‘The Gifted’ Tops Fox’s 2017 Comic-Con Events, ‘Buffy’ Celebration Also Planned

"The Gifted," Fox's new superhero series, and the 20th anniversary of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" are among early announced San Diego Comic-Con events.
Lawrence Yee
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The official 2017 Comic-Con schedule won’t be released for another week and a half, but Fox revealed its 2017 San Diego Comic-Con line-up Wednesday, featuring eight shows. One nostalgic fan favorite is also celebrating a major milestone.

The events will kick off on Thursday, July 20 and wrap on Saturday, July 22.

Perhaps the most eagerly awaited events will be the premiere of The Gifted, a new superhero series, and an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Get the full schedule and descriptions below.

THURSDAY, JULY 20

Ghosted (4:45-5:45 p.m., Room 6BCF, Fox) Craig Robinson and Adam Scott partner up for Fox’s new action-comedy, which chronicles two “polar opposites” recruited to investigate an unexplained phenomena in Los Angeles. The leads will be joined by Ally Walker and executive producers Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten as they discuss this paranormal buddy comedy premiering Sunday, October 1.

The Exorcist (6-7 p.m., Room 6BCF, Fox) Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera), Father Marcus (Ben Daniels), Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan), and executive producers Jeremy Slater and Sean Crouch gather for a special fan tribute panel with a preview of the upcoming Season 2, which returns Friday, September 28.

FRIDAY, JULY 21

The Gifted (3:45-4:45 p.m., Ballroom 20, Fox) Fox’s new superhero series is a suburban couple who discover their children are mutants. The show stars True Blood alum Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, and Jamie Chung. It’s written by Matt Nix and directed by Bryan Singer, who helmed several X-Men movies, including 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The Gifted premieres Monday, October 2.

Bob’s Burgers (4:15-5 p.m., Indigo Ballroom, Fox) The Belchers return to San Diego with never-before-seen footage followed by a Q&A panel discussion with creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive, and the cast members Kristen Schaal, H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, and Larry Murphy. The animated comedy returns Sunday, October 1.

SATURDAY, JULY 22

The Simpsons (12-12:45 p.m., Ballroom 20, Fox) In its 29th season, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike Anderson, and director of The Simpsons Movie David Silverman are bringing secrets, surprises, and clips from the upcoming year. The venerable comedy is part of Fox’s Sunday line-up returning October 1.

Family Guy & American Dad! (1-2:15 p.m., Ballroom 20, Fox) For the first half of this animation panel, Family Guy cast members Alex Borstein, Mike Henry, and John Viener join executive producers Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin in providing a special preview of next season, including a sneak peek at the upcoming 300th episode. The season premiere is October 1.

For the second half, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane, Dee Bradley Baker, and executive producer Matt Weitzman of American Dad! deliver a first look of their new season ahead of their July 24 premiere.

The Orville (4:15-5:15 p.m., Room 6A, Fox) Seth MacFarlane himself will preview his new one-hour science fiction comedy-drama hybrid set 400 years in the future. Costars include Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Penny Johnson Jerald, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J. Lee, Mark Jackson, Chad Coleman, and producers David A. Goodman and Brannon Braga. The Orville will have two special Sunday airings this fall following NFL football on September 10 and September 17.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 20 Years of Slaying (6-9 p.m., Side Bar 536 Market Street, Fox) A celebration of the fan favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer series will be hosted by Legion M and include Buffy trivia and cosplay contests. Ticketed portions have already been sold out but the line will be open after all ticketholders are admitted. More details on the official Buffy the Vampire Slayer Facebook page. Here’s hoping the Scooby Gang will get back together at Comic-Con!

Lawrence Yee
Lawrence is Editor in Chief of Fandom. He grew up loving X-Men, Transformers, and Japanese-style role playing games like Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. First-person shooters make him incredibly nauseous.