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San Diego's Comic-Con 2009 is finally upon us, and the schedule is so packed, you won't be able to contain your inner geek. Check out our rundown of premieres, celebrity panels, Q&As and other nerdtastic happenings over the five day convention, which begins Wednesday and wraps up Sunday.

Wednesday, July 22
Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Warner Bros. Television presents pilot premiere screenings of Human Target, V and The Vampire Diaries.

Thursday, July 23
Battlestar Galactica Retrospective
Bear McCreary, Michael Taylor, Kevin Grazier and special guests participate a panel, review, discussion and Q&A of Battlestar's past four seasons.

Movies:  Astro Boy, Sorority Row, The Twilight Saga: New Moon

  • Astro Boy: Freddie Highmore and Kristen Bell premiere trailer for the new CG-animated feature film about a young robot with incredible powers.
  • Sorority Row: Five sorority girls inadvertently cause the murder of one of their sisters and keep it a secret. But after graduation, a mysterious killer goes after them.
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon: Surprise members of the cast answer questions and debut never-before-seen footage from the second film in the series.

Burn Notice
Star Bruce Campbell joins creator and executive producer Matt Nix and co-executive producer Alfredo Barrios, Jr. for a panel discussion.

Movie: James Cameron Presents Avatar
Cameron, producer Jon Landau, and cast members present the first public screening of footage in 3D from the much-anticipated action/adventure/fantasy.

Stars James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson, Corbin Bernsen and creator and executive producer Steve Franks provide a behind-the-scenes look.

Legend of the Seeker
Fans get a sneak peek at the highly anticipated second season of the action-adventure series.

Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Clyde Phillips, Melissa Rosenberg and executive producers hold a Q&A session and give a first look at clips from the new season.

Movie: Kick-Ass
Stars Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, director Matthew Vaughn, comic co-creator John Romita Jr. and a surprise guest present world premiere footage from the film based on Mark Millar's best-selling comic.

Movie: Thirst
Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook presents a clip of his award-winning vampire melodrama.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
The California Browncoats host a screening of the original three acts, to be followed immediately by Commentary! The Musical.

Movies: Green Lantern: First Flight
Fans are invited to watch the world premiere of the fifth DC Universe animated original PG-13 movie.

Trick 'r Treat Screening
Anna Paquin, Tahmoh Penikett and Brian Cox participate in a panel about the collection of creepy stories to be released on DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand.


Movies: Where The Wild Things Are, The Book of Eli, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Box, Jonah Hex, and Sherlock Holmes
Warner Bros provides a first look at their upcoming genre films.

Farscape 10th Anniversary Panel
Stars Ben Browder, Claudia Black, executive producer/director Brian Henson and creator/writer Rockne O'Bannon reunite to share exciting news and answer questions.

Stargate Universe
Stars Robert Carlyle, Brian J. Smith, Elyse Levesque, David Blue, Alaina Huffman, Jamil Walker Smith and Ming-Na join co-creators Brad Wright and Robert Cooper to discuss the new chapter of the Stargate saga.

New Series: The Prisoner
Stars Jim Caviezel, Jamie Campbell Bower and Lennie James join writer Bill Gallagher to discuss the making of AMC's miniseries based on the 1960s cult classic by the late Patrick McGoohan.

New Series: FlashForward
Stars Joseph Fiennes and John Cho join director David S. Goyer, writers and a special guest as they preview never-before-seen footage from upcoming episodes of ABC's new series.

Caprica/Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
Executive producers Ronald D. Moore, David Eick, and Jane Espenson sit down with Caprica star Esai Morales and BSG star Edward James Olmos, also the director of The Plan, to discuss the two new chapters in the mythology of the 2-hour event, Battlestar Galactica: The Plan.

New Series: The Middle Special Pilot Screening
Patricia Heaton introduces a special screening of The Middle, a new comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations.

New Series: Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Lucy Lawless introduces star Andy Whitfield, along with actor Peter Mensah, as they discuss the new Starz series and offer first look footage.

The Big Bang Theory
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar join with executive producers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady for a special screening and Q&A.

New Series: Past Life
Stars Kelli Giddish, Nicholas Bishop and Ravi Patel join executive producers David Hudgins for a pilot screening and Q&A session about the new FOX thriller.

Stars Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub and new cast members Anil Kapoor and Katee Sackhoff join showrunnner Howard Gordon and producers for a peek at the Season 8 premiere.

Showrunner Hart Hanson and stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel discuss what's in store for Booth and Brennan.

Stars Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Jaime Ray Newman, executive producer/co-creator and Jaime Paglia discuss the new season.

Movies:  Legion and District 9
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Screen Gems introduce new movie projects.

Creator Joss Whedon and star/producer Eliza Dushku participate in a Q&A about what's in store for Season 2. Post presentation, Whedon will provide info and answer questions about his upcoming Dark Horse Comics projects.

Show star Lennie James, executive producers Dan Shotz, Karim Zreik, Jon Steinberg, show writer Robert Levine, and Devil's Due Publishing president Josh Blaylock discuss the new comic continuation of the Jericho storyline, Jericho—Season Three: Civil War.

Syfy Screening
All new episodes of Warehouse 13 and Eureka will be screened, as well as best-of clips from Ghost Hunters.


Executive producers and co-creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak are joined by series stars Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Sarah Lancaster, and Adam Baldwin for a Q&A to discuss season three and screen a retrospective highlight reel.

New Series: Eastwick
Stars Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price, Jaime Ray Newman, and Paul Gross join executive producers to answer questions after a sneak peek of the new comedic drama based on the John Updike novel and the hit film The Witches of Eastwick.

Co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Carlton Cuse make their final Comic-Con appearance for Lost and answer audience questions.

Family Guy
Seth MacFarlane and the minds behind Family Guy discuss what happens behind the scenes and preview a look at "Something, Something Dark Side," the Empire Strikes Back parody follow-up to "Star Wars: Blue Harvest."

New Series: The Cleveland Show
Co-creators Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry, and Rich Appel join voice cast members Sanaa Lathan and Kevin Michael Richardson to discuss the new animated series.

Stars Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne join executive producers Martin Wood and Damian Kindler to participate in a panel discussion.

Executive producers Matt Groening and David X. Cohen join stars Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, and Maurice LaMarche.

Movie: Extract
Creator Mike Judge previews his new film with stars Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, and Kristen Wiig.

New Series: Glee
Stars Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith and producers preview a new episode and hold a panel discussion.

The Simpsons
Simpsons creator Matt Groening, showrunner Al Jean, executive producer Matt Selman, and supervising director Mike Anderson participate in a panel discussion and preview highlights from the upcoming "Treehouse of Horror XX."

The Penguins of Madagascar
Executive producers Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley join voice cast members to participate in a Q&A, preview a clip from an upcoming Penguins special and perform a table read for a new episode.

Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack
Father and son team Jay and Jack Glatfelter, who have one of the oldest and biggest podcasts dedicated to Lost, discuss the gripping season finale and the drama's huge online community.

Warehouse 13
Stars Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti join executive producer/showrunner Jack Kenny and executive producer David Simkins for a discussion on the new series.

New Series: V
Stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Morena Baccarin, and Scott Wolf, along with executive producers Scott Peters, Jeffrey Bell, Steve Pearlman and Jace Hall, provide a Q&A discussion following a pilot screening of the new ABC series.

Movies: Zombieland and 2012

Creator Tim Kring and cast members Jack Coleman, Masi Oka, Hayden Panettiere, Adrian Pasdar, Zachary Quinto and Milo Ventimiglia, as well as guest stars Robert Knepper, Dawn Olivieri, Ray Park and Madeline Zima participate in a Q&A session following the Season 4 trailer.

Stars Anna Torv, Josh Jackson and John Noble join executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J. H. Wyman to discuss the sci-fi series.

Movie:  Iron Man 2
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment highlight the sequel to the blockbuster film, based on the legendary Marvel superhero.

New Series: Human Target
Stars Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley, executive producers Jon Steinberg, Brad Kern and Peter Johnson, and co-creator of the original Human Target comic, Len Wein, provide a Q&A and screen the highly anticipated pilot based on the popular DC Comics title.

True Blood
Stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Nelsan Ellis, Rutina Wesley, Alexander Skarsgård, Michelle Forbes, and Sam Trammell  join creator Alan Ball for a panel discussion.

Kevin Smith
Director Kevin Smith discusses the new Warner Bros. film A Couple of Dicks, starring Bruce Willis, Seann William Scott, and Tracy Morgan.

New Series: The Vampire Diaries
Stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder  appear with executive producer/writer Kevin Williamson, writer Julie Plec, and executive producer Bob Levy to debut the new CW pilot and hold a Q&A session.

Torchwood/Doctor Who

  • Torchwood: Children of Earth: The Torchwood team faces its fiercest threat to date in a new mini-series.
  • Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead: The first of the final four specials from Russell T. Davies finds the Doctor trapped on a desert alien planet, which holds terrifying hidden secrets.

Creator/executive producer Jenji Kohan, joins Hunter Parrish, Justin Kirk and other cast members for a panel discussion.


Dr. Who
Actor David Tennant, writer/executive producer Russell T. Davies, director Euros Lyn, and executive producer Julie Gardner discuss BBC America's long-running sci-fi series.

Stars Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Justin Hartley and new series star Callum Blue join showrunners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson to answer fan questions and provide a sneak peek at clips from Season 9.

American Dad
Showrunners Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman and stars Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schall, and Dee Bradley Baker provide an insides look at how an episode is made.

Stars Misha Collins and Jim Beaver join creator/executive producer Eric Kripke and executive producers Ben Edlund and Sera Gamble to present a sneak peek at footage from the fifth season premiere. 

Movies: Paper Heart
Stars Charlyne Yi, Jake Johnson and producer/co-writer Nick Jasenovec present clips from the new Michael Cera romantic comedy.

Ghost Whisperer
Cast members Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Christoph Sanders, Jamie Kennedy, and Camryn Manheim join executive producers Ian Sander and Kim Moses to present new season clips and provide hints and revelations about the addition of Melinda and Jim's new baby.

Being Human/ Torchwood
Creator Toby Whithouse and cast members Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner provide an inside look at the BBC America sci-fi series.

Buffy the Musical
Comic Con comes to a close with screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More With Feeling" — likely to have fans singing and dancing in the aisles.