‘Queen Sugar,’ ‘Drunk History’ and David Simon headline ATX TV fest

2:28 p.m Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 Austin360 Home
from the smash hit OWN program "Queen Sugar"

The seventh annual ATX Television Festival released programming and panels for the fest, which takes place June 7 -10. Let’s take a look, shall we?

* Look for a conversation with Blown Deadline producing partners David Simon and Nina K. Noble, celebrating 20 years of HBO series together, including “The Wire,” “The Deuce,” “Treme,” “Generation Kill,” “Show Me a Hero,” and “The Corner.” 

Simon and Noble will be joined by veteran cast member Clarke Peters to discuss their decades-long partnership. (Get ready for Peters’ real, British accent.) 

Clarke Peters and Sonja Sohn in "The Wire" (photo: HBO)

* OWN (aka the Oprah Winfrey Network) will hold two screenings and Q&A’s featuring their original series “Queen Sugar,” from creator/executive producer Ava DuVernay, which returns for a third season this summer; and new hour-long dramedy “Love Is ___,” from creators/executive producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, which will also debut this summer. Cast and producers for both panels will be announced at a later date.

* Paramount Network will hold a screening and Q&A of their upcoming new series “American Woman” with cast members Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Bartels, and co-executive producer Kyle Richards.

* Freeform will host a panel on the “Evolution of Millennial Programming,” about reaching millennials with such series as “The Bold Type,” “grown-ish,” “The Fosters,” “Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger,” and more. Freeform will also present a season two premiere screening and Q&A for “The Bold Type.”

*Comedy Central's hit series “Drunk History” will return to ATX with an interactive panel featuring creator and host Derek Waters and special guests.

* AT&T Audience Network will hold a screening and Q&A of their new spy thriller series “Condor,” which is based on the novel “Six Days of the Condor” by James Grady and screenplay “Three Days of the Condor” by Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel. Participating cast will be announced later.

* ATX will also feature a screening of the independent, half-hour comedy pilot “Everyone is Doing Great,” followed by a Q&A with writer/director/actor James Lafferty and writer/actor Stephen Colletti.

* First time panelists and writers/actors/comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher of the original Seeso comedy "Take My Wife” will also join the festival for panel discussions and programming. 

These panels join the previously announced “Nash Bridges” writers room reunion with Carlton Cuse, Glen Mazzara, John Wirth, Shawn Ryan, and Pam Veasey; and the “thirtysomething” reunion, with creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, and cast members Ken Olin, Tim Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, and David Clennon.

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