ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PANELS AND PROGRAMMING
FOR SEASON SIX, TAKING PLACE JUNE 8-11, 2017, IN AUSTIN, TX
Highlights Include A Panel with NBC’s Hit Freshman Series “This Is Us,”
A 30-Year Reunion of the Iconic Series “thirtysomething,”
And a Reunion of HBO’s “The Comeback,” Among Others
February 24, 2017 — Austin, TX — ATX Television Festival announces additional panels and programming for year six of the festival, which will take place June 8-11, 2017, in Austin, Texas.
NBC’s breakout series “This Is Us,” which was recently picked up for two additional seasons, will host a panel featuring cast members Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore, along with NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, creator/executive producer Dan Fogelman, and executive producer Ken Olin.
ATX will host a 30-year reunion of the iconic series “thirtysomething,” featuring cast members Ken Olin, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, Timothy Busfield, and David Clennon, many of whom directed episodes of the series when it was on the air, and have gone on to direct and produce several other series over the years.
The producers and cast of “The Comeback” will also reunite at this year’s festival, including co-creator, executive producer and star Lisa Kudrow, who was Emmy-nominated for her leading role as Valerie Cherish; co-creator/executive producer Michael Patrick King; cast member and executive producer Dan Bucatinsky; and cast member Laura Silverman. Additional cast will be announced at a later date.
Fox will hold a special screening of two of their new pilots, which will just have been announced at their Upfront presentation in May.
First time panelist June Diane Raphael will participate in a script reading of her unproduced pilot “The Housewives,” co-written with Casey Wilson, along with a special guest cast. Raphael, who currently appears on “Grace and Frankie,” will also join the previously announced conversation with the creative team behind that show, featuring co-creator/executive producer Marta Kauffman, and producers Hannah KS Canter and Robbie Rowe Tollin from Okay Goodnight.
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These panels and programs join the previously announced “Designing Women” 30th Anniversary Reunion; a reunion of the iconic series “Northern Exposure;” an “Alias” Writers Room reunion; a community screening of “Parks & Recreation;” retrospectives for Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s series “Evening Shade” and “Hearts Afire;” a panel on “The Anti Hero: History of an American Myth,” hosted by Glen Mazzara; a panel discussion of “Grace and Frankie” with co-creator Marta Kauffman, Robbie Rowe Tollin and Hannah K.S. Canter from Okay Goodnight; a panel on the independent pilot process hosted by Paul Scheer; Cancelled Too Soon panels for “The Black Donnellys” and “The Middleman;” first time panelists Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game”), Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (“Sweet/Vicious”) and Amanda Lasher (“Sweet/Vicious”), along with returning panelists Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), Liz Tigelaar (“Casual”), David Hudgins (“Shut Eye,” “Parenthood”), Graham Yost (“Sneaky Pete,” “Justified”), Michael Rauch (“Royal Pains”), Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having”), and Kathleen McCaffrey, Vice President of Programming at HBO.
About ATX Television Festival
ATX’s focus is the celebration of the television medium – looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed. Our weekend consists of events in which attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite shows to the small screen. We have all the functionality of a traditional film festival – spotlighting classic shows, never-aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, cult favorites, current hits and premieres of new series. In addition, we feature episode screenings with Q&A’s with the cast and creators, panels focused on industry related topics, and parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events and “super secret happy hours.” ATX’s goal is to serve both the community and industry professionals equally, by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV.