PaleyFest LA Announces Initial Talent Lineup

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We’re quickly coming up on one of the best times of the year to be a television fan – PaleyFest LA. The festival will be celebrating its 35th anniversary with an epic slate of panels – including conversations with the cast and creatives of RiverdaleStranger ThingsSupernatural, and more – held from March 16-25 at the DOLBY Theatre in Hollywood.

Now, The Paley Center for Media has announced the initial group of talent who will be participating in this year’s festival. The list includes over 100 stars from television’s hottest shows.

“This year’s PaleyFest has quickly become the most anticipated, can’t-miss event of the spring and is guaranteed to be filled with once-in-a-lifetime moments that fans will be talking about for years to come,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “We are especially privileged to have the one-and-only, phenomenal Barbra Streisand joining us on Opening Night where she will be honored – for the first-time ever – for her television work on the PaleyFest stage.”

In addition to the festive opening night with Ms. Streisand, this year’s PaleyFest will feature a lineup of today’s most critically acclaimed and hottest shows including: The Orville, Will & Grace, The Handmaid’s Tale, Silicon Valley, Supernatural, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, The Good Doctor, Mom, Queen Sugar, Riverdale, and Stranger Things. The grand finale closing night PaleyFest participants and other surprise celebrity guests will be revealed in the second talent announcement on February 20.

The initial PaleyFest LA 2018 talent lineup includes:

Friday, March 16: Opening Night Presentation: PaleyFest Icon: An Evening with Barbra Streisand (7:30 pm):

  • Barbra Streisand

Saturday, March 17: FOX’s The Orville (2:00 pm):

Scheduled to appear:

  • Seth MacFarlane, Creator & Executive Producer; “Ed Mercer”
  • Adrianne Palicki, “Kelly Grayson”
  • Scott Grimes, “Gordon Malloy”
  • Penny Johnson Jerald, “Dr. Claire Finn”
  • Halston Sage, “Alara Kitan”
  • Peter Macon, “Bortus”
  • J. Lee, “John LaMarr”
  • Mark Jackson, “Isaac”
  • Chad L. Coleman, “Klyden”
  • David A. Goodman, Executive Producer
  • Jason Clark, Executive Producer

Saturday, March 17: NBC’s Will & Grace (7:00 pm):

Scheduled to appear:

  • Eric McCormack, “Will Truman”
  • Debra Messing, “Grace Adler”
  • Sean Hayes, “Jack McFarland”
  • Megan Mullally, “Karen Walker ”
  • David Kohan, Creator & Executive Producer
  • Max Mutchnick, Creator & Executive Producer

Sunday, March 18: Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale (2:00 pm):

Scheduled to appear:

  • Elisabeth Moss, “Offred”
  • Joseph Fiennes, “Commander Waterford”
  • Yvonne Strahovski, “Serena Joy”
  • Samira Wiley, “Moira”
  • Alexis Bledel, “Ofglen”
  • Max Minghella, “Nick”
  • Madeline Brewer, “Janine”
  • Ann Dowd, “Aunt Lydia”
  • O-T Fagbenle, “Luke”
  • Amanda Brugel, “Rita”
  • Bruce Miller, Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer
  • Warren Littlefield, Executive Producer

Sunday, March 18: HBO’s Silicon Valley (7:00 pm):

Scheduled to appear:

  • Thomas Middleditch, “Richard”
  • Kumail Nanjiani, “Dinesh”
  • Martin Starr, “Gilfoyle”
  • Zach Woods, “Jared”
  • Amanda Crew, “Monica”
  • Mike Judge, Co-Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer
  • Alec Berg, Showrunner, Executive Producer

Tuesday, March 20: CW’s Supernatural (6:45 pm):

Scheduled to appear:

  • Jared Padalecki, “Sam Winchester”
  • Jensen Ackles, “Dean Winchester”
  • Misha Collins, “Castiel”
  • Mark Pellegrino, “Lucifer”
  • Alexander Calvert, “Jack”
  • Robert Singer, Executive Producer
  • Andrew Dabb, Executive Producer
  • Eugenie Ross-Leming, Executive Producer
  • Brad Buckner, Executive Producer

Wednesday, March 21: CBS’s The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon (7:30 pm)

Scheduled to appear:

The Big Bang Theory

  • Johnny Galecki, “Leonard Hofstadter”
  • Jim Parsons, “Sheldon Cooper”
  • Kaley Cuoco, “Penny”
  • Simon Helberg, “Howard Wolowitz”
  • Kunal Nayyar, “Rajesh Koothrappali”
  • Mayim Bialik, “Amy Farrah Fowler”
  • Melissa Rauch, “Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz”
  • Chuck Lorre, Executive Producer
  • Steven Molaro, Executive Producer
  • Steve Holland, Executive Producer
  • Bill Prady, Executive Producer

Young Sheldon

  • Iain Armitage, “Sheldon”
  • Zoe Perry, “Mary”
  • Lance Barber, “George Sr.”
  • Annie Potts, “Meemaw”
  • Montana Jordan, “Georgie”
  • Raegan Revord, “Missy”
  • Chuck Lorre, Executive Producer
  • Steven Molaro, Executive Producer
  • Jim Parsons, Executive Producer

Thursday, March 22: ABC’s The Good Doctor (7:30 pm):

Scheduled to appear:

  • Freddie Highmore, “Dr. Shaun Murphy”
  • Nicholas Gonzalez, “Dr. Neil Melendez”
  • Hill Harper, “Dr. Marcus Andrews”
  • Richard Schiff, “Dr. Aaron Glassman”
  • Tamlyn Tomita, “Allegra Aoki”
  • David Shore, Executive Producer
  • Daniel Dae Kim, Executive Producer
  • Plus additional guests to be announced

Saturday, March 24: CBS’s Mom (2:00 pm):

Scheduled to appear:

  • Anna Faris, “Christy”
  • Allison Janney, “Bonnie”
  • Jaime Pressly, “Jill”
  • Mimi Kennedy, “Marjorie”
  • Beth Hall, “Wendy”

Saturday, March 24: OWN’s Queen Sugar (7:00 pm):

Scheduled to appear

  • Rutina Wesley, “Nova Bordelon”
  • Dawn-Lyen Gardner, “Charley Bordelon West”
  • Kofi Siriboe, “Ralph Angel Bordelon”
  • Ava DuVernay, Creator and Executive Producer
  • Kat Candler, Executive Producer
  • Plus additional guests to be announced

Sunday, March 25: CW’s Riverdale (2:00 pm):

Scheduled to appear

  • KJ Apa, “Archie Andrews”
  • Lili Reinhart, “Betty Cooper”
  • Camila Mendes, “Veronica Lodge”
  • Cole Sprouse, “Jughead Jones”
  • Madelaine Petsch, “Cheryl Blossom”
  • Marisol Nichols, “Hermione Lodge”
  • Mӓdchen Amick, “Alice Cooper”
  • Luke Perry, “Fred Andrews”
  • Ashleigh Murray, “Josie McCoy”
  • Casey Cott, “Kevin Keller”
  • Skeet Ulrich, “FP Jones”
  • Greg Berlanti, Executive Producer
  • Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Executive Producer
  • Sarah Schechter, Executive Producer
  • Jon Goldwater, Executive Producer

Sunday, March 25: Netflix’s Stranger Things (7:00 pm):

**Grand Finale Participants will be revealed on February 20, 2018.

We’ll be eagerly awaiting the second wave of talent announcements on February 20 – but until then, this list is more than enough to hold us over and get us excited for PaleyFest LA.

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