2017 Comic-Con International: TBS show ‘Conan’ announces Comic-Con schedule

July 12, 2017

The following is a press release from TBS:

Conan at Comic-Con San Diego 2017

Conan O’Brien returns to San Diego for the third year in a row with a week of star-filled shows to be taped during Comic-Con® International. The roster includes stars from the upcoming Netflix movie “Bright,” the new Warner Bros. film “The LEGO Ninjago Movie,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” The CW’s “Supernatural” and a surprise film cast to be announced. “Conan’s” Comic-Con® International shows will be taped at San Diego’s historic Spreckels Theatre on Wednesday, July 19 – Saturday, July 22. Episodes will air that Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS, with availability across TBS and Team Coco’s digital, mobile and VOD platforms the following day.

The following is the schedule for the week’s episodes and guests:

Wednesday, July 19
Stars fromBright”: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramirez and Lucy Fry.
Stars from “Supernatural”: Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

Thursday, July 20
A surprise film cast to be announced

Saturday, July 22
Stars fromThe Lego Ninjago Movie”: Dave Franco, Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Zach Woods, Michael Pena, Kumail Nanjiani and Abbi Jacobson

Sunday, July 23
Stars from “Game of Thrones”: Alfie Allen, Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Conleth Hill, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead Wright

For tickets and more information about CONAN‘s San Diego shows, please visit teamcoco.com/comiccon. Fans can keep connected with CONAN during Comic-Con by using #ConanCon on social media.

New this year will be the CONAN360 Live Pre-Show, shot from the roof of Spreckels Theatre. Sponsored by AT&T, the pre-show will air live each night in 360-degrees across Team Coco’s social handles, giving fans at home access to bonus interviews, behind-the-scenes guest arrivals and more.

This marks the third year for “Conan” at Comic-Con International. In 2015, “Conan” became the first late-night series to tape a week of shows in San Diego during Comic-Con, a milestone celebrated with the creation of the first-ever Conan Pop! Vinyl figures. This year’s collectible figure designs include “Conan as Spider-Man™,” “Jedi™ Conan,” “The Flash™ Conan” and “White Walker™ Conan.” Fans will also have a chance to obtain a limited-edition “MonoConan” through social activations and other programs.

As in past years, the 2017 Conan Pop! Vinyl figures will be given away to audience members following each San Diego show. Through a partnership with Pepsi®, fans in the Gaslamp district will also have a chance to obtain special limited-edition Pop! Vinyl figures, tickets to show tapings and Pepsi products by tweeting to @teamcoco with a custom hashtag and emoji each night after the show. Supplies are limited, and details will be shared across Team Coco’s social handles.

To promote “Conan’s” Comic-Con presence, TBS will feature this year’s Conan Pop! Vinyl figures extensively in on-air spots and within various off-channel media, including wrapped trolleys and bus shelters. And in an activation sponsored by SNICKERS®, costumed, life-sized Conan Pop! Funko figures will roam the Gaslamp providing the best photo-op in San Diego. Fans who snap #SnickersSelfies with the characters will be rewarded with a SNICKERS® and coveted CONAN swag – all based on what is revealed under a branded scratch card.

2017 Comic-Con International: truTV activities and exclusives

July 12, 2017

The following is a press release from truTV:

Look out San Diego, truTV’s “Impractical Jokers” are coming back to the Gaslamp District – and this time they are going to leave it all out on the field. truTV, along with Sal, Joe, Murr and Q – together known as The Tenderloins – will treat fans of the long-running series to a massive block party steps from the San Diego Convention Center on the Field at Petco Park on Saturday, July 22. Building off last year’s mammoth block party which drew over 12,000 Jokers fanatics for a day of fun in the sun, truTV promises an even bigger, better Jokers experience this year.

Saturday, July 22 on the Field at Petco Park (7th Ave and L street)

The Official Schedule of Disorganized Hijinks and General Mayhem
(Downloadable version available at https://app.frame.io/d/OidHsFfo)

11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. PT: Join truTV and thousands of fans at the one-of-a-kind Block Party extravaganza celebrating all things Impractical Jokers. On top of exclusive merchandise from Spencer’s – including a new line of 3¾-inch Impractical Jokers action figures – a White Castle food truck, Wheel of Doom tattoos and a set from DJ G Money, this massive block party will give fans a chance to get up close and personal with some of the show’s most exciting and iconic dares and punishments. Things like:

  • Virtual Reality High Wire Experience: Sponsored by Mountain Dew, fans can get a first-hand VR-experience walking the same tightrope the Jokers crossed during their 100th Episode Live Spectacular (Season 4; Episode 26);
  • Pseudo Sumo: Fans can step into the ring for some sumo wrestling action, but don’t worry – they won’t have to don a diaper like Joe (Season 4; Episode 11);
  • Rodeo Clown: Fans can try their hand at riding a mechanical bull – and see if they can outlast Murr in this season three episode. (Season 3; Episode 9).

5:00-6:00 p.m. PT: An autograph signing with the Jokers

7:00-7:45 p.m. PT: A live presentation of “Impractically Speaking: the Impractical Jokers Live Web Show,” hosted by Casey Jost and brought to fans in the stadium and at home by Mountain Dew.

8:00-8:30 p.m. PT: An exclusive viewing of a never-before-seen episode of Impractical Jokers.

All activities are free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis.

Mountain Dew is joining truTV to help fuel the fun in San Diego as part of the brand’s year-long, fan-engaged partnership with the Impractical Jokers. Building on their robust, multi-platform campaign, Mountain Dew will have exclusive ownership of this interactive fan experience with high-impact touchpoints throughout the block party. From the VR high wire walk, which will integrate Mountain Dew branding into the cityscape billboards, to photo opportunities with larger-than-life characters from animated short-form content, and custom branded videos projected on the outfield Jumbotron, Mountain Dew will help enhance the activation with non-stop entertainment. To extend the fun to fans at home, videos will be shot on-the-ground, shared across truTV’s social handles and optimized via Tuner’s optimization capability Launchpad. Complimentary Mountain Dew and Pepsi products will be available on-site to fuel all-day refreshment.

The Mountain Dew partnership with truTV’s Impractical Jokers was negotiated by DEW’s media agency OMD and developed and executed by Omnicom Media Group’s Content Collective and Turner.

New episodes from Impractical Jokers’ sixth season return on Thursday, July 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT with a special hour-long episode that drops the four long-time friends in Hawaii.

2017 Comic-Con International: Adult Swim activities and exclusives

July 10, 2017


The following is a press release from Adult Swim:

Adult Swim is back and ready for fans to dive into new and unexpected experiences at San Diego Comic-Con this month. Fans will get a first look at all-new programming at celebrity-filled panels and enjoy free signings featuring series stars, creators and producers from Robot Chicken and Rick and Morty, a new animated series The Jellies! from Tyler, The Creator and Lionel Boyce, and the knock-out hit series Mike Tyson Mysteries. The hottest spot on the bay is back with the Adult Swim On the Green experience, featuring free games, activities, tons of giveaways, and live-streaming from the stars of AdultSwim.com.

Come spend a leisurely afternoon at Adult Swim On the Green! It’s free, it’s fun and right behind the convention center at 5th Avenue Landing and Convention Way, Thursday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Come relax on the back of a ferocious beast gallivanting through It’s A Fish Hole, get a six-minute mind massage from the upgraded Meatwad Dome 4D Experience – now with motion seats, or visit the oversized Claw Machine sponsored by State Farm®, which dispenses endless goodies geared towards maximizing the Con experience. This year’s green features all-new games, friends, prizes, fun, streams (of the live variety), motorized animals, a tarot card reader, dart throwing, and a must-have on the sun-drenched bay – shade. It’s a live choose-your-own-adventure in real life and all events are free for those that are 18+. Sign-up at AdultSwimPresents.com to fast track your entrance.

New this year, AdultSwim.com will be live broadcasting your favorite streaming shows, including “FishCenter,” “Stupid Morning Bullshit,” “Williams Street Swap Shop,” “Development Meeting,” and more all from Adult Swim On the Green.  Celebrity guests will be stopping by throughout the convention to chat all weekend long.  The streams will be live Thursday – Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m and on Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Stayed tuned on Friday, as State Farm helps the Williams Street Swap Shop hosts give a VIP experience to a few lucky fans during a special live streamed episode.  SNICKERS® Brand will sponsor a live stream of FishCenter, which will include a custom segment of “Coin Quest,” where the fish will swim through branded, superimposed graphics to win points as the hosts comment on all the action.

When the sun goes down, fans can come and unwind with free screenings. Nighttime is the right time to stare into the future at Adult Swim’s Nighttime on The Green with screenings featuring the latest series and pilots from 8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. with lineup starting at 7:00 p.m. On Thursday enjoy Toonami Pre-Flight previewing behind-the-scenes content of our popular anime programming block alongside hosts Jason DeMarco, Gill Austin, Steve Blum (Voice of TOM), and Dana Swanson (Voice of SARA). Friday, the unknown will be revealed at “Things You’ve Never Seen,” a night of specials and original pilots, brought to fans by SNICKERS®.  Blankets, chocolate and surprises provided.

The frenzy over last year’s Rick and Morty screening demanded we go bigger.  This year, Old Spice will be helping even more fans get their burning questions answered with a special evening featuring creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland at Petco Park on Saturday night from 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Need even more Rick and Morty?  The #Rickmobile will be rolling all over San Diego all week long.  Track the mad scientist’s movements online as the custom mobile pop-up shop stocked with exclusive Rick and Morty items makes its way across Southern California.

Even if you need a ride there, Adult Swim is joining forces with SNICKERS® to unveil a fleet of vehicles wrapped with custom artwork from our hit streaming show FishCenter.  The cars will be deployed throughout the Gaslamp district as part of our Free Rides Program on Thursday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  So, sit back and relax, as passengers will be able to snack on SNICKERS® Crisper bars and experience the best of Adult Swim content via rear headset monitors.  But before you grab a ride, don’t miss the State Farm branded prize cycles that will be rewarding con-goers with free swag throughout the Gaslamp.

If that’s not enough- below is a full list of Adult Swim show panels and talent signings for Friday, July 21 – Saturday, July 22. Panels and signings, as well as talent scheduled to appear, are subject to change. For continuing information about Adult Swim’s plans at Comic-Con and to RSVP for events, please visit AdultSwimPresents.com.



Hilton San Diego Bayfront – Indigo Ballroom

The Jellies!

12:15pm – 1:00pm

Show creators Tyler, The Creator (“Loiter Squad”) and Lionel Boyce (“Loiter Squad”), producer Carl Jones (“Black Dynamite”), and actor Phil LaMarr (“Samurai Jack”) invite you to preview an exclusive look at their brand new animated series The Jellies!, premiering this year on Adult Swim. Moderated by Walter Newman, vice president of comedy development, Adult Swim.

“Rick and Morty”

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Executive producers and co-creators Dan Harmon (“Community”) & Justin Roiland (“Adventure Time”), writer/producer Ryan Ridley (“Community”) and voice talent, Sarah Chalke (“Scrubs”) and Chris Parnell (“Archer”) invite fans to an inside look at the highly-anticipated third season, premiering this summer on Adult Swim. Moderated by Brian Q. Quinn (Impractical Jokers).

“Robot Chicken”

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Walkers and bawk-bawkers collide this year when the RC crew arrives with an exclusive sneak preview of the upcoming season…including The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking! Co-creator/executive producer Matthew Senreich, executive producer/co-head writer Tom Root, executive producer/co-head writer Doug Goldstein, actor/writer Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash), writer/director Tom Sheppard, creator/writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), and showrunner Scott M. Gimple (The Walking Dead) will be on hand for the fun, and who knows which surprise guests might “walker” onstage? Perhaps a guest who can write better puns than that. Moderated by Keith Crofford, senior vice president of production for Adult Swim.

“Mike Tyson Mysteries”

3:15pm – 4:00pm

It was a unanimous victory last time, but Iron Mike Tyson is taking on Comic-Con again and this rematch is sure to live up to all the hype.  Currently in its third season of solving mysteries, the Mike Tyson Mystery Team has all-new episodes airing on Adult Swim. Join Mike Tyson, fellow voice cast member Rachel Ramras (“The Looney Tunes Show”) and producer Hugh Davidson (“The Looney Tunes Show”) for an exclusive look at upcoming episodes.


Wristbands required for all signings. A limited number of wristbands will be given out on The Green the day of.  First come, first served.


1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.   

“Mike Tyson Mysteries”

Warner Bros. Booth (#4545)


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.      

“Rick and Morty”

Adult Swim on The Green

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  

“Robot Chicken”

Adult Swim on The Green

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

“The Jellies!”

Adult Swim on The Green

2017 Comic-Con International: ‘Vikings’ activities and exclusives

June 6, 2017

Vikings logo

The following is a press release from History:

HISTORY®’s hit drama series “Vikings” returns to San Diego Comic-Con with several exciting opportunities for fans including: a cast panel with new exclusive season five footage; a bona fide Vikings longship set ablaze in the San Diego Bay; a booth on the convention floor; drinking horn giveaways; an exclusive SDCC comic book and an elaborate funeral procession through downtown San Diego.

Additionally, HISTORY’s new scripted drama “Knightfall” which centers on the elite and mysterious military order of the Knights Templar, starring Tom Cullen, will make its SDCC debut with a “Knightfall: Guardians of the Gear” outside activation and a “Knightfall” inspired comic book entitled “Truth & Lies.”

Please see details below and join in on the conversation by using #VikingsSDCC @HistoryVikings and #KnightfallSDCC.

HISTORY’s “VIKINGS” PANEL – Friday, July 21 from 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Room 6BCF (2,000 capacity)

Katheryn Winnick (“Lagertha”), Gustaf Skarsgard (“Floki”), Alexander Ludwig (“Bjorn”), Alex Høgh Andersen (“Ivar the Boneless”) and Michael Hirst (creator/writer) will reveal an exclusive sneak peek of season five. Don’t miss out – come join them and find out what the gods have in store! Cast subject to change.

VIKINGS FUNERAL – Friday, July 21 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., Embarcadero Marina Park South

A one-day event to honor Ragnar Lothbrok and other beloved characters who have recently risen to Valhalla. The Vikings funeral will begin with a procession throughout the Gaslamp Quarter in the early afternoon from noon – 5:45 p.m. The funeral will conclude with a waterfront ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. featuring a floating 45-foot replica Viking long-ship with pyrotechnic display. Cast will be in attendance. Ceremony will be held behind the Convention Center at Embarcadero Marina Park South (200 Marina Park Way).


The popular “Vikings” drinking horn program returns, giving thousands of horn-shaped beer vessels to eager and thirsty fans. Select bars will offer special drink discounts for horn holders. Please follow @HistoryVikings for a complete list of participating locations. The horns will be made available to fans who attend the Vikings funeral event on Friday, July 21 at 7 p.m.


A new generation of warriors is rising in the Vikings world and fans have the opportunity to be immersed in it by showing off their swordplay in a video booth. Fans will get into character by selecting their weapon of choice and garbing themselves in Viking gear. A time-slice camera array will capture footage of each fan demonstrating their best battle moves with Ragnar’s sons – Bjorn, Ivar the Boneless, Ubbe and Hvitserk. Video will be available to share on social platforms.

Also available to fans while supplies last is a custom “Vikings” limited edition comic book from a story created by Michael Hirst, exclusively for SDCC.

“Knightfall: Guardians of the Gear” – July 20-23 – MLK Promenade

HISTORY is setting the stage for SDCC attendees to discover its newest drama series “Knightfall” before it premieres by offering an essential service that is new to the convention – “Knightfall: Guardians of the Gear.” The Holy Grail required protection of the Knights Templar, and SDCC attendees can count on that same protection for their own personal belongings by storing them in HISTORY’s “Knightfall: Guardians of the Gear.” Located along the MLK Promenade in the Gaslamp Quarter, our knights will guard attendees swag while they explore the rest of Comic-Con.

Additionally at the activation location, attendees will get to take a photo with the Knights Templar, watch a sneak peek of HISTORY’s newest drama series “Knightfall” and preview the Knightfall: Rivals video game on Steam Platform™, coming soon on mobile. Attendees will also be able to pick up a comic book from Titan Comics inspired by “Knightfall” entitled “Truth & Lies,” a prequel to the events in the forthcoming series that follows the Knights during the siege of the Acre in 1291 as they try to protect the most important relic in all of Christendom – the Holy Grail.

2017 Comic-Con International: Syfy activities and exclusives

July 5, 2017

Syfy has announced its plans for the 2017 edition of Comic-Con International, which takes place July 20 to July 23 in San Diego.

The following is a Syfy press release:

As SYFY celebrates its 25th anniversary and its recent brand reboot, the network is headed to San Diego Comic-Con bigger and better than ever before. In addition to 15 SYFY series panels or screenings, the network is rolling out a host of events, activations and parties designed to leave no fan behind. And SYFY will once again extend the fun to fans nationwide, with a three-night live TV event, SYFY LIVE FROM COMIC-CON, hosted by Zachary Levi.

“San Diego Comic-Con is the pinnacle event of the year for sci-fi enthusiasts, and as the only network dedicated to the genre 24/7, we can’t wait to celebrate in a big way,” said Alexandra Shapiro, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Digital, USA Network and SYFY. “SYFY is going to San Diego this year with a singular focus: to put fans first.”

SYFY’s SDCC takeover includes:


15 SYFY panels and screenings, including:

  • A frakking great BATTLESTAR GALACTICA reunion! With creator Ron Moore and cast from the hit series.
  • The ultimate sci-fi debate throwdown! Moderated by John Hodgman, the biggest names in the sci-fi universe duke it out over the most influential moments, milestones and people in the genre’s history. In “SYFY Hosts the Great Debate,” our expert panel will have the final word (or not!) on important topics like: “Star Trek” or “Star Wars”? Did Han or Greedo shoot first? And just who was the most influential captain of all time?
  • Panels for 11 SYFY shows! Including:
    • o SYFY’s upcoming Superman prequel series KRYPTON and the graphic novel adaptation HAPPY! (KRYPTON panel is co-hosted with Warner Bros. Television Group, and HAPPY! is co-hosted with Universal Cable Productions)
    • o Stars and creators of current SYFY hits THE EXPANSE, THE MAGICIANS and 12 MONKEYS (THE MAGICIANS and 12 MONKEYS panels are co-hosted with Universal Cable Productions)
    • o Fan favorites SHARKNADO, VAN HELSING, WYNONNA EARP, Z NATION and DARK MATTER — and upcoming new series GHOST WARS (All panels hosted by their respective studios)
    • Click here for the complete Syfy panel schedule.
  • Two big screenings! SYFY and Universal Cable Productions are screening an all-new episode of the grindhouse series BLOOD DRIVE and the premiere episode of “NO-END HOUSE,” the next installment in SYFY’s hit horror anthology CHANNEL ZERO.


  • SYFY fan parties! Stripping away the exclusivity of traditional Comic-Con parties, SYFY is throwing two nights of first-come-first-served bashes. Hosted at the Children’s Museum on Thursday, July 20 and Saturday, July 22, the themed parties feature photo booths, hourly surprises, live performances and more.
  • Superfan nuptials! Who says Comic-Con isn’t romantic? Actor Orlando Jones makes fans’ dreams come true, as he presides over pop-up nuptials at TBD locations throughout the weekend.
  • Trivia trolleys! Test your sci-fi knowledge and compete to win prize money and other giveaways on SYFY trolleys roaming the streets of San Diego.
  • Cosplay karaoke buses! Take the stage – and the mic – to belt out your favorite sci-fi theme songs on SYFY buses traveling throughout the city. You might even be surprised by one of your favorite stars!
  • Cosplay repair carts! Get an expert makeup touch-up or costume repair at these roaming carts, designed to ensure that all cosplaying ‘con-goers are at their camera-ready best.
  • A SYFY drumline! A drumline marching through the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, playing sci-fi theme songs and commemorating major moments in science fiction history? Yes, please.
  • The Nerd Party lives on! SYFY is partnering with Zachary Levi to co-host his annual invitation-only Friday night party.


  • Levi will host SYFY LIVE FROM COMIC-CON, a three-night live television event that allows fans across the country to experience the best Comic-Con has to offer, dissect breaking ‘Con news, and hear from their favorite stars and creators. Airing Thursday, July 20 through Saturday, July 22, the live event is produced by Wilshire Studios.
  • SYFY WIRE’s intrepid reporters and correspondents are providing 24/7 coverage of all the breaking news from the ‘Con, online via www.syfy.com and on air on SYFY (including SYFY LIVE FROM COMIC-CON).


** Subject to change **


Thursday, July 20th


Location: Ballroom 20

Moderator: John Hodgman

Panelists: Adam Savage, Orlando Jones, Aisha Tyler, John Barrowman and Charlie Jane Anders debate the most influential moments, milestones and people in genre history


Location: Ballroom 20

Moderator: Maureen Ryan, Variety

Panelists: Ron Moore, David Eick, Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff, Mary McDonnell, Grace Park, Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas

3:00-4:00p: VAN HELSING*

Location: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront

4:00-5:00p: Z NATION*

Location: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront

7:15-8:15p: 12 MONKEYS

Location: Room 6BCF

Moderator: Alicia Lutes, Nerdist

Panelists: Terry Matalas, Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Emily Hampshire, Alisen Down, Todd Stashwick

8:15-9:15p: DARK MATTER*

Location: Room 6DE

Friday, July 21st

6:45-7:45p: SHARKNADO 5*

Location: Room 6DE

Saturday, July 22nd

1:15-1:45p: KRYPTON

Location: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront

Moderator: Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer

Panelists: Cameron Cuffe, Damian Kindler, Cameron Welsh

2:30-3:30p: WYNONNA EARP*

Location: Room 5AB

2:45-3:45p: HAPPY!

Location: Room 6BCF

Moderator: Tim Leong, Entertainment Weekly

Panelists: Chris Meloni, Grant Morrison, Brian Taylor, Patrick MacManus

4:00-4:50p: THE MAGICIANS

Location: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront

Moderator: Chris Hardwick

Panelists: Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Sera Gamble, John McNamara

5:00-5:50p: THE EXPANSE

Location: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront

Moderator: Dalton Ross, Entertainment Weekly

Panelists: Naren Shankar, Mark Fergus, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Frankie Adams, Dominique Tipper, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham

5:30-6:30p: GHOST WARS*

Location: Room 6A


Location: Horton Theatre


Location: Horton Theatre


*Panels hosted by their respective studios.

2017 Comic-Con International: Netflix activities and exclusives

June 30, 2017

Netflix has announced its plans for the 2017 edition of Comic-Con International, which takes place July 20 to July 23 in San Diego. The following is information from a Netflix press release:

Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23

THE NETFLIX BOOTH #3729, found on the convention floor, fans will enter an interactive brand experience where they will be surrounded by 360 Degrees of Netflix originals. The booth will feature exclusive content, the latest information regarding cast appearances and giveaways.

Fans are invited to step into the world of Netflix at THE NETFLIX EXPERIENCE, located at the Hilton Gaslamp, will include sneak peeks of upcoming originals, exclusive giveaways, and more! Visit the virtual [reality] Upside Down with “Stranger Things,” get immersed into the world of “Bright,” and dive into the streets of New York with “Marvel’s The Defenders. ” Come by Thursday, Friday or Saturday between 11:00am – 8:00pm, and Sunday between 11:00am – 3:00pm.

Thursday, July 20, 3:15 p.m. in Hall H


Experience a sneak peek at David Ayer’s new film “Bright.” Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have co-existed since the beginning of time, this action-packed and completely original film will make for a must-see panel with stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez and David Ayer — featuring exclusive footage and Q&A. Attendees will also be treated to a first-look at the edgy thriller “Death Note,” based on the Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Cast and filmmakers will debut footage and discuss the project’s transition from graphic novel to film.

Thursday, July 20, 10:00 p.m. in The Horton Grand Theater


Netflix presents a surprise screening of an upcoming original film. Fans are invited to the Convention Center lobby before the screening for interactive activities that include costume and prop displays, interactive activities and autograph signings. Visit the Netflix booth on the convention floor to learn more!

Friday, July 21, 5:15 p.m. in Hall H


Daredevil. Jessica Jones. Luke Cage. Iron Fist. Four iconic super heroes. One stage. Nuff Said! Join Jeph Loeb and surprise guests of the highly-anticipated Netflix original series Marvel’s The Defenders as they band together for a panel you do not want to miss! Be the first to get an exclusive look into the super hero team-up that everyone is talking about before its August 18th global launch on Netflix.

Saturday, July 22. 3:00 p.m. in Hall H


Netflix invites fans to join the cast and creators of the pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things, to view never-before-seen footage from the second season that picks up in the chaotic aftermath of Will Beyer’s return to a world that will never be the same.

2017 IDCon: Joe Kenda, Tony Harris, Chris Hansen, Candice DeLong and other ID stars greet fans, share stories

May 20, 2017

by Carla Hay

Investigation Discovery show host Lt. Joe Kenda ("Homicide Hunter") was a popular personality at IDCon 2017.
Investigation Discovery show host Lt. Joe Kenda (“Homicide Hunter”) was a popular speaker at IDCon 2017. (Photo by Carla Hay)

Aficionados of true crime got an unforgettable experience at Investigation Discovery’s second annual fan event IDCon, which took place at the Altman Building in New York City on May 20, 2017.  ID show hosts Joe Kenda, Tony Harris (who was IDCon 2017’s lively and humorous emcee), Paula Zahn, Tamron Hall, Chris Hansen, Candice DeLong, Garry McFadden, Maria Elena Salinas, Graham Hetrick, Michelle Ward and Rod Demery all participated in the event, and most of them did meet-and-greet sessions with fans. The event kicked off with a greeting from Henry Schleiff, group president of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America. He thanked the fans for making ID the top-rated U.S. cable network for women. IDCon 2017 also premiered sneak preview footage of the upcoming ID scripted movies “Final Vision” (about the Jeffrey MacDonald murder case) and “The Dating Game Killer” (about serial killer Rodney Alcala).

Investigation Discovery show host Tony Harris (“Scene of the Crime”) emceed IDCon 2017. (Photo by Carla Hay)

The event space expanded this year to include a downstairs lounge area. The lounge had an ID Addict Truth Booth where fans can videorecord their ID Addict confessions, some of which could be televised or posted on ID’s social media.

IDCon 2017 attendees could confess their ID channel addiction in the ID Addicts Truth Booth and have their confessions videorecorded for possible airings on the network. (Photo by Carla Hay)

Other new activations this year the “Liar! Liar! Liar!” polygraph demonstration; a competitive “Be an Eyewitness” photo competition game; an “Evidence Board” to break down the facts behind the unsolved murder of Chandra Levy; and an exclusive photo booth where attendees can “Become the Notorious Headline” by having their photos imposed on mock crime-magazine covers.

IDCon 2017 attendees could participate in the Liar! Liar! Liar! polygraph test demonstration. (Photo by Carla Hay)

IDCon 2017 attendees were served free samples the first three wines from the recently announced ID Wine Club (which is available as of June 1). There was also plenty of ID merchandise for purchase. The items included a black T-shirt that has the IDCon 2017 logo and a gray T-shirt that says “I’d Rather Be Watching ID.” (The T-shirts come is sizes S, M, L and XL.) There were also thermoses and mason jars with Kenda’s signature catch-phrase “My My My.”

All proceeds for IDCon will be donated to New York’s Silver Shield Foundation, an organization which provides educational support to families of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. ID Addicts unable to make the trip to New York can watch select panels via the network’s Facebook Live streams, or go to network’s social handles at Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat for behind-the-scenes coverage.

ID host Tony Harris (pictured at right) gets a live polygraph exam at IDCon 2017.(Photo by Carla Hay)

A few fans at IDCon who were posting on social media and using the hastag #IDCON2017 during the event were randomly selected to win prizes, such as selfie sticks. Attendees also had the opportunity to answer trivia questions sent via text messages to win a grand prize of a trip for two on the Kenda Cruise, a partnership with Princess Cruises. Kenda announced the winner at the end of the event.

Here were some of the highlights of IDCon 2017 panels:

Missing From the Headlines

IDCon 2017
“Missing From the Headlines” panel, at IDCon 2017. Pictured from left to right: Investigation Discovery senior vice president of production Sara Kozak (panel moderator), Tamron Hall, Chris Hansen, Maria Elena Salinas and Paula Zahn. (Photo by Carla Hay)

Moderated by ID senior vice president of production Sara Kozak, this panel of TV journalists—Hansen, Zahn, Hall and Salinas—discussed some of the crime cases (usually murders) that they have brought to their ID shows.

Hall mentioned that in an upcoming episode of her show “Deadline: Crime,” Tyler Perry will be featured, and he donated $100,000 toward solving the crime. She elaborated, “Tyler saw the story on the local news … And he agreed for the first time to do a sit-down, on-camera interview about this case.”

Even when cases are solved, there is often a messy aftermath that doesn’t always equal a happy ending. Zahn mentioned the case of John Purvis, who was wrongly convicted of murder and freed nine years later, as an example of a case that stands out for her. Tragically, Purvis’ mother, who was his strongest supporter in the ordeal, died before he was released from prison. And a police officer risked his job and reputation to prove that Purvis did not commit the crime. “Even after they had proven [Purvis’ innocence] through DNA technology, this cop with still dealing with people who were doubting his testimony.”

Salinas also discussed an upcoming episode of “The Real Story” about the June 2016 mass murder at the predominately gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando. She said that Omar Mateen, the shooter who was killed by police officers , may not have been motivated by terrorism but rather homophobia. Salinas said one of the people interviewed in the episode is a man who claims he was one of Mateen’s gay lovers and says the reason for the Pulse shooting was “[Mateen] wanted to get back at some men he had one-night stands with who told him they were HIV-positive.”

All of the panelists agreed that one of the most important aspects of their jobs is having crime victims’ families tell their stories on the shows. Hansen mentioned that an upcoming episode of “Killer Instinct” is about the 1997 murder of Susannah Chase, a 23-year-old in Boulder, Colorado. Her killer was tried and convicted 12 years after the murder. Hansen, who interviewed Chase’s brother and sister, noted:”When they sit down and talk about their sister 20 years after [the murder] happened, it’s almost like the first time.”

Salinas added about families affected by murders and other violent crimes, “They have something to say … We have to remember that in a crime, it’s not just the deceased who are the victims, it’s the family that’s the victim. Sometimes it’s two separate families—also the family of the perpetrator. They sometimes provide details that we didn’t know before.”

People Magazine Investigates

“People Magazine Investigates” panel at IDCon 2017: Pictured from left to right: People deputy editor Dan Wakefield (panel moderator), People senior editor Alicia Dennis, People staff writer Caitlin Keating and People senior writer Christine Pelisek. (Photo by Carla Hay)

People magazine’s senior editor Alicia Dennis, senior writer Christine Peliseck and  staff writer Caitlin Keating gathered for a panel moderated by deputy editor Dan Wakeford to discuss the ID series “People Magazine Investigates,” which explores true crime stories that were covered by People. The panelists talked about how it was a relief that ID respectfully handles the recreations on the show because one of their biggest concerns before the TV show began was the real people in the magazine’s crime stories would be recreated for television. The panel also discussed the series’ first episode about the Long Island serial killer (who still hasn’t been caught) and the bizarre twist of how Mari Gilbert, the mother of one of the victims, was stabbed to death by her other daughter, according to prosecutors for the crime. Gilbert’s interviews for the show were among the last she ever did.

Notorious Headlines

“Notorious Headlines” panel at IDCon 2017: Pictured from left to right:producer Steph Watts (panel moderator), Candice DeLong, Beth Karas,Sgt. Derrick Levasseur, Dr. Kris Mohandie and producer Tim McConville. (Photo by Carla Hay)

Moderated by producer and reporter Steph Watts, this panel featured hosts and producers of ID shows that covered famous crimes. The panel included FBI profiler Candice DeLong (host of “Deadly Women”); legal analyst Beth Karas (“An American Murder” mystery specials on Casey Anthony and JonBenét Ramsey); police sergeant Derrick Levasseur and forensic psychologist Kris Mohandie (commentators, “Is OJ Innocent? The Missing Evidence”); and showrunner Tim McConville (“An American Murder Mystery”/”American Scandal”).

DeLong, who was one of the few people who has interviewed Unabomber serial killer Ted Kaczynski, said he was the only “evil genius” she ever met. DeLong also recalled that one of the strangest aspects of their conversation was that he gave her advice on “how to boil turnips on an open stove” after she had asked him what it was like to live in a remote, rural area. “It was the worst date I’ve ever been on, ” she joked. DeLong also said after interviewing him as an FBI profiler and reading his journals, her opinion of Kaczynski is that he only cared about two things: “his quarter-acre of land with a shack on it and the other was killing people.”

For the still-unsolved murder of college student Chandra Levy, Karas said that Washington politics and the high-profile aspect of the case played a big role in hindering the police investigation. “You have to have press conferences constantly, you’re under scrutiny … It’s a headache, but the public has a right to know, so it’s a delicate balancing act. They made mistakes along the way.” Gary Condit, a U.S. Congressman who later admitted to having an affair with Levy, was a person of interest for years, but Karas believes that Condit (who was cleared from the investigation) “had nothing to do with the disappearance [of Chandra Levy]” and that the reason why he fell under public suspicion so quickly was “bad timing for him” in a world where the media had obsessively covered the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

In 2016, several JonBenét Ramsey TV specials (including one from ID) aired within weeks of each other. McConville said that “time” is the biggest challenge when there is race to bring these competing specials on the air. “The pressure is to work fast. It was a race to get out there to find contributors. We were aware of the other specials coming out, but I don’t think we let that knowledge influence the way we were thinking of telling the story.”

For the ID special “Is OJ Innocent? The Missing Evidence,” Mohandie said in addition to getting the cooperation of the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, it was important for the investigative team to get interviews with former Los Angeles Police Department investigator Tom Lange to directly address accusations that the police planted evidence in the OJ Simpson case. Mohandie said that other key witnesses that were interview coups for the special included Allan Park (the limousine driver who arrived at Simpson at home on the night of the murders) and witness Jill Shively, whose was dropped by the prosecution after she gave a tabloid interview. “She saw something very important that night. Whether she sold her story to a tabloid is irrelevant, in my mind. She had been blamed by the prosecution for losing the case, and  [interviewing her’ gave us a chance to tell her that she had nothing to do with the loss of this case.” Levasseur added, “We were really focusing on Jason Simpson [O.J. Simpson’s oldest son] and that theory [that he might have been involved in the murders].”

The Case That Keeps Me Up at Night

“The Case That Keeps Me Up at Night” panel at IDCon 2017: Pictured from left to right: Dr. Michelle Ward (moderator), Rod Demery, Joe Kenda, Garry McFadden and Graham Hetrick. (Photo by Carla Hay)

Moderated by criminal psychologist Dr. Michelle Ward, this panel talked about cases solved by investigators/ID hosts Kenda (“Homicide Hunter”),  Demery (“Murder Chose Me”), McFadden  (“I Am Homicide”) and Hetrick (“The Coroner: I Speak for the Dead”) .

ID’s long-running “Homicide Hunter” is one of the network’s highest-rated series, so Kenda got the biggest cheers from the audience. When asked which case haunts him the most, Kenda and the other panelists gave a similar answer: “I don’t have a single case,” said Kenda, who added, “I did not solve 31 murders. All 31 haunt me to this day. Why didn’t I solved them? I solved 356 of them. People often ask me, “What was the most horrible case you’ve ever seen?”

Kenda and McFadden, who were on an IDCon panel together in 2016, mentioned many of the same things they talked about on that year’s panel, such as how their police work affected them and their personal lives. McFadden talked about a homicide victim’s daughter whom he eventually began to treat as if she were his own daughter.

One of the most interesting questions asked of the panelists was whether or not they think the worst murderers are created by nature or by nurture. Given that most serial killers and other murderers have siblings who do not become murderers too, the panelists said they believe that murderers’ disorders can be explained by “nature,” i.e., something to do with what’s going on inside the individual’s body, whether it is mental illness, a psychological defect or the effects of long-term substance abuse.

Ultimately, Demery said that murderers and other criminals “make a choice” to commit the crimes, and they should be held responsible for their choices. McFadden noted, “We all have the ability [to murder], but we may not act on it.” Hetrick added, “I think the study of environment is very important, and I think it’s important that we look at physical things ….certain pathologies of the brain. They’re all very important. They’re not as important from a personal standpoint as much as they are to understand how we can [help] society.”

2017 IDCon: Preview event attended by ID stars; stage, activations, panels revealed

May 19, 2017

by Carla Hay

A view inside IDCon 2017 at the Altman Building in New York City (Photo by Carla Hay)

Investigation Discovery’s second annual fan event IDCon is set to take place at the Altman Building in New York City on May 20, 2017. But on May 19, select members of the media were invited to a sneak preview of the event. (IDCon is sold out, but most of the event will be streamed on Facebook Live.) The event space was still being set up during the preview, but most of the participating talent was hanging out and doing some interviews. They included ID show hosts Joe Kenda, Chris Hansen, Candice DeLong, Tony Harris (who will emcee IDCon 2017), Garry McFadden, Graham Hetrick and Rod Demery. As previously reported, Paula Zahn, Tamron Hall, Maria Elena Salinas and other ID stars are expected to attend.

In addition to the panel lineup (listed below), attendees will have be able to go to two separate meet-and-greet sessions throughout the day.  IDCon 2017 will also premiere sneak preview footage of upcoming ID show episodes.

The event space has expanded this year to include a downstairs  lounge area. The lounge has an ID Addict Truth Booth where fans can videorecord their ID Addict confessions, some of which could be televised or posted on ID’s social media.

A view inside IDCon 2017 at the Altman Building in New York City (Photo by Carla Hay)

Other new activations this year include the “Liar! Liar! Liar!” polygraph demonstration; a competitive “Be an Eyewitness” photo competition game; an “Evidence Board” to break down the facts behind the unsolved murder of Chandra Levy; and an exclusive photo booth where attendees can “Become the Notorious Headline” by having their photos imposed on mock crime-magazine covers.

ID Wine Club
ID Wine Club (Photo courtesy of Investigation Discovery)

IDCon 2017 attendees will be able to sample the first three wines from the recently announced ID Wine Club (which is available as of June 1). There will be plenty of ID merchandise for purchase. The items include a black T-shirt that has the IDCon 2017 logo and a gray T-shirt that says “I’d Rather Be Watching ID.” (The T-shirts come is sizes S, M, L and XL.) There are also thermoses and mason jars with Kenda’s signature catch-phrase “My My My.”

All proceeds for IDCon will be donated to New York’s Silver Shield Foundation, an organization which provides educational support to families of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. ID Addicts unable to make the trip to New York will be able to watch select panels via the network’s Facebook Live streams, and follow the network’s social handles at Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat for behind-the-scenes coverage. Attendees are encouraged to share their experience and photos at IDCon on social media using #IDCon2017 with highly-engaged fans winning exclusive giveaways.

Here are some sneak-preview photos of IDCon 2017:

A view inside IDCon 2017 at the Altman Building in New York City (Photo by Carla Hay)

Here is the full IDCon 2017 panel lineup:

 Missing from the Headlines with esteemed news journalists including Tamron Hall (“Deadline Crime”), Chris Hansen (“Killer Instinct”), Maria Elena Salinas (“Real Story”) and Paula Zahn (“On the Case”). Moderated by ID senior vice president of production Sara Kozak, this panel digs into the cases that have compelled these journalists to bring these stories to a national platform on ID.

People Magazine Investigates featuring People Magazine’s award-winning slate of crime reporters—including senior editor Alicia Dennis,  senior writer Christine Peliseck and staff writer Caitlin Keating—and moderated by executive editor Dan Wakeford. This panel unpacks the intersection of television and print, and discusses how the magazine chooses which stories to bring to life on ID.

Notorious Headlines delves into the most provocative cases that have captivated our attention, from the Unabomber, O.J. Simpson, Chandra Levy, and Casey Anthony. Moderated by producer and reporter Steph Watts, this panel features personal insight from former FBI profiler Candice DeLong (host, “Deadly Women”), legal analyst Beth Karas (“An American Murder” mystery specials on Casey Anthony and JonBenét Ramsey) police sergeant Derrick Levasseur and forensic psychologist Kris Mohandie (commentators, “Is OJ Innocent? The Missing Evidence”), and showrunner Tim McConville (“An American Murder Mystery”/”American Scandal”).

The Case That Keeps Me Up at Night Moderated by criminal psychologist Dr. Michelle Ward, this panel unearths the cases that haunt ID’s own crime-solving superheroes and explains how killers leave a wake of destruction in their path for all that encounter the crime. The panel features Rod Demery (“Murder Chose Me”), Graham Hetrick (“The Coroner: I Speak for the Dead”) Joe Kenda (“Homicide Hunter”), and Garry McFadden (“I Am Homicide”).

2017 IDCon: talent lineup and ticket information announced

April 6, 2017

by Carla Hay

Tony Harris, Tamron Hall, Chris Hansen and Paula Zahn at IDCon in New York City on June 11, 2016. (Photo by Carla Hay)

Investigation Discovery (ID) has announced that its second annual IDCon, an event for ID fans, will take place May 20, 2017, at the Altman Building in New York City. The theme of the event is “Notorious Headlines.” Unlike the first IDCon, which was free to all  attendees, the 2017 edition will be selling tickets at $40 each. Tickets go on sale at EventBrite on April 7, 2017, at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. According to ID, all proceeds for IDCon will be donated to New York’s Silver Shield Foundation, an organization which provides educational support to families of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty.

ID show hosts Paula Zahn, Chris Hansen, Joe Kenda and Garry McFadden (who were all at IDCon in 2016) will return to the event in 2017. ID hosts Maria Elena Salinas, Rod Demery and members of the “People Magazine Investigates” team will make their first appearances at IDCon this year. More talent appearances are expected to be announced.

In a statement, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America group president Henry Schleiff commented: “IDCon was created as a thank you to our passionate fans, and our inaugural IDCon last year just ‘killed,’ selling out in less than eight hours with more than 7,000 people on the waitlist! Our self-proclaimed ‘ID Addicts’ have now made ID the #1 network for women, so we are particularly excited this year to deliver these superfans this unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and meet their favorite ID stars.”

The event, which is expected to sell out quickly to the approximate maximum of 300 people, will once again feature panel discussions, immersive experiences and meet-and-greet opportunities with ID stars.  On April 10, 2017, ID will also launch a sweepstakes for a lucky fan to win a trip for two to IDCon.

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