Archive for February, 2012

Seven of the 13 PaleyFest 2012 events will be captured in limited-edition posters by some of the great illustrators courtesy of Gallery 1988. The posters will be on sale in the lobby of the Saban Theatre on the day of each event.

If posters do not sell out then, they will be available through Gallery 1988.

Here are the PaleyFest 2012 panels that will be featured on the one-of-a-kind posters:

March 2: American Horror Story by Daniel Danger

March 3: Community by Joshua Budich

March 6: The Office by Jason Edmiston

NOTE: We will have to see if the switch this over to Parks & Recreation given the recent breaking news of the switch.

March 7: Sons of Anarchy by Phantom City Creative

March 10: The Vampire Diaries by Jessica Deahl

March 13: Mad Men by Jay Shaw

March 14: Modern Family by Jeff Boyes

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The Paley Center for Media announced today that the NBC comedy The Office has dropped out of their scheduled appearance during PaleyFest 2012; but on the upside Parks & Recreation will fill the void. The reason behind the pull-out is due to production scheduling issues.

The Parks & Recreation panel will be on March 6 and will include the following cast members and creative team:

Amy Poehler, “Leslie Knope”
Chris Pratt, “Andy Dwyer”
Jim O’Heir, “Jerry Gergich”
Retta, “Donna Meagle”
Greg Daniels, Creator/Executive Producer
Michael Schur, Creator/Executive Producer

Tickets for The Office will be honored on the night; but if you do not wish to attend Parks & Recreation, you can contact TicketWeb at 866-468-3399 for a refund by no later than 5 PM on March 3.

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It will be members first! To reward members of The Paley Center for Media for their support; and for the first time (ever), there will be two lines in front of the Saban Theatre: one for members and one for the general public. The members line will allow access to the theater before the general public.

If you are a member, all you need to do to ensure that you receive priority entry is to bring your member card with you to the show. If you are a new member and have not yet received your card, please bring your confirmation email from TicketWeb as proof of membership.

If you are not a member, you can join on-the-spot and receive early entry for the remainder of the Festival.

And the same member benefits will apply for events and programs held at The Paley Center throughout the year, including priority entry.

NOTE: It will be interesting to see how the Saban Theatre handles/organizes these two entry lines since for years now the folks who have VIP and/or Premium Passes are allowed early access – in fact, they pay a higher amount for their tickets to ensure early admittance.

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Have you ever wanted to see the alien head from V up close, or Tony Soprano’s robe from The Sopranos? How about Daisy Duke’s actual “Daisy Dukes” from The Dukes of Hazzard? Now is your chance.

Following on the heels of the opening of PaleyFest 2012, Warner Bros. Television is teaming up with The Paley Center for Media to take the TV out of the box, inviting all to peer inside with the new interactive, multimedia museum exhibit.

Highlights include iconic series ranging from The Bugs Bunny Show to The Big Bang Theory, Kung Fu to The Closer, Murphy Brown to The Mentalist and more.

Learn more about the “Television Out of the Box” exhibit here.

The exhibit will open on March 7 (2012) and run through August 2013.

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The Paley Center for Media is partnering with Bidding for Good, giving fans of the annual PaleyFest the chance to own some unique and one-of-a-kind memorabilia from past PaleyFest and Public Programs.

The PaleyFest Auction items include autographed programs and posters from Dexter, True Blood, Breaking Bad, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Parks and Recreation, Supernatural and much more. Bids will be taken on items like a track suit worn and signed by Glee’s Jane Lynch, a VIP set visit with the ladies of Hot in Cleveland – Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendi Malick, and Jane Leeves, and a once-in-a-lifetime script table read with the cast of Modern Family.

Bidding starts at 8 AM on Friday, March 2 and ends on Thursday, March 15 at 11:59 PM.

Please visit Bidding for Good for more information on the auction and watch as more items are added during the upcoming PaleyFest 2012.

All proceeds benefit The Paley Center for Media.

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It was a busy night on TV yet again last night on the major networks. Here is how the Tuesday night dramas fared in the overall ratings last night:

8 PM Shows:
NCIS (CBS) [NEW] – 18 million
Hart of Dixie (The CW) [Reair] – 893,000 viewers

9 PM Shows:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [NEW] – 15.7 million
The River (ABC) [NEW] – 4.1 million
Ringer (The CW) [NEW] – 1.1 million

10 PM Shows:
Unforgettable (CBS) [NEW] – 9.9 million
Body of Proof (ABC) [NEW] – 6.7 million
Parenthood (NBC) [NEW – Finale] – 5.1 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Davy Jones

I have never done an individual posting on any passing of a celebrity before, but the news broke this morning that Davy Jones, singer and actor from the 1960’s pop group The Monkees has passed away; and I needed to make a special note of the news.

Davy and The Monkees were introduced to me back in the early 1970’s when their TV show would air during Saturday morning programming, becoming a very important part of my life.

In the 1980’s MTV reaired their show in conjunction with the band’s anniversary tours, which brought a whole new generation of fans to their music.  And, I was there for the reunion tours and appearances.

I have remained a long-life fan of the group and am deeply heartbroken by his passing.  Rest in Peace Davy Jones.

Deepest condolences are extended to Davy’s family, friends and his worldwide fans.

Fellow Monkee Micky Dolenz was on the Today Show today (March 1) to talk about Davy and it was a nice little tribute to him. Here is the video for those who want to see it.

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On March 4 the new ABC drama GCB will debut at 10:01 PM.

Show Synopsis: Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), once the ultimate high school “mean girl,” is forced to return home in disgrace after her marriage ends in scandal. Reluctant but desperate, Amanda has no choice but to turn to her mother, Gigi (Annie Potts), for help. Gigi, the quintessential proper Dallas socialite, wants nothing more than to have Amanda back and to give Amanda’s two teenage kids a good southern upbringing. The problem is that Amanda is nothing like the girl she was 20 years ago and is hesitant about re-entering this world of opulence, status and salacious rumor mills. She is hopeful for a new start, but soon finds it’s not that easy to escape your past in this tightknit community.

The cast includes Kristin Chenoweth, Miriam Shor, Jennifer Aspen and Marisol Nichols as well as David James Elliott, Mark Deklin and Brad Beyer.

Here is a trailer for GCB.

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

6:50 PM:
Secretariat movie on Starz

7 PM:
Letters to Juliet movie on Showtime 2
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (classic) movie on TCMs

8 PM:
Burn Notice on My Network TV
The Tudors on BBC America
NCIS on USA Network
My Best Friends’ Wedding movie on Encore

8:15 PM:
Rio (animated) movie on HBO

9 PM:
Burn Notice on My Network TV
The Tudors on BBC America (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Battle: Los Angeles movie on Starz

10 PM:
Revenge on ABC (NEW)
Psych on USA Network (RETURN)
The Hour on BBC America (Reair)
Unknown movie on Cinemax


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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:


In what will be a surprise decision to many TV viewers, show runner (aka series creator) Alan Ball will be stepping down from his control of the HBO vampire series True Blood after NEXT season. The show will be back for its fifth season this summer; but once that season has concluded, Ball will only be associated with the show in a supervisory capacity. (Natalie Abrams at TV Guide)

Actor Jordan Belfi (Entourage and Moonlight) and actress Ashley Jones (The Bold and the Beautiful) will appear as the big-screen versions of Booth and Brennan in an upcoming episode of the FOX drama Bones. The episode will revolve around the production of a movie written by Brennan and featuring the characters “Dr. Kathy Reichs” and “Special Agent Andy Lister.” Jones will play the actress portraying Reichs, while Belfi will play the actor playing Lister (aka Booth). Bones will be back from its hiatus on April 2 (a newly announced return date). (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)


Actress Lucy Liu (Ally McBeal, Southland and the Charlie’s Angels film franchise reboot) will play Watson in the CBS drama pilot Elementary, the network’s latest reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes legend. Actor Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) will play Sherlock. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Young actress AnnaSophia Robb (Soul Surfer) has landed the lead role in The Carrie Diaries, the drama pilot at The CW based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, which is a prequel to the HBO comedy Sex and the City. The pilot will center on a young Bradshaw, who comes of age in the 1980s and is asking her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while exploring the worlds of high school and Manhattan. (Variety and Deadline)

Jamie Chung (Samurai Girl and Sucker Punch) has joined the FOX drama pilot The Asset that will center on Anna King (Ali Larter), a remarkably gifted globe-trotting photographer with a secret life: she is a CIA field operative. Chung will play a polygraph expert with the CIA who administers a confrontational polygraph to King that immediately puts her on the wrong side of King’s temper and attention. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor David Eigenberg (Sex and the City) has joined the cast of the NBC drama pilot called Chicago Fire that will follow the complex and heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Department. Eigenberg will play a veteran firefighter who just lost his home to foreclosure and is now forced to move in with his in-laws. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) has joined the ABC drama pilot Beauty and the Beast, which is the network’s fantasy re-imagining of the classic tale where an embattled princess, Grace, discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast, Shiro (Darius Campbell), a mercenary bodyguard. Abraham will play Emperor Dorian’s chancellor, a wise and trusted but duplicitous man of state. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. has landed a lead role in the FOX legal drama pilot called Guilty, which will center on William “Billy” Remz (Gooding), a brilliant, morally questionable defense attorney who, after being falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license, uses his unorthodox methods to solve the cases he’s been prohibited from handling … and to exact revenge on those who set him up. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actress Jordana Spiro (My Boys) has landed a lead role in the as-yet-untitled FOX medical drama pilot from Josh Berman and Rob Wright pilot that will center on Grace Delvin (Spiro), one of Chicago’s top young cardiothoracic surgeons who, to save her gambling-indebted brother, is forced to moonlight as a mob doctor. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)


An Action-Packed Theatrical Poster for ‘The Avengers’ Has Surfaced

That’s it.  Enjoy!

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