Lucasfilm Ltd. and G4 are joining forces for a first: A live TV broadcast of a panel from San Diego Comic-Con International, which celebrates its 40th year next month. "The Star Wars Spectacular!" will be broadcast on Saturday, July 25, at 2 p.m. The telecast is billed as featuring "never-before-seen footage, breaking news, surprise announcements, guest stars and more." In addition, G4 will present three hours of live coverage from the Comic-Con floor, beginning at 4.
I haven't seen a full slate of programming from Comic-Con yet, so I don't know if this would have been on my schedule -- I'll be at the massive movie/TV/comic/video/game/pop culture covention with my son, Josh, from preview night Wednesday, July 22, through the end on Sunday, July 26 -- but this will make it easier if there's a conflict. Exclusivity is one of the attractions of being there, like when Hugh Jackman shows up unexpectedly with previously unseen footage of "X-Men: Wolverine." Or when Steve Carrell shows up off-program for the "Get Smart" panel. Don't know if I need to be there if the whole world is watching, but it's great for anyone who's never been among the 125,000-plus fans who attend each year.
Anything involving a Lucasfilm-related project is usually kept under wraps and would normally demand that on-site fans find a seat at the panel. As G4 puts it, "Traditionally, details surrounding Lucasfilm's primary panel presentation are closely guarded secrets, with only 6,500 lucky on-site fans allowed access to the wealth of coveted information from a galaxy far, far away. But this year, G4 is offering TV viewers the one-of-a-kind opportunity to share the excitement with an exclusive broadcast of the panel. G4's Attack of the Show hosts Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn will join Lucasfilm's Steve Sansweet and a galaxy of guests from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and beyond - including supervising director Dave Filoni, and voice talent from the show - to provide an insider look at the Star Wars universe, with never-before-seen footage and a LIVE table read of an exclusive new Clone Wars script."
There will be the traditional fan Q&A as well.
One of the cool things already announced for this year is the launch of the "Star Wars Stories Project," in which fans of the Star Wars-verse can contribute to Lucasfilm's own historical archive through video testimonials. In addition to online submissions, fans will have the opportunity to record their stories at Lucasfilm's pavilion on the Comic-Con floor. Fans are invited to upload their stories at G4's Comic-Con site.