The traffic gods have conspired to keep Hollywood away from Comic-Con 2008, which kicked off today at the San Diego Convention Center.
A fiery wreck this morning on southbound Interstate 5 caused traffic to back up for 20 miles, according to the Associated Press. The highway is the main route from Los Angeles to the convention center.
One NBC executive said it took her five hours to travel the couple of miles from her hotel to the Con. Celebrities scheduled to attend early-morning panels Thursday either missed their events or arrived late.
Ian McShane, star of NBC’s new drama “Kings,” sent text messages to his 10 a.m. panel. Executive producer Michael Green read the profanity-spiked missives aloud to the crowd, which responded with waves of laughter.
Traffic also forced “Knight Rider” executive producer Gary Scott Thompson to vamp during his 11:45 session with fans. Mr. Thompson and series regular Paul Campbell kept fans engaged, with Mr. Thompson at one point answering questions in character as the missing actors. All of the cast ultimately made it to the session, as did executive producer Dave Bartis. Executive producer Doug Liman missed the panel completely, however.
The freeways weren’t the only cause of traffic headaches for inbound Hollywood types trying to get to the Con. Some attendees traveling by train were delayed for several hours Wednesday after a reported suicide on the railroad tracks.
As for the freeway incident, the AP said a Vons grocery truck burst into flames around 5:09 a.m. Thursday, sparking a four-acre brush fire near Camp Pendleton.