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PaleyFest 2021 Lineup Includes Ted Lasso, Lovecraft Country, The Queen’s Gambit

February 23, 2021 by Juliet Bennett Rylah
What We Do in the Shadows. Photo: FX

Every year, the Paley Center for Media puts together panels with the creators and stars of new and beloved TV shows for an inside look at how they’re made and what’s next. This year, PaleyFest LA returns with a virtual fest that you can enjoy from home.

The programming launches on March 30, 31, and April 1 for the general public, though Citi cardmembers and Paley members will be able to watch as soon as March 26. You’ll be able to view panels on Paley’s Center channel on Yahoo Entertainment.

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Here’s what’s on the docket:

Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit (goes live on March 30, 7 a.m.): Netflix’s smash hit of the year followed Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), an orphan chess prodigy in the 1950s who seeks to become the world’s greatest player. The panel includes stars Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller, Moses Ingram, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Harry Melling, and Bill Camps, and exec producer William Horberg. Moderated by Stacey Wilson Hunt, Hollywood Journalist. 

FX’s What We Do in the Shadows (goes live March 30, 7 a.m.): This comedy follows the adventures of four Staten Island vampires—including one energy vampire who may be TV’s greatest villain—and their faithful familiar. The panel includes stars Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, and Mark Proksch, and exec producers Paul Simms and Stefani Robinson. Moderated by Kyle Newacheck, director. 

ABC’s Big Sky (live on March 30 at 7 a.m.): A crime drama that follows two private detectives and an ex-cop on the trail of a serial killer. The panel includes stars Kathryn Winnick, Kylie Bunbury, John Carroll Lynch, Jesse James Keitel, Brian Geraghty, Natalie Alyn Lind, Jade Pettyjohn, Valerie Mahaffey, and Brooke Smith, and exec producers Ross Fineman and Matthew Gross. Moderated by Maureen Lee Lenker, Entertainment Weekly. 

HBO’s Six Feet Under (live on March 30 at 7 a.m.): Six Feet Under, the drama series about a family who runs a funeral home, ran from 2001 to 2005. This panel is a 20th-anniversary conversation with members of the cast and creative team including Alan Ball, creator & exec producer; exec producers Robert Greenblatt, David Janollari, and Alan Poul; and stars Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Lauren Ambrose, Frances Conroy, Freddy Rodriguez, and Rachel Griffiths. Moderated by Lynette Rice, Entertainment Weekly

HBO’s Lovecraft Country (live on March 31 at 7 a.m.): In the 1950s, a young Black veteran searches for his missing father. Not only do Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) and his friends have to battle horrifying monsters, but they also have to survive the racism of a segregated United States. The panel includes creator and exec producer Misha Green and stars Jurnee Smollett, Michael Kenneth Williams, Wunmi Mosaku, Aunjanue Ellis, Jamie Chung, and Abbey Lee. Moderated by Dominic Patten, Deadline

CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden: This one is the only talk show in Paley’s slate thus far. The panel features host James Corden and exec producers Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe. Moderated by Andrew Rannells

ABC’s The Good Doctor (live on March 31, 7 a.m.): This medical drama is based on a South Korean show of the same name. It stars Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel) as a surgeon with autism who transfers from Casper, Wyoming to San Jose. The panel includes exec producer and star Highmore, exec producers and showrunners David Shore and Erin Gunn, and stars Antonia Thomas, Fiona Gubelmann, Hill Harper, and Paige Spara. Moderated by Chancellor Agard, Entertainment Weekly. 

CBS’s Evil (live on April 1, 7 a.m.): In this horror drama, a forensic psychologist teams up with a priest-in-training and a tech expert to confirm or debunk supposed demonic activity. The panel includes stars Mike Colter, Michael Emerson, Kurt Fuller, Katja Herbers, Christine Lahti, Aasif Mandvi, and co-creators, exec producers, and showrunners Robert King and Michelle King. Moderated by Whoopi Goldberg. 

Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso (live April 1 at 7 a.m.): Ted Lasso stars Jason Sudeikis as an American football coach who becomes the coach of a Premier League team in England, despite lacking any sort of experience with association football. This panel includes creator, exec producer, and star Sudeikis; creator and exec producer Bill Lawrence; and stars Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Brendan Hunt, Juno Temple, Nick Mohammed, Brett Goldstein, and Phil Dunster. Moderated by Patton Oswalt. 

For more info, check out paleyfest.org

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