Syfy Unveils San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Plans for Battlestar Galactica, Nerd-HQ-Style Dance Parties, More

The official San Diego Comic-Con panel schedule starts coming out tomorrow (beginning with Thursday’s programming), but there’s still plenty of time for panel announcements and news. Syfy has just unveiled their San Diego Comic-Con plans for 2017 – and they’re bringing everything from a reunion for Battlestar Galactica, to The Expanse, to The Magicians, and more.

Syfy is back in full force at the con, with panels for The ExpanseThe Magicians12 Monkeys, Van HelsingDark Mattery, Shadnado 5: Global Swarming, Wynonna Earp, Z Nation, and Channel Zero, as well as new series Krypton and Blood DriveGhost WarsHappy, and more.

The biggest news, though, is that Syfy will be holding a Battlestar Galactica reunion – something they did earlier this year at ATX Television Festival in Austin. The panel will reunite creator Ron Moore with actors Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff, Mary McDonnell, Grace Park, and more.

On top of all of that, the network may even be saving some content for their own offsite – Syfy Presents Live from Comic-Con, which will be held nightly from Thursday, July 20 – Saturday, July 22 at the Marriott Marquis & Marina with host Zachary Levi. Tickets are not yet available, but we’ll alert you once they are (and expect them to go quick!).

And speaking of Syfy and Levi, the network is teaming up with Levi and The Nerd Machine to bring Nerd-HQ-style dance parties back to the convention. You can cap off Thursday and Saturday evenings at The Children’s Museum with free (first-come-first-served) parties featuring live performances. The Spazmatics will perform Thursday, and you can dance both nights away with Levi and other fans (and who knows who else might stop by?). Friday night will be invite-only again, as in previous years.

They’re also teaming up with Orlando Jones and his Cosmunity app, and they’ll be offering trivia trolleys, cosplay karaoke buses (and some of your favorite stars might stop by!), as well as cosplay repair carts, and “a drumline marching through the streets in the Gaslamp Quarter playing theme songs from Star Wars to Game of Thrones“. Jones will also be officiating weddings during the convention. No, really.

Here’s a look at the full schedule:

Thursday, July 20th
1:15-2:15p: SYFY HOSTS THE GREAT DEBATE ( Ballroom 20): Moderated by John Hodgman, the biggest names in the sci-fi universe duke it out over the most influential moments, milestones and people in the genre’s history. In “SYFY Hosts the Great Debate,” our expert panel will have the final word (or not!) on important topics like: “Star Trek” or “Star Wars”? Did Han or Greedo shoot first? And just who was the most influential captain of all time?
Panelists: Adam Savage, Orlando Jones, Aisha Tyler, John Barrowman & more (to be announced) debate the most influential moments, milestones and people in genre history

2:30-3:30p: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA REUNION (Ballroom 20)
Panelists: Ron Moore, Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff, Mary McDonnell, Grace Park & more (to be announced)

3:00-4:00p: VAN HELSING (Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront)

4:00-5:00p: Z NATION (Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront)

7:15-8:15p: 12 MONKEYS (Room 6BCF)
Panelists: Terry Matalas, Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Emily Hampshire, Alisen Down, Todd Stashwick

8:15-9:15p: DARK MATTER (Room 6DE)
Panelists: Jodelle Ferland, Alex Mallari Jr., Anthony Lemke, and Melissa O’Neil

Friday, July 21st
6:45-7:45p: SHARKNADO 5 (Room 6DE)
Panelists: Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, Cassie Scerbo, Chloe Lattanzi, Fabio, director Anthony Ferrante, and writer Scotty Mullen (via Hollywood Life)

Saturday, July 22nd
1:15-1:45p: KRYPTON (Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront)
Panelists: Cameron Cuffe, Damian Kindler, Cameron Welsh

2:30-3:30p: WYNONNA EARP (Room 5AB)

2:45-3:45p: HAPPY! (6BCF)
Panelists: Chris Meloni, Grant Morrison, Brian Taylor, Patrick MacManus

4:00-4:50p: THE MAGICIANS (Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront)
Panelists: Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Sera Gamble, John McNamara

5:00-5:50p: THE EXPANSE (Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront)
Panelists: Naren Shankar, Mark Fergus, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Frankie Adams, Dominique Tipper, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham

5:30-6:30p: GHOST WARS (6A)

8:00-9:00p: SCREENING: CHANNEL ZERO: NO-END HOUSE (Horton Theatre)

9:30-10:30p: SCREENING: BLOOD DRIVE (Horton Theatre)

About Kerry Dixon

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