A reunion of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” a tribute to writer-producer Judd Apatow and salutes to several first-year series highlight the 25th annual William S. Paley Television Festival being announced today.
Organized by the Paley Center for Media, the festival will be held for the first time this year at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood instead of the center’s Beverly Hills facility. It runs March 14-27.
The event kicks off with a 40th anniversary tribute to Elvis Presley’s legendary 1968 comeback special on NBC, with ex-wife Priscilla Presley and producer-director Steve Binder in attendance to talk about it and answer questions from the audience.
The “Buffy” reunion is scheduled for March 20, just short of five years after the show ended. Creator Joss Whedon will be on hand; cast members who have said they will join him so far include Amber Benson, Nicolas Brendon, James Marsters, Emma Caulfield, Eliza Dushku and Michelle Trachtenberg.
Apatow is best known these days as the force behind such hit films as “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and “Superbad,” but he previously worked (with far less success) in television, on such series as “Freaks and Geeks,” “The Critic” and “The Ben Stiller Show.” He’ll be feted March 17.
The festival will also devote nights to such first-year series as “Pushing Daisies,” “Gossip Girl,” “Chuck,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Mad Men.” Various cast members and producers from each will attend.
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