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Left to Right: Matt Lanter, Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett, Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan

This last week, in conjunction with the well-known entertainment news site Deadline and their Awardsline screening series, NBC’s freshman drama Timeless was presented to members of various Guilds and fans.

The room was treated to a first (or second) viewing of the show’s fourth episode entitled “Party at Castle Varlar,” that featured Nazis and Ian Fleming (as played by Once Upon a Time alum Sean Maguire). It was also one of the first episodes to dig deeply into Flynn Garcia’s (series regular Goran Visnijc) motives. After the episode, Dominic Patten from Deadline led a short question and answer session with Executive Producers Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan as well as stars Matt Lanter (Wyatt Logan), Abigail Spencer (Lucy Preston) and Malcolm Barrett (Rufus Carlin).

While nothing about the show’s future was discussed, much was asked about how some stories were broken (usually the room focuses on a style of episode – Western, Mystery, etc. – and then finds a historical time to match) while also allowing the cast to share their favorite episodes and costumes.

Left to Right: Matt Lanter, Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett, Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan

Overall, for a show that generated some buzz during the year, but could always use more if there’s another season, this event allowed existing fans a shot at seeing the cast up close while also teasing some of the behind the scenes stories that made the show fun and captivating each week.

NBC will announce their 2017-2018 TV schedule at the network’s annual upfront presentation in New York City on Monday, May 15. It is possible that the fate of Timeless could be revealed shortly before the official announcement is made.

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Earlier this week the folks at FOX hosted a Girls Night Out at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization behind the Emmy Awards) in North Hollywood, featuring guest panelists that included:

Jane Lynch (Glee)
Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project)
Liz Meriwether (Executive Producer and Creator of New Girl)
Heather Kadin (Executive Producer of Sleepy Hollow)
Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons)
Alex Borstein (Family Guy)

Moderated by Stacey Wilson from The Hollywood Reporter the event got underway with a video introduction from Cat Deeley, the host of So You Can Think You Can Dance, who was supposed to be part of the panel, but was unable to attend. The ladies were then introduced to the stage to rousing applause by the packed theatre with each panelist getting her chance in the spotlight.

Some of the highlights from the night included:

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

* Jane sharing that it is “shocking that (Glee) is coming to an end, but (we are going to make the end) uplifting”;

* When asked if there is something that Sue has not done yet that she would like to have her do, Jane responded that she will “let (the writers) present what Sue (does next) in their (own) warped imaginations”;

* Chelsea and co-star Andy Samberg actually went to grade school together in Oakland and crossing paths occasionally throughout their early days on the New York stand-up comic circuit;

Chelsea Peretti

Chelsea Peretti

* When asked how she balances acting with stand-up, Chelsea shared that “they (actually) complement each other”;

* Mindy, unlike many pundits, is actually proud of season 1 of The Mindy Project, in fact, she shared that “I stand behind that first season”;

* When asked what is her favorite part of the filming/writing experience on her show, Mindy shared that “I get to make out with a lot of good looking guys” so that’s a pretty great experience;

Mindy Kaling, Liz Meriwether and Heather Kadin

Mindy Kaling, Liz Meriwether and Heather Kadin

* Heather talked about her unusual Hollywood story, sharing that she knew no one in Hollywood when she arrived in the city, but she sent out letters to every production company she could and ended up working for Lynda Obst (the executive producer on the films Sleepless in Seattle and Contact) and then she segwayed into TV at ABC;

* In her down time, which is limited because of her work schedule on Sleepy Hollow and her busy home life with her two children, Heather enjoys watching “three episodes of Orange Is the New Black and drink a glass of wine”;

* Yeardley joked that her goal as a performer “was to rule the world” but that didn’t necessarily work out – or maybe it did because she got teased about her voice and now her voice is known the world over;

* She also shared that the folks behind The Simpsons were told in the beginning that their “cartoon” would not work because no animated series had succeeded since The Flintstones;

Yeardley Smith and Alex Borstein

Yeardley Smith and Alex Borstein

* Alex shared that Seth McFarlane is “one of the most frustrating people to work with”, but he has “finely tuned eyes and ears” when it comes to dialogue and illustration; and,

* Alex has been with FOX for 17 years, dating back to 1998 when she was brought in to participate in a pilot presentation.

To say the least with that many funny ladies on the stage, the panel was filled with a lot of laughs and ended far too soon; but the audience certainly was treated to a great, entertaining night.

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On October 22, the next charity event screening of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and the latest season of The Guild – from the wonderful mind of geekdom queen Felicia Day – will be held at the Regency Valley Plaza 6 in North Hollywood starting at 8 PM. 

NOTE:  The doors will actually open at 6 PM and parking is free on-site. Halloween costumes are strong encouraged but not mandatory.

Join the throngs of fans in attendance and dress up to celebrate that most spooky of “holidays”.

You can learn more about the charity event and order tickets here.

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Wendy

Attention all fans of Pretty Little Liars and the new web series Wendy who live in or near New York or New Jersey. You can meet actor Tyler Blackburn at Macy’s at the following locations for an in-store event:

New York: Friday, September 30 from 5 PM to to 7 PM at Macy’s Herald Square

New Jersey: Saturday, October 1 from 2 PM to 4 PM at Macy’s Garden State Plaza

Tyler will be meeting and greeting fans at Macy’s, giving fans the opportunity to take pictures, grab autographs and meet one of the cutest guys on the web!

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Wendy

Attention all fans of Pretty Little Liars and the new web series Wendy who live in or near San Francisco. You can meet actor Tyler Blackburn at Macy’s at Union Square on Saturday, September 24 from 2 to 4 PM for an in-store event.

Tyler will be meeting and greeting fans at Macy’s, giving fans the opportunity to take pictures, grab autographs and meet one of the cutest guys on the web!

Don’t miss out!

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Psych

Get in on the USA Network’s “Fan Appreciation Day” contest for their hit series Psych that has been running since September 8 by going here for all the details.

You and a guest could be jetting off to New York City (Updated: which will be at your expense) to attend a special Psych-centric event (Updated: which is on USA’s dime) at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York on October 6 along with 500 other winners.

Make sure you follow the rules. You can only enter once though. Good luck!

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The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills will, once again, be holding their annual Paley Preview Parties, spotlighting some of the new fall shows being introduced by each of the major networks.

Lastly, FOX finishes out the event on September 12. They will screen the new comedies New Girl and I Hate My Teenage Daughter as well as the animated series Allen Gregory; the drama Terra Nova, and the reality series The X-Factor. The panel will include Zooey Deschanel and Liz Meriwether from New Girl; Will Forte, Jarrad Paul, and Andrew Mogel from Allen Gregory and Rene Echevarria and Brannon Braga, executive producers of Terra Nova.

Attendance is free, but an RSVP is required. For more details, please visit The Paley Center for Media.

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