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PaleyFest 2011: The 'Glee' Cast Talks Romance, Revelations and the Road to Nationals

by Laura Prudom, posted Mar 17th 2011 10:35AM
Glee cast

Don't we all want to be a loser like 'Glee'? Last night, Fox's juggernaut musical series hit the all-too-familiar stage at the Saban Theatre (where the stars recently filmed their Regionals performance) for PaleyFest 2011, with key members of the cast and creative team on hand to share all the scoop about Kurt/Blaine, Finn/Rachel, Santana/Brittany and just about every other permutation of romance featured thus far on the effervescent show.

TV Squad was on hand for the press line and panel to score all the gossip that is certain to have fans Gleeking out; join us after the jump for more. Warning: spoilers ahead.

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PaleyFest 2011: The 'Community' Cast Talk Paintball Redux, Shirley's Baby Daddy and a Very Special Clip Show

by Laura Prudom, posted Mar 16th 2011 11:45AM
Community cast
The sold-out audience at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills was "Pop-Pop!"-ing last night, as the cast and crew of NBC's 'Community' took to the stage to regale us with anecdotes, spoilers and insanity on the 11th night of PaleyFest 2011.

TV Squad was on hand for the press line and panel, where a surprising number of spoilers hints were dropped in regards to the last few episodes of the season, which will see the mystery surrounding Shirley's baby solved, and homage paid to a number of high-concept movie genres ... All in a day's work for the gang at Greendale! Join us after the jump for more. Spoilers ahead.

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PaleyFest 2011: The 'Supernatural' Cast Talk the Mother of All, Heaven vs. Heaven and a Potential Season 7

by Laura Prudom, posted Mar 14th 2011 10:30AM
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

We may be a little biased, but we think that PaleyFest 2011's event to honor the CW's 'Supernatural' was a fairly special occasion. Not only did the hard-working cast -- Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Jim Beaver -- take the time to fly back from filming the show in Vancouver to celebrate the occasion and answer the fans' burning questions, but TV Squad's own Maureen Ryan moderated the panel (and did an excellent job, if we do say so ourselves).

We were able to spend a little time with the cast and executive producers on the press line before the Q&A, and though predictably coy on the subject of spoilers, they were more than willing to drop a tantalizing hint or two about the rest of the season to ensure that we'll be itching with anticipation until the show returns from hiatus on April 15. Where's a time-traveling angel when you need one? Spoilers ahead.

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PaleyFest 2011: The 'Parks and Recreation' Cast Talk Romance, Charlie Sheen and the Return of Tammy

by Laura Prudom, posted Mar 10th 2011 12:00PM
Amy PoehlerRumors of Rob Lowe's career suicide have been greatly exaggerated, according to 'Parks and Recreation' executive producer Michael Schur.

Joined by every P&R star except Lowe (who was visiting colleges with his kids and thus couldn't make it to the panel, conspiracy theorists!), Schur used the forum of PaleyFest 2011 to dispel the histrionic online rumor that one of his series regulars would be abandoning ship to replace Charlie Sheen in 'Two and a Half Men'.

"He's a full-time cast member of the show, he has a very long multi-year contract. This is just a case of someone tossing a name up in the air, and then the Internet lit a match and set itself on fire," Schur reassured the full house of 'Parks and Rec' fans gathered to celebrate the NBC comedy, now entering its third season. TV Squad was on hand at the panel and the press line, so join us after the jump for interviews with the cast and details of what's to come for our favorite nutty government employees. Spoilers ahead.

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PaleyFest 2011: The 'True Blood' Cast Talk Demon Babies, Witches and Season 4

by Laura Prudom, posted Mar 6th 2011 10:30AM
True Blood
'True Blood' took a super-sized bite out of PaleyFest 2011 on Saturday night, as 16 members of the ensemble cast joined creator Alan Ball on stage at the Saban Theatre to celebrate the show's success and drop a few hints about what's in store for season 4.

As well as sitting in on the sold-out panel, TV Squad was on the bustling press line for the event, where we managed to grab a few moments with cast-members such as Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer (Sookie and Bill), Rutina Wesley (Tara), Todd Lowe (Terry), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica) and Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam). The 'True Blood' team is notoriously stingy with spoilers thanks to a comprehensive confidentiality agreement, but we did manage to unearth a few hints in regards to next season's storylines.

Join us after the jump for highlights from the press line and panel. Spoilers ahead.

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PaleyFest 2011: 'The Walking Dead' Cast Talk Love Triangles, Action Figures and Season 2

by Laura Prudom, posted Mar 5th 2011 12:00PM
'The Walking Dead' Cast
'The Walking Dead' started PaleyFest 2011 off with a bang (or was it a cry for "braaaaains"?) in Beverly Hills last night, as the cast and creators of the hit AMC show took to the stage of the Saban Theatre to answer -- or artfully sidestep -- many of the fans' burning questions.

The undead drama was the first of many popular shows to be honored by the Paley Center for Media at its 28th annual television festival, with upcoming events set to spotlight 'True Blood,' 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Supernatural,' 'Community' and 'Glee,' to name a few.

Though writer/director/producer Frank Darabont and creator Robert Kirkman were infuriatingly tight-lipped about much of what season two has in store, we were able to glean a few tasty tidbits to whet our appetites for the fresh batch of episodes (13 in total) before their October debut. Join us after the jump for more. Heavy spoilers for the comics and light spoilers for the series ahead.

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Inside the Paley Festival: Scoop on 'Glee,' 'Lost,' 'Dexter' and More

by Laura Prudom, posted Mar 22nd 2010 3:00PM
For the past 27 years, The Paley Center for Media has celebrated the best and brightest shows, creators and stars of our pop-cultural landscape with a two-week-long festival designed to bring fans face to face with the talent that entertains us every night.

The Annual William S. Paley Television Festival (dubbed "PaleyFest" for short) is one of the highlights of any Los Angeles-based TV aficionado's calendar, offering audiences the chance to view fresh new episodes of their favorite shows weeks before they hit the air, and grill panels of actors, showrunners and writers about their craft.

This year's 13-night schedule of events (Feb. 26-March 14) included some of the most critically acclaimed, most talked-about and most unmissable shows of the year, from newcomers such as 'Glee,' 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'Modern Family' to primetime stalwarts like 'Dexter' and 'Lost.' Now that the dust has settled and the red carpets have been rolled away, we've compiled this handy list of panel highlights for some of your favorite shows, to ensure that you won't miss out on any of the scoop that was dished out at the festival.

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Larry David Working on More 'Enthusiasm' - PaleyFest Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Mar 15th 2010 12:06PM
Larry David thrillled a crowd at PaleyFest by annoucing an eighth season.
A moody Larry David gave fans of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' plenty of cause not to embrace the spirit of his hit HBO show's title Sunday night -- announcing that he's planning on an upcoming eighth season.

David told a happy PaleyFest 2010 crowd that an eighth season "isn't definite yet. But we're working on some stuff. HBO definitely wants more of the show."

It was a case of "What a difference one night makes..." at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, as a generally older, more subdued yet equally affectionate gathering of supporters replaced the giddy, screaming masses that greeted 'Glee' the night before. That's not surprising if you consider fans of a show called 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' are not likely to act like 1960s coeds watching The Beatles on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.'

In fact, it'd be difficult to describe David as happy about his appearance at PaleyFest. Maybe he was playing to his TV show character or doing a deadpan bit, but nothing about his demeanor told me David was pleased to be up there with his costars and supposed friends.

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'Glee' Lovefest Scores Record Attendance - PaleyFest Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Mar 14th 2010 7:00PM
The 'Glee' cast and creators brought a huge crowd to PaleyFest Saturday.
Saturday night's 'Glee' panel at the PaleyFest 2010 festival scored an all-time attendance record as a fire marshal's nightmare throng of screaming fans flooded into the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

Other panels during this 2010 session served up enthusiastic crowds -- especially 'Lost' and Seth MacFarlane's appearance -- but the 'Glee' crowd had the feel of a rock concert gathering, producing more applause and squeals per creator and cast member than any event this year's PaleyFest provided.

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Cast, Creators Let 'Dexter' Find His Own Way - PaleyFest Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Mar 5th 2010 10:30AM
The PaleyFest 2010
The most pressing concern for fans of Showtime's 'Dexter' at the show's Thursday night PaleyFest 2010 panel was touched on only briefly -- as if spending too much time on the topic was bad form -- or, worse, a jinx.

When series star Michael C. Hall took to the stage to a standing ovation -- it was impossible to miss his stocking cap. With the other stars and creators dressed to the nines across the Saban Theatre dais, that modest piece of headwear served as the uniform for an individual undergoing cancer treatment.

When it was pointed out to him that his reception might be the first "standing O" in PaleyFest history, Hall smiled, shrugged and pointed to his cap -- as if saying, "Well, it's the cancer treatment."

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'Lost' Creators Want to Get the Finale Right - PaleyFest Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Feb 28th 2010 10:11AM
The 'Lost' cast and creators kept their secrets at this year's PaleyFest.Day two of PaleyFest2010, this year's edition of the annual look behind the scenes of television most popular shows, welcomed the creators and cast of 'Lost' to discuss the challenges of forging the show's final season.

Executive producers Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Eddy Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and Liz Sarnoff fielded questions and tried to answer questions about how the show's last episodes will come together -- without leaking any "spoilers." In fact, they took credit for being the show that gave birth to that term.

To digress for a moment, you might ask why a single TV show needs so many "executive producers." The truth is they're writers. Since producers get a fatter check than mere lowly scribes, Hollywood agents make sure their literary clients get that executive producer title attached in the deal memos.

Joining those writers executive producers were series stars Nestor Carbonell, Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn. The group told the 1,900 fans and industry insiders at the Saban Theatre (the house the Power Rangers built) they just wrapped production on the penultimate episode, and writing is underway on the show's final outing.

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Big Love's plans for season four...and what happened to Roman

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 24th 2009 1:08PM
Big love family
The answer to one of last season's big questions on Big Love was answered the other day when the cast and creators of the HBO drama met the press at the Paley Festival in L.A. You may recall that a certain prophet by the name of Roman Grant was left for dead after Joey Hendrickson had reached his breaking point. When I wrote about the season finale, I wondered if we had actually seen the last of Roman?

You don't have to wait till next fall for the answer, after the jump I'll tell you what executive producer Mark V. Olsen revealed, and it's not only about Roman. There's big news about Big Love.

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Paley Festival: The X-Files

by Kristin Sample, posted Mar 27th 2008 7:20AM
The X-Files From March 14th to March 27th, The Paley Center for Media is presenting the twenty-fifth annual William S. Paley Television Festival. The Paley Center, formerly the Museum of Television and Radio, says that the festival celebrates "television's rich and diverse programming and the creative process behind the medium." This year the festival included Chuck, Pushing Daisies, The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion, Dirty Sexy Money among others.

I've already attended the Buffy Reunion and Dirty Sexy Money (click above for those reports). Last night I went to The X-Files panel. For what happened during the event, read on past the jump.

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Paley Festival: Dirty Sexy Money

by Kristin Sample, posted Mar 26th 2008 8:30AM
Donald Sutherland is Tripp Darling on Dirty Sexy Money From March 14th to March 27th, The Paley Center for Media is presenting the twentieth-fifth annual William S. Paley Television Festival. The Paley Center, formerly the Museum of Television and Radio, says that the festival celebrates "television's rich and diverse programming and the creative process behind the medium." This year the festival included Chuck, Friday Night Lights, Pushing Daisies, Gossip Girl, and The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion.

Last night, I attended the Dirty Sexy Money panel. For what happened during the panel discussion, read on past the jump...

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ABC says that four-toed Lost statue was "too weird"

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 20th 2008 2:24PM

Lost footSo tonight's episode of Lost is the last one finished before the writers strike. We'll now have a mini break and the show will return with five new episodes on April 24.

Let's take this time to talk about one of the past mysteries on the show that has never been explained (yet, anyway): the four-toed statue that some of the islanders found in the season two finale. What the hell was that all about? What did it mean? How come no one has pointed a gun at Ben and asked him, "oh yeah, what the heck is that statue with the toes?" In some ways it's more mysterious and funky than the black smoke and Jacob.

Now Lost producer Damon Lindelof explains why we haven't seen the statue on the show since then.

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