The Museum of Television & Radio and Ticketmaster‘s websites say that the lineup for the 2007 William S. Paley Television Festival won’t be officially announced until tomorrow, but if you check this URL @ the MTR website, it’s been available for viewing since at least yesterday (last year’s lineup is here):
Thursday, March 1st @ 8:00 PM: American Idol
Friday, March 2nd @ 7:00 PM: The Office
Saturday, March 3rd @ 7:00 PM: An Evening With George Lucas
Monday, March 5th @ 7:00 PM: Brothers & Sisters
Tuesday, March 6th @ 7:30 PM: The Closer
Wednesday, March 7th @ 7:00 PM: Dexter
Thursday, March 8th @ 7:00 PM: Nip/Tuck
Friday, March 9th @ 7:00 PM: Prison Break
Saturday, March 10th @ 7:00 PM: Heroes
Monday, March 12th @ 7:00 PM: Ugly Betty
Tuesday, March 13th @ 7:00 PM: Jericho
Wednesday, March 14th @ 7:00 PM: Friday Night Lights
Thursday, March 15th @ 7:00 PM: The Simpsons
Checking the list of featured shows, three make their return to the festival: American Idol, Nip/Tuck, and The Simpsons. And two nights that’ll sell out in minutes when tickets go onsale (on February 1st @ 9:00 AM for members and February 4th to the general public) will undoubtedly be American Idol and Heroes.
Two big changes from last year’s festival:
– Reserved and tiered seating ($50/$35/$25 for members, $60/$45/$30 for nonmembers), so prices for the best seats ($50/$60) now cost *double* from last year where it was general admission ($25 for members, $29 for nonmembers). On the one hand, that means that you won’t have to camp out for hours to get the best seats, but the huge increase in ticket prices is disturbing.
– TicketMaster as the ticket reseller (Ticketweb was chosen last year), so expect the cost of a ticket to be probably $5-10 more w/ their various bullshit fees attached, and scalpers to nab the best seats seemingly before tickets go onsale. When I ordered tickets last year, the process was amazingly very smooth and easy (compared to previous years where the best way to get tickets was to camp out overnight at the Museum, but if you weren’t among the first ones there, you were screwed), so the change to Ticketmaster from Ticketweb is a major cause for concern based on my numerous experiences w/ them in the past.
UPDATE #1: Belated thanks to Mr. Hooks for the scoop.
UPDATE #2: Per HeyYouBabyBlue, with the official announcement, it looks like Friday Night Lights is out and Dexter is in. In addition, the guest lineup for each show has been announced, and The Simpsons will also feature a sneak-peek of The Simpsons Movie.