Museum of TV, Radio sets Paley fest lineup

The Museum of Television & Radio will salute “SCTV,” “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.” “Millennium,” “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” and the gritty CBS drama “EZ Streets” as part of the lineup for its 14th annual William S. Paley Television Festival, running March 4-15 at the Directors Guild of America complex.

Event kicks off March 4 at 7 p.m. with a night hailing Canadian comedy import “SCTV,” with panelists scheduled to include Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short.

That’s followed on March 5 at 7 p.m. by an evening honoring “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” with creator/executive producer Merv Griffin and “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek in attendance.

On night three (March 6 at 7 p.m.) is a salute to the HBO comedy series “Tracey Takes On…” while on March 7 at 7 p.m. acclaimed PBS miniseries “Tales of the City” is feted in a sesh skedded to include writer Armistead Maupin.

A salute to the critically lauded but poorly rated CBS drama “EZ Streets” is on tap March 8 at 6 p.m., with the ABC drama “Murder One” taking center stage the same evening at 9:30 p.m.

Next up (March 10 at 7 p.m.) is “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” and a panel headed by Pee-wee Herman himself, Paul Reubens, with a “Drew Carey Show” event attended by Carey holding court on March 12 at 7 p.m.

On March 13 at 7 p.m., the museum highlights “Playhouse 90: The Comedians,” honoring the film that starred Mickey Rooney as a hostile entertainer. Director John Frankenheimer, as well as its writer Ernest Lehman, Rooney and “Playhouse 90” producer Martin Manulis are scheduled to attend.

On March 14 at 8 p.m., ABC latenight series “Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher” will be featured, with Maher scheduled to attend.

Festival wraps March 15 at 7 p.m., with an evening devoted to the Fox drama “Millennium,” and a panel that includes creator/executive producer Chris Carter.

Tickets go on sale to museum members on Friday and to the public on Feb. 7. Cost is $13 per ticket for Museum members and seniors, $15 for the general public, and can be purchased at the museum, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, or ordered by phone from Theatix: (213) 466-1767. For more information contact the festival hotline at (310) 786-1016.

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