The countdown to the end of “The Twilight Saga” on movie screens can officially start on July 12, when the cast makes its final Comic-Con appearance in support of the movies.
Comic-Con International has released the schedule for the opening day of the 2012 convention. “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2” will kick things off in Hall H, the biggest room at the San Diego Convention Center. The movie hits theaters in November.
Other Day 1 headliners include sessions for “Dexter,” which will feature both new cast member Yvonne Strahovski (“Chuck”) and a trailer for fellow Showtime series “Homeland”; USA’s “Psych,” featuring a peek at episodes from the coming season; and The CW’s new series “Beauty and the Beast” with Kristin Kreuk.
Other Hall H sessions include one for Walt Disney Studios’ “Frankenweenie,” “Oz the Great and Powerful” and “Wreck-It Ralph” and one for “The Expendables 2” with Sylvester Stallone and Co.
Warner Bros. TV is also hosting preview screenings of several of its new shows the evening of July 11 for early arrivals. Here are some highlights of the Wednesday and Thursday schedules; the full slate is at Comic-Con.org.
Wednesday, July 11
6 p.m. Warner Bros. TV presents screenings of its new series “666 Park Avenue,” “Arrow,” “Cult,” “The Following” and “Revolution” (Ballroom 20)
Thursday, July 12
10:30 a.m. “Battlestar: So Say We All” panel with Richard Hatch, Jane Espenson, Lili Bordan, Michael Taylor, Toni Graphia and Dr. Kevin Grazier (Room 6BCF)
11 a.m. “Nickelodeon: Butt Biting & Magical Mischief!” with the casts of “T.U.F.F. Puppy” and “The Fairly OddParents” (Room 7AB)
11:15 a.m. “X-Play” with hosts Morgan Webb, Blair Herter and Kristin Adams and exec producer Wade Beckett (Room 25ABC)
12:45 p.m. “MAD” screening and Q&A presented by Cartoon Network (Room 6DE)
12:45 p.m. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” — “Twilight’s” final Comic-Con session. (Hall H)
2 p.m. “Power Rangers: 20 Years and Beyond” panel (Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront)
2:05 p.m. Walt Disney Studios: “Frankenweenie,” “Oz the Great and Powerful” and “Wreck-It Ralph” with Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman (Hall H)
2:15 p.m. “Psych” with cast and exec producers, plus sneak peeks at Season 7 episodes (Ballroom 20)
2:30 p.m. “Teen Wolf” panel with cast and producers, plus preview of an unaired episode (Room 6A)
2:30 p.m. Comic Arts Conference Session 4: “The Dark Knight Rises: Is Batman Broken?, examining Bruce Wayne’s psychological state. Panel includes “The Dark Knight Rises” EP Michael Uslan, comic writers Len Wein and Steve Englehart and former Catwoman Lee Meriwether. (Room 26AB)
3 p.m. “1982: It Was 30 Years Ago Today — Greatest Geek Year Ever!” presented by Geek Magazine and discussing “Blade Runner,” “ET,” “Tron,” “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and other pop-culture milestones of 1982. (Room 5AB)
3:30 p.m. “Beauty and the Beast” panel with stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan and EPs Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper (Ballroom 20)
3:45 p.m. Image Comics: “The Walking Dead” Q&A with writer Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard (Room 6A)
4 p.m. “Wilfred” screening and Q&A with the cast and EPs (Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront)
4:40 p.m. “Elementary” sneak peek and Q&A with stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu and EPs Robert Doherty and Carl Beverly (Ballroom 20)
4:45 p.m. “The Expendables 2” with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Terry Crews, Randy Couture and Dolph Lundgren (Hall H)
5 p.m. “Archer” screening and Q&A with creator Adam Reed and the cast (Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront)
6 p.m. “Nikita” Q&A and exclusive video presentation with Maggie Q, Shane West and Lyndsy Fonseca and EP Craig Silverstein (Room 6BCF)
6 p.m. “Dexter” panel with cast and producers, plus exclusive trailer for Season 2 of “Homeland” (Ballroom 20)
6:30 p.m. “Workaholics” panel with Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Kyle Newacheck (Room 24ABC)
8:30 p.m. “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” sing-along (Room 6BCF)
8:30 p.m. “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” screening (Ballroom 20)