The end of summer, capped by Labor Day Weekend, inspires us to do many things. We stow the swim toys and pool inflatables, or think about it, at least. We think about investing in a cardigan. And we chat with other TV fans about what'll they'd like to sample in the weeks ahead.
True, so true: Television is a year-round proposition these days, with new shows popping up during every month on the calendar. But September and the small-screen are still a pretty tight twosome, one that's feted by The Paley Center for Media each year during the PaleyFest Fall TV Previews.
The scene: The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The players: Loads of headliners and creators, like Rob Lowe, Ricky Martin, Linda Hunt, Ken Jeong, Marcia Gay Harden. The vibe: Here's our television series, this is the tone/look/theme/purpose, let's talk and answer questions and hang for an hour or so.
What to do, where to go and what to see
It isn't all previewing, though, at the PaleyFest Fall TV Previews week, despite "previews" being front-and-centered in the name. A long-running show often receives a tribute, as "NCIS: Los Angeles" shall this go-around. There's a "CSI: Farewell Salute," too, during the celebration.
If you can't make it, or can't find a ticket, Yahoo shall live-stream the panels.
Univision, ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC will all be in the house from Sept. 9 through the 16th. As is tradition, each show and/or network gets its own night and/or space, so best not arrive thinking that it'll be an everything-happening-at-once deal. All shows/events hold the spotlight on their own.
Tickets? They're here. PaleyFest, the salute to on-the-air shows that shares a name, and spirit, with the Fall TV Previews? That's in the springtime, and lasts a bit longer, and tends to show up at a larger venue, like The Dolby in Hollywood.
For sure, new television is no longer a September-only thing. But for fans who follow their stories with a fervor, there's still a watercooler-y moment in the late summer, when you want to know what series are ahead, who is starring, and what they're about.
Lucky you, if you live in Southern California, and you can experience this in person, at The Paley Center.