It's good to be dead. Or a vampire. Or a community college student, for that matter. At least that's the case according to the Paley Center for Media, which will pay tribute to The Walking Dead, True Blood, Community and nine other current and past TV shows at its PaleyFest 2011: William S. Paley Television Festival this March at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.
The event, now in its 28th year, celebrates the year's best television programming by bringing the casts and creators of the selected shows together with their fans. "We offer television enthusiasts an unrivaled connection with the casts and crews of their favorite series as well as the opportunity to honor media icons and innovators," says Pat Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of the Paley Center.
Other current series to be honored this year are White Collar, Hot In Cleveland, Parks and Recreation, Eastbound & Down, Supernatural, American Idol and Raising Hope. In addition, PaleyFest will feature an evening with Jimmy Fallon and a reunion of the Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared casts. PaleyFest will run from March 4-17 and, for the actors who will gather to talk about their shows, the event is an honor unlike any other because it offers access to their fans.
Says Hot In Cleveland star Wendie Malick: "The first time I did one of these was in 1990 or 1991 when I was on Dream On. It was a trip. The audience was very savvy and it felt almost like a conversation."
Tickets for the general public go on sale Sunday, Jan. 23 and can be purchased by going to ticketweb.com. For more information about PaleyFest 2011, go to paleycenter.org.