The Paley Center for Media - A must visit venue

The Paley Center in New York is one of my favorite venues.  It is not only a striking place to visit, but just an awesome facility.  I recently had the opportunity to be invited to experience an 'evening' with the cast and executive producers of Madam Secretary.

Cast of Madam Secretary having a fun moment on Red Carpet - Photo Credit: Ellen Eichelbaum, Splash Magazines Worldwide

Whether we are in the times of political chaos or not, Madam Secretary is one of the most relevant and compelling shows on television today.  It is a show that focuses on, not only the issues we face today here and worldwide, but also focuses on how a high level executive in the White House manages to  raise three opinionated kids and also have a tender and loving relationship with her husband.  Tea Leoni and Tim Daly are the couple that fights and disagrees on many points, but when the door to their home closes in the evening, they still cuddle in bed.

Photo Credit: Ellen Eichelbaum - Splash Magazines Worldwide

It was a pleasure to spend time with the cast and executive producers on a funny, sensitive, friendly, informative and intimate panel.  We were treated to Norah O'Donnell who was moderator for this panel. A commentator for the Today Show, Chief Washington Correspondent for MSNBC, and from September 2003 to May 2005, the White House correspondent for NBC News, O'Donnell was also a contributing anchor for MSNBC Live, and a rotating news anchor on Weekend Today. O'Donnell has done reports that have appeared on numerous NBC News broadcasts, including NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, and MSNBC. O'Donnell has also filled in for Chris Matthews as host of Hardball with Chris Matthews and was a regular pundit for The Chris Matthews ShowGiving today's political climate, my hat goes off to Ms. O'Donnell for staying as neutral as possible.  Being neutral is one of the things  that I love about Madam Secretary.  The show focuses on the issues, of which there are many.

From Left to right: Barbara Hall, Executive Producer, Lori McCreary, Executive Producer, Keith Carradine, Tea Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Zeljko Ivanek, Norah O'Donnell - Photo Credit: Ellen Eichelbaum - Splash Magazines Worldwide

The audience was treated to this Sunday's episode of the show (October 16th), before it aired.  After the episode, the cast and producers gave us a look at their personal lives as well as their lives on the show.  What I found was most interesting is the camaraderie among the cast and the shows' producers.  As was mentioned in their questions and answers, much of the cast knew each other prior to being in this show, either from television or Broadway.  Bebe Neuwirth, as we know, has been a Broadway Star for years.  She was asked about her 'mostly serious' role on Madam Secretary and how wonderfully she plays her part 'speaking only when she has something important to say.'

In Conversation with Madam Secretary cast and executive Producers - Norah O'Donnell moderator - Photo Credit: Ellen Eichelbaum - Splash Magazines Worldwide

Tea and Tim, as I will refer to them, not only have great chemistry on the show, but it was obvious on stage they had great respect and friendship in what we call, 'real life.'  Volunteering in a multitude of non-for-profit causes,  such as the Creative Coalition, Tim comes from a family of highly-decorated military as well as a relative who is a Jesuit Priest, which truly gives him the sincerity and knowledge to perform his role as Henry McCord, a former pilot, who works as a military ethics professor for the National War College and was recently reactivated by the NSA. He is a loving husband of Elizabeth McCord, Secretary of State for the fictional and well-played President, Conrad Dalton.  Tim also has a famous sister (Tyne) who we are all familiar with.

Madam Secretary Cast - Photo Credit: Ellen Eichelbaum - Splash Magazines Worldwide

When attending an event as the intimate Paley Center auditorium, evey seat is a great seat and it's always an experience to remember.  I had seen Yoko Ono in coversation there awhile ago and I felt as if I was going back in time.

Maureen J. Reidy - President & CEO The Paly Center for Media - Photo Credit: Variety.com

Named for William S. Paley, founder of CBS and The Paley Center for Media, PaleyFest is a must-see pop cultural event produced by the Paley Center that brings fans together with the stars and creators of their favorite shows for panel discussions with audience Q&A. PaleyFest takes place both in LA & NY. The next PaleyFest LA takes place spring 2017.

Whether it's back in time or in the present, The Paley Center is a must see, not only for the special programs they present but also for The Paley Center's permanent media collection which contains over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements, available both in New York and Los Angeles. The online database offers synopses, along with production credits for the programs.  Spend the day reliving your favorite shows of the past, remembering where you were and what you were when you first saw that show you loved.

Thank  you, Maureen J. Reidy, President & CEO of the Paley Center for Media, and Teresa Brady, head of public relations.  It's pleasure to know you and you have my highest regard for running one of the best facilities here in New York and Los Angeles.

You can be part of the Paley Center community as an Individual Member, Patron Member, Media Council Member, or Corporate Member. All include very special benefits for YOU while supporting the Paley Center’s essential programs.

The Paley Center for Media is located at 25 West 52nd Street between 5th and 6th Ave., in New York.

In L.A., Paley Center for Media is located n Los Angeles at 465 N. Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA

For more information on becoming a member, attending a special event or visiting the media center, visit:  www.paleycenter.org

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