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.