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Comic-Con 2014 will open Wednesday, July 23, and this year Ballroom 20 has been designated the place to be for all your TV needs.
Ballroom 20 will host a slew of TV panels Thursday through Saturday, beginning with a special pilot screening for highly anticipated, new comic-genre shows The Flash (The CW), Constantine (NBC) and iZombie (The CW).
From Thursday through Saturday, every morning starting at 10:00 a.m., Ballroom 20 will be all TV, all the time. Stars from TV shows ranging from Teen Wolf to The Simpsons will also be making appearances in Ballroom 20, making it the perfect place for a TV addict to camp out.
Thursday Schedule At Ballroom 20
Panels kick off Thursday at 10 a.m. with a special celebration of 24. Attendees will get a sneak peek at the DVD behind-the-scenes feature Worlds Collide and Jack Bauer himself, Keither Sutherland will be there to discuss the show and its recent revival 24: »
We're nearing the end of The Hobbit trilogy as The Battle of the Five Armies is slated to arrive in December 2014. The film will culminate director Peter Jackson's 13-year-long, six-film voyage into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, and judging by the billions of dollars both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have generated worldwide at the box office, there is no end to the thirst among moviegoers for all things Tolkien. With that in mind, to help fill that Gollum void, two different movie studios are planning competing J.R.R. Tolkien biopics. »
As Comic-Con ramps up, the Television Critics Association's summer 2014 press tour is winding down, and a tidbit of news has come out about "Penny Dreadful" Season 2's big bad along with full details on the show's Sdcc signings and contest to attend the post-panel party.
If you're caught up and ready to hear more about Season 2, Showtime president David Nevins said during the network's TCA presentation for hit horror drama "Penny Dreadful," "It's a really big cosmology, and it's gonna get bigger next year."
What type of villain can fans expect next? Nevins continued, "There's a great antagonist next year played by Helen McCrory... Season 1's antagonist was sort of an inhuman character. It'll be good to have a more human antagonist." McCrory (pictured above right) plays Madame Kali, the renowned spiritualist and medium who hosted the memorable titular "Seance" in Episode 1.02.
"Penny Dreadful," the network's most watched new show On Demand and on ShowtimeAnytime, »
- Debi Moore
Sdcc 2014 kicks off soon, and we've already told you what's planned for Preview Night. Here's a quick recap along with the horror highlights of Day 1. On tap are "Hannibal," "Penny Dreadful," "Under the Dome," "Teen Wolf," The Walking Dead comics, WWE Studios, and Lots more.
Per usual, what we're posting is just the tip of the iceberg with panels running all day and evening. Check out our picks below, and be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Preview Night: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
6:00 Pm - Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Constantine: Based upon the characters from DC Comics and executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight films), Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a morally challenged character who doesn’t »
- Debi Moore
It has begun. Comic-Con International has started to release the daily schedules for Comic-Con 2014! We have Preview Night and Thursday schedules available. It's time to start planning out your epic geek adventure! The GeekTyrant team will be there to cover as much awesomeness from the convention as we possibly can!
I will post a few of the notable panels that will be taking place, but to see the full event schedule click here.
Wednesday - July 23Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings:Comic-Con International and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of three of the most highly anticipated series of the 2014-15 television season -- The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie -- as well as a brand new episode of Teen Titans Go!
- Joey Paur
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule for the first day of programming at Comic-Con 2014, Thursday, July 24. We've pulled out all the movie, DVD and TV-related panels and events right here, but you can also clickHere if you want to check out the full schedule with all of the comic book events. You can also clickHere to find out what pilot episodes Warner Bros. Television will be screening during Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23. Take a look at the exciting panels that will kick off the con this year.
Thursday July 24
10:00am - 11:00am - 24
Jack is back at Comic-Con, damn it! Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage to celebrate 24's most iconic moments and highlights of Jack Bauer's triumphant return in 24: Live Another Day. Catch the exclusive sneak peek at highly anticipated Blu-ray and DVD featurette, Worlds Collide, illustrating how the pulse-pounding storytelling was created for this thrilling new season. »
Announcements regarding what movies and TV shows are slated to appear at Comic Con later this month have begun popping up.
First up, Warner Bros. Pictures has confirmed that their panel this year at the San Diego Comic Con will include "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Jupiter Ascending".
Filmmakers Peter Jackson and George Miller are expected to be in attendance this year to show off the first footage from their films. No mention was made of it, but it's hoped something "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" related will take place.
Star Wars.com has confirmed that whilst there will be a "Star Wars: Rebels" panel, there will Not be one for "Star Wars Episode VII" due to the production's tight turnaround time.
Michael Douglas has confirmed he's coming to this year's Comic Con to be a part of Marvel's panel for »
- Garth Franklin
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
Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, Gladiator) and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road). [Press Release] Los Angeles, CA – July 7, 2014 – After the thrilling conclusion of its critically-acclaimed first season, the hit Showtime drama series Penny Dreadful will make its Comic-Con debut on Thursday, July 24th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm with a panel session in Ballroom 20 on the first day of the world-famous annual gathering in San Diego. Featured panelists will include series stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway and series creator, writer and executive producer John Logan, and will be moderated by Emmy® »
- Pietro Filipponi
Penny Dreadful turned out to be an unexpected treat for horror fans and work is already underway on the second season. Those looking for behind-the-scenes details on Season 1 and teases of what’s to come in Season 2 will be happy to hear that Showtime will be bringing John Logan and some of the show’s stars to San Diego for a panel at Comic-Con later this month:
“We’re excited to announce that Penny Dreadful will make its Sdcc debut as the opening day headliner on Thursday, July 24th from 6:00Pm – 7:00Pm with a panel session in Ballroom 20. Featured panelists will include series stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway and series creator, writer and executive producer John Logan. The panel will be moderated by Emmy® Award-nominated actress (and major Penny Dreadful fan) Aisha Tyler!
Additionally, there will be talent signings, exclusive merchandise offers and more throughout the weekend! »
- Jonathan James
Comic-Con 2014 is almost upon us, and the networks have just started announcing which of their shows will be lucky enough to be heading to San Diego this year.
After three wickedly successful seasons, the cast of American Horror Story (Coven and Freak Show) will be making their Comic-Con debut. Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and newcomer Michael Chiklis will be joined by executive producer Tim Minear in Room 6De on Saturday, July 26 from 7-8 Pm for a recap of last season and an exclusive sneak peek at Freak Show.
Showtime has also announced that their new hit series, Penny Dreadful, will be making its first appearance at Comic-Con on Thursday, July 24 in Ballroom 20 for a one-hour session scheduled for 6 Pm. The panel will include stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway, along with creator/writer/executive producer John Logan. In addition, Showtime and Penny Dreadful »
- Lindsay Sperling
Earlier today we announced some of the major horror TV panels at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, and now we have another series to add to our list. Beyond headlining a panel on July 24th, "Penny Dreadful" is also branding the lanyards worn by all attendees!
From the Press Release:
We're excited to announce that "Penny Dreadful" will make its Sdcc debut as the opening day headliner on Thursday, July 24th, from 6:00-7:00 Pm with a panel session in Ballroom 20.
Featured panelists will include series stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, and Harry Treadaway and series creator, writer, and executive producer John Logan. The panel will be moderated by Emmy Award-nominated actress (and major "Penny Dreadful" fan) Aisha Tyler.
Additionally, there will be talent signings, exclusive merchandise offers, »
- Debi Moore
Due to glorious press release timing, 20th Century Fox TV has landed a separate story for its Comic-Con 2014 schedule, even though several of the shows were previously announced in my FX/History Comic-Con 2014 story. Showtime, however, was less lucky and its lone Comic-Con 2014 panel has been bundled into this story along with the 20th Century Fox panels. So continue along for Comic-Con panel details for "Penny Dreadful," as well as "24: Live Another Day," "The Simpsons," "Sleepy Hollow," "Family Guy," "Bob's Burgers," "Salem" and more. Thursday, July 24 *** "24" (10 a.m. in Ballroom 20) - Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage for a panel celebrating "24: Live Another Day." Kiefer is the only announced cast member, but with Jon Cassar listed as moderator, it would be silly to moderate a panel with only one person. *** "Legends" (12:30 p.m. in Room 6A) - TNT's new FBI undercover drama stars "Game of Thrones" veteran Sean Bean, »
- Daniel Fienberg
EW has learned exclusively that Penny Dreadful will make its San Diego Comic-Con debut on the first of the convention.
Moderated by Archer’s Aisha Tyler, the panel will held on Thursday, July 24th from 6 to 7 p.m. in Ballroom 20 and will feature series stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, and Harry Treadaway, as well as the series’ creator, writer, and executive producer, John Logan.
In addition to the star-studded panel, Showtime will also host signings, and it will offer exclusive merchandise to fans including character figurines, deluxe deck of tarot cards inspired by the ones in the series, and special-edition books. »
- Chancellor Agard
Opinions seem to be mixed with regard to how the first season of "Penny Dreadful" ended this past weekend, but if you're anxious to learn more, then check out this inside look at Episode 1.08, "Grand Guignol," with creator and executive producer John Logan.
A profoundly unsettling new saga, "Penny Dreadful" completely reinvents literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, who are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London.
Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star. As we learned earlier this month, Showtime has already renewed the series for a second season consisting of 10 episodes.
Related Story: Visit our "Penny Dreadful" Archive!
"Penny Dreadful" Episode 1.08 - "Grand Guignol (aired 6/29/14)
Season 1 ends with Vanessa (Green) and Sir Malcolm (Dalton) facing their worst nightmares.
- Debi Moore
Since day one, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful has been an exercise in elevating trash. Week after week, the show has delivered lyrically written, handsomely shot, beautifully acted pulp. This is by no means a slight, mind you – I love trash even when it isn’t elevated by fine performances and swoon-worthy production design. But it’s therefore a slight bit of a disappointment to round out the season with the show’s most predictable episode. This series is obsessed with curses – has it fallen prey to the “genre curse” that it has festooned itself within an inch of its life (or, in some cases, afterlife) to evade?
Let’s dig in!
A freshly exorcised Vanessa Side-Eyeves (Eva Green) tells Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) that Mina is in the Grand Guignol Theatre, because visions. Am I the only one questioning why a vampire and his burgeoning bride would hang out in »
- Brian Juergens
Occasionally, the right cast can trump relatively mundane material, and so it is with the opening arc of “Penny Dreadful,” the macabre Showtime series that turned Victorian-era monsters into a mashed-up smorgasbord of bawdy delights. Already renewed, the show aired its season finale Sunday, tying up a few loose ends while unfurling enough new ones to be both mildly satisfying and intriguing.
Series creator John Logan’s florid concoction hardly broke new ground. Indeed, throwing together characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray essentially mirrored the template employed on “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman,” which was turned into a very disappointing movie given the promise of the source material. (Notably, Gray and minor “Dracula” characters played a part in that as well.)
Exhibiting little growth from the early stages of the series, the action sequences remained indifferent right up through the finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched »
- Brian Lowry
There have been numerous interweaving and not so interweaving plots during this inaugural season of "Penny Dreadful," but there have been two constants. The first has been the search by Sir Malcom (Timothy Dalton) and Ms. Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) to save Mina (Olivia Llewellyn) from the clutches of a vampire demon. The second has been the systematic haunting of Doctor Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway, Jr.) by his first creation (Rory Kinnear), a vindictive son who brutally demands a bride from his creator. If the series finale told us anything it's that creator John Logan had no intention of dragging these story lines out any more than necessary. More so, Logan appears to have a lot more in store for "Dreadful's" unexpected group of flawed "heroes." Two of the series' best performances have been from Green and Dalton. Their characters have behaved like two adversaries forced to grit their teeth »
- Gregory Ellwood
Over and over again in its first season, Showtime’s gorgeous and ghastly Penny Dreadful has shocked us. With the murders of Proteus and Van Helsing. With Ethan and Dorian’s absinthe-drenched hook-up. With performances by Eva Green as Vanessa that are so preternatural, she risks being accused of sorcery. Yet the series still managed to save a few surprises for the finale. So read on, why don’t you, and savor once again the thrills, chills and battles of wills that ran through “Grand Guignol” like so much blood through a vein.
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