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The Paley Center for Media Announces PaleyFest09

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Los Angeles, CA—The Paley Center for Media will present the twenty-sixth annual William S. Paley Television Festival (PaleyFest09) from April 10 to 23, 2009, at the historic Cinerama Dome at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood with a special closing night presentation at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills on April 24. This year's Festival will feature three PaleyFest "firsts"—the first festival event to honor new media property, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog; the first public PaleyFest event held at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, the special closing night presentation celebrating Swingtown; and the first to premiere the last three unseen episodes of Pushing Daisies. PaleyFest09 is an extraordinary interactive pop culture event, connecting fans with the casts and creators of their favorite series as well as the icons who have changed or are changing the face of media. Named for William S. Paley, founder of both the Paley Center and CBS, PaleyFest continues its twenty-sixth year tradition of celebrating the collaborative creativity behind making great entertainment content—from the genesis of an idea to that vital connection with audiences the world over. PaleyFest evenings include a screening of highlights from the honored series followed by a panel discussion with members of the cast and creative team.

"For twenty-six years, we have celebrated the best of television, and now new media, with the creative teams who make the breakthrough programs. This interaction between the creative community and media enthusiasts has made this annual Festival a 'Must Be There' event," said Pat Mitchell, the president and chief executive officer of The Paley Center for Media. During the Festival at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, PaleyFest panels with the cast and creative team from the last twenty-six years will be featured including last year's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion, Beverly Hills 90210, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Angel, Alias, Battlestar Galatica, Pushing Daisies, and many others from April 10 through April 19. Starting on Wednesday, April 22, the Paley Center will screen the first twelve episodes of Swingtown in broadcast order leading up the closing festival event with the cast and creative team of the series at the Paley Center. 

Since the first Festival in 1984, the Paley Center has honored nearly three hundred programs, including 24, Alias, American Idol, Beverly Hills 90210, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cheers, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Entourage, The Family Guy, Friends, Grey's Anatomy, The Golden Girls, Gunsmoke, House, The Honeymooners, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Lost, M*A*S*H, Mad Men, The Office, Roots, Route 66, Sábado Gigante, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Six Feet Under, South Park, thirtysomething, Ugly Betty, The Untouchables, The West Wing, and The X-Files, along with such personalities as Judd Apatow, Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, John Frankenheimer, Jim Henson, Bob Hope, Angela Lansbury, Jack Lemmon, Mary Martin, Carl Reiner, Garry Shandling, Flip Wilson, Jonathan Winters, and many others. PaleyFest panels are recorded and are available for viewing at the Paley Center in New York and Los Angeles.   

The PaleyFest09 schedule is as follows—please note that events/participants are subject to change:  

It's Always Sunny in Philadephia
Friday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person:
Danny DeVito ("Frank Reynolds"), Glenn Howerton ("Dennis Reynolds"/Executive Producer/Writer), Rob McElhenney ("Mac"/Creator/Executive Producer/Writer/Director), Kaitlin Olson ("Sweet Dee"). Additional panelists to be announced. 

Saturday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person:  Panelists from the cast and creative team to be announced. 

True Blood
Monday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person:  Alan Ball (Creator/Executive Producer), Ryan Kwanten ("Jason Stackhouse"), Stephen Moyer ("Bill Compton"), Anna Paquin ("Sookie Stackhouse"), Sam Trammell ("Sam Merlotte"), Rutina Wesley ("Tara Thorton"). Additional panelists to be announced. 

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person:
  Felicia Day ("Penny"), Nathan Fillion ("Captain Hammer"), Jed Whedon ("Bad Horse Chorus #2/Dead Bowie"/Composer/Writer), Joss Whedon (Creator/Executive Producer/Writer/Director), Zack Whedon (Executive Producer/Writer).  

Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person:  Joss Whedon (Creator/Executive Producer/Writer/Director), Eliza Dushku ("Echo"), Enver Gjoka ("Victor"), Fran Kranz ("Topher"), Dichen Lachman ("Sierra"), Harry Lennix ("Boyd"), Tahmoh Penikett ("Paul"), Olivia Williams ("Adelle"). 

The Big Bang Theory
Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person:
  Kaley Cuoko ("Penny"), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Jim Parsons ("Sheldon"). Additional panelists to be announced. The Mentalist Friday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m.In Person:  Simon Baker ("Patrick Jane"), Bruno Heller (Creator /Executive Producer) Tim Kang ("Kimball Cho"), Chris Long (Coexecutive Producer/Director), Amanda Righetti ("Grace Van Pelt"), Robin Tunney ("Teresa Lisbon"), Owain Yeoman ("Wayne Rigsby"). Additional panelists to be announced. 

Desperate Housewives
Saturday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person:  Panelists from the cast and creative team to be announced.

PaleyFest09 Special Matinee Screening Event:
Pushing Daisies'
Last Unaired Episodes

Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m.
Introduction by Bryan Fuller (Creator/Executive Producer). 

Battlestar Galactica/Caprica
Evening Sponsor: Microsoft Zune

Monday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person:
  David Eick (Executive Producer), Ronald D. Moore (Executive Producer). Additional panelists to be announced. 

The Hills
Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Tony DiSanto (Executive Producer), Adam DiVello (Creator/Executive Producer), Liz Gateley (Executive Producer), Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, Spencer Pratt. Additional panelists to be announced. 

Big Love
Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person:  Ginnifer Goodwin ("Margene Heffman"), Bill Paxton ("Bill Henrickson"), Chloe Sevigny ("Nicolette Grant"), Harry Dean Stanton ("Roman Grant"), Jeanne Tripplehorn ("Barbara Dutton Henrickson"). Additional panelists to be announced. 

Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person:
  Joshua Jackson ("Peter Bishop"), John Noble ("Dr. Walter Bishop"), Lance Reddick ("Homeland Security Agent Phillip Broyles"), Anna Torv ("Special Agent Olivia Dunham"). Additional panelists to be announced. 

Swingtown Celebration
Evening Sponsor: Netflix, Inc.

Friday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills
Festival Closing Reception & Panel Discussion
In Person:  Mike Kelley (Creator/Executive Producer), Alan Poul (Executive Producer). Additional panelists to be announced.

PaleyFest09 Festival Pass
($1200 for one ticket to each night plus more) and three PaleyFest09 Premium Ticket Packages ($750 for two tickets for four shows plus more per package) are on sale now at Individual tickets will go on sale to Paley Center Members on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Individual tickets will become available to the general public beginning the following Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. PT. For Paley Center Members, ticket prices are $50 and $35 per event. For the general public, tickets are $60 and $45 per event. The exception is for the unseen Pushing Daisies screening event - $15 for general public and $12 for Paley Center Members. All PaleyFest09 tickets are available only via TicketWeb at or call TicketWeb toll-free at (866) 468-3399 (service charges apply). If you are not already a Paley Center Member and would like to qualify for the Member discount, you may purchase Memberships when buying PaleyFest09 tickets via TicketWeb (service charges apply to phone and Internet sales) now 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 Cinerama Dome box office at showtime. There are no refunds or exchanges on memberships or tickets. There are no on-site tickets sales at the Paley Center. Events and participants are subject to change. 

Information about PaleyFest09 is available through the recorded Festival hotline: 310.786.1010 as well as at 

PaleyFest09 is made possible in part by a grant from the William S. Paley Foundation. PaleyFest09 is sponsored in part by Microsoft Zune and Netflix, Inc. The Los Angeles Times is the Festival's Platinum Media Partner. KROQ Los Angeles and LA Weekly are Media Partners. American Airlines is a Travel Partner. ### 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 1976 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.  For more information, please visit