Comic-Con 2014: ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Salem’ and more witchy TV

July 07, 2014 | 2:58 p.m.
Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley in WGN America's "Salem." (WGN America)

Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley in WGN America’s “Salem.” (WGN America)

Twentieth Century Fox will roll out several TV events at Comic-Con in San Diego later this month, including sneak peeks for new shows, panel discussions with old classics, live table reads, and a two-story signing booth on the convention floor.

Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Orlando Jones and other stars from shows such as “American Horror Story,” “Salem,” “Witches of East End,” “Bones,” “24: Live Another Day” and “Sons of Anarchy” will be on hand to sign autographs, hobnob with the fans or speak on one of the 13 panels scheduled for the confab.

To pull out a few highlights of interest to Hero Complex’s witchcraft fans, “Salem” will show peeks of its second season. The first original series from WGN, a Chicago network best known for showing Chicago Cubs baseball games and sitcom reruns, entered the crowded Sunday night spread in April. The first episode drew 2.3 million viewers over four airings. (WGN is owned by Tribune Co. which also owns the Los Angeles Times.)

Competing against shows such as HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” CBS’ “The Good Wife” and AMC’s “Mad Men,” “Salem” was co-helmed by executive producer Brannon Braga. In an interview with Hero Complex in April, he described the show as “a unique blend of ‘The Exorcist’ with a little David Lynch thrown in.”

On the other end of the coven, the Lifetime series “Witches of East End,” which earned solid ratings in its recently completed debut season, will show off selected scenes from the second. The cast of “American Horror Story: Coven” will discuss its last banner season, as well as preview the next franchise installment, “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”

For the other events, check out the schedule below:

10:00-11:00 a.m. “24″ with Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, the seemingly indestructible hero who’s returned in “24: Live Another Day.” After Sutherland speaks on stage, there will be sneak peek at “Worlds Collide,” a DVD featurette that looks at the latest season, and discussion with executive producer Jon Cassar (followed by a Q&A). Ballroom 20
12:30-1:30 p.m.: First look at the new TNT drama, Legends,” from “Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Alexander Cary and “Fringe” co-executive producer David Wilcox, and starring Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones). Room 6A
5:45 – 6:45 p.m. Season 2 sneak peek for “Witches of East End,” plus an audience Q&A with the cast: Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston, Mädchen Amick, Daniel DiTomasso, and Eric Winter, plus executive producers Rich Hatem and Maggie Friedman. Room 6DE
12:30 -1:30 p.m. “Bones,” with David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel and executive producer Stephen Nathan talk about what’s in store for the 10th season. Ballroom 20
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. “Bob’s Burgers” creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive and cast members H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal and Larry Murphy will show never-before-seen footage followed by a Q&A panel discussion. Indigo
5:30-6:30 p.m. Live table read and never-before-seen episode of Comedy Central’s Brickleberry! with creators/executive producers Waco O’Guin and Roger Black. Table read by David Herman, Tom Kenny, Jerry Minor and Natasha Leggero. Room 25ABC
5:45 – 6:45 p.m. An exclusive look at the second season of “Sleepy Hollow,” with executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Len Wiseman, Mark Goffman and Heather Kadin. Cast members Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, John Noble, Orlando Jones, Lyndie Greenwood and Katia Winter will take questions afterward. Room 6BCF
10:00 -11:00 a.m. “The Simpsons” celebrates its 25th anniversary with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson and “director-for-lifeDavid Silverman. Look out for a special guest visitor (hint: he likes donuts and beer). Ballroom 20
1:00-1:45 p.m. “Family Guy’s” Seth Green and Mike Henry will showcase a sneak peek of the historic “Family Guy” meets “The Simpsons” crossover episode in which Peter Griffin and clan visit Springfield. Also on hand to celebrate Season 13: executive producers Rich Appel, Steve Callaghan, Danny Smith and co-executive producer Peter Shin, plus a surprise guest. Ballroom 20
2:00-2:45 p.m. “American Dad” Q&A with Dee Bradley Baker and executive producers Matt Weitzman and Brian Boyle, and more. Ballroom 20
5:45-6:45 p.m. “Salem’sShane West, Janet Montgomery, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Iddo Goldberg and Elise Eberle, along with executive producers Brannon Braga, Adam Simon and Josh Barry, offer a look back at footage from the first season of the series. Moderated discussion followed by Q&A. Room 6DE
7:00-8:00 p.m. “American Horror Story: Coven cast members Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Michael Chiklis, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts and executive producer Tim Minear discuss the last season. The panel will also preview the franchise’s next installment, “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” Room 6DE
12:30-1:30 p.m. “Sons of Anarchy” An inside look into the final season of FX’s highest-rated series ever, with creator Kurt Sutter, executive producer/director Paris Barclay and the full cast: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie, Jimmy Smits, David Labrava, Niko Nicotera and Drea de Matteo. Room: Hall H.
– Margaret Wappler | @MargaretWappler


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