TV Festival Pays Tribute to Simpsons, Lucas

Die-hard fans who’ve been hungry for tightly guarded details about this summer’s The Simpsons Movie would be wise to pick up tickets for the March 15 tribute to the series set as part of L.A.’s William S. Paley Television Festival. In honor of the show’s 400th episode, creator Matt Groening, and exec producers James L. Brooks and Al Jean will appear with members of the voice cast, share anecdotes about the series and offer a sneak preview of The Simpsons Movie to attendees.

For the first time in the past 24 years, the TV event held at L.A.’s Museum of TV and Radio (March 1-15) will only feature evenings dedicated to shows that are currently on the air. The showcase includes tributes to American Idol, Heroes, The Office, Prison Break, Jericho, Ugly Betty, Brothers & Sisters, The Closer, Dexter and Nip/Tuck this year.

Another must-see program is the Saturday, March 3rd panel with director George Lucas, who will participate in a Q and A session about his career and movies.

PaleyFest ’07 takes place at the DGA Theatre Complex at 7920 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Named for William S. Paley, founder of both MTR and CBS, the fest is an annual celebration of television’s great programming and the creative process behind it. During the often-sold-out programs, the audience watches episodes or highlights of the featured work and participates in a Q&A with the show’s cast and creative team.

Tickets are ($25, $35, $50 for museum members; $30, $45 and $60 for general public) go on sale for general public on Feb. 4. Museum members can pick up tickets on Feb. 1. For more info, visit www.mtr.org.