June 12, 2013 9:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
Comic-Con: 'How I Met Your Mother' Gets First Panel, 20th TV Announces Full Lineup
The pieces of the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con are starting to fall into place. Though it will be some time before the full schedule and times come out, Twentieth Century Fox Television has confirmed which of its series will be making the trek this year -- and for one veteran it will be a first.
How I Met Your Mother is heading to Comic-Con for its first-ever appearance on Saturday, July 20. In anticipation of the CBS comedy's ninth and final season premiering this fall, cast members Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan are all making the trek alongside EPs Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Pamela Fryman.
Joining How I Met Your Mother in San Diego is new series Sleepy Hollow. The Fox pilot will get its world premiere during a Friday, July 19, screening and Q&A with the production team and stars Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie. The only other new entry, Fox's animated Murder Police, will share new footage and assemble much of its voice cast on Thursday, July 18.
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As for the veteran series, Sons of Anarchy and Bones both return on the drama side. And animated series Family Guy, The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Brickleberry and American Dad will all make return appearances -- as will Futurama, which gets a sendoff ahead of its final season premiering on Comedy Central this summer. The only notable absence is Glee. The musical comedy, which was not on the original 20th schedule in 2012 either, has been at Comic-Con each of the last four years.
Fox is expanding to a two-story booth on the convention center floor, where talent from the 11 series will rotate through for signings and other activities. Read the fulls schedule below:
Thursday, July 18
Murder Police: Panelists include creators David Goodman and Jason Ruiz, as well as voice talent Will Sasso, Chi McBride, Peter Atencio and Justina Machado.
Friday, July 19
Sleepy Hollow: EPs Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Fringe) and Len Wiseman will unveil the new project with an exclusive, world premiere screening of the pilot followed by a Q&A with fans featuring series leads Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie.
Bones: Creator and EP Hart Hanson, EP Stephen Nathan and star David Boreanaz all return with unseen footage and a Q&A session.
Bob's Burgers: The entire cast, featuring H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal and Larry Murphy, will be on hand for the screening and panel.
Brickleberry: A full new episode of season two will debut with an intro from creators and EPs Waco O’Guin and Roger Black.
Saturday, July 20
How I Met Your Mother: The very Con-friendly cast -- Josh Radnor (Happythankyoumoreplease), Cobie Smulders (The Avengers), Jason Segel (Freaks and Geeks), Neil Patrick Harris (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), Alyson Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) -- join the EPs for their first-ever panel.
Futurama: Most of the voice cast from the series will be on hand to discuss the resurrected (and recanceled) cartoon and introduce scenes from the upcoming "Last Episode Ever."
The Simpsons: The 25-year-old cartoon promises never-before-seen footage from guest director Guillermo del Toro, among other things.
Family Guy: A season 12 preview is on the schedule, along with Seth Green, Alex Borstein and surprise guests.
American Dad: The American Dad panel will include world premiere of a song from the never-before-seen Christmas episode.
Sunday, July 21
Sons of Anarchy: Creator Kurt Sutter and stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie and Jimmy Smits are all on board for the closing-day panel.