March 20, 2019 at 10:54 am PDT | by Susan Hornik
PaleyFest brings the fans to the stars and back again

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 17 (L-R): Judge Ross Mathews, Judge Michelle Visage, Host/EP RuPaul, Moderator Aisha Tyler, and Judge Carson Kressley at PaleyFest LA 2019 honoring “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, at the Dolby Theatre on March 17, 2019 in Hollywood, California. © Michael Bulbenko for The Paley Center for Media

As one of the media sponsors of the PaleyFest LA, Los Angeles Blade would like to tell our readers about the many fantastic television panels at the always sold out festival.

If you have a favorite show at the festival, which takes place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, you are in for a treat—observing a q and a with the cast and creators always unveils a delightful surprise or two, with lots of fun stories and delightful banter.

Some highlights so far:

RuPaul, celebrity judges (Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews) and the executive producers of VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” talked about what it takes for the show to still be successful after 11 television seasons.

The popular drag reality series show has brought forth an awareness and greater acceptance of the LGBTQ community. “We’re all so similar,” Ru said. “That’s another important part of the show is that you get to see how the struggle of a Tammie Brown is not that different from a Michelle Visage.”

Ru continued: “We really do need to see a reflection of what a global universe looks like. Our show is that example. Not only what it looks like, but how to integrate and behave with one another…I think the Muslim kid who’s on there (season 11’s Mercedes Iman Diamond) does explain her viewpoint. She’s a little timid about it, at first.”

At “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” panel, moderator Patton Oswalt asked the cast and producers (Rachel Brosnahan, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Tony Shalhoub, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle, Kevin Pollak and Caroline Aaron) what they would want their characters to do for their third season, given it’s a 1950s period piece about stand-up comedy.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 15 (L-R): Patton Oswalt with the cast and creatives of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel at PaleyFest LA 2019 honoring “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, at the Dolby Theatre on March 15, 2019 in Hollywood, California. © Brian To for The Paley Center for Media

“It might be fun to see Susie bang Elvis,” Alex Borstein, who plays Midge’s manager Susie, quipped. “Young, firm Elvis. I think that would be nice.” Borstein’s character may be gay but has not come out on the show yet.

Brosnahan added she would like to see Midge “react to the rebirth of the feminist movement. I don’t think Midge is a feminist at this point. If someone would say the word to Midge, she would say, ‘I don’t burn my bras.’ I would like her to bump up against the loud and proud. I’d also like to see her drop acid.”

Season one of “Maisel” won a whopping eight Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Best Actress for Brosnahan and Supporting Actress for Borstein. Brosnahan also won Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes.

The cast (Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, Ethan Embry, Baron Vaughn and June Diane Raphael) and co-creators of the Netflix comedy, “Grace and Frankie” kept fans in stitches throughout their lively panel.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 16: Cast and creatives of “Grace and Frankie” at PaleyFest LA 2019 honoring “Grace and Frankie”, at the Dolby Theatre on March 16, 2019 in Hollywood, California. © Brian To for The Paley Center for Media

Sheen and Waterston were asked about what it’s like to portray a gay couple. “The fact that it’s Sam makes it possible and easy,” Sheen enthused.

Added Waterston: “Martin brings joy with him every morning, so things that would normally be difficult are just infinitely easy to do.”

Former “9 to 5” co-star, Dolly Parton is interested in coming on the series, but there’s nothing set in stone yet. Fonda said it depends on “the time and her schedule. She wants to, but she’s busy.”

Upcoming Paley highlights include NBC’s “Parks and Recreation: 10th Anniversary Reunion” (March 21 at 7:30 p.m.); AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (March 22 at 7:30 p.m.);

CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0,” “MacGyver,” and “Magnum P.I.” (March 23 at 2 p.m.); FX’s “Pose” (March 23 at 7 p.m.); and CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery” (March 24 at 2 p.m.). The festival will also feature a revamped “The Twilight Zone,”  from executive producers Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg (March 24 at 2 p.m.).

But even if you can’t be there, fear not! Paley now has a live streaming service you can subscribe to.

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