SundanceTV, AXS TV Talk Things Up

Nets Slate Primetime Interview Series in April
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Two cable networks today announced primetime celebrity interview shows on Tuesdays this spring as SundanceTV premieres new series Behind the Story With the Paley Center and AXS TV returns with new season-three episodes of The Big Interview.

While the two series are both scheduled to air at 8 p.m. (ET) on Tuesdays, they'll only go head-to-head for roughly half of their planned episodes.

SundanceTV's Behind the Story With the Paley Center will offer viewers a front-row seat to panel discussions by the casts, writers and producers of top television shows. In each of the six episodes, composed of footage shot at The Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest 2013 and PaleyFest 2014 television festivals, panelists share personal stories, behind-the-scenes details and cultural perspective on their shows. The series debuts Tuesday, April 7, with cast and showrunners from NBC's Parks and Recreation and continues on April 14 with The Mindy Project.

That day, in the same time slot, AXS TV premieres the first of seven consecutive new episodes of its Dan Rather-hosted The Big Interview. Launching the second half of the third season, which originally premiered Jan. 13, Rather sits down with country music star Trisha Yearwood on April 7. Five more musical guests -- including country duo Florida Georgia Line and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham -- as well as Oscar-winning screenwriter/producer Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) follow each week through May 26 (Frankie Vali).

But since Sundance is only airing two episodes of Behind the Story With the Paley Center each month, concluding its season in June, the show will only bump up against The Big Interview two more times, on May 12 (Mad Men vs. Florida Georgia Line) and May 19 (The Big Bang Theory vs. Paul Haggis).

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