12:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'Alias' Writers Reunion, 'Parks and Rec' Added to ATX Festival Lineup
Alias and Parks and Recreation are headed to Texas.
A writers reunion for the Jennifer Garner spy drama and a screening for the NBC comedy are among the panels that have been added to the lineup for the sixth annual festival.
Taking place June 8-11 in Austin, Texas, the festival will also feature a panel for Netflix's Grace and Frankie. Showrunners Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, The Game) and Amanda Lasher, along with her Sweet/Vicious creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, will make their festival debuts.
The Alias writers room reunion will include writers Ken Olin, Lawrence Trilling, Sarah Caplan, Monica Breen, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum. Creator J.J. Abrams is not listed yet, but additional panelists are expected to be announced at a later date.
Following in the footsteps of Friday Night Lights' frequent screenings at the festival, the Parks and Recreation screening will include live music, food and drink from local vendors and additional activities inspired by Pawnee's annual Harvest Festival. The event is set for June 9 at Hotel San Jose.
ATX advisory board member Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy) will present a panel titled "The Anti Hero: History of an American Myth,” examining pop culture's revered and reviled male antihero, from its colonial storytelling origin to its well-documented popularity in TV's "golden age," and its current impact on society.
Marta Kauffman (Friends) will return to the festival with fellow producers from her Okay Goodnight! banner, Robbie Rowe Tollin and Hannah K.S. Canter, for a discussion with the creative team behind Netflix's Grace and Frankie.
Paul Scheer (The League) will host a screening and conversation about the independent pilot process, covering the intricacies and decisions behind the departure from the traditional “pitch, pilot, pickup” model.
Other returning talent includes ATX advisory board members David Hudgins (Shut Eye), Liz Tigelaar (Casual), Graham Yost (Sneaky Pete), Michael Rauch (Royal Pains) and Kathleen McCaffrey, vp programming at HBO.
Previously announced panels for the sixth edition of the festival include cast reunions for Designing Women and Northern Exposure; retrospectives for Evening Shade and Hearts Afire; canceled-too-soon panels for The Black Donnellys and The Middleman; and returning panelists Beau Willimon (House of Cards), and Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond).