Coming to Austin in 2020: the drama of "Parenthood," the crimes of "Justified," the sheer unpleasantness of "Oz."
Producers of the ATX Television Festival — which will be June 4-7, 2020 — have announced the first wave of programming for Season 9.
The 10th anniversary of "Parenthood" will be feted with a live script reading and panel conversation Series creator Jason Katims and writer/executive producer David Hudgins will join cast members Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen, Mae Whitman and Craig T. Nelson.
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The festival will also reunite the prolific writers room behind modern western "Justified" for the 10th anniversary of the series’ premiere. Man alive, that show ruled. We’ll talk about it, as will creator/executive producer and ATX Advisory Board member Graham Yost along with writer/producers Fred Golan ("Sneaky Pete"), Dave Andron ("Snowfall"), Benjamin Cavell ("The Stand"), Chris Provenzano ("Silicon Valley"), Taylor Elmore ("Blood & Treasure"), VJ Boyd ("S.W.A.T."), Ingrid Escajeda ("Sneaky Pete") and Wendy Calhoun ("Empire").
Season 9 will also feature a look back at the groundbreaking series "Oz," which debuted in 1997 as HBO’s first original one-hour drama. Series creator/executive producer Tom Fontana and cast members Lee Tergesen and Dean Winters are confirmed so far. Additional participants will be announced at a later date. (Jeez, I hope so.)
Also look for a screening of the unaired pilot episode for "L.A. Confidential" based on the novel by James Ellroy, which was previously adapted as a feature film in 1997. The pilot, produced by New Regency, Lionsgate and CBS TV Studios for CBS during the 2018 season, follows the paths of three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress as they cross paths in 1950s Los Angeles. The screening will be followed by a Q&A conversation with series creator/executive producer Jordan Harper ("Gotham"), executive producer Anna Fricke ("Valor") and executive producer/director Michael Dinner ("Unbelievable").
NBC will host a panel conversation spotlighting their Female Forward directing initiative. The panel will feature Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, NBC Entertainment co-presidents of scripted programming, along with participating showrunners and directors from the program's inaugural and 2019 classes, who will be announced at a later date.
The festival has also opened submissions for their eighth annual "The Pitch Competition," which provides an opportunity for undiscovered writers to have access to TV creatives and executives.
Writers have until Jan. 17 to submit their best 90-second video pitch and writing sample for an original scripted series, which will be evaluated by several rounds of industry judges for a chance to pitch live at the festival in June. The winner will receive script-writing software from Final Draft, access to additional opportunities with The Black List and Sundance Episodic Program, a mentorship with an ATX judge or panelist, and the opportunity to pitch their series to one of the festival’s studio/network partners. Full details on how and where to submit can be found at atxfestival.com/pitch.
Badges and day wristbands for the Season 9 are for sale now.