ATX TV Festival is kicking off their programming for season 9 with a bang. They just announced that next year’s television camp for grown-ups will feature a Parenthood reunion, a Justified writers room reunion, a look back at HBO’s first original one-hour drama Oz and screening of the unaired pilot episode for L.A. Confidential.
The Parenthood reunion will be more than a reunion. It will celebrate the beloved family drama with a live script reading and panel conversation celebrating 10 years since the series premiere. Creator/executive producer Jason Katims and writer/executive producer David Hudgins are confirmed to participate, along with cast members Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen, Mae Whitman, and Craig T. Nelson. Additional participants will be announced at a later date.
The festival will also reunite the prolific writers room behind modern western Justified for the 10th anniversary of the series’ premiere. Creator/executive producer and ATX Advisory Board member Graham Yost will be joined by writer/producers Fred Golan, Dave Andron, Benjamin Cavell, Chris Provenzano, Taylor Elmore, VJ Boyd, Ingrid Escajeda, Gary Lennon, and Wendy Calhoun for a conversation about the room’s collaborative process, the enduring creative partnerships that resulted, and their careers following the series.
Season 9 will also look back at the groundbreaking series Oz, which debuted in 1997 as HBO’s first original one-hour drama. The retrospective will dive into the series’ unique narrative structure and feature a conversation with series creator/executive producer Tom Fontana, and cast members Lee Tergesen and Dean Winters. Additional participants will be announced at a later date.
Next year’s festival will also feature a rare screening of the unaired pilot episode for L.A. Confidential based on the neo-noir 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, executive producer Anna Fricke, and executive producer/director Michael Dinner.