12:00pm PT by Rick Porter
ATX TV Festival: Full Guide to Season 8 Programming (So Far)
Mid-2000s nostalgia will be in full swing at the eighth edition of the ATX Television Festival.
The annual "TV camp for grown-ups" in Austin will feature reunions of two shows that premiered in the aughts: ABC's Men in Trees (2006), subject of a "Canceled Too Soon" panel, and ABC Family's (now Freeform) Greek, which ran from 2007-11. Events for the recently canceled Netflix comedy One Day at a Time and the soon-to-be-revived Veronica Mars are also on tap, among many others.
The fest also will include a panel with three Hollywood unions, a discussion about sex scenes and the usual mix of screenings and industry panels.
The ATX Television Festival is set to run June 6-9. Below is a list of panels announced so far. This post will be updated as more sessions are confirmed.
Most Likely to Make You Laugh: A conversation with stars of NBC's comedies including D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place), Lauren Ash (Superstore) and Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), moderated by The Good Place and Nine-Nine's Marc Evan Jackson.
Undone: Premiere screening of the Amazon series starring Rosa Salazar and Bob Odenkirk that uses rotoscope animation and other mediums to tell its story, followed by Q&A with creators Kate Purdy and Raphael-Bob Waksberg (BoJack Horseman) and director Hisko Hulsing.
Younger: Screening of the season six premiere and conversation with cast and creatives; panelists TBD.
The Good Place: The Podcast: A deep dive into the NBC comedy's official companion podcast with host Marc Evan Jackson and series star D'Arcy Carden.
A Playwright Walks Into a Writers Room …: Writers and executives who made the transition from stage to TV talk about how they did it. Featuring Liz Meriwether (Single Parents, Bless This Mess), Beau Willimon (House of Cards), Tanya Saracho (Vida), Alexander Woo (The Terror: Infamy) and Bad Robot senior vp of television Rachel Rusch.
Refugee narratives: In partnership with Amnesty International, a conversation with writers and advocates about restoring agency to refugees and asylum seekers through inclusive representation and humanist narratives. Panelists include Krista Vernoff (Grey's Anatomy) and Alexander Woo (The Terror: Infamy).
Roswell, New Mexico: Panel discussion with creator Carina Adly MacKenzie, EP Julie Plec and cast members Michael Vlamis, Lily Cowles, Heather Hemmens, Trevor St. John and Karan Ober.
Better With Age: Growing Older on TV: Panel with Hollywood Health & Society exploring later-in-life narratives and the senior experience on TV. Featuring writers Sarah Thompson (How to Get Away With Murder) and Mike Royce (One Day at a Time) and actress Mimi Kennedy (Mom).
TV Under the Stars: Free outdoor screenings June 7 at the Hotel San Jose featuring episodes of NBC's Superstore, The Good Place and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, introduced by Superstore's Lauren Ash.
Breaking the Stigma: Mental Health on TV: A conversation about destigmatizing mental health and mental illness through story and visibility with Stephen Falk (You're the Worst), Mike Royce, actor/ATX advisory board member Arielle Kebbel and additional panelists TBD.
Euphoria: HBO's summer series will serve as the opening-night screening and panel on June 6. Creator Sam Levinson will be joined by stars Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Barbie Ferreira and Eric Dane.
Grey's Anatomy: The powerful consent episode will be screened, followed by a panel with showrunner Krista Vernoff and episode writer Elisabeth R. Finch and stars Camilla Luddington and Kim Raver.
Grown-ish: A new episode of Freeform's Black-ish spinoff will screen followed by a panel with stars Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Emily Arlook and Jordan Buhat and exec producer Craig Doyle.
City on a Hill: Closing-night screening and panel for the upcoming Showtime drama with showrunner Tom Fontana, creator Chuck MacLean, EP Jennifer Todd and stars Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Mark O'Brien and Jill Hennessy.
Yellowstone: World premiere screening of the season two debut of the Paramount Network drama, followed by a panel discussion with cast members Luke Grimes, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille and Gil Birmingham.
Archer: A special episode from the 10th season will screen followed by exec producers Matt Thompson, actor H. Jon Benjamin, and fellow creatives Chad Hurd and Taylor Parris.
The League reunion: Creators Jeff and Jackie Schaffer and stars Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, Stephen Rannazzisi and Jason Mantzoukas come together to discuss their FX series about friendship and fantasy football.
Mental health and television: You're the Worst creator Stephen Falk will be part of a discussion with writers, producers and advocates working to destigmatize the conversation around mental health and mental illness through story and visibility. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.
One Day at a Time: A screening and discussion of the series — which is searching for a new home after three seasons on Netflix — with executive producer Mike Royce and stars Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez, Todd Grinnell and Stephen Tobolowsky.
Veronica Mars: Discussion about the show's upcoming revival on Hulu with members of the cast and creative team. Panelists include creator Rob Thomas and cast members Jason Dohring and Enrico Colantoni; additional participants TBD.
The Power of Female Partnerships: Presented by Vanity Fair, the panel will explore personal and professional friendships between women in the industry who partnered at the beginning their careers, or further along the way, to help create a culture of empowerment. Panelists include Good Girls creator Jenna Bans and star Retta, Spyglass Media Group's Lauren Whitney, WME's Cori Wellins and co-presidents of scripted programming at NBC Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta.
Letterkenny: Screening of the cult Canadian comedy and Q&A with director/actor/executive producer Jacob Tierney, EP Mark Montefiore and cast members Nathan Dales, Michelle Mylett and K. Trevor Wilson.
Into the Dark: Culture Shock: Screening of the July installment of Blumhouse TV and Hulu's monthly horror anthology and Q&A with director and co-writer Gigi Saul Guerrero and cast members; addtional panelists TBD.
Greek reunion: Creator Patrick Sean Smith will be joined by castmembers Spencer Grammer, Amber Stevens West, Jacob Zachar, Dilshad Vadsaria and Paul James and executive producers Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan. Additional panelists to be announced.
Atypical: Panel discussion about the Netflix series with creator/showrunner Robia Rashid and additional panelists TBD.
Perpetual Grace, LTD: Pilot screening of the upcoming Epix series and Q&A with executive producers Steve Conrad and Bruce Terris and castmembers to be announced.
Scene Partners & Roommates: A one-on-one discussion between Margo Martindale and Shane McRae, who work together on Amazon's Sneaky Pete.
Tremors: An inside look at the pilot of the 2018 reboot that didn't make it to series, featuring a partial script reading and discussion with writer/exec producer Andrew James Miller, exec producer Jessica Rhoades and castmembers Kevin Bacon, Toks Olagundoye, P.J. Byrne, Emily Tremaine and Haley Tju. Additional panelists TBD.
Presidents of the Guilds: SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, Writers Guild of America, West president David A. Goodman and Directors Guild of America president Thomas Schlamme will discuss the state of television; the ongoing fights for equal pay and equal opportunity; safety standards; and the importance of fostering a creative culture.
Inside the Writers Room: Vida: Creator/showrunner Tanya Saracho and writers Jenniffer Gomez and Gladys Rodriguez of the Starz series' all-Latinx writing staff will discuss their approach to storytelling.
The House That Horror Built: Blumhouse TV co-presidents Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold offer a case study in how the company built on its foundation of low-budget horror films to expand its presence into television and other media.
Men in Trees reunion: The 2006-08 ABC dramedy's cast and writers will reunite. Confirmed panelists include creator Jenny Bicks, writer/co-executive producer Anna Fricke, writer/producer Chris Dingess, producer Antonia Ellis and castmembers James Tupper, Emily Bergl, Suleka Mathew, Cynthia Stevenson and Lauren Tom.
Let's Talk About Sex (Scenes): Moderated by writer and showrunner Glen Mazzara (Damien, The Shield), the panel, featuring Vida's Saracho and actress Nicki Micheaux (Animal Kingdom, Colony), will look at ways to empower writers and actors and ways to create a safe environment when filming intimate scenes.
Everyone Is Doing Great: Screening and Q&A of the indie series from former One Tree Hill star James Lafferty.
Good Trouble: An early look at season two of Freeform's The Fosters spinoff with showrunner Joanna Johnson, star Maia Mitchell and more panelists TBD.
Dare Me: Pilot screening of the upcoming USA Network series based on Megan Abbott's novel about the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading. Followed by a Q&A with showrunners Abbott and Gina Fattore, plus more panelists TBD.
Sherman's Showcase: Premiere screening of the IFC sketch-comedy series and Q&A with creators Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin (The Last O.G., Late Night With Jimmy Fallon) and other panelists TBD.
Alternatino: Screening of the forthcoming Comedy Central sketch series and Q&A with creator and star Arturo Castro.
Casting Anthologies: A look at the challenges and excitement of casting episodic and season-long anthology series presented by the Casting Society of America. Casting directors Sherry Thomas (The Twilight Zone), Rachel Tenner (Fargo), and Carrie Audino (The Terror) are confirmed to attend.
Award in Television eXcellence: The 2019 honoree is Phylicia Rashad, who will take part in an intimate conversation spanning her career. Past honorees are Henry Winkler, James L. Brooks, Norman Lear and Marcy Carsey.
David Makes Man: Pilot screening of the OWN series and Q&A with showrunner Dee Harris-Lawrence and cast members Phylicia Rashad and Akili McDowell.
Los Espookys: Premiere screening of the mostly Spanish-language HBO comedy and Q&A with creators and stars Fred Armisen, Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega.
The Terror: Infamy: A panel discussion about producing season two of the AMC anthology, set at a Japanese internment camp during World War II, with co-creator and showrunner Alexander Woo and star and consultant George Takei.
A League of Their Own: 35 Years of Culture Defining Television on Lifetime: A panel feature Lifetime executives Tanya Lopez and Gena McCarthy and producers Kim Raver, Tamra Simmons and Jamie Denbo examining the cable network's impact on the culture and the importance of narratives shaped by and for women.
The Female Gaze: A conversation with writers and directors reclaiming female agency by figuratively and literally shifting viewers' perspectives from the "male" default. Panelists include Kim Raver and Tanya Saracho; additional participants TBD.
Grand Hotel: Premiere episode screening of ABC's summer drama and Q&A with stars Demian Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez and EPs Brian Tanen and Ben Spector.
Grief and the Messiness of Loss: Panel discussion about series, whether drama, comedy or horror, that have tackled the topic of grief. Panelists include Kit Steinkellner (Sorry for Your Loss), Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House) and Julie Plec (Legacies); others TBD.
Fear the Walking Dead: Advance screening of season five's second episode, followed by Q&A with producers and cast. Panelists TBD.
Drunk History: A conversation with creator, executive producer and host Derek Waters, with special guests to be announced.
Broken News: How Vice News Tonight on HBO Wants to Reclaim the Next Generation of TV Viewers: Vice News executive vp Josh Tyrangiel and Vice News Tonight climate correspondent Arielle Duhaime-Ross discuss how the show engages the next generation of news consumers and the mechanics of reaching a young audience.
Making Criminal Justice Matter: Presented by the ACLU, a discussion among writers and producers about ensuring authentic representations of criminal justice issues on screen. Panelists include Sunil Nayar (The Red Line), Joanna Johnson (Good Trouble) and Anthony Sparks (Queen Sugar), moderated by the ACLU's Twyla Carter. Additional panelists TBD.
Resistance, Inclusion and Creating Authentic Muslim Narratives: Presented by the Muslim Public Affairs Council's Hollywood bureau about the efforts among MPAC consultants and creatives and executives in the industry to raise the quality and quantity of Muslim representation. Panelists include Roswell, New Mexico showrunner Carina Adly MacKenzie, actress Nikohl Boosheri (The Bold Type) and MPAC's Sue Obeidi.
Individual panelists confirmed for the fest include Hulu executive Beatrice Springborn; Sharp Objects exec producer Jessica Rhoades; Kyle Killen, showrunner of Showtime's upcoming Halo series; East Los High exec producers Maurico Mota and Katie Elmore Mota; and House of Cards creator and festival regular Beau Willimon.