If you've lived in Los Angeles long enough to know that Fountain and Hauser are perfectly acceptable streets to avoid most mid-city traffic jams, and that you probably want to make a very early start for the beach on an 86-degree day, you've seen a famous television type or two, out shopping, buying produce, minding their own dressed-down beeswax.
There's no untrite yet polite conversation starter -- "I love your work" has been done, done, done -- but there is a way to see them chat, congenially and personally, before your very eyes: PaleyFest. It's TV's prom, of sorts, but, unlike the Emmys and other award shows, it is a prom we fans are invited to, too, for the cost of a ticket.
The line-up of stars set to show for the March gathering at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood was just revealed on Tuesday, Feb. 10.
On the Dolby docket? Kerry Washington, discussing "Scandal." Claire Danes, chitchatting about "Homeland." Both Key and Peele, of "Key & Peele," and Julianna Margulies, who will be on the "Good Wife" panel (of course).
Lena Dunham, Jimmy Kimmel, just about the whole "Modern Family" caboodle (including Eric Stonestreet, Ed O'Neill, and Sofia Vergara), and Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" will ruminate about their respective series.
To add "and more stars, too" does PaleyFest a disservice, and yet it must stand, at least in this space, because the and-more-stars-ing is prodigious. In short? The panel for each show will be nicely filled out. Will ever actor from every series on the roster be there? Nope, that's never possible, what with other projects in their personal hoppers.
But PaleyFest has an impressive draw, and more often than not the headliners of a show are in the house.
As is to be the case for the 2015 run. Will your favorite actor be there? You can see them chat, live and in person, meaning there's no need to bother them while they shop for produce down at the local farmers market. (And "I love your work" is pretty much understood, if you're in a PaleyFest audience.)