SDCC 2019: NBC Goes Against The Grain, Brings Comedy To Comic-Con

I think most fans would agree that Comic-Con has changed a lot in the last 50 years.  Call it broadening your horizons, or the invasion of pop culture into nerd culture, I know there are a lot of opinions on the subject.  This year at Comic-Con, NBC makes a bit of a surprising move in bringing a full line-up of comedy to SDCC 2019.

This certainly isn't the first appearance for The Good Place or Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but Superstore will be making their first appearance.  In true Comic-Con fashion, there will be plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in one of these shows both inside and outside of the convention hall.  Let's start with the panel schedule:

Thursday, July 18
“Superstore” (Presented by Universal Television)
5:30-6:30 p.m. | Room: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Join your fellow Cloud 9 employees for a Q&A session with the cast and producers: America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Mark McKinney, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Bloom, Kaliko Kauahi, and executive producers Justin Spitzer, Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green.

Saturday, July 20
“The Good Place” (Presented by Universal Television)
12:00-12:50 p.m. | Room: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Join stars Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto and executive producers Michael Schur and Drew Goddard for a forking great conversation moderated by Marc Evan Jackson.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Presented by Universal Television)
7:45-8:45 p.m. | Room: 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Join the Nine-Nine for a Q&A session with the cast and producers: Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller and executive producers Dan Goor and Luke Del Tredici.

There are also some pretty fun activations that you can be a part of.  Here they are and when they will be available:

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Experience
Thursday, July 18-Sunday, July 21 at Gaslamp Square (between the Convention Center and Hard Rock Hotel in front of the Tin Fish Restaurant).

Det. Jake Peralta and the rest of the Nine-Nine are headed to San Diego Comic-Con this summer, swapping coasts in search of new recruits! Comic-Con attendees can immerse themselves in the newly designed “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” experience, testing their skills for a chance to join the infamous 99th precinct. Attendees will enjoy a series of hilarious and unforgettable tasks in order to make the squad, all while surrounding themselves inside the show’s most iconic setting. Fans will also enjoy exclusive content, giveaways, and several opportunities to capture photos and videos in and around the activation.

“Superstore” Cloud 9 Pop-Up
Thursday, July 18-Sunday, July 21 inside the Hard Rock Hotel main lobby.

NBC’s “Superstore” is popping up in San Diego to offer attendees the chance to beat the heat and step into the Cloud 9 Department Store, located inside the Hard Rock Hotel main lobby. The pop-up will offer exclusive content, a custom photo opportunity and a “customer service” desk to host exclusive NBC comedy-branded giveaways, while supplies last. Follow @NBCSuperstore for more information and events during Comic-Con.

“The Good Place” Diner – The Interdimensional Hole of Pancakes
Thursday, July 18-Sunday, July 21 at Maryjane’s Diner at the Hard Rock Hotel.

NBC is transforming Hard Rock’s Maryjane’s Diner into the Interdimensional Hole of Pancakes, as seen in “The Good Place,” inviting guests into the memorable diner that exists between realms. For one weekend only, the portal to the Interdimensional Hole of Pancakes is opening up in downtown San Diego where guests can enjoy a themed meal, experience a mind-blowing Time-Knife and feel what it’s like for Michael to be truly powerless. Follow @nbcthegoodplace for more information during SDCC.

All three of these series are incredibly popular, and I certainly understand why NBC would do this.  At the same time, this is yet another year without an appearance from Blindspot at Comic-Con.  We also have their summer hit, The InBetween, which seems like it would fit in perfectly at the con.  You can understand why Manifest will not be returning, since the show will not even premiere later than usual.  While I certainly don't second guess the decision, I was hoping for just a couple of more shows to be added to the list.

Have you added any NBC items to your con schedule?

(Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC)