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The Paley Center for Media Announces Fall 2008 Season

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA—The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) today announced details of its fall 2008 season, a rich event series that explores the impact of media from politics to pop culture.   

This fall season, the Paley Center also examines the creative process behind great entertainment, offering a range of events that give fans and media enthusiasts unprecedented access to the cast, creators, and executives behind great dramas and comedies.

"If there has ever been a time when the power of media to inform, to influence, and to be a powerful force for shaping public opinion was evident, it has been this year during a history-making presidential election process. We are convening the conversations, forums, and programs to explore how an ever evolving and ever more important power of media impacts us as individual media consumers and as citizens," said Pat Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of The Paley Center for Media. "At the Paley Center, we also celebrate media as entertainment and by bringing together the best of television and radio's actors, directors, producers, executives, and the most innovative talents from the new media space. We offer media enthusiasts and fans rare and compelling insights to the creative well as the opportunity to meet and interact with the talent defining popular culture today...not just here in the U.S. but from around the world."

The Paley Center for Media: New York Events
This season, the Paley Center explores the increasing role of the media in this year's upcoming presidential election as well as the events that led to this historic election. From revisiting the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the groundbreaking The War Room documentary, to examining the impact of the vote of Millennials, the Paley Center brings together journalists, politicians, ireporters, pollsters, and political strategists to discuss the part that media has played in elections.

On the entertainment side, events include celebrations of the work of such iconic figures as Lucie Arnaz, Leonard Bernstein, Ted Turner, Liv Ullmann as captured on radio and television and in print. Comedy highlights include New York Comedy Festival evenings with the writers of The Daily Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In its "New Perspectives on The Classics" series, the Paley Center will look back at a classic program when Petula Clark and Harry Belafonte reunite for the fortieth anniversary of the 1968 variety show that sparked a racial controversy. Other events this season include the world premiere of HBO's Ricky Gervais: Out of England-The Stand Up Special, as well as previews of Ron Howard's adaptation of Peter Morgan's award-winning play Frost/Nixon;  the P.O.V.'s documentary In the Family with Joanna Rudnick. The popular New Media series continues to explore the criss-crossing between TV and the Web with the new sitcoms of The Burg and The- All-For-Nots and the preview of SciFi Channel's Sanctuary, adapted from the Internet.

Also in the fall, PaleyDocFest08 returns with a slate of documentary premieres including Johnny Cash's America by acclaimed filmmaker Morgan Neville, American Masters: Jerome Robbins featuring the legendary choreographer, and Running the Sahara produced by Matt Damon. The Paley Center will also reunite filmmaker Richard Kaplan and subject Liv Ullmann to discuss 1979's A Look at Liv: Norway's Liv Ullmann; Liv Ullmann's Norway. The festival will also feature two documentaries, Toots and Whatever It Takes, about two different extraordinary New Yorkers and how they impacted others.

The Paley Center for Media: Los Angeles Events
In Los Angeles, the Paley Center will present several dynamic entertainment events including in person appearances by filmmakers Ron Howard & Brian Grazer, Jonny Lee Miller, Joe Mantegna, Bryan Fuller, and celebrated chefs Giada De Laurentiis and Cat Cora among others.  Also on the roster are evenings with the casts and creators of Eli Stone, Criminal Minds, and Prison Break. The Paley Center will also present a three evening series celebrating the writing process behind TV hits The Office, Family Guy, and Pushing Daisies, a special advance screening of the highly anticipated feature release Frost/Nixon in addition to a four-event series honoring groundbreaking individuals from the music world including Dave Brubeck and lyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman. The season will also celebrate Alan Ball's new drama True Blood and the long-running series Monk which will reach its 100th episode milestone this year.

The L.A. season kicks off with the Paley Center/TV Guide Fall Preview Parties presenting a week-long series of free public screening events that offer a sneak peek at the hottest new and returning shows of the fall season prior to their broadcast premieres starting September 5. This year's roster includes: Life on Mars (ABC), The Mentalist (CBS), 90210 (The CW), Fringe (Fox), and Kings (NBC). For the first time, members of the casts and creative teams from several featured shows will participate in Q&A's moderated by TV Guide talent prior to the screenings each evening.

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*Please note the schedule is subject to change

The Paley Center Fall Preview Parties
Each night—Members-only receptions begin at 6:00 pm.  Free screenings begin at 6:30 pm.

September 4     FOX             Fringe, Do Not Disturb, The Sarah Connor Chronicles

September 5     The CW       Privileged, 90210

September 10    CBS            Gary Unmarried, Worst Week, The Ex List, The Mentalist
September 11    NBC            Kings, Chuck, Life, Lipstick Jungle

September 12    ABC            Life on Mars, Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, Eli Stone

PALEYDOCFEST Schedule (more details to be announced at a later date)

  • Toots
    October 16; 6:30 - 8:00pm
  • Johnny Cash's America
    October 17; 6:30 - 8:00pm
  • Whatever It Takes
    October 18; 2:00 - 4:00pm
  • Youth Documentary Showcase
    October 18; 4:00 - 6:00pm
  • American Masters: Jerome Robbins
    October 23; 6:30 - 8:00pm
  • Running the Sahara
    October 24; 6:30 - 8:00pm
  • The Art of the Documentary Pitch
    October 25; 2:00 - 4:00pm
  • Sweet Dreams
    October 25; 5:00 - 7:00pm
  • A Look at Liv Ullmann, Then and Now
    October 27; 6:30 - 8:00pm

Politics: Past, Present and Future
• The War Room: 15 Years Later
October 6; 6:30 - 8:00pm
In Person: Paul Begala, Democratic strategist and political contributor for CNN; James Carville, Democratic political consultant; Dee Dee Myers, former White House Press Secretary for President Clinton; and filmmakers DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus

• Media and the Voting Rights Act of 1965
October 20; 6:00 - 7:30pm
In Person: Haynes Johnson, author and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Selma protests; Nick Kotz, author, "Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Laws that Changed America"; Cong. John R. Lewis, (D-GA) , a leader in the voting rights struggle; Diane Nash, recipient of the Rosa Parks Award and the LBJ Award for Leadership in Civil Rights; Richard Valeriani, former NBC News correspondent; U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, civil rights leader and former Congressman

• Courage in Journalism
October 22; 6:30 - 8:00pm
In Person: Edith Lederer, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and Associated Press correspondent at the United Nations; Farida Nekzad, Managing Editor/Deputy Director, Pajhwok Afghan News and Vice President, South Asia Media Commission; Sevgul Uludag, Investigative Reporter, Yeniduzen newspaper in Cyprus

• Frost/Nixon (Premiere)
December 2; 6:00 - 9:30pm
In Person: Ron Howard and Brian Grazer

• The Power of Elections: Photojournalism and the Democratic Process
October 1, 2008; 6:30 - 8:00pm
(accompanying photo exhibit opens October 3)
Cosponsored by International Center for Journalists
In Person: Photojournalists Samantha Appleton, Gary Fabiano, Arthur Grace, John Smock and others to be announced. Moderator: Jim Hoge, Editor, Foreign Affairs

• Youthquake: The Election, Media, and the Young Voter
November 12; 6:30 - 8:00pm
with the New York Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (NYAAPOR)
In Person: Anna Greenberg, Senior Vice President, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research; Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research, The Pew Research Center; Courtney E. Martin, author and columnist; Kim Stolz, MTV News Correspondent; with additional panelists to be announced

• Campaign 2008: Who Controlled the Message?
December 3; 6:30 - 8:00pm
In Person: Panelists to be announced

• Ricky Gervais: Out of England—The Stand Up Special
November 6; 6:30 - 8:00pm
In Person: Ricky Gervais

One on One
• Lucie & Lucy: Lucie Arnaz Shares Treasures from the Family Video Collection
October 28, 2008; 6:30 - 8:00pm
In Person: Lucie Arnaz

• An Evening with Ted Turner
November 10; 6:30 - 8:00pm
In Person: Ted Turner

Media as Comedy
• Writers Speak! A Potentially Regrettable Evening with the Writers of The Daily Show
November 7; 8 pm - 9:30pm. New York Comedy Festival Event
In Person: Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Wyatt Cenac, J.R. Havlan, D.J. Javerbaum, Rob Kutner, Sam Means, John Oliver, and Jason Ross

• The Writers of Late Night with Conan O'Brien
November 8: 3:00 - 4:30pm New York Comedy Festival
In Person: Panelists to be announced.

A Brooklyn State of Mind
• Same City, New Borough: The Real World Does Brooklyn
Friday, December 5, 2008
In Person: Jonathan Murray, Jim Johnston with additional members of the cast and creative team

• A Sitcom Revolution: Taking it to the Web (The Burg/The All-For-Nots)
November 24; 6:30 - 8:00 pm
In Person: Jack Ferry, Kelli Giddish, Kathleen Grace, Kevin Johnston, Bob McClure, Johnny North, Vanessa Reseland, Jeff Skowron, Thom Woodley, and Matt Yeager

New Perspectives on Classics
• A Sign of the Times: The Petula Clark Special with Harry Belafonte
September 22; 6:00 – 7:30pm
In Person: Harry Belafonte and Petula Clark

• Rare Broadway Bernstein, Via TV
November 17; 6:30 – 8:00pm (Bernstein Citywide Festival)
Filmmaker Rick McKay (Broadway: The Golden Age) moderates a discussion with performers and collaborators who worked on Leonard Bernstein's Broadway shows. Additional panelists to be announced

New Media
• Sci Fi Channel Premiere: Sanctuary
Thursday, October 2; 6:30 – 8:30pm
In person: Amanda Tapping, Damian Kindler, Sam Egan, Martin Wood

• Webby Fives
November 19; 6:30 – 8:00pm
With The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS)
In person: Joanne Colan, Host, Rocketboom; David Pogue, Tech Columnist, The New York Times; Tim Shey, Founder, Next New Networks, additional panelists to be announced

Special Events
• Premiere of P.O.V.’s In the Family – Breast Cancer Awareness Event
September 15; 6:30 – 8:00pm
Copresented with the Playboy Foundation, P.O.V., and Kartemquin Films
In Person: Christie Hefner, chairman and chief executive officer, Playboy Enterprises; Joanna Rudnick, director/producer., In the Family; David Fishman, M.D., Dir. of Gynecologic Oncology, Cancer Prevention and Early Detection at NYU Cancer Institute; and Tania Simoncelli, Science and Technology Fellow, American Civil Liberties Union; Luis Pedraza, film subject

• Broadway’s The 39 Steps presents Alfred Hitchcock Presents
September 18; 6:00 – 8:00pm
In person: Arnie Burton, Jennifer Ferrin, Sam Robards, Cliff Saunders

NOTE: All New York events take place at The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52 Street, New York, NY, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.


For more details and updates, visit
*Please note the schedule is subject to change

The Paley Center/TV Guide Fall Preview Parties
Each night - Reception: 6:00 pm; Program: 7:00 pm; Screening: 7:30pm

September 5    FOX    Fringe, Do Not Disturb, The Sarah Connor Chronicles
In Person: Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Do Not Disturb), Molly Stanton (Do Not Disturb), Abraham Higgenbotham (executive producer, Do Not Disturb) with additional panelists to be announced.

September 6    The CW    Privileged, 90210
In Person: Lori Loughlin (90210), Tristan Wilds (90210), Gabe Sachs (executive producer, 90210), Jeff Judah (executive producer, 90210), Anne Archer (Privileged), Joanna Garcia (Privileged),  Rina Mimoun (Privileged), Michael Engler (executive producer, Privileged), Bob Levy (executive producer, Privileged)

September 8     NBC      Chuck, Life and Lipstick Jungle plus a preview of Kings
In Person: Panelist to be announced

September 9    CBS       Gary Unmarried, The Ex List, Worst Week, The Mentalist
In Person: Jay Mohr (Gary Unmarried), Paula Marshall (Gary Unmarried) with additional panelists to be announced.

September 10       ABC    Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, Eli Stone plus a preview of Life on Mars
In Person: Victor Garber (Eli Stone), Swoosie Kurtz (Pushing Daisies) with additional panelists to be announced.

Media as News and Views
• Frost/Nixon
November 21; 7:00 to 8:30pm
In Person: Ron Howard, Brian Grazer with additional panelists to be announced

Paley After Dark: Music
Peter Buffett
October 3; Reception-6:00 pm: Program-7:00 to 8:30pm
In Person: Peter Buffett with special guest Warren Buffett
  • Marilyn and Alan Bergman
    November 3; Reception-6:00 pm: Program-7:00 to 8:30pm
    In Person: Marilyn and Alan Bergman with additional guests to be announced

Visionary Drama
The Dream World of Eli Stone
October 20; 7:00 to 8:30pm
In Person: Greg Berlanti, Jonny Lee Miller, Natasha Henstridge, and additional members of the cast and creative team

True Blood
December 4; 7:00 to 8:30pm
In Person: Alan Ball with additional members of the cast and creative team

Crime & Punishment
Prison Break
October 27; 7:00 to 8:30pm
In Person: Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Matt Olmstead, and additional members of the cast and creative team
  • Inside Criminal Minds
    November 17; 7:00 to 8:30pm
    In Person: Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, and additional members of the cast and creative team
Monk: 100 Episodes & Counting
December 2; 7:00 to 8:30pm
In Person: Tony Shalhoub, Traylor Howard, Ted Levine, Jason Gray-Stanford, and additional members of the cast and creative team

Inside the Writers Room: Comedy
The Office
October 14; 7:00 to 8:30pm
In Person: Greg Daniels with additional members of the creative team
  • Family Guy
    October 16; 7:00 to 8:30pm
    In Person: Seth MacFarlane with additional members of the creative team

Pushing Daisies
November 11; 7:00 to 8:30pm
In Person: Bryan Fuller with additional members of the creative team

A Taste of Media
An Evening with Everyday Italian's Giada De Laurentiis
October 28; 7:00 to 8:30pm
In Person: Giada De Laurentiis

  • An Evening with Iron Chef Cat Cora
    November 19; 7:00 to 8:30pm
    In Person: Cat Cora

Individual Events
A Salute to Leonard Goldberg
October 2; 7:00 to 8:30pm
In Person: Leonard Goldberg, Michael Eisner with additional panelists to be announced

NOTE: All Los Angeles events take place at The Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills.


About The Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media, 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. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.  For more information, please visit