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NBC’s New Amsterdam, The CW’s Nancy Drew and a conversation with network presidents are among the confirmed panels for the at-home version of the ATX Television Festival.
The festival scrapped its ninth in-person edition in April due to the coronavirus pandemic. In its place, co-founders Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson are programming a remotely produced event they’re calling ATX TV … From the Couch, to take place June 5-7.
The festival was slated to feature reunions of the casts and creators of Scrubs and Cougar Town. Those events have been pushed to 2021, but Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and stars Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley and Judy Reyes will have a video conversation during the virtual fest, as will Cougar Town‘s Busy Philipps and Christa Miller.
Other confirmed panels for ATX TV … From the Couch include Freeform’s The Bold Type, Starz’s P-Valley, HBO’s Perry Mason, a Justified retrospective and a discussion among several Latinx creators and showrunners. Panels featuring Disney+, HBO Max, FX, AMC Networks, HBO and Peacock are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Registration for the festival has opened.
The panel lineup is below. This story will be updated as more events are added.
The Mandalorian filmmakers: Discussion of the Disney+ series with directors Jon Favreau, Taika Waititi, Deborah Chow, Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard and Rick Famuyiwa.
The Good Lord Bird: Sneak peek of the Showtime limited series based on James McBride’s award-winning novel, followed by a discussion with author and executive producer McBride, star and exec producer Ethan Hawke and star Joshua Caleb Johnson.
Perry Mason: A first look and at HBO’s limited series starring Matthew Rhys as the title character, a private investigator in 1932 Los Angeles, followed by a panel discussion. Panelists TBD.
Outcry: Executive producer Pat Kondelis will discuss the five-part docuseries about a high school football player from Cedar Park, Texas (a suburb of Austin) who was convicted of sexual assault and the eventual questioning of his investigation and prosecution. Kondelis will discuss the case, its effect on the community and how it impacted the conversation about criminal justice reform.
Legendary: The HBO Max competition series pulling from the ballroom community will present an “extravaganza” showcasing the series and cast. Panelists TBD.
Search Party: A virtual table read and sneak peak of the third season of the TBS-turned-HBO Max series. Confirmed panelists include executive producers Charles Rogers and Sarah-Violet Bliss and cast members Alia Shawkat, Meredith Hagner, John Early, John Reynolds and Brandon Micheal Hall.
Justified: A series retrospective with creator Graham Yost, executive producers Michael Dinner and Sarah Timberman and stars Timothy Olyphant and Joelle Carter.
Live With One Chicago: Presented by Peacock and Wolf Entertainment, the panel will discuss the interconnected NBC franchise (whose catalog will be part of the streaming service’s offerings). Chicago Fire showrunner Derek Haas, Fire star Jesse Spencer and Chicago PD star LaRoyce Hawkins are confirmed, with additional panelists TBD.
Psych: Ahead of the show’s second feature film (premiering on Peacock), creator Steve Franks, exec producer Chris Henze and stars James Roday, Dulé Hill, Kirsten Nelson, Maggie Lawson and Corbin Bernsen will discuss the series and reuniting for the movie.
One Day at a Time: The women of the Pop TV series — co-creator Gloria Calderón Kellett and stars Justina Machado, Rita Moreno and Isabella Gomez — will discuss the show’s upcoming animated episode.
Torchlighters: Five women in high positions in the creative community will introduce five up-and-coming voices and discuss forming a support system and using networks to help empower other women. Confirmed panelists include Jessica Rhoades (Sharp Objects, Dirty John), Marti Noxon (Sharp Objects, Dietland), Tanya Saracho (Vida), HBO’s Francesca Orsi, Lindsey Villareal (Vida) and Erika L. Johnson (The Good Lord Bird), with others TBD.
Little Fires Everywhere: Inside the writers room of the Hulu limited series with showrunner Liz Tigelaar, co-executive producer/writer Attica Locke, co-EP/writer Raamla Mohamed, co-EP/writer Amy Talkington, co-EP/writer Nancy Won, writer/producer Shannon Houston, writer/producer Harris Danow and writer/producer Rosa Handelman.
New Amsterdam: Cast (including Ryan Eggold and Jocko Sims) and creatives (including EPs Peter Horton and David Foster and writer-consulting producer Erika Green Swafford), plus a representative from the American Heart Association, will discuss using fiction to navigate conversations about health care issues.
Nancy Drew: Stars Kennedy McMann and Scott Wolf, creator Noga Landau and showrunner Melinda Hsu Taylor will celebrate the character’s 90th anniversary and lasting influence in popular culture.
The Bold Type: An early look at the show’s summer debut (set for June 11), followed by a conversation with stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee and Meghann Fahy and showrunner Wendy Straker-Hauser.
P-Valley: Exclusive first look at the Starz drama set in and around a strip club in the Mississippi Delta, from creator and showrunner Katori Hall. It will be followed by a conversation with cast and creatives; panelists TBD.
Channel Changers: A Conversation with TV’s Presidents: HBO Max’s Sarah Aubrey, NBC’s Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, OWN’s Tina Perry and Showtime’s Jana Winograde about the state of the business, the personal professional philosophies they bring to their brands and inclusivity at all levels. Additional panelists TBD.
Celebrating Authentic Stories: A conversation about the continued push for positive Latinx representation onscreen featuring Gloria Calderón Kellett (One Day at a Time), Tanya Saracho (Vida), Steven Canals (Pose) and Ilana Peña (Diary of a Future President).
The Pivot: Presented by the Television Academy, the panel will feature writers, producers and executives discussing the innovative ways series continue to create in unprecedented circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. HBO Max executive vp original drama Joey Chavez is confirmed to take part, with additional panelists to be announced.
Election Year Issues With the ACLU: Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, and creatives will discuss TV’s approach to covering voter suppression and other critical issues. Panelists TBD.
Addiction and Mental Health With Hollywood, Health & Society: USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center’s Hollywood, Health & Society will present a panel on mental health and addiction narratives, exploring the ways that these issues impact our communities, families and ourselves. Panelists TBD.
The End: Panel discussion with showrunners whose series ended or are ending in 2020. Confirmed panelists are Jason Rothenberg (The 100) and Martin Gero (Blindspot), with others TBD.
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