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THE AMAZING RACE

THE AMAZING RACE

ATX will feature a panel for CBS’ Emmy Award-winning reality series “The Amazing Race,” which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year. The conversation will feature Host and Executive Producer Phil Keoghan, as well as fan-favorite teams from across the series’ impressive 32 season run. Koeghan and the Racers will give fans a behind-the-scenes look into their time on the show, and discuss the series’ lasting impact on both viewers and their own lives.

Panelists: Phil Keoghan (host/executive producer), Rob Frisbee & Brennan Swain (Season 1 Winners), Tamara (Tien-Jan) “Tammy” Jih & Victor Jih (Season 12 Winners), Leo Temory & Jamal Zadran (All-Stars and three-time competitors), Amy DeJong & Maya Warren (Season 25 Winners)

SURREALESTATE presented by SYFY

SURREALESTATE presented by SYFY

SYFY will present a first-look conversation for their new summer series, SurrealEstate. The 10-episode series from SYFY and Blue Ice Pictures follows real estate agent Luke Roman (Rozon) and his elite team of specialists research, investigate, and attempt to ‘fix’ haunted and possessed homes – all while dealing with demons of their own. SurrealEstate premieres Friday, July 16, at 10 p.m. EST on SYFY.

Panelists: Tim Rozon (cast), Sarah Levy (cast)

THE BIG LEAP

THE BIG LEAP

FOX will premiere their new dramedy The Big Leap, a modern tale about second chances, chasing your dreams and taking back what’s yours. From creator/executive producer Liz Heldens, director/executive producer Jason Winer and executive producer Sue Naegle, the show revolves around a group of diverse, down-on-their-luck characters attempting to change their lives by participating in a potentially life-ruining reality dance show that builds to a live production of “Swan Lake.” Attendees will get an early look at the pilot episode of the series, which was recently picked up to series, followed by a Q&A with cast and creatives.

Panelists: Liz Heldens (creator/executive producer), Jason Winer (executive producer/director), Scott Foley (cast), Teri Polo (cast), Ser’Darius Blain (cast), Simone Rescasner (cast)

UFO

UFO

SHOWTIME® will premiere UFO, a four-part docuseries from Bad Robot exploring our fascination with unidentified flying objects, and how government and other forces operate in the shadows manipulating the truth to bend it to their own agendas. Following a screening of episode one, creatives and featured experts (?) will join for a panel discussion about the making of the series, as well as its central questions: why do we believe what we believe? And what if the truth really is out there?

WORK IN PROGRESS: A Conversation on Queer Storytelling

WORK IN PROGRESS: A Conversation on Queer Storytelling

ATX will feature “Work In Progress: A Conversation on Queer Storytelling” with the cast and creatives of the acclaimed SHOWTIME® original series Work In Progress. The panel will feature creatives and cast who will discuss the collaborative process of shaping Seasons 1 & 2; creating during the pandemic; and the intersection of comedy, queerness, and mental health.

Panelists: Abby McEnany (creator/executive producer/writer/cast), Lilly Wachowski (showrunner/executive producer/writer/director), Samantha Irby (consulting producer/writer), Yance Ford (director), Celeste Pechous (cast)

THE GOOD FIGHT

THE GOOD FIGHT

Paramount+ will screen the season five premiere of the critically-acclaimed drama The Good Fight, followed by a conversation with creatives and cast. The Good Fight returns to Paramount+ with new episodes on June 24.

Panelists: Robert & Michelle King (co-creators/showrunners/executive producers), Christine Baranski (cast), Audra McDonald (cast), Charmaine Bingwa (cast), Mandy Patinkin (cast)

Abortion & Reproductive Rights on TV presented by The Syndication Project & Hollywood, Health & Society

Abortion & Reproductive Rights on TV presented by The Syndication Project & Hollywood, Health & Society

Abortion storylines are becoming more commonplace, but many still aren’t reflective of the real-life circumstances of most abortion patients in the U.S. – from representation of race and class, to access and parental status. This panel will explore how TV can further improve depictions of abortion onscreen, and how by creating awareness and lowering the disparities between fictional representation and real-world statistics, the industry can use its power on and off screen to encourage proactiveness around reproductive health.

HIV/AIDS on TV presented by The Syndication Project & Hollywood, Health & Society

HIV/AIDS on TV presented by The Syndication Project & Hollywood, Health & Society

Just as television creatives in the last year were faced with a choice to engage (or not engage) with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the industry faced a similar choice in the 1980s with the arrival of HIV & AIDS. As the virus progressed in real time, so did lack of information, fear, and ignorance — which was often reflected on screen though early portrayals of HIV and AIDS that were problematic to the very communities most devastated by the virus.

The ‘90s brought a rise in more educated and empathetic portrayals with ER and Life Goes On, opening the door to even more nuanced storylines on Brothers & Sisters, How to Get Away with Murder, and Looking. All of these series allowed TV to explore HIV not as a death sentence, but as a medical condition to be managed and treated like any other, without stigmatization.

This conversation will explore TV’s complicated history in regards to HIV & AIDS storylines, and the ways in which it has dismantled stereotypes by showing those living with HIV and AIDS as capable of not just surviving, but thriving.

The Messy Middle presented by The Syndication Project & DREDF’s Disability Media Alliance Project

The Messy Middle presented by The Syndication Project & DREDF’s Disability Media Alliance Project

While overall representation of disabilities on TV is slowly but surely improving, many series still tend to depict characters with visible disabilities as the Tragic Victim or the Heroic Martyr — but rarely are they depicted as people, with all the complexities that entails. We’ll sit down with the writers and actors who are exploring the uncharted territory of the “messy middle,” where characters with disabilities are just as flawed, funny, and despicable as anyone else. They’ll also discuss how creatives can push beyond the fear of getting it “wrong” when it comes to disability representation, and what getting it “right” actually means.

Panelists: Steve Way (actor, Ramy), Sofiya Cheyenne (actor, Loudermilk), Ryan J. Haddad (actor, The Politician), Katherine Beattie (writer/producer, NCIS: New Orleans), Kayla Cromer (actor, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay)

Moderator: Kristen Lopez (IndieWire)

Guess Who’s Laughing Now presented by The Syndication Project & GLAAD

Guess Who’s Laughing Now presented by The Syndication Project & GLAAD

From Ellen to Will & Grace to Modern Family, some of the most culturally significant shows have featured queer characters stealing scenes in sitcoms, and hearts as they do. Trans characters, however, have more often than not been the target of punchlines, or made into the joke altogether. The tide is turning thanks to a new wave of trans creators, writers, and performers who are bringing their comedic voice to the forefront. Join us for a conversation about comedic boundaries (or lack thereof), writing for the 2021 viewer (whoever that is), and being really f*cking funny (why the hell not, we deserve).

Panelists: Jesse Leigh (actor, Rutherford Falls), Nava Mau (actor, Genera+ion), Armand Fields (actor, Work in Progress), Rain Valdez (creator/executive producer/actor, Razor Tongue)

Moderator: Alex Schmider (Associate Director of Transgender Representation, GLAAD)