PaleyFest, that annual springtime gathering of television's hottest casts for some on-stage chitchat, is a real thunder-stealer. It can draw attention from surrounding events and it can eclipse every other television-related event on the calendar. Period. Done.
But the Paley Center for Media's PaleyFestPreviews: Fall TV Week is the notably robust exception. It has a lot in common with its half-a-year-away cousin -- stars do show up to talk about their TV series -- but let's call it the forward-thinker of the two. Where PaleyFest celebrates the proven shows that have captured viewers' hearts, the Fall TV Week is the foreteller that gives viewers a peek of what's to come.
Fall TV Week runs from Friday, Sept. 6 through Friday, Sept. 13. Each network gets its own night -- CBS takes night one on Sept. 6, NBC rounds it out on Wednesday, Sept. 11, and The CW, Fox, and ABC spread out in the middle. There is also a farewell to "Dexter" on Sept. 12 and a "China Beach" Fall Flashback night, in honor of the show's 25th anniversary, on Sept. 13.
So, what goes down during a preview night? Lots, is the easy answer. Full pilots are screened ahead of their airdates or clips are shown. There will be 23 screenings in all, and eight cast-and-crew panels. While not everyone may show, bet the bulk of the top cast will, like PaleyFest.
The series set to screen? "Mom" from CBS, "The Tomorrow People" from The CW, "Sleepy Hollow" from Fox, "The Goldbergs" from ABC, and "Ironside" from NBC.
Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, Aug. 12.
Receptions and other TV-related froufra are part of the week, a week that's pretty dang glittery.
Which leads us to say this:
1. PaleyFest? We know you are super extra glittery, with all of your full cast panels, but PaleyFestPreviews: Fall TV Week definitely deserves to share your crown.
2. We used "hottest" in the first sentence and meant it. It applies and it works. Have you been to PaleyFest? Yeah. Saying "television's really good casts" just seems limp. So "hottest" it is.