On January 19, the Paley Center for Media will announce the full line-up for this year’s Paley Fest, the annual fete held by the illustrious center named after its founder William S. Paley, which celebrates television’s rich and diverse programming and the creative process behind the medium.
The annual Paley Fest will be held from March 4 to 18 this year at the Saban Theatre located in the heart of Beverly Hills. Thus far, the center has announced the following panels will be featured during the yearly event:
The Walking Dead
Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared Reunion
But, the real question is: What will be the remaining shows included in this year’s Paley Fest?
I may not have the answer to that question, but I am certainly open to the idea of trying to predict what TV shows might be part of this year’s Paley Fest. Or to be more precise the shows I believe will be part of the annual fete as well as some shows that I would simply love to see included.
First off all, here is my list of the shows that I believe will be included:
Castle – The cast and main crew of this popular ABC series was featured in a smaller panel event at the Paley Center shortly after last year’s Paley Fest came to a close, but given the fact this show is now in its third season, its increase in ratings over the previous season and the overall popularity of the cast, Castle should be a “shoo-in” for this year’s event.
The Good Wife – The series was not only the number one new show from last season, but it has maintained its status as a top 20 show and has continued to be a fan favorite. The show was featured at the New York branch of the Paley Center last year, but has yet to be featured at Paley Fest, but this will probably be the year.
Sons of Anarchy – This complex series is a cult-favorite and features an interesting and diverse cast. The series has not been featured yet at the Paley Center and now seems to be a fitting time to highlight this series.
Eureka – What a year Eureka has had from time travel to landing in an alternate universe; and the Christmas episode was nothing short of spectacular. This is the sci-fi series that has proven itself time and time again, making this the year that it deserves to be featured at the Paley Fest.
Smallville – Now in its final season on the CW (formerly starting out as one of the WB shows), this long-running series deserves to be featured at the annual event to not only honor the legend of Clark Kent and the history of Smallville but also to honor the show for its long-standing on TV.
Hawaii Five-0 – As the number one new series of the fall TV season, Hawaii Five-0 is not only extremely popular with the viewing audience but it also has the ratings to back its top status. The attractive locale and even more attractive cast aren’t bad either.
Raising Hope – This FOX series is the comedy hit of the fall TV season and while it depicts the lives of the unconventional Chance family, the show has obviously struck a chord with the viewing audience, making it prime for inclusion in this year’s event.
Then there are the following, which are my personal choices of shows that I would love to see included in this year’s Paley Fest even though they probably don’t have a chance of being featured:
Terriers – The short-lived series on FX that had one of the worst show names in the history of television but one of the most captivating stories and cast for the entire fall season deserved better treatment than it received. At the very least by having the show should be featured at Paley Fest for one finally hurrah to the show.
Nikita – This is one of two new shows that debuted this fall season on the CW and performed pretty well in the ratings (at least for this network) and has progressive gotten better in terms of portrayals and storylines week to week. To say the least it would be a pure delight to see the cast and creative team at Paley Fest.
What TV shows would you like to see featured at this year’s Paley Fest. Please share.
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