Every spring, the Paley Fest is a great way for TV fans to see the cast and creators of their favorite shows in person. Located in Los Angeles, this year's lineup features several IGN friendly series, including Fringe, Dollhouse, The Big Bang Theory, True Blood and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There will also be a special screening of the three unaired episodes of Pushing Daisies, while Joss Whedon fans will get two chances to see the popular Buffy creator – at the Dollhouse panel, and also at a night devoted to his internet sensation, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
There will also be a night honoring Battlestar Galactica, which will have just ended its fourth and final season when the Paley Fest occurs. The event will also look forward to the upcoming spinoff/prequel Caprica.
Below is the full press release for this year's Paley Fest.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2009
The Paley Center for Media Announces PaleyFest09:
Twenty-Sixth Annual William S. Paley Television Festival
Festival to honor the Casts and Creators of 90210; Battlestar Galactica/Caprica; The Big Bang Theory; Big Love, Desperate Housewives; Dollhouse; Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog; Fringe; The Hills; It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia; The Mentalist; Swingtown; and True Blood.
Los Angeles, CA— The Paley Center for Media will present the twenty-sixth annual William S. Paley Television Festival (PaleyFest09) from April 10 to 23, 2009, at the historic Cinerama Dome at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood with a special closing night presentation at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills on April 24. This year's Festival will feature three PaleyFest "firsts" – the first festival event to honor new media property, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog; the first public PaleyFest event held at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills , the special closing night presentation celebrating Swingtown; and the first to premiere the last three unseen episodes of Pushing Daisies.
PaleyFest09 is an extraordinary interactive pop culture event, connecting fans with the casts and creators of their favorite series as well as the icons who have changed or are changing the face of media. Named for William S. Paley, founder of both the Paley Center and CBS, PaleyFest continues its twenty-sixth year tradition of celebrating the collaborative creativity behind making great entertainment content—from the genesis of an idea to that vital connection with audiences the world over. PaleyFest evenings include a screening of highlights from the honored series followed by a panel discussion with members of the cast and creative team.
"For twenty-six years, we have celebrated the best of television, and now new media, with the creative teams who make the breakthrough programs. This interaction between the creative community and media enthusiasts has made this annual Festival a 'Must Be There' event," said Pat Mitchell, the president and chief executive officer of The Paley Center for Media.
During the Festival at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills , PaleyFest panels with the cast and creative team from the last twenty-six years will be featured including last year's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion, Beverly Hills 90210, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Angel, Alias, Battlestar Galatica, Pushing Daisies, and many others from April 10 through April 19. Starting on Wednesday, April 22, the Paley Center will screen the first twelve episodes of Swingtown in broadcast order leading up the closing festival event with the cast and creative team of the series at the Paley Center.
Since the first Festival in 1984, the Paley Center has honored nearly three hundred programs, including 24, Alias, American Idol, Beverly Hills 90210, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cheers, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Entourage, The Family Guy, Friends, Grey's Anatomy, The Golden Girls, Gunsmoke, House, The Honeymooners, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Lost, M*A*S*H, Mad Men, The Office, Roots, Route 66, Sábado Gigante, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Six Feet Under, South Park, thirtysomething, Ugly Betty, The Untouchables, The West Wing, and The X-Files, along with such personalities as Judd Apatow, Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, John Frank enheimer, Jim Henson, Bob Hope, Angela Lansbury, Jack Lemmon, Mary Martin, Carl Reiner, Garry Shandling, Flip Wilson, Jonathan Winters, and many others. PaleyFest panels are recorded and are available for viewing at the Paley Center in New York and Los Angeles.
The PaleyFest09 schedule is as follows—please note that events/participants are subject to change:
It's Always Sunny in Philadephia
Friday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Danny DeVito (" Frank Reynolds"), Glenn Howerton ("Dennis Reynolds"/Executive Producer/Writer), Rob McElhenney ("Mac"/Creator/Executive Producer/Writer/Director), Kaitlin Olson ("Sweet Dee "). Additional panelists to be announced.
Saturday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Panelists from the cast and creative team to be announced.
Monday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Alan Ball (Creator/Executive Producer), Ryan Kwanten ("Jason Stackhouse"), Steven Moyer ("Bill Compton"), Anna Paquin ("Sookie Stackhouse"), Sam Trammell ("Sam Merlotte"), Rutina Wessley ("Tara Thorton"). Additional panelists to be announced.
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Felicia Day ("Penny"), Nathan Fillion ("Captain Hammer"), Jed Whedon ("Bad Horse Chorus #2/Dead Bowie "/Composer/Writer), Joss Whedon (Creator/Executive Producer/Writer/Director), Zack Whedon (Executive Producer/Writer).
Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Joss Whedon (Creator/Executive Producer/Writer/Director), Eliza Dushku ("Echo"), Enver Gjoka ("Victor"), Fran Kranz ("Topher"), Dichen Lachman ("Sierra"), Harry Lennix ("Boyd"), Tahmoh Penikett ("Paul"), Olivia Williams ("Adelle").
The Big Bang Theory
Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Kaley Cuoko ("Penny"), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Jim Parsons ("Sheldon"). Additional panelists to be announced.
Friday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Simon Baker ("Patrick Jane"), Bruno Heller (Creator /Executive Producer) Tim Kang ("Kimball Cho"), Chris Long (Coexecutive Producer/Director), Amanda Righetti ("Grace Van Pelt"), Robin Tunney ("Teresa Lisbon"), Owain Yeoman ("Wayne Rigsby"). Additional panelists to be announced.
Saturday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Panelists from the cast and creative team to be announced.
PaleyFest09 Special Matinee Screening Event: Pushing Daisies' Last Unaired Episodes
Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m.
Introduction by Bryan Fuller (Creator/Executive Producer).
Battlestar Galactica / Caprica
Evening Sponsor: Microsoft Zune
Monday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: David Eick (Executive Producer), Ronald D. Moore (Executive Producer). Additional panelists to be announced.
Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Tony DiSanto (Executive Producer), Adam DiVello (Creator/Executive Producer), Liz Gateley (Executive Producer), Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, Spencer Pratt. Additional panelists to be announced.