ATX TV Festival Ramps Up Programming For Its 11th Season With Screening & Panel Presentations From HBO Max, The CW, Universal Studio Group, And More
ATX TV FESTIVAL RAMPS UP PROGRAMMING FOR ITS
11TH SEASON WITH SCREENING & PANEL PRESENTATIONS FROM
HBO MAX, THE CW, UNIVERSAL STUDIO GROUP, AND MORE
HBO Max and Paramount Television Studios will Present
a Conversation with the Creative Team Behind the
Critically-Acclaimed Series “Station Eleven”
The CW will Present a Screening for “Nancy Drew” Spin-Off Series
“Tom Swift,” Followed by a Panel Conversation with Cast and Creatives
Peter Krause Set to Join Fellow Co-Stars for
Previously Announced “Parenthood” Reunion Panel
“Roswell” Co-Stars Majandra Delfino and Brandan Fehr
will Premiere the Pilot Episode of Crowd-funded “Baron & Toluca,”
followed by a Panel Conversation with Additional Cast Members
Austin, TX – ATX TV Festival adds additional programming this week for its 11th Season, which will take place June 2-5, 2022, in Austin, TX.
ATX TV Festival Co-Sponsors Paramount Television Studios and HBO Max will present a conversation with the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed series “Station Eleven,” based on the best-selling novel by Emily St. John Mandel, which will dive into the creative and logistical process of bringing an episode to life, from pre-production to post-production to screen. Confirmed panelists include creator/showrunner/executive producer Patrick Somerville, production designer Ruth Ammon, casting director Jeanie Bacharach, music supervisor Liza Richardson, costume designer Helen Huang, and cinematographer Steve Cosens.
Additionally, the CW will present a screening and conversation for “Tom Swift,” the upcoming “Nancy Drew “ spin-off from co-creators/executive producers Melinda Hsu Taylor, Noga Landau, and Cameron Johnson. The series follows brilliant inventor Tom Swift (Tian Richards), whose world is shaken to its core after the shocking disappearance of his father, thrusting Tom into a breathtaking adventure full of mysterious conspiracies and unexplained phenomena. Attendees will get an early look at episode two of the series, followed by a conversation with cast and creatives yet to be announced. “Tom Swift” premieres May 31 on The CW.
The festival has also announced that actor Peter Krause (“9-1-1,” “Six Feet Under”) will join the upcoming “Parenthood” Reunion, which will take place on Friday, June 3. Previously announced participants include creator/showrunner/executive producer Jason Katims, executive producer/writer David Hudgins, executive producer/director Lawrence Trilling, and stars Dax Shepard, Erika Christensen, Joy Bryant, Mae Whitman, Monica Potter, and Craig T. Nelson.
Season 11 will also feature the premiere of “Baron and Toluca,” an independent pilot from “Roswell” co-stars Majandra Delfino and Brendan Fehr, which was crowdfunded via IndieGogo and produced during the pandemic. Described as a “spiritual successor” to “Roswell,” the series follows exes Jake Baron (Fehr) and Toluca Mendez (Delfino), who find themselves reunited in a familiar part of New Mexico – much to the delight of one and the horror of the other. Forced together by unforeseen circumstances, they must remain there together, to try and unravel a paranormal mystery threatening to kill them both. That is, if they don’t kill each other first.
Following the premiere screening, Delfino and Fehr will be joined by fellow cast members Arthur Martinez (“Actor Martinez”), Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi (“Jersey Shore Family Vacation”), Micah Fowler (“Speechless”), and David Walton (“New Girl”) for a conversation about reuniting for a new project, their experience producing an independent pilot, and their future plans for Baron and Toluca’s story.
Universal Studio Group will present “Funny AF,” a panel conversation featuring the stars and creatives behind the studio’s slate of critically acclaimed comedies. Panelists will be announced in the coming weeks.
ATX TV’s non-profit organization, The Syndication Project, will also partner with leading research and narrative change organizations including the Health & Society, Define American, The MPAC® Hollywood Bureau, Civic Leadership Stories Project (with support from MTV Entertainment Studios), the Center for Media & Social Impact, and Cinereach to highlight and discuss the tangible impact of representation and advocacy through storytelling. The organizations will join with showrunners, actors, and experts to highlight topics such as Immigrants and Immigration, Class and Poverty, War & Peace, Muslim Representation, and Civic Engagement, and present research on how depictions of these topics on TV shape our understanding of real-world issues. Panelists for these conversations will be announced soon.
Also announced this week, AMC Networks will headline the festival’s Opening Night on Thursday, June 2, with a World Premiere screening of AMC’s “Dark Winds,” a new psychological thriller from creator/executive producer Graham Roland based on the iconic Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman.
Set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley, “Dark Winds” follows Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (Zahn McClarnon, The Son, Westworld, Fargo) of the Tribal Police as he is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. The closer he digs to the truth, the more he exposes the wounds of his past. He is joined on this journey by his new deputy, Jim Chee (Kiowa Gordon, The Red Road, Roswell, New Mexico). Chee, too, has old scores to settle from his youth on the reservation. Together, the two men battle the forces of evil, each other and their own personal demons on the path to salvation.
The screening will be followed by a panel conversation with Roland, showrunner/executive producer Vince Calandra, director and executive producer Chris Eyre, executive producer/star Zahn McClarnon, and cast members Kiowa Gordon, and Jessica Matten.
“Dark Winds” is an AMC Studios production, and will premiere June 12 on AMC and AMC+. Executive producers also include George R.R. Martin, Robert Redford, Tina Elmo, and Vince Gerardis.
The festival will also screen the Season 3 premiere episode of the hit Paramount+ original series “Evil,” from creators, showrunners, and executive producers Robert and Michelle King. Starring Katja Herbers, Mike Colter and Aasif Mandvi, “Evil” is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. ATX TV Festival attendees will get an early look at the Season 3 premiere, followed by a conversation with Herbers, Colter and Mandvi. “Evil” returns for Season 3 on June 12, only on Paramount+.
Previously announced programming includes a reunion for “Scrubs” with cast members Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes, Neil Flynn and Christa Miller in attendance. Additionally, the festival will feature “Parenthood” and “Justified,” panels all of which were postponed from the 2020 festival.
Additional announced panels and participants can be found here.
Virtual Festival Badges and Day Passes for Season 11 are available now. To purchase a Badge, Pass, or learn more, visit atxfestival.com/attend.
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ABOUT ATX TV FESTIVAL
ATX TV Festival is an annual event produced by ATX TV, taking place every June 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, panels, and events (parties, live music, meet-ups, super-secret happy hours, etc) and is known for reunions of both classic shows and cult hits. Screenings showcase never-aired pilots, canceled too soon series, and current favorites, as well as world premieres of new series. Panels span 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 Television Festival is the only place they come together as one community to discuss and celebrate all aspects of #TVTogether.