There are two sides to a coin, and peanut butter & jelly, and hot and cold, and TV shows that haven't yet started and those that have become classics.
Meaning that PaleyFest, the springtime celebration of those beloved television series that have proven their staying power, also has a different side, and it involves taking an in-depth look at those small-screen rookies just heading out of the gate.
Of course, the PaleyFest Fall TV Previews, which land at the Paley Center for Media for the better part of a week in early September, aren't solely about the unknown properties that television viewers will be sampling come the autumn. A few stalwarts will get their moment in the spotlight, like "NCIS: Los Angeles" and a "CSI: Farewell Salute."
Like at PaleyFest each March, the shows featured during the Fall Preview week have a starry component. Actors headlining the series, as well as the creators, shall sit for various Q&A-focused panels. There shall be joshing, anecdotes, stories, moving moments.
Unlike PaleyFest, the titles of the shows aren't yet widely known, nor are the characters' relationships and goals and challenges. So rather than the creators drilling into various plot lines already known by fans in the audience, there's an introductory quality to the evenings, one that brings attendees into the get-to-know-us fold.
"Truth Be Told" and "Undateable" (both coming to NBC), "La Banda (Univision), "Dr. Ken" (ABC), "Code Black" (CBS), "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (CW), and "Grandfathered," "The Grinder," and "Scream Queens" (FOX) are the new shows getting the panel and/or focused treatment.
Ken Jeong, Rob Lowe, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Marcia Gay Harden, and Ted Danson are a few of the stars expected to attend.
Will it charm you to see how stars still new to each other interact vs. the comfortable relationships seen among co-workers on a series that's been around for a half decade? Will you be able to say you were there, at the beginning, if one of the shows becomes a long-running hit?
Will you be able to say you got tickets in time? They go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 31.
The PaleyFest Fall TV Previews are on from Sept. 9 through 17 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.