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TV Junkie: PaleyFest2011 Update; Bear Grylls Is Back; 'Mr. Sunshine' Dims

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PaleyFest2011 starts in a couple weeks - tickets are now available.
It's all coming together for the Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest2011 which will run from March 4th through March 17th at the Saban Theatre at 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills. The TV programs that will be featured are: "Community," "Eastbound & Down," "Hot in Cleveland," "Parks and Recreation," "Glee," "Supernatural," "Raising Hope," "True Blood," "The Walking Dead," "White Collar," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," "American Idol," plus a "Freaks & Geeks" and "Undeclared" reunion event. You can get tickets either directly from the Paley Center or TicketWeb. The discount code FESTFAN works on some of the events and we suggest you get your tickets for "True Blood," "The Walking Dead," "Parks and Recreation," and Jimmy Fallon sooner than later because those shows are guaranteed to sell out in advance. We'll be posting the lists of all panel members here tomorrow. We attended several of these panels last year, they were a lot of fun and probably the only time fans can see actors and writers from their favorite shows in person and ask them questions.
Bear Grylls' "Man vs Wild" is coming back tonight (hey, we interviewed him in '09!). See the above video clip and check him out at 9pm on Discovery.
Last Night on ABC: It's now old news but last night's "Modern Family" had fantastic guest star appearances by Shelley Long and Matt Dillon - Long should definitely be back on TV, a medium that would benefit from more regular appearances by Dillon as well. On a bit of a sour note, as we surmised in yesterday's post, "Mr. Sunshine" dimmed a bit, losing a third of its audience. A drop was expected, but the question remains, is an audience of 7 million (a number basic cable shows would drool over) enough to keep "Mr. Sunshine" on the air. Content-wise, "Mr. Sunshine" seemed to settle into its format a bit, and we got more performances from it's capable cast. Suggestion: lose the background music that is a bit too loud and isn't really jazzing up anything.
We're still in a funk over the death of Len Lesser who, among over 500 other roles, played Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld." Please see our 2010 video interview with Len below. He was a very kind man and invited us to his house in Burbank to do the interview - he was the epitome of the working actor who participated in bringing drama to TV in the earliest days of the medium. We're glad to see that he was working to the end, with at least a couple plays in the last year as well as an appearance on "Castle." You will be missed Len.