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The Paley Center for Media Announces Spring 2008 Season

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA—The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) today announced details of its spring 2008 season, a rich event series that explores the impact of diverse forms of media-from early Electronovision recordings to online fan sites.   

This spring 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.

"Have you noticed that whatever the subject-from politics to pop culture, from financial trends to fashion-the role that media plays in shaping our attitudes and influencing opinions is a very important part of the discussion? No surprise, then, that the spring series of programs at the Paley Center offers a diversity of subject and a wide range of special guests, all focused on media as a critical lens for looking at our lives and culture," said Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of The Paley Center for Media.  "On our spring schedule are programs for every media consumer...those who enjoy evenings of conversation with TV's most popular actors, writers, directors, producers, or music composers and performers as well as those who are interested in the transformative changes in the media landscape and the impact on all aspects of life and work. Every program is designed to be entertaining and informative."

The Paley Center for Media: New York Events

This season, the popular Media as News & Views event series returns, beginning with an in-depth look at the iconic morning program The View, featuring all five dynamic hosts and executive producer Bill Geddie. The series continues with a topical discussion on how media covers female political candidates, from the breakthrough years of the seventies to today's presidential campaign with a distinguished panel that includes Gloria Steinem and Donna Edwards.

Web Media explores the Internet world, first with in "Click Critics,"-a panel of TV fan site leaders discussing the influence of critical communities online-and later with an appearance by the sketch comedy team Human Giant, who will preview the work they're doing for the Internet and MTV.

On the entertainment side, events include celebrations of the work of such iconic figures as Richard Burton, Glenn Gould, George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and Charles Strouse as captured on radio and television, with special guests ranging from Lauren Bacall and Kate Burton to Christine Ebersole. A unique series of evenings look back at classic programs from a new perspective: Dick Cavett provides live commentary on the legendary confrontation between Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal on his show; Bob & Chris Elliott and fellow media-savvy wit Keith Olbermann salute the work of radio greats Bob & Ray; and Petula Clark and Harry Belafonte reunite for the fortieth anniversary of the 1968 variety show that sparked a racial controversy.

Premieres this season include Masterpiece Classic's adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's My Boy Jack, with featured actress Kim Cattrall; an important Sundance Channel exclusive series, On the Road in America, which follows the travels of three students from the Arabic world across the U.S.; and the U.S. premiere of Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives presented in collaboration with the World Science Festival ( Documentary and film events this season include a celebration of Arts Engine's 10th Anniversary, and the 11th annual Urban Visionaries Film Festival, a unique festival curated by teens for teens.

 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 the provocative comedian George Carlin, Debra Messing, and the prolific producer of television and film, David Gerber. Also on the roster are evenings with the cast and creators of Bones, Moonlight, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and The Sarah Silverman Program, as well as tween faves Kyle XY and Greek. Exploring the art of storytelling through new media as well as traditional media will be a discussion with the creators and cast of Quarterlife. This season's milestone event celebration is the 35th anniversary of one of the longest-running daytime dramas, The Young & The Restless.

The L.A. season kicks off with the twenty-fifth annual William S. Television Festival (PaleyFest08) with twelve nights celebrating excellence in television including a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion with Sarah Michelle Geller and Joss Whedon; revisiting The X-Files with Chris Carter; a 40th anniversary salute to the Elvis '68 Comeback Special with Priscilla Presley; an evening with comedy genius Judd Apatow; and the cast and creative teams of Chuck, Damages, Dancing with the Stars, Dirty Sexy Money, Friday Night Lights, Gossip Girl, Mad Men, and Pushing Daisies.

 A complete Spring 2008 schedule for The Paley Center for Media is attached.

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



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Media as News & Views

  • The View

April 9; 6:00 to 7:30pm

In Person: Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Sherri Shepherd

  • A Night with WNYC

April 16; 6:30 to 8:00pm 

In Person: Kurt Andersen, Brooke Gladstone, John Hockenberry, Adaora Udoji, Laura Walker

  • From Bella to Hillary: Women, Media, and Politics

April 24; 6:30 to 8:00pm

In Person: Donna Edwards, Carol Jenkins, Marlene Sanders, Gloria Steinem,

Marie Wilson, and others

Cosponsored with the Women's Media Center

New Perspectives on Classics

  • The Art of Media Savvy Satire:

Bob Elliott Converses with Chris Elliott and Keith Olbermann

March 31; 6:00 to 7:30pm

  • Sparring with Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal:

Dick Cavett Narrates His Legendary Show

April 7; 6:00 to 7:30pm

  • 40th Anniversary of the NBC Petula Clark Special "Petula" with Harry Belafonte

May 8; 6:00 to 7:30pm

In Person: Petula Clark; Harry Belafonte; Steve Binder, Director/Producer



April 15; 6:00 to 8:15pm

In Person: Kim Cattrall, "Carrie Kipling"; Rebecca Eaton, Executive Producer, MASTERPIECE

  • A Sundance Channel Exclusive Series: On the Road in America

May 28; 6:00 to 7:30pm

In Person: Lara Abou Saifan and Ali Amr, Cast Members; Ambassador Richard Fairbanks; Jerome Gary, Creator; Laura Michalchyshyn, Sundance Channel

  • Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives: American Premiere with Mark Everett

May 29; 6:00 to 7:30pm

In collaboration with the 2008 World Science Festival (

Performance Media

  • Rediscovering Glenn Gould

April 28; 6:00 to 7:30pm

In Person: Lucille Carra, Documentary Filmmaker; Simone Dinnerstein, Pianist; David Dubal, Author and Broadcaster

  • Richard Burton's Complete Hamlet: Live Via Electronovision

May 22; 6:00 to 9:30pm

Introduced by: Kate Burton

Broadway Media

  • George Gershwin and Kay Swift: An Evening of Song and Television

May 15; 6:00 to 7:30pm

Live Performances by: Christine Ebersole, Klea Blackhurst, and Noah Racey

  • Nice ‘n' Easy: The Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman

May 21; 6:00 to 7:30pm

  • Applause, Applause: A Salute to Charles Strouse

June 2; 6:00 to 7:30pm

In Person: Lauren Bacall, Peter Filichia, and others

Web Media

  • Human Giant Live!

April 1; 6:00 to 7:30pm

In Person: Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Jason Woliner

  • Click Critics: The Power of Fan Websites

May 19; 6:00 to 7:30pm

In Person: Kevin Croy (Lostpedia); Remona Outar (Ugly Is In); ProgGrrl (Galactica Sitrep); Joe Reid (Television Without Pity); Damon Schmidt (Whedonesque); Jennie Tan (OfficeTally) 

Member Events

  • Frontline presents Bush's War
    Tuesday, March 18, 2008; Reception: 6:00 pm; Program: 7:00 pm

In Person: Frontline executive producer David Fanning and producer Michael Kirk

  • Here's to Life: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to One Life to Live

June 10; 6:00 to 7:30pm (Members Only)

In Person: Agnes Nixon, Erika Slezak, Frank Valentini, and others

Arts Engine

  • A Celebration of Arts Engine's 10th Anniversary

May 2 - 4

Events for Teens

  • Urban Visionaries Youth Film Festival

April 10 - 11

  • DOCUJAM: A Youth Documentary Showcase

May 30

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.



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PaleyFest08 (at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood) --Tickets Still Available at

  • Elvis '68 Comeback Special with Priscilla Presley

March 14; 7:00pm

In Person: Priscilla Presley; Steve Binder, Producer/Director; and Bones Howe Producer

  • Pushing Daisies

March 15; 7:00pm

In Person: Kristin Chenoweth, "Olive Snook"; Bruce Cohen, Executive Producer; Anna Friel, "Chuck"; Bryan Fuller, Creator/ Executive Producer; Ellen Greene, "Vivion Charles"; Dan Jinks, Executive Producer, Swoosie Kurtz, "Lily Charles"; Chi McBride, "Emerson Cod"; Peter Ocko, CoExecutive Producer; and Lee Pace "Ned"

  • The Comedy World of Judd Apatow

March 17; 7:00pm

In Person: Judd Apatow with special guests: Tom Arnold; Andy Dick; Paul Feig; and Jason Segal. Additional panelists to be announced.

  • Chuck

March 18; 7:00pm

In Person: Adam Baldwin, "John Casey"; Chris Fedak, Executive Producer; Joshua Gomez, "Morgan Grimes"; Scott Krinsky, "Jeff"; Sarah Lancaster, "Ellie Bartowski"; Mark Christopher Lawrence, "Big Mike"; Zachary Levi, "Chuck Bartowski"; Julia Ling, "Anna"; McG, Executive Producer; Ryan McPartlin, "Captain Awesome"; Vik Sahay, "Lester"; Josh Schwartz, Executive Producer; and Yvonne Strahovski, "Sarah Walker". 

  • Friday Night Lights

March 19; 7:00pm

In Person: Connie Britton, "Tami Taylor"; Kyle Chandler, "Eric Taylor"; Zach Gilford, "Matt Saracen"; Jason Katims, Executive Producer; Jesse Plemons, "Landry Clarke"; Jeffrey Reiner, Executive Producer, and Aimee Teegarden, "Julie Taylor". Additional panelists to be announced.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion

March 20; 7:00pm

In Person: Amber Benson, "Tara Maclay"; Nicolas Brendon, "Xander Harris"; Charisma Carpenter, "Cordelia Chase"; Emma Caulfield, "Anya"; Eliza Dushku, "Faith"; Sarah Michelle Gellar, "Buffy Summers"; Seth Green, "Oz"; Alyson Hannigan, "Willow Rosenberg"; James Marsters, "Spike"; Marti Noxon, Executive Producer; Michelle Trachtenberg, "Dawn Summers"; Joss Whedon,  Creator. Additional panelists to be announced.

  • Dancing with the Stars

March 21; 7:00pm

In Person: Tom Bergeron, CoHost; Cheryl Burke, Dance Pro; Tony Dovolani, Dance Pro; Len Goodman, Judge; Conrad Green, Executive Producer; Samantha Harris, CoHost; Derek Hough, Dance Pro; Julianne Hough, Dance Pro; Carrie Ann Inaba, Judge; Edyta Sliwinska, Dance Pro; and Bruno Tonioli, Judge. Additional panelists to be announced.

  • Gossip Girl

March 22; 7:00pm

In Person: Penn Badgley, "Dan Humphrey"); Chace Crawford, "Nate Archibald"; Amy Kaufman, Producer; Bob Levy, Executive Producer; Blake Lively, "Serena van der Woodsen"; Leighton Meester, "Blair Waldorf"; Taylor Momsen, "Jenny Humphrey"; Kelly Rutherford, "Lily van der Woodsen"; Stephanie Savage, Executive Producer;  Josh Schwartz, Executive Producer; Matthew Settle, "Rufus Humphrey"; Jessica Szhor, "Vanessa Abrams"; Ed Westwick, "Chuck Bass"; and  Cecily von Ziegesar, Author. Additional panelists to be announced.

  • Damages

March 24; 7:00pm

In Person: Noah Bean, "David Connor"; Rose Byrne, "Ellen Parsons"; Glenn Close, "Patty Hewes"; Ted Danson, "Arthur Frobisher"; Tate Donovan, "Tom Shayes"; Anastasia Griffith, "Katie Connor"; Željko Ivanek, "Ray Fiske"; Glenn Kessler, CoCreator/Executive Producer/Writer; Todd A. Kessler,  CoCreator/Executive Producer/Writer; and Daniel Zelman, CoCreator/Executive Producer/Writer

  • Dirty Sexy Money

March 25; 7:00pm

In Person: Samaire Armstrong, "Juliet Darling"; William Baldwin, "Patrick Darling"; Greg Berlanti, Executive Producer; Jill Clayburgh, "Letitia Darling"; Glenn Fitzgerald, "Brian Darling"; Seth Gabel, "Jeremy Darling"; Peter Krause, "Nick George"; Zoe McLellan, "Lisa George"; Donald Sutherland, "Tripp Darling", Blair Underwood, "Simon Elder"; Craig Wright, Executive Producer; and Natalie Zea, "Karen Darling"

  • The X-Files

March 26; 7:00pm

In Person:  Chris Carter, Creator/Executive Producer and Frank Spotnitz, Executive Producer. Additional panelists to be announced.

  • Mad Men

March 27; 7:00pm

In Person: Jon Hamm, "Don Draper"; Christina Hendricks, "Joan Holloway"; Vincent Kartheiser, "Pete Campbell"; Elisabeth Moss, "Peggy Olson"; Rich Sommer, "Harry Crane"; Aaron Staton, "Ken Cosgrove"; and Matthew Weiner, Creator/Executive Producer. Additional panelists to be announced. 

Media as Entertainment: Next Generation

  • Quarterlife

March 28; 7:00 to 8:30pm

In Person: Marshall Herskovitz, Executive Producer; Edward Zwick, Executive Producer; Bitsie Tulloch, "Dylan Krieger"; Scott Michael Foster, "Jed"; Maite Schwartz, "Lisa"; David Walton, "Danny"; Michelle Lombardo, "Debra"; Kevin Christy, "Andy"

  • Kyle XY

April 7; 7:00 to 8:30pm

In Person: Eric Tuchman, Executive Producer; David Himeltarb, Executive Producer; Julie Plec, Supervising Producer; Matt Dallas, "Kyle"; April Matson, "Lori Trager"; Chris Olivero, "Declan McDonough"; Jaimie Alexander, "Jessi XX"

  • Greek

April 28; 7:00 to 8:30pm

In Person: Cast and creative team

Media as Entertainment: Drama

  • Bones

April 9; 7:00 to 8:30pm

In Person: David Boreanaz, "Special Agent Seeley Booth"; Emily Deschanel, "Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan"; Cast and creative team

  • The Riches

April 18; 7:00 to 8:30pm

In Person: Minnie Driver, "Dahlia Malloy"; Eddie Izzard, "Wayne Malloy"; Cast and creative team

  • Moonlight

April 22; 7:00 to 8:30pm

In Person: Joel Silver, Executive Producer; Alex O'Loughlin, "Mick St. John"; Sophia Myles, "Beth Turner"; Jason Dohring, "Josef Konstantin"; Shannyn Sossamon, "Coraline"

Media as Entertainment: Comedy

  • The Sarah Silverman Program

April 21; 7:00 to 8:30pm

In Person: Sarah Silverman, Cast and creative team

  • A Conversation with George Carlin

May 8; 7:00 to 8:30pm

In Person: George Carlin

  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

June 30; 7:00 to 8:30pm

In Person: Charlie Day, "Charlie Kelly"; Glenn Howerton, "Dennis Reynolds"; Rob McElhenney, "Mac"; Kaitlin Olson, "Dee Reynolds"; Danny DeVito, "Frank Reynolds"

Individual Events

  • The Young and the Restless 35th Anniversary

April 10, 2008; 7:00 pm

In Person: Cast and creative team

  • Creating Characters: Debra Messing and The Starter Wife

Thursday, May 1 at 7PM

  • Beyond the Anchor Desk: The Rise of Citizen Journalism

June 10; 7:00 to 8:30pm

In Person: Max Lugavere, Producer/Host, Current TV; Jason Silva, Producer/Host, Current TV; additional panelists to be announced 

Member Events

  • A Salute to David Gerber

June 3; 7:00 to 8:30pm


NOTE: All Los Angeles events (except for PaleyFest08 at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood) take place at The Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills.