Grab the tissues: “This is Us” panel coming to ATX TV Festival

 Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

The ATX Television Festival announced today a panel on NBC’s hit series “This Is Us,” with cast members Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore, along with NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, creator/executive producer Dan Fogelman, and executive producer Ken Olin.

(Dear ATX and “This is Us,” please do what you can to convince Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones to attend as well. Come on, now.)

 ATX will also host a 30-year reunion of the iconic series “thirtysomething,” featuring cast members Ken Olin, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, Timothy Busfield, and David Clennon, many of whom directed episodes of the series when it was on the air, and have gone on to direct and produce several other series over the years. Olin has done excellent directorial work on “The West Wing” and “This is Us.”

(Dear ATX and “thirtysomething,” please call this panel “sixtysomething.”)

 The producers and cast of HBO’s “The Comeback” will also reunite at this year’s festival, including co-creator, executive producer and star Lisa Kudrow; co-creator/executive producer Michael Patrick King; cast member and executive producer Dan Bucatinsky; and cast member Laura Silverman. Additional cast will be announced at a later date. 

 Fox will hold a special screening of two of their new pilots, which will just have been announced at their Upfront presentation in May.

 First-time panelist June Diane Raphael will participate in a script reading of her unproduced pilot “The Housewives,” co-written with Casey Wilson, along with a special guest cast.  Raphael, who currently appears on “Grace and Frankie,” will also join the previously announced conversation with the creative team behind that show, featuring co-creator/executive producer Marta Kauffman, and producers Hannah KS Canter and Robbie Rowe Tollin from Okay Goodnight.

The festival runs June 8 to 11.

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