• ABC Pilots to be Shown Tonight at Television Festival


    BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) – Pilots of five of ABC’s new fall series will be shown tonight at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills as part of the ninth annual PaleyFestPreviews: Fall TV.

    The program will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception and also include panels discussions with the casts and creators of the comedies “Trophy Wife” and “Back in the Game.”

    The “Trophy Wife” pilot will be shown at 7 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by the panel discussion with cast members Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins, Bailee Madison, Ryan Scott Lee, creators Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern and fellow executive producer Lee Eisenberg.

    The “Back in the Game” pilot will be shown at 8:15 p.m., followed at 8:45 p.m. by the panel discussion with cast members James Caan and Maggie Lawson and executive producers Robb Cullen and his brother Mark Cullen.

    The panel discussion will be live streamed at www.Falltv.aol.com. Fans can submit questions via Twitter to @PaleyCenter using the hashtag #PaleyFest.

    The pilots of the comedies “The Goldbergs” and “Super Fun Night” and the drama “Lucky 7″ will be shown after the panel discussions.

    Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on the festival’s website, Paleyfest.org.

    “Trophy Wife” is loosely based on Haskins’ real life; she married her next-door neighbor, a man 20 years older than her.

    It stars Akerman as a reformed party girl who becomes the wife of a older man (Whitford) and the stepmother of twin teenagers (Madison and Lee) and a 7-year-old son (Tasi).

    Harden and Watkins portray the ex-wives of Whitford’s character.

    “Back in the Game” stars Lawson as a former standout softball player whose life was derailed by an early pregnancy and failed marriage. She moves in with her estranged father (James Caan), a former professional baseball player, and becomes the coach of her son’s (Griffin Gluck) Little League team.

    Mark Cullen describes the series as being about Lawson’s character “coming home.”

    “She got pregnant when she was 20 years old, never had a 20s,” Cullen said at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. “Now (she’s) a single mom moving back in with her dad (who she) obviously had a lot of friction with.”

    Here is the schedule for the remainder of festival. All programs will begin at 7 p.m.

    Wednesday (NBC) — Screening and panel discussion of “Ironside.” Screenings of “Sean Saves the World,” “Welcome to the Family,” “The Michael J. Fox Show” and “The Blacklist”;

    Thursday — “Fall Farewell” to “Dexter”; and,

    Friday — “Fall Flashback” for “China Beach” in connection with its 25th anniversary and upcoming DVD release.

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