The Paley Center for Media - Season 2008

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  • Battlestar Galactica
    Battlestar Galactica
    Episode 20080804
    8/4/08
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    The creators and cast of Battlestar Galactica talk about the re-imagining of the show, what makes it different, and its impact on everyday life. This William S. Paley Television Festival evening honors Battlestar Galactica, the re-imagining of the 1978 ABC sci-fi series about a lost tribe of humans on a fleet of starships, led by the Battlestar Galactica, during a war with the robotic Cylons. David Bushman (television and advertising curator, The Paley Center for Media) moderates the following panelists: executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, and cast members Grace Park (Sharon), James Callis (Dr. Gaius Baltar), Jamie Bamber (Lee "Apollo" Adama), Katee Sackhoff (Kara "Starbuck" Thrace), Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin), and Edward James Olmos (Adm. William Adama). After a video hello from actress Tricia Helfer (Six), the panelists cover a number of topics, including why the producers decided to re-imagine Battlestar Galactica, the social relevance of the show, the casting and writing processes, the difference between BSG and other sci-fi shows, and the use of the word "frak" in everyday life.moreless
  • Dancing With The Stars
    Dancing With The Stars
    Episode 20080321
    3/21/08
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  • Bones
    Bones
    Episode 20080409
    4/9/08
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  • Pushing Daisies
    Pushing Daisies
    Episode 20080315
    3/15/08
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  • Mad Men
    Mad Men
    Episode 20080327
    3/27/08
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  • Inside Project Runway
    Inside Project Runway
    Episode 20080804
    8/4/08
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    Project Runway's producers, former contestants, and supermodel host Heidi Klum talk about how the show is produced and its impact on popular culture. Bravo's Emmy Award–nominated Project Runway visits The Paley Center for Media. Project Runway has turned an unlikely premise-up-and-coming designers creating garments on the fly in a series of outré challenges-into one of the most popular and critically acclaimed reality series on television. Buoyed by the icy charm of supermodel host and executive producer Heidi Klum and the avuncular guidance of style guru Tim Gunn, Project Runway is the rare reality competition that focuses more on creativity and skill than audience-baiting "personalities"...and it's always in good taste. The Project Runway creative team of series executive producer Rich Bye, Weinstein Company EVP John Miller, executive producers Barbara Schneeweiss, Jane Lipsitz, and Jane Cha-along with host Heidi Klum and former contestants Kara Saun, Andrae Gonzalo, and Santino Rice-discusses the production of the show and its impact on popular culture. Kristin Dos Santos (E! Entertainment Network) moderates the panel.moreless
  • Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz On The X-Files
    X-Files creator Chris Carter discusses his new movie-The X-Files: I Want to Believe-and the show that started it all. This William S. Paley Television Festival evening honors Chris Carter, his 2008 X-Files movie (which he wrote and directed), and the iconic Fox TV series that spawned it. Airing from 1993 to 2002, The X-Files beguiled critics and viewers alike, nailing the zeitgeist on the head at a time when radio talk show hosts fueled a grassroots movement suspecting conspiracies behind almost every action emanating from the White House. Chris Carter had set out just to make a scary little show in the tradition of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, but ended up with a Peabody and sixteen Emmys, a legion of die-hard fans, and scholarly articles analyzing his seminal work. Barbara Dixon (director, The Paley Center for Media, Los Angeles) welcomes the audience and introduces Variety's Cynthia Littleton, who moderates the following panelists: writer Steven Maeda, producer/director Rob Bowman, post production supervisor Paul Rabwin, writer Darin Morgan, co-executive producer Glen Morgan, producer/director David Nutter, executive producer Howard Gordon; actors Nicholas Lea (Alex Krycek), Dean Haglund (Langly), and Mitch Pileggi (FBI Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner); executive producer/writer/director Frank Spotnitz; and creator/executive producer Chris Carter.moreless
  • Sex and the City
    Sex and the City
    Episode 20080804
    8/4/08
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    The Sex and the City cast and executive producer/writer/director Michael Patrick King dish about the scripts, their roles, and the show's titillating moments. This public program at The Paley Center for Media takes a look at the award-winning HBO program Sex and the City, a comedy series about Carrie Bradshaw, a single Manhattanite who writes a popular sex-advice column for a newspaper while dishing out dating advice and dirt with her three closest friends. Ron Simon (television curator, The Paley Center for Media) moderates the following panelists: cast members Kim Cattrall (Samantha Jones), Kristin Davis (Charlotte York), Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes), and actress/producer Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw); and executive producer/writer/director Michael Patrick King. The discussion covers the cast's initial reactions to the script and the factors that led to their taking the roles, the ways in which their lives are affected by the program and the characters they play, and the reactions of their mothers to the program. Michael Patrick King also talks about the process of writing for the show, how it differs from the book on which it is based, and accusations regarding the show's titillating moments.moreless
  • Weeds
    Weeds
    Episode 20080804
    8/4/08
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    The producers, director, and cast of Weeds discuss how the show came to be, its social relevance, and marijuana's place in popular culture. This William S. Paley Television Festival evening honors Weeds, a comedy about a suburban widow turned marijuana dealer. Barbara Dixon (director, The Paley Center for Media, Los Angeles) welcomes the audience and introduces Hollywood Reporter's Cynthia Littleton, who moderates the following panelists: creator/writer/executive producer Jenji Kohan; co-executive producer Roberto Benabib; director Lev Spiro; and cast members Justin Kirk (Andy Botwin), Romany Malco (Conrad Shepard), Mary-Louise Parker (Nancy Botwin), Tonye Patano (Heylia James), and Elizabeth Perkins (Celia Hodes). The discussion covers topics such as how the show came about, including how it was pitched and cast, what parts of the show ring true to Kohan's personal background, the show's typical audience member, plotlines for season two, the show's social relevance, and marijuana's place in current popular culture. Contains Explicit Language.moreless
  • The Closer
    The Closer
    Episode 20080804
    8/4/08
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    The producers and cast of The Closer discuss casting, the origins of the show, and what makes this popular crime show stand out from the rest. This William S. Paley Television Festival evening honors The Closer, a drama series about LAPD Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson, a hard-nosed interrogator in the Priority Homicide Division who excels at closing cases. Barbara Dixon (director, The Paley Center for Media, Los Angeles) welcomes the audience and moderates the following panelists: cast members Michael Paul Chan (Lt. Mike Tao), Gina Ravera (Det. Irene Daniels), Raymond Cruz (Det. Julio Sanchez), G.W. Bailey (Det. Lt. Provenza), Kyra Sedgwick (Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson), J.K. Simmons (Asst. Police Chief Will Pope), Tony Denison (Det. Andy Flynn), and Corey Reynolds (Sgt. David Gabriel); executive producer/creator/writer James Duff; executive producer Greer Shephard; executive producer/director Michael M. Robin; producer Andrew J. Sacks; and consulting producer Gil Garcetti. The panelists discuss the genesis of the show, how each actor came to be cast on the show, how Sedgwick made the Brenda character "real" by interpreting her as "deeply flawed," what separates the show from other, more "procedural," crime dramas, Garcetti's job in keeping the show realistic, behavior behind the scenes amongst cast and crew, and how the show will eventually evolve in terms of conflicts and antagonisms.moreless
  • Monk
    Episode 20080804
    8/4/08
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    The cast and creative team of Monk talk about the "Monk universe," quirks of the actors, and the origins of the idea for a cop with OCD. This William S. Paley Television Festival evening honors Monk, a comedic series about Sherlockian and obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk. Barbara Dixon (director, The Paley Center for Media, Los Angeles) welcomes the audience and moderates the following panelists: creator/executive producer Andy Breckman, executive producer David Hoberman, and cast members Tony Shalhoub (Adrian Monk), Stanley Kamel (Dr. Kroger), Jason Gray-Stanford (Lt. Randy Disher), Ted Levine (Capt. Leland Stottlemeyer), and Bitty Schram (Sharona Fleming). Comedian Norm MacDonald makes a surprise voice appearance. The panel discusses the genesis of the idea for a cop with OCD, how each cast member was chosen, the differences between the "Monk universe" and the real world, the rapport between the writers and the actors, each actor's foibles, and how the show walks the line between comedy and drama. Contains Explicit Language.moreless
  • Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who
    8/4/08
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    Roger Daltrey talks about his experience as a member of The Who, accompanied by the producers of Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who, the new definitive documentary on the iconic rock band. From raw, pure rock to elaborate operas of ingenious complexity, the music of The Who is never less than viscerally exciting. Roger Daltrey and the producers speak at The Paley Center for Media about the making of the film, the group's dynamic rise to performance icons, and the experience of being in The Who. Ron Simon (television curator, The Paley Center for Media) moderates the following panelists: producer Nigel Sinclair, director/editor Paul Crowder, director/co-producer Murray Lerner, writer Mark Monroe, manager Chris Stamp, and musician Roger Daltrey.moreless
  • Gossip Girl
    Gossip Girl
    Episode 20080322
    3/22/08
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  • An Evening With Holly Hunter and Saving Grace
    8/4/08
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    Holly Hunter discusses Saving Grace in an in-depth one-on-one conversation. This public program at The Paley Center for Media features an in-depth conversation with award-winning Holly Hunter as she discusses her acclaimed TNT series Saving Grace. Hunter portrays fast-living Oklahoma City police detective Grace Hanadarko, who, tormented by demons both internal and external, nearly reaches her breaking point before redemption arrives in the form of an unconventional angel named Earl. Christy Carpenter (executive vice president and chief operating officer, The Paley Center for Media) welcomes the audience. David Bushman (television and advertising curator, The Paley Center for Media) moderates. Contains Explicit Language.moreless
  • One Night With 30 Days
    One Night With 30 Days
    Episode 20080804
    8/4/08
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    The 30 Days executive producers discuss the making of the entertaining-and enlightening-documentary series. Using the time construct from his hit documentary Super Size Me, creator/executive producer Morgan Spurlock asks Americans to spend a month experiencing something for which they have no tolerance or knowledge. Spurlock, along with executive producer R. J. Cutler, spent an evening at The Paley Center for Media discussing the sometimes controversial show. Rebecca Faez (director of administration, The Paley Center for Media, Los Angeles) welcomes the audience and introduces Daily Variety's Stuart Levine, who moderates. Contains Explicit Language.moreless
  • The Young and the Restless 35th Anniversary
    4/10/08
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    Cast members of The Young and the Restless discuss being pressured to "show more skin" and talk about plots that were deemed too controversial.
  • Community
    Community
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    Series creator Dan Harmon talks about the origin of the show and cast members talk about zany moments.This William S. Paley Television Festival live event honors Community, a comedy series about a group of adult students at a small community college.John Young (staff writer, Entertainment Weekly) moderates the following panelists: series creator/executive producer/writer Dan Harmon; executive producers Neil Goldman, Russ Krasnoff, and Garrett Donovan; executive producers/directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo; and cast members Chevy Chase (Pierce Hawthorne), Ken Jeong (Senor Chang), Gillian Jacobs (Britta Perry), Joel McHale (Jeff Winger), and Donald Glover (Troy Barnes).The panelists touch on such topics as: parallels between the show's premise and Harmon's real-life experience in community college at age thirty-two; Chase's take on his co-stars, and how they compare to his legendary Saturday Night Live cohorts; and why Chase refuses to watch McHale perform hosting duties on The Soup.Questions from the audience then lead to a discussion of the following topics among others: ways in which the actors "feed off each other" and Chase's penchant for "infamous" stories.moreless