ATX Television Festival announces ‘Designing Women’ and ‘Northern Exposure’ reunions

The sixth ATX Television Festival, which takes place June 8-11, 2017, announced the first new panels and programming Thursday, including a 30th anniversary reunion of the sitcom “Designing Women,” and a cast and creatives reunion of the iconic drama “Northern Exposure.”

"Designing Women" cast photo, 1991
“Designing Women” cast photo, cir. 1991

The “Designing Women” reunion will feature creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, along with stars Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Gerald McRaney, Hal Holbrook, and Douglas Barr. (Co-0star Meshach Taylor died in 2014.)

Cast members Rob Morrow, John Corbett, Barry Corbin, Janine Turner, and Darren Burrows (the latter of whom no longer looks anything like his character Ed Chigliak) are confirmed for the “Northern Exposure” reunion, along with creator Joshua Brand (“The Americans”), writers Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess (both created “Blue Bloods”) and network executive and producer Cheryl Bloch.

Retrospectives for Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s other series, “Evening Shade” and “Hearts Afire,” will take place as well, with Burt Reynolds and Marilu Henner confirmed for “Evening Shade,” and Markie Post and Leslie Jordan confirmed for “Hearts Afire.”

“The Black Donnellys” and “The Middleman” will be part of the festival’s “cancelled too soon” track, with creators/EPs/directors Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco, writer Amanda Moresco, and cast member Jonathan Tucker confirmed for “The Black Donnellys,” and creator/EP Javier Grillo-Marxuach confirmed for “The Middleman,” along with star Natalie Morales.

Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

ATX Advisory Board members Glen Mazzara (“Damien,” “The Shield,” “The Walking Dead”) and Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”) will also return as panelists.

Phil Rosenthal, creator/EP of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having,” will return to ATX for another year to reprise his “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having…for Breakfast!” panel.

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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