Hi everyone! Sorry it has taken me so long to post my first story from the amazing San Diego Comic-Con, but I have been sincerely overwhelmed!
The San Diego Convention Center area, along with the adjacent Gaslamp District, is simply packed with people. The Exhibit Hall (which is at least a half-mile long) is stuffed to the gills with comic book vendors, gaming industry booths, entertainment studios, artists, book publishers and toy manufacturers. Ive never seen anything quite like it.
Yesterday was my first real assignment day. While I was able to attend the panel in the main ballroom of the enormous convention center, I admit I was not prepared for the length of the line I had to stand in to get access to it.
I sat through two panels: Stargate: Universe and Caprica before being treated to hearing the panel for The Big Bang Theory.
Unlike the shows whose panels that preceded it, CBS and Warner Bros. (who produces the sitcom) definitely put some serious marketing money into their panel.
First, geek favorite and BBT guest-star Wil Wheaton, was asked to moderate the BBT panel. No one ever has to question Wheatons geek-cred as his own excitement about the panel was hard for him to hide. I think I actually heard him squee as he told the audience we were in for a special treat.
And by special, he really meant it! We were all handed a flyer that contained the lyrics to the catchy theme song from the show and told that we would be partaking in the true nerd activity of an audience-participation sing-along. Much to the crowds surprise, the rock band The Barenaked Ladies then appeared on stage and performed the theme song to The Big Bang Theory.
Immediately afterwards the entire cast of the show, along with its two executive producers, Bill Prady and Chuck Lorre walked out to a thunderous welcome from the crowd in Ballroom 20.
I have to admit, I found myself tickled that all of the actors -- Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Couco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar -- were present, and one thing became immediately obvious: This cast really does get along very well and they all seemed like they truly loved the show.
The biggest news to come from the producers was that beginning in the fall, the show will move from its current slot to Thursday nights at 8 p.m. This is great news really, for CBS must consider BBT its best show if its confident enough to move it to what is usually considered to be the most coveted slot in any networks programming.
They have also announced that yes, we can look forward to more Evil Wil Wheaton as a guest star in the future.
As I departed the panel, hungry and tired from the wait in line, I realized that the five-hour wait was actually worth it. However, I have also realized that Im getting old.
Today I awoke when I wanted to and I was especially glad for it when the first tweet I received upon Galecki, Parsons, Couco, Helberg and Nayyar, turning on my BlackBerry was from a friend who warned me I will never be able to make it into todays Warner Bros. panel as the line was already beginning to form at 6 a.m. The panel doesnt even start until 12:45 p.m.!
While this saddened me a bit (I was really looking forward to that panel) I also value my health, and I just dont have the energy at 45 as I did when I was in my 20s. So it looks like I may be missing my panels today (unless the "Fringe" panel line proves to be less daunting) and likely focus on what the Exhibit Hall has to offer.
Catch up with you later, hopefully with more news on "Fringe" and "Castle," but in the meantime, dont forget to follow the tweets from all of the Inside Blip writers and Michael Hinman on Twitter at @ComicConAA!
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