CBS, SHOWTIME and the CW will make their mark at Comic-Con 2012 with star-studded sessions and signings, including premiere screenings of new series and first looks at the new seasons of returning hits. CBS Corporation's extensive presence includes cast and creative team panels with exclusive debuts of episodes, clips and trailers; non-stop booth activity with autograph signings, contests and giveaways; "CBS Buzz Tour" activities and swag; interactive opportunities and on-site coverage via CBS Interactive's CBS.com, GameSpot and CNET; and the CNET Base Station featuring GameSpot.
The panels will include a CBS Television Studios/CBS session and world premiere pilot screening for the highly-anticipated new series ELEMENTARY, a contemporary take on the legendary characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu; a SHOWTIME panel and sneak peek of the first two minutes of the upcoming seaso n premiere of the Emmy-nominated series DEXTER and a first-look trailer of the Golden Globe Award-winning series HOMELAND; the SHOWTIME panel for the hit series SHAMELESS; the CBS Television Studios/CW panel and pilot premiere viewing of the new series BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a modern adaptation of the beloved fairy tale; and the CBS Home Entertainment panel "Before and After: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION's Journey into High Definition," featuring illustrative before and after clips and a sneak peek at all-new featurettes.
Stars scheduled to participate include Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; cast members of the Emmy Award-nominated THE BIG BANG THEORY; Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, AJ Cook, Kirsten Vangsness and new cast member Jeanne Tripplehorn from CRIMINAL MINDS; Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter and Yvonne Strahovski from DEXTER; Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu from ELEMENTARY; Ben Schwartz from HOUSE OF LIES; Pauley Perrette from NCIS; Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman from PERSON OF INTEREST; William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Cameron Monaghan and Jeremy Allen White from SHAMELESS; and even Craig Ferguson's robot skeleton sidekick, Geoff Peterson.
CBS.com will offer a window into CBS events, news and action at Comic-Con for fans throughout the country via www.cbs.com/comiccon. Coverage will include interviews with attending CBS stars, man-on-the-street interviews, on-demand video coverage of the CBS series panels and photos from key Comic-Con and CBS events, including autograph signings and CBS booth activities. In addition to CBS.com, fans can get real-time updates through Twitter (@CBSatComicCon or @CBS) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/CBS), including live-tweeting of panels and events and access to photos and video.
For the second year in a row, CNET along with GameSpot will host an interactive station at the iconic Lou & Mickey's restaurant located in "Ground Zero," the gateway between San Diego Convention Center and the Gaslamp Quarter where tens of thousands of Comic-Con goers walk by each day. The CNET Base Station featuring GameSpot will be open to all Comic-Con show attendees the first three days of the show (Thursday, July 12-Saturday, July 14) where they can recharge mobile devices, refuel, enjoy some free grub, win cool prizes and play some of the hottest video game titles.
Additionally, GameSpot will cover Comic-Con from the gaming perspective, with a live-streaming stage show at Lou & Mickey's from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, PT (4:00 PM-7:00 PM, ET), on Thursday, July 12, Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14. GameSpot coverage will also feature a camera person roaming the show floor who takes direction from users at home, who can email their requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.comic-con.gamespot.com closer to the event for regular updates.
"Survivor" winner Jenna Morasca will serve as the official Master of Ceremonies at the CBS/SHOWTIME/CW booth (#4129) on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, welcoming and informing fans about the company's various Comic-Con activities, as well as hosting numerous trivia games with fun prizes. Booth giveaways throughout the five days will include handy ELEMENTARY string bags to hold special swag; "CBS Good-eBag cards" to access free downloads of a variety of prized CBS television and publishing content; PERSON OF INTEREST screen cleaners; Sharpies for THE BIG BANG THEORY, 2 BROKE GIRLS, PERSON OF INTEREST and ELEMENTARY; special "Star Trek: The Next Generation" 25th anniversary posters for 1701 lucky fans; the very first cycling jerseys to feature iconic art from "Star Trek: The Original Series"; sought-after U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D ornaments from Hallmark marking the 25th anniversary of Picard's brave crew; exclusive collectible BEAUTY AND THE BEAST lenticular buttons; and to-be-announced SHOWTIME items. Plus, back by popular demand, the booth will again feature the green screen photo booth, which enables fans to insert themselves within cast shots for select CBS, SHOWTIME and CW series.
Additionally, as a key stop on CBS's summer-long "CBS Buzz Tour" (#cbsbuzz) campaign, the Network's star-branded and mobile studio-equipped "CBS Buzz Tour" bus will be at Comic-Con through Saturday, July 14. CBS reality star veterans Alex Boylan (THE AMAZING RACE) and Burton Roberts (SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS), will lead the Buzz Tour's on-the-road fan activities and will engage viewers from anywhere in the U.S. with CBS.com webisodes, blogs and social media contests and posts. In San Diego, they will give fans special CBS-branded Comic-Con swag, secure behind-the-scenes interviews with CBS stars at the conference and facilitate having the stars answer fan questions submitted via Twitter. Buzz Tour schedules and content will be accessible via www.cbs.com/buzz. Fans can also follow via www.facebook.com/cbsbuzz or on Twitter at @cbsbuzz, @alexboylan and @burtonroberts.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE PANELS:
CBS Home Entertainment - "Before and After: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION's Journey into High Definition" Panel (Thursday, July 12 at 2:00-3:00 PM, Room 7AB)
"Star Trek: The Next Generation" fans are finally getting their wish, with all seven seasons of the beloved series being retransferred into high-definition. "Star Trek: The Next Generation - The First Season" will be released on Tuesday, July 24, and the team behind the project will give fans an insider's look at how the original film elements were transferred into high-definition and how the visual effects were painstakingly recreated from the source material to look better than ever. The session will include a first look screening of before and after clips (standard definition versus high definition on Blu-ray). Robert Meyer Burnett will moderate the panel, which includes Roger Lay, Jr. (Producer/Director, Blu-ray), Mike and Denise Okuda (Project Consultants), David S. Grant (Vice President, Multimedia, CBS Television Distribution), Ryan Adams (Director, Multimedia, CBS Television Distribution), Craig Weiss (Creative Director, CBS Digital), Eric Bruno (Lead Compositor) and Wade Felker (Film Transfer Technician). For updates, check www.facebook.com/StarTrek or follow on Twitter at @StarTrek.