Paleyfest celebrates its thirtieth anniversary

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Paleyfest is the annual gathering of casts from popular television shows for the fans’ enjoyment. Taking place at the Paley Center for Media, in Los Angeles, the festival runs a course of about two weeks. From March 13 to March 28, fans interact with cast members of their favorite shows. Paleyfest has celebrated television’s rich and diverse programming since 1984, and this year will be the festival’s thirtieth anniversary. Festival-goers are able to not only watch episodes with numerous other fans, but meet the cast, directors, and producers behind the successful shows. The show enthusiasts are able to watch interviews live, get an inside scoop on the actors’ lives and work routines, and watch exclusive sneak peeks of episodes to come. Viewers get to see the directors and their visions of the shows. Additionally fans can learn meanings behind seasons and specific episodes, and experience this experience with a community of the show’s audience.

This year, Paleyfest has a lineup with many popular television show casts. The new hit Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black”, will have a panel of the cast and directors, including Taylor Schilling and Jason Biggs. The infamous show that is “How I Met Your Mother” will have cast and crew discuss the final episode and series. The cast of “Lost” will be in attendance for a tenth anniversary reunion, as well. Fans of comedy will be pleased to hear that the casts of “Parks and Recreation” and “The Mindy Project” will appear at the festival. There are also casts of the more dramatic shows, such as “Vampire Diaries”, “American Horror Story: Coven”, and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” making appearances. See media.paleycenter.org for more casts, dates and information.