San Diego Comic-Con is great for the lucky few that get to go, but millions of nerds around the world will be sitting at home sulking about missing it and stalking live tweets from panels. Luckily, Nerd HQ eases the pain of missing SDCC with their live streamed Conversations for a Cause.
“Heroes Reborn” star Zachary Levi started the event, which takes place at the New Children’s Museum in San Diego, in 2011 with his company, The Nerd Machine. Nerd HQ offers tickets to small, intimate panels with celebrities. The money goes to Operation Smile, a charity that helps children with cleft lip and palate repair surgeries. In its fifth year, Levi revealed that he hasn’t changed the event much.
“We’re bringing the same, and that’s kind of the point of Nerd HQ,” Levi told TV Insider. “I’m a big fan of keeping things simple and not fixing stuff that ain’t broken. Part of what we want to keep special is that we’re not competing with SDCC. We offer complimentary programming in a smaller, more interactive and personal setting. We don’t try to pack more or different into each year. ... That said, we listen to the people after each event and try to improve every part of the experience.”
While Nerd HQ itself is free, their Conversations for a Cause are not. Tickets are required to be in these small panels with stars from “Supernatural,” “Orphan Black” and more. For the most part, these panels sell out very quickly. Luckily, anyone around the world can watch on the Nerd Machine’s YouTube channel.
Below are a few of the most exciting panels that are happening during Nerd HQ, which is held July 21-24. We’ll definitely be live streaming these. (Note: All times are PDT. Adjust accordingly if you plan to watch the live streams.):
Thursday July 21
Zachary Levi — 10 a.m. — The Nerd HQ co-founder has plenty to talk about. He recently starred in the “Heroes” revival and was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in “She Loves Me.”
Felicia Day — 2 p.m. — The unofficial queen of Comic Con makes a pit stop at the Children’s Museum to talk about her career. Between the upcoming “Mystery Science Theater 3000” revival, her recent role in “Con Man” and her various YouTube projects, she has plenty to talk about.
Friday, July 22
Nathan Fillion — 1 p.m. — “Castle” was canceled, but the actor has upcoming projects to discuss, like his role in “Con Man” Season 2 or his part in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Stephen Amell — 3 p.m. — Find out what’s happening in “Arrow” Season 5 from Oliver Queen himself.
“Teen Wolf” — 4 p.m. — Get the scoop on Season 6 from stars Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Dylan Sprayberry, Khylin Rhambo and showrunner Jeff Davis.
“Orphan Black” — 6 p.m. — Emmy-nominated actress Tatiana Maslany will appear with her co-stars Jordan Gavaris, Kristian Bruun, Kevin Hanchard as well as co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.
Saturday, July 23
“Robot Chicken” — 11 a.m. — Actor Breckin Meyer will discuss the animated show with writers/producers Matthew Senreich, John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner and Tom Root.
“Workaholics” — 2 p.m. – Actors Blake Anderson, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck chat about their comedy, which recently wrapped its sixth season.
Jai Courtney — 5 p.m. — The actor will likely tease his upcoming role as Captain Boomerang in “Suicide Squad.”
Sunday, July 24
Men of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” — 10 a.m. — Stars Clark Gregg, Henry Simmons and Iain de Caestecker chat about Season 4.
Joss Whedon — 11 a.m. — The “Buffy” creator and “Avengers” director always has fun stories for fans.
“Sherlock” — 1 p.m. — Co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are joined by producer Sue Vertue and actress Amanda Abbington to chat about the series’ long awaited return.
“Supernatural” — 3 p.m. — Actors Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard will drop hints about Season 12.
Check out the full schedule on the Nerd Machine’s official website.