For Los Angeles area fans and tv industry insiders, this time of year means one thing: the Oscars are over and it's all about television and the annual PaleyFest! Hosted by the Paley Center for Media, which has locations in New York and Los Angeles, the PaleyFest brings together a series of television-centric events with the cast and creators your favorite tv shows at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. Fans from all over the world, not just Southern California, make their way to this exclusive event for one or all of the nights. Taking place from March 1st through the 15th, the stage at the Saban Theater will play host to the casts from top comedies and dramas, including Arrow, American Horror Story, The Newsroom, Revolution, Parenthood, Nashville, New Girl, Dallas, The Mindy Project, 2 Broke Girls, Once Upon a Time, The New Normal, Community, and The Big Bang Theory. But it all kicks off with the biggest show on cable, The Walking Dead, on Friday, March 1st.
In attendance will be creator Robert Kirkman, producer Gale Ann Hurd, executive producers Dave Alpert and Greg Nicotero, and stars Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Laurie Holden (Andrea), Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Scott Wilson (Hershel Greene), Emily Kinney (Beth Greene). And, of course, the uncensored discussion has to be moderated by AMC’s The Talking Dead host, Chris Hardwick.
Unfortunately, even if you were in the LA area on March 1st, but without a ticket, you can’t get in because it’s already sold out. What’s a TV geek to do?
1. Go to a Movie Theater!
For the first time ever, the Paley Center will screen two of their already sold out events, The Walking Dead and the Big Bang Theory, at local movie theaters in a partnership with Fathom Events broadcast the panels a week after they air at movie theaters. The Walking Dead panel will screen on March 7th and the Big Bang Theory will screen on March 13th only.
2. Watch it live online at home!
If you don’t want to wait and you can’t get a ticket, you can live stream ALL OF THE EVENTS online via LiveStream on your computer or tablet. Note that a portion of the live event includes a screening of an episode, which will not air online, so be sure to hang tight and converse with fellow fans while you wait with updates from the red carpet arrival area and backstage peeks before the show.
3. Watch it on demand the next day!
Hulu.com, a PaleyFest promotional partner, will give free access to the complete panels the day after they take place. Here’s a clip from last year’s Castle panel:
4. Go to the Saban Theater anyway!
Except for the Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory, tickets are still available for all of the other events. Just go to the official site now to get your tickets! Of course, if you’re feeling daring, you could still show up outside the theater for the Walking Dead and Big Bang Theory events and hope to snag some standby tickets, but I wouldn’t count on it.
One of the great things about actually being there in person is mingling with fellow television fans who are passionate about the shows you love. They’ll also be selling exclusive poster prints from Gallery 1988, available only at the show. And after it’s all over, the casts of the shows often stick around to talk to the fans and sign autographs. If TV is your thing, be ready next January when they announce the 2014 line up and be ready to get your tickets. Being a member of the Paley Center for Media doesn’t hurt either. You get discounts on tickets and priority seating at all of the events that they hold throughout the year in Los Angeles and New York City. If we don’t see you in the crowd this year, here’s hoping we see you at PaleyFest in 2014!