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This Is Us
In just six short months, NBC’s decade-hopping family drama This Is Us has reigned as the unmitigated breakout hit of the season, carving out space in the digital-watercooler conversation, and scoring an unheard of two season pickup before its finale aired. What is it about the Pearson family that has viewers wearing their hearts on their sleeves, and eyes on their screens week after week? Join us for a dissected look on the Fall favorite’s emotional first season, how it made it to the screen, and theories of how this freshman hit will continue to takeover the hearts of audiences everywhere.
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Too Close to Home presented by The Syndication Project
Inspiration for a story can be drawn from an infinite amount of places, one of which is the writer’s own personal experience. These writers discuss storylines they’ve created or by happenstance been assigned to that have mirrored parts of their own lives, how they walked the line between truth and fiction, and how they personally tackled subjects that might be a little too close to home.
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TV Mixtapes: The Ultimate Playlist
In the age of too-many-shows-and-not-enough-time, a distinct musical language can be the make or break element that sets a series apart and strikes a lingering note with viewers. When creating a "world" and "setting the tone," it starts with the music supervisor and creator and expands from there. What’s the secret to crafting the perfect TV mixtape -- one that lends page & screen to ear & emotion, and keeps viewers thinking about a show long after an episode ends? Join us for an in-depth look at the delicate (and often powerful connection) between the right song and the right scene, and the creative collaboration between producers & the music supervisors who craft the sound of their show.
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Understanding the Enemy
A common element of humanity that spans generations of social and cultural interactions, and is deeply embedded in our DNA, is the concept of the "enemy" (or the "other") that we all must face. Whether it is external or internal, this conflict continues to grip us as we explore the meaning of our own enemy: what it means to be one, to have one, and ultimately, understand and see the "other" as human. These writers discuss the questions they're forced to confront in crafting "both sides" of a story, exploring human and character motivations in creating understanding, challenging notions of "good" and "bad," and how they have to abandon (or reconsider) preconceived notions of "who" is the enemy.
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Watercooler Meets Murderboard: TV Theories Reach Capacity
With the rate at which TV is being produced and consumed, it's not surprising that the ways in which we discuss and process television have evolved dramatically. From Reddit threads and think pieces, to live-tweeting and podcasts, the TV Theory business is booming. Yet, for a series with an ongoing mystery and unanswered questions, it can begin to feel like the fandom is more about solving a show than experiencing it. The creatives who produce your favorite shows and the critics who cover them discuss how hyper-analysis does (and doesn’t) affect the creative process, balancing the art of misdirection vs. deception, and what it means to cede your story to an audience in 2017.
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Welcome to TV Camp for Grown Ups!
ATX Alums & Staff share their tips, tricks, and breakfast taco recommendations for getting through the festival. Whether you’re a first-timer or ATX pro, join us (and some special guests) to help kick off Season 6!
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The Women of Grace and Frankie
An intimate conversation with the on and off-screen women that create "Grace & Frankie;" a comedic and heartfelt series that boldly tackles gender, age, sexual orientation, and a spectrum of relationship dynamics from mother/daughter to husband/wife to dating and of course, friendship. Relationships define the stories both in front of and behind the camera, from the production company (Okay Goodnight), to the development process, casting, and production, this panel will delve into the groundbreaking characters and storylines they represent for women across multiple generations.
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Younger
In this Exclusive First Screening of the Season 4 premiere, Liza deals with the aftermath of coming clean with Kelsey, and Charles tests their synchronicity. Kelsey and Josh become unlikely allies.
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