Some TV lovers aren’t lucky enough to be at San Diego Comic-Con this year, but Zachary Levi (“Chuck,” “Tangled”) is helping fans see some of their favorite stars at panels through Nerd HQ.
Levi started Nerd HQ in 2011 and partnered with The Nerd Machine, a company that makes products for self-identified nerds, to bring the event to life, according to Houston Press. Nerd HQ is a free event held at Petco Park in San Diego and attracts plenty of SDCC ticket holders as well as people who aren’t attending the convention. The Nerd Machine’s website, states that Nerd HQ “offers exclusive gaming and tech activations, nightly events, and intimate celebrity panels.”
Like Comic-Con, Nerd HQ brings celebrities in for panels called “Conversations For A Cause.” However, Nerd HQ puts the panels in smaller rooms and ticket the events so fans don’t spend all day in line. Nerd HQ uses the “Conversations For A Cause” ticket sales to fundraise for Operation Smile (which provides “free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe,” according to their website). Anyone who doesn’t get a ticket can watch the panels streaming live on Nerd Machine’s YouTube channel for free.
Nerd HQ will feature cult favorites such as "Orphan Black," "Supernatural," "The Walking Dead," and more. Here are some of the TV Panels you don’t want to miss from Nerd HQ:
Thursday, July 24
Craig Ferguson and Josh Robert Thompson (“The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”) at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, July 25
Yvonne Strahovski (“Chuck”) at 2:45 p.m.
Evangeline Lilly (“Lost”) at 4:00 p.m. - Panel will feature a book signing for Lilly’s new book “The Squickerwonkers.”
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios at 11:00 a.m. - Panel will feature Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner and Tom Root from “Robot Chicken.”
Saturday, July 26
“The Walking Dead” at 10:00 a.m. - Panel will feature Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Danai Gurira and Lauren Cohan.
Alan Tudyk (“Suburgatory,” “Firefly”) at 11:00 a.m.
“Intruders” at 12:00 p.m. - Panel will feature John Simm, Mira Sorvino and Glen Morgan.
“Sesame Street” at 1:00 p.m. - Panel will feature Murray Monster, Grover, Bert and Cookie Monster.
“Orphan Black” at 2:00 p.m. - Panel will feature Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, and Ari Millen.
“Resurrection” at 3:00 p.m. - Panel will feature Omar Epps, Frances Fisher, Kurtwood Smith, Devin Kelley, Aaron Zelman, Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas.
Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” “Firefly”) at 4:15 p.m.
A Conversation with Badass Women Mystery Guests at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 27
Stephen Amell (“Arrow”) at 9:00 a.m.
Wil Wheaton (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Felicia Day (“Supernatural”) at 10:00 a.m.
Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” “Firefly”) at 11:00 a.m.
Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) at 1:15 p.m.
“Supernatural” at 2:30 p.m. - Panel will feature cast members, though none have been specifically identified.