Some of television’s old guard turned out July 31 at the Paley Center for Media, chatting up a handful of Television Critics Assn. scribes who were eager to soak up smallscreen history.

The event was arranged by Warner Bros. Television, engaged Joe Regalbuto (“Murphy Brown”), Ed Asner (“Lou Grant”), Donna Mills (“Knots Landing”) and other thesps to discuss the scenes and moments that meant the most to them.

Showrunners of today Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory”), Cynthia Cidre (“Dallas”) and I. Marlene King (“Pretty Little Liars”) also worked the crowd.

In comparing programs from different decades, WBTV’s Peter Roth said, “To paraphrase the Bard, ‘the play still remains the thing.'”