Zachary Levi Announced as Host for ‘Syfy Presents Live From Comic-Con’

Although yesterday’s news of Nerd HQ not returning to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con broke a lot of hearts yesterday — fear not, as just as promised, Zachary Levi still has something up his sleeve.

Syfy just announced that Levi will be hosting the second annual Syfy Presents Live From Comic-Con, the live telecast that offers celebrity interviews, insider party coverage, exclusive content, and sneak peeks from upcoming films and TV shows. This year’s installment will both tape and air during the con from Thursday, July 20 to Saturday, July 22, at 8PM PT.

“We are excited to be back in business with Zac as we prepare for this year’s Live From Comic-Con,” said Heather Olander, Senior Vice President, Alternative Development and Production of USA/Syfy. “Not only is he an immensely talented multi-hyphenate, but he’s a true fan himself and a con favorite. With Zac as our host, we are guaranteed to bring a fan first perspective to our coverage, providing an all access inside look at breaking news, celebrity interviews, and the on the ground interactions that make San Diego Comic-Con the premiere genre event!”

“I am beyond thrilled to be collaborating with Syfy during such a powerful year for their network,” Levi said. “As always, we are hard at work trying to bring the fans the most entertaining experience and content possible. My hope is that this year in San Diego will be one of the most memorable ever.”

Levi and his The Nerd Machine partner David Coleman will also be serving as executive producers on the series — and hopefully with their involvement, we may still see some Nerd HQ influence (and chairs — please let there be chairs this year, as Levi has already promised there will be more shade). In yesterday’s Nerd HQ announcement, Levi had said that he hopes to use other Comic-Con projects like this one to offer fans “at least a modicum of what we’ve been able to bring to you through Nerd HQ.”

Last year’s Syfy Presents event featured host Will Arnett, as he interviewed guests on the rooftop of the Marritt Marquis, including iZombie’s Rose McIver, Tony Hale, Alan Tudyk, The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus, the cast of Timeless, and even Levi himself. Stay tuned for more information on this year’s guests closer to the event.

Are you excited about the return of Syfy Presents? Let us know in the comments.

About Kerry Dixon

Kerry Dixon is Editor-in-Chief of The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog and the site's resident panel guru.
  • Randy Nickel

    That is great news! I was just telling friends of mine that I was disappointed Zach would not be back with Nerd HQ. I told them how I had been at the last Chuck panel and he got choked up over not coming back to SDCC. I think the whole room just wanted to give him a big hug. I’m glad he’ll be back in some capacity.

  • Jm5150

    i hate to be a sour puss, but to me this sounds like he canned NerdHQ for a fat paycheck. could be wrong but its a bit coincidental that he announces no Nerd HQ then the very next day is announced as hosting Syfy.

  • Mimi

    Your totally wrong. Did you see his video. They simply did not have the resources this year. He only does Nerd HQ for the Charity and because it is his passion. You can see then in the video. We will never know the the details but I think there will be a lot of charity in everything he does for comic con this year.

  • Aloki

    I heard Zac talking at C2E2 three weeks ago and he was all in on returning to the Children’s Museum if they could just get sponsorship. He was still optimistic then.

  • Stuart Gill

    It came down to just not being able to line up the sponsors in time to make it happen. There is a lot that goes into making the event happen but without sponsors signing on at the right time then it just cannot happen. The team at Nerd HQ have put everything they have into trying to make this happen and it’s just very unfortunate that it could not come together.

  • Is the Syfy Presents thing offsite/accessible to people that don’t have badges?

  • It was last year. This year’s process is still TBA, but we think it will be open to all again.

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