All the Must-See Movie and TV Panels on This Year’s Virtual Schedule

Christel Deskins

After originally hanging up the cape on this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, organizers decided to instead go virtual with [email protected], an online convention running July 22 – 26 that anybody with a WiFi connection can partake in from the comfort of their own homes. (And, better still, for free!) This […]

After originally hanging up the cape on this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, organizers decided to instead go virtual with [email protected], an online convention running July 22 – 26 that anybody with a WiFi connection can partake in from the comfort of their own homes. (And, better still, for free!)

This year’s schedule — featuring more than 350 panels — isn’t skimping on the stars, either: Keanu Reeves, Amy Poehler, The Walking Dead cast and Lord and Miller are only some of the famous faces who will be Zooming into their respective panels, to stream via Comic-Con’s website and YouTube channel.

Which means no badges, no waiting in lines, no epic quest to secure a seat in Hall H. Just you, your sofa and this list of must-see movie and TV panels. All indicated times are in PT.

This article will be updated as the full schedule is revealed.

Wednesday

See Wednesday’s full programing schedule here.

Thursday

10:00 a.m.: Star Trek Universe
The Star Trek Universe back-to-back panel sessions will feature the season two cast of Star Trek: Discovery, the voice cast behind the upcoming new animated comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks and the season one cast of Star Trek: Picard, including Patrick Stewart. Deadline’s Dominic Patten moderates with an introduction and discussion with executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin who give a glimpse of what’s ahead in the ever-expanding franchise.

11:00 a.m.: Solar Opposites
Your favorite Shlorpians are getting together for Comic-Con at Home! Join Justin Roiland, Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone, Mary Mack and executive producers Mike McMahan and Josh Bycel for all things Solar Opposites, including an exclusive clip from the upcoming second season!

12:00 p.m.: Truth Seekers
A new original supernatural horror comedy by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, James Serafinowicz and Nat Saunders. Join as they discuss the making of the hilarious eight-episode Amazon series about a team of part-time paranormal investigators, who team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the U.K., sharing their adventures on an online channel for all to see. Discussion and Q&A moderated by Empire Magazine’s Chris Hewitt.

12:00 p.m.: Duncanville
Executive producers Mike & Julie Scully, executive producer and star, Amy Poehler, along with stars Ty Burrell, Riki Lindhome, Joy Osmanski, Yassir Lester, Betsy Sodaro, and guest stars Rashida Jones and Wiz Khalifa discuss their favorite moments from the season and what they’re excited for in the upcoming second season; returning next Spring on FOX.

1:00 p.m.: Marvel’s 616
Marvel’s 616 explores how Marvel’s rich legacy of stories, characters and creators exist within the “world outside your window.” Each documentary, helmed by a unique filmmaker, explores the intersections of storytelling, pop culture and fandom within the Marvel Universe. Join directors Gillian Jacobs, Paul Scheer and executive producers Sarah Amos and Jason Sterman as they discuss the making of this Disney+ original anthology series with moderator Angélique Roché.

1:00 p.m.: Utopia
Amazon’s twisted, eight-episode thriller about a group of young comic fans who discover the conspiracy in a graphic novel is real and embark on a high-stakes adventure to save humanity from the end of the world. Join writer and executive producer Gillian Flynn and series stars John Cusack, Rainn Wilson, Sasha Lane, Ashleigh LaThrop, Dan Byrd, Desmin Borges, Javon “Wanna” Walton and Jessica Rothe for a Q&A moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Christian Holub.

1:00 p.m.: His Dark Materials
Join executive producers Jane Tranter and Jack Thorne, as well as cast members Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, Ariyon Bakare, Amir Wilson, Andrew Scott and Lin-Manuel Miranda in a virtual panel discussion about the hit drama series which will be moderated by award-winning journalist Stacey Wilson Hunt.

1:00 p.m.: The Women Behind Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet
The female powerhouses behind Mythic Quest will share how they came together and leveraged their particular expertise in the gaming and television worlds to create and tell an authentic story. Panelists included co-creator and EP Megan Ganz, executive producer Danielle Kreinik, writer and star Ashly Burch and Ubisoft’s Elizabeth Loverso.

2:00 p.m.: Upload
Join creator, executive producer and director Greg Daniels and stars Robbie Amell, Andy Allo, Kevin Bigley, Allegra Edwards and Zainab Johnson as they discuss how they brought this futuristic comedy to life, share behind-the-scenes details from season 1 and tease what fans can expect in season 2. The panel will be moderated by Engadget’s Cherlynn Low.

2:00 p.m.: Directors on Directing
Robert Rodriguez (Alita: Battle Angel), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World: Dominion), and Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick) take part in a wide-ranging and in-depth discussion about the craft of directing and projects past, present, and future. Moderated by Collider’s Steven Weintraub.

2:00 p.m.: SYFY Presents: The Roast of Todd McFarlane
Comic-Con wouldn’t be Comic-Con without Todd McFarlane — the innovative artist and entrepreneur who is the subject of the brand new SYFY Wire documentary film, Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t. McFarlane, the creative mastermind behind Spawn and some of Marvel Comics’ most well-known artwork, is known for (quite literally) breaking down barriers. To celebrate the documentary and McFarlane’s achievements, join a panel of industry greats as they commend McFarlane on his contributions to the industry, while simultaneously poking fun at the man who essentially “raised hell” to get where he is today.

3:00 p.m.: Close Enough
JG Quintel discusses his new show HBO Max series with a panel and table read. Close Enough is a surreal animated comedy about a married couple, their five-year-old daughter, and their two divorced best friends/roommates all living together on the east-side of Los Angeles. Jason Mantzoukas, Gabrielle Walsh, Kimiko Glenn and Jessica DiCicco will join Quintel to discuss the show’s themes of navigating the transitional 30’s, juggling work and kids, and pursuing your dreams, while avoiding time-traveling snails, stripper clowns and murderous mannequins.

3:00 p.m.: Superstore
The cast and showrunners of Superstore come together for a fun-filled hour stocked with their favorite shared moments over the past five years. Watch the cast celebrate Comic-Con from home, and treat fans with what to expect when the series returns next season on NBC. You never know what surprises are in store! Cast members Ben Feldman, Mark McKinney, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Sakura, and Kaliko Kauahi will all join the conversation, along with showrunners Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green.

3:00 p.m.: The Boys
Join executive producer Eric Kripke, along with series stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara and Aya Cash, with moderator Aisha Tyler, for a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming second season of The Boys. Executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will also make a special appearance.

4:00 p.m.: The Blacklist
Series creator/executive producer Jon Bokenkamp, executive producer John Eisendrath, series stars Diego Klattenhoff and Harry Lennix will be joined by Proof, Inc’s visualization supervisors Adam Coglan and Matt Perrin to discuss how they stepped up to the challenge of completing the season with partial animation after production was shut down due to the pandemic. Moderated by ET’s Philiana Ng.

5:00 p.m.: LGBTQ Characters on Television – What’s Next?
Jamie Chung (Once Upon A Time), Jamie Clayton (Roswell: New Mexico), Wilson Cruz (Star Trek: Discovery), Tatiana Maslany (Perry Mason), Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery), J. August Richards (Council of Dads), Harry Shum, Jr. (Shadowhunters), Brian Michael Smith (9-1-1: Lone Star) discuss the past, present, and future of representation of LGBTQ characters on television in a Q&A session moderated by TV Guide’s Jim Halterman.

See Thursday’s full programing schedule here.

Friday

10:00 a.m.: Charlize Theron: Evolution of a Badass – An Action Hero Career Retrospective
Actress and producer Charlize Theron reflects on portraying over two decades of action heroes, from Æon Flux to The Old Guard. In a lengthy retrospective Q&A moderated by IGN’s Terri Schwartz, Theron discusses the evolution of the modern female action hero, the roles that inspired her and what drives her to constantly push her limits with fight training.

10:00 a.m.: Lights, Camera, LGBTQI-dentity! Never Alone
Pop Culture Hero Coalition stands united as you meet allies, mentors, and opposition along the way. If you’re isolated and away from your usual support systems, connect with RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Pandora Boxx, Jackie Cox, and Silky Nutmeg Ganache, who will bolster your identity with their hard-won stories of resilience–and explore our interactive comic book, Lights, Camera, LGBTQI-Identity! Never Alone, which features these Queens as mentors for LGBTQIA youth.

11:00 a.m.: Adventure Time: Distant Lands
C’mon grab your friends for a special return to the Land of Ooo and beyond. Join moderator Michaela Dietz (Steven Universe) as she shares all of the ba-nay-nay details about the BMO special from executive producer Adam Muto, Glory Curda, Olivia Olson and Niki Yang. Plus, stick around for a righteous sneak peek of the second special, Obsidian. It’s gonna be so spice!

11:00 a.m.: Vikings: A Look Back with The Lothbroks
Series showrunner, sole writer and executive producer Michael Hirst will join fan favorites Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Alex Ludwig, Clive Standen and Jordan Patrick Smith to discuss their favorite moments from the past six and a half seasons and treat fans to an exclusive clip from the second half of the sixth and final season of the series.

12:00 p.m.: Fear the Walking Dead
Fear the Walking Dead will present a panel for the series’ upcoming sixth season, premiering later this year. Moderated by Chris Hardwick, the panel will feature TWDU Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunners and executive producers Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg and cast members Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Karen David, Jenna Elfman and Rubén Blades.

12:00 p.m.: Don’t Look Deeper
Don Cheadle, Emily Mortimer, breakout star Helena Howard, director Catherine Hardwicke and co-creator Jeffrey Lieber discuss bringing the sci-fi thriller Don’t Look Deeper to life for Quibi. Moderated by Collider’s Perri Nemiroff.

12:00 p.m.: Infinity Train
The mysterious and compelling fan-favorite series pulls in for a triumphant return to Comic-Con this year. Climb aboard and join series creator Owen Dennis, supervising director Madeline Queripel and show writers Alex Horab, Lindsay Katai and Justin Michael as they look back on Books One and Two and reveal a sneak peek of Book Three, only on HBO Max.

1:00 p.m.: The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead will make its 11th Comic-Con appearance with a panel spotlighting the season 10 finale episode, “A Certain Doom,” which will air as a standalone episode later this year. Moderated by Chris Hardwick, the panel will feature TWDU Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner and executive producer Angela Kang, executive producer Greg Nicotero, who directed the season finale, and cast members Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Josh McDermitt, Ross Marquand and Paola Lazaro, among others.

2:00 p.m.: The Walking Dead: World Beyond
The Walking Dead: World Beyond makes its Comic-Con debut as the third series in the wildly successful The Walking Dead Universe. Moderated by Chris Hardwick, the series’ panel will feature TWDU Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner and executive Producer Matt Negrete and cast members Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Hal Cumpston, Nicholas Cantu, Nico Tortorella, Julia Ormond and Joe Holt.

2:00 p.m.: Entertainment Weekly: Brave Warriors
EW’s laugh-filled conversation among several of today’s male heroes including Joseph Morgan (Brave New World), Aasif Mandvi (Evil), Jocko Sims (New Amsterdam), Henry Ian Cusick (MacGyver), and Michael Mando (Better Call Saul) who will discuss the thrill of playing iconic characters, their sometimes awkward encounters with fans, and the highs (and lows!) of a career in Hollywood.

2:00 p.m.: I Am Not Okay with This – From the Page to the Screen!
Cartoonist Charles Forsman, director Jonathan Entwistle and actor Wyatt Oleff trace the evolution of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series back to its beginnings as an original graphic novel! Moderated by the book’s editor and Fantagraphics associate publisher, Eric Reynolds.

3:00 p.m.: Helstrom
Talk about some family drama! Join Helstrom showrunner Paul Zbyszewski and cast Tom Austen, Sydney Lemmon, Elizabeth Marvel, Robert Wisdom, Ariana Guerra, June Carryl and Alain Uy for one hell of a sneak-peek look and conversation around bringing this terror-filled comic to life as Hulu’s next horror series. Moderated by IGN’s Laura Prudom.

3:00 p.m.: HBO MAX: Adult Animation Panel
Show creators of Robot Chicken, Samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, Black Dynamite, Lazor Wulf and Final Space share their favorite San Diego Comic-Con memories. Panelists include Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Genndy Tartakovsky, Carl Jones, Henry Bonsu, and Olan Rogers.

3:00 p.m.: The Capture
Go behind the scenes with executive producers Ben Chanan and Rosie Alison and series stars, Holliday Grainger, Callum Turner, Ron Perlman, Laura Haddock and Famke Janssen. The Capture will be streaming exclusively on Peacock on July 15.

4:00 p.m.: Bob’s Burgers
Creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard will break news about the upcoming season, and the always entertaining cast including H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Dan Mintz, and Larry Murphy will have you howling with laughter with never-before-seen footage, followed by a lively panel discussion and fan Q&A.

4:00 p.m.: Crossing Swords
Crossing Swords creators John Harvatine IV and Tom Root are joined by cast members Adam Ray, Tara Strong, Seth Green, Alanna Ubach, Adam Pally and Yvette Nicole Brown to discuss the new adult animated series and give attendees an idea of what to expect for Season 2.

5:00 p.m.: A Zoom with Joss Whedon

5:00 p.m.: Archer
Who says staying home is boring? Archer, FXX’s award-winning animated comedy, returns for its 11th season later this year and follows Sterling Archer and his return to the spy world after a three-year coma. But first, join the voice cast of Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash and Lucky Yates, plus executive producer Casey Willis for a lively discussion and the reveal of not-to-be-missed details about the new season!

5:00 p.m.: TV Guide Magazine Fan Favorites
This year’s don’t-miss lineup includes Hale Appleman (The Magicians), Lindsey Morgan and Richard Harmon (The 100), Robbie Amell (Upload), Kennedy McMann (Nancy Drew), Alex Newell (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist), Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Picard), Harvey Guillen (What We Do in the Shadows), Chris Chalk (Perry Mason), and Ashleigh Murray (Riverdale, Katy Keene).

6:00 p.m.: TZGZ’s Adult Animated Originals
Take a magical “trip” with the fantastically flustered High Wizard as he transports us into the zany worlds of each new show. Join the creators of Wild Life, Hell Den, Magical Girl Friendship Squad and Devil May Care and celebrity voices (including Ana Gasteyer, Alan Tudyk, Quinta Brunson and more) for an exclusive sneak peek at the future of late night animation on SYFY.

See Friday’s full programing schedule here.

Saturday

12:00 p.m.: Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe
Join the creators & executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, director Bob Bowen and stars Ashley Tisdale, Vincent Martella, Maulik Pancholy and Dee Bradley Baker as they share an exclusive sneak peek of Disney+’s upcoming Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe and discuss the origins of this iconic animated series!

1:00 p.m.: American Dad!
Ever wanted to learn how to draw one of your favorite American Dad! characters? Now is your chance, join show supervising director Brent Woods as he teaches the cast and executive producers how to draw Roger. Grab a sketchbook and pens and learn to draw everyone’s favorite alien alongside Rachael MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Dee Bradley Baker and EPs Nic Wegener and Joe Chandler as they chat about the current season and look toward the series’ 300th episode airing on TBS this fall.

1:00 p.m. The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff is the first scripted Disney+ original series from National Geographic, following seven of the military’s best pilots as they become astronauts for the newly-formed NASA at the height of the Cold War. Moderated by former NASA Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, the panel will feature cast members Patrick J. Adams, Jake McDorman, Colin O’Donoghue, Michael Trotter, Aaron Staton, Micah Stock and James Lafferty, showrunner and executive producer Mark Lafferty and executive producer Jennifer Davisson.

4:00 p.m.: Lovecraft Country
Join the cast of HBO’s upcoming new genre-bending series for a panel with stars Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Michael Kenneth Williams, Aunjanue Ellis, Wunmi Mosaku, Abbey Lee and Courtney B. Vance. Entertainment Weekly’s Sarah Rodman moderates.

5:00 p.m.: What We Do in the Shadows
A documentary-style look into the lives of four vampires and their loyal familiar who, in a surprising twist, is a descendant of famed vampire slayer Van Helsing. Join us in raising a glass of regular human alcohol beer to the sharp-toothed cast — Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Kayvan Novak, Mark Proksch, Harvey Guillén — and the creative team for a spirited discussion hosted by special guest, Haley Joel Osment.

5:00 p.m.: Wynonna Earp
After a long wait, a lot of Earping, and 68 Times Square billboards, Wynonna Earp is finally returning to SYFY. Join showrunner Emily Andras alongside cast members Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, and Varun Saranga as they talk about the highly anticipated 4th season, show off their best impressions, challenge each other with a round of trivia, and share a sneak peek of the season 4 premiere episode!

Sunday

1:00 p.m.: Looney Tunes Cartoons
Executive producer Pete Browngardt, supervising producer Alex Kirwan and art director Aaron Spurgeon join voice cast members Eric Bauza, Bob Bergen, Jeff Bergman and Candi Milo for the looniest and liveliest panel at the ’Con. The creative team will exclusively premiere an all-new cartoon and take fans into the process of bringing Bugs, Daffy, Porky and the other iconic Looney Tunes characters back to the screen.

Time TBA

A Conversation With Nathan Fillion
The Rookie showrunner Alexi Hawley talks with Nathan Fillion about his career in film and television. With special appearances by Joss Whedon, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres, Mekia Cox, Molly Quinn, Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas.

Bill & Ted Face The Music
Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, who star as the titular time traveling duo, will appear alongside castmates Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, William Sadler, director Dean Parisot and writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson for a panel moderated by Kevin Smith.

Bless the Harts
Join the Harts, in quarantine of course, for a Paint & Sip! Watch Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, Jillian Bell and Fortune Feimster with executive producers Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Andy Bobrow try to recreate Bless The Harts characters while chatting about their favorite moments from season one, what they’re looking forward to in season two on FOX this Fall and how they’ve kept busy during quarantine while drinking the show’s favorite drink — boxed wine!

Constantine: 15th Anniversary Reunion
Keanu Reeves, director Francis Lawrence and producer Akiva Goldsman will look back on the 2005 DC adaptation and share behind-the-scenes stories from the set.

Family Guy
Join cast Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, Seth Green and executive producers Rich Appel, Alec Sulkin and Kara Vallow as they celebrate 350 episodes with a virtual table read! After, they’ll take a look back at some of their favorite moments from the last 18 seasons, plus a special sneak peek at the hilarity and hi-jinx coming up in the 19th season premiering this fall on Fox!

Hoops
The star-studded voice cast of Hoops, a new adult animated series for Netflix launching this summer, gather for an irreverent-in-the-best-way conversation about coming together to make this show that follows a foul-mouthed high school basketball coach who is sure he’ll hit the big leagues if he can only turn his terrible team around. Voice stars Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Ron Funches, Natasha Leggero, Cleo King and A.D. Miles join creator and executive producer Ben Hoffman and moderator/ guest voice star Max Greenfield for a truly wild and hilarious Q&A.

Next
Panelists will include creator and executive producer Manny Coto, John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade, Michael Mosley, Jason Butler Harner and Eve Harlow for a fascinating conversation about the new FOX series and how A.I. and technology infiltrates all of our lives, moderated by Thrillist’s Esther Zuckerman.

NOS4A2
NOS4A2 returns to Comic-Con for its second season, which kicked off on June 21. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Clark Collis, the panel will feature showrunner and executive producer Jami O’Brien, executive producer Joe Hill and cast member Zachary Quinto.

The Simpsons
They’ll never stop The Simpsons…from appearing at Comic-Con, this time on Zoom! Join Al Jean, Matt Selman, David Silverman, Carolyn Omine, Mike B. Anderson and moderator Yeardley Smith and find out how the show has surmounted social distancing and turbulent times en route to season 32!

Stumptown
Stars Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson and Michael Ealy will be joined by executive producers Jason Richman, David Bernad, Ruben Fleischer and graphic novel author Greg Rucka to answer your burning questions and discuss the cliffhangers from last season’s finale plus all the action in store for the upcoming second season.

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