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PaleyFest magic is coming to L.A.

The annual television festival is moving from The Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills to the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland!

The cast of Vampire Diaries

The cast of Vampire Diaries

What is the PaleyFest you ask? It is an amazing interactive pop culture festival produced by The Paley Center for Media that connects fans with the creators and cast members of their favorite series. It is a two-week event in Los Angeles where TV junkies can attend in person (or via Hulu) panels of some of their favorite TV shows.

The panels always have the creators and stars of the shows giving you an inside look into what is up next for the series and what goes into making the shows. Also, at the end of the panels, there is always a Q&A where audience members can ask anyone on the panel a question. It is a truly amazing organization that all TV junkies should be aware of.

The Paley Center for Media, formally known as The Museum of Television & Radio (MT&R) AND The Museum of Broadcasting, was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, and is an institution dedicated to social, creative, and cultural significance of television and radio.  It was renamed The Paley Center for Media on June 5th, 2007 to incorporate other emerging platforms such as Internet, podcasting, and mobile video.

The stars of Bones, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz

The stars of Bones, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz

It then expanded its role to be a place where media and entertainment professionals can engage and debate in the discussion of television and the ever evolving world of media.

This is where the Paleyfest comes in!  Paleyfest has been going on since 1985, and has brought TV junkies and aficionados together every year delivering an inside look at some of the best television shows known to man.

Paleyfest is different every year, some being better than others, but every year there is at least one panel that will blow you away. Some of the best and most memorable panels Paleyfest have put on are:  In Living Color (1991),The Simpsons (1991), Seinfeld (1992), Star Trek (1992), Roots (1992),The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1992), Rosanne (1994), NYPD Blue (1994), My So Called Life (1995), Law & Order (1995), Friends (1996), Ellen (1996), Tracy Takes On (1997), Ally McBeal (1998), Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1998), The Ben Stiller Show (1999), Late Night With Conan O’Brien (1999), Felicity (1999).

The cast of American Horror Story

The cast of American Horror Story

Starting the new millennium they brought us:  Freaks and Geeks (2000), The West Wing (2000), South Park (2000), Malcolm In The Middle (2001), Survivor (2001), Gilmore Girls (2001), Angel (2001), CSI (2001), Judging Amy (2001), Queer as Folk (2002), Scrubs (2002), Six Feet Under (2002), The King of Queens (2002), Alias (2002), Curb Your Enthusiasm (2002), The Bernie Mac Show (2002), Monk (2003), CSI Miami (2002), 24 (2002), George Lopez (2002), Arrested Development (2004), Smallville (2004), The Wire (2004), Deadwood (2005), Law and Order (2005), Jack and Bobby (2005), The L Word (2005), Lost (2005), Boston Legal (2005), NYPD Blue (2005), Desperate Housewives (2005), Veronica Mars (2005).

The cast of How I Met Your Mother

The cast of How I Met Your Mother

From 2006 through 2008: Weeds (2006), Grey’s Anatomy (2006), My Name Is Early (2006), Supernatural (2006), House (2006), Entourage (2006), How I  Met Your Mother (2006), Family Guy (2006), Battlestar Galactica (2006), Ugly Betty (2007), Nip/Tuck (2007), Prison Break (2007), The Office (2007), The Closer (2007), Dexter (2007), Brothers and Sisters (2007), American Idol (2007), Heroes (2007), Gossip Girl (2008), Friday Night Lights (2008), Mad Men (2008), Damages (2008), Chuck (2008).

And 2009 through last year: The Mentalist (2009), Fringe (2009), 90210 (2009), Big Love (2009),  The Big Bang Theory (2009), Dollhouse (2009), It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (2009), True Blood (2009), The Vampire Diaries (2010), Modern Family (2010), Cougar Town (2010), Glee (2010), Breaking Bad (2010), Community (2010), The Walking Dead (2011), White Collar (2011),  Eastbound and Down (2011), Raising Hope (2011), Parks and Recreation (2011), Sons of Anarchy (2012), Two and a Half Men (2012), Revenge (2012), New Girl (2012), Castle (2012), American Horror Story (2012), Bones (2012), 2 Broke Girls (2013), Nashville  (2013), The Mindy Project (2013), Parenthood (2013), Once Upon a Time  (2013). Impressive…right?

Elizabeth Meriwether and Zooey Deschanel of New Girl

Elizabeth Meriwether and Zooey Deschanel of New Girl

Keep in mind, these are not even all of the panels PaleyFest has put on, just some of their best. For $75 a year you can become a member of The Paley Center and visit the museum anytime! More importantly, being a member will get you discounted tickets to the events!

That’s right, you can be in the same room as some of your favorite stars, writers, producers, and directors for as little as $15! I personally have been to several of the panels and can honestly say it is one of the coolest things to do in Los Angeles.

The full lineup for the 2014 PaleyFest has been released, and it is one of the best ones that I have ever seen. If you are in the Los Angeles area, I highly suggest you look into attending. However if you do not live in L.A., don’t fret, you can stream the panels on Hulu Plus the next day!

Cast of the Big Bang Theory

Cast of the Big Bang Theory

See a full list of the amazing panels in the 2014 PaleyFest here.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on January 19th, and to members on January 16th.
Thurs. March 13:  Veronica Mars Reunion
Fri. March 14:  Orange Is the New Black
Sat. March 15:  How I Met Your Mother Farewell
Sun. March 16:  Pretty Little Liars
Sun. March 16:  Lost: 10th Anniversary Reunion
Tues. March 18:  Parks and Recreation
Wed. March 19:  Sleepy Hollow
Fri. March 21:  Mad Men
Sat. March 22:  The Vampire Diaries & The Originals
Sun. March 23:  Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Mon. March 24:  Masters of Sex
Tues. March 25:  The Mindy Project
Wed. March 26:  Community
Thurs. March 27:  Veep
Fri. March 28:  American Horror Story: Coven.

 


About the author

Samantha Davidson

Sam Davidson is a graduate of The University of Southern California, but is a Midwest girl at heart. Davidson is a true television and film fanatic, with an appreciation for all different genres and formats. Sam’s love of television and film started at a very young age, so much so that as a child she had a portrait of Lucille Ball hand painted on her bedroom wall. Currently working in television production and development in Los Angeles, Sam always makes time to watch and appreciate all of her favorite shows and films! Contact the author.
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