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The Museum of Television & Radio Announces the Twenty-Third Annual WILLIAM S. PALEY TELEVISION FESTIVAL

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Los Angeles, CA—The Museum of Television & Radio will present the twenty-third annual William S. Paley Television Festival from February 28 through March 15, 2006. 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 these evenings, the audience views episodes or highlights of the featured work and has the opportunity to ask questions of the cast and creative teams or the individual involved in its production. 

Since the first Festival in 1984, the Museum has honored more than two hundred programs, including 24, AliasCheersThe Daily Show with Jon StewartDesperate HousewivesFriends, Gunsmoke, The Honeymooners, Laugh-In, Lost, M*A*S*H, The O.C., Roots, Route 66, Sábado Gigante, SeinfeldThe SimpsonsSix Feet UnderSouth Parkthirtysomething, The Untouchables, The West Wing, and The X-Files, along with such personalities as Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, 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 the Museum. 

The 2006 William S. Paley Television Festival schedule is as follows—please note that events/participants are subject to change:


Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Betsy Beers (Executive Producer), Justin Chambers ("Alex Karev"), Patrick Dempsey  ("Derek Shepherd"), Mark Gordon (Executive Producer), Katherine Heigl ("Isobel ‘Izzie' Stevens"), Peter Horton (Coexecutive Producer/Director), T.R. Knight ("George O'Malley"), Sandra Oh("Cristina Yang"), James D. Parriott (Executive Producer/Writer), James Pickens, Jr. ("Richard Webber"),  Ellen Pompeo ("Meredith Grey"),Shonda Rhimes (Creator/Executive Producer/Writer), Kate Walsh ("Addison Shepherd), and Isaiah Washington ("Preston Burke").


Wednesday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Kevin Connolly ("Eric Murphy"), Kevin Dillon ("Johnny Drama"), Doug Ellin (Creator/ Executive Producer/Writer), Jerry Ferrara("Turtle"), Adrian Grenier ("Vincent Chase"), Stephen Levinson (Executive Producer/Writer), Debi Mazar ("Shauna"), and Jeremy Piven ("Ari Gold").


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

In Person: Tichina Arnold ("Rochelle"), Terry Crews ("Julius"), Imani Hakim ("Tonya"), Ali LeRoi (Cocreator/Executive Producer), Vincent Martella ("Greg"), Tequan Richmond ("Drew"), Chris Rock (Cocreator/Executive Producer/Narrator), and Tyler James Williams ("Chris").                                                      


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

In Person: David Eick (Executive Producer), Mary McDonnell ("Laura Rosin"), Ronald D. Moore (Executive Producer/Head Writer), and Edward James Olmos ("Admiral William Adama").  Additional panelists to be announced.


Saturday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Jensen Ackles ("Dean Winchester"), Eric Kripke (Creator/Executive Producer/Writer), Kim Manners (Coexecutive Producer/Director), McG (Executive Producer), Jared Padalecki ("Sam Winchester"), John Shiban (Coexecutive Producer/Writer), and Robert Singer (Executive Producer/Director).


Monday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Patricia Arquette ("Allison Dubois"), Glenn Gordon Caron (Creator/Executive Producer), David Cubitt ("Detective Lee Scanlon"),Maria Lark ("Bridgette Dubois"), Miguel Sandoval ("D.A. Manuel Devalos"), Sofia Vassilieva ("Ariel Dubois"), and Jake Weber ("Joe Dubois").


Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.*new time*

In Person: Marc Buckland (Executive Producer/Director), Greg Garcia (Executive Producer/Creator), Henry Lange, Jr. (Producer), Jason Lee("Earl"), Jaime Pressly ("Joy"), Eddie Steeples ("Darnell"), Ethan Suplee ("Randy"), and Nadine Velazquez ("Catalina").


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

In Person: Paul Attanasio (Executive Producer), Lisa Edelstein ("Dr. Lisa Cuddy"), Omar Epps ("Dr. Eric Foreman"), Katie Jacobs (Executive Producer), Hugh Laurie ("Dr. Gregory House"), Robert Sean Leonard ("Dr. James Wilson"), Jennifer Morrison ("Dr. Allison Cameron"), DavidShore (Executive Producer), Bryan Singer (Executive Producer), and Jesse Spencer ("Dr. Robert Chase").


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

In Person: Alex Borstein (Voice of "Lois"/Coproducer), Steve Callaghan (Coproducer), David A. Goodman (Executive Producer), Seth Green(Voice of "Chris"), Mike Henry (Voice of "Cleveland" and "Herbert"/Coproducer), Mark Hentemann (Consulting Producer), Mila Kunis (Voice of "Meg"), Seth MacFarlane (Voice of "Peter," "Stewie," and "Brian"/Creator/Executive Producer), Chris Sheridan (Executive Producer), Peter Shin (Supervising Director), Danny Smith (Coexecutive Producer), and Kara Vallow (Producer).


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

In Person: Beatrice Arthur ("Dorothy Zbornak"), Susan Harris (Creator/Executive Producer), Rue McClanahan ("Blanche Devereaux"), Betty White ("Rose Nylund"), and Paul Junger Witt (Executive Producer).  Additional panelists to be announced.


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

In Person: Carter Bays (Creator/Executive Producer), Pamela Fryman (Executive Producer/ Director), Alyson Hannigan ("Lily"), Neil Patrick Harris ("Barney"), Josh Radnor ("Ted"), Jason Segel ("Marshall"), Cobie Smulders ("Robin"), and Craig Thomas (Creator/Executive Producer).


Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Sally Field                                                                                                                         


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

In Person:  Jenji Kohan (Creator/Executive Producer), Mary-Louise Parker ("Nancy Botwin"), and Elizabeth Perkins ("Celia Hodes"). Additional panelists to be announced. 


Tickets will go on sale to Museum Members on Thursday, January 26, 2006. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning the following Thursday, February 2, 2006. Ticket prices are $25 per event for individual Museum Members and $29 per event for the general public ($25 for senior citizens and students with valid ID). 

Tickets can be purchased by Internet or telephone (Service charges apply.).  Go to or call TicketWeb toll-free at (866) 468-3399 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on January 26 for Members and at 9:00 a.m. on February 2 for the general public, Mondays through Fridays from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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). (No service charges apply.)

To qualify for the Member discount, you may purchase Memberships with Paley Festival tickets via TicketWeb (service charges apply to phone and Internet sales) only from January 26 through end of Festival. Memberships may be purchased through the Museum's Membership department (no service charges apply) through Tuesday, January 24.    

Please note: There is a four-ticket limit per person, per event.  All seating is general admission; seats cannot be reserved.  For sold-out evenings, tickets may become available at the Directors Guild ticket table five minutes before starting time. There are no refunds or exchanges.  Events and participants are subject to change.


Information about the Paley Festival is available through the recorded Festival hotline: (310) 786-1010.


The Museum thanks American Airlines 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, was founded by William S. Paley to collect and preserve television and radio programs and advertisements and to make them available to the public. Since opening in 1976, the Museum has organized exhibitions, screening and listening series, seminars, and education classes to showcase its preeminent collection of over 140,000 television and radio programs and advertisements. Programs in the Museum's collection are selected for their artistic, cultural, and historic significance.

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