While the cabler hasn’t said anything publicly, Deadline has learned that the Talking Dead regular and Mom actor will replace longtime TWD SDCC panel host Chris Hardwick for the July 20 panel in Hall H. Hardwick was accused of emotional abuse and sexual assault by an ex-girlfriend last month.
A frequent presence at the San Diego confab, Brown will be making her Hall H moderating debut at the early afternoon panel featuring AMC’s TWD and spinoff Fear the Walking Dead.
Details are still being finalized, but the 11:15 AM-1:15 PM gathering in the San Diego Convention Center’s biggest venue is expected to include Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus, FearTWD’s Kim Dickens, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo and Lennie James plus EPs Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman and new TWD showrunner Angela Kang among others. If past years are an indication, also expect to learn the premiere date of TWD’s new season and see a sneak preview of what is expected to be Lincoln’s final year on the show.
Hardwick has denied the allegations from his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra, but the Talking Dead frontman did “step aside” from his TWD and Doctor Who SDCC moderating duties on June 16. After remaining mum for a few days, AMC said at the time that “while we assess the situation, Talking with Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC.”
That decision came at the eleventh hour as Season 2 of Talking with Chris Hardwickwas set to premiere June 17.
Brown’s pick as TWD moderator will only raise speculation that the ex-Communityactor will end up as the host of Talking Dead when it returns in the fall along with Season 9 of TWD.
Comic-Con 2018 runs July 19-22 in San Diego. Stay hydrated.