Every year the Paley Center for Media holds their annual PaleyFest in the spring. This year the two-week event will be held from March 2 to March 14 and three of the panels have already been announced: Mad Men, Modern Family and American Horror Story.
But given that there are 9 more panels yet to be announced, I had to put together a list of the TV shows that I would LOVE to see be part of PaleyFest 2012.
The following list appears in no particular order:
1. Once Upon a Time – It’s the highest ranking new series of the fall (from ABC); it’s all about fairytales and it has a terrific cast and very talented show runners. Wouldn’t it be great to dig inside the brains of series creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz? How about learning how the cast members landed their roles and what they’d love to see happen to their characters?
2. Revenge – This modern day return to primetime soap operas has been captivating viewers on ABC all fall. The fans of this great new serial deserve to have a chance to be enthralled by stories from the cast and creative team, learning inside stories from the players who make the show so entertaining.
3. Castle – The ABC series is now in its fourth season and isn’t it about time for the cast and creators to be honored by the PaleyFest? Sure, the show was featured in a spring program right at the Paley Center, but the show has yet to be honored at this big annual event. Can’t you just see Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic along with the rest of the cast enthralling the audience with their great chemistry?
4. Chuck – Now in its fifth and final season on NBC, doesn’t it seem fitting that the show be honored by one of the panels at this event? After all, it would be great to see the cast together one last time, taking a look back at their five years together and talking about their future plans.
5. Being Erica – This show is hugely popular in Canadian and is building a very dedicated audience here in the States. By having it as part of the PaleyFest, would assuredly help get the show the attention it deserves. Most of all, it would be great to final seeing a spotlight shown on this great show.
6. Eureka – Much like Chuck, this popular Syfy series is soon coming to an end but before the next PaleyFest can be held the series will have come to an official end, making it all the more important to honor the show now.
7. Justified – This captivating and intriguingly clever crime drama from FX has been critically-acclaimed since its debut and fits perfectly into the type of shows for which the PaleyFest honors. And, it doesn’t hurt that this past season’s long-running recurring actress – Margo Martindale – won an Emmy for her role on the show.
8. Lost Girl – This is yet another popular Canadian series that is slowly getting attention in the States; and when season one begins to air on Syfy this coming January, I have a feeling that a lot of people will be jumping on the “fan bandwagon”. Wouldn’t it be forward-thinking of the Paley Center to get in on this show before everyone else?
9. Switched at Birth – This new ABC Family drama made waves this past summer with its storyline about two girls switched at birth, raised in two very different and diverse households. The other very captivating aspect of this series is the way that the American audience has been introduced to the 2nd and 3rd most spoken languages next to English: Sign language and Spanish.
Now, I realize that most of these choices won’t happen, but that’s the whole point of a wish list, right? It is the fun of putting together the panels you most want to see featured at the yearly event. Whether you attend PaleyFest or not, which shows would you most like to see included in the 2012 event? Please share.