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Empire, American Horror Story: Hotel among PaleyFest LA panels

‘Scream Queens,’ ‘Black-ish,’ and ‘Power’ casts also slated to appear

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PaleyFest Los Angeles announced its initial line-up on Tuesday, and if you guessed that Empire would be one of the honorees, you are one smart Cookie.

Lee Daniels’ Fox music drama will kick off the 33rd annual edition of the festival on March 11, with Taraji P. Henson and her costars cast taking the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with Empire‘s executive producers to talk season 2 and beyond. 

The cast of FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel will serve as the closing act for the 10-day event, on March 20.

Other series staging panels include Fox’s horror comedy Scream Queens, ABC comedy Black-ish, and Starz drama Power. PaleyFest LA, which aims to salute “television’s most acclaimed series” with Q&As and screenings, will announce additional panels next Tuesday.

Last year’s line-up included The Good Wife, Girls, Homeland, Modern Family, and American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Tickets can be purchased at paleyfest.orgHere is the schedule for this year’s festivities:


Friday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.: Empire 

Terrence Howard, “Lucious Lyon”

Taraji P. Henson, “Cookie Lyon”

Jussie Smollett, “Jamal Lyon”

Bryshere Gray, “Hakeem Lyon”

Trai Byers, “Andre Lyon”

Grace Gealey, “Anika Calhoun”

Kaitlin Doubleday, “Rhonda Lyon”

Gabourey Sidibe, “Becky”

Ta’Rhonda Jones, “Porsha”

Serayah, “Tiana Brown”

Lee Daniels, Co-Creator & Executive Producer

Danny Strong, Co-Creator & Executive Producer

Ilene Chaiken, Executive Producer

Brian Grazer, Executive Producer


Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m.: Scream Queens 

Emma Roberts, “Chanel Oberlin”

Jamie Lee Curtis, “Dean Cathy Munsch”

Lea Michele, “Hester Ulrich”

Abigail Breslin, “Chanel #5”

Skyler Samuels, “Grace Gardner”

Keke Palmer, “Zayday Williams”

Billie Lourd, “Chanel #3”

Niecy Nash, “Officer Denise Hemphill”


Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m.: black-ish

Anthony Anderson, “Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson” & Executive Producer

Tracee Ellis Ross, “Rainbow Johnson” 

Yara Shahidi, “Zoey Johnson”

Marcus Scribner, “Andre Johnson, Jr.”

Miles Brown, “Jack Johnson” 

Marsai Martin, “Diane Johnson” 

Kenya Barris, Creator & Executive Producer

Jonathan Groff, Executive Producer


Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m.: Power 

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, “Kanan” & Executive Producer

Omari Hardwick, “James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick”

Lela Loren, “Angela Valdes”

Naturi Naughton, “Tasha St. Patrick”

Joseph Sikora, “Tommy Egan”

Courtney Kemp Agboh, Creator, Showrunner, and Executive Producer


Sunday, March 20, 7 p.m.: American Horror Story: Hotel

Sarah Paulson, “Sally”

Kathy Bates, “Iris”

Angela Bassett,“Ramona”

Chloe Sevigny, “Alex Lowe”

Evan Peters,“Mr. James March”

Wes Bentley, “John Lowe”

Cheyenne Jackson, “Will Drake”

Denis O’Hare, “Liz Taylor”


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