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Comic-Con 2011: 'Nikita' Showrunner Craig Silverstein (Q&A)

He discusses his first time in San Diego (for “The Invisible Man”) and what’s coming up next on the second season of the CW drama.

Craig Silverstein
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With hundreds of thousands of people attending San Diego Comic-Con every year and the July 20-24 event quickly approaching, The Hollywood Reporter chatted with the big names in television to discuss their favorite memories and tips for attending the annual event. THR’s Live Feed will talk Comic-Con with actors, writers and producers in the days leading up to the event so check back soon for interviews and the latest news on panels and screenings.
 
Craig Silverstein
Geek Cred:
Nikita, Terra Nova, Bones, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, The Invisible Man
Comic-Con panel: Nikita, Saturday, July 23, 6-6:45 p.m., Room 6BCF

The Hollywood Reporter: What was your first impression of Comic-Con?

Craig Silverstein: I first went in 2001 for The Invisible Man; it was my first show and first panel and I’ve been to probably four. My first impression was that I’d never be able to see everything there, and I wanted to see it all.
 
THR: What stands out from your Comic-Con experiences?

Silverstein: My most prized possession, years later, I found a tiny booth campaigning to save the Invisible Man. It was a few years after it was off the air and I spoke with the two women running the booth and about a month later they sent me a comic book starring me. I still have it.
 
THR: What’s the strangest thing a fan at Comic-Con has ever said to you?

Silverstein: Last year a fan told me after the Nikita panel, someone asked me if Nikita was going to be featuring gun kata, which was the weird Tai Chi gun and marshal arts thing seen in the Christian Bale movie Equilibrium. It was a very strange question. I had a feeling this guy was asking the same question at every panel.
 
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THR: What do you recommend for a memorable presentation?

Silverstein: Anything exclusive; not necessarily behind-the-scenes but an exclusive trailer. And party favors, hot actors and spoilers.
 
THR: What will Nikita screen at Comic-Con?

Silverstein: We’re trying to get video together though I’m not sure what the content will be.

THR: What tips do you have for Comic-Con first-timers?

Silverstein: Don’t bring kids 6 and under onto the floor. Last year I was excited to bring my little kids on to the floor and it’s so crowded and there are so many crazy costumes that I thought they’d love it. But after a few minutes they were ready to go. After last year, I started calling it Comic-Cannes since it’s so huge.
 
THR: If you were to stand in line for a panel all day, what would it be?

Silverstein: If they brought all the original writers of the original G.I. Joe animated series together, I’d stand in line for that; I love that show.
 
THR: Who would be on your dream panel?

Silverstein: I’d like to see Lawrence Kasdan, Shane Black and the guys who wrote the big tentpole movies in the ’80s and ’90s who inspired me.

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THR: What can you tease about next season on Nikita?

Silverstein: Every character is in a different place; we’re going to get more into the background mythology of the show and have Nikita vs. Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca). Since the season revolves around them digging into the black box, which is all of the links to their pasts, we’re going to Nikita’s past before she got into Division and more of her origins.
 
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