My absolute favorite festival is just around the corner! The 6th Annual ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX is just around the corner, happening on June 8 – 11th, 2017. The ATX Television Festival is unlike any other festival out there celebrating the wonderful world of television. The Festival proudly celebrates not only current and future television shows, but it also spotlights classic shows, never aired pilots, canceled too soon series, cult favorites, web series and classic Saturday morning programming. The festival is not only geared toward the television fan but also toward the person that is or wants to work in the television industry. The panels range in topics from “behind the scenes” looks at your favorite series, to more technical topics on where the medium is headed and how technology and “where we are watching” effects content.  Ultimately, ATX Television Festival has the goal of serving both the community and industry professionals equally by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV together.

"Royal Pains" Panel - ATX Television Festival

Photo by Mike McKinney

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Highlights of this year’s festival include:

Battlestar Galactica Reunion (Sat 6/10):

Panelists include Writer/Creator/Director Ronald D. Moore and cast members Edward James Olmos, Katee Sackhoff, Mary McDonnell, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, James Callis, and Michael Trucco.  The panel will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd.

Sons of Anarchy: The Directors  (Sat. 6/10)

Panelists include Writer/Creator/Director Kurt Sutter, Writer/Creator/Director/EP Paris Barclay, Director Guy Ferland, and Director/Actor Adam Arkin. The panel will be moderated by Yahoo TV’s Mandi Bierly.

Suits Script Reading (Sun. 6/11)

A live table read of the original pilot episode. Aaron Korsh, creator of the popular cable program, will guide the all-star cast of Patrick J. Adams, Gabriel Macht, Gina Torres, Meghan Markle, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty, Abigail Spencer, and Nick Wechsler in a fun, funny reading of the pilot. In years past, the roles have been gender swapped.

The OC Pilot Script Reading - ATX Television Festival

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The Pitch Competition  (Sat. 6/10)

Ten finalists get to pitch live their idea for a TV show. The judges are all broadcast veterans who hear pitches for a living. The winner receives a development meeting with one of the judges and a chance to pitch to an actual network. The winner just might be on your TV screen next season.

Judges include Hannah KS Canter (Okay Goodnight), Athena Wickham (Kilter Films), Alex Maggioni (Amblin TV), Bryan Seabury (CBS), Liz Tigelaar (Casual), Anna Fricke (Wayward Pines), Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond).

The Leftovers: The End  (Thurs. 6/8)

The HBO series has come to an end and who better to talk about it, and give reasons why they did what they did with the series is Co-Creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, along with director Mimi Leder.  The panel will be moderated by Variety’s Maureen Ryan.

ATX Television Festival

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Northern Exposure  (Fri. 6/9)

The long running and much loved quirky series left its mark on the viewing public from that first shot of the moose wandering down the town’s main street.

Panelists include Creator Joshua Brand, Writer/EP Mitchell Burgess, Writer/EP Robin Green, Producer Cheryl Bloch and cast members Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, and Cynthia Geary.  The panel will be moderated by Variety’s Maureen Ryan.

Alias Writers Room Reunion (Sat 6/10)

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One of the most ambitious shows to ever appear on network television Alias was a show that always kept changing its game.  Now the people responsible for those twists and turns will discuss how they came up with those amazing episodes.

Panelists include Director/Actor Ken Olin, Producer Sarah Caplan, Writer/EP Andre Nemer, Writer/EP Josh Appelbaum, Writer/Producer Monica Owsus-Breen. The panel will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Sara Vilkomerson.

ATX Television Festival

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The Bloodworth Bunch: Southern Charmers

Creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason will discuss her legendary and Southern based shows Designing Women, Evening Shade, and Hearts Afire.

Panelists include Executive Producer Harry Thomason and cast members Marilu Henner (Evening Shade), Markie Post (Hearts Afire), Hal Holbrook (Designing Women), Kim Dickens (12 Miles of Bad Road).  The panel will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Bill Keith.


Other highlights of the festival include a ‘Geeks Who Drink TV” Trivia night, an outdoor screening of Parks and Recreation, and “Talk Show the Game Show Live” with Guy Branum.


The OC Pilot Script Reading - ATX Television Festival

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As I do every year, I will be attending my favorite festival and report back to you on the ATLCW.TV website and on Twitter and Instagram.

For the schedule lineup, tickets and badges, visit the ATX Television Festival official site\

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Click here or here for photo highlights from last year’s ATX Television Festival.