Wednesday, June 5, 2013

"There is nothing to hold onto but reality, to realize the present whatever it may be."

I am very excited to be volunteering for Season Two of the ATX Television Festival here in Austin this weekend! Just like last year, this festival will bring together actors, writers, directors, producers, music supervisors, studio executives and fans to talk about the past, present and future of television. There will be screenings, panels, parties and live music with some of the industry's leading professionals.

Tomorrow's opening night screening and party is presented by Netflix and will feature a few of the new Arrested Development episodes followed by a Q&A with the cast. Other screenings going on throughout the weekend at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz and the State Theater are Scandal, The Riches, Hart of Dixie and The Vampire Diaries, as well as the new season premieres of Falling Skies, Hell on Wheels, Perception and Sullivan & Son. We are also excited to be premiering AMC's new Summer drama Low Winter Sun and Fox's new Fall comedy Enlisted. But that's not all! On top of that awesomeness, there will also be cast reunions for My So-Called Life, Party of Five, Boy Meets World and American Dreams!

This year's panels include Veronica Mars: a TV wait, a movie!, Directing in a Writer's World, Structure of a Sitcom and the Rise of the Anti-Sitcom, Creating the Sound of a Show and Casting Deconstructed. Michael Jacobs will also reflect on his career, which includes shows like My Two Dads, Dinosaurs, Boy Meets World and the new Disney show, Girl Meets World. Panels and screenings are being moderated by Meg Masters from TVLine, Robyn Ross from TV Guide, Ben Blacker from Nerdist, Jarett Wieselman from ET online, Laura Prudom from The Huffington Post, Ryan McGee from the AV Club and a few others.

I can hardly contain my excitement!

Similar to last year's Children's Hospital Marathon, the Alamo Drafthouse is also hosting a NTSF:SD:SVU:: Mini-Marathon. Paul Scheer, Martin Starr and Brandon Johnson will be in attendance to show you their favorite episodes of the show, as well as exclusive looks at the new season and two new pilots from the NTSF team. For more information on how to get tickets to this, there is a link at the bottom of this page.

For the closing-night screening, HBO is presenting the premiere of it's Marilyn Monroe documentary Love, Marilyn and it looks amazing:

The Friday Night Lights Outdoor Screening is also happening again this year at the Hotel San Jose. There will be live music from The Good Mad, Graham Wilkinson and Phoebe Hunt to start off the evening and the episode will start after the sun has set. This year, the fans got to vote on which episode they wanted to see and they choose the season one finale, State. I am very much looking forward to a group slow clap from the audience at the end of the episode...which will probably make me cry, if I'm not already :)

I told you last year it would be a weekend you did not want to miss and I was right. This year is even more awesome, so really, it's your own fault if you are not here to witness it for yourself.

I will be working all weekend, but will try to update Facebook and Twitter with information and pictures as much as possible.

Texas Forever.


For more ATX Festival information:

For NTSF:SD:SUV:: Marathon information: