The Paley Center's Finale Viewing Parties

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
to Wednesday, May 25, 2011
New York

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Hosted by TV Guide Magazine Editor in Chief, Debra Birnbaum
American Idol (The Two Finalists Compete) @ 8:00 pm
Glee @ 9:00 pm

-Doors open at 7:15 with live performance by the Wilton High School Madrigals and students from the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan
-Audience karaoke performances during the commercials
-Light snacks will be served

What good is sitting, alone in your room? Come, hear the music play! The Paley Center is happy to be the communal living room for fans of American Idol and Glee for their big season finales: Idol is closing out its tenth season as one of the most successful juggernauts in TV history; Glee has redefined the idea of the musical on television in just two years.

Come watch them both on May 24 on a huge theater screen, in HD. There will be audience karaoke during the commercials, and a live performance by the award-winning Wilton High School Madrigals, under the direction of Betsey DeGroff, from Wilton, CT.

Can't make it to our "living room"? Follow our live tweets @paleycenter with #PaleyLiveNY #Idol #Glee, and join the conversation from wherever you are.

Tickets for Paley Members on sale now: $15;
to General Public on May 13 at noon: $20

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Oprah: The Final Show
@ 4:00 pm

The Paley Center is happy to invite Oprah's legion of fans to come to the Center to share the experience of watching the last installment of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The Oprah Winfrey Show has dominated the daytime talk show genre since it went national in 1986, and transformed Winfrey into one of the most powerful cultural forces of the twentieth century, all the while empowering her to pursue her self-described mandate of using television "not only to entertain, but to help people lead better lives."

Join the conversation, follow our live tweets @paleycenter with #PaleyLiveNY #Oprah.

Tickets: Free for Paley Members, Reserve Now
Included with Admission for the General Public, Reserve beginning May 13 at noon




  • It’s been some 36 or so hours since the final Oprah show had aired over WFOR-TV Miami, Florida, the local affiliate in the area where I type this message. For hours after that show ended, the media has been buzzing over the affects and impact that single episode has created. And although it’s always a downer to see one’s favorite TV show come to an end, one always has to accept the fact that when media based programming runs its course, it’s for a specific reason based upon a management decision or a death--sometimes both! However, after the notion of inconvenience and knowing that your favorite TV show won’t be around anymore, one just has to accept that fact and move on. One can fume over it, and perhaps protest in one’s own way! When NBC canceled my favorite show, “The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder” back in ‘81, I made a personal vow to limit my TV viewing, even ending it altogether! I took that notion rather seriously since then. After thirty years, I’m still on that TV diet. And do I miss watching television after all those years? Not really!

    PS...When I first saw Oprah on TV (c.1983), she was the co-host of “AM Chicago” on WLS-TV when it was sandwiched between “Good Morning America” and “Love Boat” reruns. She didn’t impress me back then. Then again, it was just another local show that aired on daytime. Who knew...?

    Rich Borowy-Los Angeles, CA

    Rich Borowy, May 26, 2011 at 9:45 pm