One thing that people greatly enjoy and look forward to doing when going to the San Diego Comic Con, is checking out the latest and greatest in TV shows. Watch the pilots, hear the cast, directors and producers, and more! Before Comic Con begins in a couple of weeks, I'm here to bring you all a list of what you can expect, and when and where you can expect it! Wednesday, July 23 (Preview Night) • Pilot screenings: The Flash (CW), Constantine (NBC), iZombie (CW) Thursday, July 24 • Dig (USA Network) The miniseries will feature Tim Kring, Carol Barbee and Alison Sudol on the panel, with Gideon Raff, Jason Isaacs, Anne Heche and Lauren Ambrose appearing live via satellite from Israel. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Indigo Ballroom at the HIlton Bayfront. • Batman: The Complete TV Series (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment) Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar will panel »
It’s almost that time of year when hordes of TV fans storm San Diego to get a sneak peek at their favorite returning shows and the upcoming season’s best new offerings at San Diego Comic-Con. Here, TVLine is compiling the latest news.
We’ll be updating this page as more panels are announced, so make sure to bookmark and check back often!
Wednesday, July 23
Thursday, July 24
Jack Coleman is the first actor to join NBC's upcoming miniseries “Heroes Reborn,” an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap. Coleman will return to play Noah Bennett, a former agent with the Company and father to cheerleader Claire Bennett (Hayden Panettiere). Fans dubbed him “Hrg” or the “Man in the Horn-Rimmed Glasses,” before “Heroes” revealed his real name. The role was initially recurring, but Coleman was a made a series regular as of the 11th episode of Season 1. The character's first name wasn't revealed until “How to Stop an Exploding Man,” the first season finale. Also read: Anne Heche Joins. »
- Jethro Nededog
USA's Dig has added a shady archaeologist to the mix. Richard E. Grant has joined the six-hour fall event series in a recurring role opposite Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Photos: Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2014-15 Dig centers on Peter Connelly (Isaacs), an FBI agent currently stationed in Jerusalem, who, while investigating the murder of an American archaeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2,000 years in the making. Alison Sudol, David Costabile, Omar Metwally, Regina Taylor and Lauren Ambrose round out the cast for the drama-thriller from co-creators Tim Kring (Heroes) and Gideon Raff
- Philiana Ng
Update: In updated Nielsen nationals released late Friday, Fox’s “Gang Related” was revised up to a 1.0/3 in 18-49 and 3.15 million viewers overall — meaning it’s up 11% week-to-week in both categories. The only other change among original programs on the Big Four was an uptick for ABC drama “Black Box” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.81 million viewers overall).
TNT’s coverage of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs was the night’s top program in 18-49 (2.8/8, 6.93 million viewers overall). Nbcn’s coverage of the sixth and final game of the NHL Eastern Conference Final between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens did a 0.8/2 in 18-49 and 2.12 million viewers overall.
NBC seems to be onto something with its Thursday summer strategy, as “Last Comic Standing” dominated its hour in its second week back and Bill Lawrence comedy “Undateable” delivered pretty good numbers — especially »
- Rick Kissell
Event series are the new backdoor pilots as producers use a compressed schedule and attractive shooting locales to draw in top talent. With the success of “Under the Dome” last summer, CBS was able to turn an “event” into a full series. FX has had critical and commercial success with the “American Horror Story” anthology series, and HBO received acclaim for “True Detective,” its eight-episode drama that found Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey originating roles that could be filled by other performers. “We’re finding that these shorter, limited series do have the ability to attract people who may not want to sign their life away,” said Tim Kring, the creator of “Heroes” and “Touch,” among other series. Kring recently partnered with “Homeland” creator Gideon Raff to create “Dig,” a six-episode event series for USA Network that stars Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche. It shoots from June through the beginning of September in Jerusalem, »
The “Six Feet Under” alum joins cast members Jason Isaacs, Anne Heche, Alison Sudol, Regina Taylor, David Costabile and Omar Metwally in the thriller about a Jerusalem-based FBI agent investigating the murder of an American archaeologist. Ambrose will play Debbie, a dedicated follower of evangelist Ted Billingham (Costabile) who begins to question her beliefs when a young boy goes missing.
“Dig” from Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) and developed by Keshet, in association with executive producers Gail Berman (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) of Tecumseh Productions along with Gene Stein, Kring and Raff, is shooting in Jerusalem. (Raff’s relationship with Keshet also includes the drama “Prisoners of War,” the basis for his Showtime series “Homeland”).
The six episode event series, which was the first-ever Israeli-made »
- Whitney Friedlander
Nurse Jackie co-creator Liz Brixius is set as executive producer and showrunner of NBC‘s newly picked up comedy series Bad Judge. The gig is part of an overall deal Brixius has with Universal Television, which produces Bad Judge with studio-based Gary Sanchez Prods. Written by Chad Kultgen, Bad Judge stars Kate Walsh as wild child Rebecca Wright who knows how to have a good time, but she also happens to be one of L.A.’s toughest and most respected criminal court judges. Brixius will executive produce alongside Kultgen, Walsh, Anne Heche, Jill Sobel Messick, Kevin Messick, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Brixius, repped by Wme and Jamie Mandelbaum, most recently created NBC’s comedy pilot Girlfriend In A Coma. Related: NBC’s New Series Trailers: ‘Bad Judge’, More »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
USA Network's Dig has added a Six Feet Under alum. Lauren Ambrose has joined the six-episode event fall series from Heroes' Tim Kring and Homeland's Gideon Raff, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Dig centers on Peter Connelly, an FBI agent currently stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating the murder of an American archeologist uncovers a conspiracy 2,000 years in the making. Jason Isaacs, Anne Heche, Alison Sudol, Regina Taylor, David Costabile and Omar Metwally star. Photos: Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2014-15 Ambrose will play Debbie, a dedicated follower of evangelist Ted Billingham (Costabile). She spends most of
- Philiana Ng
Check out the first look at NBC‘s new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. Check back for more as they come in. Related: NBC 2014 Schedule: ‘The Blacklist’ & ‘The Biggest Loser’ Move To Thursday To End Comedy Block State Of Affairs – Drama Produced by Universal Television, Bob Simonds Company and Abishag Productions. From Writer/director/executive producer Joe Carnahan and executive producers Katherine Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Robert Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Rodney Faraon and Julia Franz. Marry Me – Comedy Produced by Sony Pictures TV and FanFare Productions. From writer/executive producer David Caspe, director/executive producer Seth Gordon and executive producer Jamie Tarses. More after the jump. A To Z – Comedy Produced by Warner Bros. Television and Le Train Train. From writers/executive producers Ben Queen, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. Bad Judge – Comedy Produced by Universal Television and Gary Sanchez Productions. From writer/executive »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
NBC said it would shift its freshman hit “The Blacklist’ from its Monday-night roost to Thursdays as part of its plan for the 2014-15 TV season, a bid to bring new life to an evening the Peacock once dominated but on which it has fallen short in recent years.
The James Spader-led drama is one of the few hits of the 2013-14 season and in moving it to Thursday, NBC hopes to reinvigorate a night once known for such TV-ratings juggernauts as “The Cosby Show,” ‘Seinfeld” and “Cheers.” Thursdays are one of the most important nights of the week for advertisers, particularly retailers and movie studios who want to pitch weekend sales events and Friday-night movie openings.
See Also: Analysis: NBC Spreads the Wealth (Full NBC Schedule Posted Below)
NBC’s weakness on the evening has stuck out, even as the network has seen its viewership among people between »
- Brian Steinberg
USA Network is shaking off its long-standing blue-skies approach to programming with a slate of edgier serialized dramas planned for later this year.
During tonight’s finale of “Suits,” viewers will get a sneak peek at “Rush,” slated for a third-quarter bow. “Rush,” from Fox 21, stars Tom Ellis (“EastEnders”) as a hard-partying on-call Hollywood doctor who’ll treat any ailment – as long as his clients can pay his cash-only premium.
The cable net is also planning late 2014 debuts for the event-series “Dig,” from executive producers Tim Kring (“Heroes”) and Gideon Raff (“Homeland”), starring Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche, as well as the provocative “Satisfaction,” from executive producer Sean Jablonski and starring Matt Passmore and Stephanie Szostak as a married couple in crisis.
- Debra Birnbaum
(Cbr) TNT will get in on the monster-of-the-week game with a new pilot called "Breed". The hour-long thriller was created by John Scott Shepherd ("Famewhore") and will be directed by Scott Winant ("My So-Called Life", "Fargo"), Variety reports. The site describes the Tacoma, Washington-set project as “a thriller involving a monster mythology, two newcomers to the town and a fallen FBI profiler.” Winant and Shepherd previously teamed up on the Anne Heche half-hour comedy "Save Me" at NBC. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
The project set in Tacoma, Wash., is described as a thriller involving a monster mythology, two newcomers to the town and a fallen FBI profiler. Producer Nicky Weinstock is shepherding for TNT through his Invention Film Co. Shepherd, Winant and Weinstock exec produce.
Shepherd and Winant most recently collaborated on the NBC half-hour “Save Me,” starring Anne Heche. Weinstock’s Invention Film is juggling feature projects at 20th Century Fox, New Regency, CBS Films and Lionsgate. Weinstock also has a separate exec gig overseeing creative affairs for Debmar-Mercury’s sitcom division.
Shepherd is repped by Paradigm and attorney Joel McKuin. Winant’s with CAA and attorney Jeanne Newman.
- Cynthia Littleton
Brogan Morris continues our Al Pacino Retrospective with Donnie Brasco...
Goodfellas is a clear precursor to Donnie Brasco – Mike Newell’s film is so obviously indebted to Scorsese’s mob epic that it emerges as an unofficial ‘sidequel’, exploring the ruthless mafia family and navigating around mob vernacular in much the same way. But whereas Scorsese’s superior film could be said to glamorise that world by streamlining and removing supposedly superfluous details, Donnie Brasco puts those details back in; Brasco is more intimate, showing low- and mid-level guys watching nature documentaries at home or trying desperately to hammer open parking meters to steal the change inside.
Donnie Brasco doesn’t feel more real per se, but it puts mafia life in a more open, relatable light. The gangsters of Donnie Brasco have small ambitions, and plans don’t always pay off – mafia veteran Lefty’s (Al Pacino) decision to »
- Gary Collinson
Buzzfeed reports that Lifetime is taking steps to turn more Vc Andrews novels into movies. That includes two more books about the Dollanganger clan (specifically, If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday). But from the online discussions I’ve seen, I suspect the most exciting news for Andrews’ fans will be that Lifetime also wants to adapt My Sweet Audrina.
In a Hollywood Reporter feature new Syfy channel president Dave Howe says the channel is moving towards more challenging programming. The aim is for more shows like Defiance and Helix which aim to be “provocative, allegory-filled science fiction.” That’s a move away from procedurals aiming for »
- Lyle Masaki
Miguel Sandoval (Medium) has signed on to NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot starring and executive produced by Kate Walsh. Bad Judge, from writer Chad Kultgen and producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Anne Heche, centers on a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman (Walsh) whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the criminal court system. Sandoval will play Judge Connors, her boss on the San Bernardino County bench, who gives her extra work because he believes in her as a judge. Sandoval, repped Greene & Associates and Ben Levine, recurred on Entourage and next will be seen in an arc on TNT’s Dallas. Related: 2014 NBC Pilots Joseph Lyle Taylor (The Dark Knight Rises) has joined the cast of CBS’ untitled Wall Street drama pilot, executive produced by John Cusack. Set in the world of Wall Street power and money, the project »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Anne Heche fans won’t have to dig too deep to find the Emmy-winning actress back on the small screen this year.
Heche (Save Me) has joined the upcoming USA Network six-episode action-adventure series Dig, from co-creators and executive producers Tim Kring (Heroes) and Gideon Raff (Homeland). She joins previously-announced star Jason Isaacs (Awake).
Dig is set and will shoot in Jerusalem as well as other international locations. The series follows FBI detective Peter Connelly (Isaacs) who becomes a murder suspect after trying to track down a religious artifact that could trigger an event that would change the course of history. »
- Jake Perlman
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