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SDCC 2013 Programming Schedule: Saturday Highlights

IMG_1798CCI is releasing the programming schedule for Comic-Con 2013 in it’s annual fashion, and we’ll be bringing you the highlights of each day as they’re announced.

We’ll also be discussing our thoughts on this year’s lineup, including our top picks, in a special series of podcasts (the first of which will cover Thursday-Friday’s lineup).

You can read our previous highlights here:

Saying that, bring on Saturday!

Kicking off the day in Hall H is our previously-confirmed Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures panel. We had speculated the films to be featured, but now we have a list: Godzilla and Seventh Son, as we posted last night, along with 300: Rise of an Empire, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and – hurray! – The LEGO Movie. This panel is two and a half hours long, and we wonder if there will be some DC announcements squeezed into that already-full slate (we hope). No panel guests were listed specifically, and since Snyder is also involved with the 300 sequel, perhaps he’ll also be around for some other big announcement during the panel.

What a way to kick off the day in Hall H, and there’s no relief because Lionsgate will be bringing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire directly afterwards. 20th Century Fox Studios panel is slated for later in the afternoon, followed by Marvel with Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The Fox panel does not list any films specifically, as it has done in years past, but we think X-Men: Days of Future Past is a lock. It’s also important to note that the Fox panel is one and a half hours long, while Marvel is only an hour.

Ballroom 20 should get some relief from the capacity crowd expected in Hall H, but still has its fair share of quality panels. Starting off the day we get a double dose of Once Upon A Time, with the world-premiere screening of Wonderland and a Q&A with co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and “special guests”, followed by a full panel of the original OUAT series with Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue , and Michael Raymond James. Following, the traditional Fox animation block with Futurama, The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad. Vampire fans get a double dose of fangs with True Blood followed by The Vampire Diaries, and the room schedule closes with Arrow before the annual Masquerade.

In a bold scheduling move, the How I Met Your Mother panel is in the Indigo Ballroom, sharing the stage with Nerdist Industries and Geek and Sundry. The Originals also gets its own panel rather than sharing one with its big brother series, as well as Syfy series Being Human and the farewell panel for Warehouse 13, also over in the Hilton Bayfront.

Over in 6BCF, Marvel fans will be able to see the world premiere of Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. first thing in the morning, and followed by the series Grimm, Person of Interest, Revolution, The Tomorrow People and Lost Girl, while 6A gets Bates Motel.

Comic Con will also be utilizing the Lyceum Theatre again on Saturday, for Pinky and the Brain‘s 20th Anniversary. This looks to be the panel that will get people out of the convention center and deal with the ticketing plan to attend.

Video gamers have a lot to look forward to on Saturday as well. Microsoft will be showing off its new Xbox One in an hour-long panel moderated by Xbox Live’s Major Nelson in 6A, Max Brooks, author of World War Z, will be a panel guest for Dead Rising 3, and Marvel Video Games will show off what it has coming up in the next year, Telltale will be talking about the future of its Walking Dead video game series with Robert Kirkman, and attendees will get their first good look at Saints Row IV.

Fans of the written word should be sure to check out Neil Gaiman’s “Vertigo: The Sandman 25th Anniversary and Beyond!” in 6DE for a look back at his most famous work.

For comic-lovers, the biggest panel of the day is likely to be Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s Superman 75th Anniversary Celebration in 6A. The panel, which includes filmmakers, artists and writers from Superman’s long history, will also include “talent from the current blockbuster, Man of Steel“. Head over to 6DE for a Spotlight on Jim Lee, or Room 4 for a look back at the last 20 years of Hellboy.

Dark Horse is running an panel called Star Wars vs. Serenity in Room 24ABC. Just by the name it sounds like a war is about to take place. But read the description and it will be all about how the franchises and fandoms are both awesome, with some special announcements thrown in.

That’s just scratching the surface, but we’re saving our sleeper panels for our live broadcast on Sunday night.

What are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments.

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