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Comic-Con 2013: Day Three Schedule Highlights

The Griffins make an appearance on Day Three of Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego.

The Griffins make an appearance on Day Three of Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego.

The Day Three Comic-Con 2013 schedule has been officially released and, should you happen to be lucky enough to make it to San Diego in less than two weeks and fully recuperated from the second day, here are the Day Three highlights from which you will have your pick…

Day Three morning highlights – a light morning after a raucous second day starts off with a brief stay with Norman Bates at “Bates Motel” A&E’s new [in its second season] television series temporarily relocated to Room 6A where you will be pleasantly provided with a sneak peek and a Q&A with cast and creators. A mere 45 minutes later in Hall H, the day really begins to get going with a presentation from Warner Bros of several of their new film projects including a rebooted “Godzilla” franchise, fantasy action adventure “Seventh Son” [starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore], “300: Rise of an Empire” [director Zack Snyder’s sequel to “300”], “Gravity” [sci-fi pic starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock] and last but not least, “The LEGO Movie” – the first-ever full-length theatrical LEGO film. At 11:15am in Room 6A, more hype for Xbox One – Microsoft’s newest gaming/entertainment console will be handled by Xbox Live’s Major Nelson [not the same Maj. Nelson from “I Dream of Jeannie”] who will take those questions you may have about why the console was not specifically geared toward gamers.

Good news, everyone! Day Three afternoon highlights begin promptly at noon in Ballroom 20 with a final season Q&A panel from popular cartoon series “Futurama” featuring voice cast members Billy West and Katey Sagal and yes, of course, creator Matt Groening. If there is no room in Ballroom 20, you have another noon option by trundling on over to the Indigo Ballroom where Neil Patrick Harris will regale you with stories about the final season of “How I Met Your Mother”. If both of those rooms are full, there’s always Room 6A at 12:30pm where Marvel will hold a panel to talk about their video games. Or, if you wish – and you were lucky enough to get into Ballroom 20 for “Futurama” – you can merely remain in Ballroom 20 with Groening for the 12:45 panel for “The Simpsons”. At 1:30pm, put your best zombie face on so you can discuss zombie culture and other brain matter in Room 5AB with the zombie video game experts involved the Xbox One zombie video game “Dead Rising 3”. From here it starts getting hot and heavy as Lionsgate invades Hall H at 1:35pm for a sneak peek and Q&A of “I, Frankenstein” and “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”. At 1:45pm, the Griffins similarly invade Ballroom 20 to showcase the 12th season of “Family Guy” with Seth Green and Alex Borstein but, alas, no Seth MacFarlane, series creator. It’s a blast from the past in Room 25ABC at 2pm as pioneering kids television brothers Sid and Marty Krofft will be talking about the past, present and future of family entertainment. An actual MacFarlane will show up in Ballroom 20 at 2:30pm – but it will be Rachel MacFarlane – to talk about the new season of “American Dad!” along with some of her castmates. At 2:40pm in Room 6BCF, the cast of “Grimm” will talk about the upcoming third season themes of the NBC series. At 3:30pm in Ballroom 20, a “True Blood” panel commences to talk about the upcoming plot twists that may or may not occur for the HBO series which began its sixth season last month. Since Fox is still being coy about its 4:15pm Hall H presentation and not announcing its intentions or theme, the afternoon session ends with the highlight of a panel for the fifth season of “The Vampire Diaries” at 4:30pm in Ballroom 20.

Day Three evening highlights start at 5:15pm in Ballroom 20 with a panel, Q&A and discussion of the recently completed first season and upcoming second season of “Arrow” with cast members Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy and Emily Bett Rickards among others. It’s a veritable plethora of [adult swim] goodies at 5:45pm in Room 25ABC as cast members from “Squidbillies”, “Superjail” and “Aqua TV Show Show” discuss various eccentricities of their shows. Take a break for dinner and then come back to Ballroom 20 at 8:30pm [or Rooms 5AB or 6A for overflow crowds] for the annual Comic-Con International Masquerade parade of characters and see who are the masters of costuming prowess.

Comic-Con 2013 will be held at the San Diego Convention Center from July 18-21, 2013.

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