ATX Television Festival is back for season 12 and this year’s lineup is full of fan favorites. If you’re unfamiliar with ATX Television Festival, it was started by two locals 12 years ago right here in Austin. Held the first weekend of June, the festival brings together TV fans from all over to experience, talk, and interact with their favorite shows. Our favorite thing about the fest is that there are always some Texas ties. This year is no different!
Please note that to attend any of the following events you will need a badge or a ticket. You can find the details on ATX Television Festival’s official site.
Here are the most Texas things we’re excited about at ATX Television Festival!
Backstage with Austin City Limits: 50 Years of Making Music in Austin
Thursday, June 1 | From 3 to 4 p.m. | Driskill Maximilian
We personally love this one because it’s #soaustin! Get a behind-the-scenes look of the iconic, longest-lasting music television series, Austin City Limits, with the people who have made the series a staple for 49 seasons. Join the panel discussion with Executive Producer Terry Lickona, Producer Jeff Peterson, Assistant Producer Michael Toland, Audio Director David Hough, and Director of Archives Elizabeth Antaramian for a conversation about how the series’ influence and creative vision have evolved over the decades.
We Have a Deal: Inside the Business of SHARK TANK presented By Sony Pictures Television
Friday, June 2 | From 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. | Driskill Ballroom
Join Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kendra Scott, Clay Newbill, Yun Lingner, and Justin Fenchel and go inside the Shark Tank as they give us a behind-the-scenes look at season 14 of the multi-Emmy® Award-winning unscripted ABC series.
Partners, Artists, Austin
Friday, June 2 | From 3:30 to 4 p.m. | Driskill Citadel Club
Before Dave and Odette Annable moved to Austin and appeared on Walker they, like many actors, called LA home. Now they’re sitting down to talk about what it’s like for an artist/ actor building a career outside of LA, making a home in Austin, and finding “your people” and creativity in unlikely places.
Launching a Pod(cast) Co(mpany)
Saturday, June 3 | From 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Driskill Jim Hogg
Austinite Christy Carlson Romano sit down with husband Brendan Rooney and Calvin Robertson for a conversation about the creative and business aspects of launching their Pod(cast) Co(mpany). Plus, they’ll discuss what makes PodCo’s video-forward vision unique.
Saturday, June 3 | From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | 800 Congress
The Amazon Freevee original Jury Duty has been gaining traction since its release mid-April. The creatives behind the docu-style comedy series will be in Austin to give us all the behind-the-scenes scoop on the series. The show stars newer Austinite James Marsden who plays himself – kind of. Marsden is no stranger to popping up unannounced at ATX Television Festival. Last year he made a surprise appearance at the West World panel! Perhaps we’ll get another surprise appearance.
The Women of The Good Doctor presented by Sony Pictures Television
Sunday, June 4 | From 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. | Driskill Maximilian
While the series The Good Doctor doesn’t have any Texas ties, this specific panel does! The moderator is none other than Austin.com‘s Editor and SpilltheATX.com‘s Chief Tea Spiller, Dani Dudek! With two decades in the TV industry and four Emmy Award under her belt, we can’t think of anyone more fit to moderate a TV festival panel! Speaking of brilliant women, the panel is made up of the women of The Good Doctor. Join them for a conversation about the series’ most impactful storylines, what it takes to work in front of and behind the camera. and what’s ahead!
There is also a Cheers reunion on the schedule but no confirmation that Woody Harrelson will be in attendance. We hear he’s been spending a lot of time in Central Texas. He even talked about moving here! Fingers crossed we’ll get another surprise appearance.
Programming is subject to change, especially due to the WGA writer’s strike. Keep an eye on the official ATX Television Festival website for any updates!