Comic-Con International kicks off with preview night Wednesday

Screenings for new TV shows Wednesday

SAN DIEGO - The 44th annual Comic-Con International pop culture extravaganza is scheduled to begin Wednesday night with preview presentations of upcoming television series at the San Diego Convention Center.


Attendees will see advance screenings of Warner Bros. television shows "Almost Human," "The Originals," "The Tomorrow People" and "The 100."

The convention began as a small gathering of comic book enthusiasts but has grown over the years to include Hollywood films and television programs. It now attracts 126,000 attendees, the largest annual show at the convention center.

"Almost Human," set to premiere on Fox this fall, is about a future detective and his android partner. J.J. Abrams is the executive producer.

"The Originals" comes from the producers of "The Vampire Diaries" and is scheduled air on the CW.

"The Tomorrow People," also produced for the CW, tells the story of a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities who represent the next evolutionary shift of mankind -- and those who want them eliminated.

 "The 100" is about descendents of the few space-bound survivors of a nuclear apocalypse who are sent to earth to see if it is habitable again. It will also be shown on the CW.

Prepaid parking at the convention center and Hilton Bayfront Hotel is sold out.

Free shuttles will run from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday between the convention centers and hotels in downtown San Diego, Mission Valley, Harbor Island and Shelter Island. The shuttles will run round-the-clock beginning Thursday at 5 a.m. until Sunday at 7 p.m.

Trolley riders can park for free at Qualcomm Stadium. Free trolley parking will also be available on the ground level at Hazard Center Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights -- and all day Saturday and Sunday.

North County attendees are encouraged to use the North County Transit District's Coaster train.

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