NBC and Universal Television are bringing cast members from Grimm (always a huge draw), Blindspot, Bates Motel, The Good Place, Powerless, and Timeless to the 2016 San Diego Comic Con. The network officially announced its plans for the sold-out convention and revealed details on its take-over of Gaslamp Square located just across the street from the San Diego Convention Center. Grimm, Blindspot, and Bates Motel cast and executive producers have made the trip to San Diego for the hugely popular fanfest before, however The Good Place, Powerless, and Timeless are Comic Con newbies. Panels for all of the shows will include trailers, special never-before-screened footage, and Q&As with the casts.
NBC’s panels will also include new videos from upcoming series Emerald City and Midnight, Texas.
Here’s the scoop on the Gaslamp Square events which will be taking place over Comic Con’s run, July 21st through July 24th:
• Go on a time-bending adventure with NBC’s new fall series Timeless, as fans get to ride on a “Gravitron” and take a shareable motion graphic photo that captures their time-travel experience. Your mission: to protect the past and save the future.
• Discover the world of Emerald City, NBC’s midseason drama series, as it takes over Tin Fish restaurant. Fans can take an animated sharable photo as an Emerald City character.
• Get a taste of The Good Place when you need a break from the heat with free fro-yo at the pop-up frozen yogurt shop.
NBC and Universal Television Panel Schedule:
THE GOOD PLACE — (Thursday, July 21, 3-4 p.m., Hilton Bayfront Indigo Ballroom: Sponsored by Universal Television)
From executive producer Michael Schur and director Drew Goddard comes a smart, unique new comedy that follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), an ordinary woman who, through an extraordinary string of events, enters the afterlife where she comes to realize that she hasn’t been a very good person. With the help of her wise newfound afterlife mentor (Ted Danson), she’s determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome (or at least the pretty good) person within. The Good Place premieres at 10 p.m. ET/PT Monday, Sept. 19 before moving to its regular 8:30 p.m. Thursday timeslot Sept. 22. Become a fan of #GoodPlace on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NBCTheGoodPlace/ and follow the show on Twitter @nbcthegoodplace.
POWERLESS – (Friday, July 22, 2:30-3:00 p.m., Room 6BCF: Sponsored by Warner Bros. Television)
It’s a superhero’s world. We just live in it. Join cast members Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi and Alan Tudyk, along with executive producer Ben Queen and executive producer/director Michael Patrick Jann, for a screening of the pilot and Q&A covering the first comedy series set in the DC universe. Powerless is the story of Emily (Hudgens), a young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused when Super Heroes and Super Villains treat the city like their own personal battleground. Taking care of insurance needs one by one, Emily and her team of co-workers might not have any superpowers but they are out to make a difference in people’s lives and prove that you don’t need to have powers to be powerful! From Warner Bros. Television and based on characters from DC, Powerless premieres midseason on NBC. Become a fan of #Powerless on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NBCPowerless, and follow the show on Twitter at @NBCPowerless.
BATES MOTEL – (Friday, July 22 from 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room 6A: A&E Drama Series Sponsored Universal Television)
A&E’s hit drama series Bates Motel returns to SDCC on the heels of the pivotal season 4 finale. Join the cast: Vera Farmiga (“Norma”), Freddie Highmore (“Norman”), Max Thieriot (“Dylan Massett”) and Nestor Carbonell (“Sheriff Alex Romero”) along with creators and executive producers Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse as they reveal exclusive content from the new season. Come join us and find out what’s in store for Season 5!
BLINDSPOT – (Saturday, July 23, 12:00-12:45 p.m., Hilton Bayfront Indigo Ballroom: Sponsored by Warner Bros. Television)
Following the shocking first-season finale, join Blindspot — last season’s # 1 new drama series on broadcast TV — as it returns to San Diego for its second appearance at Comic-Con! Sullivan Stapleton and Jaimie Alexander star in this one-hour action thriller from Berlanti Productions and Quinn’s House, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television. Stapleton stars as hardened FBI agent Kurt Weller, who is drawn into a complex conspiracy when a mysterious woman, with no memories of her past, is found in Times Square, her body completely covered in intricate cryptic tattoos. As Weller and his teammates at the FBI — Edgar Reade (Rob Brown), Tasha Zapata (Audrey Esparza) and the tech-savvy Patterson (Ashley Johnson) — begin to investigate the veritable roadmap of Jane Doe’s tattoos, they are drawn into a high-stakes underworld that twists and turns through a labyrinth of secrets and revelations — with the information exposing a larger conspiracy of crime, while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity.
Join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Ashley Johnson and writer/executive producer Martin Gero. Blindspot returns to NBC for its second season on Sept. 14 at 10 p.m., before moving to its regular timeslot of Wednesdays at 8 p.m. the following week. Blindspot: The Complete First Season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 2. Become a fan of #Blindspot on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NBCBlindspot and follow the show on Twitter @NBCBlindspot.
GRIMM – (Saturday, July 23, 2:30-3:15 p.m., Ballroom 20: Sponsored by Universal Television)
NBC’s hit Friday night series returns to Comic-Con! The rivalry that has been brewing between Nick Burkhardt and Capt. Sean Renard for five seasons will come to a fever pitch and change everything when Grimm returns for its sixth season. As if that weren’t enough, will the subtle glimpses of Juliette derail Nick’s budding romance with Adalind? How will Monroe and Rosalee handle their impending parenthood?
Join your fellow “Grimmsters” for a panel filled with Wesen, season six themes and, of course, a Q&A session with the cast and producers: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee, and executive producers/writers Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt. Become a fan of #Grimm on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NBCGrimm/ and follow the show on Twitter @NBCGrimm.
In addition, Adria Arjona, who stars as Dorothy, will give fans an exclusive first look at NBC’s new Oz-reimagined series Emerald City, followed by an exclusive sneak peak at Midnight, Texas, based on the hit book series from author Charlaine Harris (True Blood).
TIMELESS – (Saturday, July 23, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Room 6A: Sponsored by Sony Pictures Television)
From the creative minds behind Revolution, Supernatural and The Blacklist comes Timeless, a thrilling new action-adventure series in which a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team — a scientist, soldier and history professor — who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events and uncover the mystery behind this dangerous fugitive’s actions.
Preview an exclusive premiere screening of Timeless and join Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Visnjic, and executive producers Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan for a Q&A session. Timeless premieres Monday, Oct. 11 at 10 p.m. on NBC and is produced by Sony Pictures Television. Become a fan of #Timeless on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NBCTimeless/ and follow the show on Twitter @NBCTimeless.