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Full Guide to ATX Television Festival Season 8 Programming (So Far)

Reunions, screenings and industry panels, oh my! Nothing excites me more than programming announcements for ATX Television Festival aka “TV Camp for Grownups.” As per usual, this year’s lineup is already filled with diverse series and thought-provoking panels and there is still many more announcements to come.

Here’s the list of programming so far for season 8:

SERIES:

Greek reunion: Creator Patrick Sean Smith will be joined by cast members Spencer Grammer, Amber Stevens West, Jacob Zachar, Dilshad Vadsaria and Paul James and executive producers Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan. Additional panelists to be announced.

Atypical: Creator/showrunner Robia Rashid discusses the hit Netflix show. Additional panelists to be announced.

Perpetual Grace, LTD: Pilot screening of the upcoming Epix series and Q&A with executive producers Steve Conrad and Bruce Terris. Additional panelists to be announced.

Tremors: An inside look at the pilot of the 2018 reboot that didn’t make it to series, featuring a partial script reading and discussion with writer/exec producer Andrew James Miller, executive producer Jessica Rhoades and cast members Toks Olagundoye, P.J. Byrne and Haley Tju. Additional panelists to be announced.

Men in Trees reunion: Creator Jenny Bicks, writer/co-executive producer Anna Fricke, writer/producer Chris Dingess, producer Antonia Ellis and cast members James Tupper, Emily Bergl, Suleka Mathew, Cynthia Stevenson and Lauren Tom of the hit 2006-08 ABC dramedy reunite.

Everyone Is Doing Great: The indie series from former One Tree Hill stars James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti makes it’s return to ATX. In addition to screening a new episode, Lafferty and Colletti will discuss their successful crowdfunding efforts and the making of season 1.

Good Trouble: Attendees will get an early look at season two of The Fosters spinoff with showrunner Joanna Johnson, stars Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez. More panelists to be announced.

Dare Me: The pilot of the upcoming USA Network series based on Megan Abbott’s novel about the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading will be screened followed by a Q&A with showrunners Abbott and Gina Fattore. More panelists to be announced.

Sherman’s Showcase: Premiere screening of the IFC sketch-comedy series and Q&A with creators Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin. More panelists to be announced.

Alternatino: Screening of the Comedy Central sketch series followed by Q&A with creator, writer, EP and star Arturo Castro.

City on a Hill (Closing Night Screening): Set in the early 1990s Boston, rife with criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm, City on a Hill stars Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Jonathan Tucker, Mark O’Brien, Hill Hennessy, Lauren E. Banks, Amanda Clayton, Kevin Chapman, and Jere Shea with Kevin Dunn and Sarah Shahi recurring. Panelists to be announced.

Inside The Terror: Infamy: A conversation with the creative team behind the AMC anthology, taking viewers inside the production of the upcoming second season. The panel will include co-creator/showrunner/executive producer Alexander Woo (True Blood) and consultant/star George Takei (Star Trek). More panelists to be announced.

Los Espookys: The premiere screening for HBO’s upcoming primarily Spanish-language comedy from Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega, alongside Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with creators Fred Armisen, Ana Fabrega and Julio Torres, who also star in the series.

David Makes ManThe pilot screening of OWN’s new original series that centers on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who’s haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. The screening will be followed by a Q&A conversation with showrunner/executive producer Dee Harris-Lawrence and cast members Phylicia Rashad and Akili McDowell.

Grand Hotel: Based on the Spanish series of the same name, Grand Hotel is a provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach, following owner Santiago Mendoza, his glamorous second wife, Gigi, their adult children, and the hotel’s loyal staff in a contemporary fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. The screening of the pilot will be followed by a Q&A with showrunner/executive producer Brian Tanen, executive producer Ben Spector, and stars Demián Bichir and Roselyn Sánchez.

PANELS:

Scene Partners & Roommates — A Conversation with Margo Martindale and Shane McRae: Join Sneaky Pete’s Margo Martindale and Shane McRae one-on-one discussion about their respective careers and unique friendship as both co-stars and roommates

Presidents of the Guilds: SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, Writers Guild of America, West president David A. Goodman and Directors Guild of America president Thomas Schlamme will discuss the state of television, the ongoing fights for equal pay and equal opportunity, safety standards and the importance of fostering a creative culture.

Inside the Writers Room — Vida: Creator/showrunner Tanya Saracho and members of the Starz series’ all-Latinx writing staff will discuss their approach to storytelling.

The House That Horror Built: Blumhouse TV co-presidents Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold offer a case study in how the company built on its foundation of low-budget horror films to expand its presence into television and other media. More panelists to be announced.

Let’s Talk About Sex (Scenes): Moderated by writer and showrunner Glen Mazzara, the panel, featuring Vida‘s Saracho and actress Nicki Micheaux (Animal Kingdom, Colony), will look at ways to empower writers and actors and ways to create a safe environment when filming intimate scenes.

Casting Anthologies: A look at the challenges and excitement of casting episodic and season-long anthology series presented by the Casting Society of America. Panelists include casting directors Sherry Thomas (The Twilight Zone), Rachel Tenner (Fargo), and Carrie Audino (The Terror).

A League of Their Own: 35 Years of Culture Defining Television on Lifetime: Executives and creatives behind the network’s latest scripted and unscripted content discuss using TV to move the cultural needle, evolving with the medium, and the importance of narratives shaped for and by women. Panelists include Tanya Lopez (EVP, Movies, Limited Series & Original Movie Acquisitions), Gena McCarthy (EVP & Head of Programming, Lifetime Unscripted), Kim Raver (Director/Executive Producer, Tempting Fate), Tamra Simmons (Executive Producer, Surviving R. Kelly), Jamie Denbo (Creator/Executive Producer, American Princess).

Resistance, Inclusion, and Creating Authentic Muslim Narratives presented by MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau: This panel of TV creatives executives, and consultants discuss how they’ve impacted the industry in the last two years by raising the quantity and quality of Muslim characters; their efforts to increase visibility on and off-screen; and the forward-thinking importance of turning this moment into a sustained movement. Panelists to be announced.

The Female Gaze: Conversation will explore the “female gaze” with writers and directors who are reclaiming female agency by )figuratively and literally) shifting viewers’ perspectives, and telling stories that unapologetically place women and their world view at the center. Panelists include Tanya Saracho (creator/EP, Vida) and Kim Raver (Director/Executive Producer, Tempting Fate). More panelists to be announced.

The Power of Female Partnerships: Explore several amazing reindships between women who partnered up at the beginning of their careers or at some point along the way (temporarily or permanently) to encourage on another, create a culture of empowerment, and produce some great TV. Panelists include Lauren Whitney, Cori Wellings (Partner, WME Scripted Television), and Lisa Katz & Tracey Pakosta (Co-Presidents, NBC Scripted Programming). More panelists to be announced.

A Conversation with Phylicia Rashad: An intimate conversation with Award in Television eXcellence honoree and iconic actress Phylicia Rashad (David Makes Man, The Cosby Show) reflecting on the expanse of her career and what lies ahead.

Grief and the Messiness of Loss: This panel will look at series that have turned their focus to the universal experience of grief, ranging from animated to comedy to horror, and broadcast networks to digital platforms. These creators will discuss their varied approaches to depicting grief, survivors, and a shared catharsis with viewers. Panelists include Sorry For Your Loss creator Kit Steinkellnerand The Haunting of Hill House co-showrunner/EP Meredith Averill. More panelists to be announced.

This article will be updated as more programming is announced. This year’s festival takes place June 6-9, 2019. You can purchase a badge here. Follow the festival on Twitter to stay up-to-date on everything happening with the festival.

Updated: April 1

Written by Bryna Kramer

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