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'Dexter,' 'Battlestar Galactica,' 'Weeds' stars make Comic-Con Thursday schedule

Plus: Screenings of 'Doctor Who' and a focus on USA's stable of 'White Collar,' 'Psych' and 'Burn Notice'

<p>Michael C. Hall from &quot;Dexter&quot;</p>

Michael C. Hall from "Dexter"

Credit: Showtime

 

Day One at Comic-Con is gangbusters for fans of forthcoming flicks like “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” and Brad-and-Angie-starring “Megamind,” and things are just as active for TV lovers. “Battlestar Galactica,” “Dexter,” “Psych” and “Doctor Who” all have time slotted away for panels and screenings on Thursday (July 22). Actors from “Burn Notice,” “White Collar” and “Psych” will be spending less time on crime and more minutes on answering audiences’ questions.
 
Which ones will you attend?
 
“Caprica,” “Battlestar,” and Beyond
12:00-1:00 PM
Room 6A
Who: Actor Richard Hatch, composer Bear McCreary, producer/writer Michael Tayler, science consultant Kevin Grazier and “special guests” to discuss these overlapping worlds.
Lowdown: There should be some insight into the remaining episodes of SyFy’s “Caprica” and trailers to that show and the forthcoming “Battlestar Galactica” movie. Since casting, plans and plot are still unknown, wouldn’t it be nice if the flick’s director Bryan Singer did the explaining?
 
“Burn Notice”
1:00-2:00
Ballroom 20
Who: Bruce Campbell, Jeffrey Donovan, creator Matt Nix and executive producer Alfredo Barrios, Jr. will talk on filming, writing and Comic-Con survival tips, burned spy style.
Lowdown: Fans will get an exclusive sneak peak of episodes from the upcoming season, which may include glimpses of Coby Bell, new to the show as a counterintelligence agent.
 
“White Collar”
2:15-3:15
Ballroom 20
 Who: Actors Willie Garson, Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Marsha Thomason, Sharif Atkins, creator Jeff Eastin and executive producer Jeff King will touch on what’s in store for season two of the USA crime comedy.
Lowdown: For those who already have style and know how to pull a Long Con, there will at least be some exclusive clips from the new season. We expect next to no questions directed at Garson about “Sex in the City,” nope, none at all.
 
“Psych”
3:30-4:30
Ballroom 20
Who: Show stars James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson, Kirsten Nelson and Corbin Bernsen plus creator/executive producer Steve Franks, ex-actor/writer/executive producer Andy Berman and executive producers Kelly Kulchak and Chris Henze will try to read the audience’s mind.
Lowdown: Producers may detail talk of a movie version of the USA show and perhaps provide some insight as to what “Lost’s” Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell) will be doing as he joins the cast during this summer season. Video sneak peeks, CC-exclusive presentations and outtakes galore, T-shirt giveaways, plus: like last year, two audience members will be chosen to have guest characters named after them in a season five ep.
 
Our Heroes Have More Fun: The Anti-Heroes of Showtime
4:45-5:45
Ballroom 20
Who: “Dexter's” Michael C. Hall and Chip Johannessen, “Californication’s” David Duchovny and Tom Kapinos and Mary-Louise Parker and Jenji Kohan from “Weeds” talk about the network’s odd protagonists.
Lowdown: Though she’s not listed as a panelist, the folks at Showtime also mention a discussion of “Nurse Jackie” which give us hope for an Edie Falco cameo. With a mix of on- and off-screen personalities like these, the discussions of sex, drugs and murder are bound to get interesting.
 
“Look Around You”
5:00-6:00
Room 6A
The show’s creators/stars Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz will bring the funny overseas.
Lowdown: The “Doctor Who” cast can’t make it to the Con this year, but a Q&A with the masterminds behind this funny BBC show may sate you.
 
“Childrens Hospital”
5:00-6:00
Room 25ABC
Who: Rob Corddry and Jon Stern will be joined by some cast members of the Adult Swim show like Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel.
Lowdown: It’s a “Grey’s Anatomy”-spoofing show about sex and sick children. This is just going to be demented.
 
“Dexter”
6:00-7:00
Ballroom 20
Who: KROQ reporter Ralph Garman moderates a Q&A with Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington and executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Chip Johannessen and Manny Coto.
Lowdown: Expect some insight into the September season premiere and perhaps some Emmy trash talk (watch out “True Blood”) and preview of the Con’s new “anti-hero panel” with talk from Michael C. Hall.
 
BBC America: U.S. Premiere Screenings of “Doctor Who” and “Being Human”
8:00-11:00
Room 6DE
Who: You and your date
Lowdown: This marks the U.S. premiere screenings of the BBC America show, with the new season opener of “Being Human” and the two-part finale of “Doctor Who.” Since the Beeb confirmed there will be no movie version of the latter, you’ll just have to be satisfied in this.
 
 
Comic-Con International runs from July 21-25 at the San Diego Convention Center. Unfortunately, all passes are currently sold out.

Look for continuing updates on Comic-Con 2010 before and during the annual pop culture extravaganza on HitFix.

 

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