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thirtysomething Years Later
Prior to a television landscape that favors realism over idyllic life, where major characters face the risk of "being killed off," and daily life is portrayed somewhat accurately, thirtysomething did all that and more. The show that was an early experiment that quickly became a phenomenon, rewriting the rules for dramatic series in more ways than one. Helmed by creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, thirtysomething not only drew viewers into the lives of its characters and tested the boundaries of conventional storytelling, it thrived with a multi-hyphenate cast, many of whom stepped into the role of director during the series run -- then stayed there for the next 30 years. ATX reunites these dynamic creatives as they look back at the series that re-wrote the book on TV dramas, and paved the way for a new direction in their careers.
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Trial & Error
In the spirit of true crime documentaries, the second season of this outrageous fish-out-of-water comedy centers on bright-eyed New York lawyer Josh Segal (Nicholas D’Agosto), still relatively a newcomer in a tiny southern town, who is sturdily posed for his next big case there. His mission? To defend the eccentric first lady of East Peck, Lavinia Peck-Foster (Kristin Chenoweth), known for her flamboyant outfits, large hats and hairless cat, and who suddenly finds herself accused of the bizarre murder of her beloved husband. As Josh continues to settle into his makeshift office behind a taxidermy shop while working with his quirky team of local misfits, he suspects that winning his second big case this time should be easy (especially when his client is the town favorite), but is it?
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The TV Campfire presents: Politically Minded
Prior to a television landscape that favors realism over idyllic life, where major characters face the risk of "being killed off," and daily life is portrayed somewhat accurately, thirtysomething did all that and more. The show that was an early experiment that quickly became a phenomenon, rewriting the rules for dramatic series in more ways than one. Helmed by creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, thirtysomething not only drew viewers into the lives of its characters and tested the boundaries of conventional storytelling, it thrived with a multi-hyphenate cast, many of whom stepped into the role of director during the series run -- then stayed there for the next 30 years. ATX reunites these dynamic creatives as they look back at the series that re-wrote the book on TV dramas, and paved the way for a new direction in their careers.
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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Establishing a Career
There is no straight path in Hollywood. Every career trajectory is different, full of ups and downs, victories and disappointments, twists and turns, and hopefully some great surprises along the way. This group of panelists give candid insight into the crazy world of making TV, how they got to where they are, including the best (and worst) parts of their careers, and what they think the future of TV (and their jobs) looks like.
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Un-Cabled: Repackaging TV for a New Generation
From production, to distribution, to ditching the cable box, it’s undeniable that digital creators & platforms are reshaping what it means to watch TV -- but new audiences are shaping them, too. Anyone with a phone & internet connection is a potential creator, viewer, fan, or critic. Content is both impossibly cheap and more expensive than ever to produce. Live TV, library content, and original content are all competing for eyeballs - and fighting to keep them. So… what does it mean to throw your hat in the ring, when the ring is internet-shaped? Hear from the folks behind the content, platforms & devices that keep you connected in this discussion of all things digital.
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Waco
ATF assault vehicles storm the Mount Carmel compound and a two-hour gunfight breaks out, leaving four ATF agents and six Branch Davidians dead and scores more wounded. The standoff begins and the FBI arrive in WACO to take over for the ATF. FBI chief negotiator Gary Noesner (Michael Shannon) arrives and agrees to broadcast David Koresh’s (Taylor Kitsch) message on national television in exchange for Koresh’s promise to come out. Noesner delivers on his promise, but Koresh refuses to come out.
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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 7!
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Whiskey Cavalier
“Whiskey Cavalier” is a high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley. Following an emotional break-up, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by Lauren Cohan. Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics.
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Why Does TV Matter? presented by The Hollywood Reporter
We often ask ourselves, would Friends or Seinfeld be made in 2018? A story that follows 4-6 white, heterosexual characters. Every year executives strive to expand representation behind and in front of the camera to include a wider range of races, religions, sexualities, and cultures. These key decision makers discuss why these changes are essential, what strides their companies are making to be more inclusive of all types of people, and how (if at all) they believe this evolving television landscape is impacting society.
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Women Who Defy presented by SYFY WIRE's Fangrrls
From showrunners to showstoppers, these women are at the forefront of bringing empowered, vulnerable, complex heroines (and antiheroines) to the worlds of sci-fi and fantasy. As a more inclusive fan culture emerges in today’s evolving landscape, their stories take on a new significance and timeliness. Hear from these bold creators, actors and passionate sci-fi lovers on defying expectations, the evolution of genre storytelling and female representation in the industry today.
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Wynonna Earp presented by SYFY and IDW
SYFY and IDW Entertainment present a “Wynonna Earp” panel featuring panelists which include creator/showrunner Emily Andras and stars Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon and Katherine Barrell at ATX. The cult hit has been highly praised by critics and fans alike for its impactful female characters, positive LGBTQ representation and badass performances. Deemed as one of Variety’s “20 Best TV Shows of 2017,” “Wynonna Earp” continues to blaze new trails as it heads into its third season, premiering this summer. Creator and cast will reveal a first look at Season 3, followed by a discussion on how the series has amplified voices, the importance of fandom and the secrets to creating a big-hearted, diverse and enjoyably fun show.
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You
Starring Penn Badgley, YOU is a 21st century love story that asks, “What would you do for love?” When a brilliant bookstore manager crosses paths with an aspiring writer, his answer becomes clear: anything. Using the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle—and person—in his way.
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