Monday, March 17, 2008

Paley Fest

If I were one of the cool TV critics...

Wait, let me back up. I AM one of the cool TV critics. However, by the nature of this position at The Telegraph, I don't actually cover TV fulltime like critics do at other papers. Nor do I have any sort of budget. Nor do I even get paid, or many perks, or... (why do I do this again?)

Anyway, many of the critics who do get the above perks have all been in L.A., attending the Paley Fest. Each year, the festival celebrates the best of TV, both current and past, by getting many stars and creators of various shows (most of them really good) together and let them talk about their series and field questions from audience members. With the exception of Comic Con, this might be the festival I'd like to attend most.

This year's Paley Fest includes a "Buffy" reunion among other things, and TVGuide's Michael Ausiello has been blogging about it. You can catch his review of the session involving the "Pushing Daisies" cast here:

HOW 'BOUT THEM DAWGS?: Just a quick shout out to Dennis Felton and the lads for their amazing run during the SEC tournament. They'll in Washington, D.C. Thursday taking on Xavier in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (CBS, 12:20 p.m.) I'm sure many people are already filling out their brackets.

MONDAY'S BEST BETS: Holy Moly! What's that I sense? New offerings from the networks across the boards, perhaps?

Yes, CBS returns with its comedy lineup of "Big Bang Theory" and "How I Met Your Mother" flip-flopping the 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. timeslots, followed by "Two-and-a-half Men" and "Old Christine." (CSI: Miami is still a rerun).

ABC kicks off its ratings grab with the premieres of new seasons of "Dancing With The Stars" (ABC, 8 p.m.) and "The Bachelor" (ABC, 9:30 p.m.), which features an Englishman this time around. Having seen the promos, yeah, this guy should have a REAL problem finding a wife.

Fox has brand-new episodes of "Canterbury's Law" at 8 p.m. and "New Amsterdam" at 9 p.m., while NBC airs a new "Medium" at 10 p.m.

Cable-wise, "Kyle XY" (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) airs its season finale.


Anonymous said...


I hope all of us readers of your blog, band together to get you bosses to give you a large stipend for your work on this column. I find all tonights new TV offering rather uninspiring.

Phillip Ramati said...

Money would be nice, as would a ticket to the Paley Fest.

I'm taking tonight as a sign that new shows are finally returning. And there is some decent stuff on tonight.

Zodin2008 said...

Thanks for the reminder on "How I met Your Mother" and which timeslot it is, so I can make sure to avoid the horrible "Big Bang Theory" and catch the only worthwhile Monday night sitcom.

But more importantly than the return of "Mother" as a Dawg fan who lives in the DC area, I am on cloud 9 about the Georgia miracle SEC run. I have been researching on how to get tickets for the game Thursday, unfortunately it looks like it costs a small fortune.

I guess sneaking out of work to the Georgia fans sports bar is going to have to suffice.

Jonathan said...

Congrats on the Bulldogs; my Fighting Irish screwed themselves out of a better cede with the loss last week to Marquette, but I guess I can live with a no. 5; don't like that opening game against George Mason though.

I'm picking GA in that Xavier game; there has to be some upsets at that level, and GA matches up very well in that game or at least should.

So excited about "How I Met Your Mother." After that, maybe I'll catch up on some reading; I hear that's good for the mind or something.

Phillip Ramati said...

Any Georgia win at this point is gravy.

And hey, don't you have to pick the Irish during St. Patty's week?

HIMYM is a good way to kick things off. BTW, this isn't the Britney Spears episode; that's next week.