David Simon Panel Among ATX Festival 2018 Lineup

The Austin-based TV fest has announced its upcoming schedule, which includes a conversation honoring the 'Deuce' showrunner.
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ATX Television Festival has announced its 2018 lineup.

Headlining the TV fest, which is set to run June 7-10 in Austin, Texas, is a conversation with The Deuce showrunner David Simon, celebrating his 20 years of work with HBO. The prolific show creator behind The Wire, Treme and Show Me a Hero will be joined by his Blown Deadline producing partner Nina K. Noble, as well as frequent castmember Clarke Peters. The three will discuss their decades-long partnership producing some of TV’s most memorable dramas on the cable network.

In other festival programming at ATX, OWN will hold two screenings and Q&A’s for Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar, which returns for a third season this summer, as well as the new Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil’s new dramedy Love Is ___, debuting this summer. Cast and producers attending for both panels will be announced at a later date. In addition, Paramount Network will hold a screening and Q&A of its upcoming series American Woman, from executive producer John Wells, co-executive producer Kyle Richards and actresses Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari and Jennifer Bartels.

Freeform will host a panel on the Evolution of Millennial Programming, featuring a conversation with programming executives and show creators about the network’s push to bridge the generational gap between Millennial and Generation Z viewers through their slate of shows, which includes Grown-ish, The Fosters, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger and The Bold Type. The latter series will have its season-two premiere screening at the fest, followed by a Q&A featuring the show’s cast and producers.

Elsewhere, Comedy Central staple Drunk History will return to ATX with an interactive panel featuring creator and host Derek Waters, along with special guests from the show that will be announced at a later date and an early look at the remainder of the series' fifth season.

AT&T Audience Network will host a screening and Q&A of its new spy thriller series Condor, which follows a young CIA analyst who stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions. 

ATX will also feature a screening of the independent pilot Everyone Is Doing Great, followed by a Q&A with writer-director-actor James Lafferty and writer-actor Stephen Colletti. The pair will discuss their decision to take a non-traditional approach to producing and shopping the half-hour comedy, which is executive produced by Ian and Eshom Nelms, Michelle Lang and Johnny Derango.

Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher from Seeso comedy Take My Wife will also join the festival for panel discussions and programming. 

Those panels join the previously announced Nash Bridges writers room reunion with Carlton Cuse, Glen Mazzara, John Wirth, Shawn Ryan and Pam Veasey, as well as the thirtysomething reunion with creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz and castmembers Ken Olin, Tim Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron and David Clennon.