Star Trek is headed back to San Diego Comic-Con, and CBS is going big, announcing today they are doing a panel in the famed Hall H. They are also doing a number of other promotions around Comic-Con for Star Trek: Discovery.
The Star Trek: Discovery panel will be held on Friday, July 20 at 1:30 pm in Hall H. Cast members scheduled to appear include Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo and Anson Mount, alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. The panel will be moderated by series guest star Tig Notaro, who will appear as Chief Engineer Reno in Season 2.
Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe Gallery Takeover
CBS is creating a fully immersive Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe experience at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery (363 Fifth Avenue, San Diego); Comic-Con badges are not required for entry. The exhibit, scheduled to run from Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22, features a photo opportunity with Emperor Georgiou’s Throne and showcases props and costumes from the series’ Terran Empire. The gallery will also house an official Star Trek shop with Comic-Con exclusives.
Exhibit Hours: Thursday (11:00 AM to 9:00 PM), Friday (11:00 AM to 9:00 PM), Saturday (11:00 AM to 9:00 PM) and Sunday (11:00 AM to 5:00 PM).
From Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22, CBS will offer free “intergalactic” rides throughout San Diego’s Gaslamp District in pedicabs inspired by the design of the U.S.S. Discovery’s captain’s chair. The pedicabs will feature the chair’s distinctive stitched black seats as well as video monitors built into its armrests, which will screen trailers for the highly anticipated second season. As an added touch, each vehicle will display an illuminated U.S.S. Discovery delta shield on the back.
Hall H is significant
Holding a capacity crowd of 6,500 people, Comic-Con’s Hall H is described as the “most important room in Hollywood.” During Comic-Con the 65,000 square foot space is often used by major film studios to promote upcoming tentpole movies. CBS used Hall H in 2016 for their 50th anniversary panel, which is where they first previewed Discovery.
Hall H does feature some major TV show panels, but more often TV show panels are held in Ballroom 20, which is another well known large venue at Comic-Con with a capacity of 4,800. CBS is using Ballroom 20 this year for two TV show panels (Tell Me A Story and Charmed), as well as the smaller Room 6A for three other events (Magnum PI and Crazy Ex Girlfriend panels, as well as a classic Twilight Zone marathon). Last year Ballroom 20 is where CBS held their Discovery Season 1 panel.
While there are no guarantees, the fact that CBS is using Hall H for this year’s panel indicates that they may have more than just Discovery to talk about. With the news that CBS is developing multiple Star Trek TV projects, they may be ready to make some announcements and show off some of what they have in store for Trek on TV. Alex Kurtzman has been tapped to oversee the expansion of Star Trek on TV and he will be at the Hall H panel.
As for Discovery itself, there is plenty that could end up being revealed. A big one is the actual release date for the second season, as the only word so far is it will be some time in 2019. Since the show will have been in production for three months by the time of the panel, it is quite plausible we could get a trailer or clip, possibly showing the USS Enterprise and Anson Mount’s Captain Pike. It’s also possible there could also be news regarding the future of After Trek, which CBS promised they are “reimagining” for season two.
UPDATE: Mount is looking forward to some footage too, more cast reactions
I’ll be there. Looking forward to seeing some footage! https://t.co/dzb7yLlABx
— Anson Mount (@ansonmount) July 2, 2018
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) July 2, 2018
Squee!! As someone who grew up going to @Comic_Con and dreamed of one day being on a panel there, I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to be on one, especially with this group of beautiful and inspiring artists. #StarTrekDiscovery #SDCC2018 #geekingout @startrekcbs https://t.co/3RqAWrkTs6
— Mary Chieffo (@marythechief) July 2, 2018
— Mary Wiseman (@may_wise) July 2, 2018
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Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
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