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Power(ful) TV presented by the Television Academy
As society has changed, so has the role of storytelling on TV. In the current political climate, what is the obligation of series creators and writers to showcase divisive social issues, diverse cultures and ethnicities, and opposing opinions on an array of ‘hot topics’? These creators have already excelled at including storylines that have expanded awareness on these issues, and they now discuss what they feel is the responsibility of TV in not only entertaining, but pushing the norm, challenging beliefs, and ultimately moving the social needle by presenting audiences with different points of view.
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Queen Sugar
An early look at season three, Darla and Ralph Angel come face-to-face, Hollywood offers Violet a business solution, and Charley learns more about the Landry and Boudreaux families. Plus, Davis reveals a hidden secret to Micah, and Nova reveals something personal to Remy.
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Rel
Inspired by the life of Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out,” “Insecure,” “The Carmichael Show”), REL is a multi-camera comedy starring Howery as a loving husband and father living in Chicago, who finds out his wife is having an affair, and must rebuild his life as a single father, following his divorce. The comedy also stars Sinbad (“A Different World,” “The Sinbad Show,” “Jingle All The Way”), Jess “Hilarious” Moore (“Wild ’N Out”) and Jordan L. Jones (“NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Wisdom of the Crowd”).
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Round 1: Penultimate vs. Finale
Penultimates (a.k.a second to last, a.k.a the one before the end) are often beautiful works of episodic TV that are favored over the finale by critics and fans alike. Is it a fair fight though? A penultimate has all of the advantages of a finale - fully formed storylines, character development, complicated relationships - yet, none of the added pressure or immense expectation of tying up lose ends, creating closure, and assuring the final moment is both earned and satisfying. Join creators, executives, and critics as they debate the pros and cons of penultimates vs. finales, including some of their all time favorites.
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Show Me All Your Flaws
Flawed characters can often blur the line between endearing and infuriating. How many times have you wanted to yell at your TV about a choice one of your favorite characters is currently (or continuously) making? Or cheered when they overcame personal battle? This discussion dives into the delicate balance of creating and portraying character imperfections that are realistic while also leading the audience to a better understanding of a character’s motivations and actions, whether they be right, wrong, or somewhere on the large spectrum in between.
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A Sneak Peek at The First and Talking About the Universe with Beau Willimon
An exclusive teaser for “The First” (Hulu + Channel 4 in the U.K.) only for ATX festival-goers, followed by a discussion about the show with creator Beau Willimon, as well as an improvised conversation with the audience about the cosmic act of writing, the cost of near impossible journeys, and the ungraspable mysteries of the universe.
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Somebody Feed Phil presented by Netflix
TV creator & food-enthusiast Phil Rosenthal is back with more delicious adventures in his Netflix original series Somebody Feed Phil. Join us a for an advanced screening of a new episode (“Venice”) and conversation with Phil — with tasty treats provided by Netflix!
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Station 19
This pilot episode of the Grey's Anatomy spin-off introduces us to the brave firefighters of Station 19. When the team responds to an apartment fire, Captain Pruitt takes a hit, the future of the station's leadership is in jeopardy and firefighter Andy Herrera is forced to step up. Meanwhile, new recruit Ben Warren is trading in the scalpel for a fresh start as a firefighter, but it hasn’t been easy and he has a hard time realizing that emergencies in the field are vastly different than those at Grey Sloan Memorial.
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Stories Without Walls presented by ACLU
In recent months, immigration storylines have become central plots for a number of TV shows. These writers and producers, along with a representative from the ACLU, discuss the importance and power of story, how they work together to ensure authentic representations of current issues, the impact it has on viewer’s opinions on immigrants, Dreamers, refugees, and deportation, as well as the actions they hope audiences are inspired to take by these fictional characters.
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Strange Angel
STRANGE ANGEL, a drama series created by Mark Heyman (“Black Swan,” “The Skeleton Twins”) and based on George Pendle’s book of the same name, is inspired by the real life story of Jack Parsons and explores the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction. Jack Parsons (Jack Reynor), a brilliant and ambitious blue-collar worker in 1930s Los Angeles, works as a janitor at a chemical factory but dreams of building rockets that will take mankind to the moon. As he helps pioneer the unknown discipline of rocket science by day, by night, Parsons is pulled into a new occult religion created by Aleister Crowley, performing sex magick rituals to bend the world to his will and make his fantastical dreams a reality.
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Take My Wife presented by Moontower Comedy Festival
A look at TAKE MY WIFE season 2, followed by a Q&A with creators and stars Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher!
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TGIHulu! presented by Hulu
The long-awaited return of ABC’s iconic 90’s comedy block is FINALLY here, thanks to Hulu! Join the conversation with the creators and cast behind fan favorite series Boy Meets World, Family Matters, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Perfect Strangers as we revisit the catchphrases, the larger-than-life characters, and discover how the pop-culture phenomenon that brought laughter to families every Friday night for over a decade was created. It’s TGIF!
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