ATX TV Festival Closing Night Event to Celebrate Legendary Writer/Producer Norman Lear with “Maude” and “Good Times” Script Readings, Panel Conversation

ATX TV Festival Closing Night Event to
Celebrate Legendary Writer/Producer Norman Lear with
“Maude” and “Good Times” Script Readings, Panel Conversation

Plus “Interview with the Vampire,” “Orphan Black: Echoes,”
“Billy the Kid,” “The Way Home,” “Resident Alien,”
“Animal Control” and more join line-up

April 25, 2024, Austin, Texas: ATX TV Festival has announced additional programming for Season 13, taking place May 30-June 2, 2024, in Austin, Texas.

ATX TV Festival’s Closing Night event will feature Norman Lear’s TV for the People: Script Reading and Conversation, a night of comedy, conversation, and celebration honoring the life and legacy of legendary writer, producer, and activist Norman Lear.

The event will feature live script readings of the groundbreaking abortion episode from Maude (“Maude’s Dilemma”) and a classic episode from Good Times, with guest casts who will step into some of TV’s most iconic roles for the one-night event.

Following the script reading, Lear’s collaborators, friends, and fellow creatives will join for a conversation about his groundbreaking approach to TV that reflected and commented on the everyday American experience; his ability to use the sitcom format to invite audiences in to broader conversations about racism, abortion, LGBTQ+ rights, sexual assault, and more; and how Lear’s legacy continues to shape the medium through the next generation of storytellers.

Confirmed participants include Katey Sagal (in the role of “Maude”), Phil Rosenthal (in the role of “Walter Findlay”), Danny Pino (in the role of “Dr. Arthur Harmon”), Dulé Hill (in the role of “James Evans Sr.”), and producer Brent Miller (former producing partner to Lear, and Owner/CEO of newly released A House on Brame Productions), with additional panelists to be announced soon.

The event will be supported by USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center’s Hollywood, Health and Society, with additional partners to be announced soon. The event will be open to Festival badgeholders, as well as single ticket holders. Buy your Badge, Pass, or Ticket now at:

In addition to the previously announced Girls5eva Karaoke Night event, Universal Studio Group will also present a track of screenings and conversations, including:

New additions to the lineup also include:

In addition, Season 13 of the Festival will feature:

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All of this joins the previously announced programming:

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ATX TV Festival is an annual event produced by ATX TV, taking place each summer in Austin, TX. As the leading television festival, it brings together fans and industry to celebrate the television medium by looking at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed. The festival consists of screenings followed by Q&As, panel conversations, and events (parties, live music, happy hours, hosted receptions, etc) and is known for reunions of classic series and cult hits. Screenings include never-aired pilots, canceled-too-soon series, current favorites, and world premieres. Panels conversations range from industry deep-dives to fan-focused conversations, along with discussions on representation (in front of and behind the camera) and responsibility in storytelling. The ATX TV audience is comprised equally of consumers and industry professionals, and ATX TV Festival is the only place they come together as one community to discuss and celebrate all aspects of #TVTogether.

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