Paramount+ Announces 2022 San Diego Comic-Con Plans

Paramount+ has announced its plans for the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con International, which runs July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Plans include a “Star Trek”-themed activation and immersive experience, a “Beavis and Butt-Head” photo opportunity, and a chance to step inside the iconic Paramount Mountain at the official Paramount+ booth.

Activations and panels include:

  • The “Star Trek” Universe Panel in Hall H, July 23 from 12:45-2:15 p.m., will feature exclusive back-to-back conversations with the casts and executive producers from “Star Trek: Picard,” “Star Trek: Lower Decks” and “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” as they discuss the latest seasons of their series and tease what’s ahead. The moderator will be actress and “Star Trek: Picard” season two director Lea Thompson (Back to the Future). “Star Trek: Picard”cast members scheduled to appear include Patrick Stewart and Gates McFadden, alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Rod Roddenberry. “Star Trek: Lower Decks” will feature voice cast members Jack Quaid, Tawny Newsome, Noël Wells and Dawnn Lewis, creator and executive producer Mike McMahan, and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Rod Roddenberry. “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” will have its Hall H debut with cast members Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding and the latest addition to the cast Paul Wesley, along with executive producers Henry Alonso Myers, Alex Kurtzman and Rod Roddenberry.
  • Paramount+ will present “Star Trek’s 10 Forward: The Experience,” an immersive “Star Trek” experience with food, intergalactic drinks, photo opportunities, interactive activations and exclusive merchandise. The tickets are sold out, but fans can still purchase exclusive merchandise and enjoy a beverage outdoors in the official “Starfleet Outpost” beer garden. Entry is first come, first served at 340 5th Ave.
  • In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, women-owned ice cream brand Coolhaus will be bringing fans in San Diego free, limited-edition Wrath of P’Khan ice cream sandwiches via a branded The Wrath of P’Khan Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck. The truck will be visiting fans on July 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or while supplies last), at the Petco Park Interactive Zone.
  • July 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Hall H, series creator and show runner Jeff Davis and “Teen Wolf the Movie” star Tyler Posey, Tyler Hoechlin, and surprise guests preview the upcoming Paramount+ film, while taking a look back at the iconic series that started it all.
  • On July 21, 4:45-5:45 p.m. in Ballroom 20, “Beavis and Butt-Head” creator Mike Judge and a celebrity moderator will discuss the series as well as the upcoming “Beavis and Butt-Head” Paramount+ original series as well as the recently released movie Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe.
  • On July 23, 10:15-11:30 a.m. in Ballroom 20, there will be an “Evil” exclusive screening and panel with the cast of the Paramount+ series, including stars Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, Christine Lahti and Kurt Fuller. The event will feature an exclusive sneak peek of an episode from season three followed by a panel discussion moderated by Devan Coggan from Entertainment Weekly.
  • On July 21, 1-2 p.m. in Room 6BCF, a panel will feature voice talent from “Rugrats,” including E.G. Daily (Tommy), Cheryl Chase (Angelica) and Charlet Chung (Kimi), along with executive producer Eryk Casemiro as they give fans an exclusive look at behind-the-scenes art and sneak peeks of never-before-seen content, perform a live table-read, and provide answers to popular questions. The panel will be moderated by Jim Viscardi, executive editor, Comicbook.com. 
  • July 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 6BCF, the service will celebrate Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” and its two original spinoff series, “The Patrick Star Show” and the Paramount+ Original Series “Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.” Voice talent from all three series — Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Jill Talley (Karen, Squidina), Kate Higgins (Narlene) and Carlos Alazraqui (Nobby) — and executive producers Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller will explore these iconic shows and characters and reveal what to expect next from SpongeBob and the denizens of Bikini Bottom. The panel will be moderated by Patrick Gomez, editor-in-chief, Entertainment Weekly.
  • July 22, 2:15-3:15 p.m. in Room 6A, viewers will meet the next generation of heroes in the new original animated series “Transformers: EarthSpark.” From Nickelodeon and Entertainment One, the new Paramount+ Original Series will showcase an insider event that celebrates a new take on the iconic global franchise with a behind-the-scenes look at art, casting and never-before-seen clips, and a first time look at the Hasbro toyline inspired by the series. Featured panelists include series voice talent Danny Pudi (Bumblebee), Kat Khavari (Twitch) and Zeno Robinson (Thrash) along with co-executive producer Dale Malinowski and executive producer Ant Ward. The panel will be moderated by Mike Cecchini, editor-in-chief, Den of Geek.
  • At Booth #3529, Paramount+ will be coming to the convention floor with an interactive space for fans to experience “a mountain of entertainment.” Fans can scan a QR code located on a mountain sculpt on the outside of the booth to watch their favorite characters come to life from their phone. Once inside the booth, fans will have the opportunity to experience a mountain climb led by some of their favorite characters from “Star Trek,” Sonic the Hedgehog 2, “SpongeBob Squarepants” and “Halo.” After making the climb, they will be led to a game where they can win different swag as well as take a photo to share on social media.
  • At Booth #3729, viewers will be able to step inside Beavis and Butt-Head’s living room for a photo opportunity with the animated duo. New merchandise, including items exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con, will be available for purchase.

Apple TV+ to Make Its Debut at San Diego Comic-Con

Apple TV+ will make its debut at San Diego Comic-Con International July 21-24.

The service will feature a lineup of panels of its original series. The panels will feature cast and creative teams from the thriller “Severance,” alternate-reality series “For All Mankind,” and the workplace comedy “Mythic Quest.” The service will also feature a panel with  storytellers from “See,” “Invasion,” “Foundation” and “For All Mankind” sharing their world-building insights with fans. 

Attendees will have the opportunity  to get “severed” as they immerse themselves in the world of Lumon Industries at an innovative “Severance” installation at the Hard Rock Hotel. The experience will take new Lumon employees through their first day on the severed floor where all of their senses will be required if they hope to be reunited with their ‘outtie.’ The experience is created in partnership with Ben Stiller and the show’s producers.

Times and locations for all panels will be announced closer to the event.

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Apple TV+’s original series panels at San Diego Comic-Con International will include: 

Inside “Severance”: Executive Producer and director Ben Stiller, creator and executive producer Dan Erickson and cast members Adam Scott, Britt Lower, Tramell Tillman, Dichen Lachman and Jen Tullock share “Innie” secrets from season one of the Apple TV+ critically acclaimed series.

The Alternate World of “For All Mankind”: Creators and executive producers Ronald D. Moore, Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi are joined by executive producer Maril Davis and cast members Joel Kinnaman, Shantel VanSanten, Jodi Balfour, Sonya Walger, Krys Marshall, Cynthy Wu, Casey Johnson, Coral Peña and Wrenn Schmidt to discuss the  third season of the Apple TV+ alternate reality series. 

The Players of “Mythic Quest”: Creator, executive producer and star Rob McElhenney joins co-creator and executive producer Megan Ganz, executive producer and star David Hornsby, and cast members Charlotte Nicdao, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim, Jessie Ennis and Ashly Burch take a deep dive into the  Apple TV+ workplace comedy and share an exclusive first look at the upcoming third season.

Storytellers of Apple TV+: Creator and executive producer Ronald D. Moore of “For All Mankind,” executive producer Simon Kinberg of “Invasion,” “See” executive producer and showrunner Jonathan Tropper, and creator and executive producer of “Mythic Quest” Megan Ganz will discuss creating the unique worlds of their series and share exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming episodes. David S. Goyer will also join from the set of “Foundation” with a special sneak peek at the upcoming second season.

Shout! Factory Announces Lineup for Comic-Con@Home

Shout! Factory has unveiled its programming for Comic-Con@Home, the virtual event replacing this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. sees “Mystery Science Theater 3000 – A Panel Panorama.” Join Erik Adams (The AV Club) as he leads a discussion with MST3K creator Joel Hodgson and former cast members Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot # 2) and J. Elvis Weinstein (Tom Servo # 1) in a Q & A.

Shout! Factory will also host a virtual booth through Comic-Con@Home’s official website, where fans will see preorder pages for upcoming releases, introductions to Shout! Factory TV channels, Shout! Factory’s annual sale of Con-centric titles and a shopping spree contest in which three winners will be picked.

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Shout! Factory TV will be streaming a marathon of pop-culture favorites from July 22 through July 26 titled Shout! Stays In. The event will showcase episodes from tokusatsu series “Ultraman Leo,” “Kamen Rider” and “Super Sentai”; cult superhero films including Guardians and Rendel: Dark Vengeance, graphic novel documentaries such as The Image Revolution and Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously; Shout! Factory convention panels from years past; and content from TokuSHOUTsu and “MST3K” new to Shout! Factory TV.

‘Star Trek’ Beaming to Comic-Con@Home

CBS All Access and CBS Television Studios have announced a “Star Trek” Universe block of panel programming during Comic-Con@Home to take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 23.

Deadline senior editor Dominic Patten will moderate the panels with an introduction and discussion with Secret Hideout executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin.

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Back-to-back sessions will feature the cast of “Star Trek: Discovery” performing a table read of the second-season finale. Cast members slated to appear include Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou), Doug Jones (Commander Saru), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Commander Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Ensign Sylvia Tilly), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), Tig Notaro (Commander Jett Reno), Alan Van Sprang (Captain Leland), Jayne Brook (Admiral Katrina Cornwall), and the Discovery Bridge crew Emily Coutts (Lt. Detmer), Oyin Oladejo (Lt. J.G. Owosekun), Patrick Kwok-Choon (Lt. Rhys), Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Lt. J.G. Bryce), Sara Mitich (Lt. Nilsson), and upcoming “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” stars Anson Mount (Captain Christopher Pike), Rebecca Romijn (Number One) and Ethan Peck (Spock), alongside “Discovery” executive producer and co-showrunner Michelle Paradise and executive producer Olatunde Osunsanmi, who also directed the season-two finale. Act one of the table read will be shown at Comic-Con@Home followed by a brief cast Q&A.

Mike McMahan, creator, showrunner and executive producer of the upcoming animated series “Star Trek: Lower Decks,” which premieres on CBS All Access Thursday, Aug. 6, will debut an exclusive extended first look from the premiere episode. McMahan also moderates a discussion with the Starfleet crew residing in the “lower decks” of the U.S.S. Cerritos, including Ensign Beckett Mariner, voiced by Tawny Newsome, Ensign Brad Boimler, voiced by Jack Quaid, Ensign Tendi, voiced by Noël Wells, and Ensign Rutherford, voiced by Eugene Cordero, as well as the ship’s bridge crew including Captain Carol Freeman, voiced by Dawnn Lewis, Commander Jack Ransom, voiced by Jerry O’Connell, Lieutenant Shaxs, voiced by Fred Tatasciore, and Doctor T’Ana, voiced by Gillian Vigman.

Finally, Patrick Stewart and the cast of “Star Trek: Picard” will discuss the show’s first season. Among those also slated to appear are Alison Pill (Dr. Agnes Jurati), Isa Briones (Dahj/Soji), Evan Evagora (Elnor), Michelle Hurd (Raffi Musiker), Santiago Cabrera (Cristobal Rios), Brent Spiner (Data/Dr. Soong), Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh), Jonathan Frakes (William Riker), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) and Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi).

WonderCon Postponed Amid Coronavirus Frenzy

To the surprise of few, the 2020 edition of WonderCon in Anaheim, Calif., has been postponed as a result of concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The event had been slated for April 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The fan gathering is organized by the Comic-Con International group, which also presents the annual San Diego Comic-Con International, an annual mecca for studios and content creators to interact with pop-culture fans, and showcase new movies and TV shows.

While not as large, WonderCon still attracted a sizeable presence from nearby, Hollywood, though studios had begun to withdraw from fan gatherings in recent weeks in an effort to protect their employees from the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

While myriad confabs and sporting events were becoming casualties of the growing fear of the spread of COVID-19, on March 11 CCI affirmed plans to carry on with both WonderCon and San Diego Comic-Con this year.

Later on March 11, however, the California Department of Public Health announced a recommendation that gatherings and events of more than 250 people should either be postponed or cancelled to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19.

WonderCon typically draws about 60,000 attendees, about half of its San Diego counterpart.

The initial announcement of the California guidelines covered events through the end of March, which meant WonderCon technically fell outside the orders’ parameters.

However, by March 12 CCI finally acceded to what most observers had considered an eventuality.

In a statement, CCI announced that it would abide by the recommendation and postpone WonderCon. Those who had purchased badges will receive refunds.

San Diego Comic-Con is still planned for July 23-26.