A look at the panels fans are interested in seeing
1. BIONIC WOMAN
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.
Who: Cast members Michelle Ryan, Miguel Ferrer, Will Yun Lee and Katee Sackhoff and exec producers David Eick, Jason Smilovic and Glen Morgan.
The scoop: Much of the Comic-Con crowd is too young to remember the original “Bionic Woman,” so now they’ll have a chance to call this new version their own, as things get started with a full-episode screening and half-hour Q&A with lead femme Ryan, who will sign autographs later in the day. (The appearance of Sackhoff alone would draw a mob, as she developed a cult following from “Battlestar Gallactica.”)
2. THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES
When: Saturday, 5:15 p.m.
Who: Cast members Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau and Richard T. Jones, plus exec producers Josh Friedman, David Nutter and James Middleton
The scoop: Fans will see the first-ever screening of the TV extension of the hugely popular “Terminator” movie franchise. The series takes place after the events of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Sarah Connor and her teenage son John are fugitives from the law and must evade pursuers from the future — and the present — in today’s Los Angeles, relentlessly battling to save the human race.
When: Saturday, 12:45 p.m.
Who: The entire cast, plus exec producer Tim Kring; moderated by “Heroes” writer and comicbook author/artist Jeph Loeb
The scoop: NBC’s “Heroes,” along with “Ugly Betty,” was the freshman phenom last season. Sci-fi fans can take humble credit for the success of “Heroes,” and those attending here will get an exclusive sneak peek of season two, plus a major announcement timed to Comic-Con. Among many topics up for discussion: the new “Heroes: Origins” spinoff that will fill the timeslot void instead of reruns, how the characters are constantly faced with dilemmas that confront both their good and evil sides, and where Kring sees the plot going from here.
When: Thursday, 5 p.m.
Who: Exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, plus selected cast members
The scoop: Despite grousing that the show had failed to live up to its initial brilliance, naysayers were left breathless by the season-ending episodes in May. The panel marks “Lost’s” first Comic-Con appearance, giving the creators a chance to discuss the future-forward device (Jack and Kate are seen off the island) used by the writers in the season finale, who the mystical Jacob might be and how a definitive finish date for the show will assist the writers in crafting how the series will end in 2010.
5. THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN
When: Friday, 12:45 p.m.
Who: Supervising producer Greg Weisman, producer Victor Cook, character designer Sean Galloway, voice talent Josh Keaton; moderated by Michael Vogel, manager of animation development at Sony.
The scoop: Fans can get a head start on the new animated series that will run on Kids’ WB! in early 2008. Skein looks at Peter Parker during his teen years as he adjusts to superpowers acquired from a spider bite. After a media lockdown, this panel is the first time any of the participants are speaking about the show.