C2E2, which takes place March 18-20 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, has more than doubled its TV-related events in its second year. (See the list below.)
Michael Trevino (who plays werewolf Tyler Lockwood), Candice Accola (vampire Caroline Forbes) and co-creator and exec producer Julie Plec will sign autographs and take part in a panel discussion that I will be moderating at 4:45 p.m. March 19. During the panel, the stars will present a "TVD" clip package and answer fan questions leading up to the return of the series April 7.
From "Chuck," cast members Joshua Gomez (Morgan Grimes), Ryan McPartlin (Captain Awesome), Vik Sahay (Lester Patel) and Scott Krinsky (Jeff Barnes) are scheduled to attend along with co-creator/executive producer Chris Fedak. It's a homecoming for McPartlin (photo below), who grew up in the Chicago area. My pal Maureen Ryan from AOL TV's Stay Tuned blog will moderate the panel.
For full details and updated announcements, go to c2e2.com
Ryan McPartlin of "Chuck" is coming home to Chicago for C2E2 in March.
"The Vampire Diaries" deets
3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. signing, Room 178A
5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Video presentation and cast/producer Q&A, IGN Theater/Room 375E
Join "The Vampire Diaries" Season 2 breakouts Candice Accola (starring as Caroline Forbes) and Michael Trevino (starring as Tyler Lockwood), as well as executive producer Julie Plec, for an in-depth discussion on each character's recent supernatural transformations--Caroline's undead vampire awakening to Tyler's bone-crushing werewolf metamorphosis. Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect with the cast and find out what it takes to become immortal. NOTE: Attendees are subject to change. From Bonanza Productions, Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, "The Vampire Diaries" airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. on The CW.
6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Video presentation and cast/producer Q&A, IGN Theater/Room 375E
"Chuck" makes its debut at C2E2 for a Q&A and special screening of exclusive footage and a fan-favorites panel. Co-creator/executive producer Chris Fedak will be on hand, along with fan favorites from the cast, including series stars Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin (above), Vik Sahay and Scott Krinsky. NOTE: Attendees are subject to change. "Chuck" airs at 7 p.m. Mondays on NBC. "Chuck" is produced by Fake Empire, Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television.
8:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Chuck Signing in Room 178A
Other TV types coming to C2E2:
- Chicago TV icon Rich Koz, who is Svengoolie on WCIU
- Rick Bayless, award-winning chef and winner of "Top Chef Masters"
- Laurie Holden, who plays Andrea in AMC's "The Walking Dead"
- Jon Bernthal, who plays Shane West in AMC's "The Walking Dead"
- Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays vampire Pam De Beaufort in HBO's "True Blood"
- Sam Trammel, who plays shifter Sam Merlotte in HBO's "True Blood"
- Brit Morgan, who plays werewolf Debbie Pelt in HBO's "True Blood"
- Eliza Dushku, who has starred in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Dollhouse" and other shows
- Tahmoh Penikett, who has starred in "Battlestar Galactica," "Dollhouse"
- Mark Sheppard, who has starred in "BSG," "Firefly" and appears in the upcoming Season 6 of BBC America's "Doctor Who"
- Patton Oswald, who stars in Showtime's "United States of Tara"
- Comics Dan Telfer and Joe Mande
- Scott Aukerman from IFC's "Comedy Death-Ray"
- Natalie Morales and Matt Keesler from the late, great "The Middleman"
- Steve Gonsalves from Syfy's "Ghost Hunters"
- Christopher Lien, Savahanna Lien Wise, Nate Lien, Daniel Hendry and John E.L. Tenney from A&E's "Paranormal State" series
- Chris Hardwick from G4's "Attack of the Show"
- Ian McNeice, who played Winston Churchill in the "Victory of The Daleks" episode of "Doctor Who" Season 5
- Jim Martin, puppet performer on such shows as "Mister Rogers Neighborhood," "Captain Kangaroo" and "Johnny and the Sprites;" and director of "Sesame Street," among other shows