Comic-Con 2013 Saturday TV panels: 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Person of Interest,' 'HIMYM' and more

the-vampire-diaries-comic-con-2013.jpgSaturday at Comic-Con is stacked with TV panels as CW hits including "The Vampire Diaries" and "Arrow" join fan favorites "Once Upon a Time," "Grimm," "Family Guy," "Bates Motel" and "Person of Interest," plus the Con debut of "How I Met Your Mother."

All that plus the CW's promising new series "The Tomorrow People" and "The Originals," more FOX animation, "Futurama," Syfy's "Warehouse 13" and "Being Human," NBC's "Revolution" and Cinemax's "Strike Back." Good luck trying to follow it all.

Check out the full Saturday schedule on the Comic-Con official site or peruse the TV panel highlights below:

"A&E Bates Motel" (10:00am - 11:00am, Room 6A): The Bates Motel is open for business in San Diego! Executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) will release new footage from the highly acclaimed A&E drama series Bates Motel exclusively for Comic Con attendees. The executive producers will be joined by the cast, including Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Max Thieriot (Dylan), Olivia Cooke (Emma), and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero) to discuss the show's unique backstory and creation.

"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole!" (10:15am - 11:00am, Ballroom 20): Co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost and Tron: Legacy) and Adam Horowitz (Lost and Tron: Legacy) introduce the world premiere screening of their newest series, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

"Once Upon a Time: Off to Neverland!" (11:00am - 11:45am, Ballroom 20): Co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost and Tron: Legacy) and Adam Horowitz (Lost and Tron: Legacy) take you on a journey to Neverland. Questions will be answered. Secrets will be revealed. And Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love), Jennifer Morrison (House), Robert Carlyle (SGU: Stargate Universe), Josh Dallas (Thor), Emilie de Ravin (Lost), Colin O'Donoghue (The Rite), and Michael Raymond James (True Blood) will all join in the fun.

"Futurama" (12:00pm - 12:45pm, Ballroom 20): An epic panel for the ages will celebrate Futurama's latest and greatest final season. On hand will be most or all of Futurama's legendary voice cast, consisting of Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Phil LaMarr, and Lauren Tom, performing never-before-heard scenes from the upcoming "Last Episode Ever."

"How I Met Your Mother" (12:00pm - 1:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront): For the first time ever, the hit sitcom visits Comic-Con to kick off its final season with an exclusive look at the show and a panel featuring Josh Radnor (Happythankyoumoreplease), Jason Segel (The Muppets), Cobie Smulders (The Avengers), Neil Patrick Harris (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), and Alyson Hannigan (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and executive producers Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, and Pamela Fryman.

"The Simpsons" (12:45pm - 1:30pm, Ballroom 20): Celebrate The Simpsons' 25th year on the air with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, and consulting producer David Silverman, enjoy never-before seen footage from guest director Guillermo del Toro, and hear musical guests perform "We Put The Spring In Springfield!"

"The Originals Special Video Presentation and Q&A" (1:00pm - 2:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront): From the executive producer of The CW's #1 series and Comic-Con fan favorite The Vampire Diaries comes The Originals. Join executive producer Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) and series stars Joseph Morgan (The Vampire Diaries), Daniel Gillies (The Vampire Diaries), Claire Holt (The Vampire Diaries), Phoebe Tonkin (The Vampire Diaries), and Charles Michael Davis (Switched at Birth) for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A.

"Family Guy" (1:45pm - 2:30pm, Ballroom 20): The Griffins are back at Comic-Con for another raucous panel and a sneak peek at season 12, featuring Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Alex Borstein (MADtv, Shameless), and executive producer Rich Appel (The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show) plus other surprise guests.

"The Awesomes: A Hulu Original Series" (2:00pm - 3:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront): The Awesomes is a new animated show for adults that combines the thrills of comic book storytelling with irreverent and inspired comedy. Join co-creators Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker and cast members Kenan Thompson, Taran Killam, Josh Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, and moderator Chris Hardwick for a special Comic-Con screening and audience Q&A.

"American Dad" (2:30pm - 3:15pm, Ballroom 20): Be on hand for an exclusive look at the new season, the world premiere of a song from the never-before-seen Christmas episode featuring the return of Krampus, and a Q&A featuring Wendy Schaal, Rachael MacFarlane, Scott Grimes (ER, Band of Brothers), Dee Bradley Baker (Phineas and Ferb, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and more.

"Grimm Season 3: Q&A with Cast and Producers from the Hit Supernatural Series, Followed by an Exclusive Trailer of NBC's New Fall Drama, Dracula" (2:40pm - 3:50pm, Room 6BCF): Join your fellow "Grimmsters" for an hour filled with wesen, third season themes, and of course, a Q&A session with the cast members David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee, and executive producers/writers Jim Kouf, David Greenwalt, Todd Milliner, and Norberto Barba.

"Entertainment Weekly's Women Who Kick Ass" (2:55pm - 3:55pm, Hall H): Fierce, fearless and flat-out fantastic, these female actors have left fans breathless. Michelle Rodriguez (Fast and Furious franchise), Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany, Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), and others open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine the rules and refuse to yield.

"True Blood Panel and Q&A session" (3:30pm - 4:15pm, Ballroom 20): The series follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Oscar and Golden Globe award winner Anna Paquin), who can hear people's thoughts and vampires Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård).

"Person of Interest Special Video Presentation and Q&A" (4:00pm - 4:45pm, Room 6BCF): Executive producers Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) and Greg Plageman (Cold Case) are joined by the series stars for a special video presentation and Q&A. Join the discussion, as the science "fiction" in Person of Interest becomes reality with recent real-world events.

"Being Human" (4:00pm - 5:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront): Give in to temptation and join cast members Sam Witwer (Aidan), Meaghan Rath (Sally), Sam Huntington (Josh), Kristen Hager (Nora), and executive producer Anna Fricke as they discuss what's in store for a larger-than-life new season.

"The Vampire Diaries Special Video Presentation and Q&A" (4:30pm - 5:15pm, Ballroom 20): Series stars Nina Dobrev (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Paul Wesley (Roll Bounce), Ian Somerhalder (Lost), Candice Accola (Juno), and Kat Graham (Honey 2) join executive producers/writers Julie Plec (The Originals, Kyle XY) and Caroline Dries (Melrose Place) on stage for a video screening and Q&A session.

"Revolution Special Video Presentation and Q&A" (4:50pm - 5:50pm, Room 6BCF): Fans will be treated to an exclusive video presentation, followed by a special Q&A with series stars and producers.

"Warehouse 13" (5:00pm - 6:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront): Go behind the scenes of America's top-secret supernatural storage facility with Warehouse 13's Eddie McClintock (Pete), Joanne Kelly (Myka), Saul Rubinek (Artie), Allison Scagliotti (Claudia), and Jack Kenny (executive producer).

"[adult swim]: Rick and Morty" (5:00pm - 5:45pm, Room 25ABC): Executive producers Dan Harmon (Community, Channel 101) and Justin Roiland (Channel 101) will preview the new animated series and will be joined by writer Ryan Ridley and cast members Spencer Grammer (Greek) and Kari Wahlgren.

"Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A" (5:15pm - 6:00pm, Ballroom 20): Arrow series stars Stephen Amell (Hung), Katie Cassidy (Melrose Place), David Ramsey (Dexter), Emily Bett Rickards (Flicka: Country Pride), and Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf) -- with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern), Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone), and Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe)-will take aim at San Diego with a special video presentation and panel discussion previewing the show's upcoming and much-buzzed-about second season, which will center on Oliver's transformation from vigilante to hero.

"The Tomorrow People Pilot Screening and Q&A" (5:55pm - 6:55pm, Room 6BCF): Series stars Robbie Amell (1600 Penn), Peyton List (Mad Men), and Mark Pellegrino (Lost), along with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern), Phil Klemmer (Chuck), and Danny Cannon (Nikita), will be on hand for a special pilot screening, followed by a Q&A to discuss this story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution.

"Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey" (6:00pm - 7:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront): Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson joins writer/executive producer Ann Druyan and executive producer/director Brannon Braga (Star Trek franchise, 24) to debut an exclusive first look at the new "Ship of the Imagination," followed by a Q&A.

"Strike Back" (7:00pm - 8:00pm, Room 6DE): The hit action series kicks off its third season with a panel featuring stars Philip Winchester (Crusoe), Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of An Empire), Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives), newcomer Milauna Jackson (Blood Done Sign My Name), and co-executive producer/writer/director Michael J. Bassett (Silent Hill: Revelation 3D).

"Lost Girl: Season 3 and Beyond" (7:15pm - 8:15pm, Room 6BCF): Prodigy Pictures and Giant Ape Media present a fae-tastic panel with cast members Kris Holden-Ried (Dyson), Ksenia Solo (Kenzi), and Zoie Palmer (Lauren), joined by Jay Firestone (executive producer) and Emily Andras (executive producer) for a Q&A session moderated by producer Vanessa Piazza.

"Femme Fatales Revealed: Looks Still Kill as the Hit TV Series Comes Home" (8:15pm - 9:15pm, Room 6DE): On stage, meet your favorite guest stars, including Dean Haglund (The X-Files) and Reggie Hayes (Girlfriends), and stunning femmes fatales Nikki Griffin (Dukes of Hazzard, Fast and Furious III), Kristen DeLuca, Jen Roa, and composer Joe Kraemer (Jack Reacher), along with series creators Mark A. Altman (DOA: Dead or Alive, Free Enterprise) and Steve Kriozere (NCIS, V.I.P.).
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