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Paley Center For Media And TV Guide Team Up For Previews

Still photographers flashing cameras and reporters holding microphones were positioned in an area at the Paley Center for Media attempting to interview cast, crew members and creators of new television shows.

Friday night kicked off a weeklong spectacular celebration of the fall preview series, screening shows before they officially broadcast.

This was the fourth consecutive year for the Paley Center (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) to play host of the event, which was opened to the public.

It allowed invited guests to get a sneak peek of the hottest new and returning programs of the fall season.  Each evening is being devoted to a single broadcast network.  Before the screenings, TV Guide  moderated a Q&A with executive producers and talent.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with TV Guide in bringing the community of passionate television fans together for this truly unique celebration of the new fall TV season,” said Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media.

The Fox Network promoted three new shows Friday evening:  Do Not Disturb, a hilarious workplace comedy set in one of the hottest and hippest hotels in the Big Apple. Actor Jason Bateman directs the show. Terminator: The Sarah Connors Chronicles, a sci-fi thriller, which returned for its second season. Also, J.J. Abrams’ highly publicized new show Fringe had its public screening.

Fringe is television drama that centers around a female FBI agent studying a case about terrorism. She finds herself forced to work with a mad scientist in order to solve an unexplained phenomena. Australian-born actor John Noble stars as Dr. Walter Bishop, the brilliant scientist in an insane asylum.

Executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who created the program about a year ago, were on-hand for the public screening.

“It evolved from us asking ourselves what was missing on television for us as viewers, as fans,” said Kurtzman, who was excited about the tremendous attendance. “It’s crazy. You sit in a room, you write and create and shoot and edit and you hope people are going to receive it well. To have this kind of turnout is incredibly overwhelming. We hope they like it.”

Kurtzman and Orci have teamed up as writers and producers for feature films such as Transformers and soon to be released Eagle Eye starring Shia LaBeouf.

Orci, who said with television, you get instant public input. “On a movie, you can be working for five years.  By the time it comes out, you forgot you ever worked on it.”

He said he’ anxious to get feedback from the audience on what they think of Fringe. “We are more interested in hearing their reactions afterwards,” said Orci. We want to genuinely know what people think and learn from it.”

Actress Shana Carr said she enjoyed the opportunity to watch the new fall shows at the Paley Center. She described Fringe as an interesting sci-fi take. “I look forward to seeing how that show plays out. I especially enjoyed Terminator. I think it will be a big show.  It was really well done and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.”

On Saturday, CW’s Privileged and hit-show 90210 screened.  Monday night, NBC premiered Life, Chuck, Lipstick Jungle and the mid-season show Kings.

CBS screened Gary Unmarried, The Ex List, Worst Week and The Mentalist Tuesday night.

Tonight, the final night, the popular ABC shows Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, Eli Stone will showcase, plus a preview of Life on Mars.

Admission is free. Parties start at 6pm. The screening is at 7pm. For more information, visit paleycenter.org. an unexplained phenomena. Australian-born actor John Noble stars as Dr. Walter Bishop, the brilliant scientist in an insane asylum.

Executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who created the program about a year ago, were onhand for the public screening.

“It evolved from us asking ourselves what was missing on television for us as viewers, as fans,” said Kurtzman, who was excited about the tremendous attendance. “It’s crazy. You sit in a room, you write and create and shoot and edit and you hope people are going to receive it well. To have this kind of turnout is incredibly overwhelming. We hope they like it.”

Kurtzman and Orci have teamed up as writers and producers for feature films such as Transformers and soon to be released Eagle Eye starring Shia LaBeouf.

Orci said with television, you get instant public input. “On a movie, you can be working for five years.  By the time it comes out, you forgot you ever worked on it.”

He said he’ anxious to get feedback from the audience on what they think of Fringe. “We are more interested in hearing their reactions afterward,” said Orci. We want to genuinely know what people think and learn from it.”

Actress Shana Carr said she enjoyed watching the new fall shows at the Paley Center. She described Fringe as an interesting sci-fi take. “I look forward to seeing how that show plays out. I especially enjoyed Terminator. I think it will be a big show.  It was really well done and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.”

On Saturday, CW’s Privileged and hit-show 90210 screened. Monday night, NBC premiered Life, Chuck, Lipstick Jungle and the mid-season show Kings.

CBS screened Gary Unmarried, The Ex List, Worst Week and The Mentalist Tuesday night.

Tonight, the final night, the popular ABC shows Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, Eli Stone will showcase, plus a preview of Life On Mars.

Admission is free. Parties start at 6 p.m. The screening is at 7 p.m. For more information, visit paleycenter.org.

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