MTR plans Paley TV fest

Garner, Russell, Abrams among discussion participants

The Museum of Television & Radio will present the 21st annual William S. Paley Television Festival March 3-16.

Named for the founder of both the museum and CBS, the Paley fest will give audiences the opportunity to view episodes or highlights of featured work and ask questions of the cast and creative teams or the individual involved in its production.

Thesps Jennifer Garner and Keri Russell will join J.J. Abrams in a discussion exploring the teamwork between creators and actors in the shaping of characters.

Fest will also host discussions examining the diversity of television drama by analyzing aspects of “Smallville” and “The Wire.”

Episodes of “Trading Spaces” will also be viewed and discussed in the context of the do-it-yourself homemaking television phenomenon.

Creators and thesps from “Arrested Development,” “Carnivale,” “Joan of Arcadia” and “The OC” will be on hand to discuss the success of each of their shows.

Fest will also present special evenings with Angela Lansbury, William Shatner and Sherwood Schwartz.

All Paley Festival events will be held at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale to museum members Feb. 7 and to the general public Feb. 13.

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