Comic-Con 2012: FIREFLY 10th Anniversary Panel to Feature Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion and More

     June 27, 2012


That’s right, it’s time for a resurrection. Or at least a celebration — first-time San Diego convention goers the Science Channel will be hosting a special 10-year anniversary panel for Joss Whedon‘s short-lived cult show Firefly. Serenity’s captain and crew will all be in attendance, from Nathan Fillion to Alan TudykAdam BaldwinSean Maher, Michael Fairman and more. Whedon and his fellow executive producer and writer Tim Minear are also scheduled for the panel (occurring on Friday the 13th).

Additionally, the network promises never-before-seen footage, along with what is being billed as “numerous buzz-worthy surprises.” For more on the Firefly panel as well as Science’s other contributions to this year’s Comic-Con, hit the jump.joss-whedon-firefly-comic-conFirefly has been airing in reruns on Science since 2011, and has seemingly picked up a new wave of Browncoats to add to the show’s ever-growing fanbase. Besides the anniversary panel, Science is also looking to capitalize on the popularity of some of their other syndicated shows, such as Fringe, as well as the buzz of new projects like Dark Matters: Twisted But True, and a series version of the popular How Stuff Works podcasts, staring Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant.

Here’s the full press release with all of the dates and room numbers for Science’s panels:

(SILVER SPRING, MD) - SCIENCE today announced that it will converge on the world’s leading comics and pop culture convention with three exclusive panels at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), taking place July 12-15.  Headlined by the 10-year anniversary panel for the cult sensation FIREFLY, the network’s first appearance at the event features a star-studded lineup of top talent, producers and never-before-seen footage, along with numerous buzz-worthy surprises.  SCIENCE will burst onto the scene at this year’s Comic-Con providing the ultimate signature experience that fans won’t soon forget, with additional presentations for DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE and STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW.  FRINGE, which will make its SCIENCE debut on November 20, also will feature a panel on Sunday, July 15.

For the first time ever, SCIENCE will bring together the cast from the beloved but short-lived series, FIREFLY.  Captain Mal and his team will descend upon San Diego 10 years after the sci-fi western first hit airwaves and triggered a fanatical following.  Since making its debut on SCIENCE in 2011, FIREFLY has become an audience favorite, attracting an army of both new and veteran Browncoats to the network.  Join creator, executive producer and writer Joss Whedon, alongside fellow executive producer and writer Tim Minear, and cast members Nathan FillionAlan TudykAdam BaldwinSean Maher, Michael Fairman and the rest of the crew of Serenity for one of this year’s the most anticipated panels on Friday, July 13, at 12:30 PM (PT).

Friday evening at 7:15 PM (PT), John Noble (FRINGE) and the creators of SCIENCE’s hit series DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE will unveil shocking never-before-seen footage from the show’s second season.  Join host Noble, the series’ executive producer and a featured scientific historian as SCIENCE offers a sneak peak at forbidden research records from the most shocking studies ever executed.  Featuring gruesome lobotomy experiments, controversial CIA mind-control studies and accounts of live human transplants, the all-new season shows that science fact can be stranger—and sometimes more entertaining—than science fiction.  Noble also will be signing limited edition DARK MATTERS Comic-Conposters at his autograph session for those brave enough to question everything.  DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE season two premieres Saturday, July 14, at 10 PM (ET/PT). This is just the beginning of Noble’s Comic-Con conquest, as he will appear alongside the cast of the FRINGE at the Warner Bros. featured panel on Sunday, June 15. FRINGE makes its cable debut on SCIENCE on November 20 at 8 PM (ET/PT).

Finally, everyone’s favorite genius generalists Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant make their freshman Comic-Con appearance to record a live edition of their top-10 downloaded HowStuffWorks podcast.  Josh and Chuck will lead Comic-Con’s fans in the 360-degree discussion Time Travel: Science Fact or Science Fiction?  With surprise guests and exclusive giveaways, the guys also will reveal hidden scenes from their upcoming SCIENCE series STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW, premiering in January 2013.

“As a network, SCIENCE has one foot in the planetarium and the other in Comic-Con.  This venue is the Mecca for creativity and inspiration that can spark a great work of art or the next scientific breakthrough,” said Debbie Adler Myers, general manager and executive vice president for SCIENCE.  “From Joss, Nathan and our amazing FIREFLY panel, to John Noble and DARK MATTERS, to Josh and Chuck; our panels reflect the programming on SCIENCE—totally diverse but all whip-smart, hugely entertaining, lean-forward television.”

“We are very excited to welcome SCIENCE to the Comic-Con International family,” commented David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for Comic-Con.  “They have some of the most-anticipated panels at this year’s event and we know they won’t disappoint the legion of fans that come from all over the world to experience the phenomena that is Comic-Con.”

For more information on this year’s lineup, please visit: and Comic- Con International: San Diego 2012 at



Thursday, 7/12/12, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., Room: 5AB

SCIENCE presents Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant, hosts of the Top 10 iTunes podcast STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW, as they lead a discussion about time travel with some very special celebrity guests for a live from Comic-Con taping of their podcast.  Josh and Chuck’s loyal fan following, chemistry and insatiable curiosity are core to the launch of SCIENCE’s upcoming series STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW, as the two pioneer the way for what likely will be more introductions of talent discovered and incubated online finding a place on new platforms.  Join Josh and Chuck and the SCIENCE team at Comic-Con for an exclusive sneak-peek of STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW, as well as limited edition Comic-Con exclusive giveaways from SCIENCE.


Friday 7/13/12, 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m., Room: 20

It has been 10 years since the crew of Serenity took flight in Joss Whedon’s short-lived but now revered series, FIREFLY.  SCIENCE will reconvene, for the first time in a decade, Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew from the ship, calling all Browncoats to unite at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con.  The cast of FIREFLY will talk about the past, present and future ofFIREFLY, 10 years after its debut.  SHINY.


Friday, 7/13/12, 7:15 p.m.–8:15 p.m., Room: 6A

This summer, SCIENCE returns to the laboratory to unearth history’s most sinister tales with the second season of the breakout series DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE.  Join USA Today’s Brian Truitt; John Noble; Executive Producer Rocky Collins; and science historian Michael Stevens as we take a closer look at the forbidden research records on the most shocking scientific studies ever executed.  From gruesome lobotomy experiments, to controversial CIA studies, to spine-chilling accounts of live human transplants, the all-new season shows that science fact can be stranger, and even more entertaining, than science fiction.  The six world premiere episodes take audiences inside a real-life Twilight Zone, where shocking CGI re-creations illustrate unforgettable tales of genius gone horribly awry.  DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE premieres Saturday, July 14, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT).


Saturday, 7/15/12, 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

John Noble, host of SCIENCE’s hit series DARK MATTERS, will be signing limited edition Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012 commemorative posters during his autograph session.

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  • mattinacan

    one of the top 10 tv shows of all time

  • Ray

    truly was a fantastic 4 episodes and movie, I didn’t even hear of it until 2008 or so.

  • Ray

    14** eps.

  • FincherFan

    “Buzz-worthy” surprises? Could they be announcing the show’s return or another movie? Hmmm….

    • dogg

      Somewhere there’s a funny Quote by Whedon about all the shows they would have to destroy to get the actors back to restart firefly.

      • Louis

        That’s if they restart the show, I’m fine with them just doing another movie. Movies usual only take 30 days to shoot, so I’m sure they could find time for the cast without interfering with their current projects.

        Plus, what else could the “buzz worthy” news be?

      • dogg

        Yeah, I’d go for a reboot. Maybe with Whedon’s new clout he’ll make it happen!

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  • Dylan d

    Serenity 2!!!! Come on, After the success of Avengers, Maybe Disney will give Joss a chance as a reward!! Id love to see the crew 10 years later, a coda to the franchise

    • GunsOfNavarone

      I would love for that too dude, but I think that is wishful thinking now.

  • loki

    YES!!!!!!!!!!! Serenity 2!!!!!!! so many questions need answers.

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  • aaronsullivan

    I’m not sure what I’d want Joss and the crew to do, but I do know that I loved the “‘verse” he created. I always thought Joss botched the movie opportunity in Serenity (probably due to budget more than anything). As much as I like it in context with the series, it wasn’t a stand alone movie that could succeed by itself. I’m thankful for it, though because it got my wife and I to check out the series.

    Another movie seems like the best option at this point. From the director of Avengers 2 in the promos couldn’t hurt. Thing is, I think that’s WAY too much to hope for at this point in everyone’s career and it might be pretty tough to bring it all back and make it new again at the same time.

    I wonder if I’d go for a spin off where the original characters are involved somewhat, but there are new stars and a new story in the same space. Not so sure on that, though.

    Honestly, I’ll just be tickled to see them all at the panel together. :)

  • greed_owe

    I don’t think the additional footage or “buzz-worthy” surprises are related to Firefly. Here’s the full quote:

    “Headlined by the 10-year anniversary panel for the cult sensation FIREFLY, the network’s first appearance at the event features a star-studded lineup of top talent, producers and never-before-seen footage, along with numerous buzz-worthy surprises.”

    Every true Firefly fan tempers hope with the expectation of crushing disappointment.

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  • gomugomu

    if there is a new firefly…The Operative should come back as the Sheperd…

  • Gilgongo

    Does anyone else think this line “Joss Whedon, alongside fellow executive producer and writer Tim Minear, and cast members Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, Michael Fairman and the rest of the crew of Serenity” is as weird as I do? Um. There were women on that show too! They even mention Michael Fairman (who was on, what… two episodes?) but not Gina, Jewel, Summer, or Morena? Hell, even Christina Hendricks was on as much as Michael Fairman?! WTF?
    OK. Rant over.