William S. Paley Television Festival Lineup Announced…

This morning, the Museum of Television and Radio unveiled its lineup for this year’s William S. Paley Television Festival, with tickets to Museum members going onsale next Thursday, January 26th.

The schedule this year:

  • Tuesday, February 28th: Grey’s Anatomy
  • Wednesday, March 1st: Entourage
  • Thursday, March 2nd: Everybody Hates Chris
  • Friday, March 3rd: Battlestar Galactica
  • Monday, March 6th: Medium
  • Tuesday, March 7th: My Name Is Earl
  • Wednesday, March 8th: House
  • Thursday, March 9th: Family Guy
  • Friday, March 10th: The Golden Girls
  • Monday, March 13th: How I Met Your Mother
  • Tuesday, March 14th: “An Evening With Sally Field”
  • Wednesday, March 15th: Weeds

More after the jump.

The details:

Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Betsy Beers (Executive Producer), Justin Chambers (“Alex Karev”), Patrick Dempsey (“Derek Shepherd”), Mark Gordon (Executive Producer), Katherine Heigl (“Isobel ‘Izzie’ Stevens”), Peter Horton (Coexecutive Producer/Director), T.R. Knight (“George O’Malley”), Sandra Oh (“Cristina Yang”), James D. Parriott (Executive Producer/Writer), James Pickens, Jr. (“Richard Webber”), Ellen Pompeo (“Meredith Grey”), Shonda Rhimes (Creator/Executive Producer/Writer), Kate Walsh (“Addison Shepherd), and Isaiah Washington (“Preston Burke”).

Wednesday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Kevin Connolly (“Eric Murphy”), Kevin Dillon (“Johnny Drama”), Doug Ellin (Creator/ Executive Producer/Writer), Jerry Ferrara (“Turtle”), Adrian Grenier (“Vincent Chase”), Stephen Levinson (Executive Producer/Writer), Debi Mazer (“Shauna”), and Jeremy Piven (“Ari Gold”).

Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Tichina Arnold (“Rochelle”), Terry Crews (“Julius”), Imani Hakim (“Tonya”), Ali LeRoi (Cocreator/Executive Producer), Vincent Martella (“Greg”), Tequan Richmond (“Drew”), Chris Rock (Cocreator/Executive Producer/Narrator), and Tyler James Williams (“Chris”).

Friday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: David Eick (Executive Producer), Mary McDonnell (“Laura Rosin”), Ronald D. Moore (Executive Producer/Head Writer), and Edward James Olmos (“Admiral William Adama”). Additional panelists to be announced.

Saturday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Jensen Ackles (“Dean Winchester”), Eric Kripke (Creator/Executive Producer/Writer), Kim Manners (Coexecutive Producer/Director), McG (Executive Producer), Jared Padalecki (“Sam Winchester”), John Shiban (Coexecutive Producer/Writer), and Robert Singer (Executive Producer/Director).

Monday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Patricia Arquette (“Allison Dubois”), Glenn Gordon Caron (Creator/Executive Producer), David Cubitt (“Detective Lee Scanlon”), Maria Lark (“Bridgette Dubois”), Miguel Sandoval (“D.A. Manuel Devalos”), Sofia Vassilieva (“Ariel Dubois”), and Jake Weber (“Joe Dubois”).

Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.*new time*
In Person: Marc Buckland (Executive Producer/Director), Greg Garcia (Executive Producer/Creator), Henry Lange, Jr. (Producer), Jason Lee (“Earl”), Jaime Pressly (“Joy”), Eddie Steeples (“Darnell”), Ethan Suplee (“Randy”), and Nadine Velazquez (“Catalina”).

Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Paul Attanasio (Executive Producer), Lisa Edelstein (“Dr. Lisa Cuddy”), Omar Epps (“Dr. Eric Foreman”), Katie Jacobs (Executive Producer), Hugh Laurie (“Dr. Gregory House”), Robert Sean Leonard (“Dr. James Wilson”), Jennifer Morrison (“Dr. Allison Cameron”), David Shore (Executive Producer), Bryan Singer (Executive Producer), and Jesse Spencer (“Dr. Robert Chase”).

Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Alex Borstein (Voice of “Lois”/Coproducer), Steve Callaghan (Coproducer), David A. Goodman (Executive Producer), Seth Green (Voice of “Chris”), Mike Henry (Voice of “Cleveland” and ”Herbert”/Coproducer), Mark Hentemann (Consulting Producer), Mila Kunis (Voice of “Meg”), Seth MacFarlane (Voice of “Peter,” ”Stewie,” and ”Brian”/Creator/Executive Producer), Chris Sheridan (Executive Producer), Peter Shin (Supervising Director), Danny Smith (Coexecutive Producer), and Kara Vallow (Producer).

Friday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Beatrice Arthur (“Dorothy Zbornak”), Susan Harris (Creator/Executive Producer), Rue McClanahan (“Blanche Devereaux”), Betty White (“Rose Nylund”), and Paul Junger Witt (Executive Producer). Additional panelists to be announced.

Monday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Carter Bays (Creator/Executive Producer), Pamela Fryman (Executive Producer/ Director), Alyson Hannigan (“Lily”), Neil Patrick Harris (“Barney”), Josh Radnor (“Ted”), Jason Segel (“Marshall”), Cobie Smulders (“Robin”), and Craig Thomas (Creator/Executive Producer).

Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Sally Field

Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Jenji Kohan (Creator/Executive Producer), Mary-Louise Parker (“Nancy Botwin”), and Elizabeth Perkins (“Celia Hodes”). Additional panelists to be announced.

I expect tickets for several of these shows to sell out in a few hours, although perhaps not as fast as the ones for Desperate Housewives and Lost last year.

The big news is that as of this year, the Museum, located in Beverly Hills, will no longer be selling tickets.

In past years, even though it was the surefire way to get tickets, it always ended up as a fiasco because the staffers were connected to the same ticketing system as the Museum members who were trying to order them online.

So based on what happened last year, ticket orders will apparently only be accepted over the phone and on the Internet. Which means absolute pandemonium because no one will get through on the phone because it’ll be busy and no one will get through on the Internet because the website will either ground to a halt or crash repeatedly.

Which was why I always went to the Museum to get my tickets, but since that option isn’t available anymore, I don’t even think I’m even going to bother trying for tickets at all this year, as it just isn’t worth the drama.


One Reply to “William S. Paley Television Festival Lineup Announced…”

  1. I love the Paley Festival. What disappoints me about the Festival in the last couple of years is the shift to focus on “new/current” shows and away from “classic” shows. (The only “old” show this year is Golden Girls.) The Paley Fest was always a great way to reconvene casts from old shows and to get the veterans to recount some of the stories from the “good ol’ days.”

    I know it’s easier to put on an event with an existing show because the shows have publicity teams already in place, but it feels like Paley Fest has become Publicity Fest (for current/new shows) and has strayed a bit from the original mission of the festival.

    Just my two cents.

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