2015 ATX Festival Update: Panels, Planes, and Parties

As the time draws nearer and the amazing panels and screenings are announced, it’s getting more and more difficult to hide our excitement for ATX Television Festival’s upcoming 4th season.  For those unfamiliar, ATX Festival is a television and entertainment festival that brings together some of the fans’ favorite groups of people from past, present, and upcoming television shows.  This year, ATX Festival will be held June 4-7, 2015, and they have recently made some exciting announcements regarding upcoming panels and parties during the festival.  Read below for an update on what’s to come, and scroll to the bottom for links to ATX Festival’s website for more information!

As previously announced, ATX Festival will also be hosting a Gilmore Girls reunion next June, in association with Entertainment Weekly (EW).  Panelists will include Amy Sherman Palladino (Creator) along with cast members Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop, Jared Padalecki, Scott Patterson, Keiko Agena, Liza Weil, Liz Torres, Sean Gunn, Yanic Truesdale and John Cabrera.  Newly added to the panel are cast members Danny Strong, Todd Lowe, Jackson Douglas and Matt Czuchry.

“Entertainment Weekly readers and ATX Television Festival attendees are one in the same – a savvy blend of both television fans and those who follow the entertainment industry – so a partnership with EW was the perfect fit for us. We’re thrilled to have EW present ‘Gilmore Girls’ as Closing Night, as it will allow us to host it in a larger venue for more fans to enjoy, and those who can’t attend will still have the chance to watch it on EW.com.  We couldn’t be more excited to be working alongside EW, and look forward to more opportunities in the future.” – Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson, Co-Executive Directors and Founders, ATX Television Festival

Even more exciting is the announcement that ATX Festival (in partnership with Entertainment Weekly) will be hosting a groundbreaking – pun intended – panel from 35,000 feet in the air!  Southwest’s Party Plane will be the kickoff point for the weekend, and will surely be a panel to talk about for years to come.

Other screenings, guests, and panels for the 2015 ATX Television line-up include:

“Boomtown;” “Boy Meets Girl Meets World;” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine;” “Bunheads;” a new episode of “The Comedians;” the world premiere of USA’s “Complications” on Opening Night; a “Dawson’s Creek” writers room reunion, along with a first-ever “Dawson’s Creek” pilot script reading presented by creator Kevin Williamson; “Dream On;” “Drunk History’s History;” Fox’s Hit Series “Empire;” “The Fosters;” “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series;” a marquee event and screening of FX Network’s comedies, including the world premiere of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” along with “Married” and “You’re the Worst;” “Gilmore Girls;” “Hannibal;” “Journeyman;” “Justified;” “Playing House;” “Power;” “Queer as Folk;” Adult Swim Presents “Rick and Morty;” “The Simpsons; “Suits;” the premiere of TV Land’s “Teachers;” and “Wayward Pines.”  In addition, television icon James L. Brooks will receive the second annual Achievement in Television Excellence Award.  Confirmed panelists include Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), Noah Hawley (“Fargo”) and Marta Kauffman (“Friends”).

Visit the ATX Television Festival official site www.atxfestival.com, follow ATX Television Festival on Twitter @ATXFestival, or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/ATXFestival to keep up-to-date on the latest developments, tickets, and badges for the 2015 event.


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