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PaleyFest, the annual fan-filled event honoring the best primetime hits on the small screen, has announced a diverse lineup of honorees for this year’s event, which will take place March 11-20 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Occurring in the midst of a hotly debated award season, the addition of Black-ishEmpirePower, and Scandal shines a spotlight on the enduring importance of diversity in primetime television. Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media, released a statement about the 33rd annual show last week:

“The Paley Center for Media is pleased to present an outstanding and diverse group of events at this year’s PaleyFest LA, welcoming the talented actors and creative forces that define excellence in front of and behind the camera,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President, and CEO at The Paley Center for Media. “We’re thrilled to continue the Paley Center’s tradition of celebrating television and embracing inclusivity by honoring the many diverse voices and storylines that make a cultural impact while also bringing joy and entertainment to all types of audiences.”

Opening the event will be the full cast of Empire. Fresh off her Golden Globe win, Taraji P. Henson will more than likely share more details about the second season finale, which airs March 20.

The cast of Scandal and Better Call Saul are some of the recent additions. Paleyfest will also honor Dick Wolf, creator of both the Law & Order franchise and new hits like Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D, and Chicago Med. 

Check out the panel schedule for Empire, BlackishScandal, and Power below and find out how to score tickets to the festival here.

Friday, March 11: Opening Night Presentation: Empire (7:30 pm)

Moderator: TBA

Terrence Howard, “Lucious Lyon”

Taraji P. Henson, “Cookie Lyon”

Jussie Smollett,“Jamal Lyon”

Bryshere Gray,“Hakeem Lyon”

Trai Byers, “Andre Lyon”

Grace Gealey,“Anika Calhoun”

Kaitlin Doubleday,“Rhonda Lyon”

Gabourey Sidibe,“Becky”

Ta’Rhonda Jones, “Porsha”

Serayah,“Tiana Brown”

Lee Daniels, Co-Creator & Executive Producer

Danny Strong, Co-Creator & Executive Producer

Ilene Chaiken, Executive Producer

Brian Grazer, Executive Producer

Sunday, March 13: black-ish (2:00 pm)

Moderator: TBA

Anthony Anderson, “Andre ‘Dre’Johnson”& Executive Producer

Tracee Ellis Ross, “Rainbow Johnson”

Yara Shahidi, “Zoey Johnson”

Marcus Scribner, “Andre Johnson, Jr.”

Miles Brown, “Jack Johnson”

Marsai Martin, “Diane Johnso”

Kenya Barris, Creator & Executive Producer

Jonathan Groff, Executive Producer

Tuesday, March 15: Scandal (7:30 pm)

Moderator: TBA

Kerry Washington, “Olivia Pope”

Guillermo Diaz, “Huck”

Darby Stanchfield, “Abby Whelan”

Katie Lowes, “Quinn Perkins”

Tony Goldwyn, “President Fitzgerald ‘Fitz’Grant”

Jeff Perry, “Cyrus Beene”

Bellamy Young, “Mellie Grant”

Joshua Malina, “David Rosen”

Scott Foley, “Jake Ballard”

Portia de Rossi, “Elizabeth North”

Cornelius Smith Jr., “Marcus Walker”

Joe Morton, “Rowan Pope”

Shonda Rhimes, Creator & Executive Producer

Betsy Beers, Executive Producer

Sunday, March 20: Power (2:00 pm)

Moderator: TBA

Curtis “50 Cent”Jackson,“Kanan”& Executive Producer

Omari Hardwick, “James ‘Ghost’St. Patrick”

Lela Loren, “Angela Valdes”

Naturi Naughton, “Tasha St. Patrick”

Joseph Sikora, “Tommy Egan”

Courtney Kemp Agboh, Creator, Showrunner, and Executive Producer

PHOTO CREDIT: PaleyCenter for Media, Getty


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