Shows set for Paley spotlight


The Paley Center for Media on Wednesday announced the schedule for its 26th annual William S. Paley Television Festival, set to run April 10-23 at the Cinerama Dome at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. A closing-night presentation at the center's Beverly Hills headquarters will follow April 24.

The shows spotlighted this year include the CW's freshman "90210," Sci Fi Channel's departing "Battlestar Galactica" and its upcoming prequel "Caprica," CBS' hits "The Big Bang Theory," "The Mentalist" and canceled cult favorite "Swingtown," HBO's veteran "Big Love" and rookie "True Blood," ABC's resurgent "Desperate Housewives," Fox's new sci-fi entries "Fringe" and "Dollhouse," FX's offbeat comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and MTV's reality soap "The Hills."

This year's festival also will mark the first showcase for an Internet program, Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," and the premiere of the three unaired episodes of ABC's recently canceled dramedy "Pushing Daisies," which was featured with a panel at last year's fest.

Starting April 22, the Paley Center will screen the first 12 episodes of "Swingtown," with the series' final produced episode opening the festival's April 24 session, the first held at the Paley Center.

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