WASHINGTON, July 7, 2014 – San Diego ComicCon fans and TV watchers are falling in love with horror shows based on graphic novels, novels and other fiction. The Walking Dead, the popular AMC zombie series is based on a comic book of the same name. HBO’s True Blood is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Alan Ball.
The Penny Dreadful brought 19th Century fictional stories to the people, installments appearing weekly at a cost of one penny each. Showtime’s Penny Dreadful reminds us of that bit of history in their weekly horror romp based on the stories of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Characters in the show include such wonderful personas as Mina Harker, Abraham Van Helsing (David Warner), Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and his monster played by Rory Kinnear, Renfield, and Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcom Murray, Mina Harker’s father. Eva Green plays a delightfully possessed Vanessa Ives.
Taking on the role of the audience is Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) a brash, daring “American” show cowboy who is showing us some very complicated elements to his personality. However we like to think he is the one that is normal in this cast of abnormality.
Penny Dreadful cast makes its Comic-Con debut on Thursday, July 24th putting the Showtime and Penny Dreadful brand on lanyards worn by convention goers. Featured panelists include stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway and creator/writer/executive producer John Logan. Aisha Tyler will moderate.
American Horror Story (FX), one of the ever popular anthology series, or returning show that features a new self-contained story arc every season will be appearing at the San Diego ComiCon. Expected to appear are Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson. Executive producer Tim Minear will also be part of a panel schedule for Saturday, July 26.
The show’s fourth season will be set in 1950s Jupiter, Florida and will look behind the curtin of American freak shows. The repertory cast, which has included notable actors such as Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Dylan McDermott and Kathy Bates, has appeared in three story arcs: 2011’s “Murder House”; 2012-13’s “Asylum”; and 2013-14’s “Coven.” American Horror Story: Freak Show will air this fall and conclude in 2015.
Fox TV shows represented at ComiCon include Witches Of East End; cast members Julia Ormond and Madchen Amick, and EPs Rich Hatem and Maggie Friedman appear on Thursday.
Thursday, July 24
24: Live Another Day, 10:00-11:00 AM, Ballroom 20, Kiefer Sutherland, EP Jon Cassar.
Legends, 12:30-1:30, Room 6A, Sean Bean, producers Howard Gordon, Alexander Cary, David Wilcox.
The Witches of East End, 5:45 – 6:45PM, Room 6DE, with cast Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston, Mädchen Amick, Daniel DiTomasso, Eric Winter and EPs Rich Hatem and Maggie Friedman.
Friday, July 25
Bones, 12:30 -1:30 PM, Ballroom 20 with castmembers David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel and EP Stephen Nathan.
Bob’s Burgers, 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Indigo with Creator/EP Loren Bouchard, EP Jim Dauterive and cast H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal and Larry Murphy.
Archer, 5:00-6:00PM, Indigo, Screening and Q&A with cast H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash and Lucky Yates, plus creator Adam Reed and Co-EP Casey Willis.
Brickleberry!, 5:30-6:30 PM, Room 25ABC. Live table read and never-before-seen episode of the Comedy Central’s show with creators and EPs, Waco O’Guin and Roger Black along with cast David Herman, Tom Kenny, Jerry Minor and Natasha Leggero.
Sleepy Hollow, 5:45 – 6:45PM, Room 6BCF, with EPs Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Len Wiseman, Mark Goffman, Heather Kadin and cast members Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, John Noble, Orlando Jones, Lyndie Greenwood and Katia Winter.
Saturday, July 26
The Simpsons, 10-11 AM, Ballroom 20, creator Matt Groening, EP Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, director-for-life David Silverman and a visist from Homer Simpson.
Family Guy, 1-1:45 PM with Seth Green, Mike Henry and EPs Rich Appel, Steve Callaghan, Danny Smith, and co-EP Peter Shin.
American Dad, 2-2:45 PM, Ballroom 20 with Dee Bradley Baker, EPs Matt Weitzman and Brian Boyle.
Salem, 5:45-6:45 PM, Room 6DE, with cast members Shane West, Janet Montgomery, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Iddo Goldberg and Elise Eberle along with EPs Brannon Braga, Adam Simon and Josh Barry.
American Horror Story, 7-8 PM, Room 6DE with cast members Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Michael Chiklis, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, and EP Tim Minear.
Sunday, July 27
Sons of Anarchy, 12:30-1:30PM, Hall H with creator Kurt Sutter, EP/director Paris Barclay and cast Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie, Jimmy Smits, David Labrava, Niko Nicotera and Drea de Matteo.
The Strain, 1:45 PM – 3:45 PM ,Hall H, never-before-seen third episode screening and Q&A with creator/author Guillermo del Toro, EPs Carlton Cuse, Chuck Hogan and cast Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Miguel Gomez, Ben Hyland and Jack Kesey.
DeadlineAlerts.com has contributed the schedule to this report.