PaleyFest LA 2018 Announces Stars and Lineup, Plus Tribute to Barbra Streisand

The Paley Center for Media announced the lineup for their upcoming PaleyFest LA 2018.

PaleyFest LA is widely considered the ultimate festival for television fans. Each year, the stars and creators of some of television’s hottest shows come together in Hollywood to bring special screenings, panels, and behind-the-scenes looks at their favorite shows.

This year’s fest will open with a special tribute to Academy Award-winning actress and director Barbra Streisand. Panels include “Riverdale,” “The Orville,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Stranger Things.”

Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President and CEO discussed this year’s festival:

“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. 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.”

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.

All events and panelists are subject to change.

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PaleyFest LA runs from March 16-25 in Hollywood.

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Written by Karen M. Peterson

Karen Peterson is a writer from Southern California. When she is not at the ballpark cheering on her LA Angels, she can usually be found in a movie theater or in front of the television. Karen is obsessed with awards shows, and loves everything from the smallest indie film to the biggest of big budget spectacles. She is also unapologetically in love with Tom Cruise.

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