PaleyFest 2013: 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Walking Dead' Panels to Screen in Theaters
For the first time, TV festival will broadcast two of its panels to select moviehouses across the country.
Two of TV's most popular shows are getting the big-screen treatment.
As a part of this year's William S. Paley Television Festival, The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory will have their panels broadcast in select movie theaters nationwide.
“PaleyFest is the ultimate TV fan festival that until now, only fans lucky enough to score tickets to the L.A. event could enjoy,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vp of NCM Fathom Events. “Thanks to the Paley Center, now all fans of these popular TV shows can enjoy the festival from their local movie theater as the cast of each show takes part in a live, uncensored and no-holds-barred audience Q&A.”
The Walking Dead panel will be recorded March 1 and screened March 7. Confirmed panelists include castmembers Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey and Danai Gurira as well as the executive producers of the show including creator Robert Kirkman and David Alpert.
Big Bang Theory will have its panel broadcast live March 13. The panel will feature a Q&A session with the stars and producers of the show, and fans watching in movie theaters can ask questions live via Twitter. Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and creators/executive producers Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady and Steven Molaro are among those who will be present for the event.
Paley Center for Media president and CEO Pat Mitchell said, “Partnering with NCM Fathom Events as part of PaleyFest’s landmark 30th anniversary allows fans of The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory to see their favorite television actors and creators, and highlights the Paley Center’s continuing effort to bring the fun and excitement of PaleyFest to more and more people.”
Tickets for the movie theater broadcasts go on sale Feb. 8 at participating theater box offices and at FathomEvents.com. A list of theater locations and prices can also be found on the site.
Other panelists at this year’s PaleyFest include Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Aaron Sorkin, Sam Waterston, Mindy Kaling, Zooey Deschanel, Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lauren Graham and Dax Shepard, to name a few.
PaleyFest kicks off on March 1 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills and runs through March 15. The complete lineup can be viewed here.