PaleyFest 2016 Empire

PaleyFest 2016 to Honor Empire, Scream Queens, black-ish and More

The Lyons will roar at PaleyFest 2016.

Empire is among the first panels announced for The Paley Center for Media’s annual celebration of TV.

Producer Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Hotel and Scream Queens will also scare up thrills at the event, taking place March 11-20 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Additional honorees include ABC’s black-ish and the Starz drama Power.

The full lineup will be announced on Jan. 19. Ticket info can be found at

Scroll down for participating talent (subject to change):

Friday, March 11: Empire (7:30 pm)
Taraji P. Henson, “Cookie Lyon”
Terrence Howard, “Lucious 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: Scream Queens (7 pm)
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: black-ish (2 pm)
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: Power (2 pm)
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: American Horror Story: Hotel (7 pm)
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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  1. Matt C. says:

    I have a feeling that if FOX has renewed Scream Queens, they’ll make the season 2 announcement at PaleyFest. And isn’t that where they normally announce the next season’s theme for AHS?

  2. B.T. says:

    Scream Queens? Does Blood and Oil get a panel too?

  3. Kris says:

    Yay! That’s good news for scream queens! Hopefully a renewal is on its way!

  4. Zayne says:

    This feels like racial diversity year for PaleyFest.

  5. Tim says:

    I saw Big Love and Breaking Bad and the Paleyfest several years ago. Has anyone been recently—is it a madhouse now?

    • Liz says:

      Went last year for Arrow/Flash and actually was asked if I wanted to come back for Jane the Virgin later that night. It was cool but the year I went for Vampire Diaries was better. Now it’s at bigger theater than the one in BH and not as personable.

  6. Sara says:

    No Chad Radwell? He’s the best character on that show!

  7. anita says:

    empire is the hottest show in Kenya for teenagers…we need a season 3 please

  8. Nanette Shirley says:

    Will it be televised so I can have an American horror story theme announcement party