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PaleyWatch: Details About the 2008 Lineup Emerge

The PR machine is in overdrive for the 2008 William S. Paley Television Festival, the fest's 25th anniversary installment, which moves its location this year from its cramped quarters at the DGA to the Cinerama Dome at the Arclight. (Wahoo!)

While the festival's organizers are being pretty coy about the full lineup and schedule this year, what with teasing us about a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion, they have quietly nailed down some dates for some of the panels:

March 14th: Elvis '68 Comeback Special (Opening Night Selection)

March 15th: Pushing Daisies

March 17th: The Comedy World of Judd Apatow & Friends

March 18th: Chuck

March 20th: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion

March 21st: Dancing with the Stars

March 25th: Dirty Sexy Money

March 27th: Mad Men (Closing Night Selection)

The full lineup and schedule, including the date for the previously announced panel for Gossip Girl, is slated to be revealed on February 4th.

Individual tickets for members of the Paley Center for Media go on sale on February 7th, while Joe Public can buy tickets beginning on February 10th.

Me, I'm already trying to figure out how much a hit my wallet can take in order to determine just how many of these events I can attend.

What's On Tonight*

*Note: The State of the Union Address will wreak havoc with tonight's lineup. Check local listings.


8 pm: How I Met Your Mother/Two and a Half Men (CBS); Gossip Girl Revealed (CW; 8-9:30 pm); Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann (ABC); Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX)

9 pm: Rules of Engagement/CBS Special Report: CES (CBS); The Office/30 Rock (NBC); Aliens in America (CW; 9:30-10 pm); Samantha Who (ABC; 9:30-10 pm)

10 pm: American Gladiators (NBC)

What I'll Be Watching

8-9:30 pm: Gossip Girl Revealed.

It's yet another chance to catch the pilot episode of the teen soap, this time with added features including interviews, commentary, deleted scenes, and character profiles.

10 pm: No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain on Travel Channel.

It's a brand new season of No Reservations on the Travel Channel; follow enfant terrible chef Anthony Bourdain as he travels the world in search of good food. In tonight's installment, Tony heads to the Greek Islands, where he swings by Crete and Ithaca and tries to determine whether or not the Greek really do have the world's healthiest fare.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Thanks for the info, Jace! I'm interested in attending a couple of these panels. Any idea how much tickets for Jane Q. Public usually cost?
Jace Lacob said…
Hey Mel,

Member tickets cost $35 a piece, with a limited number of premium seats at $50 a pop. Given those are member prices, I'd think that the general public price will be slightly higher, probably around the $40 mark... plus ticket processing and shipping fees.
Anonymous said…
Thanks, that gives me a ballpark to do some figuring with. :)
The CineManiac said…
I think as much as I love Judd Apatow and Chuck, I'm gonna have to try to get tickets to see Buffy the Reunion.

I got a membership last year and then forgot the day they went on sale until after it was sold out.
Anonymous said…
This is an amazing lineup...the best in years. I just hope everything good doesn't sell out the first few minutes. It's probably going to be close to impossible to get Buffy tix.
The CineManiac said…
Well My birthday is the 21st so I'm hoping to celebrate by going to the Buffy Panel!
I am a member so I'm hoping the package deals don't take up all the tix for it.
Anonymous said…
Ugh - got my announcement letter yesterday. $35!!

I hate to sound like grandpa, but I remember when they were $15.

Weren't they $25 just last year??

ugh.

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