American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, joined by members of the AHS cast, took the stage at PaleyFest Friday night and revealed that season 3 will be called… READ FULL STORY
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Sheldon Cooper, Leonard Hofstadter, and Raj Koothrappali may not be doctors of the medical sort, but they still know how to serve up a heaping dosage of best medicine (a.k.a. laughs — lots of them) to a sold-out audience. At least, that’s what their real-life counterparts — along with other cast members and writer-producers of The Big Bang Theory — did Wednesday evening for the CBS comedy’s PaleyFest panel in Beverly Hills’ Saban Theatre.
The event, presented by the Paley Center for Media, was pretty short on spoilers. The production schedule is currently not that far ahead of viewers, who will get to see the 19th episode of season 6 tonight, but there were plenty of entertaining and funny behind-the-scenes stories and playful moments among the talent on the panel, which was moderated by NCIS actress Pauley Perrette.
Read on for 10 highlights from the Big Bang Theory panel. [Update: Clips from the panel are now on Hulu — watch the cast discuss their recent flash mob in the clip below, and click here for more clips and a video with the whole panel.] READ FULL STORY
Nick and Jess kissed over a month ago, or, in television time, four episodes ago. But don’t worry… we found out Monday night at the New Girl PaleyFest panel that it’s still the thing that everyone wants to talk about. Both the discussion and the sneak peek of next week’s new episode, “Quick Hardening Caulk,” proved that the kiss was anything but old news.
Even though conversation kept coming back to The Kiss — and what it meant, and what it will mean, and how long they were planning it — the cast and producers did touch on a few other subjects, including Cece’s sudden engagement, the group’s upcoming trip to Chicago, and the mystery behind Schmidt’s first name. The energy between the cast and producers was infectious, and you almost wished that the series creator Elizabeth Meriwether could give herself a role on the show too. Jake Johnson even sang the theme song for the audience, after Zooey Deschanel declined.
Click past the jump for the top five takeaways from the New Girl panel.
When the cast of Nashville took the stage at PaleyFest 2013, they weren’t quite prepared to give away too much information about the show’s will-they-or-won’t-they couples Deacon and Rayna (not to mention Gunnar and Scarlett). However, that didn’t stop them from revealing some other tidbits. Below, in no particular order, 10 things we learned from the ridiculously attractive (and talented) cast. READ FULL STORY
Arrow fans at PaleyFest got quite a show on Saturday night. Though the audience didn’t get to see an entire upcoming episode, the sizzle reel proved enticing enough, providing a number of big revelations (read: spoilers).
The most shocking reveal happened during a conversation between The Huntress and Detective Lance, but you’ll have to wait until the episode airs to find out what it is… or check back in with Spoiler Room.
Unlike many of the other panels here, there were only four actors from the show on hand, and much of the conversation was dominated by the three producers, but the audience didn’t seem to mind. Moderated by DC Comics’ Geoff Johns (who has also written for the CW series), the conversation was an in-depth look at the world of comics and the inspirations drawn for Arrow. One audience member even stood up to ask if Stephen Amell was ready for the commitment required to star in a genre show. He said he’s trying, and often looks to fellow cast mate and genre show veteran John Barrowman (who was not in attendance) for guidance.
Click past the jump to read 10 of the best insights and teases from the stars and producers.
Fans of The Mindy Project were treated to a lively Q&A with some of the core members of the cast and producing staff, and a chance to see “Mindy’s Birthday” (airing March 19), Friday in Los Angeles at the PaleyFest.
Fresh off the news that The Mindy Project would be returning to Fox for a second season, the cast seemed grateful and at ease, and spent the majority of the panel doing their Chris Messina impressions. Show creator Mindy Kaling was sweet, gracious and self-deprecating, and admitted that she loves to look at Messina and that she was excited to play a character with style and a disposable income.
The real star of the panel, though, was Ike Barinholtz, who writes for the show and plays male nurse Morgan Tookers. Funny, charming, and larger than life, he always had a joke or a lively anecdote at the ready. (He also does a killer Alan Arkin impression.) The only time Barinholtz paused was when Kaling kissed him, after he teased her that maybe if he talked like Messina, she’d be interested in him.
Click past the jump for five fun things we learned at the PaleyFest panel.
Last night, the minds and bodies behind the great Braverman clan took to the stage at PaleyFest to discuss everything from a potential season five to the reason why Mark and Sarah will never work (Hint: Jason Ritter is moving to a new show, where he’s dating Lauren Graham’s one-time TV daughter, Alexis Bledel).
Parenthood actors Craig T. Nelson, Max Burkholder, Miles Heizer, Mae Whitman, Sam Jaeger, Erika Christensen, Joy Bryant, Dax Shepard, Lauren Graham, Jason Ritter, Monica Potter, and Peter Krause joined executive producer Jason Katims for an hour-long conversation about the story lines that made us cry our eyes out for all of season four. Here are 10 things we learned: READ FULL STORY
The cast and crew of Community threw us some tantalizing scraps at their PaleyFest panel Tuesday night. The all-important ratings issue prompted panel moderator Mike Schneider to lead the audience in a “Pledge of Allegiance to Community,” and pitch a #WatchCommunityLive hashtag — the keyword being live. They want people to experience the season in real time.
Here are (Greendale) Seven things the Community cast and crew shared:
1. Adam DeVine will be playing Jeff Winger’s simple-minded half brother, as Jeff embarks on a quest to get to know his family
“He has a brother, a half brother that he didn’t know about — and he’s like a four-foot grouper fish, which is weird because he’s in a tank,” Joel McHale said. “Doesn’t talk … It’s weird.”
2. Don’t put a label on what Dean Pelton has with Jeff
“The Dean’s sort of mysterious because I think he goes wherever his body tells him is interesting,” said Jim Rash, who plays the Dean. “Whether it’s dalmatians or choo-choo trains or Jeff. So I don’t think I’d like to decide to label it … But I think he definitely wants to be him — if not with him — but I think he would want a friendship at the core.”
3. There might be a little paintball yet to come
“But don’t yell at us if it isn’t an entire episode of paintball,” executive producer David Guarascio said. “Twitter just groaned,” Gillian Jacobs responded. (I groaned too. Paintball is my favorite.)
4. We will get to see Shirley’s house and meet her in-laws, who have had a major influence on the person she is today. Also, warns Yvette Nicole Brown, expect a lot of gingham and some pretty terrible wallpaper. Apparently Shirley has poor interior design skills.
5. The cast has faith in the show even without creator Dan Harmon
“I mean the good news is that some of the writers from Dan’s time stayed, and that was really important to help guide scripts,” McHale told EW. “Megan Ganz has written some that are just, I think, awesome. And Dan said in a couple interviews, ‘If you listen to Megan things will be okay.’ So I was really happy with some of it. We’ll see what the public thinks.”
6. Jim Rash wrote an episode where Troy and Abed switch bodies, and everybody loves it. Because of Danny Pudi and Donald Glover “knocking it out of the park,” according to McHale. And because it was lovingly crafted by Rash, who said of the experience: “It was stressful only because you want to do right by the cast and by Dan’s creation and all that stuff.”
And to the question, “Is the gang going to graduate this season?” the ambiguous answer was: stay tuned.
But what they lacked in spoiler sharing, the cast made up for in major laughs and lots of sarcasm. There was so much genuine gratitude on the part of the cast and crew, who thanked the rabid fan base that has kept them afloat for four seasons.
Other moments up for discussion included: Alison Brie’s recurring alter-ego, Jim Rash and Joel McHale going head to head in a “who does Malcom MacDowell like better, anyway” contest — but only after bumblingly re-creating their tango from the season opener, and the truth about Yvette Nicole Brown’s giant purse. Also: the entire cast did Britta’s pizza dance. It doesn’t get better than that.
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Host Piers Morgan spent most of PaleyFest’s Sunday night Newsroom panel offering his own opinions on the 24-hour news cycle and posing wandering, often self-absorbed ethical questions to the HBO series’ actors as if they were actual news producers. As a result, viewers gained little insight in to season 2 — except that the Sandy Hook tragedy may be addressed and that fans of Sloan and Don’s sexual chemistry will not be let down. The panel finally heated up toward the end via audience questions. Below, the highlights: READ FULL STORY
Tonight’s tear-jerking episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time was screened to an eager and enthusiastic crowd of fans this afternoon before the cast and creators took the stage at PaleyFest. The Q&A that followed touched on some of the themes brought up in the episode. So if you haven’t watched the episode, titled “The Queen is Dead,” we recommend waiting to read the story below until you check it out.
The rest of you, however, should proceed… READ FULL STORY
A lot of good details came to light (sorry) at Revolution‘s PaleyFest panel on Saturday night, with plenty of good tidbits about the future (and past) of the series.
In attendance from the production side was creator Eric Kripke and producers J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau, all of whom offered up clues as to how the second half of the NBC show’s first season will play out. Even the actors let a few details slip — sometimes when they weren’t supposed to. Read on for the highlights.
1. We’ll find out early on why the power went out
The season’s second half, Kripke says, will have a much quicker pace that the first. “We don’t get precious with the answers,” he said, hinting that the question would be answered within the first few episodes after the show’s March 25 return. While writing the episodes, Kripke says, it became clear that there was no way for Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) to not tell the gang why the lights went out. So, they decided they shouldn’t string the audience along. “We find that out in episode 13 (airing April 8),” he says. “We deliver it, and [then] we ask a bunch more questions. And I think the mystery still continues, but it just keeps evolving and shifting.”
2. Kripke wants to bring a Game of Thrones element to the show
One thing that especially excites Kripke is the prospect of visiting all the new little nation-states on Revolution‘s North American map. “Wouldn’t it be fun to have that Game of Thrones kind of feel?” Kripke says he asked himself while writing the episodes. And so the show’s geographical landscape will come more into play as viewers get glimpses of some of the “different kingdoms, different worlds” that are currently living side-by-side on the map.
3. Characters will visit the Plains Nation
Details are still limited, but Kripke confirmed that characters will be visiting the Great Plains states, which make up the new Plains Nation.
4. The Georgia Federation is “well-fed”
We already knew the Atlanta-based entity will figure prominently this season, but the panel revealed some intriguing tidbits about the region’s characteristics. Climate, it turns out, plays a bigger role in the Georgia Federation, and the people are likely to have more food thanks to their crop-growing abilities. “They’re more well-fed,” Kripke offered, while also hinting that the region might have trading partners as well. READ FULL STORY
The 2013 Paley Fest kicked off its programming on Friday night with a Walking Dead panel moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick. Starting with a line that stretched around the block to get into the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills almost two hours before the event was scheduled to begin, the audience remained enthusiastic throughout.
During a brief sneak peek of Sunday’s episode, the crowd cheered with delight, laughed, and gasped as if on cue. Even Hardwick was somewhat astonished at the collective viewing consensus. EW was on the scene to find out what we could from the tight-lipped cast and producers. Click past the jump for the 10 things that we learned from the panel and the red carpet.
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