Programming

We’re working with individuals and partners to roll over as much Season 9 (2020) Programming as possible to Season 10 (2021) or Season 11 (2022). So be make sure to check back for updates!

Cougar Town Reunion, Justified Writers Room Reunion, Parenthood: 10th Anniversary Script Reading & Panel, Scrubs: 10 Year Reunion, all originally scheduled for Season 9 (2020), will be moved to Season 11 (2022).



  • 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.


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  • ATX Award in Television eXcellence: Michael J. Fox

    ATX TV Festival is honored to present its annual “Award in Television eXcellence” to five-time Emmy award winning and four-time Golden Globe winning actor, producer, activist, and New York Times best-selling author Michael J. Fox. First given in 2014, the award seeks to recognize individuals whose career reflects the very best of television, through work that is thought-provoking, genuine, expansive, and ultimately, entertaining. As this year’s honoree, Fox will join the festival for an intimate, retrospective conversation spanning his iconic performances on Family Ties and Spin City, critically acclaimed guest turns on The Good Wife and Rescue Me, his recent memoir, “No Time Like the Future,” and more.

    Panelist: Michael J. Fox

    Moderator: Denis Leary


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  • ATX Breakthrough Award: Angelica Ross

    ATX is honored to present its very first Breakthrough Award to actor, writer, producer, and human rights advocate Angelica Ross (Pose). The inaugural award seeks to recognize a creative voice who has made a unique and substantial imprint on TV, and exemplifies not only the current moment in television, but the possibilities of its future. Ross will be joined by a special guest moderator for a one-on-one conversation about her multi-hyphenate career, her advocacy work, and her work in TV, which includes Emmy-nominated web series Her Story, Danger and Eggs, Claws, Transparent, and her breakthrough role on FX’s critically-acclaimed series Pose as Candy Ferocity from the House of Abundance. In 2019, Ross made history by becoming the first trans actress to secure two series regular roles with Pose and American Horror Story: 1984. She can next be seen in American Horror Story: Double Feature, premiering later this year on FX.

    Panelist: Angelica Ross


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  • Beyond the Scares: Emotional Catharsis & Healing in Horror

    The fundamental aim of Horror may be to thrill, spook, and scare — but like any genre, great horror can also transcend its conventions, providing a unique kind of emotional catharsis by serving as a “safe” space to process real-life fears and anxieties. Join the creatives behind TVs creepiest fare for a conversation about using horror/genre elements to subvert audience expectations, explore complex concepts like grief and trauma, and restore agency to characters that have traditionally been depicted as “victims.”


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  • BLINDSPOTTING Writers’ Room

    Starz joins this year’s line-up with a look inside the writers’ room of their new summer series, Blindspotting, the television series inspired by the 2018 feature film from writers/producers/stars Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs. The half-hour dramedy centers on Ashley, played by Emmy® nominee Jasmine Cephas Jones, who was nipping at the heels of a middle-class life in Oakland until Miles (Rafael Casal), her partner of 12 years and father of their son, is suddenly incarcerated, leaving her to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis when she’s forced to move in with Miles’ mother Rainey (Helen Hunt) and half-sister Trish (Jaylen Barron). We’ll enjoy a conversation about adapting the concept from film to TV, expanding Ashley and Miles’ world, and the unique musicality of the series, and get an early look at Episode 2 of the series. Blindspotting premieres June 13 on Starz.

    Panelists: Rafael Casal (creator/executive producer/writer), Daveed Diggs (creator/executive producer/writer), Alanna Brown (writer), Nijla Mumin (writer), Priscila Garcia-Jacquier (writer), Benjamin Turner (writer)

    Date: Saturday, June 19


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  • Buying & Selling with 20/20 Hindsight

    Heading in to 2020, the TV business was already facing seismic shifts brought on by multiple factors such as new direct-to-consumer streaming services entering the marketplace, declining ratings for ad-driven outlets, a changing international market, and a reckoning on agency packaging fees, to name a few. Add in an unprecedented global pandemic that halted production on 200 shows overnight, and you’ve got the makings of a disruption that could change TV economics forever. What does the business look like as we emerge from this pandemic and what lies ahead?

    Hear from studio, network, streamer, and production company executives as they reflect on 2020 and predict the future state of buying and selling a TV show in 2021. 

    Panelists: Bryan Seabury (EVP Drama Development, Broadcast and Cable Programming, CBS Television Studios), Kathleen McCaffrey (SVP Programming, HBO), Parul Agrawal (Vice President of Drama Development, Warner Brothers Television), Ali Krug (Vice President, Television, Annapurna TV), Amanda Burrell (President, Team Downey)


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  • CENTRAL PARK presented by Apple TV+

    The star-studded cast and creative team behind Apple’s critically-acclaimed, hit animated musical comedy series, Central Park, will join the festival for a virtual panel and share a first look at the highly anticipated sophomore season premiering June 25 on Apple TV+. In season two, created, written and executive produced by Loren Bouchard, Josh Gad and Nora Smith, the Tillerman family continues to navigate living in and caring for the world’s most famous park.


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  • Channel Changers: A Conversation with TV’s Leaders

    An industry-forward conversation with top network, studio, and streamer executives about the state of the industry, the personal and professional philosophies they bring to their individual brands, and why inclusivity at all levels remains imperative to producing bigger and better storytelling.

    Panelists: Sarah Aubrey (Head of Original Content, HBO Max), Lisa Katz (President, Entertainment Scripted Content, NBCU Television and Streaming), Tina Perry (President, OWN), Karey Burke (President, 20th Television), Christina Davis (President, Original Programming, Starz), Jana Winograde (President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc)

    Moderator: Jessica Radloff, Glamour’s West Coast Editor


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  • DAVID MAKES MAN

    OWN’s original series David Makes Man will host a panel with cast & creatives ahead of its season two premiere, which finds David (Kwame Patterson) in his 30s, a rising businessman facing an opportunity that will change him and his community forever. David Makes Man premieres June 22 on OWN. Season one is available to stream now on HBO Max.

    Panelists: Tarrell Alvin McCraney (creator/executive producer), Dee Harris Lawrence (showrunner/executive producer), Kiel Adrian Scott (director), Kwame Patterson (cast), Akili McDowell (cast)


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  • DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION 20th Anniversary presented by Tubi

    ATX’s Opening Night will include a 20th Anniversary panel for the groundbreaking Canadian series Degrassi: The Next Generation presented by Tubi. Marking 20 years since the series premiere, the panel will feature creatives and cast from across the show’s 14-season run as they revisit iconic storylines and moments from the series, the show’s groundbreaking approach to young adult storytelling, behind-the-scenes stories, and more. All episodes on Degrassi: The Next Generation are currently available to stream free on Tubi.

    Panelists: Linda Schuyler (co-creator/executive producer), Stephen Stohn (executive producer), Stefan Brogren (producer/director/cast), Aislinn Paul (cast), Shane Kippel (cast), Luke Bilyk (cast), Lauren Collins (cast), Munro Chambers (cast), Jake Epstein (cast), Daniel Clark (cast), Andrea Lewis (cast), Christina Schmidt (cast)

    Date: Friday, June 11, 2021 / time TBD


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  • Essential Stories: Medical Series Approach a Real-Life Pandemic presented by Hollywood, Health & Society

    When Coronavirus struck in 2020, not only was the TV industry faced with halting and reimagining  production, but creatives faced the question of whether or not to address the ongoing crisis within the fictional worlds of their shows. For medical series, the question loomed even larger — on one hand, an immense challenge and opportunity to pay tribute to the healthcare workers who remain essential; on the other, risking burn-out from audiences looking to escape reality. In this conversation, we’ll explore the challenges, logistics, and emotional reality of producing a medical drama throughout a pandemic.

    Panelists: Joseph Kay (Showrunner/EP, Transplant), David Schulner (Showrunner/EP, New Amsterdam), Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider (Co-Showrunners/EPs, Chicago Med), Zoanne Clack, M.D. (Writer/EP, Grey’s Anatomy), Amy Holden Jones (Co-Creator/EP, The Resident)

    Moderator:
    Neal Baer, M.D. (Writer/EP, ER)


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  • FAKING IT Reunion

    The reunion of the cancelled-too-soon comedy, Faking It, which ran for three seasons on MTV (2013 – 2016), marks five years since the series finale. We’ll celebrate the show’s impactful LGBTQIA+ representation, including a groundbreaking storyline featuring television’s first intersex main character, with series cast and creatives.

    Panelists: Carter Covington (showrunner/executive producer), Rita Volk (cast), Katie Stevens (cast), Michael Willett (cast), Yvette Monreal (cast), Sophia Ali (cast), additional TBA


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  • Growing Up Is Hard: A New Generation of YA Protagonists

    Being a teenager has always been hard, but the issues they are facing in 2021 are beyond most adults’ comprehension. How these issues are portrayed on TV is as widely varied as the matters themselves and differs greatly depending on the perspective of the protagonist. These YA creators and actors discuss how they approach these stories based on who their character(s) is: their race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic level, religion, etc. And how do each of these elements change how these complex stories are told?


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  • 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)


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  • HACKS presented by HBO Max

    A Conversation with the Creators and Stars of HBO Max’s Hacks: Join Hacks co-creators, co-showrunners and executive producers Lucia Aniello, Jen Statsky and Paul W. Downs, who also acts in the series, as well as stars Hannah Einbinder and Carl Clemons-Hopkins for a conversation unpacking the first season of the Max Original comedy.

    Panelists: Lucia Aniello (co-creator/co-showrunner/executive producer), Jen Statsky (co-creator/co-showrunner/executive producer), Paul W. Downs (co-creator/co-showrunner/executive producer/cast), Hannah Einbinder (cast), Carl Clemons-Hopkins (cast)


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  • HISTORY OF THEM

    ATX will feature History of Them, an unaired pilot from creator, writer, executive producer and ATX Advisory Board Member Gloria Calderón Kellett. Written by Calderón Kellett and directed by Pam Fryman, the semi-autobiographical History of Them was developed in 2018 for CBS and is a multi-cultural ensemble that revolves around two friends, Luna (Ana Villafañe) and Adam (Brett Dier), and how they fell in love, using the couple’s social media accounts as a guide. The pilot screening will be followed by a panel conversation. History of Them is a co-production of Sony Pictures Television and CBS Studios.

    Panelists: Gloria Calderón Kellett (creator/writer/executive producer), Pam Fryman (director), Brett Dier (cast), Ana Villafañe (cast), Caitlin McGee (cast), Chris Powell (cast), Amit Shah (cast), Felix Solis (cast)


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  • 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.


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  • HOME BEFORE DARK

    Creatives and cast of Apple TV+’s dramatic mystery series, Home Before Dark, will join the festival for a virtual panel to discuss the inspiration for the series with Hilde Lysiak, the real life journalist behind the story, the importance of the pursuit of the truth, and the timely themes throughout the series. They will also share an exclusive look from the second season of the critically acclaimed series, premiering June 11 on Apple TV+.

    Panelists: Dana Fox (co-creator/executive producer), Hilde Lysiak (journalist), additional TBA


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  • Horror Anthologies presented by SHUDDER

    AMC Networks’ premium streamer SHUDDER will present a “Horror Anthologies” panel, exploring the modern series that have become successors to classics like Creepshow and Tales of the Crypt, and the ways in which the horror genre is so uniquely suited to the “short story” mode of storytelling.

    Panelists: Greg Nicotero (showrunner/writer/executive producer/director, Creepshow), Tananarive Due (writer, Untitled Black Horror Anthology), Steven Barnes (writer, Untitled Black Horror Anthology), additional TBA


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  • HOUSEBROKEN

    ATX will feature a screening and Q&A with cast and creatives for FOX’s new animated series, HouseBroken, which follows a group of neighborhood pets and stray animals as they work through their issues inside and outside their therapy group.

    Panelists: Clea Duvall (co-creator/actor/executive producer), Jennifer Crittenden (co-creator/executive producer), Gabrielle Allan (co-creator/executive producer), Sharon Horgan (executive producer/actor), Nat Faxon (actor), Sam Richardson (actor), additional TBA


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  • IN TREATMENT presented by HBO

    For the first time, in partnership with HBO and the Television Academy, the festival will feature an official Emmy® Awards For Your Consideration conversation for the new season of In Treatment, which will be available simultaneously for Academy members and Festival attendees on Tuesday, June 15 at 5pm PT/7pm CT.

    Panelists: Jennifer Schuur (co-showrunner/executive producer/writer), Joshua Allen (co-showrunner/executive producer/writer), Uzo Aduba (cast), Anthony Ramos (cast), Quintessa Swindell (cast), John Benjamin Hickey (cast), Liza Colón Zayas (cast)

    Moderator: Dr. Siri Sat Nam

    Date: Tuesday, June 15 at 7:00 pm CT


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  • Indigenize the Narrative presented by The Syndication Project

    Native American and Indigenous storytellers long preceded the days of television, but have largely been excluded from the industry, stereotyped by inauthentic storytelling, or erased from the picture altogether. However, these creatives are changing TV for the better, and reclaiming their long-overdue seat at the table. Join us for a conversation with the Native American and Indigenous actors, writers, directors, and producers that are recentering Indigenous storytelling and producing dynamic TV in the process.

    Panelists: Sierra Teller Ornelas (showrunner/executive producer/co-creator, Rutherford Falls), Sydney Freeland (director, Rutherford Falls, The Wilds), Michael Greyeyes (actor, Rutherford Falls), Kimberly Guerrero (actor, Rutherford Falls, The Wilds), Migizi Pensoneau (writer, Two Sentence Horror Stories, Reservation Dogs)

    Moderator: Vincent Schilling (Indian Country Today)


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  • KEVIN CAN F**K HIMSELF presented by AMC

    AMC will present a conversation with the creator and stars of Kevin Can F**K Himself, exploring the inspiration behind the new dark comedy, the cultural evolution of the sitcom wife, and the unique use of both multi-cam & single-cam formats to examine its character’s inner lives. Kevin Can F**K Himself premieres June 13 on AMC+ and June 20 on AMC.

    Panelists: Valerie Armstrong (creator/executive producer), Annie Murphy (cast), Mary Hollis Inboden (cast)


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  • L.A. CONFIDENTIAL

    The previously announced screening of the unaired pilot episode for L.A. Confidential – based on the neo-noir novel by James Ellroy – will also join this year’s line-up. The episodet, produced by New Regency, Lionsgate and CBS TV Studios for CBS during the 2018 season, follows the paths of three homicide detectives, a female reporter, and a Hollywood actress as they cross paths in 1950s Los Angeles. The screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A conversation with cast and creatives.

    Panelists: Jordan Harper (creator/executive producer), Anna Fricke (executive producer), Michael Dinner (director/executive producer), Brian J. Smith (cast), additional TBA


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  • MYTHIC QUEST presented by Apple TV+

    Apple TV+ will present a marquee conversation with the cast and creatives of the critically hailed workplace comedy Mythic Quest amid the current sophomore season. “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes with a 100% critics rating, the Apple original series releases new episodes every Friday through the June 25 season finale.

    Panelists: Rob McElhenney (co-creator/executive producer/cast), Megan Ganz (co-creator/executive producer), David Hornsby (executive producer/cast), Ashly Burch (series writer/cast), Charlotte Nicdao (cast), F. Murray Abraham (cast), Danny Pudi (cast), Imani Hakim (cast), Jessie Ennis (cast)


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  • New Voices: Launching A First Series

    “New Voices: Launching A First Series”: First-time showrunners Konrad Kay and Mickey Down from HBO’s drama Industry, Crystal Moselle from HBO’s comedy Betty, and Christina Lee from HBO Max’s dark comedy Made for Love discuss the origin stories behind their series, the creative and practical lessons they learned at the helm, and the impact they hope to make in the entertainment industry.

    Panelists: Konrad Kay (Industry), Mickey Down (Industry), Crystal Moselle (Betty), Christina Lee (Made for Love)


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  • OZ: A Retrospective

    A look back at the groundbreaking series Oz, which debuted in 1997 as HBO’s first original one-hour drama. This retrospective will dive into the series’ unique narrative structure and feature a conversation with series cast and creatives.

    Panelists: Tom Fontana (creator/executive producer), Terry Kinney (director/cast), Lee Tergesen (cast), Dean Winters (cast), Harold Perrineau (cast), Kirk Acevedo (cast), additional TBA


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  • Pandemic Proof: Adult Animation

    A look into the resilience of animated series since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Writers, voice actors, and animators will discuss the creative challenges (and advantages) of remote production, and the unique adaptability that allowed these pandemic-proof series to continue creating in the face of an industry-wide shutdown.


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  • SELENA: THE SERIES

    Netflix original Selena: The Series tells the story of iconic Mexican-American singer, international star, and native Texan, Selena Quintanilla. Part 2 of the series, which premieres May 4 on Netflix, chronicles the years of hard work and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigate together as she becomes the most successful female Latin artist of all time. Cast and creatives will discuss the process of the bringing the singer’s lesser-known years to life – as well as her iconic performances – and the ways in which her legacy endures for viewers of all ages.

    Panelists: Moisés Zamora (creator/executive producer), Jaime Dávila (executive producer), Christian Serratos (cast), Ricardo Chavira (cast)


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  • SEX/LIFE

    Get an early look at the first episode of Sex/Life, an upcoming original series from Netflix, which debuts June 25, along with a conversation with executive producers and cast. Sex/Life is the story of a love triangle between a woman, her husband, and her past that takes a provocative new look at female identity and desire.

    Panelists: Stacy Rukeyser (creator/showrunner), J. Miles Dale (executive producer), Sarah Shahi (cast), Adam Demos (cast), Mike Vogel (cast), Margaret Odette (cast)


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  • Showrunner State of the Union

    A wide-ranging conversation with TV’s top showrunners about the current (and future) state of TV, production, and leadership within the industry.

    Panelists: Angela Kang (showrunner/executive producer, The Walking Dead), Steven Canals (showrunner/executive producer/director, Pose), Michael Waldron (head writer/executive producer, Loki), Courtney Lilly (showrunner / executive producer, black-ish), Robin Thede (creator/showrunner/executive producer/actor, A Black Lady Sketch Show)


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  • SMALL AXE with Steve McQueen presented by Amazon

    Amazon Prime Video will present an in-depth look at Small Axe, the critically acclaimed anthology series based on the real-life experiences of London’s West Indian community set between the late 1960s to the mid-1980s. Series creator, co-writer, co-editor, director and executive producer, Steve McQueen will be joined by writer/director/producer Channing Godfrey Peoples for a one-on-one conversation and exploration of the five films that comprise the series.

    Panelist: Steve McQueen

    Moderator: Channing Godfrey Peoples


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  • SPEECH & DEBATE: LEGACY

    On the independent track, we’ll premiere the third installment in the original short-form comedy series Speech & Debate, written by Kamen Edwards and directed by Cassandra Jean Amell. Amell and Edwards will be joined by cast members to discuss the newest episode, Speech & Debate: Legacy, as well as the process of creating independent content with friends & collaborators during a pandemic.

    Panelists: Kamen Edwards (writer), Cassandra Jean Amell (director), Stephen Amell (cast), Aisha Tyler (cast), John Barrowman (cast)


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  • 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)


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  • THE BOLD TYPE

    Freeform’s The Bold Type will feature a farewell panel with cast & creatives to mark the series’ final episodes and reflect on its five-season run. The final season of The Bold Type premieres May 26th on Freeform.

    Panelists: Wendy Straker Hauser (showrunner/executive producer), Katie Stevens (cast), Aisha Dee (cast), Meghann Fahy (cast), Melora Hardin (cast), Stephen Conrad Moore (cast)


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  • 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)


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  • 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)


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  • 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)


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  • 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)


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  • The Queer Gaze

    An in-depth conversation with creators, writers and directors about producing authentically Queer stories, pushing TV beyond the lens of heteronormativity, and the urgency of creating a more inclusive Queer canon for modern LGBTQ+ audiences.

    Panelists: Josh Feldman (Showrunner/EP/Actor, This Close), Silas Howard (Director, Dickinson), Brian Tanen (Showrunner/EP, Love, Victor), Lisa France (Director, Queen Sugar)

    Moderator: Tanya Saracho (Showrunner/EP/Director, Vida)


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  • THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH presented by The CW

    A panel for the upcoming summer series The Republic of Sarah presented by The CW, will include an early look at episode two. The Republic of Sarah focuses on rebellious high school history teacher Sarah Cooper (Stella Baker), who, when faced with the destruction of her town at the hands of a greedy mining company, utilizes an obscure cartographical loophole to declare independence. Now Sarah must lead a young group of misfits as they attempt to start their own country from scratch. The Republic of Sarah is a production of CBS Television Studios in association with Fulwell 73 and Black Lamb, and premieres June 14 on The CW.

    Panelists: Jeffrey Paul King (creator/showrunner/executive producer), Kat Candler (director), Stella Baker (cast), Luke Mitchell (cast), Hope Lauren (cast), Nia Holloway (cast), Ian Duff (cast)


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  • THE WHITE LOTUS presented by HBO

    Our Closing Night World Premiere Screening and Conversation will feature HBO’s forthcoming limited series from Mike White (Enlightened), The White Lotus. A social satire set at an exclusive Hawaiian resort, the six-episode limited series follows the vacations of various hotel guests over the span of a week as they relax and rejuvenate in paradise. But with each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travelers, the hotel’s cheerful employees and the idyllic locale itself. Filmed on the island of Maui, The White Lotus will World Premiere at ATX TV Festival, then debut on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max on Sunday, July 11.

    Panelists: Mike White (creator/director/executive producer), additional TBA

    Date: Saturday, June 19 at 7:00 pm CT

    Please note, this event will only be available to attendees in the United States and has an audience capacity.


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  • TITANS presented by HBO Max

    Attendees will also get a look into the process of constructing a superhero series with a conversation featuring the creative team behind the upcoming third season of the Max Original Titans.

    Panelists: Greg Walker (showrunner), Boris Mojsovski (director/cinematographer), Ian Brock (production designer), Laura Jean (“LJ”) Shannon (costume designer)


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  • 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?


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  • ULTRA CITY SMITHS presented by AMC+

    AMC+ will present a first look at Ultra City Smiths – an all-new series that unfolds via the stop-motion animation of baby dolls repurposed as a grown-up cast of all-star characters. Ultra City Smiths centers on an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Ultra City’s most famous magnate and the two intrepid detectives following the case, rallying to fight against their city’s dangerous corruption, at a high cost to themselves and their families, all in pursuit of a gentler place to call home. The series is created by Steve Conrad (Perpetual Grace Ltd.), who will join the all-star cast for a Q&A and first look at the series. Ultra City Smiths premieres July 22 on AMC+.

    Panelists: Steve Conrad (creator), additional TBA


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  • WALKER Music Showcase presented by The CW

    The Walker Music Showcase presented by The CW will be hosted by stars Odette Annable and Lindsey Morgan, and include live performances by artists featured in the series and a celebration of filming in Austin.

    Panelists: Odette Annable (cast), Lindsey Morgan (cast)

    Date: Sunday, June 20, 2021 / time TBD


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  • WE ARE LADY PARTS

    The creator and cast of We Are Lady Parts, a new original comedy from Peacock and Channel 4, will join the festival for a conversation about the show’s first season. The series chronicles the highs and lows of a Muslim female punk band – “Lady Parts” – as seen through the eyes of Amina Hussain (Anjana Vasan), a geeky microbiology PhD student on the lookout for love who is recruited to be their unlikely lead guitarist.

    Panelists: Nida Manzoor (creator/writer/director), Anjana Vasan (cast), Sarah Kameela Impey (cast), Juliette Motamed (cast), Faith Omole (cast), Lucie Shorthouse (cast)


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  • 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)


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  • YOUNGER

    Paramount+ series Younger will return to ATX for a conversation following its series finale on June 10, marking the series’ sixth appearance at the festival! The panel, featuring series costume designer Jackie Demeterio alongside cast members, will include a deep dive into the fashion featured on the series, and how the show’s style informed and evolved alongside its characters over the years.

    Panelist: Jackie Demeterio (costume designer), additional TBA


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  • ZIWE presented by SHOWTIME®

    SHOWTIME® presents a marquee conversation spotlighting Ziwe, the upcoming late-night variety show created by and starring the series titular writer, comedian, actor, singer, influencer, activist, and host Ziwe. The conversation will provide a one-of-a-kind look into the world of Ziwe, Ziwe’s rise from social media breakout to network legend, and her ability to harness the chaotic but essential art of making white people uncomfortable.

    Panelist: Ziwe


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**Panelist appearances/schedules are based on availability and are not guaranteed. All Programming and Events are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice.**