This year’s ATX Television Festival lineup is shaping up to be nothing short of incredible (not that I had any doubts).
Earlier today, it was announced in a press release that this year’s festival will feature a reunion of Felicity, co-presented by Entertainment Weekly and Hulu, celebrating 20 years since the series premiere. Cast members Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, Tangi Miller, Amanda Foreman, Amy Jo Johnson, and Ian Gomez are confirmed to participate, along with director/producer Lawrence Trilling. Additional panelists to be announced at a later date.
This year’s festival will also host the world premiere sneak peek of an exclusive clip from FX’s new show, Mayans MC, on Friday, June 8th , with co-creators Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, executive producer/director Norberto Barba, and cast members of the upcoming drama series, who will kick off the festivities at the Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally in downtown Austin.
This year’s festival will also feature a look at HBO’s acclaimed comedies High Maintenance and Crashing, with conversations featuring High Maintenance co-creator Katja Blichfeld, co-creator/star Ben Sinclair, and executive producer Russell Gregory, as well as Crashing creator and star Pete Holmes.
Hulu will present a special “TGIHulu!” panel celebrating their library programming from the iconic ‘90s “TGIF” comedy block. The panel will feature creatives and cast from fan-favorite series, including Ben Savage (Boy Meets World), Michael Jacobs (Boy Meets World), Bronson Pinchot (Perfect Strangers), William Bickley (Family Matters, Step By Step), Kellie Shangyne Williams (Family Matters), and Nell Scovell (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), who will discuss what it was like to be at the center of a pop-culture phenomenon, the enduring popularity of the “TGIF” brand, and what it means to have an entirely new generation of viewers tuning in more than 20 years later.
SYFY and IDW Entertainment will present a Wynonna Earp panel, featuring creator/showrunner Emily Andras and stars Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, and Katherine Barrell. Andras and cast will reveal a first look at the cult hit’s third season which returns this summer, followed by a discussion of how the series has impacted the genre with its portrayal of powerful leading heroines, championed the importance of fandom and positive LBGTQ representation, and assembled one of TV’s most compelling band of misfits.
Marcy Carsey will receive this year’s ATX Award in Television Excellence, joining past honorees Henry Winkler, James L. Brooks, and Norman Lear. Carsey who is co-founder of the independent production company The Carsey-Werner Company, along with fellow producer Tom Werner, and has executive produced iconic comedies for more than 35 years, including Roseanne, The Cosby Show, A Different World, Third Rock from the Sun, and That 70’s Show, will take part in a conversation spanning her career.