While the New York Television Festival, running from October 22-27 this year, was created to provide a platform for independent television to be seen and potentially picked up by the networks, the event has also made room for some established TV franchises. For the opening-night event of the eighth annual fest, the CW will present the world premiere of its new series "The Carrie Diaries," based on Candace Bushnell's novels of the same name about a high school-aged Carrie Bradshaw (played by AnnaSophia Robb) pre-"Sex and the City." Also on tap are a look at political comedy with the head writers of "The Daily Show," Letterman, Fallon and other late-night hosts and a goodbye to "Jersey Shore" featuring the show's cast, its creator and MTV executives.
Here are more highlights from the 2012 NYTVF schedule (descriptions courtesy of the festival — the full schedule's available here). Info about tickets to these events is available here — and check out the festival's Independent Pilot Competition line-up.
The CW Red-Carpet Premiere of "The Carrie Diaries"
Monday, October 22, 7:30pm, SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street)
The CW and the NYTVF are partnering to present the world premiere of "The Carrie Diaries," the new series starring AnnaSophia Robb as 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw in this hotly anticipated mid-season addition from Fake Empire's Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, based on the book series from Candace Bushnell. The red-carpet screening will include the debut of the series pilot as well as a Q&A with Robb and Bushnell along with executive producer Amy Harris.
Long Day's Journey Into Late Night: 2012 Election Edition – The Politics of Funny, A Special Event Panel Discussion
Tuesday, October 23, 8:30pm, 92YTribeca (200 Hudson Street)
Back by popular demand, this late night writing panel, featuring the comic forces behind New York's late night institutions, focuses on the process of creating topical humor straight from the 24-hour news cycle, with an eye toward the coming Presidential election and a look back at the most hilarious moments from the 2012 campaign. Writers from New York's late night staples "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Daily Show," "The Colbert Report" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" share their experiences and provide their take on the current state of the genre.
Love, Loss, (Gym, Tan) and Laundry: A Farewell to the Jersey Shore
Wednesday, October 24, 8pm, 92YTribeca
Join Deena Cortese, Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio, Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, Sammi Giancola, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino along with series Executive Producer SallyAnn Salsano and MTV Executives Chris Linn and Jacqueline French, for this special event marking the end of a television era. Although the party will never be over, summers at the "Shore" are officially coming to a close. MTV recently announced that Season Six of "Jersey Shore," premiering on Thursday, October 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT with back-to-back episodes, will mark the FINAL SEASON of the pop culture phenomenon. "Jersey Shore" is MTV's highest rated series ever in the network's history and it has achieved and maintained television domination as the #1 cable series for P12-34 consecutively for all five of its previous seasons.
BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum – Importing the Funny: Catch the Future of British Comedy
Thursday, October 25, 6:30pm, 92YTribeca
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the NYTVF are re-teaming to present this unique night of comedy featuring debut readings of original sitcoms – penned by some of the UK's most promising comedy television writers – with creative insight and feedback from a panel of industry experts. The selected scripts were identified following a UK-wide competition hosted by BAFTA and the Rocliffe New Writing Forum. The event, which includes post-event networking drinks at 8:15 pm, will feature staged reading excerpts of the three selected entries with expert commentary on each.
NYTVF Digital Day Panel Series
Friday, October 26, 12pm, 92YTribeca
The new frontier of web distribution has provided content creators, distributors, and brands with seemingly limitless opportunities for connection with viewers, consumers, and fans – but what's really working, who's watching and, most importantly, where's the money? NYTVF's fifth annual Digital Day panel series welcomes some of the digital landscape's most influential thought-leaders for a day of no-holds-barred discussions and insights on all facets of new media, from both creative and business perspectives.
A NEW FOX TUESDAY Comedy Conversation
Friday, October 26, 7:30pm, 92YTribeca
FOX is teaming with the NYTVF for an exclusive panel event saluting the network's NEW FOX TUESDAY comedy block, featuring talent from "New Girl" and "Ben and Kate." Details and participants to be announced soon.
NYTVF Development Day
Saturday, October 27, 1pm, 92YTribeca
NYTVF Development Day offers aspiring creators and TV fans alike a day of free panels and events offering both educational and inspirational insight into the creation of television. 2012 Development Day will provide attendees with two tracks — the first is NYTVF Classroom. NYTVF Classroom is a series of hands-on, insightful 30-minute discussions with established professionals across many facets of the television industry — from sketch comedy, animation and family programming, to production and post. These free panels are geared toward aspiring and emerging TV creators and will provide attendees with practical tools to advance their careers in television as well as information on the inner-workings of the day-to-day business of development and production. Development Day Main Stage is an extension of NYTVF Primetime, with all-star panels and screenings geared toward fans and TV enthusiasts.
Saturday, October 27, 7:30pm, 92YTribeca
The Festival's Awards Show will recognize outstanding entries and individual achievement in the 2012 Independent Pilot Competition as well as the winners of the inaugural NYTVF Critics Award and the competition's sponsored development awards from IFC, MTV, Syfy, and VH1. Additional winners will be announced in the FOX Comedy Script Contest, the A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline, and NYTVF Pitch along with the finalists in the Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline.