ATX Television Festival Announces A 30th Anniversary Reunion Of “Designing Women,” A “Northern Exposure” Reunion, “The Black Donnellys” And “The Middleman” Panels, And Returning Panelists


A Special 30th Anniversary Reunion of “Designing Women” Is Planned,
Along with a Reunion of “Northern Exposure,”
Reuniting Cast and Producers from These Iconic Series

Retrospectives for “Designing Women” Creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s Series
“Evening Shade” and “Hearts Afire” Planned As Well

Cancelled-Too-Soon Panels with “The Black Donnellys” and “The Middleman”

ATX Advisory Board Members Glen Mazzara and Beau Willimon Will Return as Panelists,
And Phil Rosenthal Will Reprise His “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having… For Breakfast!” Panel

November 17, 2016Austin, TX — ATX Television Festival announces the first new panels and programming for year six of the festival, which will take place June 8-11, 2017, in Austin, Texas, including a special 30th anniversary reunion of the groundbreaking comedy series “Designing Women,” and a reunion of the iconic drama “Northern Exposure.”

To mark the 30th anniversary of “Designing Women,” ATX will hold a reunion featuring creator/EP Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, along with stars Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Gerald McRaney, Hal Holbrook, and Douglas Barr.

Cast members Rob Morrow, John Corbett, Barry Corbin, Janine Turner, and Darren Burrows are confirmed for the “Northern Exposure” reunion, along with creator Joshua Brand (“The Americans”), writers Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, and network executive and producer Cheryl Bloch.

Retrospectives for Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s other series, “Evening Shade” and “Hearts Afire,” will take place as well, with Burt Reynolds and Marilu Henner confirmed for “Evening Shade,” and Markie Post and Leslie Jordan confirmed for “Hearts Afire.”

“The Black Donnellys” and “The Middleman” will be part of the festival’s “cancelled too soon” track, with creators/EPs/directors Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco, writer Amanda Moresco, and cast member Jonathan Tucker confirmed for “The Black Donnellys,” and creator/EP Javier Grillo-Marxuach confirmed for “The Middleman,” along with star Natalie Morales. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

ATX Advisory Board members Glen Mazzara (“Damien,” “The Shield,” “The Walking Dead”) and Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”) will also return as panelists.

Phil Rosenthal, creator/EP of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having,” will return to ATX for another year to reprise his “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having…for Breakfast!” panel.

For the latest developments and information on how to attend, visit the ATX Television Festival official site and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

For co-promotion, please link to @ATXFestival #ATXTVs6 on Twitter.

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.



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