5:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg, Aaron Couch
Comic-Con: What to Watch for on Friday
After a brisk Thursday of panels at San Diego Comic-Con, it's a rather slow day on the film side as studios gear up for an even busier Saturday. On the TV side, it's full-speed ahead with some of the confab's biggest shows (Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Twin Peaks and The Big Bang Theory) holding court in the convention center's biggest ballroom: the 7,200-capacity Hall H.
The Hollywood Reporter is on the ground in San Diego and each morning will offer a guide to the day's must-see panels and what to expect when some of the biggest names in Hollywood take the stage as movie studios and TV networks alike look to win over fanboys and cut through the clutter and break through the increasingly crowded landscape.
Here are the must-see film and TV panels for Friday:
The Big Bang Theory (10-11 a.m., Hall H) The cast of broadcast television's No. 1 comedy makes their long-awaited return to San Diego as stars Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Kevin Sussman are joined by a surprise moderator (or two!). Typically low on scoop about the season to come, the Big Bang panels tend to be high on laughs — like the time Galecki dressed up in costume and made a surprise appearance during the audience question segment. Bazinga!
Psych (10-11 a.m., Ballroom 20) The USA Network favorite returns ahead of its highly anticipated movie revival. Exec producers Steve Franks, Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchak will be joined by surprise castmembers.
The Walking Dead (12:15-1:15 p.m., Hall H) After a rough week, the cast and creators of AMC's zombie drama will focus on the upcoming eighth season of the comic book adaptation. In keeping with the show's SDCC tradition, expect the season eight trailer and an official premiere date to be announced as stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Seth Gilliam and Khary Payton join EPs Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Greg Nicotero. (We'll miss you Steven Yeun, Michael Cudlitz and Sonequa Martin-Green.)
Game of Thrones (1:30-2:30 p.m., Hall H) The hottest show on television returns for what's likely to be an artful display of avoiding spoilers. With the season seven premiere having already aired, the panel will not offer Con attendees an early look at episode two. Still, that's an hour of Q&A — moderated by what's being billed as a "special guest from Westeros" — to allow stars Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) a chance to offer up enough of a cryptic tease to go viral.
Twin Peaks (2:45-3:45 p.m., Hall H) More than halfway through its Showtime revival, stars Kyle MacLachlan, Tim Roth, Dana Ashbrook, Kimmy Robertson, Everett McGill, Matthew Lillard, James Marshall, Don Murray and Naomi Watts will be grilled by moderated by Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers, Lost) about what's to come.
Outlander (5-6:30 p.m., Ballroom 20) The Starz fan-favorite will see super-fan Jenna Dewan Tatum host a season three preview chat with stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin as well as EPs Ron Moore, Maril Davis and author Diana Gabaldon.
The Defenders (5:15-6:15 p.m., Hall H)
Avengers Defenders unite! Netflix and Marvel bring Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones — aka the stars of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the critically panned Iron Fist — together for the first time. Expect special guests (and if last year's Marvel TV/Netflix panel was any indication, some breaking news.)
World premiere of Batman and Harley Quinn (7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Ballroom 20) Batman: The Animated Series creator Bruce Timm and star Kevin Conroy (Batman) will be on hand for a Q&A following a screening of the animated film about a team-up between the Dark Knight and one of DC's favorite villains.