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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
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
Channel 4 urges public to judge on entire series as second episode offers a largely positive portrait of Romanian immigrants
Warning: this preview of episode two contains spoilers
Despite a scene in which the camera crew is attacked by a man wielding a hammer, the second episode of Channel 4's controversial documentary series Benefits Street is a more sympathetic portrayal than last week's opener – but is still likely to prompt further Twitter outrage.
Immigration is the focus of the second of the five-part series about James Turner Street in Birmingham where, according to Channel 4, most of the residents claim benefits and more than half the homes are inhabited by someone who was born overseas.
Episode two zeroes in on number 151 which plays host, first to a family of Romanian Gypsies including a husband and his 15-year-old wife ("This scares people because she is a minor. In my country »
- John Plunkett
Channel 4 has been accused of exploiting contributors and pandering to prejudices about claimants with reality show
Dave Perkins and Lee Wheeler were on their way from Northampton to Wolverhampton delivering paint. When they realised they weren't too far from James Turner Street – which has been rebranded Benefits Street for the hugely controversial Channel 4 documentary – they couldn't resist making a detour to pose for pictures in front of the sign.
"I was born in the hospital down the road," said Perkins, "but luckily I got away. As far as I can see the programme's a fair portrayal of what is going on. There's a lot of people trying to get away with not working and just living on the state."
Roofers Ben and Seth were the next sightseers to park their white van on the corner of the Birmingham street, one of the most deprived in the UK, and snap pictures of each other. »
- Steven Morris
4 items from 2014
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