Named for William S. Paley, founder of both the Paley Center and CBS, the annual William S. Paley Television Festival has celebrated television’s rich and diverse programming and the creative process behind the medium for the last twenty-seven years. At this ultimate TV fanfest in the heart of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, the festival offers television enthusiasts an unrivaled connection with the casts and crews of their favourite series as well as the opportunity to honour media icons and innovators.
PaleyFest 2011 kicked off Friday with the cast and crew of AMC’s The Walking Dead holding a panel revealing what fans can expect from the forthcoming Season 2, set to air in October. Though writer/director/producer Frank Darabont and creator Robert Kirkman were mostly tight-lipped about much of what season two has in store, they did reveal a few tidbits to whet our appetites. With more than double the episodes of Season 1, the creators have more freedom to include some of our favourite moments from the comic book series while adding in new material. According to EW, Herschel’s farm will make a lengthy appearance as previously reported and fans should also expect some more romance specifically with the characters Glen and Laurie who may each meet someone of interest. The Rick-Lori-Shane love triangle will continue to intensify, and we’ll soon discover what exactly Doctor Jenner whispered into Rick’s ear at the end of season one. Speculation still remains that Lori is indeed pregnant and although show-runner Frank Darabont didn’t deny nor approve the theory, he did claim that it won’t take long to find out the answer. Darabont also offhandedly dismissed fan speculation that Merle would become the fearsome Governor from the comic series saying, “Maybe I’ll do something lame and obvious”. Meanwhile Robert Kirkman also teased with the possibility of the racist redneck Merle (Michael Rooker) returning to the series along with Morgan (Lennie James) and his son as well.
Gallery 1988 (known for their awesome pop culture related art shows) was also present with several artists creating limited edition screen prints for some of the events. Daniel Danger created a terrifying design for The Walking Dead (seen above), while DKNG Studios tackled on True Blood (seen below). If you head over to /Film you can also see the Phantom City Creative‘s poster for the Freaks and Geeks/Undeclared reunion.
Here is the entire schedule, which includes events celebrating American Idol, Freaks & Geeks reunion, and Eastbound & Down.
Friday, March 4 — The Walking Dead
Saturday, March 5 — True Blood
Monday, March 7 — White Collar
Tuesday, March 8 — Hot in Cleveland
Wednesday, March 9 — Parks and Recreation
Thursday, March 10 — Eastbound & Down
Friday, March 11 — An Evening with Jimmy Fallon
Saturday, March 12 — PaleyFest Reunion: Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared
Sunday, March 13 — Supernatural
Monday, March 14 — American Idol: Celebrating Ten Seasons
Tuesday, March 15 — Community
Wednesday, March 16 — DARK
Thursday, March 17 — Raising Hope