Panel discussions with the casts and producers of the CBS comedy “Mom” and The Oprah Winfrey Network drama “Queen Sugar” will be held Saturday at the Dolby Theatre as part of the 35th annual PaleyFest LA.
The “Mom” program is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. with a screening of the episode that will air Thursday in which Christy (Anna Faris) and Bonnie (Allison Janney) help Jill (Jaime Pressly) get sober again and Christy’s boyfriend Patrick (Steven Weber) is less than understanding when it ruins his birthday weekend.
The panel discussion will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. and be live-streamed on the Paley Center Facebook page. Faris, Janney and Pressly will be joined on the panel by castmates Mimi Kennedy and Beth Hall and co-creator Gemma Baker.
“Mom” was among the honorees in 2014 for the seventh annual Television Academy Honors, which honors programs that use the power of television to bring awareness to important social issues.
During its five seasons, “Mom” has dealt with such issues as addiction, recovery, sobriety, relapse, overdose, adoption, rape, homelessness, breast cancer, teen pregnancy, death and domestic violence.
Janney has been nominated for an Emmy in each of the series’ four seasons for her portrayal of a recovering drug and alcohol addict, winning for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series in 2014 and 2015.
The “Queen Sugar” program is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. with the showing of a teaser for the third season of the contemporary drama about the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings (Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe) which will begin May 29.
“Queen Sugar” has received NAACP Image Award nominations for outstanding drama series for both of its seasons, winning in 2017. Siriboe received NAACP Image Award nominations for outstanding actor in a drama series both seasons, while Wesley was nominated for outstanding actress in a drama series both seasons.
Wesley, Gardner and Siriboe will be joined on the panel by castmates Bianca Lawson and Dondre Whitfield, series creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay and executive producer Kat Candler.
Tickets for both programs are priced from $40-$90 for the general public and $30-$72 for Paley Center members. They can be purchased on the Paley Center’s website, media.paleycenter.org.
Tickets are available for both programs on “Mom” and “Queen Sugar.”
The festival is billed by organizers as a pop culture experience that connects fans with the casts and creators of their favorite television series. The programs consist of never-before seen episodes, exclusive clips packages created for the event and panel discussions.
It will conclude Sunday with programs on The CW drama “Riverdale” (2 p.m.) and the Netflix science fiction-horror series “Stranger Things” (7 p.m.). A limited amount of tickets are available for the “Riverdale” program. The “Stranger Things” program is sold out.
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