ATX Television Festival, the four-day celebration of all things TV that takes place in Austin every June, is entering its 6th season, and this will be my 6th year covering it. It's a seriously cool, one-of-a-kind festival, and I urge all TV nerds with the means to pick up a badge and attend. This year is shaping up to have really strong programming: in addition to reunions of such great, classic shows as Northern Exposure and Designing Women, an Alias Writers' Room reunion and a panel with Sweet/Vicious creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and showrunner Amanda Lasher, there's going to be a Parks and Recreation-inspired Harvest Festival and outdoor screening!
And today they announced several more additions to the lineup, including an opening night screening of FX's new show Snowfall, a panel with The Americans showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, screenings of Fargo and Fear the Walking Dead, Girls and Leftovers panels, and - what I'm most excited for here - a conversation with the creatives behind Freeform's Pretty Little Liars and the upcoming Famous in Love.
Read on for the press release, and get your badges here.
ATX Television Festival announces additional panels and programming for year six of the festival, which will take place June 8-11, 2017, in Austin, Texas.
FX’s new series “Snowfall” will be the festival’s Opening Night screening this year, followed by a panel discussion with producers and stars of the show. In addition, FX’s Emmy nominated series “The Americans” will hold a panel with co-showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields. FX will also screen an all-new episode from the third installment of their critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning series “Fargo,” followed by a conversation with creator/executive producer Noah Hawley.
ATX will hold their first-ever Network Presidents panel, featuring Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment; Craig Erwich, SVP, Head of Content, Hulu; Casey Bloys, President, HBO Programming; and Nick Grad, President of Original Programming at FX. Additional panelists may be added at a later date. These “Powers That Be” will discuss topics such as the mounting pressures of defining their brands while maintaining and growing their audiences, the changing models of picking up and distributing series, and creating content that pushes the medium forward in an ever-diversifying landscape.
AMC will debut a new episode of the hit series “Fear the Walking Dead,” followed by a Q&A with executive producers and cast. The network will also screen the season one finale of their upcoming series “The Son,” based on the acclaimed novel by Philipp Meyer, with attending cast and creatives to be announced at a later date.
HBO’s critically-acclaimed series “The Leftovers” will hold a panel with executive producers Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, and Mimi Leder following the series finale which airs June 4, to discuss the creative collaboration that led to the show’s final season. In addition, Mark Duplass will join ATX for a Q&A and sneak peek screening of his new HBO comedy “Room 104,” which he created and executive produces with his brother Jay Duplass. “Room 104” will air this summer on HBO. “Girls” will also celebrate its final season with a panel featuring Vice President of HBO Programming, Kathleen McCaffrey; casting director Jennifer Euston; and cast members Alex Karpovsky and Ebon Moss-Bachrach.
USA will screen their comedy “Playing House” for the first time at ATX, with creators, executive producers, writers and stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham. “Playing House” is produced by Universal Cable Productions.
FOX will screen an episode of their hit comedy “The Mick,” followed by a Q&A with cast and producers, who will be announced at a later date.
This year’s festival will also feature a conversation with the creatives behind Freeform’s long-running hit “Pretty Little Liars” and upcoming series “Famous In Love,” including creator/executive producer I. Marlene King and co-executive producer Lisa Cochran-Neilan. Along with the panel discussion, the new series “Famous in Love” will be screened, as well as an exclusive clip from the penultimate episode of “Pretty Little Liars.” Freeform will also premiere their new series “The Bold Type,” followed by a Q&A with executive producer Sarah Watson and co-executive producer Holly Whidden. Attending cast will be announced at a later date.
MTV will host a panel on the History of MTV Reality Series, exploring the network’s role in the birth of reality television as we know it today, and the evolution of the genre, from staples such as “Real World” and “Road Rules,” to “Teen Mom” and “Jersey Shore.” The discussion will feature MTV’s Executive Vice President and Head of Unscripted and Reality Programming, Nina Diaz; executive producer Jon Murray (“Real World,” “The Challenge,” “Road Rules”); executive producer Sally Ann Salsano (“Jersey Shore”); executive producer Morgan J. Freeman (“Teen Mom”); and executive producer Adam DiVello (“The Hills”).
AT&T's AUDIENCE Network will premiere their new original Fall comedy series “Loudermilk,” followed by a Q&A with creator/executive producer Peter Farrelly, writer Bobby Mort, and cast members Ron Livingston and Will Sasso.
truTV will join ATX for the first time, to premiere its upcoming scripted comedy series “I’m Sorry,” followed by a Q&A with creator, executive producer and star Andrea Savage, who will be joined by co-star Tom Everett Scott, executive producer Jessica Elbaum, and showrunner Joey Slamon. In addition, the network will produce a live showcase of its new series “Talk Show the Game Show,” with host/comedian Guy Branum, and an exclusive panel of special guest judges and competitors.
ABC’s “October Road” will reunite to celebrate the show’s 10-year anniversary, with creators Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg, along with cast Odette Annable, Geoff Stults, Rebecca Field, Lindy Booth, Jay Paulson and Evan Jones. Additional cast will be announced at a later date.