San Diego’s Comic-Con International, the annual comic-book melee that’s becoming increasingly important to TV networks seeking younger, ardent fans and Internet buzz, has posted its full schedule online.
The programming lineup for the July 24-27 event includes 120 TV-related panels, discussions and screenings for current shows and new series.
Among the series making their return to Comic-Con after buzzworthy convention premieres are NBC’s “Heroes” and “Chuck,” ABC’s “Pushing Daisies” and “Lost” and Fox’s “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”
The convention also will host previews and Q&As with the stars and creators/producers of upcoming series “Dollhouse,” “Kings,” “True Blood,” “Life on Mars,” “Virtuality” and “My Own Worst Enemy.”
“Dollhouse” creator Joss Whedon will pull double duty at the Con with a screening and panel for his Internet musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”
For the first time, the convention will include programming on preview night, July 23. Two screenings of J.J. Abrams’ Fox drama “Fringe” will be held that night, in addition to a trailer screening and Q&A on Saturday moderated by TelevisionWeek’s Deputy Editor and Columnist Josef Adalian.
Many TV studios and networks, including Warner Bros., NBC Universal, Sci Fi Channel and Cartoon Network, will have booths set up on the convention hall floor that will feature giveaways, autograph signings and memorabilia.
Also, G4 will offer six hours over two nights of live coverage from the show floor.
(Updated with G4 information)