thirtysomething Years Later

Date: Saturday, June 9

Prior to a television landscape that favors realism over idyllic life, where major characters face the risk of “being killed off,” and daily life is portrayed somewhat accurately, thirtysomething did all that and more. The show that was an early experiment that quickly became a phenomenon, rewriting the rules for dramatic series in more ways than one. Helmed by creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, thirtysomething not only drew viewers into the lives of its characters and tested the boundaries of conventional storytelling, it thrived with a multi-hyphenate cast, many of whom stepped into the role of director during the series run — then stayed there for the next 30 years. ATX reunites these dynamic creatives as they look back at the series that re-wrote the book on TV dramas, and paved the way for a new direction in their careers.

Panelists: Marshall Herskovitz (Creator), Edward Zwick (Creator); Cast: Melanie Mayron (Director), Timothy Busfield (Director), Peter Horton (Director), David Clennon, Polly Draper
Moderator: Bill Keith (Entertainment Weekly)