FX’s “Snowfall” will open ATX Television festival

FX’s new series “Snowfall,” about the rise of crack as an American epidemic, will be the ATX Television festival’s opening night screening, followed by a panel discussion with producers and stars of the show, it was announced Thursday.


The festival announced all sorts of additional panels and programming for year six of the festival, which will take place June 8 to 11 in Austin. This just in: There is a lot of TV out there.

In addition, FX’s Emmy nominated series “The Americans” will hold a panel with co-showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields.  FX will also screen an all-new episode from the third installment of their critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning series “Fargo,” followed by a conversation with creator/executive producer and Austin resident Noah Hawley.

ATX will hold their first-ever Network Presidents panel, featuring NBC Entertainment pres Jennifer Salke,  Hulu head of content Craig Erwich, HBO programming president Casey Bloys and FX president of original programming Nick Grad,. They are slated to discuss topics such as the mounting pressures of defining their brands while maintaining and growing their audiences,  changing distribution models and creating more diverse content.

AMC will début a new episode of the hit series “Fear the Walking Dead,” followed by a Q&A with executive producers and cast. The network will also screen the season one finale of their upcoming series “The Son,” based on the acclaimed novel by Philipp Meyer, with attending cast and creatives to be announced at a later date.

HBO’s critically-acclaimed series “The Leftovers” will hold a panel with executive producers Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, and Mimi Leder following the series finale which airs June 4,

In addition, former Austinite Mark Duplass will join ATX for a Q&A and sneak peek screening of his new HBO comedy “Room 104,” which he created and executive produces with his brother Jay Duplass.

“Girls” will also celebrate its final season with a panel featuring HBO vice president of HBO programming Kathleen McCaffrey casting director Jennifer Euston; and cast members Alex Karpovsky and Ebon Moss-Bachrach.

USA will screen their comedy “Playing House” for the first time at ATX, with creators, executive producers, writers and stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham.

FOX will screen an episode of their hit comedy “The Mick,” followed by a Q&A with cast and producers .

Also look for a chat about Freeform’s hit “Pretty Little Liars” and upcoming series “Famous In Love.” Freeform will also première their new series “The Bold Type,” followed by a Q&A with executive producer Sarah Watson and co-executive producer Holly Whidden.

MTV will host a panel on the History of MTV Reality Series. Look for MTV executive vice president and Head of Unscripted and Reality Programming, Nina Diaz, “Real World”/”Road Rules” executive producer Jon Murray, “Jersey Shore” executive producer Sally Ann Salsano, “Teen Mom” executive producer Morgan J. Freeman and “The Hills” executive producer Adam DiVello ().
AT&T’s AUDIENCE Network will première their new original fall comedy series “Loudermilk,” followed by a Q&A with creator/executive producer Peter Farrelly, writer Bobby Mort, and cast members Ron Livingston and Will Sasso.

TruTV will join ATX for the first time, to première its upcoming scripted comedy series “I’m Sorry,” followed by a Q&A with creator, executive producer and star Andrea Savage, who will be joined by co-star Tom Everett Scott, executive producer Jessica Elbaum, and showrunner Joey Slamon.

ABC’s “October Road” will reunite to celebrate the show’s 10-year anniversary, with creators Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg, along with cast Odette Annable, Geoff Stults, Rebecca Field, Lindy Booth, Jay Paulson and Evan Jones.

Check out  www.atxfestival.com for details on attending.

Author: Joe Gross

Joe Gross has covered books, movies, music and culture for the American-Statesman since 2002. He tweets at @joegross.

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