Paley Center Presents Mixtapes, DR. WHO, SPIDER-MAN and More, Summer 2012


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.


Summer “Camp”
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 We excerpt the craziest scenes from afterschool specials, old network celebrity spectaculars, outdated training and educational films, camp classic television movies, bizarre music videos, and other outré ephemera.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 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 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.

Loook for an on-line poll to vote for your favorite Bond-something (villain, BD, actor).

December: Christmas Carols: A Scrooge Mash-Up
December 1 to 31

Arguably the most famous and familiar holiday story ever written, Charles Dickens’sA Christmas Carol continues to enchant generation after generation and inspire countless adaptations, with more, no doubt, yet to come. Since everyone has their particular favorite dramatization, the Paley Center presents its own “Scrooge mash-up,” so to speak. The entire story will be told using clips from versions starring Mr. Magoo, Patrick Stewart, and Basil Rathbone among others, as well as the tale as interpreted by the casts of such shows as WKRP in Cincinnati, Northern Exposure, and The Honeymooners.

(END OF PALEY MIXTAPES...on to Spider-Man and Dr. Who!)

Spider-Man Week NYC: Peter Parker at the Paley Center
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
to Sunday, July 1, 2012
3:00 pm ET
New York

The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, opens nationwide in theaters on July 3, and the Paley Center is teaming with Columbia Pictures and a web of New York cultural institutions planning a citywide celebration of Spider-Man Week NYC. Join us as we remember previous iterations of this quintessentially New York superhero by screening selected episodes from two classic animated TV shows—Spider-Man (1967–70) and Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends (1981–83)—plus installments of the brand-new Ultimate Spider-Man (2012-present). The Paley Center will be screening three episodes daily, starting at 3:00 pm. FREE for Paley Center Members. Included with general admission.

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Digitally Remastered Classic Doctor Who
Saturdays at 1:00 pm
June 30, July 28, August 25, September 29

Travel with us through time and space as The Paley Center for Media and BBC Home Entertainment present this special series of classic Doctor Who screenings on the last Saturday of each month from June to September 2012. These screenings will feature the digitally remastered
episodes in the best way: on the big screen, with big sound, and the Doctor Who community. And we also have Doctor Who trivia with the chance to win DVDs and more from BBC Home Entertainment. FREE for Paley Center Members. Included with general admission.

June 30: Resurrection of the Daleks (1984; 93 minutes)

Peter Davison, the Fifth Doctor, encounters one of his oldest enemies, the Daleks, after the TARDIS is dragged down a time corridor, forcing him, Tegan (Janet Fielding), and Turlough (Mark Strickson) to materialize in London in 1984. The corridor links Earth with a battle cruiser in the future belonging to the Daleks (“Exterminate!”); having just lost the war with the android Movellans, the Daleks are ready to resurrect their creator, Davros (Terry Malloy) -- with shocking consequences for the Doctor.

July 28: Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks (98 minutes) (1974)

A power failure in the TARDIS draws it off course, and the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) end up stranded on the bleak planet Exxilon. They soon meet members of an Earth expedition in a similar situation. The humans are searching for a rare mineral, but first they must find out what is draining their power and avoid what’s inside another grounded spaceship – one of the Doctor’s oldest enemies, the Daleks.

August 25: Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space (97 minutes) (1970)

The Time Lords have banished the newly regenerated Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) to Earth. But he isn’t the only alien to have arrived, as a swarm of meteorites have crashed into the sleepy English countryside, bringing with them a terrible new threat to mankind: the Nestene consciousness, a disembodied alien intelligence with an affinity for plastic. The Doctor and his newly appointed scientific advisor, Liz Shaw (Caroline John), join UNIT in a race against time to stop humanity from being replaced by a terrifying plastic facsimile race.