The Paley Center for Media Announces PaleyFest2010:

Twenty-Seventh Annual William S. Paley Television Festival


Festival to honor the Casts and Creators of Breaking Bad; Community; Cougar Town; Curb Your Enthusiasm; Dexter; FlashForward; Glee; Lost; Men of a Certain Age; Modern Family; NCIS; and The Vampire Diaries


Also an evening with Seth MacFarlane with special guests


Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA—The Paley Center for Media will present the twenty-seventh annual PaleyFest: William S. Paley Television Festival (PaleyFest2010) from February 26 to March 14, 2010, at its new location, the historic Saban Theatre (formerly the Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills) in Beverly Hills, California. PaleyFest2010 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-seventh 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. During each PaleyFest evening, the audience views episodes or highlights of the featured work followed by a panel discussion with the cast and creative team and then has the opportunity to ask questions of those involved in its production.


“PaleyFest continues to be a pop culture phenomenon in Los Angeles, offering TV fans a unique way to connect with the casts and crews of their favorite series as well as the opportunity to celebrate media icons and innovators,” said Pat Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of The Paley Center for Media. “By moving to the newly renovated Saban Theatre this year will provide us with the opportunity to keep up with the increased ticket demand for key PaleyFest events while preserving the intimate nature of these evenings that our audiences have come to expect.”


During the Festival, PaleyFest panels from the last twenty-seven years will be screened at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills. Recorded discussions with the cast and creative teams will be shown including last year’s True Blood and The Big Bang Theory; and, from previous years, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion, Beverly Hills 90210, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Angel, Alias, Battlestar Galatica, Pushing Daisies, and many others. This screening series will run from February 24 through March 14.


Since the first Festival in 1984, the Paley Center has honored nearly three hundred programs, including 24, 90210, Alias, American Idol, Beverly Hills 90210, The Big Bang Theory, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cheers, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Entourage, Family Guy, Friends, The Golden Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, Gunsmoke, The Honeymooners, House, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Lost, Mad Men, M*A*S*H, The Office, Roots, Route 66, Sábado Gigante, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Six Feet Under, South Park, thirtysomething, True Blood, 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 PaleyFest2010 schedule is as follows—­please note that events/participants are subject to change:


Friday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m.               Modern Family


Saturday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m.           Lost


Monday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m.                   NCIS


Wednesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m.          Community


Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m.                Dexter

Evening Sponsor: Netflix


Friday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.                     Cougar Town


Saturday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.                 The Vampire Diaries


Tuesday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.                  Seth MacFarlane & Friends

Evening Sponsor: Microsoft Zune


Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.          Breaking Bad


Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.               FlashForward


Friday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.                    Men of a Certain Age


Saturday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m.               Glee


Sunday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.                  Curb Your Enthusiasm




PaleyFest20101 Festival Pass ($1200 for one ticket to each night plus more) and three PaleyFest2010 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 Friday, January 22, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Individual tickets will become available to the general public beginning the following Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. PT. For Paley Center Members, ticket prices are $60/$35/$25/$15 per event. For the general public, tickets are $75/$45/$35/$25 per event. All PaleyFest2010 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 PaleyFest2010 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 Saban Theatre 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 PaleyFest2010 is available through the recorded Festival hotline: 310.786.1010 as well as at



PaleyFest2010 is made possible in part by a grant from the William S. Paley Foundation. PaleyFest2010 is sponsored in part by Microsoft Zune and Netflix. The Los Angeles Times is the Festival’s Platinum Media Partner. TV Guide Magazine, 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

Author: Suzanne Philips
Film, TV, Theatre reviewer. Mad Dance Skillz, Crazy in a good way.

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