FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 23, 2007

MTR PaleyFest '07

Festival to Include: An Evening with George Lucas

Los Angeles, CA—The Museum of Television & Radio will present the twenty-fourth annual William S. Paley Television Festival from March 1 to 15, 2007. This Festival, named for William S. Paley, founder of both the Museum and CBS, celebrates television's rich and diverse programming and the creative process behind it. During each evening, the audience views episodes or highlights of the featured work and has the opportunity to ask questions of the cast and creative team or the individual involved in its production. For the first time, the Festival will be honoring a series, The Simpsons, for reaching a rare milestone in prime-time television, the 400th episode, with a celebration of the past 18 seasons and preview of the upcoming summer feature film, The Simpsons Movie.

"MTR's annual William S. Paley Television Festival, now in its 24th year, is a fun, fan-filled celebration of the creative process behind great television," said Pat Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of MTR. "By connecting actors, directors, producers, media personalities, and TV fans in engaging public forums, MTR continues to drive the discussion about the creative and social relevance of television and emerging media in today's world."

Since the first Festival in 1984, MTR has honored nearly three hundred programs, including 24, Alias, Battlestar Galactica, Cheers, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Desperate Housewives, Entourage, The Family Guy, Friends, Grey's Anatomy, The Golden Girls, Gunsmoke, House, The Honeymooners, Laugh-In, Lost, M*A*S*H, My Name Is Earl, The O.C., Roots, Route 66, Sábado Gigante, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Six Feet Under, South Park, thirtysomething, The Untouchables, The West Wing, and The X-Files, along with such personalities as Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, John Frankenheimer, Jim Henson, Bob Hope, Angela Lansbury, Jack Lemmon, Mary Martin, Carl Reiner, Gene Roddenberry, Garry Shandling, Flip Wilson, Jonathan Winters, and many others. Paley Festival panels are recorded and are available for viewing at MTR in both locations. 

The MTR PaleyFest ‘07 schedule is as follows—­please note that events/participants are subject to change:

American Idol

Thursday, March 1 at *8:00 p.m.*

In Person: Paula Abdul (Judge), Cecile Frot-Coutaz (Executive Producer), Randy Jackson (Judge), Nigel Lythgoe (Executive Producer), Ryan Seacrest (Host), and Ken Warwick (Producer). Additional panelists to be announced.

The Office

Friday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Leslie David Baker ("Stanley"), Brian Baumgartner ("Kevin"), Creed Bratton ("Creed"), Greg Daniels (Executive Producer/Director/Writer), David Denman ("Roy"), Jenna Fischer ("Pam Beesly"), Kate Flannery ("Meredith"), Melora Hardin ("Jan"), Ed Helms ("Andy"), Rashida Jones ("Karen"), Mindy Kaling ("Kelly"/Producer/Writer), Angela Kinsey ("Angela"), Howard Klein (Executive Producer), John Krasinski ("Jim Halpert"), Ken Kwapis (Director), Paul Lieberstein ("Toby")/Coexecutive Producer/Writer), B.J. Novak ("Ryan"/Producer/Writer), Oscar Nunez ("Oscar"), Craig Robinson ("Darryl"), Benjamin Silverman (Executive Producer), Phyllis Smith ("Phyllis"), and Rainn Wilson ("Dwight Schrute").

An Evening with George Lucas

Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: George Lucas.

Brothers & Sisters

Monday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Dave Annable ("Justin Walker"), Jon Robin Baitz (Creator/Executive Producer), Greg Berlanti (Executive Producer), Sally Field ("Nora Holden Walker"), Calista Flockhart ("Kitty Walker"), Balthazar Getty ("Thomas Walker"), Rachel Griffiths ("Sarah Walker Whedon"), Rob Lowe ("Senator McAllister"), Sarah Jane Morris ("Julia Walker"), Ken Olin (Executive Producer), John Pyper-Ferguson ("Joe Whedon"), Matthew Rhys ("Kevin Walker"), Ron Rifkin ("Saul Holden"), and Patricia Wettig ("Holly Harper").

The Closer

Tuesday, March 6 at *7:30 p.m.*

In Person: G.W. Bailey ("Detective Lieutenant Provenza"), Michael Paul Chan ("Lieutenant Mike Tao"), Raymond Cruz ("Detective Julio Sanchez"), Tony Denison ("Detective Andy Flynn"), James Duff (Executive Producer), Gil Garcetti (Consulting Producer), Robert Gossett ("Commander Taylor"), Gina Ravera ("Detective Irene Daniels"), Corey Reynolds ("Sergeant David Gabriel"), Michael M. Robin (Executive Producer), Andrew J. Sacks (Producer), Kyra Sedgwick ("Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson"), Greer Shephard (Executive Producer), and J.K. Simmons ("Assistant Police Chief Will Pope").            

Dexter

Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Michael C. Hall ("Dexter Morgan"). Additional panelists to be announced.

Nip/Tuck

Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Kelly Carlson ("Kimber Henry"), John Hensley ("Matt McNamara"), Roma Maffia ("Dr. Liz Cruz"), Julian McMahon ("Dr. Christian Troy"), Ryan Murphy (Creator/Executive Producer/ Writer/Director), Michael M. Robin (Executive Producer), and Dylan Walsh ("Dr. Sean McNamara").

Prison Break

Friday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Marty Adelstein (Executive Producer), Sarah Wayne Callies ("Dr. Sara Tancredi"), William Fichtner ("Alexander Mahone"), Wentworth Miller ("Michael Scofield"), Matt Olmstead (Executive Producer), Dawn Parouse (Executive Producer), Dominic Purcell ("Lincoln Burrows"), Brett Ratner (Executive Producer), and Paul Scheuring (Creator/Executive Producer).

Heroes

Saturday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Allan Arkush (Executive Producer/Director), Santiago Cabrera ("Isaac Mendez"), Jack Coleman ("H.R.G."), Tawny Cypress ("Simone Deveaux"), Noah Gray-Cabey ("Micah Sanders"), Greg Grunberg ("Matt Parkman"), Dennis Hammer (Executive Producer), Tim Kring (Creator/Executive Producer), Ali Larter ("Niki Sanders"), Masi Oka ("Hiro Nakamura"), Hayden Panettiere ("Claire Bennet"), Adrian Pasdar ("Nathan Petrelli"), Sendhil Ramamurthy ("Mohinder Suresh"), Leonard Roberts ("D.L. Hawkins"), and Milo Ventimiglia ("Peter Petrelli")

Ugly Betty

Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Alan Dale ("Bradford Meade"), America Ferrera ("Betty"), Silvio Horta (Executive Producer), Mark Indelicato ("Justin"), Ashley Jensen ("Christina"), Eric Mabius ("Daniel Meade"), Becki Newton ("Amanda"), Ana Ortiz ("Hilda"), Tony Plana ("Ignacio"), Rebecca Romijn ("Alexis Meade"), Benjamin Silverman (Executive Producer), Kevin Sussman ("Walter"), Michael Urie ("Marc"), and Vanessa Williams ("Wilhelmina Slater").

Jericho

Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Carol Barbee (Executive Producer), Stephen Chbosky (Cocreator/Executive Producer/ Writer), Lennie James ("Robert Hawkins"), Erik Knudsen ("Dale Turner"), Gerald McRaney ("Mayor Johnston Green"), Pamela Reed ("Gail Green"), Josh Schaer (Cocreator/Producer), Ashley Scott ("Emily Sullivan"), Jon Steinberg (Cocreator/Producer), and Skeet Ulrich ("Jake Green").

The Simpsons: Celebrating 400 Episodes

Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Matt Groening (Creator/Executive Producer), James L. Brooks (Executive Producer), Al Jean (Executive Producer), Tim Long (Executive Producer), Ian Maxtone-Graham (Executive Producer), and Matt Selman (Executive Producer). Additional panelists to be announced.

TICKETS

Tickets will go on sale to MTR Members on Thursday, February 1, 2007.  Tickets will be available to the general public beginning the following Sunday, February 4, 2007. For MTR Members, ticket prices are $50, $35, and $25 for reserved seating per event. For the general public, tickets are $60, $45, and $30 for reserved seating per event.

Tickets can be purchased by Internet or telephone (Service charges apply) via TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com or at 213.480.3232; 714.740.2000; 805.583.8700; 661.322.2525; and 619.220.TIXS beginning at 9:00 a.m. PST on February 1 for MTR Members and at 9:00 a.m. PST on February 4 for the general public, Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. PST to 9:00 PST p.m., Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. PST to 8:00 p.m. PST, and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. PST to 7:00 p.m. PST.

Tickets for all events are also available only on Festival evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Directors Guild of America, DGA Theatre Complex at 7920 Sunset Boulevard (one block west of Fairfax).

If you are not already an MTR Member and would like to qualify for the Member discount, you may purchase Memberships when buying Paley Festival tickets via TicketMaster (service charges apply to phone and Internet sales) only from January 16 through the end of Festival. 

Please note: There is a four-ticket limit per person, per event. For sold-out evenings, tickets may become available at the Directors Guild ticket table at show time. There are no refunds or exchanges.  Events and participants are subject to change.

FESTIVAL HOTLINE

Information about the Paley Festival is available through the recorded Festival hotline: 310.786.1010 as well as at www.mtr.org.

SPECIAL THANKS

The Museum thanks American Airlines, American Hi Definition, Inc., Diet Pepsi, and Très LA for their generous support of this year's Paley Festival. 


The Museum of Television & Radio, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Founded by William S. Paley in 1976, MTR draws upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community to explore and explain the intersections between media and society. Through the MTR Media Center and the International Council, MTR develops new initiatives and fosters partnerships around the world. The general public and industry professionals can access the collection and participate in programs at both of MTR's locations that celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping the media landscape. For more information, please visit www.mtr.org.

The Museum of Television & Radio in New York, located at 25 West 52 Street in Manhattan, is open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The Museum of Television & Radio in California, located at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m.  Both Museums are closed on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Suggested contribution: Members free; $10.00 for adults; $8.00 for senior citizens and students; and $5.00 for children under fourteen. Admission is free in Los Angeles. The public areas in both Museums are accessible to wheelchairs, and assisted listening devices are available. Programs are subject to change.  You may call the Museum in New York at 212.621.6800, or in Los Angeles at 310.786.1000.  Visit the Museum's website at www.mtr.org.

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