The smallscreen is back in the spotlight
Now that the film biz’s silly season is over, the smallscreen is back in the spotlight with the 29th annual Paley Festival, which kicks off Friday with a gabfest about FX’s edgy drama “American Horror Story.”For those who cannot make it to the seshes for such buzz shows as “Community,” “Sons of Anarchy” or “New Girl,” the Paley Center is partnering with Livestream to offer live streaming of the gatherings, a first for the event. PaleyFest runs through March 14 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. Paley has also pacted with Hulu to make nine of the 13 seshes available via Hulu and Hulu Plus as of March 15. “At its heart, PaleyFest is about the communal experience of television, and the unique relationship between TV audiences and their favorite series,” said Paley Center prexy and CEO Pat Mitchell. Other new elements to PaleyFest this year include a live online auction of memorabilia and “unique experiences” tied to shows featured in this year’s lineup as well as past PaleyFests. The Gotham branch of Paley Center will host viewing parties for Saturday’s “Community” panel and the March 9 gathering for “Castle” — complete with a pep rally for the hard-core “Community” buffs and a scavenger hunt for “Castle’s” mystery lovers. Other frosh series getting a PaleyFest showcase include “Once Upon a Time” (March 4) and “Revenge” (March 11). Veterans on display include “The Office” (March 6), “Two and a Half Men” (March 12) and “Modern Family” (March 14).