New York Comic Con 2020: The Panels to Watch

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This year’s New York Comic Con will be available to fans across the globe, not just those lucky enough to be in town for the event. And Variety breaks down some of the most buzzworthy panels to watch from home.

The 2020 panels featured will be made virtually available, with live and prerecorded content available to watch on the NYCC YouTube page. “Star Trek” and “The Stand” have been announced as some of the latest panels, joining a list of shows including “Animaniacs” and “Doctor Who” that have already been revealed. 

This year’s schedule will offer fans the ability to engage in virtual Q&As, as well as communicate with other fans through live chat features on YouTube. Insight into new shows like Hulu’s “Helstrom,” trivia competitions revolving around fan-favorite series and a virtual marketplace will offer fans a virtual experience akin to the in-person event.

Some highlights include a panel on “Smallville,” which ended in 2011 after 10 seasons following the Superman character, and a behind-the-scenes look at the blockbuster films in the “The Hunger Games” franchise.

More information and details about panels will be revealed closer to NYCC’s 2020 launch date, and this post will be updated as the schedule is announced.

Read this year’s list of panels to tune into below:

Animaniacs” – Executive producer Wellesley Wild, co-executive producer Gabe Swarr and voice cast members Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell and Maurice LaMarche will provide insight into the reboot.

Archer” – Executive producer Casey Willis will host a trivia event that allows at-home attendees to play along with voice actors H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash and Lucky Yates.

Doctor Who” – Actors Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill will engage in a discussion about the past two seasons of the show.

Fear The Walking Dead” – Ahead of the Season 6 premiere, the panel previews what has become of the now-separate group of survivors.

The Godfather of Gaming” – An exclusive chat with the “Civilization” game creator Sid Meier ahead of his book, “Sid Meier’s Memoir!: A Life in Computer Games.”

Helstrom” – Cast members to be announced and creator Paul Zbyszewski will take part in a conversation around the new Hulu series.

Monsterland” – A behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming horror anthology series, including conversation with cast members to be announced and creator/showrunner Mary Law.

M.O.D.O.K.” – Marvel’s upcoming animated series will offer a first look with the show’s creators Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum and voice actors Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz and Melissa Fumero

The Sandman” – Audible and DC present a conversation with author Neil Gaiman and writer Dirk Maggs about the comic’s audio adaptation.

Stargirl” – The DC series’ stars Brec Bassinger, Yvette Monreal, Anjelika Washington, Cameron Gellman and Meg DeLacy and creator/executive producer Geoff Johns share behind-the-scenes information about Season 1 and discuss what’s next.

The Walking Dead” – The panel will be about “A Certain Doom,” the Season 10 finale, set to air on Oct. 4.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond” – Insight will be provided into the third series in “The Walking Dead” universe, which follows a group of young people on a quest.

The Watch” – A first look at the new fantasy show from BBC America, featuring Yvette Nicole Brown moderating a discussion between series stars Richard Dormer, Lara Rossi, Adam Hugill, Jo Eaton-Kent and Marama Corlett, and executive producers Simon Allen and Richard Stokes.

What We Do in the Shadows” – Actors Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, Mark Proksch and the creative team will answer fan questions in a live Q&A.

Star Trek” Universe – “Star Trek: Lower Decks” creator Mike McMahan and “Star Trek: Discovery” co-showrunners producers Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise will be joined by cast from the shows to discuss recent and upcoming seasons. It will take place Oct. 8 at 12:00 pm ET.

The Stand” – Stars of the limited series based on Stephen King’s novel, including Whoopi Goldberg, James Marsden, Greg Kinnear, Amber Heard, Jovan Adepo, Odessa Young and Owen Teague, will engage in a Q&A alongside crew on Oct. 9 at 12:40 pm ET.

Wolfwalkers” – Directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, joined by other members of the crew, will explain the creative process behind Apple TV Plus’ upcoming film, by the animation studio Cartoon Saloon.

Camp Cretaceous” – Executive producers Colin Trevorrow and Scott Kreamer, consulting producer Zack Stentz, story editor Josie Campbell, and staff writers Sheela Shrinivas, Rick Williams and Bethany Johnson will invite “Jurassic World” fans into the writers’ room of “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.”

Smallville” – Actors from the 2000s hit series about Clark Kent in his Kansas hometown will celebrate 20 years since the show’s development. Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Sam Witwer, Laura Vandervoort and Michael Rosenbaum will take part in the panel.

Love and Monsters” – Dylan O’Brien will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the film set during a monster apocalypse. Premiering Oct. 16 on premium video-on-demand and Digital, it also stars Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker and Ariana Greenblatt.

Spontaneous” – Stars Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer share stories from on the set of the comedy film, which centers around high school students who mysteriously explode. They will be joined by director Brian Duffield. 

The Good Doctor” – The cast and executive producers of “The Good Doctor” will break down the Season 3 finale and provide fans an exclusive first look at the two-part Season 4 premiere about the coronavirus pandemic.

One Day at a Time” – The cast and executive producers of CBS’ “One Day at a Time” are returning after 40 years to discuss the importance of Latinx representation onscreen. The panel will be moderated by Ariana Romero, senior TV critic at Refinery29.

A Discovery of Witches” – A sneak peak into season two of the drama will be accompanied by a Q&A with cast members from the show and an introduction featuring executive producer Lachlan MacKinnon and author Deborah Harkness, whose novels the series is based on.

Locke & Key” – Author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodríguez will discuss the Netflix Original series with series editor Chris Ryall, providing on future comic books and graphic novels in the franchise.

Marvel’s Black Panther: Sins of the King” – An inside look into the audiobook series narrated by Emmy-nominated actor William Jackson Harper (“The Good Place”). An exclusive audio excerpt will be played from the Serial Box e-book. 

The Hunger Games” – The discussion on the book series-turned-franchise will feature David Levithan, editor of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, and Nina Jacobson, producer of the films, as they come together for the first time to share their behind-the-scenes experiences.