ATX Television Festival Announces Lineup for June 4 – 7th
I know where TV fans will be this summer; in Austin, Texas for the ATX Televison Festival, June 4 – 7th. My favorite festival of the year is going to have its biggest and best lineup ever (and that is saying a lot). It was announced this week that they will be opening the festival with the premiere of USA Network’s new original drama series “Complications,” from creator and executive producer Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”), who will be joined by cast members Beth Riesgraf (“Leverage”) and “Gossip Girl’s” Jessica Szohr.
As a presenting network sponsor of this year’s festival, USA will also host the season five premiere of “Suits,” along with a previously announced panel for their comedy series “Playing House,” featuring stars and creators Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham.
The big panel everyone has been waiting for is the “Gilmore Girls” reunion. Creator/ Executive Producer Amy Sherman-Palladino and the girls themselves, Lauren Graham (Lorelai), Alexis Bledel (Rory) and Kelly Bishop (Emily) will be joined on stage with practically the whole cast including the CW’s “Supernatural” star Jared Padalecki.
The other big news is that “Dawson’s Creek” creator Kevin Williamson, who is part of the previously announced “Dawson’s Creek” writer’s room reunion, will present a special “Dawson’s Creek” pilot script reading, the first of its kind for ATX, with special surprise guests reading the roles. The great thing about the ATX Television Festival is they always have their surprises, just to add to the excitement.
Other shows being highlighted are “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Fosters,” “Girl Meets World,” “Justified,” ”Boomtown,” and my favorite, part of ATX’s “Cancelled Too Soon” series, “Bunheads.”
This year’s Achievement in Television Excellence Award recipient, television legend James L. Brooks, responsible for bringing us such classic TV shows as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Taxi,” and “The Simpsons.” Presenting the award to Mr. Brooks will be ATX Television Festival Co-Executive Directors and Founders Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson. He will also participate in a conversation spanning his career hosted by Phil Rosenthal, and a panel on the unique 27-year history and evolution of “The Simpsons” with producers and writers Al Jean, Matt Selman and David Silverman. This marks the second year this award has been given; last year’s recipient was television icon Henry Winkler.
And their not done yet! Additional programming, panels and panelists will be announced at a later date. It’s going to be a great festival, and I guarantee that every attendee will have the time of their lives!