Remember the humble, lovingly crafted mixtape, the ultimate homemade expression of an individual’s musical sensibility, a carrier of secret messages, an opportunity for startling juxtapositions and unfiltered access to “the good stuff?” The Paley Center, in a fit of nostalgia and sudden inspiration, asks, “What if there were mixtapes for television?”
Every month the Paley Center will present special screenings culled from our massive collection, curated to provide a unique viewing experience…audiences can expect classic episodes from favorite series enhanced by exclusive Paley Center content, original compilations of the weird and wonderful created for this series, and selections from rare programs unavailable anywhere else. Plus there is the thrill of seeing it all on the big screen, with great sound.
Screening at The Paley Center for Media, Thursdays at 6:00 pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 pm. FREE for Paley Center Members. Included with general admission.
SCHEDULE, SUMMER 2012:
July 5 to 31
Welcome to a compilation of television’s most outrageous, campy, and head scratching moments—a celebration of the weird, wild, and wacky side of the small screen, culling only the best moments in discrete chunks for the YouTube generation. We excerpt the craziest scenes from afterschool specials, old network celebrity spectaculars, outdated training and educational films, camp classic television movies, bizarre music videos, and other outré ephemera. A surefire hit for the Gen-X audience and available exclusively at the Paley Center.
Programs excerpted include Trilogy of Terror, Invitation to Hell, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, Racquel!, Mary’s Amazing Dream, Small Wonder, Red Nightmare, etc.
Hotter than Hellmouth
August 1 to 31
Hell hath no fury like a demon scorned … or something like that. Join us as we celebreate the dog days of August in air-conditioned bliss with this really creepy compilation of television programming spotlighting emissaries from hell (both fictional and not), anchored by “Once More With Feeling,” the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which will be screened in its entirety. We don’t want to give too much away, but look also for clips from Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, The X-Files, South Park, Thriller, Mr. Show with Bob and David, The Ben Stiller Show, plus a few gems from our collection of commercials and Paley Center panel discussions. To conclude the package, we’ll screen excerpts from Tom Snyder’s legendary 1981 interview with Charles Manson.
Star Trek The Next Generation: Happy 25th
September 1 to 30
Star Trek: The Next Generation celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary in September, and with this specially produced compilation tape the Paley Center boldly goes where thousands and thousands have gone before, tacking the red-hot-button question of whether The Next Generation was also the greatest generation, or whether that honor belongs instead to the original series. Was the first Star Trek too campy? Next Generation too earnest? Beverly Crusher or Bones McCoy? Spock or Data? Kirk’s bare chest or Picard’s bare head? We will shy away from no issue, illustrating our points through a deft selection of clips featuring moments from both shows, and a few surprises as well, including excerpts from Paley Center events with the cast and the creative team of TNG and with Captain James T. Kirk himself, the great William Shatner.
The screening will also include a favorite full episode of TNG voted on by fans through a poll on paleycenter.org. More details to be announced.
Sweet TV Dreams Are Made of These?
October 1 to 31
For the month of chills and thrills, the Paley Center brings you a sixty-minute mix tape that shows the truly frightful—as well as the lighthearted—dreamscapes that have seeped out of our collective
unconscious and into our daily TV viewing over the years. The creepy/scary stuff will come from the usual suspects--Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, The Outer Limits, Buffy the Vampire Slayer—joined with the more psychological hauntings of Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and M*A*S*H. Then we'll look to Bewitched, My So Called Life, The Practice, and Absolutely Fabulous for the lighter side of our neuroses.
A poll on paleycenter.org will let our online community vote on which full episode each of the creepy and the cute to run with the mix tape compilation. If you find a walnut on your computer keyboard, please check your thumbs.
November: James Bond 50 years on Film
November 1 to 30
This mix tape will screen in November, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the first Bond film (Dr. No) and also the release of the new Bond film (Skyfall). Included would be clips from the 1954 television version of Casino Royale (Bond’s screen debut); two Bond-themed TV specials in our collection; The Man from UNCLE, which Ian Fleming helped develop (plus a Paley Center membership event with star Robert Vaughn); Get Smart (including clips from a PaleyFest event); Archer (included our David Cross-moderated seminar); The Avengers (starring Bond girl Diana Rigg); and appearances by Bond stars Pierce Brosnan and Roger Moore in television programs and ads.